11/21/14 4:30pm

Park Slope train stop Joel Zimmer

The Clark Street Subway Station Now Has Three Working Elevators [BHB]
Goodbye, Brooklyn Heights: 33 Things I’ll Miss About the ‘Hood [BHB]
Reimagining Jay Street With Shared Space and Protected Bike Lanes [Streetsblog]
Park Slope Developers Paying $500,000 Settlement for Cheating on Tax Abatement Promises [TRD]
Williamsburg Warehouse Fetches Near-Record Sum [Crain's]
Lefferts Food Coop Opens This Sunday; Marco’s Closes in Prospect Heights [DNA]
Fried Oyster Tacos and Black Seed Bagels at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. [Greenpointers]
Pols in Brooklyn and Staten Island Boycott MTA’s Verrazano Celebration [Bensonhurst Bean]
As Verrazano Bridge Turns 50, a Myth About Its Tolls Persists [NYT]
Scaffolding Down at 4th-9th Subway Station [South Slope News]
Register by November 30 for HackBushwick [Technically BK]
From Ditmas Park, Stories of Fear, Anger and Hope in a Changing Neighborhood [DPC]
13-Story Hotel Planned for Gowanus: Permits Filed at 576 Baltic Street [NYY]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

11/21/14 4:00pm

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Council Member Brad Lander released his Bridging Gowanus framework this afternoon (we were expecting it Monday), condensing a year of community meetings. The document lays out a vision for development in Gowanus that hinges on high-rise apartments to help fund improvements residents demand, including anti-flood measures, more parks, more schools, affordable housing, and ways to protect artists and manufacturing businesses.

It proposes a “mandatory mixed-use zone” that will “require a balance of light industry, cultural and artistic uses,” a special manufacturing zone, and mandatory inclusionary zoning to require affordable housing in new developments. (The first two are new types of zoning districts proposed by the City Council in a report Wednesday.) The document includes a list of buildings that should be considered for landmarking, as well as alternative approaches to preserving Gowanus’ historic buildings.

He’ll present the plan at a public meeting on Monday, November 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at P.S. 32, at the corner of Hoyt and Union streets. Residents can submit comments through the end of the year and read the full framework on the Bridging Gowanus site. You can also read the press release and summary here.

Lander Offers Gowanus Trade: High Rises for Flood Upgrades [Brownstoner]
New Zoning Districts Could Dramatically Change Bushwick, Gowanus and Other Nabes [Brownstoner]

11/21/14 3:00pm

50-66 Nevins St. Harriet Judson, NE, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Harriet Judson Residence, now an adult care residence
Address: 50-66 Nevins Street
Cross Streets: Between State and Schermerhorn streets
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: 1912-1913
Architectural Style: Transitional Renaissance Revival/Colonial Revival
Architect: Frank Freeman
Other Buildings by Architect: Eagle Warehouse, Brooklyn Fire HQ, Behr mansion, Crescent Athletic Club, Brooklyn Union Gas HQ, Germania Club (demolished), Thomas Jefferson Building (demolished), Brooklyn Savings Bank (demolished)
Landmarked: No, but should be

The story: The Young Woman’s Christian Association in Brooklyn was founded in February of 1888. It immediately elected officers, all prominent Brooklyn society women, and secured a meeting and office space in a building on Fulton Street, near Flatbush. The goal of the organization at its inception was to provide a meeting place for young women who were employed in retail stores, as office workers and other occupations throughout Brooklyn. These young ladies could listen to lectures, concerts, enjoy the reading room, and receive Christian instruction, if so desired. It was the first major organization of its kind in Brooklyn to be entirely run by women. (more…)

11/21/14 2:11pm

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We happened to snap a few photos of Starbucks’ second Williamsburg store, which opened at 154 North 7th Street earlier this month. Unlike the first one, which opened in east Williamsburg on the other side of the BQE, this location is right in the heart of North Williamsburg, just a few doors down from the corner of Bedford and North 7th, the Bedford L train stop and Dunkin’ Donuts.

