As jackhammers pound away at the future Whole Foods on Bedford Avenue, word is spreading that Apple is eying a building (once reportedly scoped out by J. Crew) just across Williamsburg’s main drag for one of the company’s attention-getting stores.
First, there was the announcement that there’d be a 20,000-square foot, pesticide-free, energy-efficient farm on the roof. Then, we learned the roof would also be home to a bar serving local brews.
Today, with news of a partnership with a local arts group, it’s clear the soon-to-open Gowanus Whole Foods is trying its best to become one with its hipster clientele.
Something not-so-all-natural went down at a Manhattan Whole Foods Market on Sunday.
The NYPD has confirmed that two armed robbers stole $60,000 from the Bowery Whole Foods Market on the Lower East Side.
According to DNAInfo, a group of store employees were transporting the cash to the store’s second floor around 10p.m. Read More
“Whole Foods? More like Whole Paycheck!” That’s one of the really funny jokes commonly bestowed on the yuppie warehouse for years, but it’s trying out promotions via Twitter and Facebook to shed that image. According to the WSJ, your rich aunt’s favorite grocery store is posting “flash sales” to lure in customers who would normally flee to the closest Trader Joe’s instead.
Up & Down the Street
When Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey’s book, Conscious Capitalism, came out in January, Claude Arpels and Winsome Brown hosted a book party for about 150 people at their gorgeous and expansive Tribeca apartment. It was a fitting venue. While America’s hard right continues to find new ways to make people hate big business and the Read More
Hipster vs. Hipster
Williamsburg hipsters are very busy these days! Whether it’s butchering some kind of heirloom pig or smelting the umpteenth variation on a V-shaped necklace to sell at Brooklyn Flea, what burgeoning tradesman or woman has time to dig through thrift stores for the perfect pair of high-waisted Jordache jeans or frumpy chic granny sweaters? Not to mention that the neighborhoods’ thrift stores have been hopelessly picked over since at least 2005.
Thank goodness Urban Outfitters—and maybe even Anthropologie!—will soon be coming to the neighborhood. The college campus staple and her older, wealthier sister (who’s always going off on trips to foreign lands, writing dreamy not-quite-coherent thoughts in her leather-bound diary) are both looking to move into Williamsburg, Crain’s reports.
The Coignet building—a classical structure executed in concrete at 360 Third Avenue in Gowanus—has had a strange allure since the day it was completed in 1873. An elegant mansion in the midst of an industrial zone, it served as both an office building and an advertisement for the material being manufactured in the factory complex behind it, deftly melding disparate elements in a fashion that passerby have long found beguiling.
But the building has languished, empty and deteriorating, for decades. Located on the edge of a vast lot that will soon be occupied by a Whole Foods, it is the lone remnant of the industrial landscape it once anchored. Now, there is a possibility that it may finally be restored and occupied, presiding not just over the neighborhood’s past, but playing a role in its future as well. The building’s owner—Richard Kowalski—has put the mansion on the market with Massey Knakal (a development first spotted by the blog Pardon Me for Asking).
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Over the course of the next few years, Harlem will undergo some major plastic surgery.
First up: a facelift.
Earlier this year, Columbia University began construction of their latest Manhattanville campus expansion, a 17-acre, $6.4 billion site in West Harlem which will serve as the future location of the Jerome L. Green Science Center.
“Five years ago we got some peculiar looks before bidding this project out,” executive director of environmental field compliance for Manhattanville development, Ramesh Raman, told DNAinfo. “Now, good contractors realize this is the wave of the future.”
Second in line: buttock implants.
The Mysteries of Brooklyn
There is something about big box stores that brings out irrational hatred. Especially in Brooklyn.
Now that plans for a 52,000-square foot Whole Foods store are hurtling toward groundbreaking, Brooklynites have been forced to confront their fears that without dogged opposition, the borough might come to resemble the kind of suburban hellhole found in the southern or central U.S. Or the Upper West Side, even.
The Mysteries of Brooklyn
As Williamsburg has transformed from derelict industrial district to artists’ bohemia to ground zero for Brooklyn gentrification, one eyesore has remained on Bedford Avenue. No, not the ugly condos on all sides, but a hulking burned out warehouse at the corner of North Fourth Street. Well, it will now become the holy grail of BroBo living: a Whole Foods.