I had a dentist appointment today on Graham Avenue (the offices of Dr. Frank V. Peritore DDS are quite possibly the nicest and most professional bunch of people ever, btw). I took the bus down Manhattan Ave and started really noticing all the empty for rent storefronts and decided on my walk back I’d try and see how many there were. Thanks to my trusty new BlackBerry (Happy Birthday to me from me!) I caught quick pics.
First up is the old Shanghai Lee which merged with Chinese Musician last year. Still nothing new in that space.
Next up is what appears to have been some sort of boutique. It still retains it’s vintage storefront which is pretty nice. The floor entrance reads Nathan’s. I don’t know how long ago it was that Nathan’s existed, I’ll have to ask my Pops. I would really like to see the set up of the storefront stay the same. It’s a fucking travesty what they did to Sister & Brother.
I didn’t catch a pic of George’s Variety – a Greenpoint institution across the street, but it closed the end of last Summer and is still sitting unoccupied. Every so often the gates are up, so I wonder if there is something going on or if it’s just the owners poking around.
Lastly, is one of my favorite storefronts in Greenpoint. So retro it hurts! My Dad said he thinks he remembers this being a men’s store when he was a kid. He can remember my grandfather shopping in there for a suit. Today when I passed it seems there is some action going on. There’s a ladder out front and as I passed by I noticed a trio of men inside talking.
I hope to see some of these places occupied come Spring or Summer. There is a lot of possibility on Manhattan Avenue to at least make it the sort of strip that you don’t need to travel outside of the ‘hood for the things you need.
Personally, I’d like to see more chain stores. Yes, you read that right, chain stores. Or at least chain-like stores. I have no problem if they’re mom and pop joints but some useful shit would be nice. Like Wizard. It’s not a Best Buy or a Circuit City but it fills the void of necessity. The last thing I would want to see is a bunch of “indie boutiques”. Not that I don’t love them – I do. Dalaga and Alter rock. But let’s keep those to Franklin Street and Williamsburg. Manhattan Avenue should be a main drag kinda strip. I’d love a Victoria’s Secret. There’s no where to get a decent bra around here. I know I won’t hear any male complaints about that…
And for the record, I’d just love to see Rainbow close. I hated that shithole since it replaced Goodwin’s.