A Status Update on City Beaches [Brooklyn Based]
Official Citi Bike Mobile App Now Available [Streetsblog]
The Case of the Crumbling Wallabout House [The Wooden House Project]
Lunchapalooza at Brooklyn Public Library Starts Tomorrow [FIPS]
Nominate a Local Library So It Can Win $10,000 [Kensington BK]
Nathan’s Famous Retools as Opening Draws Near [Sheepshead Bites]
A bizarre thing has happened in front of the Met Foods on Fulton Street, between St. James and Cambridge places. Three newly planted trees have been totally stripped of their bark. A tipster spotted the naked trees and sent the following photo. Why the heck would anybody be taking bark off the trees?
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Originally the Savoy Theater, then Charity Neighborhood Baptist Church
Address: 1515 Bedford Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner of Lincoln Place
Neighborhood: Crow Hill/Crown Heights North
Year Built: 1926
Architectural Style: Neo-Classical
Architect: Thomas Lamb
Other Work by Architect: Many theaters in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including the Loew’s Bedford, now Washington Temple on Bedford and Bergen, and Loew’s Pitkin Theater in Brownsville. In Manhattan, Loew’s 175th St. Theater and Warner’s Hollywood Theater, now Time Square Church.
Landmarked: No, which is the focus of this story.
The story: I actually featured this building a long time ago, in an early BOTD from 2010. You can see it here. No one commented then; perhaps you will comment today. This last weekend, Morgan Munsey and I were leading a rain soaked but enthusiastic group of people on a walking tour of Bedford Avenue’s Automobile Row, and this building was one of the featured stops on the tour. As I was talking about the building, I noticed that the sign for Charity Baptist was no longer visible, and there was a dumpster in front of the building. One of the guys on the tour lives in Crown Heights, and knew what was going on, and here’s the sad story: The Savoy will soon be rubble. (more…)
The New York Hotel Trades Council and the Hotel Association of New York City have bought a parking lot in the BAM Cultural District and plan to build a health center for their hotel workers on it, the New York Observer said. The paper speculated that the group may intend to sell its existing facility at 68-80 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn to be developed as apartments. In any case, they paid $19 million for the parking lot at 620 Fulton Street, which PropertyShark lists as 253 Ashland Place, and they plan to spend about $90 million constructing the new building. Income from retailers on the first floor will go into the employee benefits funds.
$90M Hotel Worker Health Center Coming to Downtown Brooklyn [NY Observer]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark GMAP
We took a stroll down the Fulton Street Mall the other day and there is a whole lot of commercial activity in the works. Pictured above, American Eagle signage up at the old Jimmy Jazz space between Bridge and Lawrence streets. It looks like it’ll open really soon. A Claire’s is under construction at 523 Fulton Street, between Duffield Street and Albee Square. It will open by July. The new Duane Reade is now open at 559 Fulton Street. A new, huge Foot Locker is under construction on the corner of Fulton and Gallatin Street. And we hear the old Sprint store on the corner of Jay and Fulton is becoming a Buffalo Boss wings restaurant, scheduled to open this summer. Click through for lots of pictures! (more…)
This Park Slope brownstone is lavish and large, with three floor-through apartments over a 2,700-square-foot owner’s duplex. The triple parlors have 12 foot ceilings, 10-foot-tall fireplace mantles, and a second staircase going down to the garden floor, plus oodles of Victorian detail such as a built-in china cabinet, inlaid and parquet floors and elaborate wood work, including oak panelling and a screen. The house is close to the park too. How do you like it and the ask of $5,800,000?
930 President Street [Betancourt] GMAP P*Shark
We love how open the living and dining spaces feel in this new listing at 401 8th Avenue in Park Slope. The three-bedroom co-op has 1,600 square feet of space, including a recently renovated kitchen and two full baths. The monthly maintenance is $1,136 and the asking price is $1,400,000. Thoughts?
401 8th Avenue, #62 [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Here’s a two-bedroom with a convertible third bedroom in the Bay Ridge co-op building 7825 4th Avenue. It’s nice enough but that is a whole lot of carpet. The rent is what tempted us: only $1,795 a month.
