The first phase of the Ingersoll-Whitman Houses renovation, which includes roughly 425 units at the public housing complex in Fort Greene, is nearing completion. (The targeted completion date is officially December 2012.) According to workers we spoke to on-site, this building in the video (which overlooks Navy Street and is only a stone’s throw, no pun intended, from the foot bridge from which local teens have bombarded bicyclists with bricks recently) is the final one in this phase; the contractor selection process, they said, is still under way for the next phase. Interestingly, we also learned that some of the smaller apartments are being combined to make larger units. Not sure what this means for the folks who used to occupy the smaller units. For more background on the renovation, The Local had a detailed update back in May.
Newly appointed chairman of the City Council’s Land Use Committee, Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield, who represents Bensonhurst, Borough Park, and Midwood, came out against landmarking Thursday, saying it reduces affordable housing, Crain’s reported. “None of us exists in a vacuum,” he said to Robert Tierney, chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, at a hearing. “In […]
A look at Brooklyn, then and now. Charity in post-Civil War Brooklyn was as segregated as the society at large. When it came to the large institutions that were built to help the orphaned or the elderly, they were all geared to helping just one group of people, keeping everyone separate. The Jewish orphans went […]
A well-known photographer has purchased 10,000 square feet of vacant property at 977 Pacific Street in Crown Heights and plans to build a photography studio on the site, according to a broker involved in the deal. The photographer, whose identity was not disclosed, closed on the five lots at Pacific and Grand Streets yesterday for […]
The end of North Henry Street will be transformed into a public shoreline, thanks to the first round of grants from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. The group announced funding for 18 small-grant projects yesterday. The Newtown Creek Alliance will get $25,000 for its shoreline project, DNAinfo reported. (Above, Newtown Creek flowing into the East […]
Developer Park Tower Group has gotten the ball rolling on the hotly debated Greenpoint Landing development by filing a building application for a six-story mixed-use building at 21 Commercial Street. Designed by Handel Architects, the 85,033-square-foot structure will have ground floor commercial space and 93 units on prime Greenpoint waterfront land, according to a new […]