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Daniel’s World will soon open at 3752 Nostrand Avenue, selling “Fashions for Less,” and the store got a nifty graffiti treatment prior to opening.

In addition to the logo-over-brick pattern prettying up otherwise dreary roll-down gates, the owner had a graffiti artist liven up the interior with some cartoon characters. Betty Boop and the Pink Panther hang out at the entrance, and a Spongebob Squarepants mural adorns the kid’s section, according to the artist, who blogged (with photos) about the job.

The storefront was previously occupied by Blockbuster, which closed earlier this year, leaving one Blockbuster remaining in all of Brooklyn (it’s in Bensonhurst).

The Blockbuster at 3752 Nostrand Avenue will soon shutter, marking the end of the chain’s very last brick-and-mortar outpost in Sheepshead Bay, and the second to last in all of Brooklyn.

We’d like to say it’s a surprise, but, really, the only surprise is just how long Blockbuster lasted. With digital media services like TiVo, Netflix and Hulu making content easily available and affordable for several years now, it’s anyone’s guess how they ever made it past 2008.

But they did. The company even made it another two years before declaring bankruptcy in 2010 and was acquired by Dish Network. Last year, Dish announced they would keep only 500 storefronts open. At its peak, Blockbuster had more than 4,000 stores.

The last remaining Blockbuster in Brooklyn – which may soon close, too – is at 6906 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst.

Thanks to Amy for the photo and tip.

RedBox Locations in Sheepshead Bay

Blockbuster has some new competition in the neighborhood, but it’s nothing for the few remaining ma-and-pa video stores to cheer about. The ARM – automatic rental machine – known as RedBox is spreading like wildfire across the country, and is growing its presence in Sheepshead Bay. RedBox is an instant $1/day DVD rental kiosk containing approximately 200 of the latest DVD movie releases. While the company has had one machine operating at the Stop & Shop on East 17th for a number of years now, two new RedBox kiosks have popped up: one at the Knapp Street 7/11 (on Voorhies Avenue), and the other at the  Coney Island Avenue 7/11 (on Avenue Y).

According to the company’s corporate history, RedBox was originally owned by McDonalds but sold to Coinstar in 2007. If any more kiosks come to the neighborhood or it’s surrounding environs we can expect them to show up at other 7/11′s, and possibly McDonalds or Walgreens.

So, where does that leave Blockbuster, the last of which in the area is on Nostrand Ave between Y and X? Considering they’ve been reinstating late fees, it doesn’t leave them with much of a leg to stand on. And so the Blockbuster death clock ticks away…

(FYI: You can get a free RedBox rental for signing up for the service’s newsletter or SMS alerts)

Ed. Note – The original article listed the Nostrand Avenue 7/11 on Avenue Y as having a RedBox. It doesn’t.