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Yes, Brooklyn Industries Is Coming to Cortelyou Road Later This Month


Yesterday’s post about Brooklyn Industries possibly moving in on Cortelyou Road elicited several strong reactions. Today, we have a definitive answer.

Yes, Brooklyn Industries is coming to the neighborhood. They responded to our inquiries last night and the website now says it’s so. They’re coming to 1420 Cortelyou Road (pictured above) at the end of November. That’s very soon.

The 800 square foot store is their 16th location. We’re continuing to speak with the company about the details and will update when they respond. If you have questions, let us know in the comments, and we’ll ask the new tenants.

In the meantime, the conversation continues. What do you think of Brooklyn Industries new Cortelyou shop?

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  1. This is big step for the neighborhood.
    Maybe a bit too “gentrified” for some but to attract an established
    company is impressive.

  2. I am soooo excited about this! Love the store and regardless, it’ll be great for Cortelyou Road, for the teenagers who want local jobs and for those of us who are tired of target!!! Yay!!!

  3. I’d love to see something go in there, but I’d rather a restaurant or coffee shop or bookstore than a clothing boutique. I think that kind of shopping really ruins the nice, quiet, suburban feel the neighborhood has right now.

  4. I have nothing against Brooklyn Industries, except, who can afford it? I’m not looking forward to Cortelyou Rd. being a major shopping strip – I’d rather see a bookstore, or better yet, and office supply store there!

  5. Still plenty of vacant storefronts for a bookstore (if one can survive in the age of Amazon) or a stationary store.

  6. In the past, when a Gap (I’m talking 90’s) or Starbucks opened, people knew that the neighborhood was ‘over’. That’s how I feel about Brooklyn Industries. It’s serious hipster wannabe bullshit. We really don’t need it and if it does open, I hope the neighborhood will have enough self-respect not to shop their and to make its sojourn very short.

  7. I am far too old to worry about whether my neighborhood is “over” or not. If they can make it work, good for them. Empty storefronts do not enhance the neighborhood.

  8. Exactly. When I was growing up in Park Slope, 7th Ave was all small, locally owned stores. Once Starbucks came it just turned into this wasteland of weird chains and franchises. I don’t have anything specifically against Brooklyn Industries but I do fear it is the start of a slippery slope into complete gentrification and blandness on Cortelyou. As long as local businesses can continue to flourish and actually afford the rent I think we’ll be okay.

  9. Personally i think all the people who go on and on about gentrification and hipsters are way more pretentious and obnoxious than gentrifiers or hipsters.

  10. About as usefull to most of us as the Avon store was. The hood isn’t just for trust fund hipsters. Normal working people live here too!

  11. I am so sick of hearing people whine and moan about who and what they don’t want in the neighborhood. Granted, this store is not my particular cup of tea, but why didn’t any of the people complaining about it open up their own store or restaurant or whatever there?

  12. When I was a kid (half a century ago) and needed good warm socks for cold weather, I went to Cortelyou Road to the ski shop and bought some there. The ski shop sold all the gear you could want and also ran tours to Hunter Mountain. It didn’t close down until the late 1970s.

    Now, what kind of “hood” caters to skiers? Fifty, thirty years ago? You worried that Flatbush is getting gentrified? Then you’re too young to remember really fine French bakeries like Dubin’s and Sutter’s or the lovely appetizers stores — or the ski shop.

    Enough with the snarks about gentrification already. If we can bring back the nice sorts of stores we had when I was growing up in Brooklyn, that’s not such a bad thing.

  13. I don’t even know what the hell Brooklyn Industries is, and I don’t really care, but I’d take it sight unseen over a random coffee shop or bodega or 90 cent store or whatever it is that the hardcore oldtimers would rather see there.

  14. Well, “Sam” – go ahead and open your own establishment if you have a better idea. There are a some places on Cortelyou I don’t patronize, but I don’t actively want them to fail.

  15. Unfortunately, we’ve moved from being just another (though beautiful) Brooklyn neighborhood to being in the outer orbit of the Williamsburghisation of the borough. That’s what I’m talking about. And BI is just another capstone of that trendyness. Bring back the bike shop, the ski shop, a bookstore maybe, but leave Brooklyn Industries up north where they belong.

  16. Wait a minute Sigh, I just noticed your other post about trust-fund hipsters, then you attack me for using that term. Pretty curious!

  17. I don’t think that’s what “hardcore” oldtimers are looking for (unless they are low income oldtimers, then, yes, a bodega or 99c store is where they would shop). There are many other possibilities, such as a non-random coffee shop a la Windsor Cafe. That would be perfect.

  18. The ski shop was here until at least the mid 80’s and we had a bicycle shop through the 90’s. We had a bookstore and Bills at the corner of Rugby, Cortelyou Drugs and others that served the community

  19. I have no idea what Brooklyn Industries is, but we do need industry in Brooklyn to provide employment here not China

  20. Adventure Ski was there when I moved in (92) but closed a few years later. I got a nice pair of ski pants there. Now I thing there’s only one independent ski shop left in all of Brooklyn with its 2.5m people. Newer people don’t know that this was an upscale neighborhood for most of its existence until apx 30-40 years ago when the old stores started closing and the 99c stores took their place. My issue with the current upswing is that it not only cater to the younger, trendy population. Otherwise, I think it’s great that we turned the corner a few years back and people are taking risks again.

  21. A 90 cent store could totally curb the market and drive all those 99 cent stores out of business – genius!

  22. While I won’t use it even monthly, It will be a place I can grab a gift for family members, and occasionally, myself. I don’t feel entitled to every store meeting my desires or needs, and am happy to see empty storefronts getting filled. There are plenty of stores I never go into, and this could have been much, much worse.

  23. Yay, I can finally return my bag that I bought from Brooklyn Industries that broke a month later. Ha. I do still like the store though and it’s better than having a vacant storefront or another 99 cent store. Welcome to the hood, BI.

  24. You are completely out of touch – BI is not for hipsters and trust fund kids – its homogenized Brooklyn made for America and if you had any idea what was going on in this economy you would know that the head of B&N and Amazon and every publisher has no interested in printed books anymore. Yeah for a bike shop and for other stores – ANY STORES that arent what litters our hood now – but for the time being BI is triumph that’s bigger than its opening.

  25. My apologies. The author of that post did read Sigh originally, then read curmudgeon when I came back. That was weird.

  26. Yeah, kind of. I know what you mean and I use the term hipster lightly, though someone else-not me- used the term trust fund kids. It is a homogenized mass-market store but wrapped in a very Brooklyn-specific trendyness (it did originate in Williamsburgh or Bushwick remember). But homogenized mass market is exactly what most people DO NOT want here. I know we’re not immune to market forces, but lets try holding off as long as possible, shall we? This is the last post I’m making on this subject.

  27. I have several coats from BI and when they have sales you can get really good deals on stuff. They are a locally owned business and power their stores with 100% wind power, everything put inside a store is either recycled furniture or sustainable. What concerns me is people complaining about this store over the DISGUSTING Dunkin Donuts with its fake gross wood facade, gross orange interior. What an eyesore! Not to mention that they are not a locally owned company, all of their baked goods are so high in calories and fat. And don’t get me started on their beverages which are terrible for you. I for one and happy that BI is moving in. I’d rather have that than Dunkin Donuts, and the 99c stores that litter Cortelyou.

  28. I’d love a good quality butcher/italian food shop, housewares store, baking supplies…something like that, as long as it’s independently owned, not a chain. It’s so important to a neighborhood to have shops run by the owners who care and have pride in their business and want to know customers by name, for me that really creates community.

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