11/26/14 11:00am

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission is planning to “discard over one hundred heard items in an unprecedented massive ‘decalendaring,’” on Tuesday, December 9, according to a forwarded email we just received from Upper West Side preservationist group Landmark West. We don’t see anything about this in the official published LPC agenda for December 9, which concerns certificates of appropriateness for individual properties.

We’re not sure how Landmark West came by this information, or if it’s true. Which properties would be dumped is unknown.

“This does not bode well for Stuyvesant East, or Bedford for that matter,” wrote an architect and preservationist who passed along the email.

Typically, when the LPC decides to vote on whether or not to designate an individual landmark or historic district and sets a date to do so, after already having heard testimony on the matter, the district is designated. But the LPC has a large backlog of proposed historic districts it promised to vote on and never did, having not set a specific date. Many go back years.

The proper procedure would be to hold a public hearing and a vote for each proposed district individually, as promised, and to vote no, rather than to simply cancel the public hearings.

“Whose interests is the LPC serving by throwing out thousands of hours of professional work by commissioners, staff, national and local experts, community advocates, neighbors and residents? And why the lack of public notice?” asked Landmark West in the email.

Preservationists had expressed fears the LPC under de Blasio would be anti-landmarking, but the recent landmarking of the wood frame at 1090 Greene Avenue in Bushwick and the move to designate Chester Court seemed like promising signs to us. But now that we hear this, we fear for the proposed Bedford District, which has had no action since a hearing a year ago. It unquestionably contains some of the best and most important architecture in Bed Stuy, certainly equal or surpassing anything in the already designated Park Slope and Stuyvesant Heights areas. Above, 240 Hancock Street in the proposed district, designed by noted architect Montrose Morris.

The email ends by saying “Call the LPC (main number: (212) 669-7700) and email Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan to demand that she fully disclose her plans and schedule public hearings on any decalendering of proposed individual landmarks and proposed historic districts. Tell her that you want to know what she is planning to ‘decalendar’ and when.”

Does anyone know more? We will update this story if we hear anything further.

11/26/14 10:00am

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Developer Adam America has just filed an application for its fourth tower on Park Slope’s 4th Avenue and plans a 12-story development at 269 4th Avenue. NY YIMBY first spotted the paperwork, which calls for 26 units and 42,100 square feet of space.

The ground floor will have a 2,600-square-foot day care center and a 760-square-foot eating and drinking establishment, according to the Schedule A. There will also be 12 accessory parking spaces, 16 bike storage spots and a roof deck. 

The applicant of record is an engineering firm. The developer is also building a big project next door at 275 4th Avenue, a former McDonald’s, as well as at 535 4th Avenue and 470 4th Avenue.

Permits Filed: 269 4th Avenue in Park Slope [NYY] GMAP
Adam America Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Google Maps

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Plans for the building to replace the Pratt Station Post Office and other storefronts at 504 Myrtle Avenue have changed. An application for a permit filed today shows the building will be six stories, not an eight-story building, as previously reported. It will have 92 apartments as well as 35,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. All the buildings are still standing, we observed this morning.

Meanwhile, the related development next door at 490 Myrtle Avenue has made immense progress since we last visited in May. The exterior looks just about complete, above, and some of the scaffolding has come down so the building is visible. It’s supposed to wrap summer 2015.

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership was the first to report on all these developments on its blog. Click through for more photos of both sites.

Scaffolding Comes Down at 490 Myrtle Avenue [Myrtle Avenue]  GMAP

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on whether or not to designate Chester Court a historic district in January, according to The Brooklyn Eagle. The district was calendared in late October, meaning the LPC decided it would vote, as reported.

The teens Tudor Revival cul-de-sac is largely intact, and development is nipping at its doors, since the block is just off the busy avenue of Flatbush. The 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush is rising just behind Chester Court on one side of the block. Chester Court was proposed as part of the original Prospect Lefferts Gardens historic district, but was not included. We’re glad the LPC is taking action on this, following the transition period between administrations when it was less active.

