10/13/15 1:00pm


A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Most of my Past and Present entries tell the story of what happened to buildings that are no longer — but this one is about a much-hyped building that never was.

Houses of Worship in Prospect Heights

With very few exceptions, Brooklyn’s brownstone neighborhoods live up to the 19th-century epithet “City of Churches.” Many of our neighborhoods can boast of a church seemingly on every other corner, and some have more than one on a corner.

Prospect Heights is therefore an anomaly. It’s a later-19th-century community, developed at the same time as parts of Park Slope, Crown Heights North and Bedford Stuyvesant, but unlike those neighborhoods, very much lacking in large houses of worship. (more…)

10/13/15 11:31am


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10/13/15 8:30am

St. James Place in Clinton Hill

Elevators Shut Down in 60 Buildings in Wake of Fatal Accident in Williamsburg [NYP]
Most Licensed Booze Makers in New York State Housed in Brooklyn [NYDN]
Deadline Looms for Historic Ocean Liner’s Move to Brooklyn [Curbed]
Real Estate Family, Known for Its Manhattan Holdings, Buys LIC, Williamsburg Properties [Crain’s]
Revealed: 101 Bogart Street in East Williamsburg [NYY]
Deal for Williamsburg Site Near Domino Sugar Hits Snag [TRD]
Community Board to Weigh Plan for 15 Speed Humps in Windsor Terrace [DNA]

[St. James Place in Clinton Hill | Photo: Cate Corcoran]

10/12/15 4:30pm

Brooklyn rain

A “Breaking Bad” Coffee Shop Might Be Coming to Brooklyn [Brokelyn]
Archestratus: A Book and Food Lover’s Sanctuary [Greenpointers]
Dime, Developers Strike Deal on $80 Million Williamsburg Holdings [CO]
Deadline Looms for Historic Ocean Liner’s Move to Brooklyn [Curbed]
Coming Up at Brooklyn Bridge Park [BHB]
Cooking With Charles Can at Court Tree Collective [PMFA]
Still Got It: The Islands in Prospect Heights [Gothamist]

[Photo: Doug Turetsky via Flickr]