07/28/14 12:15pm

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Here’s a slightly pricey but modern one-bedroom condo for rent in Crown Heights. The exposed brick might not appeal to everyone, but the kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a decent amount of cabinet space. The big windows help open up the living room too. However, the asking price seems ambitious for this size and location. What do you think of it for $2,000 a month?

943 St. Marks Ave, #2A [AptsandLofts.com] GMAP

07/28/14 10:45am

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A seven-story apartment building is planned for the corner of 17th Street and 5th Avenue in Greenwood Heights, in the parking lot of the former Aaron’s Fine Ladies Apparel. The project at 236 17th Street will have 17 units spread across 19,993 square feet, according to a new building application filed last week. It will also include seven enclosed parking spaces.

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07/28/14 9:30am

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Developer Two Trees has filed building applications for the northernmost site in the Domino Sugar Factory development, 262 Kent Avenue, as New York YIMBY first reported. The 281,869-square-foot structure will rise on Site A, between South 1st and Grand streets. In the rendering, that’s the building on the far left. It will have 30 stories and 93 apartments, with nearly equal amounts of residential and commercial space. (more…)

07/28/14 9:00am

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The push to redevelop Sunset Park’s waterfront industrial spaces into a thriving manufacturing center for artisanal goods along the lines of the Navy Yard continues. The de Blasio administration has pledged to invest $100,000,000 into making over 500,000 square feet of the city-owned Brooklyn Army Terminal, pictured above, The Wall Street Journal reported. (more…)

07/28/14 8:30am

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De Blasio Deal Could Extend Bike Sharing East of Nostrand [NY Times]
By the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, a Treasure Island [NY Times]
In Coney Island, Weaving a Confection That Tastes Like Long-Ago Summers [NY Times]
A Bright Future Ahead for Sunset Park Paint Plant [NY Post]
Williamsburg Armory Not for Sale: State [NY Daily News]
Brooklyn Leads City With 884 Investment Property Sales in 2014 [Brooklyn Eagle]
Brooklyn’s Evolution From Small Town to Big City to Borough [Curbed]
New ‘Burg Condos at 260 North 9th Street Boast Beams, Concrete, “Aggressive” Pricing [Curbed]
Ask a Native New Yorker: What’s the Most Authentic NYC Neighborhood? [Gothamist]
There Is an Actual Japanese House in Flatbush-Ditmas Park [Untapped Cities]
New Mixed-Use Project at 385 Broadway in Williamsburg [BuzzBuzzHome]
Cops Collect DNA Evidence in Brooklyn Bridge Flag Caper [CNN]
Is Troy the New Brooklyn? [Times Union]
Luxury Housing Sparks Retail Along Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue [TRD]
“Very Odd-Shaped” Empty Crown Heights Lot Will Become Residential Building [DNAinfo]

07/25/14 4:30pm

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Lyft Says It’s Starting New York City Service [Brooklyn Eagle]
Pushy Crown Heights Sign Urges You to “Please Dress Modestly” [Gothamist]
Shake Shack Coming to Williamsburg? [Free Williamsburg]
Urban Entomology: The Cicadas Are Coming! [Ditmas Park Corner]
Starbucks May Be Opening Another Williamsburg Location, But With Booze [DNAinfo]
Red Hook Locals Divided Over Plan to Add Dance Studios to Public Library [DNAinfo]
Permits Filed: 262 Kent Avenue, Domino Sugar Factory Site A [YIMBY]
Join the 72nd Precinct for National Night out Against Crime on August 5 [South Slope News]
Exclusive: Rape Behind the Tinted Glass [Brooklyn Brief]

Photo by ekonon

07/25/14 4:00pm

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The Park Slope Civic Council is accepting nominations for new construction projects that make a “positive contribution to maintaining or enhancing” the neighborhood’s historic identity, as part of its newly created Evelyn and Everett Ortner Park Slope Preservation Awards. The Ortners led a huge effort to preserve historic homes in Park Slope and other Brooklyn neighborhoods and played an important part in the creation of the Park Slope Historic District.

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07/25/14 3:00pm

110 Wolcott Street, Christ Church Chapel, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Christ Church Chapel, now Red Hook Pentecostal Holiness Church
Address: 110 Wolcott Street
Cross Streets: Van Brunt and Conover Streets
Neighborhood: Red Hook
Year Built: 1899
Architectural Style: Romanesque/Gothic Revival
Architect: W. & G. Audsley
Other Buildings by Architect: Prince’s Road Synagogue, Liverpool, England. Also Bowling Green Offices, Manhattan, (NYC Landmark) and the Church of Edward the Confessor in Philadelphia.
Landmarked: No, but should be.

The story: Few cities in the world are as blessed with as much great natural harbor space as New York City. When the Red Hook coastline of Brooklyn became one of the busiest ports in the metropolitan area, blocks of houses and tenements were built to house all of the people who made their living from the docks or the many factories and warehouses spreading out and away from the shore. Most of the inhabitants were the working poor, struggling to survive on the low wages and long hours required to keep their jobs. They certainly did not have the resources or time to build fine institutions for worship or education.

The churches in the more established areas of Brooklyn, in nearby Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, saw Red Hook as a field full of souls ready for harvest. There were both spiritual and physical needs to be met there, so many of Brooklyn’s churches established mission churches in Red Hook. One of them was established by Christ Church, the venerable Episcopalian Church on the corner of Clinton and Harrison Streets in Cobble Hill. (more…)