01/30/15 4:30pm

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Food Co-op Slated to Open at 825 Caton Avenue in March [DPC]
Two-Story Building for Sale on 4th Avenue Has Nine-Story Construction Plans [South Slope News]
Checking in on Long-Stalled Construction at 337 Degraw Street [PMFA]
Overcrowding at P.S. 176 Prompts DOE to Lease New Building, Rezone [Bean]
Please Sign Petition for Zoning Study to Begin [Q Parkside]
Pols Say City Software Should Be Used to Stop Illegal Conversions in Bay Ridge [BK Daily]
Park Slope’s New 7th Avenue Condos Now up for Grabs [Curbed]
Jessica and Milo’s 400-Square-Foot Studio in Carroll Gardens [AT]
To Hike Rent, Brooklyn Landlords Swap Plain Walls for Brick [Bloomberg]
Map: Seven Bed Stuy Businesses That Shuttered in the Last Year [DNA]

hpd tenants rights forum

If you’re confused about rent stabilization, Section 8 housing, or any of your legal rights as a tenant, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is hosting a forum next month in Brownsville to answer your questions. HPD reps will also discuss housing code violations, NYCHA housing, bed bugs, rent protections for seniors and the disabled, discrimination and affordable housing lotteries. The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at P.S./I.S. 323 in Brownsville, located at 210 Chester Street. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

01/30/15 3:00pm

21-27 North Oxford Street, Google Maps 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former bakery, now empty?
Address: 21-27 North Oxford Street
Cross Streets: Flushing and Park Avenues
Neighborhood: Fort Greene (Wallabout)
Year Built: Early 20th century
Architectural Style: Brick 19th century style factory
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: South Oxford Street turns into North Oxford when it crosses Myrtle Avenue. Before the bakery was constructed, there were four brick houses on these lots. The map for 1886 shows them clearly, and the Brooklyn Eagle records advertisements for servants, as well as stories of the people who lived in 21, 23, 25, and 27 North Oxford Street.

21 North Oxford was home to an apparent suicide in 1895. Maurice Morson ingested arsenic and died. He apparently was a miserably angry man who fought often with his wife. The day before he killed himself, he had taken a stick to her when she tried to stop him from beating their twelve year old son. She told the coroner that the evening of his death, he had poured some coffee, and offered to share it with her. She thought that strange, since he wasn’t prone to acts of kindness or sharing.

He poured some of the coffee into the saucer, and then offered her the cup. After they finished their coffee, she said he was violently ill and threw up. But he refused to allow her to get a doctor, and a few hours later he was dead. The police found arsenic pills on his person, and the coroner found arsenic in his stomach. It was called a suicide, even though his wife admitted that she had once threatened to poison him. Hmmm. (more…)

01/30/15 2:00pm


The retail space in the old North Side Savings Bank — designed by architect Theobald Engelhardt in 1889 — at 33-35 Grand Street is empty no more. Rudy’s Barbershop opened December 11, a spokeswoman let us know. Before that, the Seattle-based firm had a popup shop there from November of 2013 to July 2014. That closed and Rudy’s renovated.

The new space has 10 chairs, a wall mural by Brooklyn artist Romon Yang and, at the moment, a popup shop from leather goods maker Tanner Goods. The espresso bar is no more.

Haircuts for men, women and children range from $17 to $60. The A.P.C. outlet occupied the space from 2008 until 2011. Click through to see the interior.

Building of the Day [Brownstoner] GMAP
Streetlevel: A.P.C. Expanding to Billyburg [Brownstoner]
Photos by Rudy’s Barbershop


60 dean street boerum hill 12015Boerum Hill
60 Dean Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,999,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00

593 3rd street park slope 12015Park Slope
593 3rd Street
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,750,000
Sunday 12:30 – 2:00

277 skillman street bed stuy 12015Bed Stuy
277 Skillman Street
Broker: Urban Compass
Price: $1,325,000
Saturday 2:15 – 3:30

243 howard avenue bed stuy 12015Bed Stuy
243 Howard Avenue
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,199,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

01/30/15 11:30am
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461 Acorn Hill Road, Olivebridge: $300,000

The Ulster County town of Olive is known for its stunning views, picturesque woodsy landscapes, lovely farmhouses, and desirable proximity to the Ashokan Reservoir. It’s also known for low property taxes. Well, low property taxes is a pretty relative concept when it comes to Ulster County. Compared to other places around the Hudson Valley area on the west side of the Hudson, Olive (including the hamlet of Olivebridge, as well as a handful of other rural hamlets in town) offers a slight bargain. And if you’re looking at houses upstate, the taxes could make or break a real estate deal. Olive is located around the western end of the reservoir and about 2.5 hours from Brooklyn.


