The 40-story Oro 2 tower at the corner of Gold and Johnson Streets has been rebranded “BKLYN Air,” and it already has a teaser site listing rents from $2,315. The Ismael Levya-designed, 255-unit project at 309 Gold Street has been in the works for two years, and the building looks nearly finished in these photos a tipster sent to us. (more…)
Williamsburg art collective El Puente Muralistas are exploring the neighborhood’s culture, religion and links to the Caribbean sugar trade in a new mural painted on the Domino Sugar Factory’s northern construction wall. Local residents, teens and elected officials joined the artists in starting the mural, “Past Present Prediction,” Friday afternoon. (more…)
Name: Semi-detached wood framed house Address: 1020 Hancock Street Cross Streets: Broadway and Bushwick Avenue Neighborhood: Bushwick Year Built: 1885 Architectural Style: Italianate Architect: Theobald Engelhardt Other Buildings by Architect: Row houses, free standing mansions, churches, flats buildings, factories, breweries, warehouses and other buildings in Bushwick, Bedford Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, predominantly. Landmarked: No
The story: This house was not owned by anyone famous, and nothing newsworthy happened here. No scandals, no murders, no wayward children or horrible tragedies. There were no big weddings here, or parties, and no one who lived here made more than the average contribution to their communities or country. It’s a completely ordinary house on an ordinary block in Bushwick. And that’s why it’s so beautiful. (more…)
The folks who run Mayfield are busy with renovations at their next venture, a bar with Mexican food truck in Bed Stuy. We wrote about the popular Crown Heights eatery’s plans for 323 Franklin near Clifton back in April. (more…)
Original details abound in this estate-condition, circa-1900 shingled house. The standalone house, located in the Fiske Terrace section of Flatbush close to Brooklyn College, has an enclosed wraparound porch with beadboard ceiling. (more…)
This two-bedroom at 560 State Street, aka Jay-Z’s former building, just hit the market with an asking price of $799,000. The building has some historic charm but the apartment itself has been stripped of anything even referencing its 19th-century roots. All that’s left is a generic white box of an apartment, albeit one located right next to the biggest transportation hub in Brooklyn (and the Barclays Center).The listing recognizes that the finishes are a little less than compelling but that therein lies the buying opportunity. Do you agree?
This 1.5-bedroom floor-through in Cobble Hill is large and has a nice prewar feel. The top-floor apartment has a sizable eat-in kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave and wine cooler, as well as plenty of cabinet space. The big windows in the kitchen and living room have their original wood moldings, and there are interesting columns in the doorways of the kitchen and bedroom. What do you think of it for $3,200 a month?
The developer of the Union Hotel in Gowanus, Alec Shtromandel, is planning a four-story hotel at 489 Baltic Street between Bond and Nevins, just over the border with Gowanus in Boerum Hill. BuzzBuzzHome first spotted the new building applications for the 34-unit, 9,968-square-foot hotel. (more…)
You might think that any invention as wonderful as the automobile would be embraced by everyone. Anything that could be done to improve motoring in Brooklyn, Long Island and the general New York City area would immediately be approved, and the car would take its rightful place at the head of the transportation table. Well, if you were an early 20th century autoist; one of the first people to own an automobile, you would probably feel that way. If you were everyone else, it was going to be a much tougher sell.
The Long Island Automobile Club was founded in Brooklyn in 1900 by four wealthy men who wanted a place where they could indulge in their new hobby of racing, tinkering with, and talking about automobiles. In a few short years, they grew in membership to several hundred car enthusiasts; all well-to-do men who could afford a custom vehicle that cost as much as many a working man’s entire yearly salary. Like the bicycle clubs many had belonged to only a couple of years before, the LIAC sponsored races, enjoyed outings and social events, and advocated for paved roads throughout the city and out on Long Island. (more…)
A mysterious Styrofoam-like substance has been spotted in yards in Bushwick and Williamsburg.
“What is this stuff?” asked a Bushwick resident on Facebook. “It’s all over my back yard and the yard at the [cat] adoption event, several miles away [in Williamsburg]. It seems like tiny bits of Styrofoam.” (more…)