Grand Central Terminal. The Brooklyn Bridge. The Woolworth Building. The Gowanus Canal. Which of these does not belong? Yep, that’s right, it’s the Brooklyn Bridge. No, just kidding, it’s actually the Gowanus Canal, the only one that hasn’t been named a National Historic Landmark…yet. The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is currently spearheading a drive to get the canal named a national historic landmark district, a designation that could be a “useful tool” in terms of getting funding for the canal’s cleanup, according to Bob Zuckerman, the GCC’s executive director. “Right smack in the middle of brownstone Brooklyn, the canal has a history all its own,” says Zuckerman, noting that the transformation of the Gowanus from a series of creeks to its role in aiding industry make the waterway historically significant. Zuckerman says there’s precedent for a canal being designated a national historic landmark district: The Erie and Ohio Canal is one, for example. The proposed district will include the canal, the Gowanus pumping station and flushing tunnel, the Carroll Street Bridge (which is already a city landmark), as well as five buildings along the Gowanus. A Pratt student and former GCC intern is now preparing a report about the hoped-for landmark status, and Zuckerman says the conservancy will begin making moves to get the district recognized in the coming months.
This long-shuttered commercial space on the corner of Saratoga and MacDonough was being renovated when we passed by recently. Through the window at 83 Saratoga we saw a big room with a sanded wood floor and doors to two bathrooms. In 2012, a permit was filed for minor alterations to the interior. The building, located […]
This mid-19th century Italianate in Prospect Heights makes up in width (24 feet across) what it lacks in depth (40 feet). The double duplex is nicely renovated and has lots of cute old details, including arched entry doors, floors, marble mantels, a wood burning fireplace, tin ceilings and wedding cake plaster decorations. We’re guessing it […]
We’ve featured a number of units in the old school building at 44 Cheever Place in Cobble Hill over the years and this one has to be the most tricked out of them all. The two-bedroom condo has double-height ceilings in the living room and a sleek, modern kitchen that looks like it belongs in […]
We love this five-bedroom, two-bath triplex in Park Slope, which is both beautiful and expensive. There aren’t any kitchen or bathroom photos, but the listing says it has a “well-appointed galley kitchen.” The double parlor, formal dining room and kitchen are all on the same floor. There are tons of original details, including five decorative […]
This yellow brick corner building at 240 St. Nicholas Avenue has been renovated with reclaimed wood paneling, oak floors, and stainless steel appliances and is for sale for $2,295,000. There is an owner’s duplex — unusual for a multi-family in Bushwick — four rental apartments and a two-car garage. There’s also lots of FAR and […]