Up until recently, the Chocolate Factory Theater was the only commercial space on 49th Avenue west of Vernon Blvd. When Case Enrique, a Mexican cuisine restaurant opened last week next to what locals call the Shady Park (official name is Andrews Playground), we started to predict a new retail block for Hunters Point. There is evidence to support such plans. Besides Plaxall’s planned mixed-use building at 49-09 5th Street, which will feature a small storefront on the ground floor, we have just began to market a wonderful new 6,200-sq-ft retail space at 5-28 49 Avenue. Formerly an auto shop, the property actually runs all the way through to 50th Avenue on the other side, and is adjacent to a lovely garden managed by NYC Dept of Parks.
What will it be? Another restaurant? A long-awaited hardware store, perhaps?