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Next month, GrowNYC will host a Stop N’ Swap in Park Slope, where attendees can exchange items such as clothes, books, toys, shoes and housewares.

Stop by the Old Stone House on Saturday, May 16, from 12 pm to 3pm to donate or pick out something free. Items should be clean and easy to carry (no furniture or other bulky things).

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Swallow Cafe will open its third outpost this week, this time in Cobble Hill, at 156 Atlantic Avenue, where the Lebanese restaurant Tripoli has been for decades. Tripoli is not closing; the two businesses will share the space, according to the signage in the window.

Swallow Cafe will serve breakfast and lunch in addition to coffee and other drinks. The cafe’s owner, Mike Saleh, anticipates opening Tuesday or Wednesday. In time, he hopes to start serving weekend brunch, he said.

Saleh was born and raised on Atlantic Avenue, and had always dreamed of operating a business near where he grew up, he told us.

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This new-to-the-market Prospect Heights condop borders Park Slope and has an irregular, triangular floor plan that creates interesting, angular living spaces. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, an open plan kitchen, and three bedrooms.

The master bedroom is large (16 by 17.2 feet) and includes an en suite bath and double closets. Another has its own twin sink bathroom. The third is smaller and could be turned into a nursery.

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More units at Two Trees’ rental building at 60 Water Street in Dumbo are hitting the market this week. We toured the glassy building Friday and got an eyeful of its incredible views of the Brooklyn Bridge as well as a look at the garden being built on the roof, above, and one of the new units.

Click through for a new rendering of the garden and its water feature. The unit we toured is a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment on the 16th floor.

Coming this week are studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms on the 16th, 17th and 18th floors. Also, there is a deal: Two months’ rent will be free the first year.

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Park Slope’s Tracy Mansion, Once Brooklyn’s Priciest Single-Family, Set for Conversion [TRD]
Bed Stuy Maintenance Workers Say “Hip” Luxury Developer Is Trying to Force Them Out [Gothamist]
Rockfeld Group to Buy Retail Condo in Former Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower [TRD]
Six-Story, 30-Unit Mixed-Use Building Will Rise at 528 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill [NYY]
Prospect Park Adds a New Grilling Area [Ditmas Park Corner]

In full bloom.
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Photo by Megan Cerullo

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Tour group Jane’s Walk will explore the architecture of Prospect Lefferts Gardens next month. “Must See PLG: The Prospect Lefferts Gardens Landmarked District in a Nutshell,” will focus on the landmark district, where neo-Renaissance, Romanesque Revival, neo-Federal and Tudor architecture abounds.

Local resident and tour leader Laura Charelian will also discuss controversial new construction, height limits, and new housing options as well. 

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All four of our open house picks sold within six months. 102 Gates Avenue in Clinton Hill closed for more than $150,000 above ask.

The buyer of 396 Vanderbilt got a $100,000 discount in November. The buyer of 470 Macdonough street paid slightly below ask, and the sellers of 67 East 2nd Street in Windsor Terrace got the biggest bump of all when their house closed for $187,000 more than its list price.

Open House Picks 10/17/14 [Brownstoner]

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For years now, an anonymous Brooklyn Heights resident has been taking his frustration with the U.S. Postal Service to the streets. Graffitied mailboxes outside his front door remained tagged, even after he submitted unfulfilled requests to the department for refurbishment.

All of this led the sort-of street artist to take matters into his own hands and personally restore them. He estimates he’s repainted about 20 pieces of public property in recent years, including mailboxes, lampposts, call boxes, tree guards, and bike racks.

He’s been profiled in local media and is well-known in the Heights for his efforts, which are technically illegal. Here’s a peek at some of his best work, and what some of it looked like before he “tricked out” chosen objects.

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Sleep Beneath Brooklyn’s Water Tower Bar From $250 a Night [Curbed]
18-Unit Mixed-Use Project Planned for 577 Hart Street in Bushwick [NYY]
The Gowanus Tastes Like Mud, Poop, Grass and Gas, Canal Swimmer Reports [Gothamist]
A Peep Inside Cacao Market: A Place Where Chocolate Dreams Come True [Greenpointers]
Flea Market With Vintage Airstreams Opens on Fulton Street [DNA]
Sinkhole Opens on Bed Stuy Street, FDNY Says [DNA]

Copper bay windows on Pierrepont Street.
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Photo by Megan Cerullo