The mudslinging has begun over construction delays at Atlantic Yards, with Skanska and Forest City Ratner trading lawsuits today over issues at the first tower, B2. Forest City accuses Skanska of massive delays and cost overruns amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Last week, Skanska shut down its modular apartment factory at the Navy Yard and halted construction on Dean Street. Work began on the 32-story, 363-unit modular B2 tower in December 2012, and it’s risen to about 10 stories so far.
Forest City wants a judge to order Skanska to restart construction and re-open the factory. The work suspension has left 150 union employees out of work and — here’s a juicy detail revealed in the lawsuit — the project’s construction lender has temporarily stopped giving funds for a loan until it receives a new anticipated completion date, the Daily News reported. (more…)
Name: Thomas H. Brush house, then Temple Beth Ohr, then Redeption Gospel Outreach, now doctors’ offices Address: 1010 Ocean Avenue Cross Streets: Corner Newkirk Avenue Neighborhood: Ditmas Park Year Built: 1899 Architectural Style: Colonial Revival Architect: George Palliser Other Buildings by Architect: Many houses in the Barnum/Palliser Historic District in Bridgeport, CT, as well as other buildings in historic districts in Bridgeport, Westport and Waterbury, CT. Also houses in Main, Indiana, Vermont and Utah. Landmarked: Yes, part of Ditmas Park HD (1981)
The story: Connecticut architects George and Charles Palliser were busy men during the latter half of the 19th century. In 1976, George had published an architectural style book called “Model Homes for the People.” In it he illustrated plans and patterns for housing. He boasted that the 25 page book was sent to every state and territory in the Union, and even in the provinces. A year later, he and his brother Charles formed their company, Palliser, Palliser & Co. and set out to write and publish many more books of model houses and architectural how-to’s. Between 1876 and 1900, they published at least ten, including on all-purpose guide for towns and cities called “Palliser’s Court Houses, Village, Town and City Halls, Jails and Plans of Other Public Buildings,” which was published in 1889. (more…)
Three brothers from Bay Ridge who’ve been roasting and selling their coffee wholesale in Red Hook are bringing their brew direct to the public with a cafe, Brewklyn Grind, opening this week at 557 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill.
Alain, James and Craig Farelly began roasting coffee in Alain’s Brooklyn apartment in 2003, and within a few years, they moved their operation to a former furniture factory on Coffey Street in Red Hook. After Hurricane Sandy obliterated most of their equipment, they’ve spent the last two years rebuilding and branching out into small grocery stores throughout the city.
The new shop will offer baked goods from Balthazar and Ovenly, and serve single-origin coffees, a blend and a rotating list of seasonal varieties. Andy Schulz, who owned the now closed De Luxe coffee shop in Park Slope, is managing the shop. The space used to be a wholesale produce and meat market, and still sports its tin ceilings and walls. A soft opening takes place this Friday, starting at 8 am. The store plans to be open from 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week.
There aren’t any interior shots on this listing but we think the history of the building makes it worth a look anyway. Last year, it sold for $485,000, or $64,000 below the asking price of $549,000. Now it’s back on the market, still in need of a top-to-bottom renovation and still an SRO. (more…)
For apartment hunters looking for value, they could do a lot worse than to explore the part of Flatbush around Brooklyn College. There are lots and lots of prewar buildings and houses — and the campus itself is beautiful. This new listing at 2835 Bedford Avenue, for example, has 1,100 square feet of space and lots of original details. It’s only got one bathroom and a pretty unsexy kitchen but for $299,000, this appears to qualify as a good deal these days.
At $700 a bedroom, this huge five-bedroom, two-bath duplex in Bed Stuy gives you a lot of bang for your buck. The 1,600-square-foot pad is renovated but still has plenty of original details, including three decorative fireplaces and tin ceilings. (more…)
A two-story addition is rising on top of the Greendesk coworking space at 147 Prince Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Once construction is finished, the two-story building will have four stories and 52,694 square feet of commercial space, as well as new bike parking, according to alteration permits. GMAP
Western society has long had a strange attitude towards pregnancy. Throughout much of its history, much has been made of producing children, whether they are the heirs to the throne, or workers on the family farm. We’ve told women that it is a biblical duty to have children, but up until the end of the 20th century, many Western societies have been loath to see a woman walking around pregnant. As soon as a woman was showing, in polite society, she entered her “confinement” and rarely left home until after the baby was born. It all has to do with attitudes about sex, and the war between fulfilling the biological and societal imperative to go forth and multiply, and the fact that one has to have sex in order to do it. We are a conflicted and messed up people.
At any rate, this is a story about a fashion empire and Brooklyn’s part in that empire. Pregnancy is at the heart of our story. At the turn of the 20th century, maternity clothes were not available the way they are now. Women of means had their maternity clothing custom made. Those who could sew made their own, and everyone else made do by letting their clothing out, or wearing larger clothes. Or they didn’t leave home much.
But this was not the Middle Ages. Women were out and about, unescorted, in record numbers. Many middle and upper middle class women had jobs, many more were active in sports like bicycle riding, and most did not want to spend half their pregnancies locked behind closed doors. There was a real need for well-fitting maternity clothing, including the ever present corset, so women could go out, be pregnant, and look beautiful and healthy. The conditions were right for the right person to come along and revolutionize the market. That woman was a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant named Lena Himmelstein. (more…)
Two years after construction started, the Carlton Mews townhouses in Fort Greene look like they could be getting ready to hit the market. The stoops are in, and the five townhouses are ready for cornices. The neotraditional homes have all their windows and brick facades, and it looks like interior work is under way. Construction signage says they’ll be finished by December.
The project has come a long way since one of the townhouses collapsed, killing a construction worker in September 2012. (more…)
The townhouse trend that has been so popular elsewhere in Brooklyn of late is coming to Red Hook. Brooklyn-based developer Sanba Partners is planning a large number of row houses — 22 — at 115 King Street, reported The Real Deal. They will be designed by AA Studio, headed up by Italian architect Aldo Andreoli, who used to work with architect Morris Adjmi. (more…)
It’s cheaper to buy than to rent in 94 of the top 100 largest metro areas in the U.S., according to a report from Zillow quoted in a story in Business Insider. Renters spend 29.5 percent of income on rent, on average, vs. only 15.3 percent of income home owners spend on mortgages. (The comparison doesn’t seem to take into consideration repairs, heat, insurance and other costs — or the homeowner’s tax deduction either.) (more…)