09/02/14 9:00am

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It’s cheaper to buy than to rent in 94 of the top 100 largest metro areas in the U.S., according to a report from Zillow quoted in a story in Business Insider. Renters spend 29.5 percent of income on rent, on average, vs. only 15.3 percent of income home owners spend on mortgages. (The comparison doesn’t seem to take into consideration repairs, heat, insurance and other costs — or the homeowner’s tax deduction either.) (more…)

09/02/14 8:30am

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From J’Ouvert to the Parade [NY Times]
A Tower in Brooklyn, But Soon Just a Memory [NY Times]
Forensic Hydrology at the Gowanus Canal [NY Times]
Living in Mixed Luxury-Affordable Buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan [NY Times]
In Greenpoint, a Situation Ripe for a Doughnut War [NY Times]
G Train’s Greenpoint Tube Back in Service Tuesday [NY Daily News]
Uber vs. AllState Car Service [NY Daily News]
A Home and “Haven” in Williamsburg [WSJ]
Coignet Building’s Historic Façade Emerges During Rehab [Brooklyn Eagle]
Bohemian Face-off as Activists Crash Gowanus Art Party [Brooklyn Paper]
Ask a Native New Yorker: Should We Build Condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park? [Gothamist]
Subway Mystery: Who Turned the G Train Into the Pee Train? [Gothamist]
Photos: Revelers Party in Brooklyn at J’Ouvert Parade [Gothamist]
The Abandoned Garden of Prospect Park [WNYC]
Canarsie Tops List of Most Flooded Neighborhoods According to ClaimStat Data [I Quant NY]
West Indian Day Parade Brings Colorful Crowds to Eastern Parkway [DNAinfo]
Red Hook’s Only Thai Restaurant Opens on Van Brunt Street [DNAinfo]
Teachout Calls out Cuomo on LICH Transparency [NY1]

08/29/14 1:15pm

Seems like the summer has gone by in a flash — probably because the weather has been so cool and pleasant. In honor of Labor Day weekend, we are shutting down early today and won’t publish Monday. See you back here at the usual time Tuesday, September 2. Have a great long weekend!

08/29/14 11:30am
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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

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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]