Flickr photo by James Wolberg
In case you were wondering, this ain't Venice. It is the picturesque Gowanus Canal; as of today the home of Whole Foods, they call Third & 3rd (corner of 3rd Avenue & 3rd Street). Did they dodge the Gowanus tag?
Gothamist is covering the opening stampede. No way was I going to trudge my way there with snow on the ground. If you do not have a car, this store is not public transportation friendly. But wait, help is on the way in the form of the reactivated B37 bus which will drop you off in front of the store...sometime next year (read on).
Thanks to the help of local politicians, each of whom will claim the credit, the B37 bus service will be restored next year. Discontinuing this bus was a major disservice to residents of south Brooklyn, Bay Ridge in particular (disclosure, I live there). I just wonder if pressure from Whole Foods had anything to do with the pending B37 restoration.
Note the Lowe's sign in the photo above. The B37 made this store accessible by bus. Without it, fuggedaboutit! The B37 also dropped you off right in front of Costco. So, I suspect the pressure brought by Costco, Lowe's and now Whole Foods made the B37 reappear rather than any politico magic.
But, not until an unspecified time in 2014. Why not now!
The video is a Whole Foods puff piece about the new store. Check it out. Note that Viraj Puri, CEO and Co-Founder of Gotham Greens is featured. They will manage the rooftop greenhouse. I am really looking forward to getting up there to see it and take some pics.
I won't wait for the B37 bus.