A Bushwick Feeding Frenzy [Brooklyn Based]
A Hidden Garden in the Middle of Brooklyn [Design Sponge]
Walk Photos: Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park [BHB]
Five Must See Films at the Northside Festival [Bushwick Daily]
How Brooklyn Fox’s Lexi Isadora Conquered Williamsburg Retail [Racked]
Some NYC Parks Get High Design; Why Others Can’t Afford It [Curbed]
N, Q and R Subway Lines Shut Down for Overnight Maintenance This Week [DNA Info]
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Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Originally J. C. Hoagland house
Address: 186 Quincy Street
Cross Streets: Bedford and Nostrand Avenues
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: sometime around 1874
Architectural Style: Second Empire
The story: The Hoagland Brothers were one of the great success stories of the late 1800’s. Dr. Cornelius Hoagland and his brother Joseph were originally from Ohio, and came to Brooklyn with their wives and families after both served in the Union Army, during the Civil War. Cornelius continued to practice medicine, and Joseph went in to the grocery business. During the war, Joseph had worked in the quartermaster’s office, where one of his responsibilities was to order food goods for the Army. This was perfect training for a career in wholesale groceries, and where better to do that than Brooklyn, which had a huge wholesale grocery industry.
Joseph (J.C) would later take credit for the brothers’ next move; they decided to manufacture and market a new baking powder. It was a necessary ingredient in cooking, was cheap to make, and if they marketed it right, it would do well. They got two other partners who put up financing, and the Royal Baking Power Company was launched. One baking powder works as well as another, but through astute and relentless advertising and marketing, Royal Baking Powder soon became a very successful company, and a household name. The Hoagland’s were rich. Cornelius commissioned the Parfitt Brothers, one of the best architectural firms in Brooklyn, to design a grand new mansion on Clinton Avenue, now an important landmarked house. A few years earlier, Joseph moved farther east, in the upscale Bedford neighborhood, and had this house built. (more…)
Tomorrow, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on landmarking two Bushwick Avenue buildings: the Ridgewood Masonic Temple at No. 1054 and the Catherine Lipsus House (pictured above) at 670 Bushwick Avenue. In May the LPC voted to calendar the buildings. The Ridgewood Masonic Temple, not currently in use, is a Classical Revival design with Masonic symbolism etched into the building. The Catherine Lipsius House, also known as the Cook Mansion, is a Romanesque Revival Victorian designed by Brooklyn architect Theobald Engelhardt. The full historical writeup for both buildings lives here. The LPC will hold the public hearing at the very beginning of tomorrow’s meeting.
More Brooklyn Buildings on Road for Landmarking [Brownstoner]
The Georges-Andre Vintage Cafe opened over the weekend at 558 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy. The owner is French native Karine Petitnicolas, who goes by the name Superfrench and runs the vintage store of the same name down the street. Everything in the cafe is for sale, according to the tipster who sent the photo above, and so far they are serving croissants, baguettes, and coffee. The cafe is named for Petitnicolas’ father. It’s open from 7 am to 5 pm seven days a week. Anyone checked it out? GMAP
This Bay Ridge limestone seems relatively affordable at $829,000 and has some hidden original details such as parquet floors and crown moldings that could be restored, according to the listing. It’s currently set up as two units – a two-bedroom over a one-bedroom — but it’s somewhat narrow and the second bedroom on the top floor can only be accessed via the other bedroom. We think it might work better as a one-family. What do you think of the property and the price?
268 78th Street [Betancourt] GMAP P*Shark
This co-op at 378 4th Street in Park Slope just hit the market with a price tag of $975,000. The three-bedroom pad is super charming (love that corner bay window off the living room!) and comes with a private roof deck with killer views. On the flip side, there’s only one bathroom and you’ll have to hoof it up the stairs. There was an open house on Saturday. Did any readers attend?
378 4th Street, #4 [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
This is a nice, fairly run-of-the-mill rental in a Fort Greene brownstone at 290 Carlton Avenue. The two-bedroom, two-bath apartment, which is listed as 1,000 square feet, looks recently renovated. For the size and the location, a block from Fort Greene Park, the monthly rent of $3,900 certainly seems doable.
