08/22/14 9:30am

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A tipster let us know about a truly bizarre problem in their Fort Greene apartment building. Apparently someone in the building at 301 Cumberland Street has been dumping trash bags full of urine down the garbage chute. And these are not tiny trash bags, they are the kind used in kitchen garbage cans and they are half full of urine–yes we have a picture of the offending bags after the jump.

According to the tipster this has been going on since about November of 2013 with bag after pee-filled bag bursting at the bottom of the chute or leaking after it lands. The basement now reeks of urine and is becoming unusable. Unfortunately the building’s laundry room is also located in the basement. “Our basement has become a truly foul place to go,” said the tipster. (more…)

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Residents of the Lindsay Park Housing Cooperative in Williamsburg are petitioning to change the practices of the board of directors at one of the city’s largest middle-income housing co-ops according to a report by DNAinfo. They accuse the board of rigging elections, mismanagement and harassment. The petitioners, including the  Community Board 1 chairwoman, say the flawed election process has kept the board president in power for a dozen years. (more…)

08/22/14 8:30am

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A Garden Sweet, a Garden Small at Old Stone House in Park Slope [Brooklyn Eagle]
Air Pool: New Tower Will Let You Take a Dip High Above Brooklyn [Brooklyn Paper]
The 15 Most Expensive Homes in Brooklyn
[Curbed]
Brooklyn Borough President Announces Affordable Housing for Brooklynites [Amsterdam News]
When ‘Affordable’ Rents Push $3,000 [Atlantic Yards Report]
‘Brooklyn Baby’ Book Features Kale Jelly and a Foodie Trip to Smorgasburg [DNAinfo]

Photo: afogarty62

08/21/14 4:30pm

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Windsor Terrace Walgreens Gets Closer To Opening, Is Hiring [Kesington BK]
Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Green Manufacturing Center Gets a Facelift [Observer]
Apostrophe’s Tame Showing of Guerilla Art on Kosciuszko J Platform [Bushwick Daily]
Grindpoint: Greenpoint’s New Skateboard Shop [Greenpointers]
Closed for Business: Terroir, 284 Fifth Avenue [Here's Park Slope]
When Affordable Rents Push $3,000 [BKLYNR/AYR]
Crown Heights Anti-Violence Group Looking to Hire ‘Violence Interrupters’ [DNAinfo]

Photo by Juni Safont

08/21/14 4:00pm

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Young artists from Brownsville teamed up with local muralist Esteban del Valle to paint a mural about the “prison industrial complex” on the side of a supermarket on Junius Street. The all-male crew of teen artists spent three weeks in July developing the mural’s themes and designing it, and then another three weeks painting the wall with del Valle’s help.

Arts non-profit Groundswell organized the project as part of its Summer Leadership Institute, which brings together young artist and professional muralists to create powerful murals in neighborhoods across the city. This mural “aims to inspire a sense of self-empowerment and agency by engaging youth as agents of social change and active community contributors,” according to Groundswell. The young artists and del Valle will gather to dedicate the mural on August 28 at 2 pm at 417 Junius Street.

08/21/14 3:00pm

495-513 Classon Avenue, CB, PS 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Church of the Nativity of Our Blessed Lord, now Elim Gospel Tabernacle
Address: 495-513 Classon Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner Madison Street and Putnam Avenue
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: 1915
Architectural Style: Romanesque
Architect: Raymond Almirall
Other Buildings by Architect: St. Michael’s Church, Sunset Park, Pacific St. Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, Public Bath #7 (Lyceum), Chapel at Calvary Cemetery, Queens, Emigrant Savings Bank Building, Lower Manhattan, hospitals, churches, in NYC.
Landmarked: No

The story: Raymond Almirall was a fine architect and a good son of Brooklyn. Over the course of his career, he designed many churches, hospitals, libraries and buildings for the Catholic Church and for the city he loved. Although most people may not know his name, his buildings are well known by Brooklynites, as they are a prominent part of our city landscape.

Almirall graduated from Brooklyn’s Polytechnic Institute, and then went on to get a degree in architecture from Cornell University. From there, he went on to study at the prestigious L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. When he came back from Europe, he went to work with architect John V. Ingle, and Almirall’s first professional project was the City Hall for Binghamton, NY. After that project, he put out his shingle and began designing on his own. (more…)

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The Landmark Park Slope on 4th Avenue has just leased 3,300 square feet of space to Gymboree Play & Music, which offers music, art and developmental play classes for children from newborns to five-years old. The company has 550 centers in the U.S. and in 30 countries and two other outlets in Brooklyn. It is building out the space now according to one of the brokers and plans to open in the first quarter of 2015. (more…)

08/21/14 1:30pm

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This Fort Greene townhouse on Lafayette Avenue is divided up into two duplexes, each with two bedrooms, 2.5 baths and central air conditioning. Each unit has its own outdoor space. Its been recently renovated and there are no details that we can see left inside the home. Everything is new–floors, walls, moldings, recessed lighting. It sold in May of 2013 for $1,300,000 in what looks like an estate sale. It’s asking $3,499,000, quite a windfall for the seller, but that is not out of line with what townhouses are selling for in Fort Greene these days. What do you think of it?

70 Lafayette Avenue [Elliman] GMAP

08/21/14 12:58pm

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You probably didn’t know that you wanted the walls of your apartment to zig-zag in a sawtooth pattern, but you do! Or maybe you will after you check out this 4th-floor pad at 142 North 1st Street. In addition to the aforementioned design touch, the two-bedroom condo has two bathrooms, a long living/dining room and nice natural light. The asking price is $1,200,000, which we guesstimate puts it at over $1,000 a foot.

142 North 1st Street, #4B [Corcoran] GMAP

08/21/14 12:15pm

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Here’s a huge four-bedroom, two-bath co-op for rent in a prewar building in Crown Heights. The 1,675-square-foot pad was gut-renovated in ’06 and has a clean, modern feel. There’s a formal dining room, a “library nook” and lots of closets. However one of the bathrooms is ensuite, which is somewhat inconvenient. What’s your opinion of it for $5,200 a month?

255 Eastern Parkway, #D15 [Corcoran] GMAP

08/21/14 11:30am

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An auto repair garage and artist studio in Bushwick faces the inevitable fate of every large industrial building in north Brooklyn: it’s going to be converted to apartments. This building will also include retail and community space. The two-story, blue, brick building at 600 Bushwick Avenue, which also housed a Napa Auto and Truck Parts store, will get four extra stories and 66 apartments, according to representatives from the developer Cayuga Capital. The resulting structure will also have 10,000 square feet of retail, 2,000 square feet of community space and 33 parking spots. (more…)