10/12/15 4:30pm

Brooklyn rain

A “Breaking Bad” Coffee Shop Might Be Coming to Brooklyn [Brokelyn]
Archestratus: A Book and Food Lover’s Sanctuary [Greenpointers]
Dime, Developers Strike Deal on $80 Million Williamsburg Holdings [CO]
Deadline Looms for Historic Ocean Liner’s Move to Brooklyn [Curbed]
Coming Up at Brooklyn Bridge Park [BHB]
Cooking With Charles Can at Court Tree Collective [PMFA]
Still Got It: The Islands in Prospect Heights [Gothamist]

[Photo: Doug Turetsky via Flickr]

10/12/15 2:59pm

Wall Removal Cost in NYC and Brooklyn Brownstone

A Brownstoner reader wants to open up his new Bed Stuy brownstone by removing some of its internal walls.

berniedaman writes:

Moving into a brownstone in Bed-Stuy. Old owners built lots of internal, non-structural walls that we would like to remove. Any way to estimate the cost of breaking down these walls and opening up the plan?

Have you removed walls in your home? How much did it cost? Help our reader out over in the original post.

Have answers? Need help with something? Visit the Brownstoner Forum.

10/12/15 1:00pm

Clinton Hill Brooklyn -- 315 Clinton Ave John Arbuckle History

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

This grand mansion was built for Coffee King John Arbuckle. It was one of architect Montrose W. Morris’s first large mansion commissions.

Name: John Arbuckle House, now condominiums
Address: 315 Clinton Avenue
Cross Streets: DeKalb and Lafayette avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1888
Architectural Style: Romanesque revival
Architect: Montrose W. Morris
Other Works by Architect: Nearby houses/apartment buildings at 184-188 Clinton Avenue, 282-290 and 185-189 DeKalb Avenue, 515 Clinton Avenue, Roanoke Apartments and 24-26 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene. Many other buildings in Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill Historic District (1981)

John Arbuckle’s immense fortune came from the coffee business. He was a perfect client for the young Montrose W. Morris, who was just beginning to get those lucrative commissions from his desired demographic: rich people.

Brownstoner’s recent Walkabout columns have been about Mr. Arbuckle and his coffee business. As noted in this last chapter, Arbuckle moved to New York in 1871, opening an outpost of his Pittsburgh-based coffee and wholesale grocery business, Arbuckle & Co. (more…)

10/12/15 11:31am

Red Hook Brooklyn Fort Defiance Battle of Brooklyn History

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Long before Red Hook got its name, when the Lenape people would fish near the entrance to what is now the East River, it was a marshy swamp. This area of what would some day become South Brooklyn looked more like the Mississippi Delta than the defined waterfront we see today. Old maps show all sorts of tidal ponds, streams, and acres of marshland where the Gowanus Creek opened out into the bay.

There was one large landmass near the shore called Cypress Tree Island. On that island was a hill about 50 feet high from which one could see for miles.

This is the story of how a hill in a swamp gave Red Hook its name, and how a fort on that hill — Fort Defiance — kept the British from capturing George Washington and winning the Revolutionary War.


10/12/15 10:58am

Passive House Brooklyn Brownstone

Though currently a hot commodity, brownstones aren’t known for their energy efficiency.

“It’s amazing how much money is spent just heating building materials,” Michael Ingui, Partner at Baxt Ingui Architects, recently told Brownstoner. But that’s no longer the case in at least one newly renovated townhouse — the first passive-certified, landmarked home in Brooklyn. (more…)