Two Trees’ large Dock Street Dumbo project rising next to the Brooklyn Bridge has a new rendering, which more clearly shows what the building will look like. Curbed published the new view of the 290-unit development, which will apparently be quite reflective and encompass a 17-story tower, a nine-story building, and a 50,000-square-foot middle school. (more…)
Eight years after a 10-alarm fire engulfed several of its buildings, Greenpoint Terminal Market’s vacant warehouses are finally seeing some new life. 67 West Street, a five-story brick warehouse that survived the fire, has since been transformed into event spaces for weddings, galleries and artist studios. And across the street, a 65,000-square-foot factory building at 42 West Street (pictured) is slowly being converted to commercial space. Most of the windows are in, and a parking lot is being paved in the back. There will be ground floor retail and four stories of office space, according to Schedule A filings. Nicholas Scire-Chianetta of NSC Architecture is the architect of record.
But next door, an even taller factory building at 60 West Street is still mostly vacant, except for the ground floor, which is occupied by a poultry transport company and a granite distributor. The upper floors of the seven-story structure are empty and strewn with construction equipment and trash, evidence of a slow-moving rehabilitation project approved by the DOB earlier this year. Windows have gone in on the western side, but otherwise there isn’t much sign of progress. (more…)
It looks like the old Cascade Linen factory at 835 Myrtle Avenue near Marcy, which is not landmarked, may soon be torn down to make way for apartments.
A partnership of developers from the Satmar community of south Williamsburg are in talks to buy the building for $60,000,000, according to Crain’s. Shockingly, that number is more than double what the current owner paid for the property last year ($27,000,000). (more…)
If you live in Crown Heights, you’ve seen the bright, elaborate costumes, the stiltwalkers and the steel drums that herald the coming of the West Indian Day Parade, which happens Monday along Eastern Parkway. There’s a full schedule of events happening all weekend at the Brooklyn Museum, starting tonight with a “Caribbean Woodstock” concert featuring a long list of popular Caribbean and West Indian musicians. Tomorrow there’s a free showcase of young reggae, steel-pan, rap, dance and spoken word performers in the afternoon, and a big brass and reggae concert is slated for the evening. (more…)
Name: Higgins Ink Building Address: 240-244 8th Street Cross Streets: 4th and 5th avenues Neighborhood: Park Slope Year Built: 1898 Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival Architect: Stone Brothers Other Buildings by Architect: Factory and warehouse buildings in Dumbo and elsewhere Landmarked: No
The story: The Charles M. Higgins Company, manufacturer of Higgins India Ink, was founded in 1880 by an Irish immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1860, eager to make his mark in his new country. Charles Higgins was a naturally curious and inventive man. In 1875, he patented a screw pegging machine, which led to a job at the Scientific News as a patent solicitor – a salesman who finds marketable inventions worthy of a patent. Higgins Ink company lore has it that Charles was fooling around with different ink formulas in his sister’s kitchen in New York, when he invented Higgins India Ink and Eternal Black Ink. He founded his company in 1880, and the rest is history. Higgins ink became the universal ink used around the world. (more…)
Saraghina Bakery opened late Wednesday morning at 433 Halsey Street with an array of breads baked in its pizza oven and fancy prepared foods such as olive oil and maple syrup from Italy, Brooklyn and upstate. Next week there will be pastries and tarts, one of the workers told us. (more…)
This single-family house in East Flatbush isn’t one of the grand dames of Brooklyn real estate, but it does have some cute vintage details and appears to be in move-in condition. Plus, considering the prices in other parts of Brooklyn lately, it’s relatively affordable at $485,000. What do you think of it?
We wrote about the fourth-floor apartment at 27 Schermerhorn Street back in 2011 when it was asking $695,000. Now the top floor unit, which has been redone in a much more modern fashion, is on the market for $915,000. The brownstone floor-through co-op is 25 feet wide and 1,000 square feet in total. Monthly maintenance is $1,218. We’re usually not big fans of going modern in a brownstone but this renovation looks pretty successful to us.
This top-floor one-bedroom in Crown Heights has a nice renovation and charming original details, but it doesn’t come cheap. The kitchen features stainless steel counters and appliances, exposed brick and wooden cabinets, while the living room and bedrooms are more traditional. The apartment is huge, though: At a whopping 1,200 square feet, according to the listing, the size might possibly justify $2,000 a month in this part of Crown Heights. What do you think of the look and the rent?
Greenpoint has a charming old-world European feel, as anyone who has visited its Polish grocery stores knows, but house prices have moved into the stratosphere in the last two years, despite new apartment developments. A look at the area in the Times real estate section yesterday started off with a slightly misleading anecdote about a couple who almost gave up but then found their dream house there – in 2011.
Prices for two and three family row houses, most clad in vinyl siding and often in need of renovation, have risen from $750,000 to $850,000 in 2012 to $1,300,000 to $2,000,000 today, according to the story. The story also described other amenities in the area, including “destination restaurants” — and the ever-popular “destination” donut maker, Peter Pan — as well parks and schools.
The coming of 5,500 new units over 22 acres at Greenpoint Landing was noted briefly in passing without additional comment. Notably, the story did not mention “Girls.”