10/03/15 3:00pm

Cuomo De Blasio Subway

Cypress Hills J Station, arguably the most decrepit station in Brooklyn

The New York City Transit system needs help, and the state and city are both saying “not it” when it comes to accepting responsibility for the bill. Evidence of the Transit budget crisis is apparent throughout Brooklyn’s most decrepit stations, and Thursday afternoon’s broken rail along the L line is just the latest incident in a string of commuting troubles.

But which authority should pony up more funds for the beleaguered subway system? Where should the money come from? (more…)

10/03/15 10:30am

This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.


It’s usually no big deal when a guest come to town and crashes on your couch or in your spare bedroom. What if they have a dog or a cat with them? If you’re allergic, or have pets who are not fond of sharing their spaces, a four-legged house guest can be more than you bargained for.

You’ll be happy to know that there are a number of pet-friendly hotels in Brooklyn. Here are a few, along with pet-friendly things to do nearby.

The NU Hotel is located on Smith Street at Atlantic Avenue, putting it just minutes away from popular attractions like Barclays Center and BAM. There’s also a dog run at Pier 6, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Should anything go awry, it’s steps away from the One Love Animal Hospital. Or, if you need some last minute toys or treats, PetSmart is a block away.

Pets Policy: “We will accommodate your four-legged friends (as long as he or she is under 50lbs) for a $100 one-time cleaning fee.”

Pooch with suitcase photo courtesy of NU Hotel. (more…)

10/03/15 9:00am

Bushwick Gentrification
Local Writes Brownstoner About Gentrification in Bushwick: High Rents Forcing Out Families
A Brownstoner reader and longtime resident of Bushwick sent Brownstoner her thoughts about recent changes and gentrification in Bushwick: “Just a quick email to see if you can help me understand what exactly is occurring in Bushwick. I have lived in Bushwick for what seems like forever and seen the changes that have happened here…”


10/02/15 5:09pm

Thaddeus Young Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Nets player Thaddeus Young bought a $5,400,000 condo in Brooklyn Heights’ One Brooklyn Bridge Park earlier this summer. Apparently he’s already learned that the Atlantic Antic doesn’t make for a fast commute and that Brooklyn Bridge Park is a great place to let the kids cut loose.

But there’s more to life in Brooklyn Heights. To help Young get hip with the Heights crowd, we’ve put together a handy guide of five things he needs to know about his new ‘hood right now.


10/02/15 4:30pm

Airbnbodega Boerum Hill Brooklyn

Flooding Alert: Lightstone Group’s Residential Project at High Tide Today [PMFA]
Camping in Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field [Brokelyn]
Vintage Brooklyn Bagels Video [Brooklyn Based]
Coney Eats: Johnny Rockets, IHOP and Magic Gyro Set to Open [AMZ]
Brooklyn Searches for the Next 50 & Up “Senior Idol” This Weekend [Billboard]

[Photo: The All-Nite Images via Flickr]

10/02/15 1:00pm

Bushwick Brooklyn -- 81 Beaver St, William Ulmer Brewery History

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Brooklyn has been a beer lovers’ town since the 1850s. But there are only a few of the original brewery buildings still standing. This one is the most well known.

Name: William Ulmer Brewery — main brew house and addition
Address: 81-83 Beaver Street
Cross Streets: Corner of Belvidere Street
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1872, 1881
Architectural Style: Rundbogenstil Romanesque revival
Architect: Theobald Engelhardt
Other Works by Architect: The William Ulmer Brewery office next door and William Ulmer’s mansion on Bushwick Avenue, as well as mansions, row houses, tenements, churches, factories and breweries mostly in Bushwick, Williamsburg and Eastern Bedford Stuyvesant
Landmarked: Yes, the entire brewery complex was landmarked in 2010.

In 1871, German immigrant William Ulmer became a partner in the Vigelius & Ulmer Continental Lagerbier Brewery, on the corner of Belvidere and Beaver streets in Bushwick. By 1879, Ulmer had become sole proprietor and renamed in the William Ulmer Brewery.

The Bushwick section of Brooklyn had become home to most of Brooklyn’s German immigrants, starting in the late 1840s. They brought many different industries and products to this country, but are best known for lager beer, which soon became the drink of choice in New York and, eventually, the entire country.

Before Prohibition Brooklyn had at least 24 breweries, many of them in the predominantly German Eastern District, which included Bushwick, parts of Williamsburg and Eastern Bedford Stuyvesant. The Ulmer brewery was one of the most successful. (more…)

10/02/15 12:15pm

Pacific Street Cobble Hill

Pacific Street from Cobble Hill to Boerum Hill is seeing a remarkable number of record-breaking and high-end sales, in addition to a bevy of luxury construction, the New York Daily News has noticed. While much of the 10-block-long stretch is leafy and landmarked, the areas near commercial corridors are not where one might expect to find Brooklyn’s priciest home sale.

It’s clear that Pacific Street is having a moment. In June, photographer Jay Maisel paid $15,5000,000 for a townhouse there, shattering the record for the highest price paid for a Brooklyn townhouse. Famed singer Norah Jones also purchased a $6,350,000 carriage house on the street earlier this year, and interesting modern buildings designed by Morris Adjmi and Brooklyn local Teresa Byrne Salter are under way. (more…)

10/02/15 12:00pm

Fall house-hunting season is in full swing and there’s plenty of inventory — good news for those who are house hunting or just like to spend Sundays gawking at real estate. Here are a few on view this weekend, spanning Fort Greene, Midwood and Crown Heights.

On Ashland Place in Fort Greene we’ve got a four-story brownstone that’s a generous 22 feet wide, with an extra-grand, richly detailed parlor floor. It’s set up as a one-family, with five bedrooms and a study spread over the top two floors.

Not far away on Clermont Avenue, we present a three-story frame house with a front porch and a front garden, being shown for the first time. This one is a two-family, with a rental on the garden level and a four-bedroom duplex above, which has undergone a “partial renovation.”

Moving over to East 24th Street in Midwood, we’ve got a massive 1910 Victorian that’s set up as a single home, but could be converted to a two-family. Opt for the first scenario and you’ve got seven bedrooms to play with, not to mention enough auto capacity for a car collector, with a two-car garage and a driveway that will fit four more.

Last up is a limestone located on Union Street in Crown Heights. This one’s got an owner’s duplex with a three-bedroom rental on the top floor, and is newly renovated with updated electrical, plumbing and mechanicals.

Brooklyn Open Houses -- Midwood, Fort Greene, Crown Heights

185 Ashland Place in Fort Greene
Price: $2,595,000
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Sunday 2-4 p.m. (more…)