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

07/21/14 3:00pm

396-398 Washington Ave, SB, PS 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 396-398 Washington Avenue
Cross Streets: Lafayette and Greene avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1887
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Adam E. Fischer
Other Buildings by Architect: Row and standalone houses in Brooklyn, German Hospital in Bushwick, apartment hotels, summer homes in Manhattan and Long Island
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill HD (1981)

The story: Adam E. Fischer was a successful architect with offices on Fulton Street, in Brooklyn. He lived in Bushwick. By the late 1880’s he was a member of the Architects Department of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, and was in the company of contemporaries such as George L. Morse, Frank Freeman, Rudolf Daus, Theobald Engelhardt and more. In 1894 he managed to beat out his fellow German-American architects Engelhardt and Daus for the design of the German Hospital in on Stockholm Street in Bushwick.

He was one of the founding members of the New York Society of Architects, a Brooklyn architectural organization, and was the First Vice President of the NYSA between 1918 and 1921. In 1931, Fischer was front page news for the Brooklyn Eagle, as he, Charles Infanger and William Debus, all familiar names to this column, were given medals to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Society. Fischer was also celebrating the 50th year of his practice. Not bad for a man about whom we know little more. (more…)

07/21/14 1:01pm

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Personally we prefer our townhouses to feel a little older, but the newer look of this triplex at 584 Pacific Street is bound to appeal to someone’s sense of cleanliness and order. The 2,050-square-foot condo has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in addition to four terraces. The proximity to the Barclays Center might be a deterrent to some though, especially at the asking price of $2,200,000.

584 Pacific Street, #2 [Warren Lewis Sotheby's] GMAP