03/02/15 4:30pm

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City Assesses Barclays Safety Following Worker Death [BK Paper]
Film Critic Jonathan Baumbach Sells Prospect Park South Victorian for $1.8 Million [6sqft]
7th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival Celebrates Best of Folk Music [Eagle]
Eight Outstanding Photographers With Studios in Greenpoint [Greenpointers]
Win Tickets to Our Sold out Tour of the Brooklyn Kings Theatre with NYCEDC [Untapped]
Brooklyn Bridge Repair Will Cost More Than $600 Million [NY Daily News]
You Can Bank on Knitting Factory’s Next-Door Restaurant Opening Next [B+B]
Why We Need A Moratorium on Future SBS Routes – Part 3 of 5 [Sheepshead Bites]
Brancaccio’s Sandwiches and More Now Available at Lark [Kensington BK]
Has Cubana Café on Smith Street Closed for Good? [PMFA]
Deep-Sixing Your Outdated Gas (Lighting, That Is) [Brownstone Detectives]
Two Trees Relocates Several Galleries From 111 Front Street in Dumbo [Hyperallergic]

Photo by Jeff Reuben

03/02/15 4:00pm

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Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards’ first condo building, 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, will launch sales this summer, a rep told us. Prices will start roughly in the range of $550,000 and go all the way up to around $5,500,000, according to a teaser site that went live last week.

A few more details: Units will range from studios to four-bedrooms and include penthouses and maisonettes. The design will incorporate “minimal and elegant detailing” and “a strong connection to nature,” according to the copy, as well as views of the eponymous Pacific Park that will span eight acres next door. Amenities include a landscaped roof terrace on the eighth floor, residents’ lounge with fireplace, children’s playroom, chef’s kitchen for entertaining and private events, and a fitness center.

Construction will wrap in June 2016, according to a spokesperson.

As we have already reported, the luxury condo development will rise 17 stories and house 278 apartments. There will also be a pool, locker rooms, a shared library, common roof terrace and 198 bike storage spots.

The 100 percent affordable rental building next door at 535 Carlton Avenue, also designed by COOKFOX, is also supposed to wrap in June 2016.

Click through to see a rendering of the whole building.

550 Vanderbilt [Official]
Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by COOKFOX

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19 Winthrop St. Midwood Sanatorium, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Midwood Sanatorium, now CAMBA offices
Address: 19 Winthrop Street
Cross Streets: Flatbush and Bedford avenues
Neighborhood: Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Year Built: 1928-1929
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: Philip M. Erickson
Other Buildings by Architect: Mostly small projects, like garages, in Brooklyn
Landmarked: No

The story: The first Midwood Sanatorium was a four story wood-framed building built at this location, on Winthrop, near the corner of Flatbush Avenue. Like many small hospitals, the building was probably a private house, repurposed as a sanatorium. Period maps show the grounds of the hospital were quite large, as the buildings now on Flatbush weren’t there then. Northern Flatbush was just starting to see real urban style development, and only blocks away, the row houses of Lefferts Manor were being built. The neighborhood needed a private hospital, and Midwood opened its doors in 1907.

The word “sanatorium” brings to mind a mental hospital or a place where private patients could have quiet surgeries or recover from embarrassing things like out-of-wedlock pregnancies, but the word as Americans use it, usually meant a hospital for long term stays, generally because of tuberculosis. The words “sanatorium” and “sanitarium” are interchangeable. (more…)

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When we passed by 253 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn recently, we noticed big signs in the windows promising “IHOP coming soon 2015.” Another International House of Pancakes nearby, at 276 Livingston Street, shut down in 2014 to make way for TF Cornerstone’s big development at 33 Bond Street. The new location was slated to open in November, according to an article in the Brooklyn Eagle last year. GMAP

03/02/15 1:30pm

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Not every bit of wood work in this Renaissance Revival limestone has escaped the paintbrush, but most of it has, and despite being split up into three units, the house seems to have most of its original features still intact. We’d surmise from the floor plan this was originally built as a two-family, with an owner’s duplex on the bottom and a floor-through rental on the top, and it looks easy enough to restore.

There are some glorious inlaid floors, fun fireplace mantels, a pier mirror, and generously rambling layouts at this end cap unit. If it looks familiar, maybe that’s because the top floor apartment was a Rental of the Day last year. Property records show that it traded to an LLC for $130,000 last year after the death of one of the owners; we presume it was not an arm’s length transaction.

What do you think of the house and the ask of $1,395,000?

937 Lincoln Place [Corcoran] GMAP

03/02/15 1:00pm

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A freestanding home on a quarter acre of land in Brooklyn? It may sound unlikely, but that’s what’s up for sale at 690 East 18th Street in Ditmas Park. This gorgeous Victorian home, located in the Fiske Terrace-Midwood Park Historic District, has it all: well-kept historical details, inlaid hardwood floors, a renovated kitchen, and tons of space. There are seven — seven! — total bedrooms over three floors and 2,900 square feet, as well as a private driveway with a single-car garage. As if that weren’t enough, the property comes with an adjoining 50-by-100-foot garden lot big enough to accommodate a pool or large garden.

Other features like the dark wood detailing, pocket doors, stained glass, front porch and the sitting room are pretty much icing on the cake. Overall, just a lovely property. The asking price comes in at $2,275,000.

690 East 18th Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP

03/02/15 12:15pm

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It’s not often we see places for rent in the Fairway Building in Red Hook, where Michelle Williams once lived, and where the flood waters rose high during Sandy. This big and beautiful loft sports exposed brick, original wooden beams and arched windows. The 2,000-square-foot pad is currently configured as a two-bedroom, two-bath, but we’re sure you could build out some extra rooms if necessary.

