Back in March, the Area Yoga at 45 5th Avenue moved all its classes around the corner to a sunnier but smaller studio at 429 Bergen Street, much to the chagrin of many local yogis. The 5th Avenue location will be repurposed as Area Sweat—Brooklyn’s first and only Infrared Sauna Spa.
Clients can relax in a crate-like sauna that uses infrared heat therapy to increase the body’s “core temperature” to release a “detoxifying sweat” that promotes “weight loss, pain relief, improved circulation and skin rejuvenation.”
According to the Area Yoga Facebook page, the sauna will open soon.
A few weeks ago I passed by 86 5th Avenue (between St. Marks Place &. Warren Street), the former home of Teaus. The exterior had a fresh coat of white paint and the windows were covered in brown paper.
A sign on the window read: “Next Opening La Pinseria,” “Original Roman Pinsa,” and “Is Not Pizza Is ‘Pinsa.'” The sign includes two photos of what look like oblong-shaped pizzas. A search online doesn’t bring up any information about La Pinseria, but pinsa seems to be a popular Italian street food, similar to pizza, but not.
Fifth Avenue already has plenty of pizza options including PizzaTown at 85 5th, Peperoncino at 72 5th, Artichoke at 59 5th, Pizza Superstar around the corner at 446B Dean, and Patsy’s Pizzeria at 450 Dean Street—so it’s probably a good thing that La Pinseria “Is Not Pizza.”
A new bar called The Commissioner will be taking over the old Pork Slope spot at 247 5th Avenue (between Carroll Street & Garfield Place). According to an Instagram post two days ago, information about the opening will be announced soon.
A Facebook message posted by John M. Murtagh on May 10 reads, “About eighty years ago, my grandfather opened his bar and restaurant, Maguire’s Chop House, in NYC. This weekend three of his great grandsons will be back in the business with ‘The Commissioner,’ named for their grandfather, my Dad, in Park Slope Brooklyn. ‘Ahd Mor (good luck) fellas!”
Good luck to all the new businesses coming to 5th Avenue!