07/29/15 11:31am


Sponsored By AVA DoBro.

AVA DoBro is now renting studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn.

Created By BlankSlate

For many years, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower was the tallest building in Brooklyn. Compared to Manhattan, Brooklyn buildings tended to stay closer to the ground. But the recent building boom in Downtown Brooklyn has changed all that, and now AVA DoBro stretches 595 feet into the sky.

If you’re wondering what it would be like to live in a Brooklyn skyscraper like AVA DoBro, you’re in luck. The new residential building is now pre-leasing for September rentals. Move in and soon you can see for yourself what it’s like to take in the views from the building’s 58th-floor roof deck and experience the convenience of living in Brooklyn’s hub for commerce and transportation.

AVA DoBro is a short walk away from such iconic Brooklyn institutions as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Brooklyn Flea, and residents can also enjoy the local restaurants and shopping that Fort Greene, Cobble Hill, and Brooklyn Heights are known for. (more…)


As of Monday, applications are now being taken for 200 affordable units in the first City Point tower, now under construction in Downtown Brooklyn. Brick Underground was the first to notice that the lottery had opened through NYC Housing Connect.

The least expensive units are studios for $500 a month for those earning between $18,515 and $24,200 a year. One-bedroom units range from $538 a month to $2,038 a month depending on income levels.

The most expensive units are two-bedroom units for $2,455 a month for those earning between $85,612 a year and, at the top end, $142,395 a year. City Point’s website has full list of income requirements or it can be viewed as a PDF here.

Half of the units will go to those already residing within Brooklyn’s Community Board 2, and 5 percent will be set aside for municipal employees. Another 5 percent will be set aside for mobility impaired applicants and 2 percent will be set aside for those with visual or hearing impairments.


07/29/15 10:00am


If you see a lot of hairy faces around Brooklyn in the next year or so, it could be another freestyle beard-growing competition. Or it could be werewolves.

According to Variety, USA Networks has ordered a TV pilot for a series based on the comic book “Brooklyn Animal Control,” created by JT Petty and Stephen Thompson. The comic follows a secret NYPD unit charged with policing Brooklyn’s werewolf population.

As Cindy Adams would say, only in New York, kids. Only in New York.

Much as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” served as a metaphor for the problems teenagers face as they grow into adults, “Brooklyn Animal Control” delves into the real-life challenges faced by New York institutions: the politics of law enforcement, organized crime families, and an immigrant community trying to find their way in Brooklyn’s melting pot. (While, presumably, eating people.) (more…)

07/29/15 9:30am

154 Lenox Road

Most likely setting a record for the neighborhood, this detached frame house at 154 Lenox Road recently sold for $3,550,000. The sale hit public records earlier this month. The two-and-half-story house is large for Brooklyn at a hair over 3,000 square feet. And it has a garage in the back.

But we’re willing to bet it’s not the spacious wraparound front porch or whatever period details remain inside that helped this seller get such a high price. (more…)

07/29/15 9:00am


MakerBot is one of the powerhouses of the Brooklyn tech and maker scene — a movement that’s bringing back DIY with a tech-friendly twist. Founded in a Dean Street workshop in 2009, the company has experienced some ups and downs. But through it all, they’ve continued manufacturing in Brooklyn.

This week, MakerBot entered a new era with the opening of a facility at Sunset Park’s Industry City (which is about to get its own $1,000,000,000 makeover). The 170,000-square-foot industrial space houses 140-plus employees assembling MakerBot desktop 3D printers.

And it’s a step forward in MakerBot’s plan for the next era in 3D printing.

07/29/15 8:30am


A Prize for the Books That Capture Brooklyn’s Spirit, Whatever That May Be [NY Times]
Marvel to Redesign Building 77 as Gateway to Navy Yard, Add Food Court [Crain’s]
Samson Management Buys LIVWRK’s Gowanus Building for $73 Million [CO]
Revealed: Redevelopment of Eagle Provisions in Greenwood Heights, 626 5th Avenue [NYY]
RedSky Zeroing in on DoBro Site With 330K Square Feet [TRD]
Four-Story Residential Building to Replace Empty Lot in Crown Heights [DNA]
Park Slope Armory Home to “Secret” Veterans Museum [DNA]

