4th Ave Traffic Calming Moves Forward [Streetsblog]
Fairway Donates $30K to ReStore Red Hook Nonprofit [Patch]
James Franco Painted a Mural in Williamsburg [FREEWilliamsburg]
GoogaMooga Rainout Hangover: Wasted Food, Livid Vendors [Gothamist]
“Presumed Inevitability of Gentrification” in Greenpoint [Greenpointers]
Five Days of Eating at Brooklyn’s Newest Food Truck Lot [Brooklyn Based]
17th Street Becomes a River After Morning Water Main Break [South Slope News]
Photo by lostinbrooklyn
The Crow Hill Association is holding its second town hall meeting tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm at the Congregation Kol Israel at 603 St. Johns Place. The idea is to build on the themes discussed by the community during the first town hall meeting, which include fair housing, community engagement, politics, and youth. Here’s a good summary of the first meeting held in March, which drew 220 people. You can read about Crow Hill Association’s work in the neighborhood at its website.
Guess which Queens neighborhood just got its first 7-Eleven? This one.
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Private house
Address: 185 Stratford Road
Cross Streets: Albemarle and Beverley Road
Neighborhood: Prospect Park South
Year Built: 1901
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: John J. Petit
Other Work by Architect: 131 Buckingham Road (Japanese House) as well as many other houses in Prospect Park South. Also Saitta House in Dyker Heights, and other works in Brooklyn.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Prospect Park South HD (1979)
The story: This house is one of John J. Petit’s most inventive takes on the Colonial Revival Style. Petit, as the head architect of Dean Alvord’s Prospect Park South development, was unsurpassed at mixing styles and motifs, and his houses in Prospect Park South are a lasting testament to this talent. Where else would one see a Japanese/Queen Anne/Foursquare? Or a block with Tudor, Mediterranean, classic Queen Anne and Colonial Revival Temple front houses, all within sight of each other, all somehow managing to work as a neighborhood whole?
The Landmarks Preservation Commission loved this house. Here’s what they said about the design: “John J. Petit’s imaginative juxtaposition of a symmetrical double-tiered veranda against the front of an asymmetrically-fenestrated dwelling block creates the mannerist effect of a complex, screen-like facade, whose two contrasting layers are unified under a flaring hipped roof. This visual ambivalence — similar in concept to much Post-Modernist design of the 1970s — is intensified by the application of richly-modeled Classical elements to the open porch framework, while the house itself is enclosed by spare, shingle planes with simply framed doors and windows.” (more…)
BuzzBuzzHome attended the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit the other week and picked up new renderings of the big build currently going up on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Franklin Avenue. Aptsandlofts.com will begin marketing the building in the spring of 2014; the firm’s president and founder Dave Maundrell told the summit crowd that the units will be condos. This particular project has cycled through many renderings since the empty lot sold in 2012. According to DOB records, it’ll have 65 units over eight stories, as well as ground-floor retail and community space. See the interior renderings after the jump.
341 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights to Hit Market in Spring 2014 [BuzzBuzzHome]
Eastern Parkway Build Going up Quickly [Brownstoner]
A Peek Inside the Big Build at 341 Eastern Parkway [Brownstoner]
The Latest Look for the Big Eastern Pkwy/Franklin Ave Site [Brownstoner]
Big Lot at Eastern Pkwy/Franklin Finally Sells for $8M [Brownstoner]
Long-Empty Crown Heights Lot up for Grabs [Brownstoner]
Restart Coming for 341 Eastern Parkway? [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: 333 Eastern Parkway [Brownstoner] GMAP DOB
Renderings via BuzzBuzzHome (more…)
A farm stand-cafe of sorts called Bread Love has opened in the yard of 375 Stuyvesant Avenue, complete with picnic tables under a magnolia tree. They have farm-fresh eggs, milk, pastries and sandwiches. “Staff was super friendly,” said a tipster who checked it out. “I had a delicious ginger scone. If they can expand just a bit to include things like fresh flowers and bread, I think it’ll be a homerun.” This is the same space that was home to a Christmas tree stand a few years ago. The hours are 7:30 am to 9 pm seven days a week. GMAP
Here’s a taste of some of the posts on Brownstoner Queens today…
Of this Park Slope brownstone’s many stunning features, the best might just be the garage with parking for four cars. It also has an owner’s duplex with a nicely redone kitchen, a pretty bay window on the side, and a deck. Above are three floor-through apartments with three bedrooms each. The back wall of the building, the boiler, and the roof are new. It will be delivered vacant, according to the listing. How do you like the house and the ask of $3,300,000?
98 6th Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Strangely enough, our Condo of the Day and Rental of the Day both have a double-height living room with a mezzanine level one would not expect to find on the interior of a brownstone. But the condo at 71 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights is more lavish, with four bedrooms, a wood burning fireplace, an elevator in the five-story building, central air, and a private terrace. The finishes and conveniences are modern, as is the price of $2,575,000.
71 Pierrepont Street, #2 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
This Boerum Hill rental at 386 Pacific Street is definitely unusual for a brownstone, with a split-level dining-living area and an open loft space over looking the living room, which has a 20-foot ceiling. Since it’s a corner building, there are three sides of windows too. Upstairs is the one bedroom plus office space, and downstairs is the living room, kitchen and dining area. There’s some exposed brick, and the finishes look fairly new. The asking rent: $6,800 a month.
