Culture on the Cheap
Retail Coming to Norman Avenue
I first learned about this garage-to-retail conversion via my buddy over Neighborhood Threat. Curious to see firsthand what she was talking about, I put on my sandals and strolled over to the intersection of Norman Avenue and Lorimer Street.
Neighborhood Threat writes: Walking up Norman today, I noticed that those lovely old weathered garage doors between Lorimer & Manhattan had a DOB permit on them: CONVERSION OF EXISTING GARAGE SPACES TO RETAIL. It’s a great location, but who’s going to rent them? I think we’re getting to the point that we need the parking spaces more than the retail spaces these days.
She brings up a salient point: parking is a big enough nightmare nowadays. However, my primary concern is what kind of retail business will occupy this space? The prevailing pattern in Greenpoint nowadays seems to be having too many of any one business, e.g.; Thai restaurants, 99 Cent Stores, BANKS, etc. The previous having been said, I’m wagering this will become a boutique. Hopefully it will be one whose wares are affordable to those who do not have the benefit of a six figure salary.
But I am not holding my breath.