290 Carlton Avenue [BLS Realty] GMAP P*Shark
This Saturday, Brooklyn Bridge Park opened a new kayaking dock at Pier Two. The dock will allow more, free kayaking and boating programs for park visitors this summer. The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance spearheaded the project, dubbed the “Community Eco Dock.” It’s a floating dock that rises and falls with the tide, and it’s very cost-effective to build and maintain. (It cost $170,000 to build.) It’s 20 feet by 40 feet, with a 5-foot-wide gangway. The dock is only open to programmed, supervised kayaking by the Brooklyn Bridge Park; the park regularly hosts free public kayaking sessions on the weekends. Pier Two, which will feature athletic courts, an in-line skating rink, swings, picnic tables, and a fitness area, is still under construction and should open by the end of this year. Until then, the eco dock is accessible via the park’s greenway. The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance is now looking to install a similar dock in Bay Ridge, at the 69th Street Pier, and that location should open this fall.
Photo by Leigh Trucks for Brooklyn Bridge Park
We made it over to Doris, Bed Stuy’s new bar at 1108 Fulton Street. The spot opened a few weeks ago but the owners will be celebrating the grand opening this Wednesday, June 19, with a DJ and a special light show. The interior, designed by the husband and wife team (who are also Bed Stuy locals) is full of finds from the Internet, as well as keepsakes of the owners themselves. They also built out the backyard space, which was full of weeds when they found it, and constructed the stairway leading from the backyard to the basement. The interior and exterior renovations were supported by a crowdfunding campaign held earlier this year. The bar, which serves a selection of beers and cocktails, is open everyday at 5 pm and stays open until 2 am from Sunday to Thursday, and til 4 am on Friday and Saturday. Check out more photos after the jump…
Doris Is Open in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner]
Future Bed Stuy Bar Is Looking for Funding [Brownstoner] (more…)
An affordable housing complex at 690-738 Albany Avenue in East Flatbush known as Camba Gardens is nearly done and now accepting applications. The two buildings were developed by Camba Housing Ventures Inc. and designed by Brooklyn-based architecture firm Harden + Van Arnam Architects. LEED-certified, they will feature living walls in the lobbies, landscaped roof terraces and green roofs, courtyards in the back with landscaping and play areas for children, an area for tenant gardening, a teaching kitchen, computer and multipurpose rooms, a social services area, parking, 24-hour security, and solar panels on the roofs. There will be a total of 209 apartments, including studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Kitchens have solid surface countertops, porcelain tile floors and decorative tile backsplashes. Studios come with built-in wood wardrobes and pantries. Living rooms are equipped with ceiling fans. The exterior design was partly inspired by surrounding historic buildings, said Harden + Van Arnam Architects principal and architect Cindy Harden. (more…)
This summer, and for the first time in 40 years, the BAM Harvey Theater is getting a movie screen. This week the Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater debuts as the largest movie venue in Brooklyn — the screen is 35 feet by 19 feet and the theater seats 834. BAM also outfitted the Harvey for film viewing with 42 surround sound loudspeakers permanently mounted to the side and rear walls of the theater, as well as adjustable acoustic panels. The giant screen (which can show 3-D movies as well) will first be put to use on the opening night of BAMcinemafest, on June 19. Then throughout the summer BAM will screen the silent film series The Hitchcock 9, with live music accompaniment, special sneak previews, first-run summer films, and classics like Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather.
It’s a situation likely to repeat itself as the Bushwick lofts area becomes increasingly popular and valuable. The residents and landlord of 13 Thames Street have been fighting for years over the use of a factory space that is not zoned for residential. The tenants, some of whom identify as anarchists and frequently held arts events in the space, were ordered to vacate last year. Now the new owner of the building has applied for a liquor license for a bar in the contested space, according to DNAinfo. The tenants had applied for protection under the loft law that went into effect in 2010, and they sued in January to be allowed back into the building. The order to vacate was for “illegal obstruction of the entrance” and for operating a “nightclub” in the building, according to the DOB. The building was also in the news last year when tenants claimed the landlord had hired a biker gang to harass them. The police have raided the building at least twice, in one case in search of people who were broadcasting live video of Occupy Wall Street protests. The new loft law provides a path for renters of industrial space to legally live there. It passed with the backing of the former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who has been extremely influential in housing in Bushwick and throughout New York City. The City considers the Bushwick industrial area “East Williamsburg” but locals have called it Bushwick since at least the early 20th century.
