The end of North Henry Street will be transformed into a public shoreline, thanks to the first round of grants from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. The group announced funding for 18 small-grant projects yesterday. The Newtown Creek Alliance will get $25,000 for its shoreline project, DNAinfo reported. (Above, Newtown Creek flowing into the East River.)
The New York City Audubon Society will receive about $50,000 for a habitation project with two schools to attract birds in McGolrick Park. A grant of $12,500 will go to Build It Green! to study the feasibility of a community compost site in the area.
Developer Park Tower Group has gotten the ball rolling on the hotly debated Greenpoint Landing development by filing a building application for a six-story mixed-use building at 21 Commercial Street. Designed by Handel Architects, the 85,033-square-foot structure will have ground floor commercial space and 93 units on prime Greenpoint waterfront land, according to a new building application filed Monday.
Eventually, the 20-acre megadevelopment will include 10 30- to 40-story towers, a new K-8 school and a public park. The developers also promised to keep 431 apartments “permanently affordable” and to run a shuttle between the development and the G train. Despite significant opposition from the Greenpoint community, the project cleared all the ULURP hurdles in the fall and was approved by the City Council in December.
Come out to Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend to enjoy spring temperatures and classical music played on a floating barge off Fulton Ferry slip. Violinist Mara Milkis and pianist Francine Kay will play tunes from Telemann, Prokofiev, Schubert and Schumann Friday evening at 7 pm.
Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and $15 for students, and can be purchased through Bargemusic. Or attend a free performance Saturday at 3 pm, which will be followed by a question and answer session with the musicians.
Name: Park Place Station, Franklin Avenue Shuttle Address: 605 Park Place Cross Streets: Franklin and Classon Avenues Neighborhood: Crown Heights North Year Built: Original station-1900, rebuilt 1906. This station-1999 Architectural Style: Vaguely Mission style Architect: Unknown MTA architects; railings and gates by Isha Shabaka Landmarked: No
The story: The history of our subway system has always fascinated me. I’m certainly not the only one; there are clubs, chat rooms, websites, books, tours and other materials associated with the subways out there. There are thousands of subway and train aficionados all over the world who love the NYC subway. Many of these people have spent years finding out and cataloguing all kinds of trivia and minutia about our train system. Some are so dedicated they can tell you what kind of bolt is holding down the track in front of you, when it was made, who made it, and some of them can probably tell you who drove the bolt into the ground, too. The subway, like Star Trek, has that kind of fan base.
The Franklin Avenue Shuttle is a favorite of subway buffs, and for good reason. First of all it’s old, and predates the entire subway system. The original tracks here were the end of the line for the old Brooklyn, Flatbush and Coney Island Railroad, which ran along here in 1878. It enabled passengers on that line to transfer to the LIRR train at Bedford and Atlantic Avenue, and vice versa. At the time, the train ran on the surface between Franklin Avenue and Park Place, and then dipped into an open cut to connect to the rest of the line at Park Place. (more…)
Signage has gone up in the windows of 602 Vanderbilt Avenue, where restaurant 606 R&D is preparing to expand with takeout and groceries. The spinoff, to be called R&D Foods, will have a counter with seating, according to the website. Offerings will include prepared foods, vegetables, sandwiches, deli items, breads, pastry, donuts, and coffee. There will also be catering.
“Opening Winter 2014″ says the site, and the hours will be 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. The space was previously home to salon Wink Eco Beauty Bar. Thanks to Cara Greenberg for the tip and photo. GMAP
The first thing you notice about the red brick and brownstone Queen Anne at 196 Hancock is the exceptional exterior. Designed by architect Gilbert Alphonse Schellenger, the house was built in the early 1880s, according to Save Bedford Stuyvesant. Inside there are plenty of original details, including parquet floors, elaborate fretwork screens, mantels, a pier mirror, shutters and pocket doors.
It is set up as two floor-through rental apartments over an owner’s duplex. It’s located between Marcy and Nostrand, an architecturally distinguished block that is has been the focus of the Bed Stuy house tour for several years. This is agent Ban Leow’s first exclusive since joining Halstead. There will be an open house Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.
Click through to the jump for more photos, including ones not on the listing. What do you think of it and the $1,850,000 ask?
Here’s a big two-bedroom co-op at the Park Towers in Kensington for $449,000. In addition to plenty of space (31-foot-long living room!), this place has an eat-in kitchen and a private terrace with amazing views south and west; all that’s missing is a second bathroom. And while the kitchen isn’t going to show up in a design magazine anytime soon, the apartment has been renovated recently and looks to be in good shape.
This gut renovated three-bedroom, 1.5-bath pad in Crown Heights would work well for roommates. The kitchen isn’t huge, but it has a dishwasher and “open breakfast bar,” which is evidently the opening to the living room.
And the living room is separate from the kitchen, a layout that is slowly disappearing in the cheaper gut renos. There’s also a washer/dryer next to the kitchen. The price is about what you’d expect for this part of the neighborhood, because it’s north of Eastern Parkway and close to all the action on Franklin Avenue. What are your thoughts on it for $2,800 a month?
The struggling Sheepshead Bay condo complex known as The Breakers has just started renting apartments, after an undisclosed buyer bought up its 49 empty units earlier this year. The wavy-looking, Art Deco-style buildings on the waterfront have 13 one-, two- and three-bedroom rentals being marketed by Aptsandlofts.com. One-bedrooms start at $1,608 a month, two-bedroom units at $2,567, and three-bedrooms at $3,117 a month.
Each apartment in the private gated community features granite countertops, Jacuzzi bathtubs, central air and washer/dryers. Some units also have balconies or private roof decks. Amenities include an outdoor pool, gym, 43 underground parking spaces, bike storage, and a private fishing pier with outdoor seating.
Although the 75-unit development was finished in 2009, developer Jacob Pinson defaulted on a construction loan and filed for bankruptcy. Madison Realty Capital acquired it for an estimated $19,000,000 in December 2012, and the 49 unsold condos changed hands again in January for $24,500,000, The Real Deal reported at the time.