A Prospect Heights House Tour [Apartment Therapy]
Inside a $5 Million Dollar Brooklyn Home [BK Magazine]
FYI: Brooklyn Public Library Closed All Weekend [Patch]
130 Years of Brooklyn Bridge Photos, Decade by Decade [Curbed]
Forgotten Greenpoint: WNYC Transmitter on the East River [Greenpointers]
Anthony Weiner Launches Mayoral Campaign With Vid Shot in Park Slope [PSS]
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The Brooklyn Paper outlined the Department of Transportation’s plans for safety improvements along the northern end of 4th Avenue, a 28-block strip from Atlantic to 15th Street. Community Board Six’s Transportation Committee just approved the proposal, and it will move to the full board next month. The plan — long in the works with the community — will shrink traffic lanes, ban eight left turns near playgrounds and schools, broaden medians from two feet to six feet, add planters to the pedestrian island between Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue, and extend the curb on the corner of Pacific Street, right at the subway entrance. DOT also plans to install on-street bike corrals down the avenue, as well as Muni-Metered parking. This proposal is part of a huge 4th Avenue overall upgrade taken on by the DOT — they’ve enacted similar street changes in Sunset Park and are moving forward with improvements in Bay Ridge.
More Room for People, Less for Cars on Fourth Avenue in Slope [Brooklyn Paper]
Photo by the DOT, via the Brooklyn Paper
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Apartment building
Address: 145 Lincoln Road
Cross Streets: Flatbush and Bedford Avenues
Neighborhood: Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Year Built: 1929
Architectural Style: Tudor/Medieval Revival
Architect: Boris W. Dorfman
Other Work by Architect: Similar type apartment buildings all over Brooklyn and Queens
The story: I guess in part because I never lived in one until I moved to New York City, I find apartment buildings of a certain age rather fascinating. The American Dream of home ownership has always stressed the single family house as the quintessential American dwelling, but the fact of the matter is that in a city like New York, more people live in apartment buildings than live in houses. There will always be more renters than owners, and most of those renters live in apartment buildings. Chances are, especially if you are in Brooklyn, the Bronx, or upper Manhattan, that apartment will be in a six story apartment building built sometime between 1922 and 1934, a time of great social migration into the “outer boroughs.”
As I have mentioned on several occasions, these buildings were built for the children and grandchildren of the immigrant families who were moving as fast as possible out of the tenements of the Lower East Side, Hell’s Kitchen and Williamsburg. They had become Americans, were educated in New York’s schools, spoke English outside of the home, and were assimilating into the culture. They were getting better jobs, making more money, and wanted out of the crowded tenements. The developers were waiting for them with open arms. (more…)
Just a day after DNAinfo ran a story criticizing the City for its failure to build affordable housing in the North Brooklyn area, and hours before a scheduled protest about the matter, the City announced it has chosen the development team to build affordable housing at 337 Berry Street. The RFP for the site, located between South 4th and South 5th streets, has been in the works for a year. North Brooklyn Development Corporation and MDG Design and Construction LLC will be the developers. The new building will have 55 low-income rental apartments over ground-level retail, which will include a grocery store and community space. It will replace a warehouse used by the Landmarks Preservation Commission for storage, above. The apartments will be offered to families earning between 50 percent and 60 percent of the area’s median income, or $42,950 to $51,540 a year for a family of four.
City Seeking Developer to Turn Old LPC Warehouse in Williamsburg Into Affordable Housing [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark
Not long after Downtown Brooklyn parents started pushing for a neighborhood elementary school, the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School announced it will open a new elementary school in District 13. According to the press release, “In September, this first BPCS elementary division will open to kindergarteners in its permanent space — the upper three floors of 80 Willoughby Street, alongside St. Joseph High School for girls.” The charter school will grow a grade each year and will accomodate 300 students at full capacity. The admission is done by lottery; prospective kindergarten families can fill out an application here before June 3rd. And the Brooklyn Prospect Charter School will announce information session dates about the new school at its website.
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Queens has a lot of great things going for it. This architectural specimen isn’t one of them.
This Neo-Grec brownstone in Prospect Heights sits on an extra deep lot. The catch: It’s a five-family. But it will be delivered vacant, the listing promises, and some of the detail, such as fireplaces and shutters, appears to have survived, although the floors are new. What do you think of it for $3,900,000?
