Central Avenue Storefront Currently Vacant

Property is next to municipal parking lot and chain stores.

A 3,100 square-foot storefront on Central Avenue is now available to rent.

Rent for the property, at 416-418 Central Ave., is negotiable, according to a LoopNet listing. The ground-floor property includes a full store basement and a 35-foot façade on Central Avenue with dual access from the rear of the store.

The store is adjacent to a municipal parking lot and is close to many known businesses.

What would you like to see move in to this property? 

Neil Metz February 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM
How about another temple ...
i.e. instructor February 11, 2013 at 02:48 PM
there must be some incentive to leave stores vacant. take a look at broadway in woodmere and hewlett. EMPTY STORES FOR YEARS!!! and neil, nearly anything is better than an empty storefront. empty storefronts make a village look shabby and undesirable.
James Rotenberg February 11, 2013 at 03:44 PM
We really could use a posh Michva in the area.
Igwheet February 11, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Mr. Rotenberg, I recall how shocked you were last week to read that someone had the temerity to voice criticism (and the poor taste to use foul language when doing so) of your associate Mr. Weinstock. In the off chance you really are genuinely interested in keeping the tone of these comments civil, the first step would be to remember that those who have nothing nice to say, should consider saying nothing.
Susan February 11, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Wow, Mr. Metz and Mr. Rotenberg, are the vacancies the Jews' fault too? Wait and see what happens to your beloved town when they finally listen to you and they leave...
5TResident February 11, 2013 at 05:42 PM
How about a Barnes & Noble? Something everyone could use.
5TResident February 11, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Mr. Rotenberg, your remark calls to mind the timeless saying by Abraham Lincoln. "It is better to remain silent and merely be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." You would do well to heed Lincoln's words.
Toby Tobias February 11, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Oh come on now Yidlach! It might be a good idea to laugh at ourselves now and again instead of being so self-righteous and serious. My answer to Mr. Metz would have been: " Good idea! This strip could do with a good shul!". How about a community center (for all residents to mingle and learn about each other)??
5TResident February 11, 2013 at 07:40 PM
I wonder if Mr. Metz has the same kind of swollen head as Mr. Met.
Michelle I. Jaeger February 11, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Wonderful idea! We do need something that everyone can enjoy. Starbucks again, maybe, too? Whatever it is, it should contribute to the neighborhood, give it a sense of community.
inwood queens Resident February 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM
LMAO Toby don't you understand this is like dealing with Muslims don't say a word about it or draw a funny cartoon or you will be hunted down and stoned.
i.e. instructor February 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM
sadly, we had a chain bookstore which closed. the void was filled by blue door books, but there really isn't a cafe-type place to sit and hang out. maybe the peninsula library should move it's digs to centralized Central Avenue.
i.e. instructor February 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM
of course we can laugh but the situation is not laughable. empty stores are ugly and a symptom of decline. can someone tell me "WHAT IS THE INCENTIVE TO KEEP THE STORES EMPTY!!!?!?!?!"" please!
inwood queens Resident February 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Yes i.e more tax loop holes make it more profitable for some property owners to keep a property vacant. This is a issue that only the community can resolve by creating laws that force property owners to keep the store fronts occupied. Empty stores hurt other businesses as well as property values in surrounding areas who wants to be the only open store in an empty shopping district. I know I'm not attracted to a area with only a limited selection of places to shop. Another problem is some store owners can't stand completion and would do anything to stop other businesses from opening in the same area. Just look at what's going on Rockaway Turnpike with Costco's plans to open a gas station and look at what Lowe's went through to open. From what I understand a powerful local businessman that owns quite a few businesses and property on the block was none to pleased that he couldn't get a piece of the business.
5TResident February 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM
i.e. instructor: I think that was a Waldenbooks. They closed for the same reason that GameStop on Central Avenue closed - rising rents. I used that Waldenbooks all the time and when I heard it was closing, I spoke to the manager and asked why. I was told that it was NOT because a lack of patronage - the store was always pretty crowded. It was because that the landlord had raised the rent so high that it was no longer profitable to operate a store at that location. Same thing happened to GameStop. No disrespect to Blue Door books but we need a solid chain bookstore on Central Ave.
i.e. instructor February 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM
even the chain stores are closing in largely populated areas. so, if the reason is that rents are too high, and there are tax loop holes, the 5Ts are basically screwed. now what?!
inwood queens Resident February 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM
No this isn't funny i.e But when you have a business district that tries to keep a small percentage of a community happy this is what you get. Most people only have a limited amount of time to go shopping and enjoy time off from work. For me Friday night, Saturday and Sunday are my days to do my shopping and go to dinner. But I know if I want to go shopping Friday after work or Saturday Cedarhurst Hewlett and Woodmere are closed. If I was planning to open a business I would not open in a area that was closed when a large portion of the consumers know that everything is closed. As for shopping on Sunday Cedarhurst doesn't really have anything I'm interested in purchasing.Banana Republic and William Sonoma are great stores but I like to shop WS online and when I go clothes shopping nothing beats Roosevelt Field mall in my book more choices. I also like bacon on my cheese burger, Ham and cheese on my egg sandwich and the tacos I like have meat and cheese in them so not many places for food that I like to eat.
i.e. instructor February 12, 2013 at 02:09 AM
no, it's not funny. i'm very dismayed at the situation. woodmere and hewlett are more diverse so other types of eateries or stores could open but haven't. in fact, there was a much touted Business District merger and NOTHING has happened to put something in the empty stores. many towns have developed walkable shopping areas but good luck having people in hewlett or woodmere walk to a store. if there isn't adequate parking there isn't a snowball's chance in hell the store will last....except for the Clock repair, the Antique store and the strange Fairy-ish one around the corner from Hewlett FD. For some reason, these three have outlasted everyone. ;)


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