08/27/15 4:30pm

Paul's Daughter Coney Island

De Blasio’s Costumed Character Task Force Expands to Coney Island and Beyond [Gothamist]
Van Leeuwen Is Giving Away Scoops Tonight in Williamsburg! [Brokelyn]
How a Big Rock Helped Shape the BrooklynQueens Border [Times Newsweekly]
Gowanus Cycle Store Holds Cargo-Bike Rodeo [BK Paper]
Park Slope’s Loom to Close [Park Slope Stoop]
Starliner Cafe to Bring “Little Daily Farmer’s Market” to Prospect Lefferts [DNA]

Photo by Maria Paz Monsalve via Flickr

08/27/15 2:00pm


A bit of old-fashioned fun is racing down Park Slope’s 17th Street this Saturday at the seventh annual Soap Box Derby. Since 2008, Open Source Gallery has been offering workshops in which children ages 7 to 15 build eco-friendly soap box race cars out of “seemingly useless trash,” according to the event’s website.

While there, they learn to use tools ranging from power sanders to drills, and the annual race is the chance to show off their work.


08/27/15 1:00pm

Brooklyn Bridge, postcard 3

Here’s an updated look at the most important thing to happen in Brooklyn since Henry Hudson landed at Coney Island. Many people call it “The Great Mistake.” Was it?

With Brooklyn’s much-hyped status as the hippest place on Earth comes some nostalgic feelings about “The Great Mistake,” as many called the consolidation of New York City. On that fateful day, January 1, 1898, Brooklyn the city disappeared, and Brooklyn the “outer borough” was born. (As were the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.)

The decision to join all of the counties surrounding Manhattan into one central city was not made easily, quickly or lightly. Politicians, businessmen, city fathers and ordinary citizens argued and lobbied for or against this for almost 20 years.

Consolidating New York City took a tremendous amount of money and power, along with the consideration of business interests, tax revenues, city bureaucracies, social issues and civic identity. Some people thought it was inevitable and progressive — but for others it was the end of the world as they knew it, the Death of Brooklyn. (more…)

08/27/15 12:00pm


The condo at hand is a two-bedroom number in a five-year-old, three-unit building at 481 18th Street in the South Slope. Modern and minimalist, it’s on the market for $1,080,000, listed by Stribling brokers Dena Driver and Julie Greenspon.

To lead with the negative, that address overlooks the Prospect Expressway. If you want to look on the bright side that means no houses blocking light across the street, but you’d better be okay with the sights and sounds of high-speed traffic.

The place itself is cool and clean-lined, with some interesting finishes, beginning with the mod, angular concrete facade. It’s got two bedrooms and two baths in the rear (i.e., away from traffic noise), with a small balcony off one of the bedrooms. (more…)

08/27/15 11:30am

Greenpoint Development Site

Investor Joseph Brunner closed Tuesday on an $18,000,000 deal in Greenpoint, The Real Deal reported. The seven-building development site includes 1050-66 Manhattan Avenue and 154 Eagle Street, totaling 57,000 square feet of buildable space.

Brunner plans to develop the site into a mixed-use rental building, according to The Real Deal. If that’s the case, the current 57,000 square feet of buildable space could increase to 74,000 square feet if he participates in the city’s inclusionary housing program. (more…)

08/27/15 11:00am


Along with artisanal beer and chocolate, Brooklyn has become an epicenter of small-batch furniture making. Design studios and woodworkers are tucked away in warehouses from Dumbo to Gowanus to — in the case of Wüd Furniture Design — Crown Heights.

There, in an old industrial building recently updated to accommodate small niche factories, Wüd produces robust, clean-lined furnishings using distinctive materials and technologies of its own devising.

Wüd got its start at the first Brooklyn Designs show in 2003. The company’s founder, Corey Springer, showed one of his earliest prototypes there: a coffee table whose top was clad in scraps of lead.

“A client loved the aesthetic and wanted to use it in his brownstone, but he was concerned about safety,” recalled Springer, who has a sculpture degree from UMass. “He said, ‘If you can find a way to make this table usable, I’ll commission one.'”


08/27/15 10:30am

10 Lexington Ave Clinton Hill Apartment Development

An old one-story factory that occupied most of its large lot at 10 Lexington Avenue in Clinton Hill was torn down last year to make way for a five story building with 81 apartments. Construction on the new building started this year, and now the walls are up to the second story, Brownstoner saw on a recent visit.

The apartments will average 683 square feet each, suggesting they will be rentals. A graffiti-covered drawing of the building shows a plain facade with symmetrical windows and balconies. There is no indication of the facade materials. (more…)

08/27/15 10:00am

Prospect Heights Condos 731 Bergen Street

Two buildings planned for 731 and 733 Bergen Street in Prospect Heights will have modern organic-style exteriors, according to a rendering published by NY YIMBY. The facades will mix wood, a material associated with nature, with brick and concrete.

They will also have big multi-paned windows and balconies. The architect is Shmuel D. Flaum of Biz Designs LLC, based in Inwood. (more…)

08/27/15 9:30am


The now-shuttered Walgreens on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill is likely to become a six-story, 29-unit condo building with stores on the ground floor. Architect Beyer Blinder Belle filed a new-bulding permit application Wednesday, NY YIMBY reported, that confirmed plans described by unnamed sources to The Real Deal in April.

The new-building application, filed under the address 505 Pacific Street, calls for a 71,742-square-foot building with 55,449 square feet of residential space and 16,293 of commercial. It will be 80 feet high.

There will be 12,725 square feet of underground parking for an unspecified number of cars as well as a fitness room for residents in a sub cellar. The cellar and ground floor will be given over to retail, as well as a lobby. (more…)

08/27/15 9:00am


After years of slow disintegration, the dilapidated Greek Revival domicile at 100 Clark Street is getting renewed scrutiny from the Department of Buildings, the Brooklyn Eagle reported. The DOB’s Emergency Response Team called out the building’s “partial open roof,” “cracked” and “bulging” facade, and unsafe sidewalk shed, among other complaints in violations last month.

The comments on 100 Clark’s facade are particularly troubling as they could signal a structure on the verge of collapse.

The building is notorious for being the most broken-down home in one of Brooklyn’s priciest neighborhoods. Its saga of decrepitude commenced more than ten years ago in 2004, when a 10-foot-by-10-foot portion of the facade fell onto the street, leading the Department of Buildings to vacate 14 families from the structure. But that was just the beginning.


08/27/15 8:30am

Sunset Park Brooklyn church

As Service Gaps Remain, City Says Verizon Broke Promise on FiOS [NY Times]
Sidewalk Blackboards Offer Some Chalk ’n’ Chew in Williamsburg and Beyond [NY Times]
Cobble Hill Association Torn Over Leader as LICH Development Looms [Eagle]
Bossert Hotel Opening Missed Summer Deadline in Brooklyn Heights [Eagle]
Jewish Leaders Blast Nadler at Crown Heights Rally After He Backs Iran Deal [NYO]
In Culture Funding, Manhattan’s Loss Is Brooklyn’s Gain [Blouin ArtInfo]
Four-Story, Six-Unit Mixed-Use Project Revealed at 491 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill [NYY]
Brooklyn Nail Salons Protest Increased Regulations With One-Day Strike [DNA]

Church in Sunset Park.
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