The beginning of June, 1941, saw Brooklyn bracing itself for more bad news on the European war front. Lists of casualties from every neighborhood were printed, and larger lists of the wounded appeared every day. The papers were full of hatred for Hitler and his Nazis, and stories of American bravery in battle in places no one had ever heard of, as well as the great sacrifices at home.
But in spite of everything going on at home and abroad, this was still New Yawk. Nothing gets a hometown crowd more riled up than a battle between Manhattan and Brooklyn, uneasy partners since Brooklyn gave up its status as an independent city to play second fiddle to Manhattan in 1898. It was like the relationship between the Yankees and the Dodgers; same city, different country. (more…)
A new building is rising on the foundation of an old one at 261 Skillman Street behind a Bed Stuy church. We found this schematic posted to the construction fence. The church at 1010 Bedford, which we thought was being converted to apartments, has sat mostly untouched since its interior was demolished two years ago.
It turns out a six-story, 36-unit building is going up on the Skillman Street side of the lot, which goes all the way through from Bedford to Skillman. The base of the new development is another old religious building, with a gothic exterior (pictured below). The church sits on the Bedford Avenue side, between Kosciuszko and Dekalb. (more…)
The son of the man who used to be the caretaker for the storied Slave Theater at 1215 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, who claims to be the rightful heir to the property but lost a court case contesting its ownership, has prevented the new owner, an LLC, from taking soil samples and plans to tear down any fence erected to keep him out, according to a story in the Brooklyn Eagle.
Meanwhile, the LLC has amassed two other sites adjacent to the Slave Theater, said another story in the Eagle. The developer has not said publicly what it plans to do with the sites, but a mixed-use apartment development seems likely. Most important, plans to restore and continue the Afrocentric theater’s mission in a new form are, surprisingly, not dead. (more…)
Yesterday Mayor de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that they plan to create a $350 million fund to loan money to developers to create or preserve affordable housing. The fund will draw on a mix of public and private money, The New York Times and The Real Deal reported, such as $40 million from city pension funds, $20 million from the city’s Housing Development Corporation, and loans from Citi Bank, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and others. (more…)
The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is working with local politicians, developers and community groups to host a series of seminars on how to apply for affordable housing, the first of which will happen tomorrow night. The coalition wants to make sure Community Board 2 residents know how to apply for as many as 1,100 affordable units that could be completed in Downtown Brooklyn and areas nearby, including Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill and Wallabout, within the next three years. Several developments are expected to have some percentage of affordable apartments, including BAM South, Atlantic Yards, City Point and 33 Bond Street (pictured). (more…)
Name: Former Meserole Theater, now Rite Aid Pharmacy Address: 723 Manhattan Avenue Cross Streets: Norman and Meserole Avenues Neighborhood: Greenpoint Year Built: 1921 Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Georgian Architect: Eugene DeRosa Other Buildings by Architect: Brooklyn — Terminal Theater, Park Slope, Kenmore Theater, Flatbush. Manhattan — 8th Street Playhouse, Times Square Theater, Broadway Theater, Apollo Theater (42nd Street).. Also St. George Theater on Staten Island, and other theaters in NYC and around the country Landmarked: No
The story: The Meserole family was one of the five founding families of Greenpoint. Jan Meserole came to this area in 1663 and settled in. The family homestead was centered here, and the family mansion stood on the site of this former theater. In 1919, when plans for this building were announced, the old mansion house was home to the Young Women’s Hebrew Association. It was quickly torn down, and Sol Brill, a well-known theater and amusement park impresario had this theater built.
It’s a deceptive building, at least the entrance is. The narrow lot on Manhattan Avenue would lead one to believe that this is a very small building. It’s only got a 25 foot width on the Manhattan side, in what looks like a one story building scarcely big enough for any kind of theater. But walk down the length of the lobby, and the building opens up to a huge theater space, all of which faces out onto Lorimer Street. When the Meserole Theater opened in 1921, it had seating for two thousand people. (more…)
The hotly anticipated Crabby Shack is hosting its grand opening tonight at 613 Franklin Avenue near Dean Street in Crown Heights. Expect a full roster of crab items that includes crab tacos, crab rolls, crab cake sliders, crab dumplings and crab mac and cheese, as well as steamed Alaskan snow crab or blue crab. (more…)
This landmarked house in Stuyvesant Heights, one of a pair, has some sick original detail, including elaborate Queen Anne wood work, stained glass and a huge original kitchen range. It also has some unfortunate later alterations — jacuzzi tub, we’re looking at you — but most of them look relatively easy to undo. (more…)
This recently remodeled co-op at 185 Hall Street in Clinton Hill just hit the market with an asking price of $380,000. The one-bedroom pad is located across the street from Pratt and sports views of the adjacent tree tops. The maintenance is a reasonable $710 a month and the asking price is $380,000. Think they’ll get it?
This three-bedroom in a detached house in Kensington is large and comes with a fresh paint job and newly stripped hardwood floors. The spacious living/dining room has nice bay windows and a chandelier, and two of the three bedrooms can fit a king or queen size bed, according to the listing. (more…)