02/12/16 8:30am
Prospect Park Brooklyn Kids Winter 2016

Prospect Park. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Officer Peter Liang Convicted in Fatal Shooting of Akai Gurley in East New York [NYT]
A First Grader, a Stumble in Math and a Teacher’s Anger at Cobble Hill Success Academy [NYT]
Adams Urges Landlords to Rent to Sandy Victims [Eagle]
City to Invest $7.2 Million in Navy Yard and Beyond to Bolster Tech [Crain’s]
What Went Wrong at Bark Hot Dogs? [Grub Street]
City Council Questions Extra Height, Parking Reductions for Affordable & Senior Housing [NYY]
Dirty Laundry From Shelters Stalls Development at Greenpoint Hospital Site [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
L Train Won’t Shut Down Until 2018, Disruptions Could Last Seven Years
The Insider: Spare Modern Décor Enhances This Park Slope Limestone Beauty
Cobble Hill Townhouse With Wine Cellar, Brutalist Fireplace Wants $17,485 a Month

Earlier this week we shared how the Dyker Heights neighborhood got its name — but one of our readers says it’s a bit different, and made a documentary about it. Watch, below. (more…)

02/11/16 4:00pm
Prospect Park Brooklyn Winter 2016 Snow

Kids in Prospect Park. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
El Chapo Could Be Tried in Brooklyn Court for Drug Trafficking [NYT]
Police: 25-Year-Old Hasidic Man Stabbed While Walking in Crown Heights [CBS]
$438 Million in FEMA Funds May Build Power Plants at Red Hook Houses [DNA]
Brooklyn’s Vanishing Street Art [Brownstone Detectives]
The Key for Park Slope to Keep Its Big Grocery Store: Less Parking [Streetsblog]
Brooklyn Will Get Its Own Breaking Bad Coffee Shop This Year [Grub Street]
Brooklyn Power Couple Go to War With Democratic Machine in State Senate Race [NYO]

The house profiled in this week’s Insider column is a stunner — even for those who aren’t crazy about lots of wood details. Read on for one reader’s thoughts. (more…)

02/11/16 2:30pm

Everything ends up here eventually, but Made in Brooklyn is a column exploring native, born-and-bred borough creations.

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Photo by Louis Seigal for MakerBot

Brooklyn-born MakerBot Industries is a leader in the futuristic field of personal, on-demand 3D printing. And the bulk of their wares are built in a 170,000-square-foot factory in Industry City (more…)

02/11/16 12:46pm

Cobble Hill Brooklyn Apartment for Rent -- 132 Kane Street

This striking townhouse, at 132 Kane Street in Cobble Hill, comes to us via Dixon, the Australian firm that’s been buying, renovating and renting Brooklyn townhouses at a furious clip in recent years. With its modernist design, this one’s a departure for the group, which has restored quite a few historic Brooklyn properties.

Said design was “inspired by early-20th-century modern French architects and designers such as Le Corbusier, Robert Mallet Stevens, Pierre Chareau, and Jean Prouve,” according to the listing, from Dixon Leasing’s Joshua Carney. The result “exhibits a refined industrialism paired with understated luxury.” (more…)

02/11/16 11:00am

Park Slope Brooklyn -- Brownstone Interior Design by Ensemble Architecture

Owned by a single family for a century, this Gilded Age townhouse near Prospect Park came into modern times with nearly all its original detail preserved.

That’s not to say the new homeowners didn’t have work to do. First they hired Red Hook-based MADE Architecture to, among other things, design new bathroom layouts as well as a new layout and cabinetry for the garden-level kitchen, and to bring the intact but timeworn woodwork to a high level of polish.

