A Most Interesting Conversion

March 19, 2009 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 


The fence is finally down at 946 Manhattan Avenue and although I am not too jazzed about the mismatched brick I have to confess: the finished product is much more tasteful than I had anticipated. My little voice told me that this looked like it was going to be an eating establishment so I headed over to check out the permits. It has been my experience that they can be an excellent source of information about such things. When I did I not only got confirmation that this space will in fact be a restaurant but I also got a little dark entertainment thrown in for good measure.


I am not by nature a superstitious person. As I walk through our hallowed streets I do not see dead people. Or if I do I cannot tell them apart from some of their living counterparts (who, it should be noted, usually call our local “Hotel” home). The previous having been written there are certain things that should not mix. Funeral parlors and eating establishments are among them. It’s sort of like converting a kennel into a Chinese restaurant.*

In any case I’ll be very interested to learn what is going to move into this space. If anyone reading this is “in the know” please share your scoop via comments. Thanks!

Miss Heather

*I do not believe Chinese restaurants serve up fur kids for food. In fact I find this urban legend pretty offensive. I am merely using it here to illustrate my point. No offense is intended nor should be taken.


5 Comments on A Most Interesting Conversion

  1. rutila on Thu, 19th Mar 2009 10:38 am
  2. That storefront wasn’t a funeral parlor but a Polish book store (see Wikipedia’s picture of the corner before the renovation).

    The funeral parlor was closer to Kent and was taken over by the clinic.

  3. missheather on Thu, 19th Mar 2009 10:43 am
  4. That’s not what the C of O states (and yes, I am quite aware it was a bookstore ;). What’s more, there is a plaque around the corner clearly stating a Funeral parlor is (was) located on the premises. In any case I hope this isn’t going to be another Asian restaurant. We have too damned many of these already.

  5. India Street Kali on Thu, 19th Mar 2009 12:34 pm
  6. While in Baltimore I was amused when an exterminator’s office was converted into a crab carryout restaurant. One way or another arthropods were getting cooked!

    I agree, please no Chinese, Japanese or Thai food. Let it be Middle Eastern or Mediterranean.

  7. missheather on Thu, 19th Mar 2009 12:53 pm
  8. Indian food would be nice as well. As I mentioned in my previous comment, the funeral parlor entrance is on the side of the building where as the store front proper faces Manhattan Avenue. This could be exploited in a very interesting fashion.

    Ever seen “Eating Roaul”… 😉

  9. rutila on Thu, 19th Mar 2009 2:43 pm
  10. You’re right about the funeral parlor! I’ve been visiting relatives on Java Street all my life, and I’ve never seen the one actually on Java open. Perhaps they’re looking to cash in on the “take everyone out to eat” portion of wakes and funerals.

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