While the Two Trees development on Atlantic Avenue next to the old Independence Bank has shot up like the proverbial weed, and is nearly done, the bank itself, trumpeted to be home to Brooklyn's first Trader Joe's, has been the quietest address in town. Nary a nail pounded in for months.
But hope remains, apparently. Wondering what was going on, I wrote directly to Trader Joe's headquarters, and got a pleasant response the same day from a regional vice president. He said the build out could begin as soon as next week and work would take from four to five months. That would mean summer shopping for Brooklynites. Hey, it's better than a kick in the teeth.