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Fourth Ave. Bulletin: Hot Corridor Getting a Starbucks?

May 1st, 2008 · 7 Comments

Starbucks Fourth Ave

A Starbucks may be coming to Fourth Avenue and Third Street on the Gowanus side of the neighborhood line. Yesterday, we noted the demolition of the former Parkside Auto Repair at the corner of 3rd & Fourth, which is being offered up for 20,000 square feet of retail. An informed GL reader emailed to say the site include a Starbucks and that there was some possible contamination issues. Here’s the email: “I heard from a good source that a Starbucks plus a second retail store is going up in front of Staples on 4th Ave. Also there was a lot of problems with the soil and the owner had to lower the the price.” In fact, a check of sale records indicates that the actual sale price late last year was $3.25 million, whereas the asking price had been $3.75 million. Whether that was because of the softening market or clean up costs is unclear. The property is near the Novo Park Slope, Hotel Le Bleu and Crest condo and would be a block from an eventual Whole Foods, if the latter happens. We’re certain the property will be throughly remediated before the Gowanus Venti Chai Soy Lattes start flowing.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dw // May 1, 2008 at 10:00 am

    perfect for a drive-thru

  • 2 Carmen L. // May 1, 2008 at 10:48 am

    This is a sad thing seeing how the wonderful 4b Coffee place on Carroll & 4th ave is cool, nice, smart, individual, good coffee, small business, new, old and most importantly…NOT A STARBUCKS.

  • 3 Mrs Wynn // May 1, 2008 at 12:42 pm


  • 4 Jp // May 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I remember when it was rumored that a Starbucks was opening up on Bedford a few years ago. Supposedly one of the people construction guys on the site had solid intel on the fact that it was going to be a Starbucks. People got a protest together. Scores stood out front and chanted for the ‘bucks to leave Williamsburg, until a smallish, confused-looking French woman walked up wanting to know what we were doing. Said the place was her coffee shop. I forget the name, but she wasn’t lying. It opened up a short while later. Welcome to the neighborhood. Let’s just say I won’t be joining any protests ’til I see some actual proof.

  • 5 4th ave luva // May 1, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I bet the other retailer will be Barnes and Noble

  • 6 Chi Chi // May 2, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Books would be nice, if it HAS to be a big chain. Though no one moving into any of those towers on 4th ave will be big readers..But, I think it should be an “in and out burger”…you know, the california chain. 🙂 No , really. Let’s all wait and see. And the 4b coffee place is nice, though, not to be confused with 4Bs Coffee Shop in Montana.

  • 7 janko konko // May 2, 2008 at 11:40 am

    how do you know that people in the buildings wont be readers,if they can afford to live there they must be intelligent enough to at least read.moron!