If you find yourself feeling kind of grandish while shopping in the Rite Aid at 723 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, look up. It could be that enormous, two-ton mirrored ball hanging from the high vaulted ceiling that's giving you a spring in your step.
Duane Reades are famous for adapting any old space into a sprawling pharmacy. But Rite Aid beat them to this address, the former Meserole Theatre movie palace. A maze of twisting aisles lurk yards and yards below a soaring white dome. The outlines of what once was the proscenium can be spied on one side of the space, the closed off balcony (now storage space) on the other.
After the movie house closed down, the building lived on for a while as a roller rink. Thus, the mirrored ball. When I asked why the ball was not taken down when the pharmacy moved in (it was an Eckerd first, actually), I was told that if I could find a way to get the huge trinket down, I was welcome to it. I'm thinking about it. I then asked why they didn't get the damn thing spinning again, to give the store a more romantic atmosphere. Because I'm a smart-ass.