Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I love Classon Ave, Too: Park Delicatessen

In the latest piece of news that the good people at the Observer file under "Crown Heights Gentrification Watch," a new skate shop/flower shop has opened on at 533 Park Place (on Classon Avenue), a short hop from new nightspot Washington Commons and on the same physical block as Chevella's and Pluto Gallery.

Park Delicatessen, the opening of which was announced two weeks ago on Brooklynian's Crown Heights Forum by owner Michael Sciafani, retains the name of the previous tenant's business but operates as a full-service skate shop, as well as selling locally-grown flowers and antiques/vintage home and garden supplies. Hours are Wed-Sat 11-6:30 and Sun 12-5. As something of a kickoff, the shop will be hosting a "Skate Jam" on Saturday, May 16th across the street in the PS 316/MS 353 schoolyard.

You can debate the border of the neighborhoods all you want, but there's no denying that Prospect Heights/Crown Heights/Crow Hill is something of a hot spot for new retailers, recession be damned. With the opening of Manhattans this weekend, St. Johns Place now sports the best bar crawl where you can actually get a table in Brooklyn, running east from Bar Sepia (at Underhill) to Manhattans (at Washington) to Abigail (at Classon, and offering a spectacular 4-8 happy hour of $3 beer and $4 wine) to Franklin Park (almost to Franklin, and their usual spectacular selves). You could take a similar walk along Park Place two blocks to the north if you stopped for a drink at Washington Commons, Chevella's, and Homage. At this rate, it won't be long until the old Nassau Brewery at Franklin and Dean re-opens as a brewpub.


  1. Love the blog, don't read a lot of them but this one's great because it's not snarky or gossipy or you know, intended for a freshman in college. I've lived on St. Johns/Franklin in Crown Heights for 2 years now with a bunch of creative people in publishing/fashion/television/music industries....I suppose we fit into the "creative class", or maybe yipsters? This neighborhood has changed like when wolverine gets his metal claws (cool), I just hope it doesn't forget it's past too (bad). Retail changes are great, but some of the things I hear people asking for are insane: "I wish we had more brunch spots" More, really? That's a necessary component of someone's everyday life? Must be nice to be rich. I guess my point is that I moved here to live in a homey-ish neighborhood with a lot of history and lower rents, and I'd hate for new developments to just kind of turn Franklin Ave into a free for all and lose it's balance. Not that I'm complaining, just keeping my fingers crossed. This is an awesome neighborhood!

  2. It's most definitely an awesome neighborhood I merely work in the neighborhood but it's like a second home. :-)