A Crash Course on the Brooklyn Art Scene [The L]
There is Now a $65 Brooklyn Brunch Bike Tour [Brokelyn]
Man Fatally Struck by the G Train in Williamsburg [Gothamist]
Lander and Levin in Support of DOT 4th Avenue Overhaul [PS Stoop]
This Is What the Shuttered Adelman’s Deli Looks Like Now [Sheepshead Bites]
A Town Hall Meeting of Artists Against Gentrification Is Tonight [Bushwick Daily]
Community Workshop on Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial St [Greenpointers]
Photo by Several seconds
Make Music New York returns for its 7th year this Friday, June 21st. It’s a collection of live, free musical acts — over 1,000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the entire city. Of course, there are tons of performances happening around Brooklyn and you can see them on this interactive map. (You’re also able to browse performances by genre and neighborhood.) Here are some musical picks Park Slope, Ditmas Park, and in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene. Brownstoner Queens also compiled a selection of acts in that fair borough.
Photo by SADYS
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Hendrick I. Lott House
Address: 1940 East 36th Street
Cross Streets: Fillmore Avenue and Avenue S
Neighborhood: Marine Park
Year Built: Oldest part 1719, main house 1800
Architectural Style: Dutch Colonial
Architect/Builder: Henrick I. Lott, building upon earlier Johannes Lott house
Landmarked: Yes, individual landmark (1989) and National Register of Historic Places.
The story: We don’t often stray far beyond brownstone Brooklyn and Victorian Flatbush, but it’s time some attention was paid to some of the oldest houses in the borough. There aren’t many left. The Dutch settlers who came here in the early and mid-1600s gave us the towns that would make up Kings County, and their names, many of which are quite familiar to us as street and neighborhood names. Lefferts, Remsen, Lott, Schermerhorn, Vanderbilt, Wyckoff, Van Nostrand, Suydam, Van Siclen, Schenck, Van Brunt, and many more.
Their names remain, but their homes, by and large, are long gone. We here in New York City are always growing so fast, we think nothing of plowing under the past, and replacing it as soon as possible with the new, only to see that disappear in time. This is not a 21st century conceit; it’s been going on for centuries. Consequently, most of the early homes of the 17th and 18th centuries are gone. Those precious few that remain have survived mostly because the families that built them have held on to them, literally, for centuries. The location helps, too. The further away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the better, when it comes to a house beating the odds of survival. The Lott house is one of those lucky few that is still with us. (more…)
Curbed nabbed the above rendering for 421 Kent Avenue, at the end of South 8th Street. A Chinese development company purchased the full-block lot in October for
$3,600,000$31,610,034.91. Despite expired permits for a Karl Fischer design here, the architect firm WASA/Studio A has taken over and released new plans. The design calls for a seven-story building with one- to four-bedroom units. It’ll include a rooftop garden and “individual pools.” These plans differ from the initial news that the development firm would build 12 separate buildings to be marketed as condos.
Buyer of Stalled Burg Site Revealed: Chinese Firm [Brownstoner]
Forever-Stalled Burg Development Sells [Brownstoner] GMAP
Development Watch: 36-54 South 8th Street [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: Hager Wasting No Time at 421 Kent [Brownstoner]
Hager Re-Ups in Williamsburg Big-Time [Brownstoner]
This week Nordstrom Rack will sign a lease for a 42,000-square-foot space somewhere in Brooklyn, most likely on the Fulton Street Mall. Racked, via Women’s Wear Daily, reported that the expansion is part of a larger strategy to increase Nordstrom Rack outlets across the country. This will be the second location for New York City. Our guess is that the retailer is headed for 505 Fulton Street, the massive commercial/residential conversion under way now. This New York Times article, published last summer, said the developer Al Laboz was “close to signing a 45,000-square-foot lease with a major apparel retailer.” T.J. Maxx and H&M have already signed leases for the space.
There’s a Giant Nordstorm Rack Heading to Brooklyn [Racked]
We just can’t get enough of wood frame houses like this one that haven’t been covered over in siding or lost their cute exterior details. Do you think the red paint scheme could be original? Inside, though, this two-family has been gut renovated and given an open floor plan, although a few original features, such as a fireplace and the staircase, remain. Curiously, there are no photos of the bathrooms, although a glimpse of the kitchen is visible in one photo. What do you think of it and the $725,000 ask?
