07/25/14 4:30pm

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Lyft Says It’s Starting New York City Service [Brooklyn Eagle]
Pushy Crown Heights Sign Urges You To “Please Dress Modestly” [Gothamist]
Shake Shack Coming to Williamsburg? [Free Williamsburg]
Urban Entomology: The Cicadas Are Coming! [Ditmas Park Corner]
Starbucks May Be Opening Another Williamsburg Location, But With Booze [DNAinfo]
Red Hook Locals Divided Over Plan to Add Dance Studios to Public Library [DNAinfo]
Permits Filed: 262 Kent Avenue, Domino Sugar Factory Site A [YIMBY]
Join The 72nd Precinct For National Night Out Against Crime On August 5 [South Slope News]
Exclusive: Rape Behind the Tinted Glass [Brooklyn Brief]

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07/25/14 4:00pm

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The Park Slope Civic Council is accepting nominations for new construction projects that make a “positive contribution to maintaining or enhancing” the neighborhood’s historic identity, as part of its newly created Evelyn and Everett Ortner Park Slope Preservation Awards. The Ortners led a huge effort to preserve historic homes in Park Slope and other Brooklyn neighborhoods and played an important part in the creation of the Park Slope Historic District.

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07/25/14 3:00pm

110 Wolcott Street, Christ Church Chapel, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Christ Church Chapel, now Red Hook Pentecostal Holiness Church
Address: 110 Wolcott Street
Cross Streets: Van Brunt and Conover Streets
Neighborhood: Red Hook
Year Built: 1899
Architectural Style: Romanesque/Gothic Revival
Architect: W. & G. Audsley
Other Buildings by Architect: Prince’s Road Synagogue, Liverpool, England. Also Bowling Green Offices, Manhattan, (NYC Landmark) and the Church of Edward the Confessor in Philadelphia.
Landmarked: No, but should be.

The story: Few cities in the world are as blessed with as much great natural harbor space as New York City. When the Red Hook coastline of Brooklyn became one of the busiest ports in the metropolitan area, blocks of houses and tenements were built to house all of the people who made their living from the docks or the many factories and warehouses spreading out and away from the shore. Most of the inhabitants were the working poor, struggling to survive on the low wages and long hours required to keep their jobs. They certainly did not have the resources or time to build fine institutions for worship or education.

The churches in the more established areas of Brooklyn, in nearby Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, saw Red Hook as a field full of souls ready for harvest. There were both spiritual and physical needs to be met there, so many of Brooklyn’s churches established mission churches in Red Hook. One of them was established by Christ Church, the venerable Episcopalian Church on the corner of Clinton and Harrison Streets in Cobble Hill. (more…)

07/25/14 11:30am

riverfront park

Pardon us if we deviate from the norm just a bit today. Yes, we have some juicy listings for you, but we also wanted to show you around the Hudson River village of Athens in Greene County (west of the Hudson, about 2.5 hours from Brooklyn). We went there yesterday just to explore the waterfront park since its recent upgrade, and overall, we came away feeling quite charmed by it all, even if Athens seems to suffer from that same eerie weekday quietness that other places around here do, as if the whole town is waiting for something to happen. There are lots of empty storefronts with “for rent” signs in the windows, almost no cars driving around, and we encountered only two other people out walking. There is, however, a brew pub that emits the most tantalizing malty fragrance for two blocks surrounding its location, not to mention the most charming outdoor dining area on the waterfront that is connected to the historic Stewart House boutique hotel. Other stuff we discovered on our jaunt: Athens has a town pool, a huge cemetery, and tons of great houses. But before we get to those, take a brief visual tour of the town after the jump.

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07/25/14 10:45am

Prospect Park Lake composite

A Look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Because it was so carefully planned and executed almost 150 years ago, Prospect Park today looks as if it had always been there. Which, of course, was the whole idea. If you don’t know the park’s history, you could easily think that all that needed to be done was to enclose the park with a fence, cut some roads and pathways, build a couple of bridges, follies and a grand entrance or three, and mow the lawn. But in reality, Prospect Park is as constructed as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Both look real, and permanent, and in effect, are, but every aspect of both the park and Hogwart’s School has been carefully thought out and crafted.

After Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted finished Central Park in 1857, Brooklyn wanted a grand park too. The two cities were still fierce rivals, while also co-dependent on each other. Brooklyn’s city fathers came up with a park committee whose president was one of Brooklyn’s leading citizens, James S.T. Stranahan. The committee gave the job of designing the park to Egbert L. Viele, the Charlie Brown of landscape engineering. He had been the Chief Engineer of the Central Park project until Olmsted and Vaux came up with a better design and replaced him. (more…)

07/25/14 10:00am

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We found this schematic for a hotel on the fence at 3rd Avenue and 6th Street, a block from Whole Foods in Gowanus. Globiwest Hospitality is building the six-story boutique hotel at 399 Third Avenue, as DNAinfo reported last year. It will have 58 rooms spread across 19,127 square feet, as well as four parking spaces, an exercise room and a meeting room, according to new building permits filed a year ago. Michael Kang Architect is the architect of record.

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The problem-plagued building designed by architect Robert Scarano at 165 West 9th Street in Carroll Gardens is still empty and its future uncertain. The last we reported on the matter, back in October, it seemed the city was on the verge of awarding a contract to shelter operator Aguila Inc. to turn the 10-unit apartment building into housing for 170 homeless men. The plan had been vehemently opposed by the community and local politicians who, after numerous meetings, rallies and a lawsuit, signed a petition, sent in written statements, and testified in person against the shelter at a routine city contract hearing October 17.

Then we heard nothing more. We happened to pass by the building recently and saw a vacate order tacked to the door, dated November 7. (more…)

07/25/14 9:00am

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PS 261 in Boerum Hill has a garbage problem, say local residents who are getting tired of seeing, and, this time of year, smelling, trash strewn in front of the school. According to DNAinfo, the school, at 314 Pacific Street, has been leaving piles of garbage bags out on the sidewalk for years. One 21 year-old woman the reporter spoke to remembers avoiding the stacks of refuse on school’s side of the street when she was just 9 years old. (more…)

07/25/14 8:30am

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Greenpoint Commuters, Already Scrambling, Brace for 5 Weeks Without G Train [NY Times]
Hey, Mister, I’ve Got a Park I can Sell You [NY Times]
Rise of Residential Towers in Downtown Brooklyn Could Put a Dent in Rents [NY Daily News]
Pulitzer Poet Immortalizes Atlantic Avenue, Talks Brooklyn Development [Observer]
413 Bergen Relaunches Sales [Curbed]
Off-Market Bed-Stuy 3-Family: Malcolm X Boulevard
[BK to the Fullest]
REBNY’s Influence Over Cuomo Laid Bare [The Real Deal]
Explore Newtown Creek By Bike This Weekend in Free Tour [DNAinfo]