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Tuesday
Jan102012

Real Estate Office Replacing Scoopz on Fifth

Scoopz Ice Cream, the seasonal ice cream shop on Fifth between Douglass and Degraw Streets, has closed for good and will soon be replaced by a real estate office. When I ducked my head in earlier this afternoon, it appeared as if construction on the new space is nearly complete.

Scoopz traditionally closes for the winter, so it was tough to tell whether the shop was permanently shuttered. It is, though, and a construction worker inside told me that the company taking over is called Millennium Real Estate (no relation to New Millennium Realty, though, off Seventh Avenue). The only real estate company I could find by that name led to this site, but nobody answered the phone when I called.

Scoopz always took a backseat to the more popular Uncle Louie G's, which now essentially has a monoploy on neighborhood ice cream shops.

One more real estate office! Just what the neighborhood needs.

Tuesday
Jan102012

Talde to Open on Sunday

                                                                            NY Times

Just about every restaurant that opens is "anticipated" in one way or another, but Talde, the Modern Asian restaurant from Thistle Hill Tavern owner David Massoni and Top Chef alum Dale Talde has to be one of the most buzzed about and highly-anticipated restaurants to open in the neighborhood in years. It's been under construction for months on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 11th Street, has crazy furnishings from the Oriental Room of an upstate mansion, and has one of the most unique menus I've ever seen (Here's an article about a walk-through I took last month). According to Florence Fabricant at the Times, it'll be opening for business on Sunday.

Just take a look at this menu!

Monday
Jan092012

"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."

Thursday
Jan052012

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!

Tuesday
Jan032012

"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.