What A Novel Idea: New Nail Salon Coming To 93 Montague Street

If one were to traipse through the 11201 Zip Code to get their nails done, it would be easy enough to visit a different salon for every digit on both hands and feet. That includes the fringes of Cobble Hill, DUMBO and downtown Brooklyn. In the Heights proper, you’re not exactly suffering: Yelp and the Yellow Pages bring up some 14 choices.

There must be an endless demand for such a service, because Montague Street is about to get its seventh nail salon at 93 Montague, the previous sales office for Love Lane Mews, which shuttered in the fall. A sign in the window Friday, January 20, announced “Nail & Spa Opening Soon,” with an approved building permit posted.

A walk down Montague already offers shiny cuticles at: Plaza Nails at 151 Montague, Simoa Nail at 141, Hair Profile at 137, The Heights Salon at 136, Dashing Diva at 130 and Irene Dinvol at 119. Perplexing, huh? Pretty soon the entire neighborhood will waft of nothing but nitrocellulose (we had to look that one up).

See below for a full list of nail salons in the 11201 code… and wonder… why?

No assurance on 110% accuracy here: based on most recent Yelp and Yellow Pages searches for “Nail Salons” in 11201… Please don’t bite my nails… uh, head off, if there’s a venue or two off. This is not meant as a shoppers’ guide… only to execute a point. While some are hairdressing salons, manicures and/or pedicures were listed among additional services in the above searches. Please be kind.

Choi’s Art Nails, 149 Atlantic Avenue
The Heights Salon, 136 Montague Street
Nail House, 163 Remsen Street
Park Nails & Spa, 210 State Street
Dashing Diva, 130 Montague Street
Studios Fryzura, 78 Clark Street
Plaza Nails, 151 Montague Street
Uimage Unisex Salon Spa, 163 Joralemon Street
Height Nail Corp., 80 Cranberry Street
Tatyana’s Nails, 85 Livingston Street
Nail House, 157 Remsen Street
Samoa Nail, 141 Montague Street
Irene Dinov, 119 Montague Street
Image Unisex Salon-Spa, 91 Pineapple Street
Pretty Nails, 191 Court Street
Hair Profile, 137 Montague Street
Long Nail Salon/Pretty Nails, 142 Lawrence Street
J&A Nail, 154 Lawrence Street
Dashing Diva, 129 Smith Street
Suhjk Mic, 80 Cranberry Street

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  • Andrew Porter

    91 Pineapple Street is actually Pineapple Walk, and is not a nail salon, but a hairdressers, as are Studios Fryzura and Irene Dinov. The two listings for 80 Cranberry are on Henry Street and are the same place, a pure nail salon.

    Meanwhile, the national chain of massage spas that went before the Community Board, now has large signs in what used to be the title insurance office on Remsen Street, with an opening set for a few months for now. But no happy endings…

  • Andrew Porter

    Oh, and nitrocellulose: also called gun cotton, used in munitions. Probably not what you meant.

  • AEB

    And this is the way the world ends–not with a bang, but a mani-pedi….

  • EHinBH

    Can you please seek an interview with the owner? i really want to know why he/she thinks this is a good idea. I’ll take one sentence even.

  • Emily

    No mention of the new spa going up on remsen ???

  • C.

    Oh c’mon already! This neighborhood sucks

  • Bette

    AEB – that was a good one!

    Another nail salon? I could just about cry. Are they super profitable or what? And I love EhinBH’s idea to interview the new owners about what research they did to decide that BH needed another nail salon.

  • Ginny

    I actually go out of the zip code to “Elegant Nails” on Smith, opposite Carroll Street, thereabouts. I find it’s good exercise to walk down there and the service is excellent if not particularly elegant.

  • Jorale-man

    There must be some economist out there who can explain why nail salons proliferate like this (aside from the obvious fact that affluent neighborhoods have women who are more zealous about keeping up their appearances). Are the overhead costs lower than other types of stores? Anyway, there must be a saturation point by now.

  • Cat

    Office workers like to go to nail salons on their lunch hours–there are a lot of walk-ins at these places. If the salon workers are fast and efficient, one can get one’s nails done and still have time for lunch. The salon I go to on an irregular basis said they have been slow lately.

    My guess is that the multiple nail salons go along with the multiple fast food places–they cater to the lunch time office crowd.

  • David on Middagh

    Andy, I believe nitrocellulose can be impregnated with a compound of acetone (a.k.a nail-polish remover), thus the nasal similitude.

  • AEB

    I’ll wager they did no research, Bette. They’re working the Macy’s-Gimbel’s (do I date myself?) angle without much concern that others have done the same again and again and with “sufficient” success.

