Two teachers at the prestigious Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute named Aaron Chadwick and Dr. Edward Bunker decided to quit their jobs and open their own boy’s school. The year was 1862, and even as the Civil War raged on, Brooklyn continued to grow, as did its population of upper middle class and wealthy families. The two men wanted to take advantage of the growing population of eligible boys, and so opened a private elementary school on Adelphi Street in Fort Greene. They had 60 boys enrolled the first semester. However, after six months, they found out that owning an elite school was great, but running it was beyond them, and they returned to teaching at Polytech. They had a building and a name, which they sold to a Quaker educator named John Lockwood. (more…)
A new-building permit has been filed for the site of the planned Ace Hotel at 61 Bond Street, pictured above, in Downtown Brooklyn, as New York YIMBY first reported. The 13-story tower will feature 285 rooms distributed across 156,984 square feet, as well as a coffee shop, ground floor retail, radio station, restaurant, fitness center and event spaces. (more…)
The Bossert will not re-open as a hotel until 2015. “Clipper Equity is excited to open a fully renovated and modernized world-class hotel in Brooklyn Heights by early next year,” a spokesman for owner David Bistricer told The Brooklyn Eagle in a written statement. The opening date has been moved at least twice, with the most recent date spring 2014. (more…)
The Brooklyn Library has reaffirmed its commitment to keep open its popular and historic Pacific branch library following a story in Brooklyn Brief Wednesday that claimed the building, Brooklyn’s first Carnegie library, seemed fated to be torn down for private development despite library officials’ denials. (more…)
Theater owner William Niblo was known for throwing parties at his Green-Wood mausoleum, and this Saturday, the cemetery is re-creating one with outdoor performances and a picnic. Guests can bring blankets and snacks and enjoy watching fire jugglers, singers and a knife thrower. “A Night at Niblo’s Garden” will take place this Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, and tickets are $30 for members of Green-Wood or Brooklyn Historical Society and $35 for the general public.
Name: Former Mergenthaler Linotype Company, Defense Plant Corporation Building Address: 35 Ryerson Street, at Park Avenue, block wide on Park, between Grand and Ryerson Neighborhood: Wallabout, between Clinton Hill and Navy Yard Year Built: 1942 Architectural Style: Factory modern Architects: Lockwood Greene Engineers, Inc. Other buildings by architects: Daily News Factory on Atlantic Avenue (Newswalk Building), several buildings in the Navy Yard, parts of Rockefeller Center Landmarked: No, but Wallabout has been submitted to LPC for several separate districts designation, and also in the process of being submitted to the National Register
The story: This building is the last built in this amazing industrial complex near the Navy Yard. Prior to computerized printing, linotype machines were used to set type on most newspapers and magazines, as well as many books, and Mergenthaler was the largest manufacturer of these machines, all made right here in Brooklyn. The Mergenthaler complex remains one of the largest and most intact reinforced concrete industrial sites in New York City. The complete story of the company and the rest of the site will be the topic of another post. THIS building was the last one built, constructed by the US Government, and leased to Mergenthaler as a factory for machines built for the war effort of World War II. (more…)
As Curbed pointed out earlier this week, here’s a whole house in Williamsburg for just under a million ($999,000). It looks to be in move-in condition. It is also tiny, strangely shaped, and has no yard. Do you think it will go for over ask?
This new listing at 261 Garfield Place in Park Slope has a great feel to it. Lots of prewar details, a really generous layout (being in a 32-foot-wide mansion helps) and lots of natural light. Great stuff. (more…)
This new-construction penthouse studio in Bed Stuy would appeal to someone looking for a modern rental with nice amenities. The wall of windows and the skylight help open up the one room, and the kitchen area has a decent amount of storage and a dishwasher. (more…)