Gowanus Canal Race a Success [Brooklyn Daily]
Brooklyn’s Best Young Filmakers [The L]
More Scaffolding at 25 Pierrepont Street [BHB]
DOT Installs Bike Corral at Union Street and 6th Avenue [PS Stoop]
Air Supply Shot This Sweet Video in 1980s Coney Island [Gothamist]
Trees, Branches Down Around the Neighborhood [Ditmas Park Corner]
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The Pitkin Avenue BID is hosting its 5th Annual Summer Plaza weekends again this year. The first event was held last Sunday and the next two are scheduled for Sunday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 29th. All the events, which are free of charge, go from 11am to 5pm. They include face painting, games for children, educational activities, health screenings, music and live entertainment. According to the BID, “The events are an opportunity for Brownsville’s retail businesses to celebrate their customers.” Check out photos from last Sunday’s event at the Pitkin BID Facebook page.
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Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Commercial building with flats above
Address: 711 Nostrand Avenue
Cross Streets: Between Park and Sterling Places
Neighborhood: Crown Heights North
Year Built: 1899
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: George P. Chappell
Other Work by Architect: Over 50 buildings in Crown Hts North alone, including many on Dean St. Pacific Street, including St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, New York Avenue, Bergen Street and Park and Prospect Places. Also buildings in Stuyvesant Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant and Park Slope
Landmarked: Yes, part of Phase II of Crown Heights North HD (2011)
The story: One of the reasons Brooklyn’s historic districts are so great, architecturally speaking, is because of the continuity between the residential and commercial streets. Many of the same architects who designed the fine homes on the residential side streets also designed the buildings on the busy commercial streets. These buildings were no less detailed, no less well-though out, and in fact, may have even been more so, due to the fact that people would be able to see them in their daily travels, as well as patronize the businesses that were on the first floors of these buildings.
Nostrand Avenue is one of the great commercial thoroughfares of our borough, and at the dawn of the 20th century, was still being developed. It wouldn’t be really finished, at least not in the Crown Heights section, until the 1930s. The storefront buildings, apartment buildings and commercial buildings, including the banks that line the street between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway are a delightful mixture of architectural styles and flavors. Although almost all of the storefronts have been altered, some beyond recognition, the street retains a great deal of its original architecture. (more…)
Check out the progress on the third and final tower at the Northside Piers site. Douglaston Development, in partnership with RD Management and L&M Development Partners, are building the 40-story, 510-unit rental building. Toll Brothers, the developers of One and Two Northside Piers, are not behind this one. All this construction action comes almost two years after Douglaston announced the project. (At the time, a Toll Brothers exec said the “Williamsburg market is strong, but for most of us developers, it’s not a place where we were making a lot of money.”) According to Douglaston’s website, the new tower will be called “1 North 4th Place.”
Third Northside Piers Tower Going Up [Brownstoner]
Details on Brownstoner Queens…
Dressler, a Williamsburg staple that, notwithstanding Peter Luger, put the neighborhood on the foodie-world map when it opened seven years ago, has closed up shop. Yesterday Eater reported that the owners, who also operate Dumont and Dumont Burger, could not come to an agreement with their landlord over terms of a new lease. The popular restaurant received a two star review from the New York Times in 2006, but as Eater noted, “things at Dressler didn’t seem quite right on recent visits, with meals there having been marred by poor service and lackluster food.” The owners hinted that they are working on future projects in Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights in the closing announcement posted on their website yesterday.
South ‘Burg Shocker: Dressler Suddenly Closes for Good [Eater]
Photo by Tungsten Property
This one-family at 258 Lincoln Road makes us wish we had thought to look in Prospect Lefferts Gardens before we bought. We are swooning over the brand-new kitchen with marble counters and white cabinets and the dining room with its built-ins and stained glass. The house dates from 1909 and was designed by Benjamin Dreisler, according to the listing. It also has a screened-in porch and a nicely finished English basement. And of course, it’s only a few blocks from the park. Do you think it will sell quickly at $1,300,000?
258 Lincoln Road [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
We’re liking the looks of this new listing in the Newswalk building in Prospect Heights. The 1,100-square-foot loft isn’t really set up for family living but is perfect for a childless person or couple who want a home office. The signature feature of the apartment is a huge wall of windows that looks south (not at Atlantic Yards) over the rooftops of nearby townhouses. The asking price is $775,000 and the monthly charge is $843.