01/30/15 10:45am

Montrose Pontiac, 450 Bway at Penn, Composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Most of us walk down our commercial streets on our way to shops, restaurants and businesses generally without a clue as to what may have been in these buildings before we showed up. That holds true in most neighborhoods, but nowhere is the transition more intriguing than on Broadway, as it winds through Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford Stuyvesant.

Broadway was the main street of the Eastern District, which encompassed parts of all three neighborhoods. I often highlight the 19th century activities that took place in the area, but much of its commercial history took place in the 20th century. Before the riots of 1977, Broadway, under the constant shadow of the el, was one stop shopping, with stores and businesses of every description and nature, as well as theaters, restaurants and banks. There were even car showrooms and dealerships crowded onto the busy thoroughfare.

This building, 446-450 Broadway, was one of them. In the early 1950s, it was home to Montrose Pontiac. I will be the first to tell you that the 1950s are not my favorite era, but hey, Montrose Pontiac? Of course it caught my eye. There wasn’t a whole lot of information available on line, but here’s what we’ve got: (more…)

01/30/15 10:00am

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A four-story condo building we’ve been watching at 45 India Street in Greenpoint looks pretty close to finished, at least on the outside. Windows are in on the top floors, the brick facade is installed, and it seems like interior work is under way.

Designed by Lubrano Ciavarra Architects, the development has seven apartments and a “brick corduroy facade” intended to echo the 19th century industrial buildings found throughout the neighborhood. There will be two one-bedrooms; four two-bedroom, two bath units; and a three-bedroom penthouse. Shared amenities include a rear terrace, garden and gym.

And it looks exactly like the rendering we published two years ago. What do you think of how it’s turning out so far?

45 India Street Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


After months of suspense, then a postponed meeting due to this week’s snowstorm, now Prospect Lefferts Gardens and southern Crown Heights’s Community Board 9 has scheduled three public meetings to hash out its controversial request for a zoning study.

On Wednesday, February 4, the ULURP committee will have its first meeting in about a year to “review and discuss” the rewording of the controversial request, according to a notice on the board’s website. Then a second meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 11, to go over the specific wording of the request and vote on it, prior to presenting it to the full board. (If we read the notice correctly, the actual writing of the request will take place in private somewhere between the two meetings. This could also be controversial, though efficient.) The full board will consider the wording of the request on Tuesday, February 24.

Above, Empire Boulevard, one of the areas that might be included in a zoning study.

Community Board 9 Coverage [Brownstoner]

01/30/15 9:00am


We’re not sure the new building that replaced the Carroll Gardens brownstone that collapsed in 2012 is completely finished but it is on the market — as condos. The condos, as Curbed noted, are “pricey,” but we must say they look very nice.

Except for the too-short windows and door on the parlor floor, and lower overall height, the exterior looks much like it did before the collapse, although it’s a completely new building. Inside the units are modern, spacious and light, with gigantic windows in the rear. The building is 25 feet wide, so they had more space to play with than usual.

The prices are something of a surprise: $2.2 million for a two-bedroom, two-bath floor through on the second floor to $3.5 million for a three-bedroom duplex on the top. That could buy you a whole brownstone in the area, though it would probably need renovation.

Unit No. 3 is already in contract, according to the listing.

We’re interested in how the owners financed such a high-quality rebuild. As far as we can see, they didn’t take out a new mortgage and still own the building, although now in the form of an LLC. We think it’s interesting they decided to develop and sell. Above, the house under construction in September.

What do you think of the new units — and the prices?

Pricey Condos Replace 150-Year-Old House That Crumbled [Curbed]
241 Carroll Street Listings [Nestseekers]
241 Carroll Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Google Maps


01/30/15 8:30am


In Windsor Terrace, One Roof for Two Households [NY Times]
Noguchi Show Is Planned for Brooklyn Botanic Garden [NY Times]
In Brooklyn, Long Lines, and Odds, for New York’s Subsidized Housing Lotteries [NY Times]
Ex-New York City Councilman Erik Dilan Fined for Ties With Brooklyn Developer [NY Daily News]
Stringer Speaks at BRIC Gentrification Town Hall [Eagle]
One Apartment Left at 13 Melrose in Bushwick [Curbed]
Downtown Brooklyn’s Paramount Theatre Will Reopen As Music Venue [Gothamist]
Beloved Dumbo Dog Memorial Ousted by Upscale Developer [Gothamist]
Video: Broad City Terrorizes Gowanus Whole Foods [Gothamist]
Permits Filed: 494 Fountain Avenue, East New York [NYY]
New Look: 61 Park Place, Park Slope [NYY]
Modern Smart Home in Cobble Hill Sells for $6 Million [6sqft]
Adam America Paid $23 Million, Not $6.7 Million, for Flipped East Williamsburg White Castle [TRD]
Police Seize 105 More Gowanus Bunnies After Finding Others Had Syphilis [DNA]
No Weekend L Train Service Between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 6 Weeks
Brooklyn Bid for 2016 DNC Now Includes $20M and Help from Anna Wintour [DNA]