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Construction is moving along at the eight-story, 87 unit apartment building at 33 Lincoln Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The site is a long L-shaped lot that abuts the B/Q/S tracks and faces both Lincoln Road and Flatbush Avenue. The image above is from the Flatbush side of the development where foundation work is under way.

The building is being developed by Anderson Associates and had faced delays because of issues with obtaining financing through the city Housing Development Corporation’s New Opportunities Program. Now it is being funded by private investment. However 20 percent of the units will still be set aside for those making a maximum of 60 percent of the area median income.

Construction should be complete by April of 2015. Click through for a rendering and more images.

New Round of Permits Issued for PLG Affordable Build [Brownstoner]
PLG Affordable Build is Waiting for Funding [Brownstoner]
Work in Progress on Lincoln Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens [Curbed] GMAP (more…)

10/24/14 9:00am

After years of legal and financial woes, New York City’s last public bath building, completed in 1910, has been snapped up at auction by developer Greystone for $7,600,000, DNAinfo reported. Landmarked in 1982, the building at 227 4th Avenue has in recent years been used as a private arts, events and community space known as the Lyceum.

Greystone told DNAinfo it would not comment on its plans for the building until the close of the sale in 60 days. There are windows all around so apartments would be possible, but the entire space is only 12,200 square feet inside. The building’s FAR would allow a total of 33,060 square feet on the site, but its landmark status is likely to prevent any additions. The developer could carve out 10 or so luxury condos, but unless Landmarks allows a modern addition on the roof, our guess is it will become a mall, office space, or a big box store.

A lien for $5.05 million led to the foreclosure sale, Here’s Park Slope reported earlier this week.

The photo of the building partly shrouded in netting in 2012, above, does not show the Renaissance Revival building’s elaborate terra cotta detail, which includes dolphins, urns of flowing water, and images of Triton, the father of the sea-god Poseidon. It was designed by architect Raymond F. Almirall.

What would you like to see in this space?

Developer Buys Landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum for $7.6M at Foreclosure Auction [DNA] GMAP
Brooklyn Lyceum in Foreclosure, Being Auctioned Today [Here's Park Slope]
Lyceum Coverage [Brownstoner]

10/24/14 8:30am

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Doctor With Ebola Rode L Train, Went Bowling in Williamsburg [NY Times]
Michelle Williams Looking to Stay in Brooklyn [NY Post]
CityTarget to Take Space in CityPoint in Downtown Brooklyn [NY Daily News]
Walking Tour Through Sunset Park [Curbed]
Here’s What Williamsburg Looks Like When You’re Sleeping [Gothamist]
SL Green Joins Jared Kushner’s Big Gowanus Project [TRD]
Police Investigate Recurring Drug Deals and Prostitution in Clinton Hill [DNA]
Williamsburg Apartments Starting at $640 Per Month in Housing Lottery [DNA]

10/23/14 4:30pm

Greenpoint Pumpkin

Picture This: Gowanus’ Decrepit Bat Cave as…an Opera House [Curbed]
Grand Opening of Van Brunt Stillhouse Tasting Room
[FIPS]
Exploring Midwood One Bite at a Time [Sheepshead Bites]
19th Century Developers Gone Wild! History Repeats Itself on the Waterfront [Greenpointers]
The Day Bed Stuy Was Born [Brownstone Detectives]
New Organization Formed to Oppose Gowanus Parole Facility [PMFA]
Red Hook Getting Transformed Into Gaza for New Jesse Eisenberg Movie [Gothamist]

10/23/14 3:00pm

537 Sackett St, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Majestic Quality Products Company Factory and Warehouse
Address: 537 Sackett Street
Cross Streets: Corner of Nevins Street
Neighborhood: Gowanus
Year Built: around 1950
Architectural Style: Industrial Moderne
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No, but part of proposed National Register of Historic Places Gowanus Industrial District.

The story: We get so many products from all over the world now, especially from China, so it’s hard to imagine where the things we put in our homes are made. If we were living in the 1950s, and we wanted lighting fixtures for our homes, we might have purchased them from a company like Majestic Quality Products, which had its factory right here in Brooklyn, at 537 Sackett Street, in Gowanus. (more…)

10/23/14 1:30pm

142 A Hull StreetCombo

This little two-family at 142 A Hull Street has been unfortunately over-renovated to our way of thinking, but even so it appears to be in move-in condition with a relatively low price tag for Brooklyn these days.

It’s set up as a top-floor rental over a three-bedroom duplex. The facade is mostly intact and we like the quirky offset window and the Neo-Grec detail.

The house is located in Ocean Hill close to the Broadway Junction subway station. The ask is $719,000. Do you think it might make a good investment property?

142 A Hull Street [Halstead] GMAP

10/23/14 12:15pm

37 3rd Place Combo

The best thing about this garden apartment in Carroll Gardens is that it’s in an impressive Second Empire townhouse (the one on the left). Unfortunately, with the exception of the tin ceiling in the bedroom, it lacks the details one would hope for in a building like this. And it is narrow — the building is only 16.5 feet wide.

Nonetheless, the unit has wood floors throughout and central A/C. The railroad layout is a little awkward — the kitchen is off the bedroom rather than near the living room or the den. Small pets are allowed. It’s not clear if tenants have access to the garden just outside the kitchen window. The building was a House of the Day back in March of 2013 when it was on the market for $2,995,000.

These days $2,400 a month for a place like this doesn’t seem outrageous for Carroll Gardens. What do you think?

37 3rd Place, Garden Unit [Patricia Mones] GMAP

10/23/14 11:31am

Red-Antler-Dumbo-view-1312View from a Red Antler conference room, 20 Jay Street

Sponsored By Two Trees Commercial Management.

Two Trees has made Dumbo one of the most sought-after commercial and residential neighborhoods in NYC.

Created By BlankSlate

We all know the story of how Dumbo transformed over the years from a center of Brooklyn industry to a mecca for artists looking for cheap real estate and then into the headquarters for creative businesses it is today. Tech startups, design firms, photographers and sound studios all take advantage of the neighborhood’s abundant warehouse space — perfect for modern, open-plan office layouts.

Dumbo has a lot to offer this new breed of creative innovators: outstanding views, bars, restaurants, shopping, a brand-new park, and a vibrant technology and design community who inspire, challenge and support each other. If you’re wondering what it’s like to work in Dumbo today, here’s an inside look at what’s going down at three of the coolest offices in Dumbo.

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10/23/14 11:30am

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Did anyone catch this essay in The New York Daily News, called “Goodbye, My Bed Stuy”? The writer, a black man who grew up in Bed Stuy and is a journalism professor at Brooklyn College, laments the growing number of whites moving into Bed Stuy and the rising rents, which are pricing out longtime black renters in the neighborhood.

He mentions that Bed Stuy is mostly townhouses, which means most units aren’t rent regulated. He also says part of the problem is investors who are purchasing homes “as bundles.” We haven’t heard of that, but we think he is referring to investors buying townhouses in the area to rent out. (Incidentally, a building he mentions as an example of landlord harassment is in Crown Heights, not Bed Stuy.)

What do you think of the essay?