535 Dean Street, #506 [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
It seems like Stuy Heights is one of the few remaining neighborhoods in Brownstone Brooklyn with good rental stock that’s actually affordable. This one-and-a-half bedroom at 133 Van Buren Street has received a somewhat souless renovation, but it still looks like a good apartment. The half-bedroom has a window and the master bedroom looks spacious. The asking rent comes in at $1,600 a month.
133 Van Buren Street [Rutenberg Realty] GMAP P*Shark
Speed bumps now grace Monitor Street, between Nassau and Driggs avenues, in Greenpoint, New York State Assemblyman Joe Lentol announced yesterday. Lentol, above, received numerous complaints from the community about cars speeding along Monitor and he sent a letter to the Department of Transportation about it in March of last year. The DOT decided that speed bumps were warranted based on the amount of traffic, vehicular volume, and travel speed. They installed the speed bumps in May. It’s especially welcome news to the families of P.S. 110, which is in the immediate area.
Photo via the office of Assemblyman Joe Lentol
1. WILLIAMSBURG $3,000,000
34 North 7th Street, #PH1A GMAP P*Shark
A big sale at the Edge — we wrote about it this morning. This unit was asking $3,250,000. It last sold in 2011 for $2,160,000. Here’s the old listing for the three bedroom/three bathroom unit. Deed recorded on 6/13/2013.
3. FORT GREENE $2,550,000
322 Carlton Avenue GMAP P*Shark
A two-family townhouse asking $2,650,000. The listing reveals a pretty bland interior renovation, but the home lasted less than a month on the market. Deed recorded on 6/12/2013.
5. COBBLE HILL $1,975,000
393 Hicks Street GMAP P*Shark
This is a four-family home currently configured as a four-unit apartment building. The listing said, “It is currently configured with four 2 bedroom rental apartments that bring in a gross market income of $130,000 per year…. Great for investor or 1031 Exchange buyer, and also great for owner/user which can be a large Duplex with garden and 2 rental units above.” Deed recorded on 6/13/2013.
More than 500 people turned out for the 43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour on June 2. Highlights included an artist’s studio, townhouses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prewar apartments, and seven private gardens. The Lefferts Gardens Montessori School was also open for visits. As you can see from the photos, taken by Brownstoner regular Bob Marvin, and published here with permission, the interiors and decor varied widely, showcasing touches of Victorian, mid-century mod and the latest in kitchen design. There was even a statue of a horse (at least, we think it’s a statue). Restoration and renovation specialists and the homeowners were on-site to discuss their work and share resources. Click through to the jump to see more photos, and to Bob’s Flickr page for even more.
43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour [Flickr]
You won’t believe what they’ve been dealing with over at the Astoria renovation. Click here to read about unexpected setbacks caused by the DOB’s new sprinkler regulations. And they’re moving in a few weeks — but the floors and walls are still open, waiting for inspection. If you’re planning a major renovation, you’ve got to read this first.
The New York Observer spotted the first penthouse resale at the Edge’s North Tower: Penthouse unit #1A, which sold for $3 million. The first buyer picked up the unit in 2011 for $2.16 million. It was listed this March for $3.25 million. The apartment, just over 2,000 square feet, is equipped with double-height ceilings, 600 square feet of outdoor space, and floor-to-ceiling windows. It was also famously decorated by the Hovey Sisters. This news comes right after a resale at Two Northside Piers went for $3.2 million, so we’re thinking now’s a good time to sell your Williamsburg condo.
Flipping Over the Edge: Williamsburg Penthouse Sells for $3M [The Observer]
Hovey Sisters-Decorated Pad at the Edge for Sale [Brownstoner]
Building a large civic building is a prize for any architect, be that back in the early 20th century, or now. The chance to put your stamp on a city, to build something both useful and necessary and quite public is a great coup and a huge ego boost. By those criteria and more, architect Rudolf Daus was a very successful man. Part One of this story tells about his rise to the top of Brooklyn’s architectural world. By 1900, he had a number of very public buildings to his credit; the Lincoln Club, the St. John’s Orphanage for Boys, and most recently, the impressive NY and NJ Telephone Building, downtown on Willoughby Street. He had designed several of the new Brooklyn Carnegie Libraries, and perhaps the biggest and most noticeable building of all – the massive 13th Regiment Armory in Bedford that took up almost an entire city block. Now he was looking for another hotly contested prize; the expansion of Brooklyn’s Hall of Records, which stood on the corner of Boerum Place and Fulton Street.