204 Park Place [Donawald Realty] GMAP P*Shark
This loft at 105 Lexington Avenue in Bed Stuy strikes us as a pretty good deal at a time when those are few and far between. The open-plan apartment has over 1,100 square feet with high ceilings and nice aged wood floors. And with Classon and Franklin Avenues getting more amenities by the day, the location seems like a good long-term play too. The asking price is $699,000.
105 Lexington Avenue, #2F [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
This three-bedroom, two-bathroom rental unit comes from one of our favorite buildings in Clinton Hill, the Graham Home for Old Ladies. This condo-unit-for-rent is quite lovely, even if it might be a tad cozy. One bedroom is set up as an office and the other one pictured doesn’t look very large, although there is lot of closet space. The asking rent comes in at $3,750 a month.
320 Washington Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
We caught a few photos Friday of this mural going up on the back wall of the Williamsburg Cinemas on North 1st Street near Driggs. The artist is Frederico Massa, according to Street Art Walk. Click through for a close-up of the artist at work and a photo of the mural in its entirety. (more…)
“For every developer who has seen an investment turn into a real estate bonanza, there’s a family in a neighborhood like Sunnyside trying desperately to keep up with a rising property tax bill. For every strip of stores that celebrated the opening of a more convenient Starbucks, there’s a hardworking middle class family struggling to put their kids through college on the profits earned by a family-run business,” writes Anthony Weiner in his “Keys to the City” [PDF], a policy document that was released a few weeks before Wednesday’s announcement of his mayoral candidacy.
The term “middle class” is prevalent throughout, as it was in the 2012 presidential campaign. But campaign-speak aside, Weiner does articulate a number of specific changes through a list of 64 reforms. For transit, he supports the expansion of ferry service to serve Rockaway, Sheepshead Bay, Riverdale and Harlem. He wats cell phone service on every subway platform – probably a daunting cost for the cash-strapped MTA. He wants city tax breaks for employees who bike to work.
Weiner’s real estate proposals would likely be contentious. He wants…
Nathan’s Famous has reopened! Eater found the above photo from the Nathan’s Facebook page. They say that the layout of the dining room is slightly different and Nathan’s added a new clam bar which serves oysters. In other Coney news, a Nets boutique opens tomorrow right across the street from Nathan’s. It will sell beach balls, flip-flops, visors, Nets gear, and Nets bikinis. Finally, an Applebee’s will open this summer on Surf Avenue between Stillwell Avenue and West 12th Street.
Greenpointers has a great roundup of bars, restaurants, and cafes just open and soon to open in the nabe. Oslo Coffee opened its Bedford Avenue location after a fire ripped through the space four months ago. Andrew Tarlow’s newest bar/cafe, called Achilles Heel, is now open at 180 West Street. Odd Fellows Ice Cream, already getting hype for its crazy flavors, will open on Kent Avenue for Memorial Day Weekend. The owners of Boerum Hill’s Rucola are opening a second outpost, a Ligurian-inspired restaurant, on the premises of the 3rd Ward workspace in Williamsburg. It’ll be called Fitzcarraldo.
Ditmas Park Corner checks out the new facade at under-construction Milk and Honey. They are hoping the venue, at 1119 Newkirk Avenue, will open within the month. They also checked out the grand opening of Anarkali, a new Indian restaurant at 1125 Church Avenue. Also coming to Church Avenue, Noah’s Ark Pet Store, which should open in August.
Park Slope/Prospect Heights
Melt Kraft Grilled Cheese, a grilled cheese restaurant from the folks behind Slope cheese shop Valley Shepherd Creamery, will open in the old Almondine space on 9th Street. Popular New York City restaurant Fonda, which serves high-end Mexican food, applied for a liquor licence at 427B Seventh Avenue, the old Beer Table space. And over in Prospect Heights, a mac and cheese/BBQ spot is under construction on the corner of St. Marks and Flatbush Avenue.
Eater picked up some juicy details about new restaurant planned for Red Hook by the guys from Frankies Spuntino, to be called RES. Not far away in Carroll Gardens, PJ Hanley’s Tavern is set to reopen after it was closed due to financial issues. Dinosaur BBQ will open on Union Street in Gowanus later this month. Gowanus is also getting a bridal boutique on 3rd Avenue and 12st Street in about a month. Out of the Closet Thrift Store is open in Boerum Hill, at 475 Atlantic Avenue. The store benefits the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. And finally, a Caribbean restaurant called Island Seas will open in the next month in Crown Heights, on the corner of Franklin and Sterling.
