Seems like the summer has gone by in a flash — probably because the weather has been so cool and pleasant. In honor of Labor Day weekend, we are shutting down early today and won’t publish Monday. See you back here at the usual time Tuesday, September 2. Have a great long weekend!
Let’s face it: If you’ve ever spent anytime in the Hudson River Valley, chances are, you have a couple of favorite towns that you return to again and again. We certainly do. In fact, we have many favorite towns. They’re our favorite towns for different reasons. Some we like because they’re close to the river. Some we like because they’re walking distance to somewhere. Some we like for the sheer lust we feel towards the houses as we drive down the residential streets. But mostly, it’s that last one. So here’s a sampling of the houses we love in or near our favorite towns in the Hudson Valley.
During the last two decades of the 19th century, there were no cooler men on earth that the members of the Kings County Wheelmen’s Club of Brooklyn. They were like rock stars and the championship Yankees rolled into one; a collection of men’s men, gushed over by young ladies and reporters alike, the intrepid “Knights of the Silent Steed.” They were Brooklyn’s best and most famous amateur bicycle club.
While pictures of mustachioed men in striped shirts and caps on enormous high wheeler cycles are in the popular imagination for this period, the truth is that the bicycle of the day looked pretty much the same then as they do now. They were easy to ride for men, women and children, and their mobility made them as popular then as they are today. Mass production soon made them affordable to almost anyone, and they sold like hotcakes. The Victorians were a very social bunch, and loved getting together in organizations, so it didn’t take long for bicycle clubs of all kinds to spring up all over the country. (more…)
Two Trees’ large Dock Street Dumbo project rising next to the Brooklyn Bridge has a new rendering, which more clearly shows what the buildings will look like. Curbed published the new view of the 290-unit development, which will apparently be quite reflective.
The property will encompass a 17-story tower, a nine-story building, and a 50,000-square-foot middle school, as reported.
Construction is pretty far along. Below are some new photos of the buildings rising on the construction site, which we snapped yesterday. (more…)
Eight years after a 10-alarm fire engulfed several of its buildings, Greenpoint Terminal Market’s vacant warehouses are finally seeing some new life. 67 West Street, a five-story brick warehouse that survived the fire, has since been transformed into event spaces for weddings, galleries and artist studios. And across the street, a 65,000-square-foot factory building at 42 West Street (pictured) is slowly being converted to commercial space. (more…)
It looks like the old Cascade Linen factory at 835 Myrtle Avenue near Marcy, which is not landmarked, may soon be torn down to make way for apartments.
A partnership of developers from the Satmar community of south Williamsburg are in talks to buy the building for $60,000,000, according to Crain’s. Shockingly, that number is more than double what the current owner paid for the property last year ($27,000,000). (more…)
If you live in Crown Heights, you’ve seen the bright, elaborate costumes, the stiltwalkers and the steel drums that herald the coming of the West Indian Day Parade, which happens Monday along Eastern Parkway. There’s a full schedule of events happening all weekend at the Brooklyn Museum, starting tonight with a “Caribbean Woodstock” concert featuring a long list of popular Caribbean and West Indian musicians. Tomorrow there’s a free showcase of young reggae, steel-pan, rap, dance and spoken word performers in the afternoon, and a big brass and reggae concert is slated for the evening. (more…)
Name: Higgins Ink Building Address: 240-244 8th Street Cross Streets: 4th and 5th avenues Neighborhood: Park Slope Year Built: 1898 Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival Architect: Stone Brothers Other Buildings by Architect: Factory and warehouse buildings in Dumbo and elsewhere Landmarked: No
The story: The Charles M. Higgins Company, manufacturer of Higgins India Ink, was founded in 1880 by an Irish immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1860, eager to make his mark in his new country. Charles Higgins was a naturally curious and inventive man. In 1875, he patented a screw pegging machine, which led to a job at the Scientific News as a patent solicitor – a salesman who finds marketable inventions worthy of a patent. Higgins Ink company lore has it that Charles was fooling around with different ink formulas in his sister’s kitchen in New York, when he invented Higgins India Ink and Eternal Black Ink. He founded his company in 1880, and the rest is history. Higgins ink became the universal ink used around the world. (more…)