386 Pacific Street [City Connections Realty] GMAP P*Shark
Construction on Phase 2 of City Point is under way. The developers have made an ongoing commitment to contracting and construction employment that reflects the diversity of the surrounding community. In Phase 1 of the project, over 50 percent of contract dollars went to local, minority-owned and women-owned firms, and over 80 percent of construction workers were members of minority groups.
Do you long for that day when ALL you had to mock in Williamsburg was hipsters? Tired of nannies with double wide baby carriages headed to pop-art baby toy stores? Tired of Land Rovers replacing bikes? Tired of specialty pickle shops, artisanal napkin stores and Pilates studios on every block? Tired of condos blocking out your view of Manhattan? Are you just sick and tired of watching sports bars take over your favorite neighborhood dives AND douche them all up?
The event, called “I Am The New Williamsburg!,” features bands, a DJ, and guest performers. Wonder what the effigy is going to look like…
Photo by zachvs
A tipster sent in these photos of an unusual proposal for a backyard pool in Brooklyn Heights. The description said, “105 Willow Street-Brooklyn Heights Historic District. An Eclectic-Diverse style rowhouse built between 1861-1879. Application is to excavate the rear yard.” More specifically, the homeowner proposed excavating the yard 25 feet down, putting in a pool and whirlpool underground with a barrel vault ceiling and a skylight, and an infinity reflecting pool on the top. The underground pool would not, of course, be visible from the outside, but apparently the LPC didn’t like something about the proposal because it was not approved. Our tipster speculated they didn’t like the sound of excavating “the whole backyard.” Potentially, the homeowner could modify the plans and try again.
This afternoon at MetroTech Plaza, faculty, students, and firms from NYU-Poly and its business incubators will demonstrate their research in 40 interactive, family-friendly exhibits. Visitors can check out various kinds of robots, apps, fiber-optic sensors, energy-harvesting building materials, wireless monitors for epileptic seizures, what’s in the Gowanus Canal and augmented reality. The engineering school is based at MetroTech, and its first annual Research Expo is free and will be open from 1 to 5 pm today.
Photo via NYU Poly
Barclays has its own “signature scent,” DNAinfo reported, and it’s not popcorn. An unnamed source said “it’s the work of ScentAir, a company that manufactures custom fragrances pumped into the air at theme parks, stores and hotels around the world. The odors function like mood music for your nose. They’re meant to enhance the consumer experience and build brand identities.” Barclays visitors variously described the scent as “weird, musky, cologne-y,” ”clean-smelling,” and with “citrus notes.” One said he “assumed the scent was Jay-Z’s Rocawear cologne.” Another tweeted the “whole place smells like a Calvin Klein store.” Seems like a strange choice of scent for such a rugged, industrial-style building, said another. Have you noticed anything funny in the air?
Barclays Center’s “Signature Scent” Tickles Noses, Curiosity [DNAinfo]
Brownstoner Queens is live as of this morning. Come take a look, browse through our archives or check out our real estate listings. And stop back in whenever you like. Even if you have no imminent plans to move away from Brooklyn, there’s going to be lots of content for architecture and history buffs as well as those who care about food, bike lanes and even the environment. We’ve even put a permanent link in the navigation bar to make it extra easy to pop back and forth. And, please, tell your friends!
The bike share program could increase property values in areas where stations are located, according to an article in One Earth.
Interestingly, when it comes to property values, it’s generally accepted that higher-traffic streets are correlated with lower property values. But with bike infrastructure, the opposite seems to be true. In London, there’s no surer sign that a property is located in an upward-trending hot spot than the presence of a nearby bike-share station. One real-estate broker notes that her company’s agents “have been inundated with questions from prospective tenants about the nearest docking station.” (And what’s true in London also appears to be true here: in Washington, D.C., proximity to a Capital BikeShare station now appears in real-estate listings — along with hardwood floors and top-of-the-line appliances — as an amenity.)
Interestingly, there were similar protests against the bike share system before it started in London in 2010, and the outcry was loudest in the most upscale areas, said the story. The new system has encouraged lots of non-bike riders to take up the mode of transport, probably having a positive effect on traffic and health: 49 percent of people who use the London system said they started bicyling in London because of it.
Overinflated: Why the NYC Bike Share Backlash Is a Good Thing [One Earth]
A story in the Times today has some data to back up what we’ve been seeing and experiencing anecdotally. As rents and home prices rise in Brooklyn, the well-to-do are moving into the city and the poor are fleeing to the suburbs, reversing a trend that has held since the mid-20th century. The number of poor people declined by 11 percent in Brooklyn and 10 percent in Manhattan, and increased 14 percent in the suburbs, or 100,000, from 2000 through 2010. “Poor” is defined as a family of four making less than $23,350 a year. The analysis is from the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution. The first ten years of the 21st century were the tipping point, according to the study. The reasons? Higher housing costs, which “pushed poorer people out of Manhattan and Brooklyn, in particular,” said the story. Also, immigrants are now settling in the suburbs, where costs are lower and jobs pay less. Meanwhile, the number of poor households in Staten Island rose 18 percent.
Suburbs’ Share of Poor Has Grown Since 2000 [NY Times]
Let the Stoop Sales Begin [Park Slope Stoop]
Ditmas History: A Photographic Legacy [DPC]
RIP to the Best Used Bookstore in Brooklyn [The L]
5 Extraordinary Art Openings This Weekend [Bushwick Daily]
Road Closures for Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday [Kensington BK]
Sunday Tree-Bench Raising at The Green Triangle [Kensington BK]
Go Listen to This Coney Island-Themed Playlist Marty Markowitz Made on Spotify [Runnin' Scared]