For all you dedicated readers of Montrose Morris’ posts here in Brooklyn, here’s a quick heads up that she’s started doing her thing on Brownstoner Queens as well. Here’s her initial post, all about the St. Albans neighborhood.
More information has come to light regarding the empty lots on Fulton Street between Grand Avenue and Downing Street, thanks to the Greene Hill Food Co-Op. The Co-Op (lot No. 16, above) backs up to these empty plots, some owned by the city and some owned privately. In March the private owners met with Community Board Two because they were in talks with the city to buy the two city-owned plots and develop the entire site. The folks at the Co-op found out that this will be an affordable housing development and building will begin in about two years. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development will first have to prepare a land-review process application to transfer the sites. The Co-op is putting up a mural on the back wall of its building this September. According to them, “This [development] is in the very early stages, but we will continue to be in contact with them through the process to potentially preserve the artwork that will be done, or incorporate some of it into the building project.”
In Our Backyard [Greene Hill Food Co-Op]
Meeting Tonight on Fulton Street Redevelopment Proposal [Brownstoner] GMAP
Earlier in May Halstead began leasing units at 818 Dean Street, a Scarano-designed building in Crown Heights that has been under construction for many years. (Aguayo Real Estate Group had the listing, and was acquired by Halstead last month.) Seven of the 14 apartments are on the market. Prices range from $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom to $4,500 a month for a two-bedroom. Here’s what the listing says about the spaces: “Many units have soaring double height windows with 14-foot ceilings, tremendous natural light, and private rooftop terraces, balconies, or landscaped backyards… Throughout each apartment you will notice condo quality finishes including washer/dryer units, designer lighting, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, beautiful hardwood floors, central heating and cooling, and a video intercom system.” The units are no fee with one month free. Like what you see?
818 Dean Street Is Going Rental [Brownstoner] GMAP P*Shark
A neighbor contacted us about a new development at the long-troubled Spencer Street condos. The building at 209 Spencer Street has sat empty for years because of fraud on the part of the developers, and a few weeks ago homeless people and kids broke into the building, above, which is now exposed, he said. Neighbors are worried it will burn down, and have called 311 and filed reports with the DOB, but so far no action has been taken. Curiously, the building appears to be for sale, although it apparently never received a certificate of occupancy. Owners of condos in other buildings in the same development have been unable to sell their units because the buildings do not conform to zoning laws. The listing says only the building “needs cosmetic work completed throughout” and “is well-positioned to be utilized as a rental building in an area growing more popular with young professionals.”
Spencer Street Condo Saga Drags On [Brownstoner] GMAP
A new judge has taken over the Broadway Triangle case after the previous judge retired, and critics of the proposed housing development worry the new one will approve it because he’s Jewish and has ties to its political backers, such as now-resigned State Assemblyman Vito Lopez. An unnamed “community watchdog group” is considering asking that the judge, state Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler, to recuse himself but has feared to do so because of possible reprisals if he stays on the case, The New York Daily News reported. Legal experts said there was no basis to pull the judge off the case. The project would add about 1,800 apartments on a nine-block area located at the Bed Stuy-Williamsburg-Bushwick border; critics have charged the housing is unfairly intended exclusively for the Hasidic community.
Critics of Triangle Development Worry Judge Will Clear Way for It [NY Daily News]
Citi Bike asked Community Board 2 in Brooklyn Heights, Downtown, Dumbo and Cobble Hill not to take a position on the bike share program, and only 30 people, mostly cyclists and not homeowners, attended its presentation, according to the board’s district manager, Robert Perris, The New York Post reported. By that time, the locations of the racks had already been chosen, he said. Usually the Department of Transportation asks the board to vote on its proposals, but the bike share program was presented more as a fait accompli. The DOT “did not do enough to engage the public” about rack locations, which have proved controversial in the Heights, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and elsewhere, with one building suing the City over placement. “We were instructed that they did not want us to vote on bike share,” Perris said. “To me, that seems to indicate a kind of bunker mentality…The DOT brings a lot of initiatives to our board — bike lanes, bike corrals, modifications to the traffic pattern, pedestrian plazas — in almost every single case, we’re asked to take a position.” A DOT spokesman said the allegations were false and the department held 400 public meetings about the program.
Furor Over Cycle No-Vote [NY Post]
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