10/21/14 4:30pm

Putnam Ave Church

Williamsburg’s Glasslands to Close, Is Vice Media to Blame? [Curbed]
Nydia Velazquez Hosts Forum With EPA, DEP and NYCHA at Wyckoff Gardens [PMFA]
Brooklyn’s Best Halloween Display Is a Pumpkin Massacre [Gothamist]
Williamsburg Residents Oppose Liquor License for New Sing Sing Location [Gothamist]
Sugar Sweets Festival and Bake Sale at City Reliquary [Greenpointers]
Sneak Peek: The Finch
[FGF]
Hunger Pang Opens at 1021 Church Avenue [DPC]
Learn How You Can Help the New Q Gardens at a Meeting on October 27 [DPC]
7th Avenue Art Supplies Closing Its Doors [South Slope News]

10/21/14 4:00pm

Prospect Heights

NYC Service and the Citizen’s Committee for New York City are giving out grants to help neighborhood groups spruce up their communities. The Love Your Block program awards $1,000 grants and allows groups to partner with the departments of transportation, sanitation and parks to beautify streets. The city will help with things like graffiti removal, repairing signs and streetlights and free mulch for tree pits.

Applications are due by November 7 and projects need to be started between April and June. Since the program began in 2009, 225 grants have been given out. Find out more about the program here.

10/21/14 3:00pm

284-290 Stuyvesant Ave, CD Brazee for LPC 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 284-290 Stuyvesant Avenue
Cross Streets: Jefferson and Hancock streets
Neighborhood: Stuyvesant Heights
Year Built: 1880-81
Architectural Style: Neo-Grec
Architect: Builder James P. Miller
Landmarked: Yes, part of Stuyvesant Heights Expansion HD (2013)

The story: Stuyvesant Heights was first developed just before the Civil War as a suburban retreat for the wealthy brewers and businessmen who were making their fortunes in Bushwick. They, in turn, attracted other wealthy men from downtown and elsewhere who wanted to live in splendid isolation on large lots with garden space, but still easily commutable to their businesses in Manhattan or on Brooklyn’s piers. That ease of commute was provided by the excellent facilities that ran along Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue. By the 1870s, developers began dividing up the remaining Stuyvesant Heights plots. In the space of 30 years, the mansions and villas were surrounded by, or replaced by, row houses. The big city had reached Stuyvesant Heights. (more…)

10/21/14 2:00pm

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An unnamed real estate firm is setting up shop at 11 Greene Avenue, a worker inside told us when we stopped by recently. This is in one of the 19th century storefronts in three Italianate row houses near the intersection of Fulton Street in Fort Greene.

Unfortunately, the new cement window surround looks out of place, but at least it didn’t replace anything historic. The retail space, previously the longtime home of Jessy’s House of Styles unisex salon and barbershop, had a modern metal facade. GMAP

10/21/14 1:30pm

918 President StreetCombo

The house is grand and so is the asking price. This two-family brownstone at 918 President Street in Park Slope offers a sweep of original detail, including blockbuster fireplaces and parquet floors. The renovation looks expensive, although we could do without the tile floor in the bathroom and the massive cabinetry in the kitchen.

It’s set up as a fourplex over a rental (the house is actually five stories, although the topmost one is hidden). All the mechanicals were updated in 2003, including five-zone central air. It’s also half a block from the park. Do you think it will sell at $5,250,000?

918 President Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

10/21/14 12:58pm

96 SchermerhornCombo

This new one-bedroom listing at 96 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn is looking good. The prewar bones — lots of windows, 12-foot ceilings and generously proportioned rooms — got a very handsome updating recently, including a new kitchen, bathroom and ceiling. Really gorgeous. Asking price is $750,000 and the monthly maintenance is $1,156.

96 Schermerhorn Street, #8F [Corcoran] GMAP

10/21/14 12:15pm

1182 Putnam Combo

This recently renovated two-bedroom in Bushwick would work well as a share. The bedrooms are at opposite ends of the apartment, and the living room is a decent size. There’s an updated kitchen, hardwood floors and a dishwasher.