7825 4th Avenue [Nest Seekers] GMAP P*Shark
Today the Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote to calendar three more historic sites in Brooklyn, all in Bushwick — the LPC calendared three buildings last week. First on today’s agenda is the John and Hannah M. De Coudres House at 1090 Greene Avenue (pictured left). Built before 1867 and altered fairly early in its history, it’s a frame house in the Neo Grec and Queen Anne styles that has remained in excellent condition. The house was built for John De Coudres, a brass founder. It was a Building of the Day in 2010. Second is the Ridgewood Masonic Temple at 1054 Bushwick Avenue (pictured center). Architectural firm Koch & Wagner designed and constructed this Classical Revival build in 1919-20. It was built for the Order of the Freemasons and according to the LPC, “Masonic symbolism is found at various locations on the facade, such as the stone panels at the third story and at the recessed spandrels above the second story.” The building is not currently in use. Finally, the LPC will vote to calendar the Catherine Lipsius House, often referred to as the Cook Mansion, at 670 Bushwick Avenue (pictured right). This was also a Building of the Day pick, and previously misattributed as the William Ulmer residence, which was across Willoughby at 680 Bushwick Avenue. The Romanesque Revival style mansion was built for wealthy brewery owner Catherine Lipsius. It was designed by well-known Brooklyn architect Theobald Engelhardt. Read the full LPC writeup for all three historic sites after the jump…
1. FORT GREENE $1,930,000
256 Adelphi Street GMAP P*Shark
A pre-Civil War three-story home. Here’s the old listing. It hit the market in March for $1,750,000, then went up to $1,800,000 later that month. Deed recorded on 5/15/2013.
2. PARK SLOPE $1,650,000
309 Third Street, #1J GMAP P*Shark
A two bed, two-and-a-half bath condo unit in a newish Park Slope build. It sold for $968,857 back in 2009 and was listed for $1,650,000 this February. Deed recorded on 5/14/2013.
3. CARROLL GARDENS $1,650,000
34 Second Place, #1 GMAP P*Shark
A duplex condo unit in a Carroll Gardens brownstone. It hit the market in January for $1,650,000 and entered contract less than a month later. Deed recorded on 5/16/2013.
5. WILLIAMSBURG $1,513,400
60 Broadway, #9G GMAP P*Shark
A two-bedroom unit at the Gretsch building with a tenant in place until next year. (According to the listing, the rent brings in $6,500 per month.) It was listed in November for $1,500,000. Deed recorded on 5/13/2013.
Details and renderings on Brownstoner Queens…
A lot of great new buildings have gone up in Brooklyn recently and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has noticed. It plans to award the Barclays Center the prize for economic development in its Building Brooklyn awards today, according to The New York Daily News. Other winners include the Wythe Hotel for Adaptive Reuse, City Point for Retail, the Botanic Garden visitors center for Energy Efficiency, BAM Fisher for Arts and Culture, Pier 5 for Landscape and Open Space, a Toll Brothers development at 205 Water Street, pictured above, for Residential Multi-Family, the Pitkin Theater for Historic Preservation and Community Development, and Park Slope brownstone The Subtractive House for Single Family Residential. The panel of judges included architects, city planners, real estate executives, a representative from the borough president’s office, and the Daily News reporter who wrote the story. The awards ceremony will take place in July.
Barclays Among Architectural Standouts Honored by Chamber of Commerce [NY Daily News]
Photo by robfaulkner.com via NY Daily News
Dwight W. Pardee was born in New Jersey in 1852. He was educated in public schools, and attended the Wilbraham Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. His first job was at the Fourth National Bank in New York City, and then he entered the railroad business. Cornelius Vanderbilt’s many railroad holdings became his career. In 1884, he became the Assistant Treasurer of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Company, and in 1889 he became Secretary of the Dunkirk, Allegheny Valley, and Pittsburgh Railroad Company. He then landing a plum job at the business office at Grand Central Station. When the Secretary of the New York Central Railroad died, Dwight Pardee assumed his job, and successfully handled the business affairs of the largest railroad system in the country. That demanding career was easy, compared to running afoul of the law in his automobile, and the love affairs of his only two children. This is the Pardee family story.
Dwight Pardee and his wife Mary had two children, Roy and Elsa. They were two years apart, and Roy was the eldest. By the time they were young adults, the Pardees were living at 1310 Dean Street, in a George Chappell designed row house featured as a Building of the Day, last week. The Pardees were wealthy; being an executive for the Commodore paid very well, and the family enjoyed all of the perks that came with being quite well-to-do. They, like everyone else in the St. Marks District, had servants in the household, including maids, cooks and chauffeurs. Mr. Pardee was driven to work every day, and after automobiles replaced carriages, he was driven around in a handsome open touring car. (more…)
A new neighborhood group called We Are Gowanus has formed in opposition to a venue called Rock and Roll Playhouse slated to open in a former warehouse at 280 Bond Street. It will offer music classes for kids during the day as well as a late-night performances and a bar for adults in the evenings. Residents were initially under the impression that the spot would be family-oriented and kid-friendly. They then found out that the business owner, Peter Shapiro, operates several large clubs and was planning to apply for a full liquor licence at the site. Here are the details, according to Pardon Me for Asking:
Kids 10 and under would be welcome during the day for classes like “Beatles For Babies” and “Drawing Rock and Roll.” But the main thrust of the new operation is to be a late-night music venue featuring jazz and also possibly other types of music seven days a week. After 8 pm at night, the club will only be open to those 21 and older. According to Shapiro, the venue will feature a full bar. During the week, the last call will be around 1:30 am, 2 am on weekends.
