On Monday news broke that an outpost of The Painted Pot pottery studio will be opening in the northern side of the old Taqueria space on Seventh. Also, Valley Shepherd Cheese opened further down the avenue, and it's a shop run by the cheesemakers themselves.
On Tuesday the Parkside Diner, on Flatbush, closed up shop for good after getting shut down by the DOH, and a new trattoria called Piccoli opened on Sixth Avenue (try the risotto). Also open: Health and Beauty, a vitamin/organic shop on Fifth and St. Johns.
Wednesday brought official word that Beauty Bar would be taking over some of Ozzie's space on Seventh Avenue. Also, The Soup Bowl of Park Slope officially re-opened for the season, on Seventh Avenue near Ninth Street (try the butternut squash lobster bisque).
On Thursday we broke the news that Babouche, the Moroccan restaurant on Fifth, had closed for good after not being able to pay the rent. Taro's Origami Studio, a unique place for a birthday party, opened up on Seventh.I also had a chat with Carey Jones, the Serious Eats NY Editor, who lives nearby.
On Friday I took a peek into the under-construction Key Foods in the space last occupied by an OTB parlor on Fifth, and also noticed that Citibank construction is complete a couple blocks away, and it's all set to open on Monday.