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Attention past, present, and future business owners in Brooklyn: your most expensive place to open up shop, per the Real Estate Board of New York's annual retail report, is no longer where you may think it would be (Bedford avenue, which previously held the crown). Nope—now that most expensive spot, on a per-square-foot basis, is the Fulton Mall area in Downtown Brooklyn, largely aided by the brand new City Point development, featuring brand new...
I'm not sure why people dislike fruitcake. After all, its foundation is cake. And its filling, outside the context of said foundation, is fine. Dried or candied fruit—totally fine! They might not be my first choice for a snack, but nor, certainly, would they be my last. I'd eat these varieties of fruit over raw carrots and broccoli with no dip, any day. Want me to name a truly unsavory snack? There you go. I just...
Smith Street, the storied, well-to-do shopping strip largely referred to as Brooklyn’s original Restaurant Row has been on a noticeable decline in recent months. Extending from the far reaches of Carroll Gardens all the way to Boerum Hill, where it turns into Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the thoroughfare wends its way through some of Brooklyn’s priciest neighborhoods, yet its sidewalks are currently lined with vacant storefronts. Not that it’s a ghost town in...
Whether or not the arrival of a Starbucks in a neighborhood is an early harbinger of gentrification or a symbol that gentrification has already run its course is a matter of some debate. While plenty of people understandably correlate the megachain's presence in their neighborhood with higher rents and the closure of small, independent retail outlets, it remains undeniably true that many Brooklyn neighborhoods were well past the early stages of gentrification when they received their first Starbucks locations,...

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