02/09/16 4:00pm
Prospect Lefferts Gardens Brooklyn Winter 2016

Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Gowanus Lightstone Development Nearly Touched by Canal Water in Morning’s High Tide [PMFA]
Black-Footed Penguin Chick Hatches at Coney Island’s New York Aquarium [Eagle]
Brooklyn-Made Chocolates Better Than Valentine’s Day [BK Based]
Pedestrian Killed by School Bus on Atlantic Avenue Sidewalk [Streetsblog]
Office Development Headed for 256 Flushing Avenue, Across From Brooklyn Navy Yard [NYY]
Navy Yard’s Modular Firm Capsys to Stay in Business [Curbed]
Don’t Have a Sweetheart? There’s an Anti-Valentine’s Party at Littlefield in Brooklyn [mcbrooklyn]

Readers loved yesterday’s House of the Day, a landmarked home in the Crown Heights Historic District. Read on for thoughts from one commenters who saw it in person. (more…)

02/09/16 2:00pm
Bossert Hoel Brooklyn History

Hotel Bossert. Postcard via Andrew Porter

The Hotel Bossert has been one of the finest buildings in Brooklyn Heights since its opening more than a century ago. This year, after many months of renovations, the glamorous Bossert will begin accepting guests once more.

Until you can enjoy it in person, check out this set of vintage postcards — courtesy of longtime Brownstoner reader Andrew Porter — that show the hotel in its heyday. (more…)

Williamsburg Brooklyn Condo for Sale -- 538 Union Avenue

Units in new construction “boutique” buildings, with oversized windows, sleek open kitchens and Euro-style bathrooms, have not been scarce lately. You may well have noted this.

But condos are difficult to come by — especially with two bedrooms and two baths in prime Williamsburg, such as this one at 538 Union Avenue. It’s a particularly nice looking representative of the breed, in a 13-unit building. (more…)

02/09/16 11:31am

Sponsored By BRIC.

BRIC is a nonprofit arts and media cultural organization that presents free and low-cost programming to the community.

Created By BlankSlate

With the nation focused on the seemingly intractable problem of gun violence, BRIC TV has introduced a series of three videos on how this problem manifests itself on the streets of Brooklyn—and what Brooklynites are doing about it.

“Gun Violence in Brooklyn, Part 1” — which you can watch above — tells the story of Marlon Peterson. He was incarcerated for ten years due to his involvement in an armed robbery, and his experience with the criminal justice system inspired him to become a social justice advocate. Peterson is the creator a project called Safe Child Zones.

Peterson talks about his upbringing in Crown Heights, and how events in his life contributed to behaviors that led to gun violence and tragedy. The video was shot by Chris Raddatz, and produced and edited by Natasha Gaspard. (more…)

02/09/16 8:30am
Prospect Park Brooklyn Snow Winter 2016

Prospect Park. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Too High? Brooklyn Judge Mulling Pierhouse Penthouse Arguments [Eagle]
A Recent NYC Transplant Finds a Creative (and Literal) Home in Bed Stuy [Curbed]
Don’t Worry About All Those People Climbing the Brooklyn Bridge [Gothamist]
Op Ed: Property-Tax Cap Is the Wrong Tool for NYC’s Homeowners [Crain’s]
Map Shows Cities With Rents Equivalent to Brooklyn Neighborhoods [Time Out]
The Carroll School Finds Annex to Address Overcrowding [PMFA]
Rapper Pumpkinhead to Be Honored With Park Slope Street Renaming [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue Among Priciest Retail Strips in the Country, Report Finds
Landmarked Crown Heights One-Family Mixes Details, Modern Touches
11 Major Brooklyn Developments With Affordable Housing Opening This Year

During one of their two sold-out shows at the Kings Theatre in Flatbush over the weekend, Wilco paid tribute to David Bowie with a cover of “Space Oddity.” Watch, below. (more…)

02/08/16 4:00pm
Fort Greene Brooklyn Dog Park Winter 2016

Fort Greene Park. Photo by Francisco Daum via Flickr

In the News
World-Famous Restaurateur Is Behind Brownsville Culinary School and Eatery [DNA]
Photos: Australia Is Really Into Brooklyn [Gothamist]
The Praying Mantis, a Friend and Foe of New York City Gardens [NYT]
Two Spicy Outer-Borough Favorites Expand in Prospect Heights [BK Based]
Planned Supportive Housing on Gates Avenue Draws Ire of Bed Stuy Residents [DNA]
Brooklyn’s Most Expensive Rental Ups Its Price to $29K/Month [6sqft]
Roberta’s Square Pies Are Back for One Week Only [Gothamist]

Our latest Insider takes us to a classic Park Slope townhouse — below, see what one reader had to say about the classy renovation. (more…)

02/08/16 3:00pm
Airbnb Hosting Pros & Cons

House photo by Jaclyn Warren, horse photo via State Library of Queensland via Flickr

It’s no secret that many Brooklynites rent out their homes to travelers via Airbnb and other short-stay home-sharing sites. One Brownstoner reader is wondering if opening up their home to strangers is worth it.

peaceout writes:

Curious to hear experiences, recommendations, advice from those who are Airbnb hosts. We are considering converting the lower level of our house (has a separate entrance) for guests.

Should this reader hop on the Airbnb wagon? Share your thoughts in the original post.

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02/08/16 2:00pm

Brownstoner takes on Brooklyn history in Nabe Names, a series of briefs on the origins and surprising stories of neighborhood nomenclature.


An undated image, likely from the 1910s, of Manhattan Avenue. Photo via Ephemeral New York

Brooklyn’s northernmost neighborhood, Greenpoint is known for its Polish heritage and waterfront views. (more…)