07/22/14 12:58pm

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This two-bedroom at 560 State Street, aka Jay-Z’s former building, just hit the market with an asking price of $799,000. The building has some historic charm but the apartment itself has been stripped of anything even referencing its 19th-century roots. All that’s left is a generic white box of an apartment, albeit one located right next to the biggest transportation hub in Brooklyn (and the Barclays Center).The listing recognizes that the finishes are a little less than compelling but that therein lies the buying opportunity. Do you agree?

560 State Street, #7k [Warren Lewis Sotheby's] GMAP

07/22/14 12:15pm

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This 1.5-bedroom floor-through in Cobble Hill is large and has a nice prewar feel. The top-floor apartment has a sizable eat-in kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave and wine cooler, as well as plenty of cabinet space. The big windows in the kitchen and living room have their original wood moldings, and there are interesting columns in the doorways of the kitchen and bedroom. What do you think of it for $3,200 a month?

353A Clinton Street [Ideal Properties] GMAP

07/22/14 10:45am

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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…)

07/22/14 10:00am

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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.

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07/22/14 8:30am

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A J.Crew Grows in Brooklyn [NY Times]
Barbecue Lovers Want More Designated Grill Sites East of Prospect Park [NY Daily News]
Owner of ReBar Goes to Prison [NY Daily News]
Crown Heights Hottest Brooklyn Neighborhood for Multifamily Investment [Brooklyn Eagle]
Bushwick’s Colony 1209 60 Percent Leased [Curbed]
Cyclist’s Legs Crushed by Cement Truck in East Williamsburg [Gothamist]
Pace of B1 Modules Increases, to 246 of 930 [AYR]
Sunset Park Could Lose Part of Its Only Public Pier Under City Plan [DNAinfo]
Patrons “Feel Weird” About Williamsburg Starbucks on Opening Day [DNAinfo]

07/21/14 4:30pm

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Williamsburg Residents Not Exactly Flocking to Their Brand-New Starbucks [Grub Street]
Biz Markie, Kool Moe Dee and Rob Base Join Wingate Park Concert Series [DNAinfo]
BAM Is Holding a 24-Hour Movie Marathon for Charity [Brokelyn]
No G Train Service North of Nassau Avenue July 25 to September 2 [South Slope News]
Vitamin Shoppe Opens on 86th Street in Former Home of Benson Twin Theaters [Bensonhurst Bean]
Cocktails and Author Talk at Word Bookstore [Greenpointers]
Fresh Renderings for 470 4th Avenue [NY YIMBY]
Spending the Night on an Idyllic Houseboat in Plumb Beach Channel [Curbed]
Giant Dog House on Montague Street [McBrooklyn]
Popular Clark Street Citi Bike Station Disappeared… For Now [Gothamist]

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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.

Photo by Michael Tapp