09/30/14 4:30pm

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Voorhies Tower to Have Gated Entrance, $700K One-BRs, No Affordable [Sheepshead Bites]
Old-Timer Tony’s Pizzeria Is Organizing “Movies in the Park” [Bushwick Daily]
Cornerspotted: Coney Island Avenue and Kings Highway [Curbed]
Self-Proclaimed Owners of Slave Theater Tear Down Developer’s Barricades [BK Brief]
Brooklyn Hit-and-Run Aftermath at 4th Avenue and Degraw [Streetsblog]
50 Cent’s “Power” to Shoot in Brooklyn Heights on Yom Kippur [BHB]
In Contract in Clinton Hill: 368 Grand Avenue [BK to the Fullest]
Neo-Bistro “Le Fond” Lends French Charm (and Great Food) to Greenpoint [Greenpointers]

Photo by Axel Taferner

09/30/14 4:00pm

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The Crown Heights North 7th Annual House Tour takes place this Saturday. Highlights include the Bedford Central Church on Nostrand and an original Kinko-style home built by the Kings and Westchester Land Company. Altogether there will be eight homes, two churches and the Bergen Community Garden.

The self-guided tour starts at 10:45 am on Saturday with a continental breakfast and opening ceremony at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church (pictured), on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and St. Johns Place. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. They’re available on CHNA’s website, at Barbara’s Flowers at 1096 Bergen Street, or at Yanatiba at 714 Washington Avenue. 

09/30/14 2:00pm

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After only a year in business, it looks like Cafe Allegria has closed its doors at 547 St Marks Avenue in Crown Heights. On Saturday morning, we spotted a sign on the front that said the property had been sold and the cafe was closed. Does anyone know what happened? When we interviewed the owners last year, they told us they had bought the house in 2003 and then decided to renovate and move into it three years ago. The public records don’t list any recent sales.

Crown Heights Cafe Opens in a House Just off Franklin Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP

09/30/14 12:15pm

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This two-bedroom, two-bath duplex in Park Slope has plenty of original detail and outdoor space. We spot moldings along the windows, doors and ceilings, as well as a pier mirror. The kitchen was recently updated with granite countertops, a dishwasher and an island. There’s also a private garden and a deck. It looks pretty sweet, and it’s zoned for P.S. 321, according to the listing. Do you think it’s worth $5,500 a month?

809 President Street [Elliman] GMAP

09/30/14 11:00am

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Developer Adam America has just filed new building applications for its fourth project on the Gowanus/Park Slope border, a seven-story development at 610 Warren Street. As is the case with most of Adam America’s projects, the architects are Issac and Stern. The 70-foot-tall building will house 31 units among 35,756 square feet of residential space, along with 16 ground-floor parking spots and 16 bike storage spaces. 

A one-story parking garage with a car rental business currently occupies the 10,000-square-foot lot between 3rd and 4th avenues. It’s worth noting that Adam America doesn’t own the lot, which hasn’t changed hands since 1993. Demolition permits haven’t been filed yet for the garage. The developer is also working on buildings nearby at 275 4th Avenue, 470 4th Avenue and 595 Baltic Street, and six more throughout Brooklyn. GMAP

Image via Google Maps

09/30/14 9:30am

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A new crop of rentals hit the market last week in a rather institutional-looking building at 96 Steuben Street in Clinton Hill, with rents starting at $2,500 for a studio. The seven-story building offers 35 studios, one- and two-bedrooms. One-bedrooms are priced from $2,550, and two-bedrooms from $3,100.

Designed by Studio C Architecture, the apartments feature white Quartz countertops, glass tile back splashes, washer/dryers, dark walnut cabinetry and balconies in some units. Amenities include a shared roof deck, courtyard and underground parking.

The development shares a double lot with another luxury rental building at 97 Grand Avenue, which hit the market in February. Permits list the owner of the 15,000-square-foot property as developer Michael Maidan. Click through for more interiors.

