08/21/14 9:30am

1133 manhattan avenue greenpoint 72014

Nearly 60,000 people have applied for the 105 affordable units that will be available at 1133 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint according to the Daily News. The 58,832 applications for the building was the highest number for any affordable housing project in the city. When completed, likely in the fall according to the developers website, the building will be half market rate rentals and half income-restricted. The income caps range from a single person earning $18,618 to qualify for a studio to, at the high end, a family of four with a combined income of $146,825 for a two bedroom apartment. (more…)

1024 gates ave

The 1906 Beaux-Arts bank building on Gates Avenue near Broadway on the Bed-Stuy, Bushwick border will soon be converted to apartments. As first reported by Curbed, a developer has received the go ahead to begin work on the Roosevelt Savings Bank building at 1024 Gates Avenue.

The plan calls for adding four stories inside the existing 50 foot tall building which originally contained a single open space with a rotunda. The owner, Aron Kapelyus of Kai Construction, also plans to add 20 feet to the top of the building making it 70 feet high and six stories tall. When completed the building will have 50 apartments and 25 parking spaces. Kapelyus, under the name 1024 Gates LLC, bought the property for $1.9 million in May of 2012–about the price of two brownstones in the neighborhood these days. (more…)

08/21/14 8:30am

Park lion

A Brooklyn Map That has Battle Positions, but no Trader Joe’s [NY Times]
Coffee Shop Blamed for Man Making False 911 Calls in Williamsburg [NY Daily News]
Love Among the Ruins: Bed Stuy’s 433 and 435 Tompkins Ave. [Brooklyn Eagle]
Bidding war adds $2M to the cost of Bushwick Warehouse [Crain's]
Landlords Push Back on Affordable Housing Plan [Crain's]
Ways to Lose Your Rent Stabilized Apartment [WNYC]
Businesses Near Newtown Creek Eyed After Series of Oil Spills, State Says [DNAinfo]
Ridgewood Development Pledges $10 a Year Space for Artists [DNAinfo]

Photo: Scurzuzu

08/20/14 4:30pm

coney island wonder wheel

Cat Calling is NOT Flattering: Why I Stopped Running in Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]
Bike Lanes Appeared Overnight in Ridgewood! [Bushwick Daily]
Bed-Stuy’s Beautiful Beaux-Arts Bank To Become Apartments [Curbed]
Explore the Battle of Brooklyn on a Historical Pub Crawl Saturday [Brokelyn]
This New Williamsburg Cafe Has Stumptown, Sandwiches and Biggie Smalls Wallpaper [B+B]
Brooklyn’s Largest Affordable Co-Op Mired in Mismanagement, Corruption: Petition [Brooklyn Brief]
Owners Of 80 Rugby Road Struggle To Return Home After Blaze Devastated Their House [DPC]
Ridgewood Development Pledges $10 a Year Space for Artists [DNAinfo]

Photo by deanwgd608

08/20/14 4:00pm

green-wood cemetery battle of brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Park and Green-Wood Cemetery are both holding re-enactments and activities to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the largest battle of the American Revolution. On Saturday afternoon, reenactors from Glover’s Marblehead Regiment will show how sailors saved George Washington’s army during the battle. You can watch them from 12 to 2 pm on Pebble Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  (more…)

08/20/14 3:00pm

315 Washington Ave, SW, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Free-standing brick house
Address: 315 Washington Avenue
Cross Streets: DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: late 1860s, new mansard roof added 1894
Architectural Style: now
Architect: Building architect unknown, Roof extension by Parfitt Brothers
Other Buildings by Architect: Parfitt Brothers – in Clinton Hill – 331-335 Wash, just down the block, Cornelius Hoagland House, Clinton Ave and several other row houses and flats buildings. Also row houses, apartment buildings, flats buildings, mansions, office buildings and churches in Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill Historic District (1981)

The story: I would have loved to have seen Clinton Hill just after the Civil War. The neighborhood was already popular with wealthy Brooklynites who enjoyed living on “the Hill,” where the air was clean and two main streets, Clinton and Washington Avenues, were lined with spacious homes on large lots. Many of those homes at that time were large wood framed suburban villas. Today, in the entire neighborhood, there are only a couple left. These wealthy folk were also beginning to build more substantial homes of brick and brownstone, and both Washington and Clinton are dotted with large boxy masonry houses dating from the late 1860s. They add a wonderful gravitas and simple elegance to the neighborhood, and are typical of Victorian style. This house is one of them. (more…)

08/20/14 2:00pm

51 fifth avenue chocolate room park slope 82014

The Chocolate Room’s Park Slope cafe will re-open in a new location at 51 Fifth Avenue this month, according to the the company’s website. Owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher opened their first dessert cafe in 2005, down the block at 81 Fifth Avenue. Eventually, they expanded to a much larger second location at 296 Court Street in Cobble Hill. Their longtime landlord wanted to increase their rent by nearly six times, forcing them to look for new space in January, according to the Daily News. GMAP

08/20/14 1:30pm

54 2nd street carroll gardens 82014

This single family, three-story Carroll Gardens townhouse has plenty of details, some old, some new. It has the deep front yard that Carroll Gardens is known for and appears to have some original moldings and one marble fireplace. But elsewhere, there are lots of new additions. Recessed lighting has been installed throughout. There are new columns, crown molding, Brazilian cherry wood floors and other updates. According to the listing, for some reason the building has steel-reinforced floors and stairs. It also has central air conditioning. It’s asking $2,990,000. What do you think?

54 2nd Street [Ideal Properties] GMAP

08/20/14 12:58pm

110 livingston street downtown brooklyn 82014

It’s getting close to impossible to find anything for less than $1,000 a foot in “prime” Brooklyn. Take this place at 110 Livingston Street. The 540-square-foot pad is very nice as far as studios go–with high ceilings, big windows, good light–and it’s asking $550,000. This is the new normal, people.

110 Livingston, #5J [Halstead] GMAP

08/20/14 12:15pm

473 harman street bushwick 82014

This railroad one-bedroom apartment in Bushwick is pretty barebones, but it offers a nice amount of space for the price. The bedroom and kitchen have windows but the two middle rooms don’t. However, the bedroom is open to one of the living rooms, which allows some natural light to filter through. The kitchen looks decent, but the bathroom isn’t pictured. It’s about five blocks from the Dekalb L stop and eight from the L/M at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues. You’re practically in Ridgewood here. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,362?

473 Harman Street, #2L [Corcoran] GMAP

08/20/14 11:31am

shawangunk-ridge-new-yorkShawangunk Ridge | Jarek Tuszynski via Wikipedia

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08/20/14 11:30am

79 quay street rendering greenpoint 82014

Developer Cayuga Capital Management plans to convert a large brick warehouse at 79 Quay Street in Greenpoint into townhouses and build a boxy apartment building behind it, according to New York YIMBY. The cube-filled apartment building will rise six stories tall and wrap over the warehouse-turned-townhouses, which are pictured on the left side of the rendering. All told, the development will be 60,000 square feet. Gowanus-based architects Cycle Cities will design the project. Cayuga and Cycle Cities are also collaborating on a 12-story office and retail development at 87 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, reported by the WSJ on Monday.

The developer purchased the 23,500-square-foot warehouse at Quay and West Streets for $3,800,000 in March, according to public records. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 79 Quay Street [NY YIMBY]