It’s about equidistant from the Halsey and Gates J/M/Z stops. At $1,850 a month, it’s less than a thousand dollars a room. Good deal?

1182 Putnam Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP

10/21/14 11:31am

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On Saturday, October 25, as you emerge from your apartment to go to brunch or shop at the farmer’s market, you may see a strange sight on the streets of Brooklyn. Those tiny new cars you’ll see parked everywhere don’t mean that your neighborhood has suddenly become populated by hobbits — they’re the first sign that car2go has come to Brooklyn.

These compact wonders are fun to drive, easy to park, and have extremely low CO2 emissions. They’re perfect for all sorts of city trips: errands, shopping, commuting, a quick, one-way trip across town. Live in Williamsburg and you want to meet up with friends at Union Hall in Park Slope? Need to go to Home Depot to pick up supplies for your Prospect Heights apartment? Itching to go for a run along the Shore Parkway in Bay Ridge? Just grab a car and go. (more…)

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Back in the day before gentrification had fully hit Crown Heights and sent rents up 17.5 percent and townhouse prices soaring 86 percent in one year — that is, way back in 2010 — Crown Heights residents were upset to learn a pawn shop would be opening on Franklin Avenue. The pawn shop would “degrade the atmosphere of the street” and was a “recipe for disaster,” according to a petition circulated by the Crow Hill Community Association at the time.

After numerous protests, the shop opened as a jewelry store, not a pawn shop — and the most amazing mural appeared on the side of the building. We diplomatically said, “We have no idea what to think of the mural that’s gone up to promote the place. That is one lucky baby.”

Less than three years later, the store was out of business and has since been replaced by literary bookshop Hullabaloo Books.

Literary Book Store Replaces Pawn Shop [Brownstoner]
Crown Heights Pawn Shop is Back [Brownstoner]
Protests Against a Pawn Shop on Franklin [Brownstoner]

10/21/14 10:45am

Dean Street roofscape, Crown Hts North, S.Spellen

Back in 2004 or so, a periodical called, most appropriately, “Brooklyn Magazine” began appearing on the newsstands. The monthly magazine was of a high quality, with photographs and articles about neighborhoods, history, and culture, as well as articles about the new things coming into Brooklyn every day. I think Brooklyn author Jonathan Lethem may have penned an article or two for it. Brooklyn Magazine had its offices on Atlantic Avenue, in the antiques district, very prominently on the block between Hoyt and Bond, where the Hope Vet Clinic is today. This was back when there was an antiques district on Atlantic Avenue.

I liked the magazine, and subscribed to it. One of the topics in an article in 2005 was about the new thing in communication called blogging and the mag published a list of Brooklyn blogs. That was how I discovered Brownstoner. The blog was in its second year by then. I was working in a job with a lot of down time, and I had plenty of opportunity to immerse myself in the site. I was immediately hooked. (more…)

10/21/14 10:00am

21 Commercial St.2

Work is moving forward on a few sites at the massive Greenpoint Landing development at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Excavation is underway at 21 Commercial Street, above. The 82,476 square foot building will have 93 units and 2,577 square feet of commercial space when its complete.

Last week the Daily News took a look at the design of the 22 acre waterfront park that will be an integral part of the development. Rather than building high sea walls to protect the development against future storms like Hurricane Sandy and rising sea levels, the designers are taking a softer approach. They are using sloping terraces and areas planted with salt-tolerant plants. “When people think of resiliency measures, they think they have to look tough and ugly, but there are actually innovative ways to do the same things while still looking soft and beautiful,” Lisa Switkin, one of the landscape architects on the project with James Corner Field Operations, told the News.

Across the street and a bit further south, on Dupont Street, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has torn down the sludge tank that had been on the site, as reported, and was busy conducting remediation, removing soil, to prepare the site for its transformation to parkland. At 33 Eagle street a block over, the site of another future mixed-income building, construction has yet to begin.

Click through for more images of 21 Commercial Street, a rendering of the park and the sludge tank site.

Rendering Posted for Affordable Greenpoint Landing Building [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Landing Developer Files First Permit [Brownstoner]
Rendering by James Corner Field Operations
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