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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #120 on: January 12, 2015, 06:49:32 PM »
Referring to the Daily News article. It wasn't a news article, only an opinion piece.

I wish we could get a reporter to focus on it.

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #121 on: January 21, 2015, 11:57:16 AM »
Thanks all for coming together to influence what the Bruson Building owners (in this case Mr. Craig Bruno) will do with the renovated spaces on 37th Ave off 75th St.  There are various opportunities here and I'm glad we're exploring all avenues possible.  We definitely don't need another McDonald's or Burger King in the neighborhood.  I wish it could be as it was, with La Portena restaurant and Armando's Italian (I know they're moving to Northern Blvd) and Frank's (I know they're on 77th now)  but I suppose they had to move on with their businesses after the fire. 

As I'm sure you'll all agree, we need healthy food options, and spaces for families with children.  I don't think opening a "fast food" franchise enhances our community. Some might say, well these are affordable restaurants, but so is say -- Pollos a la Brasa, or Tomo Japanese, or Arunee -- and at least these are far more unique, and offer an arguably friendlier atmosphere. 

There has been talk of possibly luring a franchise like Panera, and also backlash against that idea, and I'd chime in that the one thing that is wonderful about Panera is they encourage community groups to come together in their coffee shops.  They welcome clubs, support groups, even knitting circles (and aren't going to throw you to the curb as some places tend to do if you don't "buy" enough). 

Another franchise that is growing, that offers eco-conscious organic food options is Bareburger.  (Any entrepreneurs on this forum who want to look into opening one up?)

And just to chime in on Trader Joe's, I agree with many that it could be a delightful addition, since they offer creative "no-frills" items (& really I know of no shop really like it around here)...I would just share that a couple of years ago I got a bunch of my neighborhood friends to write to TJ's to ask them to look into the empty Mandee's shop by Blockbuster (now thankfully occupied by Garden School UPK) TJs sent automatic responses that they'd look into it -- and there would have been parking "built in" at that spot -- but they did not end up coming through obviously.  At the time I also called the owners of that block of stores, and he let me know the exorbitant amount he was asking for per month...I said it'd be great to have a studio there for kids' workshops, or perhaps to bring in a Trader Joe's to compliment the greenmarket, and he just said he "didn't think we needed another supermarket".  As if we needed another car parts store!!] 
I've also seen Whole Foods talked about on the local forums, and yes they offer a plethora of earth-friendly and unique options, but I believe they look for very affluent areas to settle in, so they may not look here... Luckily, we have the mom & pop shop "Downtown Market" on 84th St that offers a lot of the same items.

A couple of people along the way have mentioned book stores, which in essence are fantastic, though I know it can be hard to make a profit because of internet competition... I would be thrilled if the city would support the opening of a new Queens Library branch.  I know that libraries are non-profit, so perhaps that also wouldn't bring in the kind of $$ the building owners are looking for... (But if it is funded by the city, doesn't that mean it is steady revenue?)  I like to imagine a space to compliment the one on 81st, with space for interesting workshops, and all the learning opportunities a library offers for everyone.  (Again I look at the library expansion happening right now in Long Island City with the branch in the Citibank building.  It started out small, but they want to accommodate the need in the area, which is a need we also have)

Several folks have also declared that we could use a bigger gym in our area...I completely agree, because it would be great to finally have a gym again that offered CLASSES!  It's obvious that our residents like to come together to do group aerobic exercise (as seen by posts on various forums) and basically we are currently using borrowed spaces at neighborhood schools (or going outdoors - which is fine - but during WARM weather) 

Also, as could also be considered recently purchased White Castle corporate space on 69th St, we need more child-friendly spaces.  NY Kids Club in LIC for example is a nice open room where kids can safely climb and move indoors, and there are ramps for strollers, which is really lacking right now our area.  We have such great classes for young kids in Jackson Heights, but again right now they are generally held in spaces with no elevators, which make it extremely difficult for caretakers to safely bring their babies upstairs. 

It sounds like the "new" storefronts and offices at Bruson would be spacious, and could accommodate options like these, if the owner would open his mind to the possibilities.

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #123 on: April 22, 2015, 01:49:32 PM »
thank goodness there'll be a bank. it's a good 100 feet to the TD from there.

but 'green grocer' is an interesting term. it will probably have to be a chain store to afford a big chunk at what's sure to be a high price. maybe Amish Market?

