4th Ave Traffic Calming Moves Forward [Streetsblog]
Fairway Donates $30K to ReStore Red Hook Nonprofit [Patch]
James Franco Painted a Mural in Williamsburg [FREEWilliamsburg]
GoogaMooga Rainout Hangover: Wasted Food, Livid Vendors [Gothamist]
“Presumed Inevitability of Gentrification” in Greenpoint [Greenpointers]
Five Days of Eating at Brooklyn’s Newest Food Truck Lot [Brooklyn Based]
17th Street Becomes a River After Morning Water Main Break [South Slope News]
Photo by lostinbrooklyn
The Crow Hill Association is holding its second town hall meeting tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm at the Congregation Kol Israel at 603 St. Johns Place. The idea is to build on the themes discussed by the community during the first town hall meeting, which include fair housing, community engagement, politics, and youth. Here’s a good summary of the first meeting held in March, which drew 220 people. You can read about Crow Hill Association’s work in the neighborhood at its website.
BuzzBuzzHome attended the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit the other week and picked up new renderings of the big build currently going up on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Franklin Avenue. Aptsandlofts.com will begin marketing the building in the spring of 2014; the firm’s president and founder Dave Maundrell told the summit crowd that the units will be condos. This particular project has cycled through many renderings since the empty lot sold in 2012. According to DOB records, it’ll have 65 units over eight stories, as well as ground-floor retail and community space. See the interior renderings after the jump.
341 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights to Hit Market in Spring 2014 [BuzzBuzzHome]
Eastern Parkway Build Going up Quickly [Brownstoner]
A Peek Inside the Big Build at 341 Eastern Parkway [Brownstoner]
The Latest Look for the Big Eastern Pkwy/Franklin Ave Site [Brownstoner]
Big Lot at Eastern Pkwy/Franklin Finally Sells for $8M [Brownstoner]
Long-Empty Crown Heights Lot up for Grabs [Brownstoner]
Restart Coming for 341 Eastern Parkway? [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: 333 Eastern Parkway [Brownstoner] GMAP DOB
Renderings via BuzzBuzzHome (more…)
This Boerum Hill rental at 386 Pacific Street is definitely unusual for a brownstone, with a split-level dining-living area and an open loft space over looking the living room, which has a 20-foot ceiling. Since it’s a corner building, there are three sides of windows too. Upstairs is the one bedroom plus office space, and downstairs is the living room, kitchen and dining area. There’s some exposed brick, and the finishes look fairly new. The asking rent: $6,800 a month.
386 Pacific Street [City Connections Realty] GMAP P*Shark
Do you long for that day when ALL you had to mock in Williamsburg was hipsters? Tired of nannies with double wide baby carriages headed to pop-art baby toy stores? Tired of Land Rovers replacing bikes? Tired of specialty pickle shops, artisanal napkin stores and Pilates studios on every block? Tired of condos blocking out your view of Manhattan? Are you just sick and tired of watching sports bars take over your favorite neighborhood dives AND douche them all up?
The event, called “I Am The New Williamsburg!,” features bands, a DJ, and guest performers. Wonder what the effigy is going to look like…
Photo by zachvs
The bike share program could increase property values in areas where stations are located, according to an article in One Earth.
Interestingly, when it comes to property values, it’s generally accepted that higher-traffic streets are correlated with lower property values. But with bike infrastructure, the opposite seems to be true. In London, there’s no surer sign that a property is located in an upward-trending hot spot than the presence of a nearby bike-share station. One real-estate broker notes that her company’s agents “have been inundated with questions from prospective tenants about the nearest docking station.” (And what’s true in London also appears to be true here: in Washington, D.C., proximity to a Capital BikeShare station now appears in real-estate listings — along with hardwood floors and top-of-the-line appliances — as an amenity.)
Interestingly, there were similar protests against the bike share system before it started in London in 2010, and the outcry was loudest in the most upscale areas, said the story. The new system has encouraged lots of non-bike riders to take up the mode of transport, probably having a positive effect on traffic and health: 49 percent of people who use the London system said they started bicyling in London because of it.
Overinflated: Why the NYC Bike Share Backlash Is a Good Thing [One Earth]
Let the Stoop Sales Begin [Park Slope Stoop]
Ditmas History: A Photographic Legacy [DPC]
RIP to the Best Used Bookstore in Brooklyn [The L]
5 Extraordinary Art Openings This Weekend [Bushwick Daily]
Road Closures for Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday [Kensington BK]
Sunday Tree-Bench Raising at The Green Triangle [Kensington BK]
Go Listen to This Coney Island-Themed Playlist Marty Markowitz Made on Spotify [Runnin' Scared]
Here is the perfect video for your late Friday afternoon: the PS 11 drum line performing for their school field day at the Park Slope Armory. It was shot by Michael Galinksky, local Brooklyn filmmaker and Hot Seat interviewee.
