The City Council voted yesterday to rezone the former site of the Rheingold Brewery in Bushwick, where developer Read Property plans to build a massive complex of about 10 buildings spanning about five blocks, DNAinfo reported. The mixed-use buildings will rise seven and eight stories high and house 977 rental apartments and 54,000 square feet of retail.
Councilwoman Diana Reyna and local housing advocates negotiated with the developer to increase the number of affordable units from 20 percent to 30 percent of the development. However, as DNAinfo pointed out, the deal with Read is not legally binding and not part of the plan approved by City Council.
Name: Originally Tyrian Masonic Lodge, then Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, now Atlantic Senior Center Address: 68 Pennsylvania Avenue Cross Streets: Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue Neighborhood: Cypress Hills Year Built: 1906-1907 Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Architect: Harde & Short Other buildings by architect: Kismet Temple in Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick Hospital, Maurice T. Lewis house in Sunset Park, several Brooklyn theaters, as well as Alywn Court and other apartment buildings in Manhattan Landmarked: No
The story: Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs through Cypress Hills and East New York, was one of the 26th Ward’s premier avenues. In fact, it was THE premier avenue for the waning years of the 19th century, on into the 20th. Along its length were fine homes, as well as important institutions such as banks, churches, police stations, post offices and clubs. This building was home to one of the more influential local clubs.
Freemasonry has a long history, both in Europe and here in the United States. Throughout its history, the well-connected as well as the humble have been initiated into its ranks. There are many branches of Masons; the Tyrian Masons trace their history back to the ancient Biblical city of Tyre, and the time of Solomon’s Temple. They eventually made their way to England and Ireland, and then here.
The Tyrian Lodge Number 618 was founded in 1867, and had rooms on Atlantic Avenue by at least 1873. From their activities as chronicled in the newspapers, the lodge was primarily made up of men with Anglo-Saxon surnames. There were very few German members, which is interesting, as the 26th Ward had a very large number of German residents. The Germans did have their own Masonic lodge, not Tyrians, who often met in concert with Lodge #618. (more…)
Jiajein Highsmith, an actor and the owner of WTF Coffee and Dick and Jane’s Bar, both in Fort Greene, is looking to open a hybrid café/bar at 488 Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy. For the moment, at least, the establishment is going by the name Lifting Spirits NYC.
At a meeting last week, Community Board 3 voted against a letter of support for a liquor license, partly over concerns about his stated plan to operate as a cafe by day and a bar by night. The new business would replace a check cashing service. What would you like to see in this spot? GMAP
This three-story-plus-basement brownstone at 119 Hancock Street is located on a very distinguished Bed Stuy block with houses with scads of amazing detail such as 1880s walnut wood work and marble fireplaces. That’s the good news. The bad news is this house is an SRO and cannot be financed. It has details — under layers of paint and linoleum — but will need work to restore them. Do you think the sellers will get their ask of $1,295,000?
This one-bedroom co-op at 202 Baltic Street in Cobble Hill hit the market in September with an asking price of $625,000 and was reduced to $599,000 in October. The top-floor pad is attractive but lacks any particular wow factor other than the private roof deck, which looks great. The 660-square-foot unit comes with a monthly maintenance of $654. Like it?
This one-bedroom co-op for rent in Prospect Heights is cute and convenient. The bedroom is nicely sized, but not everyone will love that lime green wall. The kitchen looks incredibly well-organized and has relatively new looking stainless steel appliances. The bathroom is pretty small, but that’s less of an issue in a one-bedroom. Overall, the 700-square-foot apartment seems pretty well proportioned. And it’s across from Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Brooklyn Museum, and a block from the 2/3 at Eastern Parkway. What do you think of it for $2,475 a month?
Rents are still increasing in Brooklyn, with the biggest increases happening in formerly affordable areas such as Bed Stuy and Bushwick, according to two reports out today.
In Bed Stuy, average rents were up 15.6 percent to $1,835 in November, vs. $1,587 in the same period last year, according to MNS. Over in Bushwick, average rents increased 13.5 percent in the same period, rising from $1,849 to $2,099.
On a per-square-foot basis, rents increased an average of 9.4 percent in November compared to the same period the year before, according to a report from Douglas Elliman.
Average rents overall in the borough increased 2.5 percent during the year, from $2,553 to $2,617, according to MNS.