12/18/14 4:30pm

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Eight-Story Karl Fischer Project to Replace Freestanding Victorian in Flatbush [NYY]
Eight-Story Building Planned for Former Movie Studios in Midwood [Sheepshead Bites]
86th Street Chevrolet to Be Torn Down [Bensonhurst Bean]
Lincoln Park Tavern to Move? [Q Parkside]
Bartel-Pritchard Greenmarket Now Open Through the Winter [South Slope News]
NYPD: Woman Arrested After Attempting to Shoplift, Biting Employee at Foodtown [Kensington BK]

Photo by Eugene Gannon

12/18/14 4:00pm

atlantic and washington avenue DOT

The Department of Transportation wants to make the three-way intersection of Atlantic, Washington and Underhill Avenues less dangerous for pedestrians with some safety improvements. DNAinfo reported on the agency’s presentation to Community Boards 2 and 8, both of which must approve the proposal for changes to be made.

The intersection is on the border of Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights. The plan calls for:

*Shortening crosswalks by building larger median islands.

*Building a new crosswalk between Lowry Triangle, which sits between Washington and Underhill avenues, and the north side of Atlantic Avenue. There will also be a new crosswalk between the east side of Washington and the small triangle in the middle of the street.

*Increasing the length of crossing signals and delaying traffic lights to give pedestrians more time to cross.

*Restricting left turns from Washington Avenue to Atlantic Avenue and from Atlantic Avenue to Underhill Avenue.

Do you think these ideas will work?

Pedestrian Safety Measures Proposed for Dangerous Atlantic Avenue Crossing [DNA]
Image via DOT

12/18/14 12:15pm

549 mcdonald avenue kensington 122014

There’s nothing fancy about this two-bedroom in Kensington, but it’s affordable and close to the train. The kitchen and bathroom are newly updated, and there’s enough space in the kitchen to fit a small dining table. Both bedrooms seem decently sized too. Transit-wise, it’s only two blocks from the F/G trains at Church Avenue. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,550 a month?

549 McDonald Avenue, #1 [Citi Habitats] GMAP

12/18/14 11:30am

navy yard sunset

The federal government has given the Navy Yard a $1,687,000 grant to repair damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, according to the Brooklyn Eagle. The Navy Yard Corporation will use the money to fix up docks and berths destroyed by the storm. Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer announced the award, which came from FEMA, on Tuesday.

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.687 Million Grant for Brooklyn Navy Yard [Eagle]
Navy Yard Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by mcmillianfurlow

12/18/14 10:00am

1068 Fulton St. EN 1

An eight-story mixed-use building will replace the former Elks Lodge building at 1068 Fulton Street near Classon Avenue in Bed Stuy, next to the Clinton Hill border. Architect Nataliya Donskoy filed a new building application yesterday for an eight-story, 41-unit development on the 5,900-square-foot site.

The project will have 4,796 square feet of ground floor retail, a rec room, roof terrace and 21 underground bike storage spots, according to Schedule A filings. Demolition applications have been filed but not yet approved for the existing building.

Building of the Day last year, the apartments were originally built as row houses in the 1870s, and a black chapter of the Elks began meeting there in the 1920s, eventually attracting more than 1,000 members.

Building of the Day: 1068 Fulton Street [Brownstoner] GMAP

12/17/14 4:30pm

clinton hill multifamily

Seven-Story Mixed-Use Building, Public Plaza to Replace El Greco [Sheepshead Bites]
Displacement of Bushwick Tenants: An Artists’ Advocate Weights In [BK Brief]
Spike Hill Has Closed, and Just Sold off Its Beautiful Old Bar [B+B]
PLG’s 115 Ocean Goes for a Boatload: What’s Next? [Q Parkside]
The Story Behind the Small Gingerbread House at 351 Court Street in Carroll Gardens [PMFA]
Brooklyn’s Esplanade, Manhattan Beach [Forgotten NY]
How Much for an Eco-Friendly Two-Bedroom in Williamsburg? [Curbed]
Watch Park Slope Drivers Turn Sidewalk Into Car Lane [Gothamist]

Photo by Juni Safont

12/17/14 4:00pm

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We’re sad to report that the city plans to demolish the crumbling mid-19th century wood frame at 69 Vanderbilt Avenue in the Wallabout Historic District. The HPD filed an emergency demolition permit last week.

A complaint from June said the house was shaking and leaning, and the DOB report said “front porch is unstable…neighboring houses may be in danger.”