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #124 on: April 22, 2015, 03:23:26 PM »
Another bank??  Well, thank goodness there won't be any highly acclaimed restaurants that become a neighborhood staple.  whew!!

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« Reply #125 on: April 22, 2015, 04:02:49 PM »
Huh, a green grocer could be great depending on if it's just another clone of Lemon Farms and the like.  But that's a pretty big space so I'm crossing my fingers that it might have a good variety of stuff.  I guess if it's a true green grocer it won't have meat and dry goods. 

And yet another bank. Meh.   

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #126 on: April 22, 2015, 05:33:37 PM »
We havent seen what "major chain" is going to go in-between the supermarket and bank yet. I can't wait. (vomits).

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #127 on: April 22, 2015, 06:13:40 PM »
Another bank??  Well, thank goodness there won't be any highly acclaimed restaurants that become a neighborhood staple.  whew!!

Don't think there will be any independent restaurants going in there. The Trust wants $95/sq ft for the corners and $85 otherwise. And there's no basement, so you'd be paying those rents for your prep area, office, etc. Plus add the cost of a buildout, and venting to the roof, because what you're getting is a concrete shell.

For 2,000 sq ft at a corner, it's $190,000 per year. Otherwise, $170,000. Plus insurance, taxes, etc. A friend costed out 2,000 sq ft at one of the corners, and it worked out to something like $18,000 per month. Plus, almost certainly, an annual 3% increase (compounded, of course), which currently exceeds inflation.
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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #128 on: April 22, 2015, 06:23:18 PM »
'green grocer' is an interesting term. it will probably have to be a chain store to afford a big chunk at what's sure to be a high price. maybe Amish Market?

Judging from this quote and the rent, that would seem likely:

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The grocery store would go in the former Armondo's Italian Restaurant space on the corner of 75th Street, he said — and while he couldn't say which company would move in, he said it's a well-known store with homemade products and fresh produce.

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #129 on: April 22, 2015, 09:24:42 PM »
Am I just being hopeful or does it sound like Fairway? A "well-known store with homemade products and fresh produce."

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #130 on: April 23, 2015, 09:17:40 AM »
This is my block. While I would LOVE to have a Fairway, Trader Joe's, etc. so close to my apartment, I wonder what, if any, community input or traffic study was done before deciding to open a large chain grocery store there. (I know that there was a hearing/meeting about this a while back, but I don't remember this being floated as a prospective tenant.) Traffic is horrible with all of the double-parking happening on 37th Ave (not to mention the blocked traffic from Trade Fair Global Supermarket's delivery trucks). Cars honk incessantly on 75th/37th. Parking is horrible and it was bad even before we lost a block and a half due to construction. I don't even want to think about what the traffic & parking situation will be like when this new store opens up. From what I've seen so far, it doesn't look as if an underground garage is in the works.

I know that I'm literally shouting NOT IN MY BACKYARD! But I really don't think that the immediately surrounding area can handle the traffic influx that will come with this type of store.

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #131 on: April 23, 2015, 09:25:58 AM »
Am I just being hopeful or does it sound like Fairway? A "well-known store with homemade products and fresh produce."

I bet it'll be another C-Town

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #132 on: April 23, 2015, 11:04:50 AM »
The DNAinfo article's mention of a green grocer brought to mind something I heard a few weeks ago, and that's that one of the local markets, Patel Brothers, Apna Bazar, or Subzi Mandi were looking to relocate.  This isn't substantiated, but from what I heard, one of the three had expressed interest in occupying the Global Supermarket space.  With the mention of a known establishment, I wonder if it may be one of the markets interested in opening at the Bruson.  Food for thought.
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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #133 on: April 23, 2015, 11:26:59 AM »
If it's something that's already in the neighborhood and just looking to relocate that's one thing. But if it's yet ANOTHER grocery store...I don't know, I think we have enough already (although having a TJ's or Fairway would be nice!). And another bank! Ugh! (Although, Habib American bank was there before, so maybe they're just moving back?)

I was hoping for a gym and a pub. Wishful thinking!

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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #134 on: April 23, 2015, 11:33:22 AM »
(Although, Habib American bank was there before, so maybe they're just moving back?)

Grabey, I was just about to post about Habib Bank also.  Yes, they may be looking to move back to the Bruson.  Their current space seems rather small.
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Re: Fire breaks out at Bruson Building
« Reply #134 on: April 23, 2015, 11:33:22 AM »