07/29/14 10:45am

Grant Statue, postcard

In American history classes we learned that Ulysses S. Grant was the brilliant commander of the Union Army during the Civil War. He was appointed by Abraham Lincoln, and opposed his fellow West Pointer, General Robert E. Lee, during the horrendous War Between the States, the war which changed the United States forever. After the war, he was one of the most popular and well-known people in the country, up North, anyway. He would go on to win two terms as the eighteenth president of the United States. He was elected at 46, the youngest president of the country, at that time. He died in 1885, at the age of 63, a victim of throat cancer.

Some later historians regarded his presidency as pretty awful, due to the corruption of some of his key appointments, but he’s always been regarded with great pride and respect, especially in the years following his death. Today, history is much kinder to Grant as president, giving him credit where credit is due. His efforts to pull the country back together again after the war and his genuine efforts to include African Americans as full participants in American society are now lauded. Civil rights on a presidential level did not receive as much attention again until after World War II. Grant also presided over the country when technology and progress were making huge strides, helping to create a vital consumer middle class, and a changing America. (more…)

07/29/14 10:00am

292 court street cobble hill

A private Montessori school group is presenting its plans next week to alter the facade of a landmarked former movie theater at 292 Court Street in Cobble Hill. The school needs LPC approval to change the facade and “to install storefront infill, two barrier-free access ramps, a flag, a canopy, and an elevator bulkhead, “according to the LPC agendaCalifornia-based LePort Schools signed a lease in April for the 15,700-square-foot building, which includes an additional 6,000 square feet of rooftop and back terrace space, as we reported at the time.



Mayor de Blasio’s plans to redevelop East New York — a test case for his affordable housing plans for all of New York City — are fatally flawed, according to a report from Newsday. De Blasio wants to rezone the area to encourage mixed-use high-rise development with 50 percent market rate, 30 percent middle income and 20 percent low income apartments and retail on the bottom level. But income levels and rents in the area now are too low to attract developers, middle class residents or retailers, according to developers and others quoted in the story. (more…)

07/29/14 8:30am


Hungry City: Brooklyn Ball Factory in East Williamsburg [NY Times]
Brooklyn Activist Is Selfie-ish About Nabes [NY Daily News]
Cop Uses Chokehold on Pregnant Woman Grilling in Front of House in East New York [NY Daily News]
Delay in Replacing C Trains [NY Daily News]
After White Flags, NYPD Steps up Surveillance of Brooklyn Bridge [Brooklyn Eagle]
Author Pens Book on Childhood in Marine Park [Brooklyn Paper]
De Blasio Housing Strategy Faces Test in East New York [Newsday]
Permits Filed: 1499 & 1499A Nostrand Avenue [NY YIMBY]
Attorney General Dismisses Lawsuit to End Apartment/House Tax Imbalance [Capital NY]
De Blasio Talks up Brooklyn After Gracie Mansion Move [Capital NY]
Those Bizarre Ads on Brooklyn Buildings Are Actually Marketing for Colossal Media [AdWeek]
Map: 112 Townhouses Are Under Construction in Brooklyn [BuzzBuzzHome]
Forest City Pursues ULURP for Air Rights Over Unnamed Retail Center [AYR]
“Soul Train” Dance Party Rolls Through Fort Greene to Kick off Arts Fest [DNAinfo]
Map: Dumbo Sheds Industrial Past to Become Kid-Friendly Haven [DNAinfo]
Bushwick Coffee Shops Skip Signs for Mysterious Vibe [DNAinfo]
Brooklyn-Queens Greenway Advocates Bike for the Cause [NY1]
New Exhibit Tells Story of Brooklyn in 1970s and ’80s [NY1]

07/28/14 4:30pm

giglio festival williamsburg michael tapp

Prospect Heights Package Supposedly Sold: 218-220 Park Place [BK to the Fullest]
Salma Hayek’s Cleanse Guru Has Opened a Juice Bar on Bedford Avenue [Bedford+Bowery]
The Rent Is Too Damn High: Jimmy McMillan Comes to Ditmas Park [Ditmas Park Corner]
Kimchi Taco Truck’s Second Brooklyn Restaurant Opens in Carroll Gardens [DNAinfo]
How to Spot Flipper Shortcuts When Buying a Brownstone [BU]
Brooklyn Brewery Eyes Staten Island for Big New Plant [Crain's]
Bushwick Festival Brought a Lot of Delish Beers to Troutman Street [Bushwick Daily]

Photo by Michael Tapp

07/28/14 4:00pm

east river ferry

The East River Ferry returned to India Street Pier on Saturday, just as the G train shut down between Nassau Avenue and Court Square until September 2. Greenpointers reported that the ferry will run on its summer schedule, with departures every 20 to 30 minutes and stops at Pier 11 on Wall Street, Dumbo, South Williamsburg, North Williamsburg, Long Island City and East 34th Street. But temporary shuttle buses will run between India Street and the North 6th Street pier until Wednesday. And if the ferry isn’t running, Uber is offering one free ride between the Nassau Avenue and Court Square G stops until August 31.

Photo via East River Ferry

07/28/14 3:00pm

333 Adelphi St. SW,PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Wood-frame row house
Address: 333 Adelphi Street
Cross Streets: Lafayette and Greene avenues
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1855
Architectural Style: Transitional Greek Revival/Italianate
Architect: Edward W. Genung, builder
Landmarked: Yes, part of Fort Greene HD (1978)

The story: Adelphi Street was named for the Adelphi, a neighborhood of terraced (row) houses in London, first begun in 1768. Nearby streets in Fort Greene, such as South Oxford and South Portland streets, are also named after neighborhoods or cities in England. Fort Greene’s early developers were trying to evoke the ambiance of those upscale places to their new projects, making living on those blocks even better than the houses themselves would suggest. Marketing really hasn’t changed all that much over the years. But even without the hype, most of the housing on these blocks was quite good, anyway. Look at this delightful example of mid-19th century charm. (more…)