Clinton Hill residents claim new adult shop inappropriate for community

The newly opened Romantic Depot on Fulton Street is being classified as a retail store by the Department of Buildings.

News 12 Staff

Mar 16, 2022, 2:30 AM

Updated 823 days ago

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Some residents claim a newly opened business in Clinton Hill is not appropriate for the community.
The newly opened Romantic Depot on Fulton Street is being classified as a retail store by the Department of Buildings.
Residents say they feel this is misleading and that the shop appears to be an adult establishment by the advertisements in the windows.
According to New York State zoning laws, these types of shops are prohibited from being within 500 feet of a house of worship or school.
The Romantic Depot is about 200 feet from a church, but since it is considered a retail store, it is allowed to stay there.
Suzanne DeBrango and other residents say the shop needs to be relocated to a more appropriate location.
“We would like them to move to Atlantic Avenue,” she says. “A lot of sex shops there. There’s no schools, no churches, no children walking up and down the streets.”
Some residents say they are not bothered by the shop in the community.
“I was happy. I bought some funny candy and stuff for friends. It’s not all about sex," says resident Henny Famili.
There’s an ongoing lawsuit regarding whether the Romantic Depot is violating any laws. In the meantime, it will stay put.
News 12 reached out to Romantic Depot for comment.


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