Netting is up and demo has started at 10 MetroTech, aka 623 and 625 Fulton Street, according to a tipster, who sent in this photo. A demo permit was issued in November. As we noted in June, the Forest City Ratner-owned building will be torn down and replaced by apartments. No new building permit has been filed yet.
MetroTech Office Space to Make Way for Apartments [Brownstoner]
As new ice skating rinks pop up all over the city, Bed Stuy will not be left out in the cold. The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and the Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District said they hope to reopen a rink at Restoration Plaza that has been shut down for more than 20 years, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The city Department of Small Business Services plans to announce today that it has awarded a $50,000 grant to the project, which will probably cost about $300,000 in total. Project organizers said they hope to open the rink in a year.
The rink at Fulton Street and Marcy Avenue was built as part of the area’s 1960s revitalization project spearheaded by then U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The rink closed sometime before 1989, said the story. Above, the recently revamped Restoration Plaza. Click through to the Journal story to see the defunct ice rink.
Plan for Bedford Stuyvesant Rink Sharpens Interest in Ice Skating [WSJ]
Photo by Margot Jordan for BSRC
Community Board One gave the thumbs up to Two Trees’ innovative Domino proposal last night. The developer already had the right to build a previously approved complex, but scrapped it in favor of an unusual design from SHoP, above, that features taller buildings with views through cutouts and more publicly accessible green space, among other things.
The board recommended some changes, such as adding some three bedrooms to the affordable units, designating some affordable units for residents making 30 percent of the area median income, and giving preference to area businesses in some of the retail space.
“After more than a year of outreach and collaboration with local leaders, the community board vote makes it clear that neighborhood residents strongly prefer our new vision for Domino to the existing zoning,” Two Trees Director of Special Projects David Lombino told us. “We also heard a number of other community demands, including a guarantee of 660 units of integrated affordable housing, and we will be working with the two local council members, along with the city, to make that a reality during the remainder of the public review process.”
Meanwhile, yesterday, the City Council passed the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing proposal after extracting promises from developer Greenpoint Landing Associates and the city concerning schools and transportation. The whole complex can be built as of right, so the vote affected only portions of the development. The developer and the city agreed on plans for a K through 8th grade public school, open space, and transportation, according to a press release sent out by Council Member Stephen Levin, who helped negotiate the agreement.
The developer will provide a site for the school and will run a free shuttle between the complex and public transportation, and the city will create a transportation plan. The developer agreed that an additional 431 affordable units in the complex will be permanently affordable and available to families earning from 40 percent to 120 percent of area median income. Greenpoint Landing Associates will also donate an additional $3,000,000 (bringing its total donation to $5,500,000) to expand Newtown Barge Park.
Rendering by SHoP via Two Trees
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Today is a big day for the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront. The City Council planned to vote earlier today on the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing complex, and the full board of Community Board One is voting tonight on Two Trees’ Domino proposal.
The City Council has set a date of December 19 for its postponed vote on 77 Commercial Street to give Council Member Steve Levin more time to try to broker an agreement with developer The Chetrit Group.
The photo above shows the area where Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street would be located.
Photo by Greenpoint Landing Associates Via Crain’s
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Laboratory and Administration Building, now Administration Building
and Visitor’s Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Address: 1000 Washington Avenue (Mailing address, also used for the Steinhardt Conservatory, a past BOTD)
Cross Streets: Corner of Crown Street
Neighborhood: Crown Heights South
Year Built: 1912
Architectural Style: Tuscan Revival
Architect: William Kendell of McKim, Mead & White
Other buildings by architect: Municipal Building, Manhattan
Landmarked: Yes, individual landmark (2007)
The story: When Prospect Park was first conceived in the 1850s, it was supposed to include the land that now makes up most of Prospect Heights, as well as Mount Prospect, where the Brooklyn city reservoir was. It also included the land in between the reservoir and Grand Army Plaza. That includes the land upon which now stand the Main Branch of the Brooklyn Library, the Brooklyn Museum and the Botanic Gardens. As we all know, Olmsted and Vaux changed those plans, (see today’s Walkabout) and the city held onto the land where these great institutions now stand.
A grand Botanic Garden had long been in the city’s plans too, but Prospect Park became such an expensive and all-consuming project that nothing was done and the Botanic Garden’s fields became literally, an ash dump. Finally, in 1897, as the Brooklyn Institute for Arts and Science saw their enormous building going up, today’s Brooklyn Museum, the State Legislature approved saving 39 acres of land adjoining the Institute for the creation of a Botanic Garden. But then Brooklyn was consolidated into Greater New York City a year later, and plans were put on hold.
In 1909, an agreement between the Brooklyn Institute and the newish City of New York was finalized, and the Gardens could proceed. It didn’t hurt that philanthropist Alfred Tredway White, of Riverside Apartment fame, donated significant funds to building a scientific garden, either. The firm of McKim, Mead & White was called on to design the laboratory, administration building, and greenhouses for the Gardens. That illustrious firm’s work was already in the area, seen in the design of the Institute building, as well as the design of the park entrance at nearby Grand Army Plaza. The Olmsted Brothers, the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, were commissioned to design the gardens themselves. (more…)
Dunkin’ Donuts is everywhere, and soon that will include Clinton Hill at the corner of Myrtle and Grand. It’ll be interesting to see how they make over this spot, which is located at 513 Myrtle Avenue. Thanks to a tipster for sending in the photo. GMAP
It’s not often we see a house in Williamsburg with any details left, but this one has some. There’s a mantel, a tin ceiling, and some wood door and windows moldings. We’re not sure what’s going on with the brick bas-relief walls in the living room, but it’s probably removable textured panelling covering up the plaster.
The listing says “bring your architect immediately,” which sounds a little bit dire. Only 16 feet wide, the house is set up as a three-family. The listing says the mechanicals have been updated. There are no pictures of the kitchens or baths.
Do you think it’s an interesting renovation opportunity for an ask of $1,155,000?
This new listing in the Clinton Hill Co-ops is either a big one-bedroom or a small two-bedroom, depending on how you’d use the dining nook. Despite being on the second floor, the apartment seems bright and the kitchen has been modernized (though not exactly lavishly). The maintenance is $837 and the asking price is $399,000.
You don’t see many unconverted lofts on the market in Brooklyn these days, but this 2,500-square-foot two-bedroom pad in Clinton Hill seems like the real deal. Although it’s currently configured as a two-bedroom, renters could probably build out an extra bedroom or two to offset the cost.
There are some very high tin ceilings and large, wonderful banks of windows. The kitchen and bathroom both look pretty standard for a rental, and the kitchen has nice dark wood cabinets and a dishwasher. Given the amount of space, the price doesn’t seem too bad. It also sits next to the now-vacant Clinton Hill legend, the Broken Angel (visible at the far left of the exterior photo).
There might be a catch, though: The loft is in fact so authentic it seems to still be classified as a factory rather than residential, according to PropertyShark. What appears to be its most recent certificate of occupancy dates from the 1950s and is for two factories. What do you think of it for $4,200 a month?