A Brooklyn Store Offers Astounding Variety, With Patter

Neighborhood Joint

A series of articles profiling favorite local haunts.
What’s your neighborhood joint?

Not all of Brooklyn glows with gentrification. Deep in the borough’s southwest pocket is Bath Beach, a few dozen blocks sandwiched between Bensonhurst and the Belt Parkway. Shuttered storefronts and signs in competing languages testify to economic hardship and ethnic flux. But amid the comings and goings is a monument to fortitude: Nick’s Discount Store.

The double-wide storefront offers an astounding assortment of goods. Stacked on shelves and lining the narrow aisles are groceries, greeting cards, gift bags, toys, remedies and holiday decorations. There are lawn ornaments, skin lotions, school supplies, pet supplies, coin wrappers, yarn, diapers, picture frames — pretty much everything. There’s a full deli up front, and a counter where the store’s owner, Dominick Cavalieri, known as Big Nick, holds forth.

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