It also has 13-foot ceilings and an open kitchen with lots of cabinets. The apartment comes with a private parking spot, which seems like a big plus in the deepest part of Red Hook. Although it’s far from the train, the loft is right on the waterfront, above Fairway Market and only a few blocks from the Ikea ferry dock steps from the Van Brunt Street ferry dock. Do you think someone out there will rent this for $6,450 a month?

275 Conover Street [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP

03/02/15 11:30am

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It may seem like spring will never come, what with the puddles of ice under parked cars, and the banks of dirty snow lining the sidewalks, but if you look at the fuzzy buds on the trees growing fatter by the week, you know winter is almost done. Already you can see the dark pink buds of the eastern redbud trees if you look closely. Four or five weeks from now, we’ll enjoy the yellow blooms of daffodils and forsythias, and in two months, it will be time to replant tomato seedlings.

So, as odd as it may seem after weeks of below-freezing temperatures and yet more snow yesterday, this is the perfect time to start new things from seeds! Instead of starting indoors, having to remember to keep everything moist at all times, which can be a challenge in a typical dry and hot New York apartment, I am inviting you to put everything outside in recycled homemade “greenhouses” and let nature take its course.

You can start vegetables, herbs, salads or flowers, or mix and match as you wish. I use empty plastic gallon jugs I had initially bought to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, but other clear plastic food containers (juice or milk, for example) work. (more…)

03/02/15 10:45am

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Two Trees has broken ground on the first building in the Domino Sugar complex, according to a press release we just received. It’s Site E, above, where the temporary Havemeyer Park was located, on the east side of Kent Avenue between South 3rd and South 4th streets. (Click through to see a rendering showing all the buildings.)

The 16-story building at 317 Kent Avenue will have 500 rental units, including 105 affordable units. It is expected to wrap in 2017. The developer also started rebuilding the waterfront pier, which will eventually house a five-acre public part, it said.

The reconstruction of the bulkhead and pier will take about 12 to 18 months. The James Corner Field Operations-designed park will include lawns, gardens, playing fields and better streets to make it easier to get to the waterfront. There will also be an elevated “artifact walk,” as previously reported, “modeled after the High Line,” with such finds as syrup tanks and cranes from the factory.

The SHoP-designed building will be clad in zinc and copper, with many terraces, a “dramatic courtyard,” views, and careful siting framed by pubic spaces, said the release. There will also be “small scale neighborhood” shops on the ground floors.

The affordable units will be aimed at residents earning 60 percent of the area median income, aka $33,560 to $50,340 for a family of four.

By the way, the now-closed pop-op Havemeyer Park will be relocated and open again somewhere on the Domino site this summer!

Renderings by SHoP (more…)

03/02/15 10:00am

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We were amazed to see the spiffy new look at 156 Broadway when we happened by recently during a snowstorm. Brookland Capital has been remaking the dilapidated 19th century building, at one point a cabinet factory, for about two years.

The first three units, out of a total of eight, went on the market in late December. Then three more listings went up two weeks ago, and now two of the units are in contract.

The units are pricey, but they look good. They are all studios, but with unusual double-height ceilings and lofted bedrooms. The four units on the second floor have two levels and the four units on the top floor have three levels.

The firm does not typically develop in Williamsburg, where prices are among the highest in the borough. Brookland Capital purchased the building in 2012 for $2,650,000. The asks for the units range in price from $750,000 to $985,000.

Curbed wrote about the building when sales launched in December. Bel Air Design Group is the architect.

Click through to see what the building looked like before. What do you think about the transformation of the exterior?

156 Broadway, #3C [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Condo Conversion of Long-Derelict South Williamsburg Building Almost Done [Brownstoner]

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03/02/15 9:30am

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New building applications were filed last week for five three-story townhouses on Park Avenue, next to the BQE in Wallabout. The houses at 306-314 Park Avenue will have three units each and range in size from 1,525 square feet to 1,750 square feet. It’s not the most optimal location for housing, but with three units each (and small ones at that), they’re probably intended as rental investment properties.

The applicant of record is BTE Design Services, and Moses Guttman is the developer. It looks like Guttman bought up the series of vacant properties at Park Avenue and Ryerson Street for a combined $210,000 over the last two years, according to public records. GMAP

Image via Google Maps

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Community Board 5 has cancelled all presentations by developers and city agencies and requested an emergency meeting with the mayor’s office and local pols as part of an effort to slow down the mayor’s plan to rezone East New York, we were intrigued to read in DNAinfo.

“We still have a lot of questions that have gone unanswered. That’s why the board reached this decision,” CB5 Chair Andre Mitchell said. The biggest mystery is the percentage of affordable units vs. market rate. About a year ago, the de Blasio administration said the ratio would be different for each neighborhood. City Planning has issued its environmental impact documents but did not specify the mix, a surprising omission so late in the process. The publication of those documents kicked off the official uniform land review process, or ULURP. The first stage is review at the community board level.

We know from our own sources that the board opposes any aspect of the rezoning that would increase rents in the area and displace current residents or businesses, but welcomes revitalization, and would like to see a balanced mix of income levels in any new housing that is built.

DNAinfo portrayed the slowdown as coming from longtime East New York City Councilman Charles Barron, whose wife Inez Barron now holds that office, because both the chair of CB5 and the head of the land use committee are longtime Barron associates.

It’s our understanding of the ULURP process that each agency gets a set time of about two months to review, and if they don’t, the process moves on without them. But can the community — or anyone — legitimately review the plan without knowing the mix of affordable vs. market units? What do you think?

Charles Barron’s Associates Lead Push to Slow Down East New York Rezoning [DNA]
Map by City Planning