10/31/14 4:30pm

halloween in park slope

Sweet Shop Plans to Bring Pie, Beer and Wine to Prospect Lefferts Gardens [DNA]
Dress up Your Animals for Dumbo’s First Pet Costume Parade [DNA]
Greenpoint Club Europa Is Now The Good Room [BK Vegan]
Make Signs and Cheer on Marathon Runners During P.S. 124 Fundraiser Sunday [South Slope News]
How My $600 a Month Bushwick Loft Became a Crime Scene [BU]
The Community Paid When 3rd Ward Collapsed [Cultural Weekly]
Meet Brooklyn’s Hasidic Hipsters [Refinery29]
Calm But Cautious Following Spate of Crown Heights Attacks [BK Brief]
A Circus Is Moving to Bushwick After Vice Media Takes Over Its Space [Bushwick Daily]
Supporters Salute Last LICH Shift in Brooklyn [McBrooklyn]

Photo by etccdb



10/31/14 4:00pm

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As part of its “Crossing Brooklyn” exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum is holding a slew of film screenings, musical performances and author talks tomorrow from artists based in the borough. The schedule for tomorrow’s Target First Saturday includes a hip-hop-inspired brass band, a screening of Union Docs’ “Living Los Sures” film about the South Williamsburg neighborhood, and a talk from Brooklyn-based author Bridgette M. Davis. They’ll have interesting events all evening long from 5 to 11 pm. Check out the schedule as well as the two pieces of performance art (pictured above) planned for Saturday evening.

Photo by Xiaotian Yang via Brooklyn Museum

10/31/14 3:00pm

301-309 Schermerhorn St. Odd Fellows Memorial, Google Maps 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Odd Fellows Memorial Hall
Address: 301-309 Schermerhorn Street
Cross Streets: Nevins and Bond Street
Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn
Year Built: 1924-25
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: The Odd Fellows can trace their origins back to the minor trade guilds of Europe in the 14th century. The name comes from the fact that some trades did not have enough members in a town to have their own guild, so they joined together – a membership of odd fellows. In addition to social activities, these organizations provided financial services for members, especially for the elderly. Many began as burial societies for members. By the late 19th century, they were one of many fraternal societies that were very popular in the United States. Brooklyn was home to chapters of just about every society possible, for every group possible, and some of those societies are still very active today.

After World War I, Brooklyn’s Odd Fellows decided to honor the members of their fellowship who had died during the war. They began collecting funds to build a memorial hall in 1920, and by 1923 had collected over $300,000. Odd Fellow lodges from all over the country contributed to the fund, as this was the only Memorial Hall for Odd Fellow war dead in NY State. The Hall would also serve to honor the over 7,000 Odd Fellows in New York who served in the war. (more…)

10/31/14 2:00pm


A Michael Jordan fan and documentary filmmaker last week opened a boutique dedicated to the man and the brand, selling Air Jordan clothing and sneakers. Located at 302 Malcolm X Boulevard in the old Liquid Oz cafe spot, Jordan Heads Brooklyn is a “holy shrine to His Airness,” owner Calvan Fowler told streetwear blog Highsnobiety.

When we stopped by in July when the store was under construction, the store’s initials were already visible on the window, but workers inside told us the new business would be a cafe. Images of Michael Jordan cover the walls, and the sneakers are wrapped in clear plastic.

Most of the merchandise is new, but some of the sneakers — “unworn” and “pristine” collector’s items — are used and sold on consignment, with a generous 85 percent cut going to the owner, said a story in DNAinfo. The only-in-Bed-Stuy store hopes to become a destination for Michael Jordan fans visiting New York City, the owner told DNAinfo.

A Fowler-directed documentary about the obsession with Air Jordan sneakers, called “Jordan Heads,” like the store, will debut in 2015, said Highsnobiety.

Jordan Heads Brooklyn Becomes First Exclusive Air Jordan Sneaker Boutique in NYC [Highsnobiety]
Michael Jordan Consignment Store Sells Pre-Owned Sneakers in Bed Stuy [DNA]
JHBK Cafe Replacing Liquid Oz in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner] GMAP

10/31/14 10:45am

Fort Lafayette, Verr Bridge composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

When we look at New York City’s beautiful harbor, it’s hard to remember that this great seaport city needed defending. All of the city’s boroughs once held fortifications that were necessary to protect the harbor and the city from invading forces. Some of those fortifications were necessary and active, if not in our lifetimes, then certainly in most of our parents’ lifetimes.