Back in August after the construction fence went up we speculated the city had no plans to tear it down. Unfortunately, we were wrong.

“The New York Landmarks Conservancy has had No. 69 on its endangered list for years,” said the New York Times’ Christopher Grey in 2010. “There are only two ways it could get off the list, and right now it’s more likely to go feet first.”

Thanks to Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership for the tip and the photo.

69 Vanderbilt Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project LDC

12/17/14 2:00pm

1453 bedford avenue marche rue dix 122014

The couple behind Senegalese spot Cafe Rue Dix last week opened a clothing and housewares boutique with an unusual contemporary interior next door at 1453 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights. Marché Rue Dix sells a variety of vintage items, including clothing, shoes, ceramics and jewelry.

It also offers new accessories and textiles designed by Crown Heights locals, such as jewelry designer Lisa Levine, candles, coffee and tea. Husband and wife Lamine Diagne and Nilea Alexander hope to sell their restaurant’s signature Senagalese hot sauce in the future.

The space, located between Park and Sterling, is open from 11 am to 9 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Click through to see the interior. GMAP

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12/17/14 12:15pm

93 decatur street bed stuy 122014

Although technically this is a one-bedroom apartment on the parlor floor with some original detail, we’re underwhelmed. Perhaps the new renter can clean up the kitchen area a bit, but for now it looks like a big jumble with appliances plopped down in the middle of the parlor and not much room for anything else. It’s hard to see the inlaid floors and mirrored mantel. Do you think $1,700 a month is reasonable for this?

93 Decatur Street [Charles Rutenberg] GMAP

12/17/14 10:45am

658 broadway east williamsburg

A seven-story, 64-unit building will replace a dilapidated one-story garage at 658 Broadway in east Williamsburg — part of the contested Broadway Triangle area. The Real Deal spotted new building applications for the 93,000-square-foot project, and said it’s one of the 10 largest projects in New York City filed in November.

The development will have 20,000 square feet of community space, including a medical office on the second floor, and 18,000 square feet of commercial space. There will also be a subterranean garage with 89 parking spots, according to Schedule A filings.

Charles Mallea is the architect of record, and the developer is Chaim Fuchs, said the Real Deal. An LLC paid $1,500,000 for the 6,200-square-foot lot in 2010, according to public records. The property takes up half the block and sits on the corner of Bartlett Street between Gerry and Bartlett. An alternate address for the lot is 89 Bartlett. Demolition permits haven’t been filed yet.

The Top 10 Real Estate Projects Coming to NYC [TRD] GMAP
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

12/17/14 10:00am

The city and state are looking for a firm to study and design (but not build) an integrated flood protection system for Red Hook. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent out a press release yesterday announcing a request for proposals, and have already committed $100,000,000 in city and state funding to flood protection. The whole project, including construction, will cost an estimated $200,000,000 and protect 370 acres of land, including Red Hook Houses and “other key buildings and infrastructure in the 100-year floodplain.”

Long-term flood protection strategies may involve “a combination of partially deployable floodwalls and raised development, park retrofits and street raising, resilient building retrofits and redevelopment, and improvements to drainage and pumping facilities,” according to the press release. The Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the NYC Economic Development Corporation will head up the actual implementation of the project.  They’ll also design the final measures with help from the Red Hook NY Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee.

Above, Red Hook flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Curbed was the first to write about the announcement.

Photo via Twitter

12/16/14 4:30pm

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Christmas in Bay Ridge [Forgotten NY]
Barclays Fixture Who Danced Court-Side Dies [BK Paper]
Red Hook Ferry Service Expands to Midtown [DNA]
This Abandoned Graffiti Warehouse in Sunset Park Is One of NYC’s Most Beautiful Spots [Animal]
Lefferts Gardens South! A New Name Takes Flight! [Q Parkside]
Red Hook Property Nabs $16 Million [NYO]
How Local BIDs are Boosting Neighborhoods [Crain's]
With Sweet Potato Falafel and Chicken Schnitzel, Batata Celebrates Its Grand Opening [DPC]
Join the Flatbush Tenant Coalition for a Housing Justice March This Saturday [DPC]
Shop Talk with Brooklyn Makers: In the Seam [BHS]
Closings of Note: Crown Heights Gets Over $3 Million [BK Fullest]
“Starrs” of Bushwick Collide for Some Literary-Musical Performance [B+B]
A Peek Inside Bricolage, Opening Soon in Brooklyn Fish Camp Space [Here's Park Slope]