07/11/14 10:30am

138 S. Oxford St. Lockwood School composite

A Look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Two teachers at the prestigious Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute named Aaron Chadwick and Dr. Edward Bunker decided to quit their jobs and open their own boy’s school. The year was 1862, and even as the Civil War raged on, Brooklyn continued to grow, as did its population of upper middle class and wealthy families. The two men wanted to take advantage of the growing population of eligible boys, and so opened a private elementary school on Adelphi Street in Fort Greene. They had 60 boys enrolled the first semester. However, after six months, they found out that owning an elite school was great, but running it was beyond them, and they returned to teaching at Polytech. They had a building and a name, which they sold to a Quaker educator named John Lockwood. (more…)

07/11/14 10:00am


new-building permit has been filed for the site of the planned Ace Hotel at 61 Bond Street, pictured above, in Downtown Brooklyn, as New York YIMBY first reported. The 13-story tower will feature 285 rooms distributed across 156,984 square feet, as well as a coffee shop, ground floor retail, radio station, restaurant, fitness center and event spaces. (more…)

07/11/14 8:30am


Hasidic Williamsburg, as Seen by One Who Left Sect [NY Times]
Thin Inventory and Hot Demand Send Brooklyn Home Prices to Record High [NY Daily News]
City Claims Fast Start in Meeting Affordable Goal in Brooklyn and Rest of City [Crain's]
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s New Roller Rink Opening With Free Skate Today [Brokelyn]
Thousands Bid Farewell to Firefighter Killed in Williamsburg Blaze [Gothamist]
Stop Saying Brooklyn Is Cheap. It’s Not [NY Mag]
Revealed: 180 Franklin Avenue [NY YIMBY]
Pratt Post Office Relocates to Bed Stuy Condo [TRD]
Pols Urge Reviews of Long Island College Hospital Sale [TRD]
This Is What the Kosciuszko Bridge Could Look Like [DNAinfo]
Goats Graze Pasture in Dumbo to Make Way for Condos [DNAinfo]

07/10/14 4:30pm

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Photos: There Are Some Goats Grazing Under the Manhattan Bridge Today [Gothamist]
Preschool Proposed for Williamsburg’s Only Landmarked Block [Curbed]
Bushwick Pride Highlights Gentrification in the LGBTQ Community [Brooklyn Based]
Steiner Seeking $300 Million Construction Loan for DoBro Building  [NY Observer]
Rents Rising Faster in Prospect Lefferts Gardens Than Williamsburg: Report [DNAinfo]
Go Roller Skating for Free at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s New Rink [DNAinfo]
Parkside Farm Market – Tomorrow Afternoon! [Q at Parkside]
Williamsburg’s BAD Burger Seized by Tax Man [Bedford+Bowery]
Signage Going up at Doughnut Plant Brooklyn [Here's Park Slope]

niblo's garden

Theater owner William Niblo was known for throwing parties at his Green-Wood mausoleum, and this Saturday, the cemetery is re-creating one with outdoor performances and a picnic. Guests can bring blankets and snacks and  enjoy watching fire jugglers, singers and a knife thrower. “A Night at Niblo’s Garden” will take place this Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, and tickets are $30 for members of Green-Wood or Brooklyn Historical Society and $35 for the general public.

Photo via Green-Wood Cemetery

07/10/14 3:00pm


Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Mergenthaler Linotype Company, Defense Plant Corporation Building
Address: 35 Ryerson Street, at Park Avenue, block wide on Park, between Grand and Ryerson
Neighborhood: Wallabout, between Clinton Hill and Navy Yard
Year Built: 1942
Architectural Style: Factory modern
Architects: Lockwood Greene Engineers, Inc.
Other buildings by architects: Daily News Factory on Atlantic Avenue (Newswalk Building), several buildings in the Navy Yard, parts of Rockefeller Center
Landmarked: No, but Wallabout has been submitted to LPC for several separate districts designation, and also in the process of being submitted to the National Register

The story: This building is the last built in this amazing industrial complex near the Navy Yard. Prior to computerized printing, linotype machines were used to set type on most newspapers and magazines, as well as many books, and Mergenthaler was the largest manufacturer of these machines, all made right here in Brooklyn. The Mergenthaler complex remains one of the largest and most intact reinforced concrete industrial sites in New York City. The complete story of the company and the rest of the site will be the topic of another post. THIS building was the last one built, constructed by the US Government, and leased to Mergenthaler as a factory for machines built for the war effort of World War II. (more…)