The Daily News attended the grand reopening of Grimaldi’s Pizza in Coney Island yesterday, a celebration held because Hurricane Sandy devastated the pizzeria. Amusing the Zillion checked out the renovated space at 1215 Surf Avenue a few days ago, where the owners have put the “Dreamland Bell” on display near the entrance, pictured above. It’s the bell that survived the Dreamland Fire of 1911 and is serving as a testament to the Hurricane Sandy recovery. It will be at the restaurant for a few weeks. The Daily News also shared a few other updates on surrounding businesses: The Aquarium is still set to open on May 25, Nathans will open Memorial Day weekend, the Parachute Jump will be relit on June 24, Peggy O’Neil’s bar is open but barely hanging in there, and El Dorado Auto Skooter is struggling with a lack of revenue. Amusing the Zillion reports that two shooting galleries have replaced establishments wiped out by Sandy. The Wonder Wheel and Luna Park, of course, are already up and running, meaning it’s time to plan another visit to Coney Island…
Coney Island Attractions Slowly Rebound [NYDN]
Grimaldi’s Rings in Coney Island Comeback With Dreamland Bell [ATZ]
Photo by Tricia Vita for Amusing the Zillion
Comment: We came this close to a “four for four” for the third week in a row!
Open House Picks 11/9/2012 [Brownstoner]
Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview folks involved in Brooklyn real estate, architecture, development, and the like. Introducing Corrin Arasa, the founder and creative director at Patina Vintage Rentals, a furniture rental showroom and studio in Bushwick.
Brownstoner: What neighborhood do you live in, and how’d you end up there?
Corrin Arasa: The Patina studio is in Bushwick. I live in Forest Hills and have for ten years. We moved there because it’s a great place to raise a family and it’s one of the prettiest spots in the city. Plus it’s only 10 minutes away from Bushwick — which is great.
BS: Can you talk about the beginnings of the company, and how you got into vintage furniture?
CA: I’ve always been into vintage furniture and décor. I’ve always loved finding hidden treasures at flea markets and estate sales. My mom used to drag us to yard sales all of the time growing up, so I guess the thrill of the hunt is long ingrained. I started an event-marketing agency ten years ago. Many of my clients needed something different from anything that was offered for events, so I started pulling from my own collection and scouting and creating custom pieces for them. As my inventory and sources grew, so did my company. Now I have an inventory of hundreds of pieces which led to the launch of Patina Rentals last summer.
After the jump, Corrin talks about finding a 5,000-square-foot space in Bushwick, what’s happening with Brooklyn design, and the craziest event she provided furniture for… (more…)
Last week scaffolding came down at 434 Vanderbilt Avenue, the formerly rundown Fort Greene townhouse that’s been under construction for almost a year. Sean Beckerman of Complimentary Colors Construction Corp, which is owned by Michael Sheehan, got in touch about their work on the project; they took over about six months ago after two other contractors fell through and the renovation was put on hold. The building, unsurprisingly, needed to be gutted, but a previous contractor set up the interior steel structure incorrectly. Complimentary Colors reworked it and corrected a 4-inch lean to the building. And while the LPC asked that they reuse at least 60 percent of the original brick, there wasn’t enough to salvage. They started the facade renovation by removing all the old bricks and mortar, then tied the new cinder blocks to the new interior steel structure. They corrected the 4-inch lean by stepping the bricks in from left to right. They rebricked the entire front of the house with a new brick approved by the LPC. They also rebuilt the front and rear pitched roofs. The reason the reno is missing a full cornice is because the homeowner can’t fund it at this point. The interior setup consists of an owners duplex with two upper floor rental units. And keep an eye out for more: The firm was asked to look at a house across the street, where the owner is considering a four-story addition. What a nice job they did saving this French Second Empire-style home, built back in 1866.
Transformation for 434 Vanderbilt Avenue [Brownstoner]
Salvation for Decrepit Fort Greene Townhouse [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)
Buyers are picking up apartments at 145 McGuiness, the 10-unit Greenpoint condo that launched this April. A sales rep at Aptsandlofts.com reports that five units are now spoken for. In fact, all five offers came in and were accepted at the official building launch on May 9. Prices range from $499,000 for a one-bedroom to $949,000 for a two-bedroom. The next open house is this Sunday, from 2 pm to 4 pm.
