These storefronts at Pacific Street and Franklin Avenue, which have been shuttered since ILFA moved in nearly five years ago, are getting a makeover inside and out (there were two guys out sandblasting the stonework to clean it this morning). No word yet on if they've been rented and who might be moving in, though brief glances inside suggest that they'll be undergoing gut renovations (the corner space appeared to have been a dark, divey bar or sports club a few decades back). While changes on Franklin have centered on the five-ish blocks immediately north of Eastern Parkway (from Bob & Betty's to the Gueros-Rosco's-Mayfield cluster), new construction and new businesses now seem to be moving north toward Atlantic, perhaps in response to the 1000 Dean Street development (the bodega across the street had just renovated when it was hit by an electrical fire in November). Readers, any idea what might be coming in (or what you'd want to see)?
- Speaking of changes along the Avenue, DNAInfo has a report about the efforts of the 71st Precinct to fight crime through their own Impact Zone south of Eastern Parkway.
- It's Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum tomorrow. This month's theme is "African Innovations" in honor of Black History Month.
- The Brooklyn Paper weighed in this week on the bike corral debate on Franklin.
- The Jewish Week had an article and review about local writer Rebecca Dana's memoir of living in Crown Heights, The Jujitsu Rabbi and the Goddess Blonde, out as of last week.
- For amateur or professional drinkers, the Brokelyn Beer Book is out as of today. 30 beers for 30 bucks, all around Brooklyn. Not too shabby.