Water fountain in Saratoga Park.
Brownstoner on Instagram
Photo by Cate Corcoran

07/28/15 5:10pm


Public Hearing for Pier 6 Towers Scheduled for This Thursday Evening [BHB]
Photos: Antique Cars Rumble Into Dumbo [Gothamist]
Fort Greene Park Playground and Slope Brightened With Paint And Flowers [FGF]
Improvements for Some Historic Properties on MacDonough Street [BSB]
Favorite Watering Hole 773 Lounge Slated to Reopen in September [KensingtonBK]

Photo by actor212 via Flickr

07/28/15 4:13pm


Metropolitan Avenue was once a farm-to-market road plied by farmers bringing wares to East River barges and then back east through fields and meadows to the town of Jamaica. Now a busy truck route, in some places it is still a clogged two-lane road.

If you use your imagination a bit you can envision it plunging through farms and fields, populated by horses and carts. A stroll along the 13 miles from Williamsburg to Jamaica reveals all sorts of interesting historical remnants. (more…)

07/28/15 3:05pm

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If you’re behind on your mortgage and looking at a possible foreclosure, you can find some help at an open house tomorrow at Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush.

HUD-certified foreclosure intervention counselors will be on hand to explain your options, help with paperwork, speak to your lender and otherwise assist.

You’ll need to bring your most recent mortgage statement and a month’s worth of consecutive pay stubs. It helps if you can also bring recent bank and credit card statements, tax returns, utility and water bills, your title deed, and any legal paperwork you’ve received regarding your delinquency. (more…)

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A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Last time we visited the Bedford Rest, a unique restaurant/café/rest stop developed primarily for the thousands of people from all walks of life enjoying the cycling craze of the 1890s. A place like that would be equally popular today. The owners wanted to expand with the new century. But how far could they go?

The Bedford Rest was Brooklyn’s most popular restaurant/café/event space of its day. Opening in the last years of the 19th century on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway, it catered to the young men and women of the new leisure class.

Eastern Parkway was still primarily a beautiful road through undeveloped fields at this point. The Rest stood alone, a large tented structure on the northwestern side of Bedford and the parkway. It was a convenient rest stop for the many cyclists taking a break here at the top of the hill.

Bicycles were enormously popular at that time. Cycle technology had advanced the bike so that it resembled and rode like the single-gear bikes of today.

Unlike most sports, bicycling was equally popular with men and women, and it was one of the few sports a couple or a family could do together.

The streets of Brooklyn were filled with cyclists, and on weekends they rode up and down Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway by the hundreds, even thousands.

Bedford Avenue was part of a popular route to both Long Island and Coney Island. Professional and amateur racing clubs and excursionists used the Bedford Rest as a starting and ending place for their trips. (more…)

07/28/15 12:50pm

1 Hanson Place #14A-Living-Dining Room-NYC

Today’s condo is at 1 Hanson Place, aka the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building, aka the clock tower that looms over the Brooklyn skyline. The building is home to some seriously luxe, big-ticket units — this isn’t one of them, but it’s still quite a nice one-bedroom, on the 14th floor.

There’s a nice view from up there, to be spied through the two good-sized windows in the good-sized living room. The ceilings are high, the floors are a nice dark walnut. The kitchen is sleek and attractive, with Viking appliances, a Lavastone counter and lacquered cabinets. (more…)

07/28/15 11:43am

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After confronting problems with bad landlords and tenant harassment, at a pair of hearings earlier this month, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, in an article in City & State, tries to take on gentrification.

For well over a decade people in Brooklyn have been complaining about it, hoping for it, praising it and condemning it — and moving in and out of Brooklyn because of it. Just about everyone has a different definition of what it is, what causes it, how it changes neighborhoods and whether it is good, bad, inevitable or some combination of all of the above.

That’s Adams above, flanked by tenant advocates, announcing the hearings last month. One more is scheduled for July 26 (you can read all about it here).

Adams singles out four issues he says amplify problems associated with gentrification:

Tenant Harassment
The first is criminal harassment of tenants in an effort to empty units so the landlord can take advantage of rising rents. After an outpouring of horror stories from tenants whose landlords had denied them heat, hot water, or sanitary living conditions at the hearings he hosted earlier in the month, Adams is referring cases to the Brooklyn district attorney’s office and to the state attorney general’s office for prosecution. (more…)