01/30/15 4:30pm

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Food Co-op Slated to Open at 825 Caton Avenue in March [DPC]
Two-Story Building for Sale on 4th Avenue Has Nine-Story Construction Plans [South Slope News]
Checking in on Long-Stalled Construction at 337 Degraw Street [PMFA]
Overcrowding at P.S. 176 Prompts DOE to Lease New Building, Rezone [Bean]
Please Sign Petition for Zoning Study to Begin [Q Parkside]
Pols Say City Software Should Be Used to Stop Illegal Conversions in Bay Ridge [BK Daily]
Park Slope’s New 7th Avenue Condos Now up for Grabs [Curbed]
Jessica and Milo’s 400-Square-Foot Studio in Carroll Gardens [AT]
To Hike Rent, Brooklyn Landlords Swap Plain Walls for Brick [Bloomberg]
Map: Seven Bed Stuy Businesses That Shuttered in the Last Year [DNA]

hpd tenants rights forum

If you’re confused about rent stabilization, Section 8 housing, or any of your legal rights as a tenant, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is hosting a forum next month in Brownsville to answer your questions. HPD reps will also discuss housing code violations, NYCHA housing, bed bugs, rent protections for seniors and the disabled, discrimination and affordable housing lotteries. The forum will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at P.S./I.S. 323 in Brownsville, located at 210 Chester Street. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

01/30/15 10:00am

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A four-story condo building we’ve been watching at 45 India Street in Greenpoint looks pretty close to finished, at least on the outside. Windows are in on the top floors, the brick facade is installed, and it seems like interior work is under way.

Designed by Lubrano Ciavarra Architects, the development has seven apartments and a “brick corduroy facade” intended to echo the 19th century industrial buildings found throughout the neighborhood. There will be two one-bedrooms; four two-bedroom, two bath units; and a three-bedroom penthouse. Shared amenities include a rear terrace, garden and gym.

And it looks exactly like the rendering we published two years ago. What do you think of how it’s turning out so far?

45 India Street Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

01/29/15 4:30pm

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Renewed Push for Unsafe Buildings Bill to Discourage Landlord Sabotage [Capital NY]
A Visit to Bushwick’s Cemetery of the Evergreens [Newtown Pentacle]
Former Paul Robeson Theatre Space for Lease in Fort Greene [DNA]
Williamsburg’s 340 Wythe Avenue Sells for $7.5 Million [NYO]
Pricey Condos Replace 150-Year-Old Carroll Gardens House That Crumbled [Curbed]
Crown Heights’ Youth Farm Accepting Applications [Edible BK]
Inside the Cheese Caves Beneath the Streets of Crown Heights [Edible BK]
Trying the New Cocktails and Seafood at the Church Café Wine Bar [Kensington BK]
Massive L Train Shutdown Between Manhattan and Brooklyn Coming in Spring [Brokelyn]
We Knew It! Bushwick IS the Center of the World (Actually of NYC) [Bushwick Daily]
Coney Island 2015: Subway Cafe, Sushi Lounge, IHOP, Checkers, Johnny Rockets [ATZ]

01/29/15 4:00pm

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Arts Gowanus has issued an open call for artists to create public art on either side of the Carroll Street Bridge, in front of Whole Foods, and other public sites around the neighborhood, as Brokelyn was the first to note. Projects should highlight “the history, the Canal, the culture of creativity and the diversity of the community,” according to the organization.

A panel made up of reps from the Parks Department, Department of Transportation and local arts nonprofits will select three to five works to display throughout Gowanus. Projects can be in any medium and must follow the Parks Department guidelines for public art. A $35,000 grant connected to Brad Lander’s “Bridging Gowanus” program will fund the installations.

The deadline for proposals is March 2, 2015, and all artwork must be ready for installation by June 30, 2015. Work will be on display outdoors for up to 11 months. Anyone who’d like to participate is encouraged to attend a community meeting on Monday, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Old Stone House, located at 336 3rd Street. At the meeting, local leaders and community members will discuss what makes Gowanus unique and what they’re looking for from artists. 

01/29/15 2:00pm

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Just as Crown Heights dug itself out of the snowstorm, an outpost of the Harlem-based Manhattanville Coffee opened its doors Wednesday at 167 Rogers Avenue, on the corner of St. Johns Place. It is serving sandwiches, pastries and parfaits, in addition to coffee and tea. In the next few weeks, salads and soups will be added to the menu. The hours are 6:30 am to 8 pm on weekdays and 8 am to 8 pm during the week. Click through to see the interior. GMAP


01/29/15 12:15pm

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This teens two-bedroom apartment in Crown Heights has a nice layout and plenty of attractive original details. The two-family house at 1239 President Street was a HOTD in October, and sold for $999,000 last month (the ask was $1,200,000).

