'Barclays Effect' boosts Fifth Ave. retail rents

Fifth Avenue Brooklyn – it's a tale of three Business Improvement Districts.

The retail corridor snakes like a spine through brownstoners' bailiwick Park Slope, through immigrant magnet Sunset Park, through middle-class and increasingly Middle Eastern Bay Ridge.

Each neighborhood has a BID of its own to represent merchants and landlords – and a personality of its own that draws shoppers forth onto Fifth....


Arrivederci, Aaron's: Fifth Ave. parking lot sold, shuttered building is next

The last remnants of a Fifth Avenue institution, Aaron's Fine Ladies Apparel, are going, going, gone.

Howard Mankin is selling the building at 623-629 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope that housed the discount designer clothing store his father and grandfather operated for four decades before its 2007 closing.

The listing price is $14.85 million. The property is a development site with up to 40,650 buildable square feet.


Stickball, skelly, nostalgia galore on Slope entrepreneur's T-shirts

Did you play stickball and skelly as a kid – or wish you did? If so, Robert Feingold's got a T-shirt or two for you.

“I want people to remember the good old days in Brooklyn,” said Feingold, 47, who designs nostalgia-drenched tees he calls ChestRockers that he sells on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope.

There's one with stickball equipment on it, another with a skelly square, another showing kids playing Johnny on the Pony. His stoop ball shirt is a big seller.


Sexy undies? Park Slope mommies say no thanks

So much disposable income in Park Slope, and so many young women to spend it. So why is Enelra Lingerie going out of business? Don't Slopers buy sexy underwear?

“Are you kidding?” said Eve Perez, the manager of the store at 140 Fifth Ave.

“That's why they're getting divorced. It's just becoming Mommy and the kids. How can you forget you have a husband and a home?”


Luck of the Irish: Fifth Ave. dive bar O'Connor's gets a makeover

When Irish eyes are smiling … it's because a new pub is opening on Fifth Avenue that will bring a bit of the Emerald Isle to Park Slope.

Michael and Jimmy McMahon – whose brother owns a pub outside Dublin that was their late father's – are putting the finishing touches on a pub worthy of the Auld Sod in the New World. They're hoping it will be ready to open by – guess when? Saint Patrick's Day.


Lobster lovers rejoice! Luke's is headed to Park Slope

Big news for crustacean cravers: Luke's Lobster is moving to 237 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope.

Company vice president Ben Conniff confirmed to Eye on Real Estate that the buzz-worthy restaurateur signed a lease for about 600 square feet – plus a nice backyard.


OPINION: BHA says LICH proposals small on square footage, big on unsubstantiated claims

SUNY’s last minute RFP amendment brought out some known brides with new grooms, or perhaps the brides just changed gowns. Pending weddings aside, the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) is concerned that the proposals, four of which only provide for emergency and outpatient care at Long Island College Hospital (LICH), are skimping on the amount of space needed for the services being promised.


Sunset Park non-profit helps high school dropouts

A Sunset Park-based non-profit organization that has assisted thousands of troubled teenagers get back on the right path in life is searching for more young people to help.

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) recently hosted its first “Change Your Future” event with a goal attracting young people between the ages of 17 and 21 who are currently not working and not in school, to enroll into its Youth Education and Job Training Program.


Influential Hillary Clinton biography to launch in DUMBO

Two White House correspondents trace Hillary Clinton's political comeback, from the ashes of her primary defeat to the most important diplomatic position in the world.


LICH contempt hearing postponed again as SUNY talks in progress

In a slight delay to original plans, officials at the State University of New York (SUNY) and Department of Health have been scheduled to appear before a Brooklyn judge on Thursday to answer for their yearlong -- and many say, illegal -- attempts to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH).



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