The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is working with local politicians, developers and community groups to host a series of seminars on how to apply for affordable housing, the first of which will happen tomorrow night. The coalition wants to make sure Community Board 2 residents know how to apply for as many as 1,100 affordable units that could be completed in Downtown Brooklyn and areas nearby, including Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill and Wallabout, within the next three years. Several developments are expected to have some percentage of affordable apartments, including BAM South, Atlantic Yards, City Point and 33 Bond Street (pictured). (more…)
Name: Former Meserole Theater, now Rite Aid Pharmacy Address: 723 Manhattan Avenue Cross Streets: Norman and Meserole Avenues Neighborhood: Greenpoint Year Built: 1921 Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Georgian Architect: Eugene DeRosa Other Buildings by Architect: Brooklyn — Terminal Theater, Park Slope, Kenmore Theater, Flatbush. Manhattan — 8th Street Playhouse, Times Square Theater, Broadway Theater, Apollo Theater (42nd Street).. Also St. George Theater on Staten Island, and other theaters in NYC and around the country Landmarked: No
The story: The Meserole family was one of the five founding families of Greenpoint. Jan Meserole came to this area in 1663 and settled in. The family homestead was centered here, and the family mansion stood on the site of this former theater. In 1919, when plans for this building were announced, the old mansion house was home to the Young Women’s Hebrew Association. It was quickly torn down, and Sol Brill, a well-known theater and amusement park impresario had this theater built.
It’s a deceptive building, at least the entrance is. The narrow lot on Manhattan Avenue would lead one to believe that this is a very small building. It’s only got a 25 foot width on the Manhattan side, in what looks like a one story building scarcely big enough for any kind of theater. But walk down the length of the lobby, and the building opens up to a huge theater space, all of which faces out onto Lorimer Street. When the Meserole Theater opened in 1921, it had seating for two thousand people. (more…)
The hotly anticipated Crabby Shack is hosting its grand opening tonight at 613 Franklin Avenue near Dean Street in Crown Heights. Expect a full roster of crab items that includes crab tacos, crab rolls, crab cake sliders, crab dumplings and crab mac and cheese, as well as steamed Alaskan snow crab or blue crab. (more…)
This landmarked house in Stuyvesant Heights, one of a pair, has some sick original detail, including elaborate Queen Anne wood work, stained glass and a huge original kitchen range. It also has some unfortunate later alterations — jacuzzi tub, we’re looking at you — but most of them look relatively easy to undo. (more…)
This recently remodeled co-op at 185 Hall Street in Clinton Hill just hit the market with an asking price of $380,000. The one-bedroom pad is located across the street from Pratt and sports views of the adjacent tree tops. The maintenance is a reasonable $710 a month and the asking price is $380,000. Think they’ll get it?
This three-bedroom in a detached house in Kensington is large and comes with a fresh paint job and newly stripped hardwood floors. The spacious living/dining room has nice bay windows and a chandelier, and two of the three bedrooms can fit a king or queen size bed, according to the listing. (more…)
We stumbled across another single-family townhouse going up in Brooklyn, at 181 President Street in Carroll Gardens. The four-story renovation will replace a nondescript one-story garage, according to an alt-1 permit. (more…)
As you may recall, in our last installment, I was dealing with the “no-show” plumber and was in the process of firing him. Firing a plumber is actually much more difficult than I thought. The plumber has to agree to withdraw his permit from the job or agree to allow another plumber to work under his permit, or the owner has to send a letter to the DOB outlining his negligence, and after review the plumber could be removed.
Well, my plumber would not agree to withdrawing on his own, and going the DOB route would add weeks if not months to an already delayed job. In the end, I was stuck with him. He continued to leave work half done, late and unacceptable. In the end, I ignored his objections and had another plumber finish the work. The real drama may ensue when he has to close the job. (more…)
This interesting addition is rising on top of a townhouse at 1 Woodrow Court in Greenwood Heights, at the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th Street. The little two-story brick townhouse is being enlarged with a third floor and 836 more square feet, according to alteration permits. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, and his website includes more construction photos and a schematic, which we’ve included after the jump. (more…)
After years of getting the brush off on requests to limit building heights in Prospect Lefferts Gardens to six stories, PLG residents, activists and community board members are now meeting with City Planning to consider how the neighborhood should be rezoned.
In addition to supporting a rezoning of Flatbush Avenue, pictured above during this past winter, that would limit building heights there to six stories, neighborhood group The Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP) opposes a brand-new move to rezone commercial district Empire Boulevard to allow residential, MTOPP President and PLG homeowner Alicia Boyd told us. (more…)