10-Unit Condo Launches in Greenpoint [Brownstoner]
145 McGuinness Boulevard Listings [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Real Estate Roundup [Wyckoff Heights]
Brooklyn Summer Street Styles….From 1987 [PMFA]
Help Clean up the Neighborhood on June 1 [DPC]
Construction Continues on Pacific Street Rental [Patch]
Oslo Coffee Reopens Post-Fire With Free Coffee [Eater]
Surplus Paint From the Brooklyn Bridge Gets a Second Act [Brooklyn Based]
Park Slope Activists Calling for Prospect Park Surveillance Cameras [PSS]
Two Brooklyn schools are holding silent auction fundraisers this week: the Arts & Letters 2013 Speakeasy Gala and Auction, scheduled for tomorrow, and the P.S. 84 Second Annual Gala Benefit Auction, scheduled for Sunday. Arts & Letters is hosting an evening with live music and an open bar, and tons of deals on local camps, classes, meals, and backstage passes are up for bid. Bidding lasts through today at midnight. And on Sunday, the P.S. 84 PTA will host an evening with a live DJ, home-cooked food, cash bar, and a silent auction featuring local and city-wide businesses, including a night at the Wythe Hotel, dinner at Peter Luger, Yankee tickets, and a Catskills weekend getaway. Bid here!
Something huge is brewing on the west side of 4th Avenue between 10th and 11th streets. A few tipsters wrote in to say that the structure once housing Cafe 454 was demolished (the cafe closed in late February) and it turns out demolition is in store for all the buildings, residential and commercial, on that corner. The Cafe 454 building is actually on the same lot as the residential building on the corner, 243 11th Street. The development group Fourth Eleventh Development, LLC picked up the lot this December for $5,053,000. The sale also included the old Urban Spaces storefront at 472 4th Avenue and the laundromat at 470 4th Avenue. The DOB approved demo permits for those two commercial buildings as well. What’s surprising is that five more townhouses along 11th Street will be demolished. The DOB approved demo permits for 241 11th Street (which cost the developers $999,000), for 239 11th Street ($2,500,000), for 237 11th Street ($999,000), for 235 11th Street (which shows no recent sale), and 233 11th Street (also $999,000). We also hear that at least three of those townhouses appear to be already vacant. You can click through to see an outline of the lot, and of all the townhouses set to be demolished. Information behind the development LLC is scarce and they have not filed any new building permits yet, leaving the scale of the new development unknown. There’s about 120 feet of frontage on 4th Avenue and a little more than 100 feet of frontage along 11th Street. The current buildings are built up to a floor area ratio of around 1; the current zoning allows a building with a FAR as large as 6. Have any details on this big, soon-to-be-empty lot? Send them to the tipline… (more…)
Ideya Latin Bistro, formerly located in SoHo, is opening a new location at the old Carlton Park space, on the corner of Park Place and Flatbush Avenue. Dubbed Ideya Brooklyn, it will open by mid-June, the owner estimates. She says you can expect the same menu as in SoHo with some tweaks — the original chef will be cooking at the new spot. There will be an emphasis on Caribbean food such as jerk, salt cod, and curry dishes. The restaurant is also known for its mojitos, which will be served from the restaurant bar. Ideya just received approval from the community board and is working on cosmetic changes at the new space. Nice addition for the summertime! GMAP
This floor-through, two-bedroom apartment at 1141 Park Place does have some charms, although renovations make the unit feel a little underwhelming. It looks spacious enough, and the unit’s on the parlor floor, but we’ve still got to ask: Who’s paying $2,500 a month to live out by Albany Avenue?
1141 Park Place [Staying in NYC Inc.] GMAP P*Shark
The Landmarks Preservation Commission went through a very full agenda Tuesday, voting to calendar three historic Brooklyn sites. The first is the Henry and Susan McDonald House at 128 Clinton Avenue, in Clinton Hill (pictured left). Landmarks says that it’s an “unusually well-preserved and rare free-standing Italianate frame house with Greek Revival style elements” built in 1853-54. It was built for Henry McDonald, a prosperous baker with a business in Manhattan. The second is the Long Island Business College at 143 South 8th Street, in South Williamsburg (pictured right). It’s currently a co-op building, formerly a business college. The Romanesque Revival-style building was constructed in 1890-92 with red brick, brownstone details, and a slate roof. The third is the Peter Huberty House at 1019 Bushwick Avenue (pictured center), a Building of the Day pick. The Colonial Revival mansion was built in 1900. LPC details the facade: “The Huberty House design is cubic in form and is crowned by a hipped roof with dormers. Laid in a Flemish bond, its red brick facades are accented with glazed brick headers, gray brick corner quoins, and stone and terra-cotta window trim. Its main entrance features an impressive Federal-style curved portico with Ionic columns, arched gray brick Gibbs surround, historic double-leaf doors, and stained-glass fanlight.” You can read the full writeup of all three historic structures after the jump. And regarding the vote of a clapboard restoration at 122 Pacific Street, the LPC approved. (more…)