The future site of 7-Eleven
Two gas station/food mart combos are opening one week apart, one block apart, in Bath Beach.
The first, a 7-Eleven/Shell Gas Station, at 20th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue is scheduled to open in one week.
The second, an A-Plus/Sunoco, standing at 19th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue, is opening its doors the first week of October.
Both stores will be open 24/7.
Altaf M., the manager of the A-Plus, said that he’s excited to be back in business in Bath Beach. After 13 years managing the former shop at the same address, he said that he missed the “nice customers” of the neighborhood.
He said that the A-Plus will offer fresh coffee, hot dogs and nachos, and icy drinks, adding that the store will have promotions for Bensonhurst locals during it’s grand opening.
The 7-Eleven project manager was unavailable for comment, but his team told us that they were excited to bring the franchise to the Bath Beach community.
When did a little friendly competition ever hurt anybody? Welcome to the neighborhood, fellas.
The future site of A Plus
20th Ave and Cropsey Ave (Source: Google Maps)
A 7-Eleven franchise will soon arrive in the heart of Bath Beach, Bensonhurst Bean has learned.
The empty husk of a former Shell gas station and food mart on 20th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue is undergoing an overhaul, eventually to relaunch as a 7-Eleven. It would be the first location of the national franchise in Bath Beach, with the next nearest at 2515 86th Street.
7-Eleven Project Manager Carmelo Saia declined to give an estimated opening date, but we’ll be sure to report it when we find out.
Welcome to the neighborhood, 7-Eleven!
Photo by Susan Armitage
Maple Lanes, at 1570 60th Street, will close for good after the final pins hit the floor Sunday night, as the 49-year-old business is slated to give way to a religious and residential complex.
The closing, first reported by Brooklyn Spectator, was long expected since the LaSpina family, which owns the business, sold to a developer who will build 112 residential units atop a house of worship.
The news has been taken as a blow to the community since it was first announced in September 2012. It was just a matter of weeks before a Save Maple Lanes petition began circulating, albeit unsuccessfully.
While the developer sought approval from the city to build residential units in an area zoned for manufacturing, community opinion remained split.
Meanwhile, Borough President Marty Markowitz sought to alleviate the added pressure on parking that the closure would cause on nearby Shell Lanes (1 Bouck Court), by asking the Department of Transportation to create angled parking in the area. The request was denied.
Spectator notes the locations of the handful of bowling alleys that remain in the borough:
Once Maple Lanes is gone, there will only be five bowling alleys left in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bowl and The Gutter in Williamsburg, Melody Lanes in Sunset Park, Shell Lanes in Gravesend, and Strike 10 Lanes (fka Gil Hodges Lanes) in Mill Basin.
Tong Xiu Hot Pot has opened at 7116 18th Avenue, replacing Tenzan, a Japanese and sushi joint.
For those who’ve never tried hot pot, I recommend giving it a shot. I recently schlepped out to Flushing with some more experienced Asian adventurers to try it for the first time. They bring over a giant bowl of boiling, seasoned water with a variety of herbs and veggies simmering in it. It’s placed on a heater and continues to boil at the table, while you take meats and veggies of your choice and cook them in the water. You can pull them out and eat them separately, or slurp the whole darn thing down as a hearty soup. It’s a fun and tasty way to waste a few hours with friends or family around a dinner table.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Tong Xiu!
Bensonhurst Bean reporter Elle Spektor stumbled on this new business, Q Cafe, slated to open soon at 2024 86th Street.
The corner was previously occupied by Emmzie Contemporary Fashions, a clothing and accessories outpost.
Do you know of any new businesses opening in the neighborhood? E-mail tips and photos to nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.
Eagle Cheese, Source: Michele R. via yelp.com
The mozzarella kings at Eagle Cheese are closing their doors forever, inspiring loyal patrons to cry tears of sadness, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
Eagle Cheese (320 Avenue U) is closing its doors due to the retirement of store proprietor Carmela Casamento. Casamento, 71, has run Eagle since 1979 and is stepping down due to health reasons. Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past five years, Casamento can no longer handle the stress of running the business and doesn’t want anyone else taking it over.
“I don’t [want] nobody to ruin my name,” Casamento told the Daily News.
Eagle Cheese offered first-rate Italian ingredients, cheeses, meats and pasta and Casamento’s retirement has left her loyal patrons in dismay and sadness.
“How are we going to live without her?” said Toni Gissi, 62, from Bensonhurst, fighting off her urge to cry. “I only eat this mozzarell. I am going to go crazy.”
The end of Eagle Cheese also signals the evolving landscape of Bensonhurst from being a neighborhood dominated by Italians into one where Asian families have found a new home.
Bensonhurst has a new addition to its deli family with the opening of Not Only Bagels on 7821 17th Avenue, between 78th Street and 79th Street.
The store now stands in what was once Palermitana Bakery.
As the name not-so-subtly advertises, the shop serves more than just bagels, dishing out a whole smörgåsbord of food from breakfast favorites to tacos and tortas.
So if you’re in the area, stop by the place and tell us if it’s worth going to more than once.
The busy 86th Street has a new addition to its family. Closeout Heaven, located on 2215 86th Street between Bay Parkway and 23rd Avenue, opened up two months ago in the place of Bay Gifts.
The store features clothing from designer labels such as Adidas and Puma as well as household items such as linens. Due to its grand opening, the store is having a large sale on its items.
Signs in the window announce the closure to customers.
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: It’s official – Brooklyn’s last Blockbuster, located at 6906 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, is closing its doors as the franchise continues its retreat from brick-and-mortar storefronts.
Lights out at Blockbuster on 18th Avenue.
The store will permanently shut its doors April 7, and this week kicked off a store-wide sale on movies, video games and miscellaneous items. Signs inside the location note that even the furniture and equipment are for sale in a business liquidation that seems to leave nothing off the table.
The storefront became the last location in the borough – and one of the last in the city – after the 3752 Nostrand Avenue location in Sheepshead Bay shuttered almost exactly a year ago.
At its peak, Blockbuster had more than 4,000 stores across the nation, with hundreds in New York City. But facing financial trouble, in part because of digital competitors and management issues, the company declared bankruptcy in 2010 and was acquired by Dish Network, which announced in 2011 that they would only keep 500 storefronts open throughout the country.
Keep reading to find out more about the closure, and how customers are reacting.
- Source: Simon Law via Wikimedia Commons
A Dyker Heights dry cleaning business is up for sale. The asking price is a negotiable $250,000.
According to the listing, the business has been there for 50 years.
It’s located in a busy strip mini mall on 86th Street. The name and exact address were not published, but there might be a Dyker Heights reader that knows exactly where this place is.