You might think that any invention as wonderful as the automobile would be embraced by everyone. Anything that could be done to improve motoring in Brooklyn, Long Island and the general New York City area would immediately be approved, and the car would take its rightful place at the head of the transportation table. Well, if you were an early 20th century autoist; one of the first people to own an automobile, you would probably feel that way. If you were everyone else, it was going to be a much tougher sell.
The Long Island Automobile Club was founded in Brooklyn in 1900 by four wealthy men who wanted a place where they could indulge in their new hobby of racing, tinkering with, and talking about automobiles. In a few short years, they grew in membership to several hundred car enthusiasts; all well-to-do men who could afford a custom vehicle that cost as much as many a working man’s entire yearly salary. Like the bicycle clubs many had belonged to only a couple of years before, the LIAC sponsored races, enjoyed outings and social events, and advocated for paved roads throughout the city and out on Long Island. (more…)
A mysterious Styrofoam-like substance has been spotted in yards in Bushwick and Williamsburg.
“What is this stuff?” asked a Bushwick resident on Facebook. “It’s all over my back yard and the yard at the [cat] adoption event, several miles away [in Williamsburg]. It seems like tiny bits of Styrofoam.” (more…)
The city is building a large K through 8 elementary and middle school on a former vacant lot at 713 Caton Avenue in Kensington, where we found these renderings on the fence. The New York City School Construction Authority is developing the five-story building, which will be 87,629 square feet, according to new building permits.
The Department of Buildings Friday forced residents out of the illegally converted cellar space at the infamous McKibben Lofts in Bushwick. The conditions at 255 McKibbin “are immediately perilous to life,” said the notice posted on a wall in the building, Gothamist reported. (more…)
The lawsuits against developments in Brooklyn are piling up. Preserve Park Slope has sued suit against the city seeking to overturn the variance Methodist received to expand its hospital in Park Slope. The suit contends that a proper environmental impact report was not done and also that the variance disregards a 2003 rezoning of the area, reported The Real Deal. (more…)
Learn about Coney Island’s honky-tonk past and its present-day struggles to balance historic preservation and development on a walking tour organized by the Municipal Arts Society. Local historian and preservationist Joe Svehlak will lead the tour, which will happen this Saturday at 10:30 am. It will touch on the new Thunderbolt coaster, older amusement rides, and the memorials at MCU Park commemorating Jackie Robinson and 9/11. Tickets cost $20 or $15 for MAS members, and can be purchased here.
Name: Row houses Address: 396-398 Washington Avenue Cross Streets: Lafayette and Greene avenues Neighborhood: Clinton Hill Year Built: 1887 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Architect: Adam E. Fischer Other Buildings by Architect: Row and standalone houses in Brooklyn, German Hospital in Bushwick, apartment hotels, summer homes in Manhattan and Long Island Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill HD (1981)
The story: Adam E. Fischer was a successful architect with offices on Fulton Street, in Brooklyn. He lived in Bushwick. By the late 1880’s he was a member of the Architects Department of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, and was in the company of contemporaries such as George L. Morse, Frank Freeman, Rudolf Daus, Theobald Engelhardt and more. In 1894 he managed to beat out his fellow German-American architects Engelhardt and Daus for the design of the German Hospital in on Stockholm Street in Bushwick.
He was one of the founding members of the New York Society of Architects, a Brooklyn architectural organization, and was the First Vice President of the NYSA between 1918 and 1921. In 1931, Fischer was front page news for the Brooklyn Eagle, as he, Charles Infanger and William Debus, all familiar names to this column, were given medals to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Society. Fischer was also celebrating the 50th year of his practice. Not bad for a man about whom we know little more. (more…)
An old warehouse in Red Hook has been turned into showrooms for Dutch and German kitchen furniture, open to the trade and public. The Dutch and German Kitchen Centers are located at 481 and 465 Van Brunt Street. (more…)
This three-family on Hancock Street in Stuyvesant Heights is not as fancy as some but has plenty of ornate original details, including some we have never seen before. The mantels have that Gibson Girl-era look with rounded inset and beveled mirrors and wedding cake decorations. (more…)
Personally we prefer our townhouses to feel a little older, but the newer look of this triplex at 584 Pacific Street is bound to appeal to someone’s sense of cleanliness and order. The 2,050-square-foot condo has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in addition to four terraces. The proximity to the Barclays Center might be a deterrent to some though, especially at the asking price of $2,200,000.