The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
New Retail Plans Announced for Neighborhood
We haven't heard so much as a peep out of 85 year-old Moses Fried since he completed the exterior work on 205 Parkside. Turns out he's been looking for a retail component for the groundfloor, and today it was announced through a company press release that resurrected retailer Orange Julius will be taking the coveted spot. If your memory is long enough, Orange Julius was one of the first players in the "smoothie" market dating all the way back to the '70s, particularly in mall settings. The lines were never great - even the Jewelry Hut seemed to attract more customers. Seems they were a bit ahead of their time - the nation's thirst for squishy fruit drinks didn't really take off until the '00s. As to the planned "hotel" for the rest of the building, a rumor has been circulating that Motel 6 is making a push into the urban market, and may just lay down its first stakes right here in Lefferts. Given the extraordinary position near Prospect Park, one might have considered a "boutique" hotel to be a better bet. However, Motel 6 spokesman Tom Bodett says "bargain boutique" is the space they hope to inhabit. We'll see.
In other news, Pioneer Supermarket will close this summer. When I asked Hector why they would give up such prime real estate, he assured me they would still be there. Seems they've decided there's more money in bottle and can recycling than in the notoriously low-markup grocery business. Look for the whole building to go "redemption center" by the end of the summer.