96 Steuben Street Listings [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP

Interior photos via AptsandLofts.com

09/29/14 4:30pm

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A Brooklyn Literary Map: The Best Book for Each Neighborhood [BK Mag]
Crown to Glory: Crown Heights to Prospect Park [Forgotten NY]
Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg Film “St. James Place” in Brooklyn Heights [BHB]
In Williamsburg, Trickle of Chain Stores Gives Way to a Flood [BK Brief]
Slate Draws up Plan for Rental, Condos in East Williamsburg [TRD]
NYU Returns, Conditionally, to Salvage LICH Deal [Capital NY]
Neil Diamond Will Perform at Erasmus Hall High School Tonight [Kensington BK]
The Best Cheap Eats Near Brooklyn Movie Theaters [Brokelyn]
Barclays Center at Two [All About Fifth]

Photo by Jeff Reuben

09/29/14 4:00pm

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Gowanus-based nonprofit 596 Acres, which helps transform vacant lots across all five boroughs into community gardens, is hosting a fundraising gala in Dumbo this Thursday, complete with a pig roast, live music, tattoos and palm readings. After three years of helping communities navigate city agencies and approvals, the 596 Acres is in danger of shutting down, an organizer told us. The nonprofit has fostered gardens in 28 vacant lots, including 10 this year.

The “Mapping Matters” gala will feature a pig roast by chef Erika Nakamura, veggie sandwiches from Foragers, pita and salads from Sahadi’s, an open bar and Latin Balkan music from Consumata Sonidera. Guests can enjoy a raffle, dance party, palm readings, tattoos, hair trims and ‘dos, and personal map creations by artist J MacDonald. The party will happen this Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. Tickets are $50 and up.

Flyer via 596 Acres

09/29/14 12:15pm

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This upper duplex in a Clinton Hill brownstone has only one bathroom for four bedrooms, and two of the bedrooms are tiny, but given the price we bet it’s an easy rent to Pratt students anyway. The bedroom floor seems to have the most original detail left, with some inlaid parquet floors and marble mantels; the common space under the eaves has been opened up and there’s a strip kitchen.

It’s half a block from Pratt, two blocks from the Clinton-Washington G stop and four long blocks from the Clinton-Washington C. What do you think of it and the $3,800 monthly rent?

32 St. James Place, #3 [Elliman] GMAP

09/29/14 10:00am

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No unlandmarked wood frame house in Brooklyn is safe! Demolition permits have been filed to take down this two-story wood frame at 32 Maspeth Avenue in East Williamsburg; the owner hopes to replace it with a six-story apartment building.

Whenever we see a wide frame house in this area, one of the original Dutch settlements of Brooklyn, we wonder about its age, although this one doesn’t look much older the 19th century, at least from the outside. The settlement was deeded in 1638 and named Boswijck in 1661.

The new building will have nine units spread across 6,200 square feet of space, along with a roof deck, according to a new building application that was disapproved in July. The architect of record is Wieslawa Jasiulewicz Majran, and permits list the owner as Andrzej Potrapeluk. The two-family house sold for $1,275,000 last October, after about two months on the market.  GMAP

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

09/29/14 9:30am

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The brick facade is up and most of the windows are in at 81 Fleet Place, the 15-story development that supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis is building in Downtown Brooklyn. Construction on the 205-unit rental building is supposed to wrap in the first quarter of next year, and leasing is scheduled to begin then as well, as the Brooklyn Eagle noted in a story earlier this month.

Next door at 180 Myrtle, where Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group is developing its third and final rental building on Myrtle between Fleet and Ashland places, construction is just starting. When we stopped by, the lot was being cleaned and excavated. A 15-story tower with 213 units and 129 parking spaces will rise on the plot.

These two buildings join the Andrea at 218 Myrtle, Red Apple’s first rental development on the block. It was finished in 2010. Dattner Architects designed all three, and you can click through to see their master plan for the block and a look behind the fence at 180 Myrtle.

Fleet Place Coverage [Brownstoner]  GMAP
Rendering below by Dattner Architects


09/26/14 4:30pm

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Pratt Post Office Moves up Myrtle Next Month Ahead of New Housing Developments [FGF]
That’s Rather Hideous: Long-Stalled 55 Eckford Will Be Ugly When It’s Finally Done [Curbed]
Infamous Williamsburg Bank Becoming Witlof, Brooklyn’s First Flemish Beer Hall [Gothamist]
Car2Go Launches in Brooklyn — Users Will Have to Pay at Parking Meters [Streetsblog]
John Turturro Narrates a New Video About Green-Wood Cemetery [Kensington BK]
Thrilling Theater Play in a Bushwick Backyard  [Bushwick Daily]
“Retro Metro” and the Golden Age of NYC Graffiti at BAM [L Magazine]
PPEN Reclaims High Ground [Q at Parkside]
Help the Flatbush Avenue BID Make the Area Better for Residents and Shoppers [DPC]