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Brooklyn’s Myrtle Avenue sees business boom

In recent years, dozens of uber-hip restaurants, shops and watering holes have landed on the avenue

April 26, 2014 10:00AM

A view of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District at the Ridgewood/ Bushwick border

A view of the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District at the Ridgewood/ Bushwick border

WEEKENDEDITION Locals once referred to Brooklyn’s Myrtle Avenue as “Murder Avenue,” but like so many things in Brooklyn, the eight-mile street extending from Downtown Brooklyn to Queens has become a drinking, dining and shopping hub.

For instance, on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene, pastry-crazed locals can now pick up a Brooklynized Cronut, dubbed a “Squat,” at Chris Sanchez’s La Petit Bakery. And just blocks away, the owners of Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg have opened the Splitty, a low-lit bar known for live entertainment, according to the New York Post.

A bit further down the avenue, the Runner is now serving up Brussels sprouts and kale, while the old-timey general store, Peck’s, flogs specialty food items.

And with dozens of business catering to Brooklyn’s hipster elite continuing to flock to the avenue, it’s no surprise that rents in the neighborhoods Myrtle crosses are continuing to skyrocket. [NYP] Christopher Cameron

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