We spot coffered ceilings, an original mantel, wainscoting, hardwood floors and a claw foot tub. The kitchen is a little dated, but it’s got everything you’ll need. There’s a pretty large shared backyard too. But the rent seems high unless you plan to use the front living room as a third bedroom. What do you think of it for $2,950 a month?

1239 President Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

01/29/15 11:30am

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Demolition had just started at the former Huxley Envelope Factory when we checked in a few weeks ago, but now the big one-story building at 145-155 West Street in Greenpoint is completely gone. Last summer, Mack Real Estate and Palin Enterprises resurrected long-stalled plans to build a 39-story tower on the site next to the India Street Pier. Ismael Levya will design the 800,000-square-foot high-rise, which will include more than 600 apartments and 23,000 square feet of retail, as previously reported. Twenty percent of the apartments, or roughly 120 units, will be affordable. The developers have also promised to build a 22,000-square-foot waterfront park and playground between India and Huron Streets.

Demolition Begins Next to India Street Pier [Brownstoner]

217 livingston street aka 11 hoyt street rendering

Macy’s has been working on a plan to redevelop its Downtown Brooklyn properties since last summer, and YIMBY has unearthed renderings for one proposal. Apparently Brookfield is one of the contenders, and the developer brought on architects Beyer Blinder Belle to design its plans for a parking garage at 11 Hoyt Street and a big Art Deco building at 450-458 Fulton Street (not the flagship Macy’s, which is at 422 Fulton).

Macy’s wants any developer to build a new 300,000-square-foot store or rehabilitate the old flagship at 422 Fulton plus create a small Bloomingdale’s Outlet on Fulton. Under Brookfield’s plan, the garage would become a huge, glassy structure with a Macy’s on the ground floor, a tower of apartments above, and an address at 217 Livingston Street. However, a local family who ran the Young World retail stores still owns part of the Hoyt Street garage, complicating plans for sale or development.

Meanwhile, the landmarked A.I. Namm & Son Department Store would get a facelift, and Macy’s would expand into its base at 450-458 Fulton Street. As far as we know, the building was not mentioned in the original RFP, but it is attached to the 11 Hoyt Street garage. The ground floor is currently a Modell’s.

Presumably, all this moving around would pave the way to sell or redevelop the Macy’s flagship at 422 Fulton into a mixed-use building. (That one is not landmarked, by the way.)

Click through to see the rendering for the old A.I. Namm store building. What do you think of the designs?

First Look: Potential Macy’s Redevelopment at 450-458 Fulton Street, in Downtown Brooklyn [NYY]
Macy’s Shopping Around Brooklyn Properties, Requests Proposals [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Beyer Blinder Belle


01/28/15 4:30pm


395 Clinton Street: New Meets Old With Regrettable Results [PMFA]
Hundreds of Neighbors Raise More Than 30K To Help 773 Lounge Rebuild After Fire [DPC]
Learn What’s Happening on 5th Avenue at Upcoming BID Meeting [South Slope News]
A Snowball Fight Gone Wrong During the Blizzard of 1888 [Brownstone Detectives]
Counterpoint: Brooklyn Bridge Park Condos Are “One of the Greatest Cons of All Time” [Gothamist]
Photos: Unfazed by a Few Inches of Snow, Everyone Went to the Park Today [Bensonhurst Bean]
“Bronies” Set to Gallop Into Brooklyn for “My Little Pony” Convention [DNA]
Sunset Park Playground to Close for Year-Long Reconstruction [DNA]
Take Me Down Like I’m a Domino [Eagle]

Photo by Steve Sherman

01/28/15 4:00pm

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The Dumbo Arts Festival won’t return this fall, after 18 years in the gallery-filled waterfront neighborhood, Two Trees announced this afternoon. It began in 1997 as the Art Under the Bridge Festival, a grassroots art initiative meant to attract art lovers and artists to Dumbo. One of the original organizers, Joy Glidden, ran the festival until 2009, when Two Trees took over organizing the event.

“But as the festival grew and grew – more than 220,000 visitors flooded the neighborhood for the festival weekend last year – it became clear that we could no longer mount the festival ourselves without commercializing it in a way that didn’t feel right. We were getting too far from the original mission of the festival,” Two Trees’ cultural affairs director Lisa Kim wrote in an email. 

Instead, Two Trees will spend the money for the Dumbo Arts Festival on other arts programming, including Dumbo galleries, the First Thursday Art Walk, a studio program that offers free work space to artists, subsidized rent for cultural organizations, public art commissions and art projects at the Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg.

Photo by Jane Kratochvil for Two Trees