04/10/15 4:30pm

prospect park boat house

Navigating Brooklyn From the 17th to the 21st Century [Hyperallergic]
Bed Stuy Nonprofit Board Members Stole Cash and Evicted Families, AG Says [DNA]
NYCHA Will Get $100 Million for Green Improvements [Gothamist]
Help Spruce up the Neighborhood During the Court Street and Smith Street Spring Cleanup [PMFA]
Work Begins on Site of New Seven Story Building on 5th Avenue [South Slope News]
City Marshalls Seize George’s; Restaurant Could be Reopened by Family of Original Owners [DPC]
Brooklyn Box Browns [Gotham Gazette]

Photo by Matt Karp

04/10/15 10:00am


The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced the winners of its 25th annual Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards. And Brooklyn is well represented. Five buildings in the borough that have recently gone through meticulous restorations have been chosen to receive the organization’s highest honors for outstanding preservation.

In Brooklyn, King’s Theatre in Flatbush (pictured above) will be receiving the award, as will the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights, the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn, Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights, and 1000 Dean Street and Berg’n. Congratulations to all of those involved in each of these projects.

The awards will take place on April 30 at 6:30 pm at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph at 856 Pacific Street. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

Click through for photos of each of these remarkable buildings.

Photo above by Matt Lambros

04/09/15 4:30pm

L train sign

L Train’s Five-Weekend Shutdown Begins Next Week [DNA]
Brooklyn Parking Lot Will Become Eight Apartments, of Course [Curbed]
Gregory’s Coffee Inks Lease for First Brooklyn Spot [CO]
Eagle Provisions to Close in June [South Slope News]
Dasara, the Ramen Noodle Place on Smith Street, Is for Sale [PMFA]
Collect Your Scraps! Q Gardens to Launch Compost Project This Saturday [DPC]
City Taxpayers to Shoulder $2.5 Million Loss on Brighton Boardwalk Bathrooms [Sheepshead Bites]

Photo by Olaf

04/09/15 12:15pm

178 68th street2

Here’s a listing for an entire townhouse in Bay Ridge. It’s got some great details, including herringbone floors, coffered ceilings and built-ins.

There are four bedrooms altogether. It’s only a few blocks from the Bay Ridge Avenue R stop, and Owl’s Head Park is at the end of the block.

The owner is asking $3,500 a month for the entire house.

178 68th Street [Dwell Residential] GMAP

Photo above by Dwell Residential; photo below by PropertyShark

04/09/15 10:00am


We’ve noticed development in Bed Stuy going gangbusters lately, and now there is data to prove it. Last quarter, developers filed more permits for new residential buildings in Bed Stuy than in any other neighborhood in all of New York City.

Developers filed permits for 33 new residential building in the neighborhood in the first quarter. That was three times the number filed in the runner-up neighborhood, Bushwick, which had 11 applications. (more…)

04/09/15 9:30am

Brooklyn sales report

Sales prices in Brooklyn climbed for the 10th consecutive quarter, setting a new record, while rents finally seem to have stabilized. That’s the overall picture we drew from data in reports out today from Douglas Elliman and Corcoran, confirming what we’ve been seeing in the market recently.

The Elliman report, prepared for the firm by Jonathan Miller, president of Miller Samuel, showed the median sales price for a home in Brooklyn was up 17.5 percent in the first quarter of this year over the same period last year to a record of $610,894. The median condo sales price hit a new record at $729,750. The median sales price for a one- to three-family home was up 26.9 percent over the first quarter last year to $744,000.

One of the biggest jumps in price was for two-family homes in northwest Brooklyn — the swath of 16 neighborhoods from Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope, from Fort Greene to Dumbo. Prices for those properties were up 46.2 percent over last year. (more…)

04/08/15 4:30pm

botanical garden

Reborn Paramount Theater in Fort Greene Will Look Like This [Curbed]
Nine People Hurt in Massive Crown Heights Blaze [DNA]
Gentrification Vultures Are Picking Crown Heights’ Bones Clean [Gothamist]
Bed Stuy CB Freaks out Over Adding Pedestrian Space to Fulton and Utica [Streetsblog]
It’s Time to Check in on Lightstone Group’s Mega Development in Gowanus Again [PMFA]
Tomorrow April 9, Neighbors to Protest Tax Subsidy for Real Estate Developers [DPC]
Coney Island’s First Hotel in Decades to Open This Summer [ATZ]
Facing Issues with Landlord, Brooklyn Belly May Not Reopen [KensingtonBK]

Photo by galvarez51

04/08/15 4:00pm

mcgorlick park playground

Next week residents in seven city council districts in Brooklyn will be able to vote on how to spend millions of dollars in city funds. The process, called participatory budgeting, is designed to give the public a voice in how to allocate resources. Each district will have about $1,000,000 to spend on winning projects.

Last year residents of District 33 chose to upgrade the playground at McGorlick Park in Greenpoint, pictured above. This year projects on the ballot include a $400,000 renovation of the community center in Cooper Park in east Williamsburg, $260,000 to plant trees and install tree guards in Sunset Park, and $225,000 for technology improvements at three public schools in Bensonhurst. (more…)

04/08/15 12:15pm


This Boerum Hill one-bedroom garden apartment has quite a few perks — a washer and dryer, space for a home office or den, and a private garden patio as well as shared garden space. It’s got wide plank floors and lots and lots of exposed brick (for those who like exposed brick).

The asking price is $2,750 a month which includes all utilities except for electricity.

What do you think of it?

200 Dean Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

Photo above by Corcoran; photo below by PropertyShark