Pharmacy in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

Just a few years ago, the intersection at Avenue Z and East 17th Street was occupied by a gas station, a rather run-down garage, a parking lot, and a car wash/tobacconist. Just a block off of one of the area’s main stretches, it was a pretty dismal intersection. But now three low-rises have popped up, all with retail on the lower levels, and a much more interesting corner of Sheepshead Bay is taking shape.

Sure, the municpal parking lot is still there. And so are Platinum Car Wash and Brooklyn Cigars. But the last retail business tenant in the new constructions has announced itself: T&N Pharmacy is opening on the northwest corner. T&N joins Cappuccino on the Bay and Sylvan Learning Center in the low-rise. We revealed last month that the three floors of retail in the building on the opposite corner will be occupied by a group of local physicians. There are still a few openings in the low-rise down the block, on East 17th Street between Avenue Z and Jerome Avenue, but we’re confident they’ll fill up soon.

Whatever you think of development in Sheepshead Bay, and especially the appearance of these three low-rises, it’s still good to know that businesses are moving into the area and improving a previously blighted-appearing intersection.

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  • Ray Johnson

    There’s a pharmacy just a block away on E. 16 St, between Ave. Z & Sheepshead Bay Rd. Actually, there are quite a few pharmacies in the area.

  • Ray Johnson

    There’s a pharmacy just a block away on E. 16 St, between Ave. Z & Sheepshead Bay Rd. Actually, there are quite a few pharmacies in the area.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    True, and I can’t help but wonder why we need so many medical offices. Additionally, at five stories these are hardly low-rises.

    Admittedly, we added far more housing units in the area during the 1960s. BUt at that time we managed to reach our saturation point. Some good came from this, as earlier on the storm sewers here were terrible.

    The stretch on East 17th Street was a horror. But I’m not sure that this was the improvement we needed. A lot of the long time residents on East 17th Street north of Avenue Z have not been happy with being crowded in by commercial establishments and now apartment buildings.

    One thing I have noticed is a definite increase in traffic here over the past ten years. While it has been quite a long time since traffic was rare (I remember when kids could play safely in the street) its grown to urban proportions recently. Not sure that this is what we really want or need here. But, it’s done.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    True, and I can’t help but wonder why we need so many medical offices. Additionally, at five stories these are hardly low-rises.

    Admittedly, we added far more housing units in the area during the 1960s. BUt at that time we managed to reach our saturation point. Some good came from this, as earlier on the storm sewers here were terrible.

    The stretch on East 17th Street was a horror. But I’m not sure that this was the improvement we needed. A lot of the long time residents on East 17th Street north of Avenue Z have not been happy with being crowded in by commercial establishments and now apartment buildings.

    One thing I have noticed is a definite increase in traffic here over the past ten years. While it has been quite a long time since traffic was rare (I remember when kids could play safely in the street) its grown to urban proportions recently. Not sure that this is what we really want or need here. But, it’s done.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    Lisanne: I’d say anything 10 stories and below are low-rise. Five stories is nothing compared to the 20+ story buildings in other neighborhoods. This may be high for Sheepshead Bay, but it’s not high in an objective sense. However, I admit I’m working with my own definition of high-rise vs. low-rise. I’m going to email a real estate professional and obtain a proper definition for accuracy.

  • http://www.NedBerke.com Ned Berke

    Lisanne: I’d say anything 10 stories and below are low-rise. Five stories is nothing compared to the 20+ story buildings in other neighborhoods. This may be high for Sheepshead Bay, but it’s not high in an objective sense. However, I admit I’m working with my own definition of high-rise vs. low-rise. I’m going to email a real estate professional and obtain a proper definition for accuracy.

  • local broker

    im waiting for that email ned.

  • local broker

    im waiting for that email ned.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    local: hahah. I was going to email you, but I figured I’d hit two birds with one stone and contact a source I haven’t heard from in a while. I received his answer, but before I share I’d like to hear your take. So what is it, local?

  • http://www.NedBerke.com Ned Berke

    local: hahah. I was going to email you, but I figured I’d hit two birds with one stone and contact a source I haven’t heard from in a while. I received his answer, but before I share I’d like to hear your take. So what is it, local?

  • Ray Johnson

    Low-rise, high-rise — that particular building is not the prettiest ever to look at, but I guess the days of lovely architecture are gone.

  • Ray Johnson

    Low-rise, high-rise — that particular building is not the prettiest ever to look at, but I guess the days of lovely architecture are gone.

  • local broker

    wow i haven’t taken a test in a while. im not sure the exact definition but usually a low rise is a building that doesn’t have an elevator 4 story or less in some cases 5 story. in new york we think 6 stories isn’t that high compared to 50 story buildings everywhere in the city. did i pass ?

  • local broker

    wow i haven’t taken a test in a while. im not sure the exact definition but usually a low rise is a building that doesn’t have an elevator 4 story or less in some cases 5 story. in new york we think 6 stories isn’t that high compared to 50 story buildings everywhere in the city. did i pass ?

  • local broker

    im waiting for the results come on

  • local broker

    im waiting for the results come on

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    Ahem. ::assumes teacher voice:: Well, now, children… the answer I have received from the professional is, eh, not very likely to end, er, um, this debate. I quote:

    “There are several conflicting definitions, but it seems that it generally refers to buildings that are three stories or less. A few alternative definitions I found are at http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081024072812AA86M3j.”

