12/01/15 8:30am
Entrance to the Barclays Center MTA station. Photo by Mary Hautman

Entrance to the Barclays Center MTA station. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Brooklyn Is Leading the U.S. in Apartment Construction [Forbes]
F21 Red Just Opened Its Second NYC Store in Brooklyn [Racked]
Bay Ridge Board Rejects Affordable Housing Rezoning Plan [BK Eagle]
The Lost-Cause Preservationist: Inside Brooklyn’s Other Museum [BK Mag]
New Apartment Building Nears Landmarks Approval at 906 Prospect Place in Crown Heights [NYY]
200-Bed Nursing Home Plan for Red Hook to Undergo Public Review [DNA]
Gentrifiers Most Angry About Gentrification, Director of Bushwick Doc Says [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
Bed Stuy’s Iconic Slave Theater Sells to Developer, Already Hit With DOB Complaints
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Love it or hate it, Christmas music is officially inescapable for the rest of the year. But it’s not all cheesy. Take, for example, Brooklyn’s beloved Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, whose soulful take on “White Christmas” can be heard below. (more…)

11/30/15 4:35pm
Pavilion Theater Park Slope Brooklyn

Pavilion Theater in Park Slope. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

In the News
Park Slope Key Food Site Targeted for Residential Project [DNA]
New Theater Furthers Bushwick’s Rise as NYC Arts Destination [Curbed]
MTOPP Suit Against CB9 Dismissed [Q Parkside]
All the Brittle Towers: On the State of Brooklyn Architecture [BK Mag]
Inside the Brooklyn Building That Held the Subway’s Secrets [Atlas Obscura]
Looking for an Edge, Businesses Seek Out Bushwick [Crain’s]
Amaranto in Bushwick Is a Family Effort [NYT]

Click through to read what an ex-Brooklynite has to say on her move to the country….

11/30/15 3:00pm
Is it Better to Sell a House in the Spring?

Man photo by Sutha Kamal via Flickr. Photo illustration by Barbara Eldredge

A Brownstoner reader has put a single-family home on the market, but the offers coming in are lower than expected.

hkhouselove writes:

We greatly underestimated the current down trend in the market for the fall, while trying to sell a SFH in a very popular part of Brooklyn. We have read it is the worst market for sales since 2008? We currently have an offer we are considering that is definitely below the market value of our place, and quite frankly we are insulted by it. We are not desperate to sell, but do intend to sell within the next year in order to move on to our next home. (Which needs to be funded by the current place being sold.) Is there a real benefit to coming off the market now, and coming back on in the spring? Or is this as good as it gets for the short-medium term pricing. Any input welcome.

Should they accept the offer, or take the house off the market and try their chances in the spring? Share your thoughts over in the original post.

Need a professional opinion? Try Brownstoner Local Home Pros.

11/30/15 1:00pm

Industry City Brooklyn -- Bush Terminal Sunset Park History

Read Part 1 of this story here.

The huge gray cement factory buildings that span Sunset Park’s shoreline between 30th and 37th streets are the remaining structures of Brooklyn’s largest industrial park, Bush Terminal.

The complex was the brainchild of Irving T. Bush, the son of an oilman-turned-yachtsman. Today, these buildings are known as Industry City, an evolving complex made up of workspaces for Brooklyn’s creative economy, as well as future dining, entertainment and shopping destinations. (more…)

11/30/15 11:31am

Coworkrs Gowanus - Brooklyn Coworking Space

Sponsored By Coworkrs.

Coworkrs offers coworking memberships, desks, and private office suites in Gowanus, FiDi and Flatiron NYC. Be 'At Home at Work'

Created By BlankSlate

The face of small business has changed a lot over the past decade. Thanks to rising rents and businesses that have become more virtual, coworking spaces have exploded. No longer do entrepreneurs and freelancers have to choose between working out of their home or entering into a two-year lease for a space they may outgrow in a year.

So when Coworkrs opened their space in Gowanus, it didn’t take long for them to start filling up their offices. Creative and entrepreneurial types from the surrounding neighborhoods — Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope — snapped up space to pursue their passion projects. It’s a good arrangement for freelancers, startups, and regional branches: Coworkrs takes care of managing the offices, there’s a kitchen and lounge areas and conference rooms, and all you have to worry about is getting your own work done.

We figured that the best way to know what it’s like to work at Coworkrs in Gowanus is to talk to the people who work there. The four companies we talked with were very different, but they all had similar things to say about Coworkrs — the convenience of the location, the coolness of the space, and an admiration for the other companies down the hall.

Above: Farmigo’s new national headquarters at Coworkrs. Photos by Farmigo and Jeff Scherer.


11/30/15 11:25am


“A man about to commit a crime would stand appalled at the sight of a station house such as this,” the Brooklyn Daily Eagle wrote in 1892 of Sunset Park’s once splendid and now crumbling but landmarked police precinct station house and stables at 4302 4th Avenue.

In 1892, such a statement was meant to praise the building’s intimidating, castle-like features, but today it is equally fitting as a reference to the unfortunate extent of decay in what was clearly a once-beautiful structure. (more…)