356 52nd Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP P*Shark
We’re really liking the feel of this new co-op listing at 5 Stratford Road in Prospect Park South — and with a price tag of $399,000, we bet it’ll go fast in this market. After all, the prewar pad feels bigger than its 815 square feet, with two real bedrooms and lots of windows. And it’s right on the park. What do you make of it?
5 Stratford Road, #12S [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
This two-bedroom PLG rental at 4 Parkside Court is very cute. It’s a floor-through unit that includes an office space. We’re loving the bay windows and fireplace, although the photo of the kitchen leaves something to be desired. The asking rent for 1,200 square feet of space is $2,500 a month.
4 Parkside Court [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opens tonight on the Slope/Gowanus border! After last night’s preview party, the barbecue joint will start serving dinner to the public today at 5 pm. The takeout counter opens on Monday, June 24. A crowd packed into the massive space yesterday, which seats 180. The restaurant still retains some of its warehouse charm and is full of small details that keep the aesthetic of other Dinosaur chains. The Dinosaur folks used reclaimed tin from an old barn roof to accent the back wall of the restaurant and lined other walls with wood from the Coney Island boardwalk. A rotating 14-by-8-foot chandelier in the dining room is made from 116 antique whiskey bottles. As for the menu, the Brooklyn fare includes a selection of chicken wings, pork ribs, brisket, smoked homemade sausage, burgers, steak and spicy shrimp. Of course, you get plenty of sides to go with it: BBQ beans, chili, mac and cheese, potato salad, black eyed peas with kale, and more. They’ve also added two special sandwiches to the Brooklyn menu: a brisket sandwich with lots of fixings (Ode to Domolise) and a vegetarian sandwich with fried green tomatoes (F.G.T.V). The bar serves 20 local, regional and seasonal craft beers on tap, with three Brooklyn varieties from Brooklyn Brewery, KelSo and Sixpoint. There are also four wines on tap and a cocktail menu. Check out photos of the interior after the jump. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is located at 604 Union Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues. (more…)
I Love Franklin Avenue has a roundup of changes happening on always-changing Franklin Avenue. Panamanian restaurant Kelso shuttered last week. They’ve been on the avenue since 1969 and got priced out. Pulp and Bean II is working on opening on the other side of Eastern Parkway soon. And Cent’Anni, a new Italian restaurant, is now serving near Sterling Place. Photo by ILFA.
Habana Tapas, the Cuban restaurant on 5th Avenue, closed a few days ago. They had been in the neighborhood for two years. Construction is underway at the Brooklyn Bread spot on the corner of 5th Avenue and 6th Street, and a Southeast Asian restaurant is moving in. And the locations for both Casa Ventura and Loli’s Taqueria are up for rent.
Community Board One denied the Blind Barber, a barber shop/speakeasy currently located in the East Village, a liquor licence for a new spot on Lorimer and Ainslie Streets. Five hundred neighbors signed a petition against the business moving in. A bunch of indie rock musicians are opening a bar called Lake Street at 706 Manhattan Avenue, near Norman. You can expect Midwestern beers, hot dogs, brats and five televisions. And LES bar Welcome to the Johnsons is opening a second location in Bushwick, at 369 Troutman Street.
Cobble Hill staple BookCourt will open a bar inside the store with wine, beer, juices and snacks. They are also hoping to transform their backyard space into a “reader’s garden.” The bar should be open by January and the garden will be finished next spring or summer. Ditmas Park cafe Milk and Honey is now open full time. They’re serving drinks and morning fare, but plan to add other food soon. Sociale, a Northern Italian restaurant, will open very soon at 75 Henry Street, in Brooklyn Heights.
