Thursday, March 20, 2008

Williamsburg Food & Retail Rumormill, McDonald's Included

Salvation Army

Yesterday, we had a photo of a Dunkin' Donuts sign affixed to the scaffolding fronting the Quadriad Development site on Bedford Avenue. Some readers left comments saying that the sign was attached to some wood that had been put up, so lacking definitive word on a planned DD on Bedford, it's still in the rumor stage. (Though one caused by a sign.) There is other interesting Williamsburg information to report. One report is clearly based in reality and one that is a crazy, yet mildly plausible, and definitely-worth-mentioning rumor. First, the crazy, then the more run-of-the-mill:

1) Rumor has it that McDonald's has its sights set on Bedford Avenue. (Repeat: This is a rumor. It is only a rumor and we are presenting it as a crazy rumor.) A reader notes that "Word on the street is: Mc Donalds bought Salvation Army on Bedford and N7 few months ago. Their lease is ending soon, here come the Mc Muffins in the morning. This is a rumor, but it sounds awfully accurate." Property records show that the building (above) is still in the hands of the Salvation Army, however, which acquired it in 1974 from GTR Realty Corp.

2) A significant number of shops are opening on N. 3 & N. 4 Streets by mid-year. A tipster writes, "I've learned that between 5 to 10 stores will open on the next block in the next 5 months, between Wythe and Berry. This is getting out of control. Fastest gentrification of a neighborhood ever? Feels like the developers want to beat Brasilia on the speed level..." The detail provided includes "a furniture store, a candy store, a fashion store on the north side of the [N. 3] street and i have no clue about the 3-4 shopping spaces on the ground floor of the new condo building on the south side." The new building in question, which is pictured below with its street-level retail space, is 100 N3 Lofts.

100 N3 Loft Street Level



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty please with sugar on top - no McDonald's! I can barely manage the crazy rumor. Shops on 3rd and 4th? Fingers crossed we see local, homegrown business.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that salvation army mcdonalds rumor has been around for years. who knows why?

10:10 AM  
Blogger judy said...

I've been hearing that Salvation Army/McDonalds rumor off and on for about ten years now. I'll bet it's on Snopes by now!

10:10 AM  
Blogger olivier said...

Maybe because the architecture of that space already looks like a suburban Mc Donald's from the outside.

hopefully it will remain a rumor for ten more years.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That intersection of N7th and Bedford needs another deli! 4 corner deli trend for 2008!

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm... stumbling into a late-night Mickey D's for a juicy #1 value meal after a night of drinking at Hotel Delmano nearby sounds great to me. Bring it on!

3:46 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

McDonalds would be horrible for this corner - I'm not anti-chain but a McDonalds never brings anything good looking, attractive, or interesting. I hope this is a Snopes-type rumor!

6:33 PM  

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