Residents were also upset after the owner told them he didn’t plan to soundproof the building, which backs up to residential properties. They are planning to oppose the business on the grounds that it is not consistant with the residential zoning in the neighborhood. Let’s see how this plays out… UPDATE: A statement from Rock and Roll Playhouse after the jump, who says that “We are eager to be good neighbors and work with the Carroll Gardens/Gowanus communities to ensure that the RRPH is a unique and valued asset to the families in the neighborhood.”
We Are Gowanus [Main Site]
“Rock and Roll Playhouse” for Kiddies or Adults? [PMFA]
Photo via We Are Gowanus (more…)
A New Jersey-based developer swooped in to purchase the property at 143-159 Classon Avenue, previously owned by the Community Preservation Corporation. CPC had an outstanding balance of around $17 million on the site and the buyers ended up paying less than that, according to The Real Deal. The Robert Scarano project broke ground in 2007, and according to TRD, “143 Classon Avenue [is] almost finished and 159 Classon Avenue requires significant construction work before receiving its final certificate of occupancy.” The developers expect to take over the title in the next three to six months.
NJ Investor Buys Clinton Hill Property out of Bankruptcy, Plans Condos [TRD]
Photo via TRD
In the latest ‘Burg shocker, DNAinfo found some presumed hipsters who complained “poseurs” are ruining the neighborhood. Too many people who don’t live in Williamsburg are filling up its bars and streets on the weekends, they said. In truth, this has been the case since at least 2009, but admittedly has become even more extreme in recent months. Formerly deserted stretches of Kent and Wythe are now clogged with speeding cars, pedestrians, cyclists and strollers, and last Friday night when walking around we overheard no fewer than four groups of unrelated visitors speaking Italian. (That’s odd, since usually one hears a lot of French, from people who live in Williamsburg.) A visit to Williamsburg in the old days could make one feel at the center of the hipster universe. Now one feels at the center of the universe, period. We suspect the new developments on the waterfront, the opening of the Wythe Hotel, and the relentless media coverage of Williamsburg have something to do with it.
Bridge-and-Tunnel “Poser Hipsters” Clog Williamsburg Bars, Locals Complain [DNainfo]
The City hasn’t only failed to live up to its promises for parkland, but has built less than 2 percent of the affordable housing it pledged in exchange for rezoning the North Brooklyn waterfront, DNAinfo reported. Eight years ago the City said rezoning would allow 1,345 affordable units on City-owned land in North Brooklyn; in fact, only 19 have been built. The track record is slightly better for privately owned affordable housing: Out of 2,203 promised affordable units, 788 have been built. The City says more affordable housing is in the works, including in the Domino conversion and the controversial Greenpoint Landing complex. A group of nonprofits and local pols are planning a protest Wednesday to demand the City build more affordable housing in the area, where rents have skyrocketed to Manhattan levels. The rally will take place at 6 pm Wednesday, May 22, on Kent Avenue and North 7th Street.
City Built Less Than 2 Percent of Affordable Units Promised to Williamsburg [DNAinfo]
More zoning changes are in store for flood-prone areas of the City such as Red Hook and Dumbo. The City wants to change building rules to conform to the latest federal standards for flood resistant construction, and the public review process started Monday, City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden said. New rules would affect building heights, the location of mechanicals and off-street parking, the placement of stairs and ramps, activities on ground level, and the quality of the streetscape. But raising the ground floor above the flood line can make for some really ugly buildings, so the rules would allow gradual grading, stair turns, porches and plantings to “prevent unnecessarily stark landscapes with blank walls, and promote ‘eyes on the street’ to foster street-level vitality,” as a City press release put it. Burden, a Bloomberg appointee, has already rezoned a staggering 36 percent of the City, including “transforming the Brooklyn waterfront from its industrial past to its green park and glass tower present,” according to Crain’s. To comment on this story, head over to Brownstoner Queens.
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