07/29/14 2:00pm

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We had wondered if the Unity Democratic Club at the corner of Ralph and Howard was still active, but hadn’t seen any signs of life since Obama’s first election. Now it looks like the old sign at 203 Ralph Avenue is coming down, perhaps for a new tenant or repairs. What would you like to see go into this space? GMAP

07/29/14 1:30pm

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If you’re buying in east Bed Stuy, the 600 block of MacDonough is certainly an attractive one. This particular house at No. 636 appears reasonably well maintained and has plenty of cute original details, though a buyer may want to customize the kitchens and baths.

It has not changed hands recently, and appears to have passed to a family member from an estate in 2007. Do you think it is appealing for $1,200,000?

636 MacDonough Street [IPG Real Estate] GMAP

07/29/14 12:55pm

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While the furniture isn’t helping the sales cause, this new listing at 30 Main Street in Dumbo should have plenty of suitors. The big one-bedroom (plus windowless home office) has nearly 1,500 square feet of space and sports a generous master suite in addition to the large living/dining/kitchen area. The apartment doesn’t seem to have any views of Manhattan but the combination of high floor and southern exposure means there’s lots o’ light. Asking price: $1,649,000.

30 Main Street, #11D [Elliman] GMAP

07/29/14 10:45am

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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