Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Blight Me: Alleged Starbucks Site at 3rd St. & Fourth Ave.

February 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

As we were shooting these photos of the wretched conditions at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Third Street a little African-American boy stopped and asked us, “Mister. Do you know what is going to go here?” We answered, “It’s supposed to be a Starbucks.” This child, who was probably nine and on his way home from school said, “It looks nasty. Been nasty forever.” Even grade school children understand Developer Blight and the crap it inflicts on their environment. This is the former site of Parkside Auto, which was later said to be the site of a future Starbucks. There is still a retail space for lease sign up and if we were to wager, the developer won’t do anything else with the mess he has created on Brooklyn’s new “Park Avenue.” (There is also a Stop Work Order, but we don’t think work would start if it went away.) There is some irony in that Ken Freeman of Massey Knakal had a role in selling the property in 2007 for about $3.25 million. Mr. Freeman is chair of the Park Slope Civic Council which we suspect would be raising holy hell if this was on Seventh Avenue rather than on the Gowanus side of Fourth Avenue. We respect and like Mr. Freeman. Our only point is that everyone seems to have a hand in conditions that are creating the developer blight with which we be forced to deal with for years and years.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 anonymous // Feb 25, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    That nine year old boy is a reporter for Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn.

    Anything’s an improvement….

  • 2 Brenda from Flatbush // Feb 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I think “Nasty Forever” is the title of the book on Developer Blight to come…

  • 3 harry // Feb 26, 2009 at 7:37 am

    your view of ken and others views may vary greatly. having been involved with a property he marketed for a year that failed to sell i was a firsthand witness to his business practices.

    not a fan.