Amazingly, a representative from the Real Estate Board of New York, not known for favoring landmarking, spoke in favor of the designation on Tuesday, said the Eagle, as did the PLG City Council member, residents and neighborhood associations. (more…)

11/26/14 8:30am

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Two Recent Commercial Transactions in Brooklyn [NY Times]
Williamsburg Tops in Car Share Dropoffs [NY Daily News]
Landmarks Preservation Commission Says Yes to Hicks Street Development [Eagle]
Gowanus United Protests Proposed Parole Facility [Eagle]
A Thousand Turkeys, Tons of Veggies at Brooklyn Borough Hall Thanksgiving Giveaway [Eagle]
Ferguson Protesters Flood Manhattan Bridge, Flatbush Avenue [BK Paper]
Danish Church Rings in Christmas in Brooklyn Heights [BK Paper]
Pacific Park Groundbreaking [Curbed]
Photos: Outraged Protesters Shut Down Brooklyn, Triborough Bridges for Michael Brown [Gothamist]
Hundreds Gather In Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza For Ferguson Rally [Gothamist]
Williamsburg’s Spike Hill Will Close Next Month [Gothamist]
Study to Rezone Empire Boulevard Rescinded, Group Claims [BK Brief]
Notes From Last Night’s Final Bridging Gowanus Meeting [PMFA]
Why Are Brooklyn Neighborhoods Getting So Hard To Tell Apart? [NYO]
Construction Barriers for AY Towers Constrict Streets, Snag Traffic, Reduce Parking [AYR]
Advocates Propose Protected Bike Lane on Jay Street [DNA]
Proposal for Taller Buildings in Gowanus Gets Mixed Reaction From Locals [DNA]
Community Board Manager Incorrectly Recorded Vote on PLG Rezoning [DNA]

11/25/14 4:30pm

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Cream Doughnuts Makes Its Debut in Bay Ridge [BK Based]
Windsor Terrace Is One Step Closer to Becoming Park Slope [FIPS]
Amira’s Is Closed “Until Further Notice” [South Slope News]
Tsob-Tsobe! Restaurant Replaces Back to USSR on Coney Island Avenue [Sheepshead Bites]
Q & A with Greenpointer Eric Weiner of the Wild Honey Pie [Greenpointers]
Neighbor: Vacant Building in Brooklyn Heights Is Trespasser Magnet [BK Paper]
Catch a Ride on the Nostalgia Train [Bensonhurst Bean]
Space Robot Company Lands in Brooklyn Navy Yard [DNA]
Christmastown Brings Artist-Created Christmas Village to Bushwick [BK Daily]
Checking in at 626 Flatbush [Q Parkside]

Photo by Juni Safont

11/25/14 4:00pm

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A slew of Brooklyn pols, including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, state assembly members, and city council members gave away 1,000 turkeys to senior centers, churches, community groups and families in Sunset Park, Brownsville and other neighborhoods in Brooklyn today, according to an email we received from the office of New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton.

Photo via office of New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton

11/25/14 3:00pm

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 9401-9421, 9402-9420 Wogan Terrace
Cross Streets: Off 94th Street, between 5th Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge
Year Built: 1927-28
Architectural Style: Neo-Tudor cottages
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Bay Ridge is full of little cul-de-sacs, one block streets and alleyways. A few of them are remnants of old streets cut off by more recent development, or by the highways and parkways that run through the neighborhood. Some, like Wogan Terrace, were created by developers who built this neighborhood up in the teens, twenties and even later. A friend of mine, a long-time Brownstoner reader, brought this block to my attention. And what a find it is. (more…)

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After more than a year of preparation, the Lefferts Community Food Co-op opened Sunday at 324 Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. They have produce from Miller’s Crossing and meat from Herondale Farm, according to Brokelyn, which was the first to write about the opening. “Most of their vendors are the same ones Park Slope Food Coop uses so we expect the selection to be pretty similar once they’re fully up and running,” said Brokelyn.

Prospect-Lefferts Co-op Opens Sunday With Open Shopping Day [Brokelyn] GMAP
PLG Food Co-op Opening Soon [Brownstoner]
Photo by Lefferts Community Food Co-op

11/25/14 1:30pm

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This semi-attached wood frame at 155 St. Nicholas Avenue in Bushwick has virtually no original details save the staircase and appears to have last been updated sometime in the middle of the last century. It is covered in faux paneling, linoleum, carpet and wallpaper. We estimate it will need the works.

One redeeming quality is that it has windows on three sides because the lot is 25 feet wide. It’s also in a location near the Dekalb stop and Wyckoff Hospital where demand for rentals is high.

Given the condition, though, we don’t see how the ask of $1,220,000 is justified — unless the plan is to sell to a developer.

155 St. Nicholas Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP