As far as Brooklyn neighborhoods go, Brooklyn Heights is tiny, a wedge bordered by Cadman Plaza and its busy series of parks, walkways, and municipal buildings to the east, the Brooklyn Bridge to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, and the East River to the west. It’s just about 15 blocks tall and five blocks wide. The role it plays in Brooklyn’s history, and in the popular imagination, looms much larger. Its lovely, tree-lined streets and spectacular homes have been the setting for television series and movies as varied as The Patty Duke Show, The Cosby Show, and Moonstruck.
Over the years Brooklyn Heights has been home to more than its fair share of artists and writers, including Salvador Dali, Richard Wright, H.P. Lovecraft, and Truman Capote. Bob Dylan paid tribute to the neighborhood’s then-bohemian character when he wrote “Tangled Up in Blue” in 1975, singing, “I lived with them on Montague Street / in a basement down the stairs. / There was music in the cafés at night / And revolution in the air.” (more…)
The rickety Kosciuszko Bridge between Greenpoint and Queens could be replaced by this elegant-looking suspension bridge, a $770 million project that the DOT presented at a community meeting on Wednesday. DNAinfo reported that community members were concerned about how five years of bridge construction would affect their day-to-day lives. They’re worried about noise, transporting construction dirt, and whether construction could shake or damage their homes.
Name: Former Dannenhoffer’s Glass Works Address: 330 Himrod Street Cross Streets: Wyckoff and Irving Avenues Neighborhood: Bushwick Year Built: around 1888 Architectural Style: Victorian factory Architect: probably Theobald Engelhardt Other Buildings by Architect: Factories, breweries, warehouses, flats buildings, row houses, churches and free standing houses throughout Bushwick, Williamsburg and eastern Bedford Stuyvesant. Landmarked: No
The story: Yesterday’s Brownstoner story about a new building incorporating this old factory in Bushwick led me here. I love stained glass and didn’t know about the Dannenhoffer Opalescent Glass Company. I was determined to find out whatever I could about the building, the company, and the people behind it. It turns out that this forgotten Bushwick factory has quite a history. (more…)
Ample Hills will open its new, more ample headquarters at 305 Nevins Street next week, workers told us when we stopped by yesterday. The sprawling complex will serve as the ice creamery’s factory as well as events space and store. (more…)
Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview people involved in real estate, architecture, development and design. Introducing Ofer Cohen, founder and president of TerraCRG, a commercial brokerage devoted to Brooklyn properties.
Brownstoner: Can you talk about how you first started TerraCRG?
Ofer Cohen: Melissa DiBella and I started the company in January of 2008, and little did we know this would be the greatest recession since the Depression six or seven months later. But really I felt the need to start a company that would focus only on commercial transactions and only on Brooklyn.
A few months after we started, the recession hit, Leman Brothers crashed, and we had to really make what we could out of that period — which for us, was concentration on distressed assets and stalled development sites. When the market started to recover, we were already well positioned to take advantage of that recovery. Early in the recession, we realized the biggest stress was in development. Banks stopped funding construction loans, and a lot of developers couldn’t finish their projects or couldn’t start. It was how we cut our teeth in this development market. We were fortunate to develop a lot of great relationships with banks and developers, and really learn the Brooklyn market from that. Since coming out of the recession, we’ve sold over 1,600,000 buildable square feet in Brooklyn. And we believe it was a result of our experience during the recession.
Delaware County up in the Catskill Mountains is always a great place to look for a bargain. As we’ve said, your buck will go far there. The village of Andes, located about 15 minutes southeast of Delhi, is a charming town with a lot of great old buildings, like this Colonial. The listing says the deed puts its construction date in 1830 but is believed to have been built in the 18th century. Bright, cheerful interior, plus an old barn on the property’s quarter-acre lot size walking distance to Andes businesses. Taxes are low. Beds: 4. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1,971. Lot Size: .25 acres. Est. Taxes: $2,003. Distance from Brooklyn: 3 hours.
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 saw a growing pool of eligible male students available, 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…)
A 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…)
The Bossert will not re-open as a hotel until 2015. “Clipper Equity is excited to open a fully renovated and modernized world-class hotel in Brooklyn Heights by early next year,” a spokesman for owner David Bistricer told The Brooklyn Eagle in a written statement. The opening date has been moved at least twice, with the most recent date spring 2014. (more…)