New Starbucks coming to 1417 Kings Highway. (Photo by Ned Berke)
All the jokes made about a new Starbucks opening have probably been told time and time again, but the best one belongs to The Simpsons (as a Simpson, I admit full Simpson bias in this regard). In my short quest to find the clip I was thinking of, I discovered that the only version of it on YouTube is one with poorly dubbed Russian plastered on top of it, which is, of course, perfect for Sheepshead Bites.
Anyway, we came across this new Starbucks being built at 1417 Kings Highway in the place of a GNC. Great, I guess.
I haven’t been to Starbucks in years. Do they still have those ice-blended green tea lattes? Mmm… ice-blended green tea lattes…
Those with a sharp eye may have noticed some construction going on inside 3454 Nostrand Avenue (corner of Gravesend Neck Road). Real eagle eyes may have also noticed that the B36 and B44 bus stop in front of this properties driveway has moved down a short ways down the block to S&D Kids.
So what’s going onhere?
Popeyes Louisiana Chicken is coming to town!
Sheepshead Bites spoke with owner Rahman Hashimi today who confirmed that the chain fried chicken joint – which we’ve heard is the shiznet – will soon occupy the location, and Department of Buildings documents show that the work is to install related equipment such as fryers.
The location was previously slated to be a Starbucks drive-thru, which was expected to open way back in December 2009. We later heard from the owners’ attorney that the opening was delayed as negotiations with the city to move the MTA bus stop were moving slower than expected.
At some point between then and now, those plans were scuttled.
Hashimi couldn’t stay on the phone long enough to explain to us why they were shattering the dreams of all the folks who seem to think Starbucks has good coffee, but we do hope to touch base again and find out when we can start getting some of them biscuits.
Construction inside the planned Starbucks location has been stalled for months
Bad news for those salivating in anticipation of the new drive-through Starbucks on Nostrand Avenue: their planned opening date has been pushed back by several months.
We reported back in July that the 3454 Nostrand Avenue (corner of Gravesend Neck Road) location would open this month. Unfortunately, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have slammed the brakes on the project over concerns of the location of the drive-through curb cut, according to Howard Weiss, an attorney for the property owner.
Weiss said that after the Board of Standards and Appeals granted a variance giving permission to construct a drive-through in May, construction kicked off and all seemed good. But he said the MTA renovated the B36 and B44 bus shelter there, moving it closer to the corner several feet.
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Mystery solved. Signs went up this morning, and the new business on Nostrand Avenue and Gravesend Neck Road will be yet another 99ȼ store.
When we first reported (to a lukewarm reception [and here,too]) that the Starbucks next door was to open in December, we didn’t yet know who the neighbor would be. Starbucks, after all, was to take up a small section of the two-unit retail lot, with the bulk going to a mystery biz. But we’ve gotta admit, we’re totally underwhelmed by this announcement.
USA 99ȼ store has a few other locations in the city, usually in working-class and lower-income neighborhoods. And honestly, we have nothing against them. But the arrival of Starbucks, with nearby Brennan & Carr, some good pizza in the area, a much cleaner looking KFC, and a host of newer, better businesses along the avenue – we were really hoping for something that would continue to signal a turnaround of that lackluster section of Nostrand. But this is more of the same. Does Sheepshead Bay need another 99ȼ store?
(Photo and tip courtesy of Arthur B.)
After a five-hour standoff, the police situation near the Brighton Beach Starbucks came to an abrupt and tragic end on Saturday, as police shot and killed Samuel White.
Police allege White kidnapped and raped an ex-girlfriend, who sparked the standoff by escaping out a window to the building’s roof after contacting relatives and informing them of her situation. When police arrived, White was holed up in the apartment with a kitchen knife. After five hours of negotiation, police entered the building to throw a remote viewing device, but White lunged at them and stabbed an officer. After a taser failed to stop him, police shot White five times. He was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.
White reportedly had a long rap sheet, with 12 convictions. Five of those were related to his ex-girlfriend, including a previous abduction in which he took her to a Sheepshead Bay hotel.
You can read the full story from the NY Times and NY1.
This story has been updated.
Witnesses are reporting heavy police activity around the Starbucks on Brighton Beach Avenue, with some saying it is a hostage situation. Posters to a local forum say the Starbucks is being held up by a man with a machine gun. The commenter later said he heard from someone on the scene that it had to do with a domestic dispute in the residence above the Starbucks. He said:
A guy got into a fight with his gf 10 days ago and she called the cops, he got arrested. He later got out on a $20,000 bail.Today she was at his house which is located on top of starbucks, and she called the cops again….
It seems like a lot of police for just a domestic dispute. We’ll update this story when we find out more.
Local baristas: start shaking in your cups. Big, bad corporate coffee is on its way to Sheepshead Bay.
Sure, we’ve known since last November that a Starbucks is moving in on Sheepshead Bay territory, but it wasn’t clear when. Well, the Seattle-based chain will be pushing its brand of coffee and pastries at Nostrand Avenue and Gravesend Neck Road sometime in December. The little building now under construction, pictured above, will only be part Starbucks. The java-brewer will take up the space on the far side from the corner, while the corner space will be another retail unit still to be decided.
We got up close and took a peek at the construction, and in the back of the building we can see what clearly is a drive-through lane (image at left). No word yet on whether you will also be able to walk in and order, but there doesn’t seem to be space for parking or seating. But hey, you’ll be so jazzed up on caffeine after getting your drink that it won’t matter!
If you think this is good news, then check out the coupon we’re telling people about on Facebook that gets Starbucks customers a free pastry with any coffee over $3.00. Sadly, it’s only good until 10:30 a.m. today, so be sure to Facebook us and print yours!
(Photo by Ray Johnson)
When Chock Full o’Nuts arrived on Avenue U last year, I breathed a sigh of nostalgic relief. With all of the changes – not always for the better – happening in Sheepshead Bay, it was nice to see something I could remember from years ago.
While I didn’t drink any coffee when I was a kid, I did savor the heavenly aroma at the 34th Street store. Whenever my mother would take me on her frequent shopping trips to Macy’s, she would almost always stop at the Herald Square Chock Full lunch counter for something to sustain us for our trek through the world’s largest department store.
See what happened to our Chock Full cup after the jump.
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(Free Wi-Fi sign posted in many shops in New York City)
As far as I know, this is a sign we don’t see posted in any store window in Sheepshead Bay.
Those of us who are looking to get some free Wi-Fi in Sheepshead Bay will find at least one good reason to welcome a new Starbucks in our neighborhood – even if it’s going to be on Nostrand Avenue and not on Sheepshead Bay Road. I have heard that there is free Wi-Fi in Starbucks, but I have never been able to access it, myself – not even once. That’s probably because I’m usually in transit with no time to really sit down and figure out how to get on the Wi-Fi. When they’re in Sheepshead Bay, I might just have the time to sit down and figure out how to get on their network.
This is going to be one of the rare drive-through Starbucks, so whether they’ll build it with enough space for bloggers to sit and spread out with a laptop, camera, and the requisite journalistic tools – well, that’s another story.
Find out more about Wi-Fi access in Sheepshead Bay.
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