Every winter for the past five years, the Brooklyn Flea has moved indoors in December. For the past few years, the market’s been at One Hanson. This year, however, we’ve set up shop in a new 50,000-square-foot space at North 5th and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. There are about 125 flea vendors there to satisfy all your holiday shopping needs along with about 75 Smorgasburg vendors to make sure you don’t go hungry in the process.
The space is so big and jam-packed full o’ stuff that it’s hard to capture it well on film, but the photos below should give you a taste — and you can see a whole lot more on this recent Gothamist post. (Insider tip: Show up before noon and find the shortest Ramen Burger line you’ve ever seen. And wash it down with a cold one from Smorgasbar!) You can find more details on the Flea blog.
The Brooklyn Flea is open on Saturdays and Sundays at 80 North 5th Street from 10 am to 6 pm through the end of March. (more…)
The building that we said does not look like any other going up in Williamsburg is now leasing, as Curbed was the first to note. While the outside has giant cornices and touches of rusty Corten steel, the inside features repurposed old beams and exposed brick. Every unit has floor to ceiling windows and a balcony, and amenities include a rooftop with pergolas and views, parking and a full-time doorman.
The building has 113 units and stands 10 stories high between Driggs and Bedford. The developer is Rabsky Group and it has been in the works since 2008. It was designed by Scarano protege Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture & Design P.C. Durukan Design handled the interiors.
Seventeen of the units have been rented, according to the broker. Of the units left, studios start at $2,275, one-bedrooms at $2,650 and two-bedrooms at $3,825, according to an email we received from Fiddler Realty, which is handling the leasing. The first open house is this weekend. Click through to the jump for more.
After Community Board Six’s land use committee rejected Methodist Hospital’s expansion proposal, the medical center has gone back to the drawing board to come up with a more pleasing plan. To give the hospital more time, the community board has put off the date of its vote with the full board on the plan until January 6, The New York Daily News reported. Methodist said it plans to make changes to its proposal in response to suggestions from the community board, but didn’t elaborate. The hospital needs a zoning variance to build its current proposal. Neighbors have said they are concerned about traffic and density.
The Brooklyn Public Library has just released its top seven proposals for redevelopment of the Brooklyn Heights Branch at Cadman Plaza West and Tillary, which will be a mixed-use condo building with the library on the ground floor. The BPL and the city’s Economic Development Corporation issued a request for proposals in June, and received such a large number of proposals that it became one of the most competitive RFPs EDC has ever issued, library officials said yesterday.
Each proposal was designed by a different team of developers and architects (who remain anonymous for now). Designs vary widely but had to include affordable housing and at least 20,000 square feet of library space with no more than 5,000 square feet below grade. Developers are also required to identify and pay for interim space for the library. Some designs include rooftop parks, others have retail space or cafes, but they are all ultimately high-rise condo developments. After construction finishes, the library portion of the building will still be owned by the city in the form of a condo. The new library will be larger, open seven days a week and offer more space for collections, technology, programs and quiet study than the current branch, according to library execs. All the designs are as-of-right according to the site’s current zoning and FAR and will have to be vetted through the lengthy land use review process. Officials estimate the project will be ULURP-certified by late 2014.
Library execs said the sale of the existing branch to a private developer will generate much-needed funding for the Brooklyn Public Library system, which needs an estimated $300,000,000 in maintenance and repairs across all of its branches. Click through the jump to see all the renderings and details for each proposal.
Today, Forest City Ratner started stacking its modular apartments onto the frame of the Atlantic Yards B2 tower, which will become the world’s tallest modular building. The first mod went up at 3:30 am today, according to Atlantic Yards Report. The B2 site is located at Flatbush and Dean Street next to Barclays Center.
Name: Originally Street Cleaning Dept. Depot, now Department of Sanitation/ Dept. of Environmental Protection Address: 350 Flushing Avenue Cross Streets: Corner Kent Avenue and Taaffe Place Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant Year Built: 1903-1904 Architectural Style: Medieval Fortress Architect:Unknown Warren & Wetmore! Landmarked: No
The story: I’ve always wanted to know what this building was. It’s so massive and forbidding, obviously old, and a total mystery. Was it an armory or a factory? Was it part of some kind of military installation associated with the nearby Navy Yard? Some eccentric robber baron’s idea of secure storage? What was this building? After finding nothing at the actual address, I went to the maps. The answer is actually rather simple, and even mundane.
This massive stone and brick structure was built as the administration building and depot for the men who would one day be called “New York’s Strongest,” the Sanitation Department. But back then, they were called the Department of Street Cleaning. The first reference I found to a Brooklyn Department of Street Cleaning was in 1872. Before that time, street cleaners were under the direction of the Health Department. By the time this building was built, in 1903, the Department of Street Cleaning was a city agency, which covered all four boroughs.
Cleaning up the city’s mess has never been an easy job, but it was a lot nastier back in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to garbage and litter there were horses to contend with. Horses were used for everything, especially in commercial use, and well after automobiles were no longer a novelty, horses stilled plodded down the streets of Brooklyn, pulling wagons, carts and delivery vehicles. They even pulled the waste wagons of the Street Cleaning Department, and therefore needed a new home. (more…)
After a soft opening last week, a medical office providing pediatrics, gynecology and general medical care officially opened at 18 Adams Street in Dumbo Monday. Leaf Medical founders Janelle and Peter Sunwoo have been Dumbo residents for more than eight years. They plan to open a second location in Carroll Gardens on Smith and President Street. GMAP
This three-story-plus-basement brownstone at 101 Macon Street has lots of pretty details and is currently set up as a triplex over a garden-floor rental. There’s a whimsical screen, stained glass, eight very nice late 19th-century mantels, and what looks like two original windows.
Most buyers will probably want to update, although the bathrooms and kitchens look basic but functional. There’s a lot of nice wood work that could probably use some stripping.
We noticed, however, that HPD and the Department of Buildings have it as an SRO (with seven “B” class units), although the listing makes no mention of it. It last traded hands for $530,000 in February in what may have been some kind of foreclosure-related action, after the long-time owner may have refinanced. The name of the current owner is Professional Settlement Agency LLC, according to PropertyShark.
This loft at 50 Bridge Street in Dumbo has been on the market since the summer for $699,000. While the 980-square-foot pad is not as fancy as most apartments in Dumbo these days, it is priced relatively inexpensively and is in move-in condition. So what’s the hold-up? Could be that the low-ceiling mezzanine that rings the main living space is a tough sell. What do you think?
This five-bedroom, two-bath apartment in a Crown Heights brownstone has some lovely prewar details and recent updates. The apartment, listed by the owners, has new bathrooms and a new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar. There are two decorative fireplaces with interesting detail, a pier mirror, and a screen with some ornate fretwork that will hopefully get a new coat of paint.
The living room isn’t separate from the kitchen, but it seems like a spacious, long room. Also, the bedrooms look decently sized and have built-in closets.
However, $1,100 a room might be a little ambitious for this part of Crown Heights. What’s your opinion of it for $5,500 a month?