07/23/14 10:45am

carlo scissura hot seat

Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview people involved in real estate, architecture, development and design. In honor of the Brooklyn Building Awards, we talked with Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the awards at the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tonight.

Brownstoner: Where do you live, and how did you end up there?

Carlo Scissura: I currently live in Bensonhurst, the neighborhood I grew up in! I just bought a house in Dyker Heights and will be moving there in the fall. I chose Dyker because it is close to where I grew up, it’s a great community, lots of mom and pop businesses, open space, and close to transportation. It’s a classic New York City neighborhood, with a mix of old and new. (more…)

07/23/14 10:00am

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The ironies of the Mayor’s housing plan are piling up as high as a waterfront luxury skyscraper. Despite the populist rhetoric, the mayor’s plan to build more affordable housing in Brooklyn is a recipe for more development much like Bloomberg’s and will likely accelerate the gentrification of the few low-income neighborhoods still left in Brooklyn, was the conclusion of a deep dive into the subject matter on Gothamist.

Long-time residents of Cypress Hills, East New York, the Atlantic Avenue corridor and other low-income areas targeted by the mayor for rezoning and more affordable housing will not be able to afford these new “affordable” developments, the story concluded. (more…)

07/23/14 9:30am

The Brooklyn building boom has finally unleashed a slew of new-development condos: The total number of new-development sponsor sales throughout Brooklyn shot up a whopping 84.5 percent in the second quarter vs. the first. Median sales prices for new-development condos increased 19 percent, while the median per square foot jumped 24 percent in the period, according to a report out Friday from real estate firm MNS.

No neighborhood is hotter than Williamsburg, where the median sales price for new developments shot up 52 percent, from $821 per square foot to $1,244 per square foot in the second quarter vs. the quarter before, as DNAinfo was the first to report. The median sale price for a new-development condo in Williamsburg is now $1,770,000. (more…)

07/23/14 9:00am

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The 40-story Oro 2 tower at the corner of Gold and Johnson Streets has been rebranded “BKLYN Air,” and it already has a teaser site listing rents from $2,315. The Ismael Levya-designed, 255-unit project at 309 Gold Street has been in the works for two years, and the building looks nearly finished in these photos a tipster sent to us. (more…)

07/23/14 8:30am

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A Brooklyn Bridge Mystery: Who Raised the White Flags? [NY Times]
Eyes on Gaza, Tensions Flare in Brooklyn [NY Times]
Man Crushed by Falling Tree Branch on MacDonough Street in Bed Stuy [NY Post]
Former Navy Ship Docking for Tours at Brooklyn Bridge Park [Brooklyn Paper]
171 North 10th Street 50 Percent Leased [Curbed]
Creative Class Migrates Deeper Into Brooklyn, Queens [Crain's]
Baby Possum Wanders into Gourmet Park Slope Cheese Shop [DNAinfo]

07/22/14 4:30pm

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Film Brimming With Ditmas Park Hits Theaters This Friday [Ditmas Park Corner]
Crown Heights Comedian Takes on Gentrification in Series of Shows [DNAinfo]
White Flags Mysteriously Replace American Flags Atop Brooklyn Bridge [DNAinfo]
Full Moon Fest 2014 [Free Williamsburg]
Twitter Roundup: Best “White Flag on the Brooklyn Bridge” Reactions [Brooklyn Brief]
The Williamsburg J. Crew Is Beyond Parody [Brokelyn]
Life of Pie: Food for Thought at an Event and Exhibit in Dumbo [Bedford+Bowery]
Menu Revealed for Pizza Superstar, Coming Soon to Dean Street [Here's Park Slope]
ArtCondo: A Sea Change for Artist Studio Space? [Bushwick Daily]

Photo by gothamruins

07/22/14 4:00pm

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Williamsburg art collective El Puente Muralistas are exploring the neighborhood’s culture, religion and links to the Caribbean sugar trade in a new mural painted on the Domino Sugar Factory’s northern construction wall. Local residents, teens and elected officials joined the artists in starting the mural, “Past Present Prediction,” Friday afternoon. (more…)

07/22/14 3:00pm

1020 Hancock St. CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Semi-detached wood framed house
Address: 1020 Hancock Street
Cross Streets: Broadway and Bushwick Avenue
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1885
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: Theobald Engelhardt
Other Buildings by Architect: Row houses, free standing mansions, churches, flats buildings, factories, breweries, warehouses and other buildings in Bushwick, Bedford Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, predominantly.
Landmarked: No

The story: This house was not owned by anyone famous, and nothing newsworthy happened here. No scandals, no murders, no wayward children or horrible tragedies. There were no big weddings here, or parties, and no one who lived here made more than the average contribution to their communities or country. It’s a completely ordinary house on an ordinary block in Bushwick. And that’s why it’s so beautiful. (more…)

07/22/14 12:58pm

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This two-bedroom at 560 State Street, aka Jay-Z’s former building, just hit the market with an asking price of $799,000. The building has some historic charm but the apartment itself has been stripped of anything even referencing its 19th-century roots. All that’s left is a generic white box of an apartment, albeit one located right next to the biggest transportation hub in Brooklyn (and the Barclays Center).The listing recognizes that the finishes are a little less than compelling but that therein lies the buying opportunity. Do you agree?

560 State Street, #7k [Warren Lewis Sotheby's] GMAP

07/22/14 12:15pm

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This 1.5-bedroom floor-through in Cobble Hill is large and has a nice prewar feel. The top-floor apartment has a sizable eat-in kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave and wine cooler, as well as plenty of cabinet space. The big windows in the kitchen and living room have their original wood moldings, and there are interesting columns in the doorways of the kitchen and bedroom. What do you think of it for $3,200 a month?

353A Clinton Street [Ideal Properties] GMAP