Skillman St. gasholder site, Composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

There are no more gasholder buildings in Brooklyn. While we still have an example of just about every other kind of industrial building still standing somewhere within our borders, the gasholder houses are all gone. They were the most visible signs of an invisible necessity – gas, the substance that lit the houses and streets of the city throughout much of the 19th century.

We still use gas now, but now it’s natural gas. The gas of the 19th century was coal gas, a much different substance that needed to be contained in bulk. Coal gas had to be manufactured, and simply put, was the product of baking coal at high temperatures, and capturing the gases released by the process. The gases were then further purified and stored for later use. The coal burning gas plants were close by, if not right next door to, the gasholder buildings. (more…)

08/01/14 10:00am

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The BKLYN Air has officially kicked off leasing for its 255 units at 309 Gold Street in Downtown Brooklyn, DNAinfo reported. The 40-story tower offers studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms, as well as a 50-foot-long outdoor heated swimming pool, a two-level fitness center and terrace with “built-in life size chess and checker game boards.”

Rents for studios will start at $2,315, one-bedrooms at $2,950, two-bedrooms at $3,750, two-bedroom, two-baths at $4,570, and penthouses will start at $8,500. Although there aren’t any listings up on StreetEasy yet, we found two in our marketplace for a studio and one-bedroom. Click through for more photos. What do you think of the look and pricing?

309 Gold Street Listings [Town]
Oro 2 Changes Name to BKLYN Air, Debuts Teaser Site and Pricing [Brownstoner] GMAP

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08/01/14 9:30am

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It looks like the apartment building going up at 516 Classon Avenue in Clinton Hill is going to miss its summer construction deadline by a wide margin, but nonetheless quite a bit has been accomplished since we last stopped by. In October, it was still just a hole in the ground, and now five out of a total of seven planned stories have risen. (more…)

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An old ship-engine repair building in Red Hook will be renovated and turned into store and office space for “creative office and retail tenants,” The New York Observer reported. LIVWRK, the real estate investment and development firm that is also a partner with Kushner Companies and RFR Realty in transforming the Watchtower printing plant buildings into office space for creative and tech companies in Dumbo, bought the building Tuesday for $21,500,000. (more…)

08/01/14 8:30am

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Apartment Listings Promote East New York as “New Frontier” [NY Daily News]
Top 10 Intriguing Places in Bed Stuy [Brooklyn Eagle]
Urban-Renewal Park in Fort Greene up for Urban Renewal [Brooklyn Paper]
Bushwick’s “Grittier” Chelsea Market May Happen, Get Addition [Curbed]
Lulu’s Bar in Greenpoint Will Close in August [Gothamist]
City to Give One Week Notice Before Opening Homeless Shelters [TimesLedger]
Revealed: 143 Meserole Street [NY YIMBY]
New Apartments on the Table for Williamsburg’s 436 Keap Street [BuzzBuzzHome]
Digging up the Roots of Your Old House in Brooklyn [Brownstone Detectives]
Construction Zone Nearly Eliminates Legal Parking on Busy PLG Block [DNAinfo]

07/31/14 4:30pm

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Q Train Named Dirtiest Subway Line in NYC [Ditmas Park Corner]
Brownsville Recreation Center Park Stabbing [A Walk in the Park]
Grocery Store Comedy Throwdown: Trader Joes vs. Whole Foods in Brooklyn [FIPS]
Now Open: Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. [Free Williamsburg]
Beer Garden With Whole Hog Barbecue Opening in East Williamsburg [DNAinfo]
Opening Ceremony, Chop’t Founders Buy Prospect Heights and Red Hook Townhouses [Curbed]
The 10 Best Restaurants in Crown Heights [Village Voice]
Weed Activist Rev. Bud Green Claims Responsibility for White Flags Over Brooklyn Bridge [ANIMAL]
Construction Update: Avalon Willoughby Square [YIMBY]

Photo by Eric Konon

07/31/14 3:00pm

151-153 Maujer St. Dept Health, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name:
Originally Williamsburg-Greenpoint Health Center, part of the New York City Board of Health, now Williamsburg Child Health Clinic, part of Woodhull Hospital
Address: 151-157 Maujer Street
Cross Streets: Manhattan and Graham avenues
Neighborhood: East Williamsburg
Year Built: 1936-37
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: New York City’s first Board of Health was founded in 1793, in reaction to a yellow fever epidemic. The first Health Commissioner was John Pintard, who was appointed in 1804. Over the course of the next 70 years, the city only reacted to various epidemics, including yellow fever, cholera, smallpox, diphtheria and other infectious diseases. But as the century progressed, doctors and city officials realized that public health had to do more than just react, it had to be proactive in setting health standards and guidelines for the city. (more…)

07/31/14 1:30pm

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This unusual listing is for five investment properties in Bed Stuy (not Ocean Hill as the listing says). Four of the properties are circa-1900 Neo-Renassiance brick rowhouses, three of which have intact exteriors, including charming wooden porticos, and one of which has a commercial unit on the ground floor.

Also included is a wood frame house on the same block, for a total of six units. There are no interior photos.

The properties are located on Howard Street between Herikimer and Atlantic, a block that is likely to be upzoned if Mayor de Blasio’s housing plans are realized. For $1,750,000, do you think this is an interesting deal?

292 Howard Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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…)