11/25/15 4:30pm
Prospect Park Brooklyn fall 2015

Prospect Park. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

In the News
Summer Raves at Williamsburg Warehouse Haunt New Tenants [BK Paper]
LPC Says Respect That Tea Porch at 8 Montague Terrace [Eagle]
What to Do When Your Home Burns Down in a Fire [Gothamist]
20-Story Building Planned at 123 Linden Boulevard in Flatbush [NYY]
Stuck in New York?: Here Are 15 Things to Do This Weekend [BK Mag]
NYPD Reviews Video of Violent Arrest in Sunset Park Family’s Restaurant [NYDN]

Are DIY renovations a good idea? Click through to see… (more…)

11/25/15 3:00pm

Buying A House Without Permits -- Brooklyn Townhouses

A Brownstoner reader is hoping to buy a townhouse, but none of the work that’s been done on it has permits.

Brown2013 writes:

We have been negotiating on a townhouse and just found out none of the work have any permits. I keep seeing this issue! The work that has been done is facade repair, roofing, new electrical boxes and some wiring, updated bathroom.

How would you negotiate this with the seller? What is the DOB gong to think when I file permits for other work and then they come by to inspect and see a bunch of un permitted stuff? I want to ensure I cover myself for extra expenses related to this down the line.

What should they do? If the reader goes through with the sale, how can they be protected from extra costs or problems down the line? Share your thoughts in the original post.

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[Photo illustration: Barbara Eldredge]

11/25/15 1:00pm
Fort Greene Park, yoga class at the east end of the park, summer.

Fort Greene Park, yoga class at the east end of the park, summer.

As Brooklyn bundles up in preparation for the winter, a look back at Joel Meyerowitz’s Legacy project reminds us of the greenery that will return, in time.

A native Bronxite and lifelong New Yorker, Meyerowitz has been capturing the city’s essence since 1962. From the still-burning hole of Ground Zero to Manhattan’s surreal street life, the photographer took a new direction with his 2006 book Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks. (more…)

Bedford Stuyvesant House for Sale -- 535 Decatur Street

Here’s what we can tell you about this Renaissance Revival limestone at 535 Decatur Street in Bed Stuy: It’s a two-story, two-family home with some fetching original details on the parlor level. There’s plenty we can’t tell you, as the listing offers few details, no floorplan and photos that depict only a fraction of the property. (more…)

Slave Theater Brooklyn Bed Stuy Icon Sold

Bed Stuy’s historic Slave Theater — a bastion of Afro-centric culture and activism since the 1980s — and two adjacent lots were sold to developer Eli Hemway for $18,500,000, according to The Real Deal. Permits have yet to be filed for development or renovation at any of the three sites: 1215 Fulton Street, 10 Halsey Street, and 16 Halsey Street.

Given the theater’s embattled history (more on that below), a kerfuffle is likely. (more…)

11/25/15 8:30am
McCarren Park Williamsburg Brooklyn girl

A girl pushes a stroller in McCarren Park. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Le Garage Adds a French Touch to Bushwick [NYT]
Brooklyn Office Market Heats Up [WSJ]
C’Mon Everybody Is a Three-for-One Bar, Live Music Venue, and Art Space in Bed-Stuy [BK Mag]
Permits Filed: 901 Myrtle Avenue, in Bed Stuy [NYY]
Brokerage Launches Discount Development Marketing Biz With Brooklyn Condos [TRD]
Red-Tailed Hawks Attack Illegal Drone Flying Over Prospect Park: Witness [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
Brooklyn Elementary Schools to Get Admission Quotas, Reserving Seats for Underprivileged
A Luxury Apartment House Becomes Victim of Its Own Success in 1920s Park Slope
5 Brooklyn Homes With Feast-Worthy Kitchens and Dining Areas

Holiday season is here! Watch below and drool as Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi assembles a cranberry gingerbread cake. (more…)

11/24/15 4:30pm
Prospect Park Brooklyn autumn leaves

Prospect Park. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

In the News
Parents: City’s Quota Not Enough to Save P.S. 307 From Yuppie Invasion [BK Paper]
Turkey’s Nest Trolls Williamsburg With Fake “Sushi Palace Coming Soon” Sign [Gothamist]
Brooklyn Lives Large, But Yelp Finds it Shops Local and Small [NY Business Journal]
P.S. 58 in Carroll Gardens May Lose Pre-K Next Year [PMFA]
NYPD Officers Help Deliver Baby on Flatbush Sidewalk [NYDN]
Creating a Lasting Home in Brooklyn’s Infamous McKibbin Lofts [Curbed]

How will Brooklyn’s new school quotas affect children with disabilities? Click through to find out…