Ho-ly schnikes. Did you think the pawn shop was dead and buried? Seemed like it, right? After a sizeable community protest and clear evidence of a zoning violation, the signs came down and all was quiet. But today, the owners announced that they're back like Jason Voorhees, with their pawn shop re-animated as a "jewelery shop" that also buys gold and electronics. The kicker? In a big F-U to the Crow Hill Community Association, who led the charge against them, the new place is called "Crow Hill Jewelery." The Department of Buildings can't come out and investigate the zoning until they're actually open, but they are looking into the construction complaint that was made earlier.
Meanwhile, the CHCA's next meeting is this coming Tuesday, and they'll be focusing on improving access to credit in Crown Heights. Come by LaunchPad at 7:30pm on the 16th.
In other news, Nam's new "sushi" place is looking closer and closer to opening in the old Nairobi's Knapsack space. I spoke with the owners two nights ago, and they'll be keeping their current location open for fresh produce while moving dry and packaged goods to the new shop, where they'll also have coffee and sushi bars. Perhaps this will finally allow them to widen their comically narrow aisles in the old place.