    Local, I’ve seen your definition elsewhere as well. From here on in, if it has an elevator – no matter how many stories it is, I’m calling it a high-rise. If not, it’s a low-rise. Chances are, everything from now on will be a high-rise. That is, unless someone can offer another term altogether so I can avoid repeating “building”, “construction”, and “property” – which is probably why I started using “low-rise” and “high-rise” anyway.

  • http://www.NedBerke.com Ned Berke

    Ahem. ::assumes teacher voice:: Well, now, children… the answer I have received from the professional is, eh, not very likely to end, er, um, this debate. I quote:

    “There are several conflicting definitions, but it seems that it generally refers to buildings that are three stories or less. A few alternative definitions I found are at http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081024072812AA86M3j.”

    Local, I’ve seen your definition elsewhere as well. From here on in, if it has an elevator – no matter how many stories it is, I’m calling it a high-rise. If not, it’s a low-rise. Chances are, everything from now on will be a high-rise. That is, unless someone can offer another term altogether so I can avoid repeating “building”, “construction”, and “property” – which is probably why I started using “low-rise” and “high-rise” anyway.

  • local broker

    like i said 4 stories or less this is new york a 4 story walk up building is not a high rise. i personally dont think that a 6 story building is a high rise. in california a 4 story apartment building is a high rise but not here.

  • local broker

    like i said 4 stories or less this is new york a 4 story walk up building is not a high rise. i personally dont think that a 6 story building is a high rise. in california a 4 story apartment building is a high rise but not here.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    My understanding that anything above 4 stories was a high rise. Which certainly does include buildings that vary greatly in height.

    Consider this. Before the building on the corner of East 17th and Z was built the St Mark tower was visible south of that location on Avenue Z. From an aesthetic viewpoint that’s a loss.

    But this is nothing new. Along Ocean Avenue are apartment buildings that rival the height of those on East 17th that date back to the late 1920s.

    Again, I try to keep some sense of perspective here.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    My understanding that anything above 4 stories was a high rise. Which certainly does include buildings that vary greatly in height.

    Consider this. Before the building on the corner of East 17th and Z was built the St Mark tower was visible south of that location on Avenue Z. From an aesthetic viewpoint that’s a loss.

    But this is nothing new. Along Ocean Avenue are apartment buildings that rival the height of those on East 17th that date back to the late 1920s.

    Again, I try to keep some sense of perspective here.

  • vbnv

    The build owner does not keep that street clean.
    Just walk by and you’ll see the trash all over.

  • vbnv

    The build owner does not keep that street clean.
    Just walk by and you’ll see the trash all over.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Yes, I’ve seen that as well, especially at night. I found that somewhat surprising at first, but it has occurred repeatedly at that location.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    Yes, I’ve seen that as well, especially at night. I found that somewhat surprising at first, but it has occurred repeatedly at that location.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    Lisanne, that’s only a loss for those of you that care about religion and churches. I’m of the solid opinion that every Church, Mosque and Temple could be razed to rubble tomorrow and it would only improve the area aesthetically and otherwise.

    *chews on his vitriol*

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur B

    Lisanne, that’s only a loss for those of you that care about religion and churches. I’m of the solid opinion that every Church, Mosque and Temple could be razed to rubble tomorrow and it would only improve the area aesthetically and otherwise.

    *chews on his vitriol*

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    It’s architecture. And history. St Mark can trace itself back to the 1860s, when services were held in a house on what is now East 13th Street near Z. At that time the only other church nearby was the Methodist on Ocean. The present building dates from 1931. It’s considered well designed architecture.

    We should respect history, not destroy it. At any rate, the principle behind this country is that anyone is free to hold whatever beliefs are sacred to them, without fear of recrimination. In fact, it is the very reason for the founding of Gravesend. The original settlers were Anabaptists driven out of Massachusetts by the Puritans. The Gravesend colony championed true religious freedom, inviting Quakers and other disenfranchised groups to settle there.

    The practice of religion is fine as long as those involved recognize that they have no right to expect others to live as they do.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    It’s architecture. And history. St Mark can trace itself back to the 1860s, when services were held in a house on what is now East 13th Street near Z. At that time the only other church nearby was the Methodist on Ocean. The present building dates from 1931. It’s considered well designed architecture.

    We should respect history, not destroy it. At any rate, the principle behind this country is that anyone is free to hold whatever beliefs are sacred to them, without fear of recrimination. In fact, it is the very reason for the founding of Gravesend. The original settlers were Anabaptists driven out of Massachusetts by the Puritans. The Gravesend colony championed true religious freedom, inviting Quakers and other disenfranchised groups to settle there.

    The practice of religion is fine as long as those involved recognize that they have no right to expect others to live as they do.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com/ BrooklynQ

    It’s a shame how little good architecture exists in the bay. Overall in the building industry, the mantra now is to build cheap and to build to last 50 years. Back in the day, buildings were built to last forever, that’s why money was spent on detailing.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com BrooklynQ

    It’s a shame how little good architecture exists in the bay. Overall in the building industry, the mantra now is to build cheap and to build to last 50 years. Back in the day, buildings were built to last forever, that’s why money was spent on detailing.

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