Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Pawn Shop Returns, Nam's Builds Their Empire


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.

9 comments:

  1. i love the name good luck guys

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  2. you may find the a "we buy gold and electronics" place is zoned differently than a Pawn Shop.

    ....call the dept of planning

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  3. all jewelry store buy gold wlak by any jewelry store and you soon find out they all buy gold
    and i do like the name

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  4. the wall has also been painted purple and it looks like a mural in the works

    http://brooklynian.com/forum/crown-heights-and-prospect-lefferts-gardens/prospective-park-place-pawnshop-near-franklin-avenue/page/5?replies=117#post-714176

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  5. what a shame. and who wants to bet the first 4 comments on her are by the owner? boo. i hope it gets out. i will not be supporting this place, and i hope others don't either. i also really hope crime doesn't go up...but as nick says, studies show my hopes are in vain.

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  6. “Most historians agree that the name Crow Hill was coined in derogatory reference to the black community of Carrville and Weeksville, whose residents were sometimes known as “crows,” writes Henry Goldschmidt, author of 2006′s Race and Religion Among the Chosen People of Crown Heights.

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  7. This is my understanding of the name's origin, too, though like many terms that started out as slurs, it's been appropriated by those who seek to celebrate the origins of Crown Heights North as one of New York City's first free black communities: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeksville,_Brooklyn

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  8. Lots of discussion and cites here:

    http://brooklynian.com/forum/crown-heights-and-prospect-lefferts-gardens/dutch-boy-burger-is-open/page/2

    http://brooklynian.com/forum/crown-heights-and-prospect-lefferts-gardens/dutch-boy-burger-is-open/page/3

    The origin of the term is not conclusive

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  9. where is the old "Nairobi's Knapsack" space? i've lived in the 'hood for over 5 years and i don't remember that at all. i wish nam's had taken over the old mazon's - that would be awesome...although their prices could come down a bit.

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