After America gained its independence from Great Britain, we had a few rocky decades getting started. Our ability to trade through shipping was one of the great successes of the new nation, and that was one of the many factors that led to the War of 1812. We were trading partners with France, which was at war with England at the time. We also had a merchant navy with a lot of former British sailors, who had become Americans. England needed sailors for their navy, did not recognize the change of nationality and allegiance, and wanted them back. They raided ships and took them. There were plenty of other reasons for the war, as well. (more…)

272 hawthorne street prospect lefferts gardens 102014

Yet another standalone Victorian in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is going to bite the dust, but instead of the usual multi-family apartment building, two new townhouses will rise in its place. Demolition applications were filed in early August to knock down the existing house, a two-and-a-half story single family wood frame with a turret at 272 Hawthorne Street.

The lot is 40 feet wide and 106 feet deep, with a freestanding garage in the back. Apparently the developer plans to divide this lot into 20-foot-wide lots and build two new three-story, two-family homes in its place, according to new building applications filed this morning. The houses at 272 Hawthorne Street and 270 Hawthorne Street, a new address, will each be 3,420 square feet and 30 feet tall, with a curb cut and parking for one car. They will be set up as one floor-through unit over a duplex, according to the Schedule A.

Kamran Badkobeh of Residential Development Group paid $1,100,000 in June for 272 Hawthorne. RDG built its business by buying foreclosed or distressed properties during the recession, fixing them up, and flipping them, The Real Deal reported in 2012.

The house stands next to four empty lots; bookending this row on the corner is another freestanding Victorian, which is in lis pendens. Residential Development Group also picked up two of those empty lots, Nos. 276 and 274 Hawthorne Street, in June last year for $1,400,000. On those two lots, the firm is building two three-story three-family houses, which have been in the works since 2007.  GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


10/31/14 9:30am


Actress Ann Hathaway has sold her ninth-floor condo in Dumbo’s Clocktower building for $4,330,000. The buyer is a film producer who already lived in the building and just sold a smaller apartment on a lower floor for $1,900,000 to an LLC two weeks earlier, The New York Post reported. (She still owns another apartment in the building, No. 12A.)

The most recent asking price for Hathaway’s unit, 9B, at 1 Main Street was $4,250,000; at one time the condo was asking $4,500,000. Hathaway purchased the apartment through an LLC in 2013 for $4,100,000, city records show.

Anne Hathaway Sells Clocktower Apartment for $4.33 Million [NY Post]

10/31/14 9:23am


A listing has just gone up for one of the three townhouses created out of the landmarked 1902 Dudley Memorial medical building on Amity Street in Cobble Hill. The conversion has been in the works since 2007, and the townhouse at 118 Amity Street is asking $7,795,000.

That princely sum will get you a vertical slice of the French Renaissance palace-style building on its own tax lot, a side yard, and more than 6,000 square feet of interior space. There are five bedrooms, a wine cellar, a roof terrace with a hot tub, and lots of other high end features.

In 2012, Brown Harris Stevens put up a listing for a townhouse in the building with the price of $3,850,000 and the address of 355 Henry. We published the renderings for that sale and they look quite different. As far as we know, it is not in contract.

But the timing of this sale may be unfortunate — will the new owners be able to enjoy the hot tub and other amenities while development proceeds on the opposite corner at Long Island College Hospital?

118 Amity Street [Heights Realty Advisors]
118 Amity Street Listing [Official]
A Peek at Interior Plans for Amity Street Mansion [Brownstoner] (more…)

10/31/14 8:30am


Lens: Seeing Halloween in Bushwick, as if for the First Time [NY Times]
Blackstone Group Is the Barclays Center’s White Knight [NY Post]
Heat Seek NYC Sensors Give Brooklyn Tenants Ammo vs. Icy Apartments [NY Daily News]
Company Joins Peter Luger Along Broadway [WSJ]
TechCrunch Debuts TV Show Exclusively About Brooklyn Startups [TC]
Brooklyn Celebrates Latino Heritage [News 12]
New Carroll Gardens Co-Working Space Seeks Renters Open to Collaboration [DNA]