08/29/14 11:30am
46 anchorage road germantown ny

46 Anchorage Road, Germantown: $895,000

Let’s face it: If you’ve ever spent anytime in the Hudson River Valley, chances are, you have a couple of favorite towns that you return to again and again. We certainly do. In fact, we have many favorite towns. They’re our favorite towns for different reasons. Some we like because they’re close to the river. Some we like because they’re walking distance to somewhere. Some we like for the sheer lust we feel towards the houses as we drive down the residential streets. But mostly, it’s that last one. So here’s a sampling of the houses we love in or near our favorite towns in the Hudson Valley.

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08/29/14 10:45am

KCW, Grant Square, Composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

During the last two decades of the 19th century, there were no cooler men on earth that the members of the Kings County Wheelmen’s Club of Brooklyn. They were like rock stars and the championship Yankees rolled into one; a collection of men’s men, gushed over by young ladies and reporters alike, the intrepid “Knights of the Silent Steed.” They were Brooklyn’s best and most famous amateur bicycle club.

While pictures of mustachioed men in striped shirts and caps on enormous high wheeler cycles are in the popular imagination for this period, the truth is that the bicycle of the day looked pretty much the same then as they do now. They were easy to ride for men, women and children, and their mobility made them as popular then as they are today. Mass production soon made them affordable to almost anyone, and they sold like hotcakes. The Victorians were a very social bunch, and loved getting together in organizations, so it didn’t take long for bicycle clubs of all kinds to spring up all over the country. (more…)

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 buildings will look like. Curbed published the new view of the 290-unit development, which will apparently be quite reflective. 

The property will encompass a 17-story tower, a nine-story building, and a 50,000-square-foot middle school, as reported.

Construction is pretty far along. Below are some new photos of the buildings rising on the construction site, which we snapped yesterday. (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. (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

crown heights carnival

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