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"Park Slope Academy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" Coming to Tower Electronics Space

The eyesore that's dominated the corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street, the shell of the former Tower Electronics, will thankfully be getting a new tenant: The Park Slope Academy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a "self defense, fitness, confidence, team building training academy."

Tower, a giant electronics and appliances store, shuttered last year and the sign fell off during the hurricane, leaving a depressing, gaping hole in the streetscape. Last week some temporary signage went up for the academy, which should be open within a couple months. According to their Facebook page, they'll host three classes: one for adults, one for teens 13-16, and one for juniors 8-12.

Here's their mission statement:

"At the Park Slope Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we are always striving to reach new goals, for ourselves, and the rest of the team. You work hard in a safe and respectful environment. We believe that the study of martial arts is a vehicle to positive growth. This training not only benefits you but those around us."


Breaking: Dizzy's Diner to Take Over Comida Space

Many thanks to a tipster for letting me know that a sign went up today on the window of the space last occupied by Comida, on Fifth and President, saying that the storefront's next occupant will be the neighborhood's second Dizzy's Diner, the popular brunch spot that's been in business on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Ninth Street since 1998. I've reached out to the owner for comment, and will update when there are more details to report.

Talk about a quick turnover!


"Lullaby Baby" Shop Coming to 488 Fifth Avenue

The pervious occupant, Fresh on Fifth

Construction is well underway and signage is up for a new store to be called Lullaby Baby, coming soon to the space last occupied by Fresh on Fifth, between 11th and 12th Streets.

Many thanks to reader Jenn Newman for speaking to the owner and forwarding along the scoop. According to the "incredibly kind and very enthusiastic" owner, they'll be specializing in "baby goods," everything from furniture to strollers to highchairs, and there will be two separate aesthetics: "Urban Baby" and "Classic Baby." They've partnered with a French nursery design company called Oeuf, who manufactures cribs and other convertible items that can grow with the child. According to the owner, the focus will be on gear for babies up to 12 months, and he wants it to be a place where people can feel comfortable staying for a while, not just "in and out."

No word yet on when they'll be opening, but construction has been going on around the clock for a couple weeks.


Liberty Travel Coming to Seventh Avenue

A branch of 60-year old travel agency train Liberty Travel is slated to open soon in the long-vacant space at 162 Seventh Avenue, next to the Starbucks between First and Garfield Streets. Signage went up last week in the storefront, which had been empty since the Chair Man moved out in March 2010.

I assumed everybpdy books their vacations online these days, but I guess it's best to leave big tours, honeymoons, etc. to the professionals. A travel agency opening almost sounds quaint.


George's Barber Shop Headed for 78 Fifth Avenue

Back in August, the landlord at 78 Fifth Avenue, between Bergen and St Marks, booted longtime tenant Gomez Hair Stylists. He posted an "Available for Lease" sign above their doorway while they were still open, and when I spoke with him he said that he was "in the process of pushing them out," in order to make the space available for a higher-rent tenant.

Gomez eventually shuttered, the space sat vacant for months, and the the next tenant will be... a barber shop. This one is called George's 2, and it's an expansion of George's, the well-liked, tiny little barber shop on 11th Street near 7th Avenue.

It's not a bar, it's not a high-end retailer moving into the neighborhood in anticipation of arena crowds, it's just a barber shop, to be run by the successful owners of another barber shop in the neighborhood. And there's something nice about that.