When we stopped by at 9:30 am on Thursday last week, it didn’t seem super busy. This is the location that has applied for a liquor license, which the community board voted not to support. The interior features artwork from locals, according to DNAinfo. Click through to see. GMAP (more…)

11/21/14 1:00pm

763 carroll street park slopePark Slope
763 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $4,249,000
Sunday 2:30 – 4:00
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97 north 7th street williamsburg 112014Williamsburg
97 North 7th Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,250,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30
GMAP

445 carroll street gowanus 112014Gowanus
445 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,995,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30
GMAP

232 greene avenue clinton hill 112014Clinton Hill
232 Greene Avenue
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,795,000
Sunday 1:30 – 2:30
GMAP

11/21/14 11:30am
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235 Church Road, Pine Bush: $225,000

Even our most expensive property today is below our self-imposed affordability ceiling of $250,000 (subject to change, of course, based entirely upon whim). But just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean it doesn’t bring the charm. Seriously, look at those floors. And the French doors. And the kitchen. Beautiful. Situated on a full acre in southern Ulster County on the Orange County border. Beds: 3. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1748. Lot Size: 1.1 acres. Est. Taxes: $7110. Distance from Brooklyn: 2 hours.

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Times Plaza, Composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Wow, Brooklyn’s changed in the last 64 years! Well, Downtown Brooklyn certainly has. This is one of Brooklyn’s busiest intersections, where Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues cross. Our “Past” photo from the Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library is from 1950. The Korean War was on the front page of the newspapers, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel opened that May, and the Cold War and Russia’s nuclear capability was on everyone’s minds.

Communists were seemingly everywhere, and Jay Leno, Samuel Alito, Bill Murray and Britain’s Princess Anne were born that year, among many others. Had any of them been taken for a ride up Flatbush Avenue that year, they would have seen what the camera saw here. And like many of us, they may not have known what they were looking at. (more…)

11/21/14 10:00am

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The New York City Council Wednesday released a report proposing three new types of zoning that could dramatically affect jobs, real estate values and the use of neighborhoods in Brooklyn, particularly in Williamsburg, Bushwick, Gowanus and Sunset Park.

The three proposed new zoning types are:

*Industrial Employment Districts  – A rewriting of the rules to close loopholes that have been driving out manufacturers in protected industrial zones.

*Creative Economy Districts — A new combination of industrial and commercial office space. Mini storage, nightclubs and warehousing of empty property would not be allowed.

*Real Mixed Use Districts — Commercial and “compatible” industrial spaces would be required alongside residential, rather than merely allowed, so that more-lucrative residential development does not displace the other uses.

Above, the Pfizer complex at 630 Flushing in Bed Stuy has been proposed as a protected industrial site and is currently being redeveloped as office and manufacturing space for “creative economy” businesses.

Potentially, the new zoning could dramatically change such areas as the protected industrial zone around the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, where hotels and nightclubs have been driving out manufacturers, and the Bushwick loft area, because it would allow residential development to take off while preserving manufacturing jobs and commercial space at the same time. It could also affect the character of development on Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a hot-button issue in the neighborhood.

We think this is one of the best proposals we have heard in years, with the potential to benefit many now-competing groups and protect many desirable aspects of Brooklyn that are in danger of being lost to purely residential development. What do you think of it?

Engines of Opportunity [City Council]

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Spruce Capital Partners wants to flip the recently opened Colony 1209 in Bushwick, asking $81,500,000 for the five-story luxury rental building at 1209 Dekalb Avenue, according to The New York Observer. Spruce bought the 127-unit development in April from developer Read Property Group for $58,000,000. Rents are high for Bushwick, ranging from $1,775 for a studio to $2,975 for a two-bedroom at Colony, where amenities include a “speakeasy,” a gym, screening room, common roof terrace and a shared backyard.

The building’s marketing team has caught some flak for the name of the building and its marketing copy, which bills the development as “homesteading, Bushwick-style” and a place where one can find “like-minded settlers.” The building is located in an area of Bushwick that has been densely residential for more than 100 years, and is lined with 19th century row houses and mansions, not a “vibrant industrial setting,” as the copy claims. Massey Knakal is marketing the 120,000-square-foot building, which has 41 parking spaces and 12 years left on a 421-a tax abatement.

Controversial Bushwick Rental Building Hits the Market for $81.5 Million [NYO] GMAP
1209 Dekalb Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Image via Bushwick Daily