  • AEB

    We used to snort nitrocellulose at college. A great high–and perfect nails.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/13189502@N02/ Eddyenergizer

    Actually, Nitrocellulose is used in nail polish as in Nitrocellulose Lacquer. it is also used to make guitar picks and was used to make 78 rpm records and photographic film… It was the base of the first successful industrial plastic compounds. A o fcourse it is the propellent in all modern small arms ammunition as it is highly flammable.

  • WillowtownCop

    “aside from the obvious fact that affluent neighborhoods have women who are more zealous about keeping up their appearances”

    I disagree completely. I always thought doing your nails was a new money thing. My southern grandmother, who I lived with as a child, came from a time and place where ladies of a certain class wouldn’t be caught dead with painted nails.

  • Knight

    I totally agree with you. In my office, it’s the lower paid administrative staff members that have the fancier nails, not the “affluent” female lawyers.

  • BronxKid

    If it’s lunchtime walk ins this new place is depending on for business, it won’t last long in that spot. Too far away from the office buildings on Court Street.

  • north heights res

    People, walk into any nail salon and you’ll see people from a variety of classes. And not everyone gets a manicure to get “fancy” nails. Some people like color on their nails, some like well-maintained hands, some like the relaxation element. There’s a nasty undertone permeating these comments about who gets their nails done. All kinds of men and women do.

  • WillowtownCop

    If there is a nasty tone it’s because we’re sick of shops in our neighborhood that cater to people who don’t live here. And spare us the all classes are the same BS – you only have to check out the nails in the Walmart near a trailer park in New Jersey and compare them to the nails at the Harvard club for the Yale game to know the fuzzy little world you speak of is nothing but a fantasy.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/13189502@N02/ Eddyenergizer

    I’ll add: Most men do not ever get manicures or go to day spas.

  • north heights res

    Virtually every woman I know who lives in Brooklyn Heights goes to the salons here: for manicures, for pedicures, for waxing. I live and work in this neighborhood; many of my colleagues/friends also live and work nearby. I’m in one of those salons about once a month, and it’s the rare occasion that I don’t run into someone I know…and that a man isn’t there, as well.

    So you, please, spare me your my myopic and prejudiced perspective. Does the neighborhood need another nail salon? Almost certainly not. But to say that they are patronized only by people who don’t live here is foolish.

    Who cares what color the polish is or how long the nails are? People of all economic classes get their nails done. Your snobbery is offensive.

  • ColumbiaHeightster


    ps- this blog needs a Like button to complement the Reply button.

  • Joe

    Usually agree with WillowtownCop on a great many things but gonna have to disagree on this one.

    If you go to the nail places around here, it is definitely mixed-use by locals and workers. I often see my children’s classmates dashing into Dashing Diva for a mani-pedi with their moms and my neighbors in my building go religiously every 2 weeks in the summer to get pedicures at the 2nd floor place. Also note that many of the ladies in BH do tend to get natural, clear or very pale colors so you can’t tell they even got polish on–which isn’t the same as not patronizing the nail salons.

    The real question is if this particular nail salon can survive with so much heated competition. Apparently the nail salons here are suffering from the economy and the competition is stiff due to low barrier of entry. The upfront cost & skill is lower than most other types of business.

  • stuart

    I get my fingernails and toenails done for me. It’s nice. Any problem with that?

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    I second stuart. I go to the salon on Henry Street off Cranberry monthly to get my nails done. I also get a pedicure during the summer cuz it feels wonderful. The leg massage is fantastic. I’ve introduced other males to this salon and they loved the experience.

  • Jorale-man

    Well, my bottom line is: whether local people like fancy nails or office workers do, there are still a disproportionate number of nail salons for the number of storefronts in the neighborhood. That was my original point. Maybe Montague is becoming a “nail district” like the Flower District in Chelsea or the Curry Hill in the E. 20s and 30s.

  • Heightsguy

    there’s actually a tapas bar being installed at 132 Montague, fyi. So there will be some variety. I hope it’s good, and they are up against some good ones like Xunta in W’burg and Pipa on 19th St. There is already a petition against their getting a liquor license. There goes the chorizo cooked in red wine!

  • WillowtownCop

    I didn’t mean a massage or a wax or a neutral manicure. I was thinking of the purple claws crowd. Some of them even have rhinestones. It doesn’t even have anything to do with money – it’s like people who drive around in a ridiculous Beemer to show off their money and how classy they think they are – it’s vulgar.

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    The best definition of “class” that I ever heard went something like this:
    “Class is how you treat people when no one is looking”.
    I have driven BMW’s for 20 years and I most certainly do not consider myself vulgar for having done so.

  • WillowtownCop

    You don’t have to worry about what I think – I’m just a blue collar, working class prole. But to deny that social class exists in this society is something only those at the middle or the top would do. It dictates more about you than some would care to admit.