Next Tuesday the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at 2 Eastern Parkway has a hearing with the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It’s for a rooftop addition to the building, which actually relates to a new, technology-based learning hub opening there in 2013 called the Leon Levy Information Commons. Brooklyn Public Library first announced the addition last May after receiving a a $3,250,000 grant to establish the learning hub. The Info Commons will feature a wireless training center where library staff will conduct information literacy workshops, seven private meeting rooms equipped with electronic whiteboards and other technologies, bar-style seating for laptop computer users, twenty-five PCs, and a help desk to provide reference and information services in addition to innovative on-demand training. The space, rendered above, was designed by architect Toshiko Mori, responsible for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum canopy. The demolition has been completed on the addition and BPL is on schedule to complete construction this fall and fit out for a January 2013 opening.
This four-bedroom in Carroll Gardens won’t be winning any design awards, but it’s a bargain for the location. All the bedrooms are true bedrooms, large enough to fit a queen-size bed and with closets and windows, according to the listing. The apartment has “exclusive roof rights” and there is “laundry in the building,” by which […]
Developer Adam America has put up a construction fence around 470 4th Avenue, the large development site where it plans to replace nine buildings on seven tax lots with a 12-story residential building. Demo permits were approved last year, before Adam America bought the property for $20,000,000 last month. A note in the file says demo […]
In case you were wondering just who is the market for 421 Kent, a non-Hasidic development in the heart of Hasidic Williamsburg, now we have the answer: Overseas Chinese investors. The site, which takes up an entire block and is 3.75 acres, was stalled for years and traded hands a few times before Beijing-based developer […]
In April of 1873, when the warming breezes of spring caressed the sideburned cheeks of wealthy male Brooklynites, they, as one, turned their attentions to their favorite pastime – racing their fancy horses and carriages along the roads leading to Coney Island. It was the place to be seen, and anyone who was anyone could […]
As we reported last summer, the Friends of Greater Gowanus (FROGG) has been urging the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, a division of the the State’s Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (OPRHP), to create a historic district around the Gowanus Canal for some time now. In the past, FROGG has also […]