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.
A San Francisco-based co-working space called Makeshift Society is opening a location in Williamsburg on the first two floors of a converted warehouse at 55 Hope Street. Makeshift’s Brooklyn spot occupies 4,000 square feet across both floors and offers 17-foot ceilings, open seating and dedicated studio desks. It will also have a creative tool lending library […]
Here the developers have gutted a small one-family and turned it into three small open-plan apartments, each with two bedrooms. (The listing says there’s an owner’s duplex, but going by the floor plan, it seems to be referring to the cellar.) Some charm still remains in the form of beautiful fireplaces and the exterior, which has […]
This two-bedroom, two-bath triplex in a Park Slope conversion has an airy feel with two terraces and a roof deck and an interesting mezzanine space. There’s also plenty of room for a home office or two and walk-in closets for both bedrooms. We’re a little puzzled by the floor plan, however, which seems to chop […]
This three-bedroom, two-bath duplex in a Prospect Lefferts Gardens house looks large and well-cared for. The 1,500-square-foot pad has an updated eat-in kitchen with a dishwasher, and both bathrooms appear to be in good shape although not renovated recently. The house also has a screened-in porch, shared backyard, and parking for an additional fee. It’s […]
Work has started at the long-empty double corner lot prominently situated across from Saratoga Park at 840-838 Halsey Street. At one time it was slated to become a community garden, but now plans call for two-three family, three-story buildings. There are no renderings on the fence, but we won’t be surprised if they are Fedders. […]