A film about Crown Heights’ Starlite Lounge, the gay bar that opened in 1959 and closed last year, is currently in post-production. Here’s a description of the film: “Starlite is a feature length documentary about the eviction of a neighborhood bar that brings to light the importance of protecting cultural institutions, and the perilous effects of denying representation to the residents of marginalized communities undergoing economic redevelopment.” The filmmakers are raising funds to finish the project, and there’s going to be a rough cut screening of it at the LGBT Center on Thursday. Meanwhile, a Starlite reunion party is going to be held this weekend at a TBD location in support of the planned reopening of the bar.
The Starlite Project [Official Site]
In 1859, a commission was formed by the New York State Legislature, charged with finding locations for parks in the rapidly expanding city of Brooklyn. James S. T. Stranahan, a wealthy Brooklyn businessman, was president of this Brooklyn Board of Park Commissioners. Washington Park, in Fort Greene, was the city’s first park, but the city […]
Demo started Friday for the crumbling wood clad house on Smith Street, neighborhood blog Pardon Me For Asking reported. As you may recall, the three-story mixed-use building at 159 Smith Street between Wyckoff and Bergen recently filed permits for a two-story addition, and PMFA feared its intact facade would soon meet the wrecking ball. No permits […]
A newly constructed rental building at 150 Broadway in Williamsburg launched leasing just before Thanksgiving and is already discounting its rents, Curbed reported. Ideal Properties is marketing the building, which has dropped asking rents on all five of its units by $50 to $450 this week. The developer is restaurateur Vittorio Antonini, who owns La […]
A larger than anticipated crowd of over 200 people showed up to discuss their concerns and wishes and help plan the future of Gowanus development Monday night at The Children’s School on Carroll Street. The meeting was the first of a series of public planning forums called Bridging Gowanus convened by local politicians about the ongoing development […]
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