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Already, I can feel the cash flying out my pockets this weekend, and I know I’m not alone. This store, on the cool side of Smith Street near Atlantic, could take care of many of your shopping needs, if you like to give pillows, hand-knitted items, and clothing that says Brooklyn on it.

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This past weekend was a big one for holiday shopping. With the distressed economy, people are either being practical or out of control with the spending. My suggestion? Buy a couple ladders in primary colors; it’s a purchase that is useful and a little frivolous, too.

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Back to Seersucker Restaurant for another look; now the deviled eggs are served four at a time. Right now the window has an autumn pumpkin/squash motif and a menu for take-out Thanksgiving food. The pig-out holiday is barely more than a week away, and this Southern food restaurant will make sure to work in some pork products, don’t you worry.

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Smith Street, where this Rite Aid is, has gone upscale over the last decade. This store, though, hasn’t kept up with it’s new chi-chi neighbors: windows pocked by bullet holes haven’t been replaced, and the sign is burning out letter by letter. Looks like no one cares.

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Reading an e-book while walking, wearing color-coordinated shirt and shoes, and sporting a pointy hairdo – these are advanced skills. An average pedestrian, such as myself, aims to do one thing, like carry a magazine and not trip over cracks in the sidewalk.

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My first though was go-cart steering wheel? Then I saw the guy was holding a ten-pound weight. Ironically, weights are never heavier than when you are getting them home.

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I’m not ready to go in the New St. Clair for a meal or snack. I’m content to look in the window and see if there are any customers. The sign outside says “since 1920” – to me, despite renos, the coffee shop has a patina of old and greasy, which does not mix well with a potential food order.

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What were they going to call the Nu Hotel, the Jailview? The presently unused Brooklyn jail is the main sight out the window, but you can twist your neck and see the hip destinations down Smith Street. Nu is the 13th Greek letter, and it also has many other meanings. It’s a Yiddish interjection equivalent to “so” or “well,” but I suspect the hotel was trying for a Kraftwerk kind of “new.” The hotel has gotten good reviews, except for travelers who would rather be in midtown Manhattan.

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The shadows are more interesting than the banners. The harsh late-winter light creates some nice effects.

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The window is cracked, and the lone customer is sitting in a dark corner; the restaurant’s not feeling too inviting. Still, you’d think a few people would be hungry for chicken wings in the early evening. Maybe they do a lot of delivery business.

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