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Is there some fizzle in the Carroll Gardens Smith Street sizzle? Well, it's hard to pronounce a fizzling trend as opposed to just the regular ebb-and-flow of things on a strip where upheaval is fairly constant, but the visual evidence suggests that a lot of storefronts are currently empty on of Brooklyn's premiere shopping and retail strips. Both new ones and older ones are vacant and longtime businesses are closing in the face of rising rents. "Could hip Smith Street be, well, not hip anymore? Is Smith Street fizzling out? Gasp!" Say it ain't so. [Pardon Me for Asking]