A massive commercial property on the corner of Fort Hamilton Parkway and 86th Street is for sale or lease. This site has seen several iterations of large-scale furniture stores, including Seaman’s, Ashley, Jennifer Convertibles and, more recently, Jennifer Furniture Clearance Center.
Further along 86th Street is a new vacant lot that many years ago housed Blockbuster Video, and across Battery Avenue is the property that someday may be the site of a public middle school. When we stopped by this site, the old Nathan’s building was still standing and we saw a sign indicating asbestos abatement was taking place.
Glad to see that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill designating baseball as New York State’s official sport. The state Legislature, pushing politics aside, voted overwhelmingly for the measure; the vote was 61-2 in the Senate and 147-2 in the Assembly. On March 12, we joined the effort when we wrote a column, “Let’s make baseball New York’s official sport.” If you want to help promote it on your car, the DMV is offering vanity plates that say, “The Birthplace of Baseball.”