PS 261 in Boerum Hill has a garbage problem, say local residents who are getting tired of seeing, and, this time of year, smelling, trash strewn in front of the school. According to DNAinfo, the school, at 314 Pacific Street, has been leaving piles of garbage bags out on the sidewalk for years. One 21 year-old woman the reporter spoke to remembers avoiding the stacks of refuse on school’s side of the street when she was just 9 years old. (more…)
Brooklyn Bridge Park is now offering free tours of a 50-year-old naval ship docked at Pier 5, the Baylander IX-514. The tours aim to highlight the ship’s history, in addition to promoting the park’s under-construction marina. The 131-foot vessel first saw service in Vietnam in 1968. Since 1986, helicopter pilots in training have used the ship as a landing pad, and it’s seen 120,000 successful landings in the last 16 years. You can tour the ship Saturdays between 10 am and 4 pm and Sundays from 10 to 2 pm through Labor Day.
Throwback Thursday: An old post revisited, with an update
Name: Philadelphian Sabbath Church, formerly Kameo Theater, formerly Cameo Theater Address: 530 Eastern Parkway Cross Streets: Corner Nostrand Avenue Neighborhood: Crown Heights South Year Built: 1924 Architectural Style: Egyptian influenced Art Deco Architect: Harrison Wiseman Other Buildings by Architect: Our Lady of Vilnius Church, Yiddish Theater, 2nd Avenue, Manhattan. Also Albemarle, Alpine, Rolland, Pavilion and Loew’s Oriental Theaters in Brooklyn Landmarked: No
The story: Way back in the early 1980s, before I moved to Brooklyn, I sang with a choir that made a guest appearance at this church. I remember I didn’t know where I was, as I didn’t know Brooklyn at all, but that the church, obviously a former theater, was very cool. When I moved to Bed Stuy and wandered over here one day, what a pleasant surprise. There it was. It turns out that the place has quite a history, too. (more…)
A French bistro is planned for the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and Hancock in Bed Stuy. We hear it will be called The Antagonist. When we stopped by 238 Malcolm X earlier today, workers said it would open in about two months. As you can see in the photo below, an area for dining in the backyard is under construction. GMAP(more…)
This five-story brownstone at 36 Garden Place didn’t sell when it was a House of the Day in 2012 and listed for $10,000,000. Now it’s back on the market for $8,250,000 with a new broker (Stribling) and different photos. Some unusual artwork that appeared in the original listing is no longer pictured. (more…)
The high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows are the big selling points at this one-bedroom condo at 189 Schermerhorn Street (aka be@schermerhorn). The 15th-floor pad weighs in at only 662 square feet, though, making the asking price of $739,000 aggressive — especially when you consider that it traded for $425,000 in 2010. On the other hand, a 75 percent rise in value in four years isn’t out of line with a lot of other properties in the area. And those views sure are nice.
At 677 square feet, this one-bedroom condo for rent in one of the Eberhard Pencil Factory buildings is rather small for the price, but it has a clean, modern feel. The large windows at the front of the living area help brighten up the long space, and the master bedroom is spacious. The building at 122 West Street also has nice amenities, including a roof deck, extra storage and fitness center. What do you think of it for $3,100 a month?
The huge eight-building development rising at 431 Kent Avenue in Hasidic Williamsburg has gotten a red brick facade and windows. The complex will have 188 units, 227 underground parking spaces, 81 bike storage spaces, and 48 above ground parking spaces, as we reported in March.
Next door at 429 Kent, the Beijing-based XIN Development is installing the foundation and first floor of The Oosten, a pricey Dutch-designed condo project. In an interesting twist, XIN has agreed to alter certain features of the development out of respect for the Hasidim who will likely live in 431 Kent. (more…)
After nine years in five other locations, the Long Island Automobile Club finally got their headquarters near “The Gateway of Long Island;” Grand Army Plaza. As Brooklyn’s first, and most elite automobile club, with members of such social standing as William “Willy” Vanderbilt, they were now located in a building that was worthy of their wealth and prestige. Yes, it was another garage, but what a garage!
This building was something out of Europe, with a façade reminiscent of the Austrian Art Nouveau Movement, called the Vienna Secession. It was a four story building built in 1904 as the Plaza Garage. Art Nouveau architecture is very rare in New York City, and rarer still in Brooklyn, but this garage definitely qualified, with sinuous arches over the main entrance and flanking windows, and some rather overdone Germanic –style Roman eagles at the top. It was designed by an architect named Oscar Lowinson. (Thank you, Christopher Gray.) (more…)