07/31/14 12:58pm

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This new listing at Toren in Downtown Brooklyn is pretty striking. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad has a corner living room with expansive views of Flatbush Avenue and the Manhattan Bridge. High ceilings, a swanky master suite and sleek kitchen round out the offering. The asking price is $1,110,000, seemingly in line with the recent sale of a similarly sized two-bedroom on the 21st floor for $1,215,000.

150 Myrtle Avenue, #903 [Corcoran] GMAP

07/31/14 12:15pm

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The exterior has been restored, but it seems there is not a shred left of the once-beautiful early Italianate interior of this historic circa-1853 home. Brownstoner readers who’ve been following this property since it was abandoned, then for sale, and finally under going an exterior restoration will want to check out this rental listing for the upper triplex to see the transformation. (more…)

07/31/14 11:31am

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07/31/14 11:30am

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Construction fencing is up but work has not yet begun at 356 Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg, where we spotted this rendering for a five-story affordable building on the fence. The new building is the red brick one with the gray cornice and the stepped roofline; the one to the right next door with the black cornice and the two wood frame buildings to the left on the corner are already there.

The mixed-use development will house 19 units spread across 16,009 square feet of residential space, as well as 8,000 square feet of retail and 2,000 square feet for a medical clinic, according to new building permits issued last month. It will also have a laundry room, roof deck and bike storage. The architect of record is Bong Yu PC Engineers and Architects.  (more…)

07/31/14 10:45am

Grant Square postcard, 1918

The beginning of June, 1941, saw Brooklyn bracing itself for more bad news on the European war front. Lists of casualties from every neighborhood were printed, and larger lists of the wounded appeared every day. The papers were full of hatred for Hitler and his Nazis, and stories of American bravery in battle in places no one had ever heard of, as well as the great sacrifices at home.

But in spite of everything going on at home and abroad, this was still New Yawk. Nothing gets a hometown crowd more riled up than a battle between Manhattan and Brooklyn, uneasy partners since Brooklyn gave up its status as an independent city to play second fiddle to Manhattan in 1898. It was like the relationship between the Yankees and the Dodgers; same city, different country. (more…)

07/31/14 10:00am

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A new building is rising on the foundation of an old one at 261 Skillman Street behind a Bed Stuy church. We found this schematic posted to the construction fence. The church at 1010 Bedford, which we thought was being converted to apartments, has sat mostly untouched since its interior was demolished two years ago.

It turns out a six-story, 36-unit building is going up on the Skillman Street side of the lot, which goes all the way through from Bedford to Skillman. The base of the new development is another old religious building, with a gothic exterior (pictured below). The church sits on the Bedford Avenue side, between Kosciuszko and Dekalb.  (more…)


The son of the man who used to be the caretaker for the storied Slave Theater at 1215 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, who claims to be the rightful heir to the property but lost a court case contesting its ownership, has prevented the new owner, an LLC, from taking soil samples and plans to tear down any fence erected to keep him out, according to a story in the Brooklyn Eagle.

Meanwhile, the LLC has amassed two other sites adjacent to the Slave Theater, said another story in the Eagle. The developer has not said publicly what it plans to do with the sites, but a mixed-use apartment development seems likely. Most important, plans to restore and continue the Afrocentric theater’s mission in a new form are, surprisingly, not dead.  (more…)

07/31/14 9:00am


Yesterday Mayor de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that they plan to create a $350 million fund to loan money to developers to create or preserve affordable housing. The fund will draw on a mix of public and private money, The New York Times and The Real Deal reported, such as $40 million from city pension funds, $20 million from the city’s Housing Development Corporation, and loans from Citi Bank, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and others. (more…)

07/31/14 8:30am


Graffiti the Owner Asked for in Williamsburg [NY Times]
14 More Brooklyn Convictions Linked to Scarcella Are Examined [NY Times]
Hamill: Old and New Brooklyn Collide [NY Daily News]
Dem Party Backs Brooklyn State Senator Accused of Stealing Foreclosure Funds [NY Daily News]
Park Slope Group Sues Hospital Over Proposed Expansion [WSJ]
Finding Love in Earphones, Scrunchies on the Brooklyn Bridge [WSJ]
House of Yes Opening Legit Venue, Bar And Restaurant in Bushwick [Gothamist]
Bushwick KFC Offering “FREE LSD” [Gothamist]
Corner Bakery Cafe Increases New York Footprint With Entry Into Brooklyn [Restaurant News]
Residents Displaced by Atlantic Yards May Get Preference in Housing Lottery [AYR]
Oyster Happy Hours and Brunch to Follow Opening of Crown Heights Beer Hall [DNAinfo]


07/30/14 4:30pm

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Do These Rentals Mean East New York Gentrification Is Real? [Curbed]
Developers Consider Options for Future “Morgantown Center” in Bushwick [Wyckoff Heights]
Met Foods on Cortelyou Plans Expansion [Ditmas Park Corner]
Boerum Hill Laundromat and Parking Lot Goes for $18 Million [TRD]
Share Your Talents at All Souls Bethlehem Church’s Open Mic Night This Friday [Kensington BK]
Dog Thrown or Jumped From BQE [Greenpointers]
A Real Story of Prohibition in Brooklyn Heights [Brooklyn Eagle]
Platinum Member Closing in Prospect Heights: Park Place Brownstone Gem [BK to the Fullest]
Meet the Ball Man of Prospect Park [FIPS]

07/30/14 4:00pm

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The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is working with local politicians, developers and community groups to host a series of seminars on how to apply for affordable housing, the first of which will happen tomorrow night. The coalition wants to make sure Community Board 2 residents know how to apply for as many as 1,100 affordable units that could be completed in Downtown Brooklyn and areas nearby, including Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill and Wallabout, within the next three years. Several developments are expected to have some percentage of affordable apartments, including BAM South, Atlantic Yards, City Point and 33 Bond Street (pictured). (more…)

07/30/14 3:00pm

723 Manhattan Ave, Meserole Theater. CB, PS

Name: Former Meserole Theater, now Rite Aid Pharmacy
Address: 723 Manhattan Avenue
Cross Streets: Norman and Meserole Avenues
Neighborhood: Greenpoint
Year Built: 1921
Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Georgian
Architect: Eugene DeRosa
Other Buildings by Architect: Brooklyn — Terminal Theater, Park Slope, Kenmore Theater, Flatbush. Manhattan — 8th Street Playhouse, Times Square Theater, Broadway Theater, Apollo Theater (42nd Street).. Also St. George Theater on Staten Island, and other theaters in NYC and around the country
Landmarked: No

The story: The Meserole family was one of the five founding families of Greenpoint. Jan Meserole came to this area in 1663 and settled in. The family homestead was centered here, and the family mansion stood on the site of this former theater. In 1919, when plans for this building were announced, the old mansion house was home to the Young Women’s Hebrew Association. It was quickly torn down, and Sol Brill, a well-known theater and amusement park impresario had this theater built.

It’s a deceptive building, at least the entrance is. The narrow lot on Manhattan Avenue would lead one to believe that this is a very small building. It’s only got a 25 foot width on the Manhattan side, in what looks like a one story building scarcely big enough for any kind of theater. But walk down the length of the lobby, and the building opens up to a huge theater space, all of which faces out onto Lorimer Street. When the Meserole Theater opened in 1921, it had seating for two thousand people. (more…)