Sued Building Owners Want to Replace Evicted Tenants With Bar [DNAinfo]
Photo by PropertyShark
The days are numbered for the four-story warehouse on the corner of South 5th Street and Marcy Avenue, a commercial bakery that was in operation for 65 years. The DOB issued a demolition permit earlier this month, and developers submitted a building application for a new 13-story build. Actually, renderings surfaced for the proposed 82-unit rental development last week. The design calls for a two-story plinth holding commercial space, and 11 stories of residential on top. Here’s the lengthy listing for the old warehouse, which was asking $3.25 million. It sold in 2010 for $3,025,000.
Renderings Surface for Williamsburg Rental Build [Brownstoner]
The beautiful George P. Chappell-designed house at 7 Arlington Place, which was featured in the movie “Crooklyn,” has sold for $1,700,000. That’s not quite as high as we first reported, but it’s still indicative of how hot the Bed Stuy market is right now, as DNAinfo reported. The ask was a lot less: $1,300,000. Do you think these prices will last, or are we in some kind of a bubble right now? How do you think it will affect the neighborhood?
“Crooklyn” House Sells for $1.7M, a Reflection of Bed-Stuy Boom [DNAinfo]
7 Arlington Place Gone for $500K Over Ask [Brownstoner]
Yarn Bombs on East 17th Street [Ditmas Park Corner]
Highlights From Northside Music Festival [The L]
Poplar Street “Open Garden” Tomorrow [BHB]
Books Under the Bridge Is Back This Summer! [Brokelyn]
Neighborhood Stoop Sales This Weekend [South Slope News]
The Grim Politics Facing the Bloomberg Climate Change Plan [Atlantic Cities]
Beyond Statistics: BK Has City’s Highest Rate of Domestic Violence [BK Based]
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Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Richard Upjohn House
Address: 296 Clinton Street
Cross Streets: Corner Baltic Street
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill
Year Built: 1842-43, alterations and additions: between 1860 and 1893
Architectural Style: Greek Revival. 1893 addition is Romanesque Revival
Architect: Richard Upjohn, alterations and additions by Richard M. Upjohn
Other Work by Architect: Christ Church, Cobble Hill, Grace Church, Church of the Pilgrims, now our Lady of Lebanon, Brooklyn Heights, Trinity Church, Manhattan, (father) St. George Episcopal, Bed Stuy, St. Paul’s Church, Cobble Hill, CT State Capitol, Hartford, (son) gates of Green-Wood Cemetery (both).
Landmarked: Yes, part of Cobble Hill HD (1969)
The story: One would not necessarily think that behind this rather humble and plain façade lived one of the most important architects of the mid-19th century and his very talented son. Richard Upjohn, Sr. was one of this country’s most influential architects of his day, the leader of the American Gothic Revival movement, and the designer of some of the most beautiful and important examples of Gothic Revival church architecture in the country. Most people may not know him by name, but for many, Broadway’s Trinity Church, in Lower Manhattan, is the quintessential New York church, made even more iconic by 9/11. That was Richard Upjohn.
He was born in England, only twenty miles from Salisbury Cathedral, and grew up with the Gothic churches and medieval keeps that would influence his work. Trained as a carpenter, surveyor, and draftsman, he came to the United States in 1829 at the age of 27. He lived in Boston, and began his career as an architect there; introducing Gothic principals to churches he designed in Massachusetts and Maine. Catching the attention of Rev. Jonathan Wainwright of Manhattan’s Trinity Church, the oldest Episcopal church in the city, he was brought to NYC to consult on repairs to the church. The church, the second to stand at that location, needed too many repairs, so he ended up designing a brand new church, and was able for the first time to implement many of his ideas about Gothic into this church. It remains a masterpiece. (more…)
The new commercial building at 951 Dean Street, right on the corner of Classon Avenue in Crown Heights, is looking close to done. The space boasts nice, big windows — we wonder what kind of tenant the building owners are trying to bring in. The builders actually constructed the corner building as an addition to the old brick stable on Dean Street. Construction started up last summer.
An Addition to 951 Dean Street in Crown Heights [Brownstoner] GMAP