09/19/14 4:30pm

sunset in clinton hill

City Mulls Plan to Dig up Gowanus Park and Pool to Install Sewage Tanks [DNA]
Join WILD for Prospect Park’s Lakeside Cleanup Tomorrow [Kensington BK]
SABO Project Renovates Apartment in Former Brooklyn Factory Building [Design Boom]
Avenue Q, Gravesend – Marine Park [Forgotten NY]
“Henrietta’s” Ghost Sign Revealed on 9th Street [South Slope News]
Great New Restaurant Opens on OUR Franklin Avenue [Q at Parkside]

Photo by Brien Foy

coney island film festival

Tons of Brooklyn and New York City-themed films are screening at the Coney Island Film Festival this weekend, exploring topics from the history of the Thunderbolt to a 40-year-old pizza shop in Sunset Park. There will also be showings of horror movies, children’s films, experimental music videos and a documentary on the history of the drive-in movie. And of course, they’re screening the Warriors on Saturday and Sunday nights. You can also check out a live burlesque show and open bar on Friday night for $25 or attend individual screenings for $8. Head over to the Film Festival’s site to see the full schedule, which starts on Friday at 7:30 pm and runs through Sunday evening at 6 pm.

Photo via Coney Island Film Festival

09/19/14 3:00pm

68 Macon St. CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Semi-detached private house
Address: 68 Macon Street
Cross Streets: Nostrand and Verona Place
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: 1886
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival/Queen Anne
Architect: Montrose W. Morris
Other Buildings by Architect: Alhambra, Renaissance, Clinton Apartments, Kelley mansion, plus row houses on Hancock Street and Jefferson Avenue, all Bed Stuy. Also Imperial, Bedfordshire Apts and rowhouses in Crown Heights, plus buildings in Clinton Hill, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights
Landmarked: No, but calendared to be landmarked as the Bedford Historic District. (2012) Waiting for vote by LPC and City Council. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

The story: Everyone who loves houses has “their” house. The ones you walk or drive by every day, the ones you wonder what they look like inside, and the ones you can picture yourself in. Everyone has those houses, and for many years, this was mine. I used to walk past this house just about every day for 17 years. Over those years, I saw the house go from a rooming house with shady tenants, to an empty building, to the home of the current owner. All during that time, I would walk past, look at it longingly, touch the brick wall, and send a prayer skyward: “Mine.” Well, the universe didn’t think so, but no matter, it’s still a special piece of property, and one of my favorite houses in Bedford Stuyvesant. (more…)


Pilar Cuban Eatery is moving to 397 Greene Avenue, above. The new location is two blocks down the street from its original location at 393 Classon Avenue at the corner of the Greene.

They plan to open in two months, workers told us when we stopped by. As far as we know, the old location will remain open until the switch.

The original spot is very small so we’re guessing they’re making the move to add more tables. Pilar serves updated Cuban comfort food. Anyone a fan? GMAP

09/19/14 11:30am
80 shagroy rd millerton ny

80 Shagroy Road, Millerton: $1 million

We scour hundreds of real estate listings every week to create this column. Sometimes, we really have to dig for the good stuff, plunging deep into the middle price ranges and sifting through photo after photo after photo as all of the houses start to look the same. And sometimes, the properties will almost leap from the screen in rapid succession, lacking little rhyme or reason, and we have no choice to follow their siren’s song. The four properties featured today were the ones that leapt from the screen with not only attractive and eye-catching exteriors, but interiors with charm, to boot, ranging in price from $1,000,000 down to $315,000.


1005 Bedford Ave, Bklyn Traffic Court, composite

Here’s another look at one of the great buildings we’ve lost to “progress.”

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

While this may look to be the fanciest Traffic Court in the world, this fine building started out with a much more sacred calling than the adjudication of parking tickets. 1005 Bedford Avenue, at the corner of Lafayette Avenue, in Bedford Stuyvesant, was the home of Temple Israel, one of Brooklyn’s oldest Jewish congregations.

Temple Israel was established in 1869, a place of worship and community for Brooklyn’s German Jewish residents. They held their first services in the old YMCA, located downtown, at Fulton St. and Galatin Place. In 1872, they purchased their own building, a now landmarked church, on Greene Avenue where the community grew until they needed to move, once again. By this time, many members of this German Jewish community were doing quite well, their membership included wealthy merchants such as Abraham Abraham, one of the founders of Abraham & Straus, and the congregation was able to commission one of the best architectural firms in the city to design a new temple. (more…)

09/19/14 10:15am

Many thousands of people come from far away places like Asia and Europe to visit Smorgasburg on the Brooklyn waterfront every season but there are still plenty of folks in Manhattan who haven’t made the subway or ferry trip across the river so we’re finally taking the show on the road tonight for one night only. From 5 to 9 pm tonight we’ll have 30 food vendors along with an assortment of craft beers and wines at SummerStage in Central Park. As an extra draw, Mile End will be preparing a special Shabbos dinner and Mister Saturday Night will be DJ’ing the family-friendly night away. SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield @ 72nd Street. Entry is free but food and drink is not.

09/19/14 10:00am


The StorageMart on Atlantic Avenue — a huge, hard-to-miss building — is closing to make way for Atlantic Yards. Management sent out a notice via email to its customers yesterday, which one of them forwarded to us. Turns out the building is one of the ones being taken over by eminent domain! The judge granted the state’s request for all seven of the remaining Atlantic Yards sites yesterday, as DNAinfo and Atlantic Yards Report were the first to note.

StorageMart isn’t happy about the seizure. “The New York State Urban Development Corporation dba Empire State Development (ESD) has been trying for years to take over our property located at 718 Atlantic Ave as part of the Atlantic Yards project. Unfortunately it finally succeeded on August 29, 2014,” the email says.

Click through to see the letter.

Photo by Greg Snodgrass for PropertyShark (more…)

09/19/14 9:30am

1329 east 17th street midwood 42014

Five months after launching sales, contracts have been signed for every unit at the Gray Stone Condos in Midwood, a spokesperson for Aptsandlofts.com told us. The six-story, 10-unit property at 1329 East 17th Street has one-bedrooms with home offices priced from $395,000 to $435,000. They also have central air, washer/dryer hookups and private outdoor space.

At about 815 square feet each, the prices work out to less than $533 a square foot — considerably more affordable than some parts of Brooklyn but potentially more expensive than an older apartment in Midwood. We won’t know what buyers paid until the sales close and hit public records.

“Boutique” Condos Launch Sales in Midwood [Brownstoner] GMAP
1329 East 17th Street [Aptsandlofts.com]