On his last day in office as New York City Controller, former (and future) mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson caved into pressure from the Bloomberg administration and agreed to stop blocking the expansion of the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. For months, Thompson had stood in the way of the renovation and/or expansion of the facility by refusing to OK a $34 million design contract, though many people speculate his resistance had more to do with a personal power struggle with Mayor Bloomberg than outrage over the price tag; the two design firms involved are 1100 Architect and Ricci Green Associates.. As recently as this fall, he was on record as saying, “This boondoggle has been a disaster since day one.” So what happened? According to a Daily News article this morning, he cut a deal with City Hall to drop a lawsuit against him in return for his complicity. But don’t expect a tear-down anytime soon. The $34 million is just for preliminary work: It’s the first real look at whether the site can sustain the type of facility we’re looking at for that location, said a spokesman for the Department of Corrections.
Thompson OKs Brooklyn Jail on Way Out Door [NY Daily News]
Battle Over Brooklyn Jail Withdrawn [Brooklyn Eagle]
Property owner Infinity Real Estate recently filed new building applications for 1245 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, where Planet Fitness inked a lease in October. Although the gym had reportedly originally planned to add a second story onto the existing building, now it looks like the landlord is planning to build an entirely new one-story […]
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The layout of this new listing at 25 Plaza Street in Park Slope is a little unusual. It’s listed as a studio but it’s really more of a small one-bedroom, depending on how you’d plan to use the space. The 500-square-foot pad is on the second floor of the 1941 doorman building. The wood floors […]
This two-bedroom floor-through in Windsor Terrace has some lovely prewar details. The ornate fretwork screen is very pretty, and there are some nice moldings on the walls and around the windows, along with a decorative fireplace. The kitchen and bathroom both seem serviceable and clean, though maybe not exactly modern. However, the kitchen looks quite […]
Over at Brownstoner Queens, Montrose Morris tells the history of one of the most recognized landmarks in Queens: the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. As MM states, “the globe is an engineering marvel.” Read why right here…