08/21/14 1:30pm

70 lafayette avenue fort greene 82014

This Fort Greene townhouse on Lafayette Avenue is divided up into two duplexes, each with two bedrooms, 2.5 baths and central air conditioning. Each unit has its own outdoor space. Its been recently renovated and there are no details that we can see left inside the home. Everything is new–floors, walls, moldings, recessed lighting. It sold in May of 2013 for $1,300,000 in what looks like an estate sale. It’s asking $3,499,000, quite a windfall for the seller, but that is not out of line with what townhouses are selling for in Fort Greene these days. What do you think of it?

70 Lafayette Avenue [Elliman] GMAP

08/21/14 12:58pm

142 north 1st street williamsburg 82014

You probably didn’t know that you wanted the walls of your apartment to zig-zag in a sawtooth pattern, but you do! Or maybe you will after you check out this 4th-floor pad at 142 North 1st Street. In addition to the aforementioned design touch, the two-bedroom condo has two bathrooms, a long living/dining room and nice natural light. The asking price is $1,200,000, which we guesstimate puts it at over $1,000 a foot.

142 North 1st Street, #4B [Corcoran] GMAP

08/21/14 12:15pm

255 eastern parkway crown heights 82014

Here’s a huge four-bedroom, two-bath co-op for rent in a prewar building in Crown Heights. The 1,675-square-foot pad was gut-renovated in ’06 and has a clean, modern feel. There’s a formal dining room, a “library nook” and lots of closets. However one of the bathrooms is ensuite, which is somewhat inconvenient. What’s your opinion of it for $5,200 a month?

255 Eastern Parkway, #D15 [Corcoran] GMAP

08/21/14 11:30am

600 bushwick avenue rendering

An auto repair garage and artist studio in Bushwick faces the inevitable fate of every large industrial building in north Brooklyn: it’s going to be converted to apartments. This building will also include retail and community space. The two-story, blue, brick building at 600 Bushwick Avenue, which also housed a Napa Auto and Truck Parts store, will get four extra stories and 66 apartments, according to representatives from the developer Cayuga Capital. The resulting structure will also have 10,000 square feet of retail, 2,000 square feet of community space and 33 parking spots. (more…)

08/21/14 10:45am

Tag fire, Brooklyn Eagle, 1916The day after the tragic fire at the Tag house, an advertisement in the Brooklyn Standard Union announced, “Six Women Die in Brooklyn Blaze: It Could Be Your Home Tomorrow!” This half page ad was for the Pyrene Company, which manufactured fire extinguishers. The ad went on to say, “In Casimir Tag’s Brooklyn home this morning, six women were burned to death…Six out of ten fires are in homes. And yet the home, the place which guards our most precious possessions, is least protected from fire. Every home should have something to put out fires from the start…Until the Pyrene Fire Extinguisher was invented a couple of years ago, there was never any practical fire protection for the home…The holocaust in the Tag household may be re-enacted tomorrow in your home. This is a time for action. Put a Pyrene in your home today.” Talk about exploiting a tragedy for financial gain.

Part One of our story tells the tale of banker Casimir Tag and his family. He was one of Brooklyn’s wealthiest bankers in the early 20th century, a man who worked hard and became the president of not one, but two Manhattan banks. He and his wife Hannah raised a large family of six children. His death in 1913 left Hannah the wealthiest widow in Brooklyn, and head of the family home, a large five story brownstone at 243 Hancock Street, on the most impressive block in the upscale neighborhood of Bedford. (more…)

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…)