According to Gowanus Your Face Off, Verizon cleared its trucks out of the large lot it previously occupied in Gowanus, an entire block bordered by Nevins, Carroll, Union Streets and the Gowanus Canal. Verizon has used the space as a hub for field technicians since 1977 and is relocating to a facility on 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street. The 100,000-square-foot lot sold to a housing developer for $14 million last December. For now, the developer plans to just lease out the space. But it’s right across the canal from Lightstone’s massive 700-unit rental project, so there’s likely to be more waterfront development here in the neighborhood’s future…
Verizon Vacates Gowanus Lot It Has Occupied Since 1977 [GYFO]
Photo via GYFO
A tipster sent in the above photo of new signage in front of 473 Clinton Avenue, right off Gates Avenue. Halstead is marketing “three boutique condominiums” — one to three bedrooms from 791 to 1,762 square feet. A website’s up but listings are not available yet. It looks like prices could go as high as $1,500,000. Way back in 2008 this same building was marketed for a condo conversion, with prices from $629,000 to $1,195,000, but it looks like those units never sold. Then, according to Streeteasy, the units were listed as rental for awhile. Think the third time will be the charm?
Condos of the Day: 473 Clinton Avenue [Brownstoner]
…you might want to check out this pad in Millbrook.
Borough boundaries seem to matter less and less these days. Yesterday, hyperlocal blog Bedford + Bowery launched and will cover the East Village, Lower East Side, Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint. It’s a joint effort of New York Magazine and New York University; the editor is Daniel Maurer, who co-founded New York Mag’s Grub Street blog. Maybe they’ll add Ridgewood and the South Bronx soon?
A new hurricane evacuation map released by the Bloomberg administration expands flood zones to include 37 percent of the city’s population. Evacuation zones are now divided into 1 through 6, rather than A, B and C, and 600,000 additional people are included in the new at-risk zones, for a total of 2.99 million. More streets in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Brownsville, Flatbush and Bensonhurst are included, as well as parts of Maspeth, Elmhurst, Jamaica, Ozone Park and Jackson Heights. The new zones also include 175 of 334 NYCHA housing developments, up from 149 under the prior map. More information can be found here.
Maps via Mayor’s Office
As we reported yesterday, the City has agreed not to sell the Pacific branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to developers and move the branch into the BAM South apartment building Two Trees is putting up in Fort Greene. The New York Times took a closer look at the fate of that library and the Brooklyn Heights branch that is also threatened with a sale to developers. “It has become clear that the neighborhood highly values that branch and its historic building,” a spokesman for the library told the Times in a statement. “B.P.L. is committed to working with elected officials and community stakeholders to develop an appropriate plan for the Pacific Street building through an open community process. The plan will acknowledge the needs of the library and the community. This plan could include maintaining some or all of the Pacific Street building and continuing to provide library service and programming for children in the community.” It is still possible that in the future the library could be sold and demolished, but thanks to the new agreement, the City Council would have to approve it. Another possibility is that the library could be gutted while leaving the facade intact. The building is the first Carnegie library built in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, over in Brooklyn Heights, the library still plans to sell its Cadman Plaza branch, which is only 52 years old, to a private developer. The plan calls for the developer to include a library in any residential tower.
A Deal Spares a Brooklyn Library, for Now [NY Times]
City Council Gives Thumbs up to BAM South [Brownstoner]
Brooklyn Library Testing Ground for New Funding Model [Brownstoner]
Gowanus Canal Race a Success [Brooklyn Daily]
Brooklyn’s Best Young Filmmakers [The L]
More Scaffolding at 25 Pierrepont Street [BHB]
DOT Installs Bike Corral at Union Street and 6th Avenue [PS Stoop]
Air Supply Shot This Sweet Video in 1980s Coney Island [Gothamist]
Trees, Branches Down Around the Neighborhood [Ditmas Park Corner]
Photo by mcmillianfurlow
The Pitkin Avenue BID is hosting its 5th Annual Summer Plaza weekends again this year. The first event was held last Sunday and the next two are scheduled for Sunday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 29th. All the events, which are free of charge, go from 11am to 5pm. They include face painting, games for children, educational activities, health screenings, music and live entertainment. According to the BID, “The events are an opportunity for Brownsville’s retail businesses to celebrate their customers.” Check out photos from last Sunday’s event at the Pitkin BID Facebook page.
Photo via Facebook