Eye On Real Estate: Ten Coolest Places In East Williamsburg
By Lore Croghan
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The coolest storefront in East Williamsburg is Sparacino's Bakery at 540 Metropolitan Ave. No, wait! Make that Desert Island, which is the name of the comics store/book shop that occupies the space.
The landlord, an artist, left Sparacino's name on the building because he liked the way the sign looked. It's eye-catching. So are the comic book store's window displays, which are always devoted to artists' work, said shop owner Gabriel Fowler.
A mobile-phone store was the previous occupant before Fowler moved in six years ago. He rebuilt the space himself, getting rid of a dropped ceiling and old flooring – in all, 68 trash bags full of debris, he recalled.
The shop carries comics from big publishers as well as micropresses – which are typically one-person publishing houses with a line of comics by multiple authors, Publishers Weekly explained in a 2013 story. Also, “I encourage people to bring in their weird, homemade books,” Fowler said. “I'm the person who carries that kind of thing.”
The runner-up for coolest storefront in the neighborhood is Haab at 202 Leonard St. The windows are decorated with rows of jewel-toned bottles of Mexican soda pop called Jarritos.
The colors are so happy they make you want to shake off the winter blues.