People are clamoring to get into the Brooklyn (nee Vermont) Farmacy, that "curious old tomb" in Carroll Gardens that was rescued by a green-loving guy from Maine and refurbished by a reality TV show, then splashed and hyped like crazy across the blogosphere and youtube, juicing the excitement.
After a May 7 "soft launch," rumors said it would open on May 14, but it didn't.
There's a sign in the window that says they are "Opening Soon! (Really!)," and that, when they do, they will introduce "the best egg cream in Brooklyn."
(We shall see.)
Until then, the crowds keep clamoring, gathering at the door singly, then in clumps, desperate to partake of that beautifully rehabbed retro interior. This weekend, they never stopped pressing their noses to the glass.
"Is it open?" they whispered to one another. "Why isn't it open?"
More and more, they came and came, in couples, on bicycles, pushing strollers, holding hands. "Why," they cried, "Why isn't it open yet? Fresh mustard! Satellite candies! Egg creams!"
"For the love of God, open already!" one man screamed, throwing himself onto the sidewalk and tearing off his Wayfarer shades, letting the sun burn his eyes to ease the pain in his soul.
Others just stood like hungry zombies at the door, drooling, slapping their open palms against the glass, again and again, moaning, "Egg creams...egg creams...egg creams..."
(Note: Some of that last bit did not actually happen.)
A woman inside the store opened the door. The crowd parted, murmuring, hopeful. She smiled and said, "We'll be opening soon. Really."
You can join their Facebook page to find out when.