Looks like 2 or 3 store fronts accross the street are for lease now... In addition to the store front a few doors down. Lot's of turn over for a one block stretch.
Over the past several months, the police have been quite assertive about ending hanging out at the corner of Union and Franklin.
If I were a commercial landlord, I'd be psych'd if these efforts by the NYPD coincidently aligned with my leases expiring; high paying potential tenants tend to prefer less hanging out.
The new deli is known as "Wise Deli", and is upscale in that it does not sell beer or lottery tickets, and has a make your own salad section. Fancy.
Arabic seems to be spoken behind the counter. The turkey sandwich was good.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the street, are the storefronts referenced by dmiami. A Crown Fried Chicken is among those to go.
^ but on the plus side, Sal's (across the street) just got a new awning.
Yes, Sal's looks like they know that if they don't upgrade, they will no longer be able to compete:
Here's a photo of their old awning:photo: whereyoueat.com
This strip is changing fast, so I took a little time to find some good photos of the bodega across the street from the new Wise Deli and Grill.
Here's some more, but you'll need to click thru, because they can't be embedded:
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According to the posting for 1045 Franklin the corner store on Union (Life Deli) is soon to be vacant.
So that is 4 retail locations within a one block stretch. It will be interesting to see what happens...
I can't remember an instance over the last 3 months when I have walked by 1045 Union (820 Franklin Avenue) without seeing a cop present.
That doesn't mean that crimes were occurring, it just means that this area is, um, changing hands.
Meanwhile, this restaurant space less than a block away is becoming an Italian place: http://www.brooklynian.com/forums/topic/another-new-business-for-union-and-franklin-1032-union-italian-restaurant?replies=1#post-772445
We are also seeing some residential buildings come to market, like this one at Franklin and Union:
I have now heard a rumor that this strip of stores available for rent is being considered by one entity:
However, the deal hinges on the bodega on the corner of Union and Franklin being on board, and they are not yet.
Let's hope they start selling beer. This strip is a beer desert