08/21/14 11:30am

600 bushwick avenue rendering

An auto repair garage and artist studio in Bushwick faces the inevitable fate of every large industrial building in north Brooklyn: it’s going to be converted to apartments. This building will also include retail and community space. The two-story, blue, brick building at 600 Bushwick Avenue, which also housed a Napa Auto and Truck Parts store, will get four extra stories and 66 apartments, according to representatives from the developer Cayuga Capital. The resulting structure will also have 10,000 square feet of retail, 2,000 square feet of community space and 33 parking spots. (more…)

08/21/14 10:45am

Tag fire, Brooklyn Eagle, 1916The day after the tragic fire at the Tag house, an advertisement in the Brooklyn Standard Union announced, “Six Women Die in Brooklyn Blaze: It Could Be Your Home Tomorrow!” This half page ad was for the Pyrene Company, which manufactured fire extinguishers. The ad went on to say, “In Casimir Tag’s Brooklyn home this morning, six women were burned to death…Six out of ten fires are in homes. And yet the home, the place which guards our most precious possessions, is least protected from fire. Every home should have something to put out fires from the start…Until the Pyrene Fire Extinguisher was invented a couple of years ago, there was never any practical fire protection for the home…The holocaust in the Tag household may be re-enacted tomorrow in your home. This is a time for action. Put a Pyrene in your home today.” Talk about exploiting a tragedy for financial gain.

Part One of our story tells the tale of banker Casimir Tag and his family. He was one of Brooklyn’s wealthiest bankers in the early 20th century, a man who worked hard and became the president of not one, but two Manhattan banks. He and his wife Hannah raised a large family of six children. His death in 1913 left Hannah the wealthiest widow in Brooklyn, and head of the family home, a large five story brownstone at 243 Hancock Street, on the most impressive block in the upscale neighborhood of Bedford. (more…)

08/21/14 9:30am

1133 manhattan avenue greenpoint 72014

Nearly 60,000 people have applied for the 105 affordable units that will be available at 1133 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint according to the Daily News. The 58,832 applications for the building was the highest number for any affordable housing project in the city. When completed, likely in the fall according to the developers website, the building will be half market rate rentals and half income-restricted. The income caps range from a single person earning $18,618 to qualify for a studio to, at the high end, a family of four with a combined income of $146,825 for a two bedroom apartment. (more…)

1024 gates ave

The 1906 Beaux-Arts bank building on Gates Avenue near Broadway on the Bed-Stuy, Bushwick border will soon be converted to apartments. As first reported by Curbed, a developer has received the go ahead to begin work on the Roosevelt Savings Bank building at 1024 Gates Avenue.

The plan calls for adding four stories inside the existing 50 foot tall building which originally contained a single open space with a rotunda. The owner, Aron Kapelyus of Kai Construction, also plans to add 20 feet to the top of the building making it 70 feet high and six stories tall. When completed the building will have 50 apartments and 25 parking spaces. Kapelyus, under the name 1024 Gates LLC, bought the property for $1.9 million in May of 2012–about the price of two brownstones in the neighborhood these days. (more…)

08/21/14 8:30am

Park lion

A Brooklyn Map That has Battle Positions, but no Trader Joe’s [NY Times]
Coffee Shop Blamed for Man Making False 911 Calls in Williamsburg [NY Daily News]
Love Among the Ruins: Bed Stuy’s 433 and 435 Tompkins Ave. [Brooklyn Eagle]
Bidding war adds $2M to the cost of Bushwick Warehouse [Crain's]
Landlords Push Back on Affordable Housing Plan [Crain's]
Ways to Lose Your Rent Stabilized Apartment [WNYC]
Businesses Near Newtown Creek Eyed After Series of Oil Spills, State Says [DNAinfo]
Ridgewood Development Pledges $10 a Year Space for Artists [DNAinfo]

Photo: Scurzuzu

08/20/14 4:30pm

coney island wonder wheel

Cat Calling is NOT Flattering: Why I Stopped Running in Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]
Bike Lanes Appeared Overnight in Ridgewood! [Bushwick Daily]
Bed-Stuy’s Beautiful Beaux-Arts Bank To Become Apartments [Curbed]
Explore the Battle of Brooklyn on a Historical Pub Crawl Saturday [Brokelyn]
This New Williamsburg Cafe Has Stumptown, Sandwiches and Biggie Smalls Wallpaper [B+B]
Brooklyn’s Largest Affordable Co-Op Mired in Mismanagement, Corruption: Petition [Brooklyn Brief]
Owners Of 80 Rugby Road Struggle To Return Home After Blaze Devastated Their House [DPC]
Ridgewood Development Pledges $10 a Year Space for Artists [DNAinfo]

Photo by deanwgd608

08/20/14 4:00pm

green-wood cemetery battle of brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Park and Green-Wood Cemetery are both holding re-enactments and activities to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the largest battle of the American Revolution. On Saturday afternoon, reenactors from Glover’s Marblehead Regiment will show how sailors saved George Washington’s army during the battle. You can watch them from 12 to 2 pm on Pebble Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  (more…)

08/20/14 3:00pm

315 Washington Ave, SW, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Free-standing brick house
Address: 315 Washington Avenue
Cross Streets: DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: late 1860s, new mansard roof added 1894
Architectural Style: now
Architect: Building architect unknown, Roof extension by Parfitt Brothers
Other Buildings by Architect: Parfitt Brothers – in Clinton Hill – 331-335 Wash, just down the block, Cornelius Hoagland House, Clinton Ave and several other row houses and flats buildings. Also row houses, apartment buildings, flats buildings, mansions, office buildings and churches in Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill Historic District (1981)

The story: I would have loved to have seen Clinton Hill just after the Civil War. The neighborhood was already popular with wealthy Brooklynites who enjoyed living on “the Hill,” where the air was clean and two main streets, Clinton and Washington Avenues, were lined with spacious homes on large lots. Many of those homes at that time were large wood framed suburban villas. Today, in the entire neighborhood, there are only a couple left. These wealthy folk were also beginning to build more substantial homes of brick and brownstone, and both Washington and Clinton are dotted with large boxy masonry houses dating from the late 1860s. They add a wonderful gravitas and simple elegance to the neighborhood, and are typical of Victorian style. This house is one of them. (more…)

08/20/14 2:00pm

51 fifth avenue chocolate room park slope 82014

The Chocolate Room’s Park Slope cafe will re-open in a new location at 51 Fifth Avenue this month, according to the the company’s website. Owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher opened their first dessert cafe in 2005, down the block at 81 Fifth Avenue. Eventually, they expanded to a much larger second location at 296 Court Street in Cobble Hill. Their longtime landlord wanted to increase their rent by nearly six times, forcing them to look for new space in January, according to the Daily News. GMAP

08/20/14 1:30pm

54 2nd street carroll gardens 82014

This single family, three-story Carroll Gardens townhouse has plenty of details, some old, some new. It has the deep front yard that Carroll Gardens is known for and appears to have some original moldings and one marble fireplace. But elsewhere, there are lots of new additions. Recessed lighting has been installed throughout. There are new columns, crown molding, Brazilian cherry wood floors and other updates. According to the listing, for some reason the building has steel-reinforced floors and stairs. It also has central air conditioning. It’s asking $2,990,000. What do you think?

54 2nd Street [Ideal Properties] GMAP