08/27/14 12:15pm

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This two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent in a Park Slope brownstone has a clean but warm feel with original floors and a fancy kitchen. The 923-square-foot pad features an attractive living room with space for eating, an office and a balcony, as well as central air and two wood-burning fireplaces. But the caveat is that it’s only available for a year, furnished or unfurnished. Rent is about what you’d expect for the north end of the Slope — $4,500 a month.

661 Carroll Street, #3 [Town Residential] GMAP

08/27/14 12:00pm

Over at Brownstoner Queens, Montrose Morris profiles a landmarked cobblestone (yes, cobblestone!) home standing in Bayside, Queens. The house is one of the rare examples of the Arts and Crafts style in New York City, and one of the earliest houses of this type to be constructed here. Read the full history right this way…

08/27/14 10:45am

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A reader sent us this photo of the Carlton Mews Church conversion at 232 Adelphi Street in Fort Greene, which is slowly becoming 12 condos. Last year, the DOB issued permits for a residential conversion, designed by RSVP Studio. Four of the units will be duplexes, and the cellar will have fitness and recreation rooms, according to Schedule A filings. (more…)

08/27/14 10:00am


A two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Williamsburg has sold for the eye-popping price of $1,906 per square foot, almost certainly a record for the neighborhood and one of the highest-priced sales in all of Brooklyn. (To put it in perspective, over at the record-setting Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights, condos have been selling for an average of $1,800 per square foot, with the biggest penthouse unit going for about $2,236 per square foot, or $11,180,000,  the Wall Street Journal reported in May.) (more…)

08/27/14 9:30am

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We’re sad to report that the prominent and quite old wood frame at the corner of Throop and Pulaski in Bed Stuy is now nothing but a bunch of debris. The mansard-roofed house at 330 Throop Avenue stood three stories tall and was built sometime before 1873. It was configured as a three-family and sat on a double lot that measures 45 by 85 feet. It was also a Building of the Day a year ago. (more…)


Brookland Capital has at least 46 developments in the works in Brooklyn right now — all condos — but most of them are in less prominent spots than the one the firm has just scooped up for $7,400,000 on 4th Avenue. The very active developer, whose private sources of capital have allowed it to build condos when most in Brooklyn could develop only rentals, is planning a 13-story building with 45 apartments plus ground-floor shops at 550-554 4th Avenue, The New York Observer reported. (more…)

08/27/14 8:30am


“Poor Door” in a New York Tower, Edge, Opens a Fight Over Affordable Housing [NY Times]
Readers Respond to “Life After Brooklyn” [NY Times]
Police Sergeants’ Union Warns Against Democratic Convention in Brooklyn [NY Times]
Tech Tenants Filling a Slice of Brooklyn Called Dumbo Heights [NY Times]
Parents Scramble for Pre-K Seats in Brooklyn District [NY Times]
‘Burg Building Super Dons Suit to Get Rid of Nasty Hornets [NY Post]
Crown Heights Tenants Battle to Survive in Rent-Stabilized Units [NY Daily News]
LICH Nurses Taking SUNY Back to Court in Brooklyn [Brooklyn Eagle]
Yet Another Love Lane Mews Condo Sells for Over Ask [Curbed]
Inside Jack The Horse Tavern: Brooklyn Heights’ Best-Kept Secret Expands [Gothamist]
An Illicit Nutella Restaurant Is Opening in Brooklyn [Gothamist]
Permits Filed: 299 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn [NYY]
Revealed: Medgar Evers College Library Expansion [NYY]
Williamsburg Co-op Board Calls Critics of Election System “Uninformed” [DNAinfo]
Former Roberta’s Chef Opens Restaurant Focusing on off-Menu Items [DNAinfo]

08/26/14 4:30pm

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After 11 Years of Controversy, Atlantic Yards Becomes Pacific Park Brooklyn [Next City]
Is De Blasio Snubbing Southern Brooklyn? [Bensonhurst Bean]
New York Brick Oven Pizza Closed for Good, 1504 Cortelyou Road Is Now for Rent [DPC]
Extended Lottery Now in Place for New Pre-K Seats at Bishop Ford [KensingtonBK]
Shop Talk With Brooklyn Makers Boundless Brooklyn [BHS]
BAM Is Holding a Throwback Subway Film Series [Brokelyn]
On 250 Clarkson: Yep, Landlords Matter [Q at Parkside]
Pizza D’Amore to Open on Avenue U Near Batchelder Street [Sheepshead Bites]


08/26/14 4:00pm


It’s fair to say that building and opening Berg’n, the 9,000-square-foot Brooklyn Flea-run beer hall and food court, is the hardest thing we’ve ever done. But here we are, on the eve of the opening, still standing (even after a week of pre-opening parties) and thrilled to welcome the public tomorrow at 899 Bergen Street between Classon and Franklin. We’re fortunate to have received a lot of press this past week so we won’t rehash too many of the details, other than to say the beer hall will feature food from Smorgasburg favorites Asia Dog, Mighty Quinn’s, Pizza Moto and Ramenburger along with a coffee bar featuring Parlor Coffee, Dough donuts, Choice pastries, Blue Marble ice cream, White Moustache Yogurt and Early Bird Granola. You can check out the selection of drafts, rare bottles and hard liquor here.

The coffee bar opens at 8 am tomorrow and food vendors start serving lunch at 11:30 (though Mighty Quinn’s is dinner-only for the first couple of weeks). We’ll be around most of the day, so if you’re a Brownstoner reader please don’t be shy and come say hi!

Daily News Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg Founders Opening Berg’n Beer Hall Crown Heights
Grub Street New Dishes Debuting at Berg’n, Opening Wednesday
Eater Behold Berg’n, Crown Heights’ Enormous New Beer Hall
Gothamist Inside Berg’n, the Giant New Beer & Food Hall in Crown Heights
Fox5 News Berg’n: New Beer and Food Hall in Brooklyn
T Magazine The Weekly Agenda: A New Brooklyn Beer Hall
UrbanDaddy Candice Berg’n

Photo from The Hand Eye

08/26/14 3:00pm

18 Sidney Pl, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally private home, boarding house, girls’ residence, then Brooklyn Law School residence, now private apartments
Address: 18 Sidney Place
Cross Streets: State and Joralemon Streets
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Year Built: 1838, with three story addition added in 1873
Architectural Style: Greek Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Heights HD (1965)

The story:
This house was built in 1838, when Brooklyn Heights was growing by leaps and bounds, as merchant princes made their fortunes below them on the docks of Brooklyn’s piers. This simple Greek Revival house, the prevailing architectural style of the day, was a four story single family home, tucked away on Sidney Place, isolated on this one block street from the hustle and bustle of busy Brooklyn life. The street was named in the early 1830s by a Brooklyn attorney named George Wood, for Sir Philip Sidney, a 16th century British statesman and author. (more…)

08/26/14 2:00pm


A pleasingly artisanal store selling home furnishings and women’s clothing made in South America has opened in the old Brook Farm space at 75 South 6th Street in south Williamsburg. The founder, musician and fashion designer Carolina Kleinman, hails from Argentina originally. She designs the clothes and sources colorful rugs, blankets, furniture and other home goods from Fair Trade factories and artisans. (more…)