11/25/14 4:30pm

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Cream Doughnuts Makes Its Debut in Bay Ridge [BK Based]
Windsor Terrace Is One Step Closer to Becoming Park Slope [FIPS]
Amira’s Is Closed “Until Further Notice” [South Slope News]
Tsob-Tsobe! Restaurant Replaces Back to USSR on Coney Island Avenue [Sheepshead Bites]
Q & A with Greenpointer Eric Weiner of the Wild Honey Pie [Greenpointers]
Neighbor: Vacant Building in Brooklyn Heights Is Trespasser Magnet [BK Paper]
Catch a Ride on the Nostalgia Train [Bensonhurst Bean]
Space Robot Company Lands in Brooklyn Navy Yard [DNA]
Christmastown Brings Artist-Created Christmas Village to Bushwick [BK Daily]
Checking in at 626 Flatbush [Q Parkside]

Photo by Juni Safont

11/25/14 4:00pm

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A slew of Brooklyn pols, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, state assembly members, and city council members gave away 1,000 turkeys to senior centers, churches, community groups and families in Sunset Park, Brownsville and other neighborhoods in Brooklyn today, according to an email we received from the office of New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton.

Photo via office of New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton

11/25/14 3:00pm

9402-9420 Wogan Terr. 9404, KL, PS.2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 9401-9421, 9402-9420 Wogan Terrace
Cross Streets: Off 94th Street, between 5th Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge
Year Built: 1927-28
Architectural Style: Neo-Tudor cottages
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Bay Ridge is full of little cul-de-sacs, one block streets and alleyways. A few of them are remnants of old streets cut off by more recent development, or by the highways and parkways that run through the neighborhood. Some, like Wogan Terrace, were created by developers who built this neighborhood up in the teens, twenties and even later. A friend of mine, a long-time Brownstoner reader, brought this block to my attention. And what a find it is. (more…)

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After more than a year of preparation, the Lefferts Community Food Co-op opened Sunday at 324 Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. They have produce from Miller’s Crossing and meat from Herondale Farm, according to Brokelyn, which was the first to write about the opening. “Most of their vendors are the same ones Park Slope Food Coop uses so we expect the selection to be pretty similar once they’re fully up and running,” said Brokelyn.

Prospect-Lefferts Co-op Opens Sunday With Open Shopping Day [Brokelyn] GMAP
PLG Food Co-op Opening Soon [Brownstoner]
Photo by Lefferts Community Food Co-op

11/25/14 1:30pm

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This semi-attached wood frame at 155 St. Nicholas Avenue in Bushwick has virtually no original details save the staircase and appears to have last been updated sometime in the middle of the last century. It is covered in faux paneling, linoleum, carpet and wallpaper. We estimate it will need the works.

One redeeming quality is that it has windows on three sides because the lot is 25 feet wide. It’s also in a location near the Dekalb stop and Wyckoff Hospital where demand for rentals is high.

Given the condition, though, we don’t see how the ask of $1,220,000 is justified — unless the plan is to sell to a developer.

155 St. Nicholas Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP

11/25/14 12:58pm

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We wrote about the condo conversion of 83 Halsey Street back in 2008. At the time, this third-floor unit was priced at $425,000. Six years, however, is an eternity in the life of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood so it should come as no surprise that the 745-square-foot pad is now asking $700,000. This apartment is very nice, with original woodwork and a private deck to boot. Plus, the common charges are just $330 a month. There’s an open house tonight from 6 to 7 pm.

83 Halsey Street, #3 [Halstead] GMAP

11/25/14 12:15pm

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We love these whole houses for rent in Ditmas Park, and this seven-bedroom, 3.5-bath gambrel-roofed shingle has a modern renovation with a few original details. There are parquet floors, pocket doors, leaded glass windows and decorative mantels, according to the listing. The kitchen is newly renovated with stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher, and the finished basement has a half bath and laundry. Asking rent is $5,500 a month, which seems like a pretty good deal for 2,600 square feet of house plus a garage. What do you think of it?

