The $43 million renovation of Brownsville’s Pitkin Theater is all done! Plans to transform the decrepit theater into a charter school with retail space were announced July of 2010. Now Curbed reports that Poko Partners and the firm Kitchen and Associates finished the adaptive reuse project, giving 130,000 square feet over seven floors to Ascend Charter School, with a discount store at street level. The architecture firm restored the building’s exterior neo-classical and Art Deco features. The interior now has a gym, auditorium, science labs and art rooms. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place Thursday, Sept. 13.
Decrepit Brooklyn Movie Theater Reborn as Charter School [Curbed]
Loew’s Pitkin to Be Converted to School, Retail [Brownstoner] GMAP
Brownsville’s Stone Avenue Library is commemorating its 100th anniversary and its recent reopening after five months of renovations and improvements at a press conference this morning. When it first opened in September 1914 as a children’s library, hundreds of children lined up to explore the Gothic-style building at 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, which was designed to […]
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Two of Brooklyn’s most influential figures in art and real estate, choreographer Elizabeth Streb and developer Jed Walentas, will discuss the borough’s evolution and the importance of supporting artistic ventures next month at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The MacArthur Genius Award-winning choreographer started the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) in a Williamsburg warehouse in 2003, […]