08/20/14 4:30pm

coney island wonder wheel

Cat Calling is NOT Flattering: Why I Stopped Running in Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]
Bike Lanes Appeared Overnight in Ridgewood! [Bushwick Daily]
Bed-Stuy’s Beautiful Beaux-Arts Bank To Become Apartments [Curbed]
Explore the Battle of Brooklyn on a Historical Pub Crawl Saturday [Brokelyn]
This New Williamsburg Cafe Has Stumptown, Sandwiches and Biggie Smalls Wallpaper [B+B]
Brooklyn’s Largest Affordable Co-Op Mired in Mismanagement, Corruption: Petition [Brooklyn Brief]
Owners Of 80 Rugby Road Struggle To Return Home After Blaze Devastated Their House [DPC]
Ridgewood Development Pledges $10 a Year Space for Artists [DNAinfo]

Photo by deanwgd608

08/20/14 4:00pm

green-wood cemetery battle of brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Park and Green-Wood Cemetery are both holding re-enactments and activities to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the largest battle of the American Revolution. On Saturday afternoon, reenactors from Glover’s Marblehead Regiment will show how sailors saved George Washington’s army during the battle. You can watch them from 12 to 2 pm on Pebble Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  (more…)

08/20/14 2:00pm

51 fifth avenue chocolate room park slope 82014

The Chocolate Room’s Park Slope cafe will re-open in a new location at 51 Fifth Avenue this month, according to the the company’s website. Owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher opened their first dessert cafe in 2005, down the block at 81 Fifth Avenue. Eventually, they expanded to a much larger second location at 296 Court Street in Cobble Hill. Their longtime landlord wanted to increase their rent by nearly six times, forcing them to look for new space in January, according to the Daily News. GMAP

08/20/14 12:15pm

473 harman street bushwick 82014

This railroad one-bedroom apartment in Bushwick is pretty barebones, but it offers a nice amount of space for the price. The bedroom and kitchen have windows but the two middle rooms don’t. However, the bedroom is open to one of the living rooms, which allows some natural light to filter through. The kitchen looks decent, but the bathroom isn’t pictured. It’s about five blocks from the Dekalb L stop and eight from the L/M at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues. You’re practically in Ridgewood here. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,362?

473 Harman Street, #2L [Corcoran] GMAP

08/20/14 11:30am

79 quay street rendering greenpoint 82014

Developer Cayuga Capital Management plans to convert a large brick warehouse at 79 Quay Street in Greenpoint into townhouses and build a boxy apartment building behind it, according to New York YIMBY. The cube-filled apartment building will rise six stories tall and wrap over the warehouse-turned-townhouses, which are pictured on the left side of the rendering. All told, the development will be 60,000 square feet. Gowanus-based architects Cycle Cities will design the project. Cayuga and Cycle Cities are also collaborating on a 12-story office and retail development at 87 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, reported by the WSJ on Monday.

The developer purchased the 23,500-square-foot warehouse at Quay and West Streets for $3,800,000 in March, according to public records. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 79 Quay Street [NY YIMBY]

08/20/14 10:45am

ps 138 addition 801 park place crown heights rendering 82014

The city’s School Construction Authority posted this rendering on the fence for an addition coming to a parking lot next to P.S. 138 in Crown Heights. No new building or alt-1 permits have been filed, and the permits on the fence are alteration type-2 permits for “installation of connecting link.” So we don’t have many details, but it looks like the three-story addition will have garages on the ground floor and either offices or classroom above. The architect listed is Macrae-Gibson Architects, who have worked on schools throughout the city.

The main school building is a huge turn of the century structure at 801 Park Place and 760 Prospect Place, because it sits on a lot that spans the whole block between Nostrand and Rogers Avenues. Constructed in 1907, it began its life as the Brooklyn Training School for Teachers. Click through for pictures of the lot and the school.

Building of the Day: 760 Prospect Place [Brownstoner] GMAP

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08/19/14 4:30pm

mt joy baptist church crown heights 82014

Get Involved: Volunteers To Clean-Up 86th Street, 18th Avenue Tomorrow [Bensonhurst Bean]
Sean Casey Animal Rescue In Need Of Cleaning Supply Donations [Ditmas Park Corner]
Jared Leto Played an Impromptu Acoustic Set in Bushwick This Past Sunday [Bushwick Daily]
A Mobster Flick Is Setting Williamsburg Back Four Decades [B+B]
Thousands Celebrate Pakistan’s Independence At Brooklyn Mela [Kensington BK]
Group Behind No Pants Subway Ride Brings Formal Wear To Coney Island [Sheepshead Bites]
Cornerspotted: The Schaefer Brewery on Kent Avenue [Curbed]
Module Deliveries on Hold; Changes at B3 Site For Green Roof Work [AYR]
The 32 Most Park Slope Things That Have Ever Happened [Buzzfeed]

08/19/14 4:00pm

cadman plaza east brooklyn heights 82014

When we biked down Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn Heights today, Department of Environmental Protection workers were tearing up the road to repair the sewers. Workers onsite told us that they expect the project to take anywhere from three to six months. They also said they’re going to repaint the bike lane that runs next to the courthouse.

Later in the year, they plan on doing work on Red Cross Place and the southbound section of Adams Street, next to the Brooklyn Bridge approach. This section of Cadman Plaza East is closed to traffic. Cyclists who take it to get out of Dumbo will have to find an alternate route for the next few months.

08/19/14 2:00pm

162 flatbush avenue park slope 82014

Verizon has closed its Viva Movil cellphone store at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street, only a year after Jennifer Lopez came to Brooklyn for its grand opening. Verizon Wireless and J Lo launched the retail stores in July 2013 “to lure Latino shoppers to the brand,” according to Betabeat. A tipster told us they saw the signage coming down on Friday at 162 Flatbush Avenue. What do you want to see on this corner, which is directly across the street from the Barclays Center? GMAP

08/19/14 12:15pm

513 macdonough street bed stuy 82014

Dixon has produced another lovely, modern renovation with this four-bedroom, 4.5-bath house for rent in eastern Bed Stuy. The home has oak floors, high ceilings and ensuite bathrooms in each bedroom. The bathrooms feature radiant heated floors, white Italian marble and glass-encased showers. And in the back, there’s a private terrace and landscaped zen garden. But all this doesn’t come cheap: the rent is $7,995 a month. Do you think it’s worth it?

513 Macdonough Street [Town] GMAP

08/19/14 11:30am

45 india street greenpoint 82014

A four-story, seven-unit condo building we first wrote about last year has risen three stories at 45 India Street in Greenpoint. Lubrano Ciavarra Architects is designing the building, which will feature a “corduroy” brick facade, according to the architects.

The 9,920-square-foot development will have two one-bedroom units on the ground floor, one of which will have a private garden and terrace, two two-bedroom, two-bath apartments on each of the second and third floors, and a three-bedroom penthouse on the top level. Each unit will have its own independent HVAC system, washer/dryer and cellar storage unit. The development’s amenities will include a shared garden, terrace and gym. We found a rendering on the fence that matches the one we published last year. Click through to see it.

Rendering and Details About New Greenpoint Build [Brownstoner] GMAP
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08/19/14 10:00am

735 and 737 bergen rendering

New York YIMBY has posted a new rendering of the Brookland Capital buildings under construction at 735 and 737 Bergen Street, between Washington and Underhill in Prospect Heights. Brookland head Boaz Gilad asked architects Issac and Stern to re-think the project’s design, after Curbed compared the original designs to “an establishing shot in a movie about a dystopian police-state” back in April. (more…)