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.
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Originally Public National Bank of New York, now Bank of America Address: 47-49 Graham Avenue Cross Streets: Corner Varet Street Neighborhood: East Williamsburg Year Built: 1921-1923 Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Architect: Eugene Schoen Other works by architect: other branches of Public Nat’l Bank; several synagogues, and factories. Best known […]
Drug treatment and psychotherapy center New Directions lost its lease and plans to relocate to 500 Atlantic Avenue in March. The substance abuse treatment program has been headquartered at 202-206 Flatbush Ave between Bergen and Dean since 1983. More than a dozen neighbors came out at last night’s community board meeting to voice their opposition to the move. Community Board […]
This house has some amazing architectural details, although it’s going to take a bit of polishing to restore it to its former glory. A buyer might want to undo some unfortunate alterations, such as exposed brick, popcorn ceilings, and a modern tile floor in one of the bathrooms. We think it’ll be worth it: The […]
Hot stuff! The penthouse at 24 Monroe Place is pretty darn impressive, with a massive wrap-around terrace complementing the Classic Six layout. In addition to the killer views, this place has a great prewar pedigree and lots of entertaining space. Only thing not to like: The $4,770 monthly maintenance. Asking price is $2,395,000. 24 Monroe […]
This three-bedroom, 2.5-bath short-term rental in Carroll Gardens is bright and modern, and it comes furnished. It’s a penthouse unit in the luxury rental development at 360 Smith Street, which was fully rented by the summer of 2011. The furnishings look lovely if you like pink and purple, and the apartment seems quite spacious. The […]