455 East 18th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

11/25/14 11:31am

Ramiro-Davaro-Comas-truco-studios-bk-originals-fillmore-real-estateRamiro Davaro-Comas of Truco Studios

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Artist Ramiro Davaro-Comas has lived and worked in cities over the world, from Western Europe to South America. He’s only called Brooklyn home for a year so far; but in that time, he’s left his mark on the borough—literally. Davaro-Comas has painted more than 25 murals in Brooklyn, adorning brick walls with big-eyed, brightly colored figures striding or floating across fantastical landscapes.

“After I stopped traveling, it seemed like New York, and especially Brooklyn, was a good next step,” he says. “I came here because of the artwork, the scene, everything that was happening. And it’s been great so far.” (more…)

11/25/14 11:30am

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A four-story, eight-unit building at 672 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy has topped out. Next door at No. 670 a similar building — four stories with seven units — is planned but construction has not yet started. Click through to see the rendering. Next door to that at 672, an application has been filed for a four-story, two-family building.

Although all the owners are LLCs with different names, they appear to be related. Located between Patchen Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard, all three properties have been empty lots for decades.

No. 672 sold in December for $0, according to city records. No. 670 traded two days earlier for $690,000. No. 668 sold in June for $395,000. (more…)

11/25/14 10:45am

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“Professor” Mac Levy, born Max Levy, of Brooklyn, was a self-made man, and one of America’s first fitness entrepreneurs. At the turn of the 20th century, he had made quite a name for himself in New York City and Long Island, and was building his fitness empire, ready to expand to wherever the market led him. As a puny and sickly teenager, he had decided he wouldn’t live that way, and through diet and exercise, especially swimming, calisthenics and weight lifting, he had built himself up into a healthy and strong young man; billed on the vaudeville and speaking circuits as a “young Hercules” and “Brooklyn’s Perfect Man.”

He spent years building up his business by building himself. He was an advocate for healthy living, and coached a curious and eager public through his speaking engagements, vaudeville appearances and through his health clubs. He ran the first gymnasium and health club at the prestigious Hotel St. George in Brooklyn Heights. He also ran summer health clubs at beach resorts in Babylon, Long Island and at Bath Beach, Brooklyn. Other locations followed, as did books, and a line of fitness equipment.

Chapter One of our story details some of his operations and his early days. Chapter Two continues the story of his career, including the would-be mugging on New Year’s Day, 1897, that propelled him into the limelight as a man who take care of himself, with gusto. But for all of the young Professor’s personal and business successes, none of them could propel his name into the history books like his involvement in one of the most sensational murder cases of the early 20th century. (more…)

11/25/14 10:00am

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Last night, Alloy Development hosted a preview for its multimillion-dollar condos under construction at One John Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park, along the Dumbo waterfront. Although the developer is still driving piles into the mud next to the Manhattan Bridge, there are accepted offers on roughly 40 percent of the condos in the 12-story, 42-unit building, reps told us.

Alloy, which is also designing the project, created a model kitchen and bathroom in its offices at 20 Jay Street in Dumbo. Apartments will range in size from 1,500 to 3,600 square feet and in price from $2,500,000 to $8,000,000. Most of the units are three- and four-bedrooms with three baths, but there are a few two-bedroom, two-bath ones. Sotheby’s has nine listings up.

The demo kitchen featured two islands with Gaggenau appliances, a vented ceiling hood, basaltina countertops, a five-burner gas cooktop, integrated full height cabinetry with pantry and “appliance garage” for concealing toasters and such, and a wine fridge. And we saw a master bath, which was finished with stone mosaic floors, Dornbracht and Fantini fixtures, a glass-walled dual shower, a freestanding soaking tub and double vanity. Click through for more photos.

One John Street [Alloy]
One John Street Listings [Sotheby's]
One John Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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