08/20/14 8:30am

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As the Sun Sets Over Coney Island, Nostalgia Glows With Renewal [NY Times]
Itinerary: The Discreet Charm of Clinton Hill Brooklyn [NY Times]
‘Brooklyn Made’ Certification Guards Against Borough Posers [NY Daily News]
Hey Brooklyn Heights, Pierhouse is Literally Growing on You [Curbed]
New York Remains a Mecca for All-Cash Home Purchases [The Real Deal]
Ranking Brooklyn’s Biggest Builders [The Real Deal]

Photo: Bob Jagendorf

08/19/14 4:30pm

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Get Involved: Volunteers To Clean-Up 86th Street, 18th Avenue Tomorrow [Bensonhurst Bean]
Sean Casey Animal Rescue In Need Of Cleaning Supply Donations [Ditmas Park Corner]
Jared Leto Played an Impromptu Acoustic Set in Bushwick This Past Sunday [Bushwick Daily]
A Mobster Flick Is Setting Williamsburg Back Four Decades [B+B]
Thousands Celebrate Pakistan’s Independence At Brooklyn Mela [Kensington BK]
Group Behind No Pants Subway Ride Brings Formal Wear To Coney Island [Sheepshead Bites]
Cornerspotted: The Schaefer Brewery on Kent Avenue [Curbed]
Module Deliveries on Hold; Changes at B3 Site For Green Roof Work [AYR]
The 32 Most Park Slope Things That Have Ever Happened [Buzzfeed]

08/19/14 4:00pm

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When we biked down Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn Heights today, Department of Environmental Protection workers were tearing up the road to repair the sewers. Workers onsite told us that they expect the project to take anywhere from three to six months. They also said they’re going to repaint the bike lane that runs next to the courthouse.

Later in the year, they plan on doing work on Red Cross Place and the southbound section of Adams Street, next to the Brooklyn Bridge approach. This section of Cadman Plaza East is closed to traffic. Cyclists who take it to get out of Dumbo will have to find an alternate route for the next few months.

08/19/14 3:00pm

451 Clarkson Ave, KCH, ABC unit, Google Maps 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Nurses Training School, now ABC Building at Kings County Hospital
Address: 451 Clarkson Avenue
Cross Streets: New York and Albany Avenues
Neighborhood: Wingate/East Flatbush
Year Built: 1930-32
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival with strong Art Deco influences
Architect: Leroy P. Ward
Other Buildings by Architect: mostly mansions on Gold Coast of Long Island and Hamptons
Landmarked: No

The story: Kings County Hospital started out as the Kings County Almshouse in 1831. Located at the time, far out on a farm, far away from everyone else, the almshouse was a Dickensian work house and farm for the poor and indigent on 70 acres of Flatbush farming land, with 40 acres dedicated to farmland. As the 19th century progressed, the dormitories and work houses of the Almshouse were joined by the Lunatic Asylum, a place where those with developmental problems, mental illness and other disabilities such as blindness could also be removed from society. Both institutions were early forms of public care, supported not by private charities, but public tax funds. As can be imagined, life here was pretty awful, too. (more…)

08/19/14 2:00pm

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Verizon has closed its Viva Movil cellphone store at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street, only a year after Jennifer Lopez came to Brooklyn for its grand opening. Verizon Wireless and J Lo launched the retail stores in July 2013 “to lure Latino shoppers to the brand,” according to Betabeat. A tipster told us they saw the signage coming down on Friday at 162 Flatbush Avenue. What do you want to see on this corner, which is directly across the street from the Barclays Center? GMAP

08/19/14 12:58pm

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This first-floor co-op at 99 Berkeley Place in Park Slope just hit the market with an asking price of $1,395,000. The three-bedroom apartment is located in a beautiful building but (unfortunately) doesn’t have much original detail left. (Sweet front windows though.) The floor plan is larger than your typical floor-through apartment and it comes with a private back yard. The maintenance is a modest $850 a month.

99 Berkeley Place, #1 [Halstead] GMAP

08/19/14 12:15pm

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Dixon has produced another lovely, modern renovation with this four-bedroom, 4.5-bath house for rent in eastern Bed Stuy. The home has oak floors, high ceilings and ensuite bathrooms in each bedroom. The bathrooms feature radiant heated floors, white Italian marble and glass-encased showers. And in the back, there’s a private terrace and landscaped zen garden. But all this doesn’t come cheap: the rent is $7,995 a month. Do you think it’s worth it?

513 Macdonough Street [Town] GMAP

08/19/14 11:30am

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A four-story, seven-unit condo building we first wrote about last year has risen three stories at 45 India Street in Greenpoint. Lubrano Ciavarra Architects is designing the building, which will feature a “corduroy” brick facade, according to the architects.

The 9,920-square-foot development will have two one-bedroom units on the ground floor, one of which will have a private garden and terrace, two two-bedroom, two-bath apartments on each of the second and third floors, and a three-bedroom penthouse on the top level. Each unit will have its own independent HVAC system, washer/dryer and cellar storage unit. The development’s amenities will include a shared garden, terrace and gym. We found a rendering on the fence that matches the one we published last year. Click through to see it.

Rendering and Details About New Greenpoint Build [Brownstoner] GMAP

08/19/14 10:45am

Tag house, Brooklyn Standard Union, 1916

After a day of making wedding plans, and stacking presents in a spare bedroom, the Tag household took to their beds on the cold and frosty evening of February 3rd, 1916. Mrs. Hannah Tag and her two daughters, Caroline and Helen, lived in the large 5 story townhouse at 243 Hancock Street, in the upscale Bedford neighborhood. They had lived here since 1893, the first family to occupy this grand home. At that time, Hannah’s husband, banker Casimir Tag, had been one of Brooklyn’s most successful financial men, the president of two banks and a board member on several more. His background and the story of the family house and neighborhood can be found in Part One of this story.

Casimir died in 1913, leaving his widow and six children in financial comfort. The Tag children were all now adults. The eldest son, Charles, was a medical doctor, with a home right behind the Tag house, at 284 Jefferson Avenue. The eldest daughter had gotten married on Hancock Street, and lived elsewhere. So did the other two sons. Only Caroline and Helen were left at home, and the wedding preparations were for 25 year old Caroline’s nuptials, which were to take place here at the house in two more weeks. Caroline’s older sister Helen, who was 31, was lame, and could not walk for any length of time. She stayed home most often, and was an artist. (more…)

08/19/14 10:00am

735 and 737 bergen rendering

New York YIMBY has posted a new rendering of the Brookland Capital buildings under construction at 735 and 737 Bergen Street, between Washington and Underhill in Prospect Heights. Brookland head Boaz Gilad asked architects Issac and Stern to re-think the project’s design, after Curbed compared the original designs to “an establishing shot in a movie about a dystopian police-state” back in April. (more…)

08/19/14 9:30am

1388 union1

This 1920s brick townhouse in Crown Heights South just may have set a new neighborhood record. The single-family home, which sold for $999,000 in December, sold again in July for $1,850,000, more than $150,000 above the original asking of $1,695,000. The home at 1388 Union Street has been well maintained and, according to the listing, is chock full of details including bay windows, original moldings, mirrors and wood paneling, (though all the woodwork is painted). The renovation is very well-done. It’s unclear how much work the flipper actually did on the home given how fast it turned over. Interior pics after the jump. (more…)