The commission would be decided by a mayoral committee that looked at submissions by several interested architects or firms. They submitted drawings, floor plans, scale models and budgets. Budget was everything in a civil project, and the winner of the contest would be expected to deliver on time and on budget. As one of three fine architects vying for the job, Daus had one disadvantage: all of his other projects, most especially the recent armory, were way over budget. Daus did not like limits, not on his work, or on the money it would take to make it work. But he had connections, he was the consummate insider, and this time, his Brooklyn connection was Hugh McLaughlin, the powerful boss of the Democratic machine in Brooklyn, which was itself a subsidiary of Manhattan’s Tammany Hall. When Daus beat two other architects out for this Hall of Records job, some cried “Foul!” Daus really didn’t care. (more…)
The sale of the Adams Mansion, at 117 8th Avenue in Park Slope, just hit public records. The magic number? $5,990,000, exactly what the building was asking in April. The home went into contract in three days, and we’re pretty surprised it didn’t sell over ask. To put the number in perspective, the totally rundown corner townhouse at 187 7th Avenue sold for $4,200,000 (plus whatever building violation fines the developers had to pay off) and the Beaux Arts mansion down the street is asking $15 million, down from $25 million. 117 8th Avenue, considered one of the finest Romanesque Revival private homes in the city, is currently configured as a 10-unit building. It was delivered to the buyer vacant. We hear there’s plenty of interior detail left inside; here’s hoping that the new buyer puts this gem to good use.
Adams Mansion Goes to Contract in Three Days [Brownstoner]
House of the Day: 117 8th Avenue [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint may get bike share stations sooner than anticipated. The City is considering accelerating its rollout of Citi Bike to Greenpoint and other areas that will lose G train service due to repairs starting in July, The New York Daily News reported. “It’s an active discussion,” said an anonymous source. “We recognize the G train serves an area without other subway options.” There will also be free shuttle buses.
Yesterday the City Council approved Two Trees’ proposal to build a 32-story building, alongside a 10,000-square-foot public plaza, at the BAM South Site. Council Member Tish James’s did not win last-minute requests for more affordable housing and higher wages, but she did reach a tentative agreement with the City not to turn the Pacific Street library branch into a private apartment building, a huge point of contention with the community. (Although, as Crain’s pointed out, “a representative for the library said that there were still no guarantees the Pacific Street branch would not be developed, though library officials would engage the city on ways a property sale could be avoided.”) The City Council ultimately approved a plan that reserves 50,000 square feet of cultural space for specific use, not for shops, apartments, or other private developments. And the community will have a say in the programming for the outdoors public plaza. The 300-unit building will include 60 affordable apartments. Two Trees needed City Council approval for a zoning change so it can build 10 more stories on the residential tower and add the community facility space.
Brooklyn BAM Project Wins Approval [Crain's]
Brooklyn is already a center for tech firms, but now a coalition of business groups and landlords is taking it a step further with a master plan for a “tech triangle.” The group is called the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, and it’s a partnership of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Dumbo Business Improvement District, Crain’s reported. The sweeping and ambitious plan will repurpose old buildings and rework the streetscap and public areas from Dumbo to the Navy Yard to appeal to tech firms. The group is proposing several zoning changes, including one that would allow residential use of old industrial buildings if there is also a set-aside for commercial space as well. This idea, which would obviously have a huge impact on Brooklyn development, has been floated for four blocks of empty warehouses that run along the BQE outside the Navy Yard. “With more than a million square feet of space along just four blocks, an acreage equal to about 60 percent of that total available in Dumbo, the partnership thinks this could be the perfect spot to add tech space,” said Crain’s. The plan also proposes dotting the area with more green space and adding ped and bike paths, a topiary arbor, a curved footbridge to Borough Hall and, remarkably, “a seasonal pop-up structure fantasy land of mini-golf, performance stages, lounges and wading pools” under the Manhattan Bridge, The New York Post reported. Meanwhile, according to The New York Daily News, the City is launching a 10,000-square-foot incubator Downtown at 15 MetroTech. It’s a partnership between New York City Economic Development Corp. and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the Clean Technology Entrepreneur Center. It will house 20 startups, with $750,000 in funding from NYCEDC. What do you think of this?
Rendering via NY Post