Happenings On Franklin Street And Beyond
As anyone who has walked down Franklin Street lately will attest, there is a lot going on there nowadays. I did a little (and by “little” I mean just that) investigating. Here are my findings.
Jan & Aya is setting up shop 99 Franklin Street. This store is purported to sell housewares made by local artists. I have no word as to when they will open, but I have been told this establishment’s hours will be Wednesday – Sunday.
Being on of the drinkingest ‘nabes in New York Shitty, I suppose it should hardly be surprising that 153 Franklin Street is slated to be a wine store. No word on what it will be called but they look pretty far along in terms of outfitting the space so I imagine will learn soon enough.
While I am on the subject of alcohol, it looks like The Habitat at 988 Manhattan Avenue is well on its way to completion. Per their flier, the Grand Opening is slated for this month and micro brews, local wines, cocktails and spirits; good eats and happy hour specials will be in the offering.
988 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
www.habitatbrooklyn.com (NOTE: this site appears to be parked at the moment)
Lastly, I noticed yesterday that the storefront at 126 Franklin Street has been vacated and is in the process of being gutted. Given the general trend on Franklin Street my educated guess is this space is being converted back to commercial use*. One can only hope it will not house (yet) another bar, as I suspect I speak for many when I say Greenpoint has enough of those already. I also suspect I echo the sentiments of many a Greenpointer when I say I am going to miss the residents who were ousted from this space. I always treasured the sight of the old shirtless man** who made it a practice to sit in the front window and sip tea, but I suppose such change is inevitable.
*Word has it a pizzeria will occupy this space. 4/20/08: it will be an office for a contracting business. *sigh*
**Note: during the cold winter months he did wear an undershirt.