08/29/14 10:00am

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Two Trees’ large Dock Street Dumbo project rising next to the Brooklyn Bridge has a new rendering, which more clearly shows what the building will look like. Curbed published the new view of the 290-unit development, which will apparently be quite reflective and encompass a 17-story tower, a nine-story building, and a 50,000-square-foot middle school. (more…)

08/29/14 9:30am

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Eight years after a 10-alarm fire engulfed several of its buildings, Greenpoint Terminal Market’s vacant warehouses are finally seeing some new life. 67 West Street, a five-story brick warehouse that survived the fire, has since been transformed into event spaces for weddings, galleries and artist studios. And across the street, a 65,000-square-foot factory building at 42 West Street (pictured) is slowly being converted to commercial space. Most of the windows are in, and a parking lot is being paved in the back. There will be ground floor retail and four stories of office space, according to Schedule A filings. Nicholas Scire-Chianetta of NSC Architecture is the architect of record.

But next door, an even taller factory building at 60 West Street is still mostly vacant, except for the ground floor, which is occupied by a poultry transport company and a granite distributor. The upper floors of the seven-story structure are empty and strewn with construction equipment and trash, evidence of a slow-moving rehabilitation project approved by the DOB earlier this year. Windows have gone in on the western side, but otherwise there isn’t much sign of progress. (more…)

835 Myrtle Ave, Cascade, 2

It looks like the old Cascade Linen factory at 835 Myrtle Avenue near Marcy, which is not landmarked, may soon be torn down to make way for apartments.

A partnership of developers from the Satmar community of south Williamsburg are in talks to buy the building for $60,000,000, according to Crain’s. Shockingly, that number is more than double what the current owner paid for the property last year ($27,000,000). (more…)

08/29/14 8:30am

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A Brooklyn Apartment Search Ends in Crown Heights [NY Times]
Many Addresses Before Making Bed Stuy Home [NY Times]
Construction Is Shut Down at Atlantic Yards Complex [NY Times]
A Park Slope Dining Institution With Roots in Both Italy and a Great Love [NY Times]
Hungry City: Moldova in Midwood [NY Times]
Brooklyn Lawmakers Want Mandatory Notice of Bedbugs From MTA [NY Daily News]
Spike Lee Honors Michael Jackson at Annual Summer Party in Bed Stuy [WSJ]
Permits Filed: Townhouses at 73-79 Bond Street in Boerum Hill [NYY]
Brace Yourselves. Greenpoint Is Getting More Towers [Greenpointers]
Unions Support De Blasio’s Affordable Housing, Will Take 40 Percent Pay Cut [City & State]
Escaped Snake Pops up in PLG Kitchen [DNAinfo]
Madewell Opens Williamsburg Location This Week [DNAinfo]

08/28/14 4:30pm

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Ralph’s Bodega in Fort Greene Reopens Two Years After Owner Caught Selling Marijuana [DNAinfo]
Dumbo First Thursday Art Walk Coming September 4 [Brooklyn Brief]
Demo Permits Issued for Funeral Parlor on Fulton [FGF]
You Guessed It: 13-Story Condo Coming to 4th Avenue and 15th Street [South Slope News]
First Look at 263 Union Avenue Condos in Williamsburg [BBH]
Now Open: Brooklyn Bodyburn Sets up Its Second Studio in Cobble Hill [Racked]
Pio Pio Peruvian Restaurant Opens on Kings Highway [Bensonhurst Bean]
14 Bushwick-Loving Celebrities Who Hang Out and/or Live in the Neighborhood [Bushwick Daily]

Photo by Axel Taferner

08/28/14 4:00pm

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If you live in Crown Heights, you’ve seen the bright, elaborate costumes, the stiltwalkers and the steel drums that herald the coming of the West Indian Day Parade, which happens Monday along Eastern Parkway. There’s a full schedule of events happening all weekend at the Brooklyn Museum, starting tonight with a “Caribbean Woodstock” concert featuring a long list of popular Caribbean and West Indian musicians. Tomorrow there’s a free showcase of young reggae, steel-pan, rap, dance and spoken word performers in the afternoon, and a big brass and reggae concert is slated for the evening. (more…)

08/28/14 3:00pm

240-244 8th St. Higgins Ink, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Higgins Ink Building
Address: 240-244 8th Street
Cross Streets: 4th and 5th avenues
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1898
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Stone Brothers
Other Buildings by Architect: Factory and warehouse buildings in Dumbo and elsewhere
Landmarked: No

The story: The Charles M. Higgins Company, manufacturer of Higgins India Ink, was founded in 1880 by an Irish immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1860, eager to make his mark in his new country. Charles Higgins was a naturally curious and inventive man. In 1875, he patented a screw pegging machine, which led to a job at the Scientific News as a patent solicitor – a salesman who finds marketable inventions worthy of a patent. Higgins Ink company lore has it that Charles was fooling around with different ink formulas in his sister’s kitchen in New York, when he invented Higgins India Ink and Eternal Black Ink. He founded his company in 1880, and the rest is history. Higgins ink became the universal ink used around the world. (more…)

08/28/14 12:56pm

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We wrote about the fourth-floor apartment at 27 Schermerhorn Street back in 2011 when it was asking $695,000. Now the top floor unit, which has been redone in a much more modern fashion, is on the market for $915,000. The brownstone floor-through co-op is 25 feet wide and 1,000 square feet in total. Monthly maintenance is $1,218. We’re usually not big fans of going modern in a brownstone but this renovation looks pretty successful to us.

27 Schermerhorn Street, #5 [Real Direct] GMAP

08/28/14 12:15pm

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This top-floor one-bedroom in Crown Heights has a nice renovation and charming original details, but it doesn’t come cheap. The kitchen features stainless steel counters and appliances, exposed brick and wooden cabinets, while the living room and bedrooms are more traditional. The apartment is huge, though: At a whopping 1,200 square feet, according to the listing, the size might possibly justify $2,000 a month in this part of Crown Heights. What do you think of the look and the rent?

1351 Dean Street, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP

08/28/14 11:31am

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Greenpoint has a charming old-world European feel, as anyone who has visited its Polish grocery stores knows, but house prices have moved into the stratosphere in the last two years, despite new apartment developments. A look at the area in the Times real estate section yesterday started off with a slightly misleading anecdote about a couple who almost gave up but then found their dream house there – in 2011.

Prices for two and three family row houses, most clad in vinyl siding and often in need of renovation, have risen from $750,000 to $850,000 in 2012 to $1,300,000 to $2,000,000 today, according to the story. The story also described other amenities in the area, including “destination restaurants” — and the ever-popular “destination” donut maker, Peter Pan — as well parks and schools.

The coming of 5,500 new units over 22 acres at Greenpoint Landing was noted briefly in passing without additional comment. Notably, the story did not mention “Girls.”

Living in Greenpoint [NY Times]
Photo by Bridge and Tunnel Club