02/10/16 4:00pm
Flatlands Brooklyn Winter 2016

Flatlands. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

In the News
Park Slope Author Named Food Co-op’s In-House Obituarist [Patch]
In the Heart of Williamsburg, New York’s Best Wine Is Being Made Right Under Your Nose [BK Mag]
Man Stabbed to Death While Caring for Sick Dog in Brownsville [NYP]
Llama Inn Lights the Way to Peru by Way of Williamsburg [NYT]
Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Sunset Park [Eagle]
Why Are There a Few Blocks on Shore Road Without Apartment Buildings? [Hey Ridge]
181 President Street Marketed as “Most Sophisticated” New Carroll Gardens Townhouse [PMFA]

Many Park Slopers — and Brownstoner readers — don’t want to see the Key Food on 5th Avenue be downsized or replaced. One reader can see both sides, though. Read on for his thoughts. (more…)

02/10/16 3:35pm


L train shutdown be damned. One of the most ambitious — and attractive — Brooklyn office developments to come along in decades is betting on reshaping the geography of the city — and where the worker of the future lives, works, and plays — by giving startups a place to flourish in Williamsburg.

But first, the block-long development at 25 Kent Avenue has to go through the lengthy public approval process known as ULURP. (more…)

02/10/16 2:00pm

Neighbors Fence On My Property

In this fence drama case (not the first we’ve seen), a Brownstoner reader has a neighbor’s fence on her property.

bkbenita writes:

I’m renovating my brownstone, so we had a survey done of our property lines. It ends up that my next door neighbor’s (ugly) chain link fence, which separates our two gardens, is about 8″ on my property. We’d like to renovate/landscape our garden, remove her fence, and put up a new wooden one on the correct lines.

My contractor says that we can just give the neighbor notice that we’re doing so, and just go ahead and remove her fence (and offer to replace it with the wooden fence at our own cost). My lawyer says its not worth the fight and that we should just install our fence next to the chain link fence – but then we’re losing precious inches. Would love thoughts from those who have experience in this. Should I go through the DOB?

How should she proceed? Share your thoughts in the original post.

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A community meeting on the proposed redevelopment of Park Slope’s 5th Avenue Key Food grocery turned into a public roasting of developer Brian Ezra Tuesday night, with an audience of nearly 400 area locals hissing, booing and laughing at explanations for the financial difficulties in creating a new supermarket to meet local demand. (more…)

02/10/16 12:02pm

Williamsburg Brooklyn House for Sale -- 64 S. 4th Street

This South Williamsburg row house, at 64 South 4th Street, has been written up in both Dwell and Design Sponge, and for good reason. It’s a beaut, gorgeously renovated from top to bottom by Agencie Group architects.

The result is stylish, tasteful and warm, with impeccable rustic-tinged finishes. Features include wide-plank chestnut floors reclaimed from a Virginia barn, tin ceilings, exposed beams, and a glass wall at the rear of the parlor floor. (more…)

02/10/16 10:00am

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


Dyker Heights’ 13th Avenue in 1934. Photo via Bowery Boys

An isolated residential nabe, Dyker Heights is known for its large Italian-American population and distance from subway stations.

Despite much of the ‘hood’s relative inaccessibility, Dyker Heights still attracts an outpouring of locals and out-of-towners alike to its renowned Christmas lights display, an annual tradition in which residents deck their mansions in illuminated Santas and snowflakes.

But can you guess how it got its name? (more…)

02/10/16 8:30am
Canarsie Brooklyn Snow Winter 2016

Canarsie. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

In the News
At Council Hearing on de Blasio’s Housing Plan, Many Voices Rise [NYT]
How to Build a Streetcar That Works [NYT]
Food Pantries in Brooklyn and Beyond Are Low on Money and Need Volunteers [NYDN]
Yearly One-Night Homeless Count Draws Criticism, Defenders [Eagle]
New Details for McDonald’s-Replacing Park Slope Condos [Curbed]
Meadow Partners Files Plans for Williamsburg Office Conversion [TRD]
Fort Greene Groups Want $5M for Fixes at Neighborhood Parks [DNA]

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Have you heard about the rainbow bagel? Because it’s causing ’round-the-block lines at a Williamsburg bagel shop. Watch a video of it, below, via Gothamist. (more…)

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…)