Then in came Ensemble Architecture to choose furnishings and finishes, including floor and wall tiles, light fixtures, countertops, plumbing fixtures, wallpaper and paint colors. The Gowanus-based studio, which was founded in 1998 by Elizabeth Roberts and now comprises 13 architects and designers, recently expanded its interiors department. (more…)

02/11/16 10:00am
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South facade from Pacific Street

While much of the focus in Brooklyn’s development boom has been on the recently rising towers downtown, many medium-sized projects are cropping up in neighborhoods across the borough. One such project — going up at 465 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill — will feature an unusual brick and metal facade. (more…)

02/11/16 9:25am

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L train shutdown be damned. One of the most ambitious — and attractive — Brooklyn office developments to come along in decades is betting on reshaping the geography of the city — and where the worker of the future lives, works, and plays — by giving startups a place to flourish in Williamsburg.

But first, the block-long development at 25 Kent Avenue has to go through the lengthy public approval process known as ULURP. (more…)

02/11/16 9:00am
L Train Shutdown

Photo of Levin by emilyshu; photo of L train by Mary Hautman

New details on the much-feared L train tunnel repairs — which would entail shutting down one or both sets of tracks running between Brooklyn and Manhattan — came to light this week at a local community board meeting.

City Council Member Stephen Levin told the crowd that repairs to the tunnel could take two to seven years, according to Gothamist. (more…)

02/11/16 8:30am
Downtown Brooklyn Biker Winter 2016

Downtown Brooklyn. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
At Kichin in Williamsburg, Korean Fried Chicken and Mighty Rice Balls [NYT]
Brooklyn Serial Killer Found Guilty [NYP]
Fairway Facing Danger of Possible Bankruptcy [NYP]
De Blasio Signs BID Budget Booster Bill [Eagle]
Bernie Sanders Goes Back to Midwood [CBS]
MetroTech District Expanding Reach to Institutions [News12]
Anticipating Development Boom, Simon Baron Buys $24 Million Greenpoint Site [TRD]

Top Brownstoner Stories
Snag Your $563 Studio in a Prime ‘Burg Building — Lottery Opens Wednesday
Park Slopers Reject Plans for Smaller Grocery at Key Food Site, Heckle Developer
Families Making Up to $200,400 Qualify for These Affordable Units in Fort Greene

Toby’s Estate is just one of Brooklyn’s most loved coffee roasters. Watch below to see how the beans are roasted, via Business Insider. (more…)

02/10/16 4:00pm
Flatlands Brooklyn Winter 2016

Flatlands. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

In the News
Park Slope Author Named Food Co-op’s In-House Obituarist [Patch]
In the Heart of Williamsburg, New York’s Best Wine Is Being Made Right Under Your Nose [BK Mag]
Man Stabbed to Death While Caring for Sick Dog in Brownsville [NYP]
Llama Inn Lights the Way to Peru by Way of Williamsburg [NYT]
Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Sunset Park [Eagle]
Why Are There a Few Blocks on Shore Road Without Apartment Buildings? [Hey Ridge]
181 President Street Marketed as “Most Sophisticated” New Carroll Gardens Townhouse [PMFA]

Many Park Slopers — and Brownstoner readers — don’t want to see the Key Food on 5th Avenue be downsized or replaced. One reader can see both sides, though. Read on for his thoughts. (more…)

02/10/16 2:00pm

Neighbors Fence On My Property

In this fence drama case (not the first we’ve seen), a Brownstoner reader has a neighbor’s fence on her property.

bkbenita writes:

I’m renovating my brownstone, so we had a survey done of our property lines. It ends up that my next door neighbor’s (ugly) chain link fence, which separates our two gardens, is about 8″ on my property. We’d like to renovate/landscape our garden, remove her fence, and put up a new wooden one on the correct lines.

My contractor says that we can just give the neighbor notice that we’re doing so, and just go ahead and remove her fence (and offer to replace it with the wooden fence at our own cost). My lawyer says its not worth the fight and that we should just install our fence next to the chain link fence – but then we’re losing precious inches. Would love thoughts from those who have experience in this. Should I go through the DOB?

How should she proceed? Share your thoughts in the original post.

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A community meeting on the proposed redevelopment of Park Slope’s 5th Avenue Key Food grocery turned into a public roasting of developer Brian Ezra Tuesday night, with an audience of nearly 400 area locals hissing, booing and laughing at explanations for the financial difficulties in creating a new supermarket to meet local demand. (more…)