07/11/14 5:30pm

As far as Brooklyn neighborhoods go, Brooklyn Heights is tiny, a wedge bordered by Cadman Plaza and its busy series of parks, walkways, and municipal buildings to the east, the Brooklyn Bridge to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, and the East River to the west. It’s just about 15 blocks tall and five blocks wide. The role it plays in Brooklyn’s history, and in the popular imagination, looms much larger. Its lovely, tree-lined streets and spectacular homes have been the setting for television series and movies as varied as The Patty Duke ShowThe Cosby Show, and Moonstruck.

Montague_map

Presented By Douglas Elliman.

The only way to truly understand Brooklyn is to walk its streets, see its homes, meet its people, and understand its ebb and flow. Never before has looking for a home in Brooklyn been this exciting.

Stop by Elliman’s Brooklyn Heights office located at 156 Montague St.

Created By BlankSlate

Over the years Brooklyn Heights has been home to more than its fair share of artists and writers, including Salvador Dali, Richard Wright, H.P. Lovecraft, and Truman Capote. Bob Dylan paid tribute to the neighborhood’s then-bohemian character when he wrote “Tangled Up in Blue” in 1975, singing, “I lived with them on Montague Street / in a basement down the stairs. / There was music in the cafés at night / And revolution in the air.” (more…)

07/11/14 4:30pm

believe olek yarnbombing havermeyer park 72014

North Brooklyn Residents Raise More than $52K for Two Urban Farms [DNAinfo]
Dumbo Goats That Were Herded Onto a Halal Truck Have Been Saved [Gothamist]
Lavender Lake: Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal [GYFO]
Marcus & Millichap Lists $14.5 Million East Williamsburg Loft Apartment Building [NY Observer]
Kings County Distillery Scored a Book Deal  [Bedford+Bowery]
Grimm Fundraiser Says Recchia Wants to Build Low-Income Houses in District [Bensonhurst Bean]
Much Farmers Market Love in the Area This Weekend, From Kensington to Parkside [KensingtonBK]
Rent in Crown Heights Has Gone Up 21.4 Percent Since Last Year [Brokelyn]

07/11/14 4:00pm

kosciuszko bridge renderings

The rickety Kosciuszko Bridge between Greenpoint and Queens could be replaced by this elegant-looking suspension bridge, a $770 million project that the DOT presented at a community meeting on Wednesday. DNAinfo reported that community members were concerned about how five years of bridge construction would affect their day-to-day lives. They’re worried about noise, transporting construction dirt, and whether construction could shake or damage their homes.

(more…)

07/11/14 3:00pm

330 Himrod Street, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Dannenhoffer’s Glass Works
Address: 330 Himrod Street
Cross Streets: Wyckoff and Irving Avenues
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: around 1888
Architectural Style: Victorian factory
Architect: probably Theobald Engelhardt
Other Buildings by Architect: Factories, breweries, warehouses, flats buildings, row houses, churches and free standing houses throughout Bushwick, Williamsburg and eastern Bedford Stuyvesant.
Landmarked: No

The story:
Yesterday’s Brownstoner story about a new building incorporating this old factory in Bushwick led me here. I love stained glass and didn’t know about the Dannenhoffer Opalescent Glass Company. I was determined to find out whatever I could about the building, the company, and the people behind it. It turns out that this forgotten Bushwick factory has quite a history. (more…)

07/11/14 12:00pm

ofer cohen terracrg hot seat

Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview people involved in real estate, architecture, development and design. Introducing Ofer Cohen, founder and president of TerraCRG, a commercial brokerage devoted to Brooklyn properties. 

Brownstoner: Can you talk about how you first started TerraCRG?

Ofer Cohen: Melissa DiBella and I started the company in January of 2008, and little did we know this would be the greatest recession since the Depression six or seven months later. But really I felt the need to start a company that would focus only on commercial transactions and only on Brooklyn.

A few months after we started, the recession hit, Leman Brothers crashed, and we had to really make what we could out of that period — which for us, was concentration on distressed assets and stalled development sites. When the market started to recover, we were already well positioned to take advantage of that recovery. Early in the recession, we realized the biggest stress was in development. Banks stopped funding construction loans, and a lot of developers couldn’t finish their projects or couldn’t start. It was how we cut our teeth in this development market. We were fortunate to develop a lot of great relationships with banks and developers, and really learn the Brooklyn market from that. Since coming out of the recession, we’ve sold over 1,600,000 buildable square feet in Brooklyn. And we believe it was a result of our experience during the recession.

(more…)

07/11/14 11:30am
144 main street andes ny

144 Main Street, Andes: $176,000

Delaware County up in the Catskill Mountains is always a great place to look for a bargain. As we’ve said, your buck will go far there. The village of Andes, located about 15 minutes southeast of Delhi, is a charming town with a lot of great old buildings, like this Colonial. The listing says the deed puts its construction date in 1830 but is believed to have been built in the 18th century. Bright, cheerful interior, plus an old barn on the property’s quarter-acre lot size walking distance to Andes businesses. Taxes are low. Beds: 4. Baths: 2. Square Feet: 1,971. Lot Size: .25 acres. Est. Taxes: $2,003. Distance from Brooklyn: 3 hours.

(more…)

07/11/14 10:30am

138 S. Oxford St. Lockwood School composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Two teachers at the prestigious Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute named Aaron Chadwick and Dr. Edward Bunker decided to quit their jobs and open their own boy’s school. The year was 1862, and even as the Civil War raged on, Brooklyn continued to grow, as did its population of upper middle class and wealthy families. The two men saw a growing pool of eligible male students available, and so opened a private elementary school on Adelphi Street in Fort Greene. They had 60 boys enrolled the first semester. However, after six months, they found out that owning an elite school was great, but running it was beyond them, and they returned to teaching at Polytech. They had a building and a name, which they sold to a Quaker educator named John Lockwood. (more…)

07/11/14 10:00am

61-bond-street-071114

new-building permit has been filed for the site of the planned Ace Hotel at 61 Bond Street, pictured above, in Downtown Brooklyn, as New York YIMBY first reported. The 13-story tower will feature 285 rooms distributed across 156,984 square feet, as well as a coffee shop, ground floor retail, radio station, restaurant, fitness center and event spaces. (more…)