12/31/13 8:30am


Seeking a Buyer for a Home Full of Creatures From the Time of Noah
[NY Times]
90 Proof Brooklyn [NY Times]
NYC to Track Traffic Deaths on Web Site [NY Post]
Brooklyn Borough President Planning Own New Year’s Eve Ball Drop [NY Daily News]
BAM Cultural District Tower Gets Financing, New Address [Curbed]
Debate on the Merits of Landmarking Rages On [Curbed]
Crime Is Down, but Brownsville Doesn’t Feel It [Brooklyn Eagle]
Markowitz Leaves Borough Hall With Business Unfinished [Brooklyn Paper]
Brooklyn Filmmaker Inspired by Borough [Brooklyn College News]

12/30/13 8:30am


Borough Park Torah Animal World Flat Broke, Will Close [NY Post]
Prospect Heights’ Mom-and-Pops Threatened [NY Daily News]
Kings Plaza Shopping Center Lifts Ban on Teens After Flash Mob [NY Daily News]
Residents Outraged Over Destruction of Coney Island Garden [WSJ]
Mixed-Use Development for East Williamsburg [WSJ]
Brooklyn Public Library Wants Your Feedback on Brooklyn Heights Proposals [Brooklyn Eagle]
“Grinch” Landlord Serves Eviction Notice to ‘Burg Seniors on Christmas Eve [Brooklyn Paper]
Demolition of Downtown DMV Could Mean More Luxury Apartments [Brooklyn Paper]
Head of Controversial Homeless Shelter Operator Dies [Philly.com]
City Architects Pin Hopes on New Deputy Mayor [Crain's]

12/27/13 9:30am


More than a year after Blumenfeld Development Group was chosen to build the $100 million Admiral’s Row supermarket and shopping center in the Navy Yard, nonprofit manager Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. has jettisoned the developer, Crain’s reported.

Blumenfeld failed to hold up its end of the contract, according to a statement released by the Navy Yard Development Corp. Blumenfeld said increased insurance and construction costs resulting from FEMA’s revised flood zones made the project untenable. The retail center, pictured above, was supposed to break ground this year.

Blumenfeld is the second developer to be axed from the project. In 2011, PA Associates was dropped because its head was accused of bribery concerning another project.

The Navy Yard Development Corp. said it is still committed to the project, which will have 125,000 square feet of industrial space and 86,000 square feet of retail space, as well as the 74,000 square-foot supermarket. The supermarket has not yet been picked either. Blumenfeld was slated to break ground on the development this year.

The Navy Yard has started reinforcing two of the 12 decaying historic buildings on Admiral’s Row as part of the project, said the story. The Navy Yard currently has 300 tenants and employs about 6,400 people there, “double the number employed there in 2001,” said Crain’s.

Rendering by GreenbergFarrow

12/27/13 8:30am


Living in: Dyker Heights [NY Times]
The Hunt: In Red Hook, a Home a Bit Away From It All [NY Times]
Bed Stuy Condo Sells for Record $1.25 Million [NY Post]
Owner’s Drug Arrest Puts Future of Acclaimed East Williamsburg Restaurant in Doubt [NY Times]
Townhouses Line up on Brooklyn’s State Street [WSJ]
Evicted Bed Stuy Tenant Must Be Given New Hearing [Brooklyn Eagle]
In a Noisy Brooklyn Park, the Best New Feature May Be a Wall [Atlantic Cities]
A Message to Greenpoint from Council Member Stephen Levin [Greenpointers]
Silverstone Sells Bushwick Building for $18M [TRD]
An Interview With Brooklyn Firm TerraCRG’s Ofer Cohen [TRD]

12/24/13 1:30pm

We are taking off early for the holiday today, and will be running on a light schedule until January 2. We’ll publish Daily Links and breaking news, with breaks for Christmas and New Year’s Day. We will resume our normal schedule in the new year, on Thursday, January 2. Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!

12/24/13 1:00pm

Time for a little holiday getaway. This four-bedroom, four-bath vacation home located in the Sea Gate area of Coney Island has some unusual and whimsical touches. It also happens to be owned by Emmanuel Garofalo, who The New York Daily News called a “known Gambino crime family mobster.”

