A tipster let us know that Douglaston Development filed a new building application Monday for a third Williamsburg Edge condo tower, which will rise to 40 stories. The building at 2 North 6th Place will have 554 units, including 10 duplexes.
Stephen J Jacobs Group will design the 398-foot waterfront skyscraper, which will include 512,739 square feet of residential space and 678 square feet of commercial space, according to the permit. The development will also house 160 parking spaces that have been “dry floodproofed,” bike storage, a business center, children’s play room, an outdoor terrace, storage rooms and a gym. And there will be a rooftop terrace with a BBQ, pool and hot tub, and a lounge/party room.
Pictured above are the existing Edge (at left) and Northside Piers (at right) towers on the waterfront. The new building will go up along the waterfront at the end of North 6th Street in front of the shortest Edge tower, according to our tipster.
We just got an email from the 77th Precinct informing us that SantaCon is going to be hitting the bars in Crown Heights tomorrow afternoon. It’s a charity event, said the email. Expect to see a lot of people dressed up as Santa. The police will be there to make sure no laws are broken. If you want to check it out, participating bars include Milk River, B-Hive, NoBar, and Nostrand Avenue Pub. It’s happening in Bay Ridge too.
Name: Former Lincoln Savings Bank, now McDonalds Address: 2848 Church Avenue Cross Streets: Corner Nostrand Avenue Neighborhood: Flatbush Year Built: 1932 Architectural Style: Early Deco, with pared down neo-classical elements Architect: Unknown, but perhaps Halsey, McCormack & Helmer, it’s very much in their style Landmarked: No
The story: The German Savings Bank of Brooklyn was chartered in Brooklyn in 1866. The next year, the Brooklyn Eagle announced that the bank, which was founded by a group of successful German businessmen, and was opening for business soon. Interestingly enough, in their charter documents, which named the principals in the bank’s organization, most of the names were not German. Perhaps they thought they needed Anglo front men… At any rate, they opened their first branch on Montrose Street. By the way, the German Savings Bank was not the same institution as the Germania Savings Bank, which was chartered by an all-German group of investors, but they were both in the same Williamsburg/Bushwick area. Ok, moving forward.
The German Savings Bank of Brooklyn did well, and by the first decades of the 20th century had its headquarters on Broadway, and had a branch up the road, in Williamsburg, on Graham Avenue. The German community, as well as others, made this one of the most successful banks in Brooklyn. But then World War I happened. Suddenly, being German was no longer cool, and in a move to distance themselves from any anti-German frenzy, and to prove they were good and loyal Americans, the bank changed their name to the Lincoln Savings Bank. You can’t get more American than that. (more…)
Owners of the successful Comodo in Soho are opening another Latin American outpost on Dekalb in Fort Greene, to be called Colonia Verde. Felipe Donnelly and William Osborne are taking over the former Kif space at 219 Dekalb near Adelphi Street.
Their vision is a communal, family-style restaurant with cuisine from various parts of Latin America, namely Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Brazil, as DNAinfo was the first to report. The owners applied for a full liquor license last week with Community Board Two, asking to be open until 2 am. Construction has already started on their space, and they said they would like to open as soon as their liquor license comes through.
Colonia Verde has a backyard, which will be closed in by fiberglass and heated and air conditioned year round. GMAP
Remember the neighbors who were keen to protect the green space on the interior of their block from encroachment by a proposed rear addition at 115 Lincoln Place, above?
Well, after the local community board nixed the proposal, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided it didn’t care for it either, reported The Brooklyn Eagle. LPC asked the homeowners to come up with a new, less intrusive proposal for an extension.
The LPC praised the backyard green space, saying “it does measure up to the standard of unique,” is “just so special” and has “the feel of a commons,” according to quotes in the Eagle.
Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.
35 Tyler Road, Putnam Valley: $399,000
For our purposes, the term “contemporary” in relation to home design is a broad term used to describe anything that can’t really be considered mid-century modern but is not cutting-edge enough to be considered modern or ultra-modern. In other words, we think of it is “too old to be new but too new to be old,” and when it works, we love it. When it doesn’t work, we want to gouge our eyes out and run screaming in the opposite direction. We think these four contemporaries, all located in Putnam County, work just fine. Some are better than others, but what they all have in common is that they’re spacious, possess a touch of elegance, and are located in some very pretty country.
After the Civil War ended, the building boom in Brooklyn began to take up speed again. By the 1870s, speculative building in the city’s neighborhoods began earnest, as the rows of Italianate, Neo-Grec and Second Empire houses began defining the neighborhoods radiating out from Downtown. Those were heady times, when fortunes could be made, and it seemed only logical that a business district worthy of a growing city would also be built. The area around City Hall was now the center of Brooklyn’s business world, so what better place to build?
Banks, law offices and brokerages were obvious tenants, but among the greatest catalysts for Brooklyn’s expansion at that point in time were insurance companies. Fire insurance was huge business, and companies based in Manhattan, as well as local Brooklyn companies were warring for business and for a prominent place on the street. One of those was the Continental Insurance Company.
Continental was a Manhattan -based fire insurance company, with headquarters across the river, and they were looking to expand into the lucrative Brooklyn market. They chose an advantageous and prime location, the corner of Court and Montague Streets, in the heart of the business district. They also chose architect George L. Morse to design them a building. He was at the beginning of what would become an important and stellar career. (more…)
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.