08/01/14 4:30pm

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Cleanup Initiative Launched for Sunset Park’s Litter-Ridden 8th Avenue [Brooklyn Eagle]
Today Is Your Last Chance to Shop at Parkside Farmers Market [Ditmas Park Corner]
From Bushwick to Bergdorf’s: A View Inside Lola Hats’ Warehouse [Bushwick Daily]
It’s a Prime Williamsburg Condo: 119 North 11th Street, #3A [BK to the Fullest]
South Williamsburg Property Asking $7.25 Million [NY Observer]
JtH Next Door Serving Oysters, Cocktails, Small Plates Opens in Brooklyn Heights [BHB]
Shop Talk with Brooklyn Makers: Tina, the Fearless Lady Behind TATTLY [BHS Blog]
Windsor Terrace Group Wants Your Ideas About Making Neighborhood Streets Safer [Kensington BK]
Brooklyn’s 10 Best Beach Eats [Brooklyn Mag]
A Subway Closing in Greenpoint That We Can All Get Excited About [Greenpointers]
Reviews of the G Train Shuttle [Brooklyn Brief]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

08/01/14 4:00pm

brooklyn museum

Tomorrow is Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, and the museum is hosting a series of “Caribbean Community” events that range from a West Indian steel pan orchestra performance to a workshop on traditional Jamaican weaving. The free activities start at 4:30 pm with a performance from the Flatbush-based Crossfire Steel Orchestra. Other performers include a Haitian jazz flutist and the Request Band, which plays a mix of dance hall, funk, reggae and calypso. (more…)

08/01/14 3:00pm

1512 Beverley Rd, BevRd Subway station, SSPellen 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Here is a completely re-worked edition on a previously covered building.

Name: Beverley Road BMT Subway Station
Address: 1512 Beverley Road
Cross Streets: Marlborough Road and East 16th Street
Neighborhood: Beverley Square West
Year Built: 1907, with extensive restoration in the 1990s
Architectural Style: Mission/Spanish Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No, but on the list of the National Register of Historic Places (2004)

The story: I wish my subway stop had looked like this. This Spanish Mission train station always makes me think that, for just a couple of minutes, I’m not in New York City. That is until you hear people complaining, and then you get shoved around on or off the train. Oh yeah, I’m definitely still in New York. (more…)

08/01/14 11:30am
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245 Bog Hollow Road, Amenia: $284,000

This Dutchess County cottage in Amenia is situated on 18 acres just shy of the New York/Connecticut border, which certainly makes it feel off the beaten path. In reality, however, it’s closer to civilization than you’d think. Wassaic is less than 10 minutes away (have you heard about Wassaic’s free film, arts, dance, and music festival? It starts this weekend), along with a Metro North station. Beds: 2. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1,404. Lot Size: 18 acres. Est. Taxes: $5,858. Distance from Brooklyn: 1 hour, 55 minutes.  (more…)

Skillman St. gasholder site, Composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

There are no more gasholder buildings in Brooklyn. While we still have an example of just about every other kind of industrial building still standing somewhere within our borders, the gasholder houses are all gone. They were the most visible signs of an invisible necessity – gas, the substance that lit the houses and streets of the city throughout much of the 19th century.

We still use gas now, but now it’s natural gas. The gas of the 19th century was coal gas, a much different substance that needed to be contained in bulk. Coal gas had to be manufactured, and simply put, was the product of baking coal at high temperatures, and capturing the gases released by the process. The gases were then further purified and stored for later use. The coal burning gas plants were close by, if not right next door to, the gasholder buildings. (more…)

08/01/14 10:00am

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The BKLYN Air has officially kicked off leasing for its 255 units at 309 Gold Street in Downtown Brooklyn, DNAinfo reported. The 40-story tower offers studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms, as well as a 50-foot-long outdoor heated swimming pool, a two-level fitness center and terrace with “built-in life size chess and checker game boards.”

Rents for studios will start at $2,315, one-bedrooms at $2,950, two-bedrooms at $3,750, two-bedroom, two-baths at $4,570, and penthouses will start at $8,500. Although there aren’t any listings up on StreetEasy yet, we found two in our marketplace for a studio and one-bedroom. Click through for more photos. What do you think of the look and pricing?

309 Gold Street Listings [Town]
Oro 2 Changes Name to BKLYN Air, Debuts Teaser Site and Pricing [Brownstoner] GMAP

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08/01/14 9:30am

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It looks like the apartment building going up at 516 Classon Avenue in Clinton Hill is going to miss its summer construction deadline by a wide margin, but nonetheless quite a bit has been accomplished since we last stopped by. In October, it was still just a hole in the ground, and now five out of a total of seven planned stories have risen. (more…)

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An old ship-engine repair building in Red Hook will be renovated and turned into store and office space for “creative office and retail tenants,” The New York Observer reported. LIVWRK, the real estate investment and development firm that is also a partner with Kushner Companies and RFR Realty in transforming the Watchtower printing plant buildings into office space for creative and tech companies in Dumbo, bought the building Tuesday for $21,500,000. (more…)

08/01/14 8:30am

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Apartment Listings Promote East New York as “New Frontier” [NY Daily News]
Top 10 Intriguing Places in Bed Stuy [Brooklyn Eagle]
Urban-Renewal Park in Fort Greene up for Urban Renewal [Brooklyn Paper]
Bushwick’s “Grittier” Chelsea Market May Happen, Get Addition [Curbed]
Lulu’s Bar in Greenpoint Will Close in August [Gothamist]
City to Give One Week Notice Before Opening Homeless Shelters [TimesLedger]
Revealed: 143 Meserole Street [NY YIMBY]
New Apartments on the Table for Williamsburg’s 436 Keap Street [BuzzBuzzHome]
Digging up the Roots of Your Old House in Brooklyn [Brownstone Detectives]
Construction Zone Nearly Eliminates Legal Parking on Busy PLG Block [DNAinfo]