04/01/15 12:15pm

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This two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent in Prospect Heights is modern, spacious and close to Barclays Center. There’s a wine cooler, a dishwasher, a washer/dryer and a balcony off one of the bedrooms.

The unit is pretty large at 1,081 square feet, according to the listing. Do you think the rent of $4,500 a month is reasonable for the location?

660 Dean Street, #4 [Elliman] GMAP

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04/01/15 10:00am

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Yet another East Flatbush townhouse will meet the wrecking ball for an apartment building, and this time it’s an eight-story development at 733 Rogers Avenue, between Lenox Road and Linden Boulevard. The project will have 16 apartments spread across 15,045 square feet of space, as well as a roof deck, according to plans filed last week.

The architect of record is Willy Zambrano, and Palladium Equities will develop the building. The 138-foot-deep lot is currently home to a two-story house, which sold for $1,200,000 in December. Demolition applications have been filed for the recently renovated home, but the DOB hasn’t approved them yet. GMAP

Photo by Vladimir Khaimov for PropertyShark

03/31/15 4:30pm

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With Community by Their Side, Neighbors Overcome Trauma After Armed Robberies [DPC]
After Years of Organizing, Neighborhood Volunteers Debut Q Gardens With Inaugural Cleanup [DPC]
Bakers on Alert: Sweet and Shiny Bakery in Bushwick Is for Sale [Bushwick Daily]
The Evolution of Benson/86th Street Chevrolet [Bensonhurst Bean]
Build It Back Paying Millions to Contractors for Bungled Work, Says Audit [Sheepshead Bites]
New Voices and P.S. 295 Invite Neighbors to Vote on New Playground Design [South Slope News]
Photos of the Day: Subway Cafe, Coney Island’s Newest Franchise, Opens April 1 [ATZ]
“Made in Bushwick”: Gentrification Hits Home For a Born-and-Bred Photographer [B+B]
10 Old Photos of Prospect Park to Remind You Spring Is on the Way [Kensington BK]
Battle on the Water in Sheepshead Bay [WNYC]
More Body Parts Found in Gravesend Park [DNA]

03/31/15 4:00pm

a taste of fifth

Forty of Park Slope’s best bars and restaurants will once again set up shop tomorrow at Grand Prospect Hall for A Taste of Fifth, which benefits 15 neighborhood charities. Participating restaurants include Stone Park Café, Taco Santo, Luke’s Lobster, Bricolage, Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn, Beygl, Jakes’s Handcrafted, Bogota Latin Bistro, Freddy’s Bar, M & S Prime Meats and The Chocolate Room. (more…)

03/31/15 12:15pm

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Here’s a freshly gutted three-bedroom close to the L and M trains in Bushwick. The combined kitchen-dining-living area is large, and two of the three bedrooms are reasonably sized as well. There are new stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, although it’s wedged into a rather small space.

At first glance, the rent seems affordable at $2,416 a month. But the brokers are advertising a net effective rent with two months free, which means whoever rents this spot will write checks for the much higher $2,900 a month. It’s no fee.

It’s also right under the elevated track, which could be noisy. We know this part of Bushwick is starting to get pricey, but do you think it’s worth $966 a bedroom?

1446 Myrtle Avenue, #1 [Elliman] GMAP

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Work has begun on the 10-story apartment building that will rise on the site of the former Fox Savoy Theater at 1515 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights. Earth movers began excavating at Bedford and Lincoln last week, digging out the basement for the new building and pulling out the last remaining pieces of the old theater’s foundation.

The Thomas Lamb-designed movie palace was originally built in 1926 for motion picture magnate William Fox of 20th Century Fox, and it featured an ornate neo-Classical facade made of white terra cotta. The grand old building was torn down last fall, after its most recent owners, a church, sold it to a developer for a low-seeming $575,000, as readers will recall.  (more…)

03/30/15 4:30pm

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Bushwick Resident Writes a Letter to Obama About Gentrification [Bushwick Daily]
Starbucks Coming to Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill [Myrtle Avenue]
“Laid Back” Farm Share Coming to Crown Heights Beer Hall This Summer [DNA]
De Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan Comes Under Fire at Hearing [DNA]
Tonight: Greenfield, Treyger and FDNY Sponsor Fire Safety Seminar [Sheepshead Bites]
Conversions: For $8 Million, Live in Cobble Hill’s “Amity Street Horror” [Curbed]
Volunteers and Vendors Wanted for Greenwoodstock [South Slope News]
Red Hook Tenants Say Building Unsafe for Their New Kids [BK Paper]
Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” Gets Brooklyn Right and Women Wrong [BK Based]

03/30/15 4:00pm

47 mcdonald avenue brooklyn historical society

The Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting a seminar next month on how to unearth the history of any home or block in Brooklyn, using archival documents and databases. Historical Society Librarian Elizabeth Call will show house nuts how to conduct research in the organization’s library.

Attendees will pore over historic maps, archival images and ancient public records. “If These Walls Could Talk” will take place on Sunday, April 12 from 2 to 4 pm at 128 Pierrepont Street. Tickets cost $50.

The photo above shows an aging wood frame that once stood at 47 McDonald Avenue, across from Green-Wood Cemetery in Windsor Terrace. It was eventually torn down and replaced by a condo development.

Photo via Brooklyn Historical Society

03/30/15 12:00pm

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If you’re on the hunt for a furnished apartment in Bed Stuy, this four-bedroom, 2.5-bath pad is newly renovated with all the bells and whistles you could want. There’s a rolling granite kitchen island, stainless steel dishwasher, wine rack and a stove with a built-in griddle.

The IKEA furniture might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but already assembled beds and desks in every room might be convenient for a group of roommates. It also has central A/C and laundry in the basement. What’s your opinion of it for $3,995 a month?

505 Throop Avenue, #1 [Citi Habitats] GMAP
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03/30/15 10:00am

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The block-long parking lot with shops at 300 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn has been completely demolished. As readers may recall, developer TF Cornerstone is planning a 25-story apartment building here.

Several chains in the building — including IHOP, Subway and Papa Johns — shut their doors last summer before scaffolding went up around the garage in the fall. (IHOP plans to reopen across the street at 276 Livingston.) (more…)

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The partially built 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has just started taking applications for affordable rentals, according to developer Hudson Companies. Rents for the 51 subsidized units start at $565 for a studio, $607 for a one-bedroom, $736 for two bedrooms and $843 for three bedrooms.

And income requirements range from $19,371 for a single person and go as high as $50,100 for a family of six. Half of the affordable apartments will be reserved for current residents of Community Board 9. (The area covers southern Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Wingate and part of North Flatbush.) (more…)

03/27/15 4:30pm

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Giant-Bathtub Mystery Solved: “Float Ventures, LLC” to Occupy Space Above Buschenschank [PMFA]
Newkirk Avenue Fire Victims Have Been Begging for Repairs for Years [DPC]
NYCHA Quietly Sold off Supplies Needed for Repair in Brooklyn [NYDN]
Watchmaker Shinola to Open First Brooklyn Store at Empire Stores in Dumbo [Crain’s]
Controversial Bushwick Building CastleBraid Full of Helpful People [Bushwick Daily]
South Williamsburg’s Newest Boutique Is a Road Trip in Store Form [Racked]
Gaslights of Brooklyn Heights [Forgotten NY]

Photo by Juni Safont