NYC Service and the Citizen’s Committee for New York City are giving out grants to help neighborhood groups spruce up their communities. The Love Your Block program awards $1,000 grants and allows groups to partner with the departments of transportation, sanitation and parks to beautify streets. The city will help with things like graffiti removal, repairing signs and streetlights and free mulch for tree pits.
Applications are due by November 7 and projects need to be started between April and June. Since the program began in 2009, 225 grants have been given out. Find out more about the program here.
This recently renovated two-bedroom in Bushwick would work well as a share. The bedrooms are at opposite ends of the apartment, and the living room is a decent size. There’s an updated kitchen, hardwood floors and a dishwasher.
It’s about equidistant from the Halsey and Gates J/M/Z stops. At $1,850 a month, it’s less than a thousand dollars a room. Good deal?
Work is moving forward on a few sites at the massive Greenpoint Landing development at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Excavation is underway at 21 Commercial Street, above. The 82,476 square foot building will have 93 units and 2,577 square feet of commercial space when its complete.
Last week the Daily News took a look at the design of the 22 acre waterfront park that will be an integral part of the development. Rather than building high sea walls to protect the development against future storms like Hurricane Sandy and rising sea levels, the designers are taking a softer approach. They are using sloping terraces and areas planted with salt-tolerant plants. “When people think of resiliency measures, they think they have to look tough and ugly, but there are actually innovative ways to do the same things while still looking soft and beautiful,” Lisa Switkin, one of the landscape architects on the project with James Corner Field Operations, told the News.
Across the street and a bit further south, on Dupont Street, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has torn down the sludge tank that had been on the site, as reported, and was busy conducting remediation, removing soil, to prepare the site for its transformation to parkland. At 33 Eagle street a block over, the site of another future mixed-income building, construction has yet to begin.
Click through for more images of 21 Commercial Street, a rendering of the park and the sludge tank site.
Though construction is still in full swing, apartments at the large development on Lefferts Place between Grand Avenue and Classon Avenue are now on the market. The project, called Lefferts Mews, at 76, 80, 84 and 88 Lefferts Place, will have 31 condominium units. Corcoran, which is handling sales, has put five units on the market, BuzzBuzzHome noticed Friday. They range from a 724-square-foot one-bedroom apartment for $625,000 to a 1,525-square-foot two-bedroom apartment for $1,495,000 — that’s $980 a square foot for the two-bedroom.
The units in the townhouse-style development include duplex garden apartments, duplexes with a roof deck and floor-through units. The units feature Siberian oak floors, large windows. Paul Davis designed both the interiors and the exteriors.
The original developer, an LLC, bought the site in June of 2012 for $3,400,000 and planned to build seven, four-story townhouses, each with three units. In July of 2013 the owner sold the property for $7,850,000 to another LLC. The new owner began construction on this project a month later.
Click through for renderings of the project and interiors. What do you think of the design?
Burly Cafe (or Burly Coffee, depending on where you’re looking) is planning to open next Monday at 832 Dekalb Avenue near the corner of Throop in Bed Stuy. According to its Facebook page, the cafe will be brewing and retailing Colectivo Coffee, roasted in Milwaukee.
Burly joins a few other new businesses that have sprung up on this corner. Vin de Table wine shop opened nearby at 354 Throop Avenue and Simple Pleasures Cafe opened last week across the street at 833 Dekalb Avenue.
Thanks to a tipster for alerting us to the October 27 opening. Click through to see a photo of the interior nearing completion.
The outside of this rental is nothing to get excited about — it’s a Fedders special without the branded air conditioner covers — but it’s not too bad on the inside. The three-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Windsor Terrace has attractive diagonally placed floors and the bedrooms appear to be good sized (only one is pictured).
Plus, there’s a cute cat in the listing. We’re guessing this is the garden level, although the ad doesn’t specify. What do you think of it for $3,750 a month?
Hundreds of Brooklyn religious leaders attended a recent meeting sponsored by Borough President Eric Adams about how faith-based organizations can earn money and develop their properties by selling air and land rights to developers, according to a story in DNAinfo. It’s an idea that resonated with many of the borough’s religious leaders as they face declining congregations, fundraising challenges and budgetary pressures while working to expand social services to meet the needs of those left behind in the recession.
“You are land-rich but cash-poor. The largest amount of housing potential in Brooklyn lies with you,” Pastor Gilford Monrose, director of the Borough President’s faith-based initiatives, told attendees.
Since many churches own historic buildings and have parking lots and other properties, developers are often interested in the properties. Deacon Dennis Mathis of Glover Memorial Baptist Church at 2134 Dean Street in Crown Heights (pictured above) said he wants to develop affordable housing on a church-owned parking lot and use the proceeds to expand its social services. “Any profit made from the deal will go toward expanding our soup kitchen and food pantry and might allow us to add after-school programs for youth,” he told DNAinfo. Developers have offered between $200,000 and $300,000 for the lot, he said.
A reverend at another Crown Heights church, Brooklyn Christian Center Church at 1061 Atlantic Avenue, said the church has a development plan in the works and came to the conference to learn how how to keep control of the property. Also discussed at the conference was how churches can work with city agencies to develop affordable housing.
Throughout the borough, churches have been demolished for new buildings and in some cases converted to condos. At least a dozen such projects are in the works now.
Adams has previously said he believes developing church property can help increase affordable housing in the borough. Do you agree?
When we stopped by the mixed income building at 1133 Manhattan Avenue at the far northern tip of Greenpoint, the building looked like it was nearing completion. Through the windows we could see workers sanding joint compound off the seams in the drywall — a sign that the interiors are getting close. The ground floor retail space looked like it had much further to go. The spaces are open to the elements and not built out yet.
The website for the building says that units will be available fall 2014, or about now.
The building has attracted a lot of attention in part because of incredible demand for the income-restricted units throughout the city. Nearly 60,000 people applied for the 105 below-market rate units here. The $67,000,000 building will have another 105 market-rate units as well as 20,000 square feet of retail and commercial space when it’s completed.
The building, which replaced a low-slung brick warehouse, was designed by architect firm Perkins Eastman. Click through for a photo of the unfinished street level retail space.
The Brooklyn Historical Society‘s annual fundraising event, Brooklyn Bounty, will showcase food, drinks and dessert from more than two dozen borough purveyors. The evening will include the 4th Annual Brooklyn Food & Heritage Awards, honoring innovators in the world of Brooklyn cuisine.
Red Hook Lobster Pound, Scratch Bread, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbeque, Brooklyn Farmacy and more will be serving up tasty treats.
Tickets start at $200 per person and can be purchased here. The event will be held at 26 Bridge Street in Dumbo (pictured above) and runs from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Wednesday, October 22.