There are a few chandeliers strewn about, but overall the feeling is cheerful, casual and bright, as one might expect of a seaside lair. There is an iridescent blue and black bath whose coloring recalls fish scales or mermaids. The tile in the master bath appears to be printed with faces from famous Italian art.

There is a parquet floor in the media room, and the entry hall has a leaded glass door and transoms and what appears to be a slate floor. The cabinetry’s pneumatic legs make the black and silver kitchen look as if it’s about to achieve liftoff.

Do you find it appealing for $1,198,000?

4011 Atlantic Avenue [Keller Williams] GMAP

12/24/13 12:15pm

This one-bedroom in Park Slope is expensive but comes fully furnished with all kinds of amenities, including an interesting antique piano and a furnished office wired with FiOS internet. It’s on the garden level with a private entrance and access to a large backyard with a lovely little pond.

The kitchen is spacious and outfitted with stainless steel appliances, a center island and plenty of cabinet space. The 900-square-foot pad also has a little den that could be used as a small second bedroom. There’s a washer/dryer in the unit and plenty of storage space in the hallway.

What’s your opinion of it for $3,900 a month?

41 Lincoln Place, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

12/24/13 11:30am


Just down the block from the Wythe Hotel, another hotel is going in at 55 Wythe Avenue, BuzzBuzzHome reported. It will have 183 rooms over 150,000 square feet, according to a plan exam filed earlier this month. The lot is currently home to a one-story warehouse.

The building will be 20 stories with retail on the ground floor, a bar and lounge, rooftop restaurant, and parking for 218 cars. It will also have office and community space. The developer is Zelig Weiss.

When we stopped by this industrial zoned area of Williamsburg over the weekend, we noticed “available” signs on many of the warehouse buildings nearby.

Further down Wythe between North 9th and 10th streets, another hotel (or hostel) is going in. Famous design duo Roman and Williams will do the interiors, as we’ve reported previously.  GMAP

12/24/13 11:00am


A reader sent in this rendering of the new building planned for the empty lot at 319 Schermerhorn at the corner of Nevins Street downtown, which he found on the construction fence. It looks like plans for the building have changed slightly: It will be 18 stories, not 20, and will have 61 units, according to permits.

It’s still residential; across the street two hotels are going up. The empty lot was purchased by an LLC  in January for $10,765,364, according to PropertyShark. It is supposed to wrap in spring 2015, according to the sign, but there is a partial stop work order in effect on the property.

Click through to the jump to see the corner. What do you think of the building design?

Another Residential Tower for Downtown BK [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

12/24/13 10:30am

1910, Newsboys and girl, near BB, Park Row, LOC 1

Many of our American society’s most enduring Christmas traditions come from the Victorian Age. Our idea of Santa Claus, the giver of gifts, became fully imagined the 19th century. From mid-century England we got Dickens’ London, with its top hats and tail coats, Christmas dinner and Tiny Tim. From Scrooge, Marley and the ghosts we had the quintessential example of greed and stinginess being redeemed into charity and giving by the miracle of love, family and friends. Our European Christmas traditions continue with carols and music, and decorated Christmas trees, a Teutonic tradition made popular by Queen Victoria and her German-born Prince Albert. And then we added some American traditions of our own.

The last Christmas in Brooklyn in the 19th century was typical of its day, and not so very different from today. Modern 21st century folk would feel right at home there, because in all the ways that matter, our society is very similar to late 19th century society. Brooklyn was now a part of greater New York City, and New York City then, like today, was a society of haves and have-nots. Some people were doing really well, and their children enjoyed a Christmas filled with fine clothing, expensive gifts, lots of food, and grand and gracious living. While only blocks, or a neighborhood away, other children were thrust into adulthood far too early; concerned not with toys, but with survival. Many had no families, and depended on the charity of others to survive. Others were their families’ only means of support. Christmas 1899, like most Christmases, was a tale of two cities. (more…)

This little frame house in Prospect Lefferts Gardens will come down soon to make way for a five-story residential building at 149 Clarkson Avenue, according to a new building application filed today. The five-story, 10-unit building will have 10,508 square feet of residential space.

This property, which was an Open House Pick in June, sold to an LLC for $660,000 in October, according to public records. In Focus Design and Planning will design the new building. The property is located between Bedford and Rogers Avenues. GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark