03/26/15 4:30pm

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Councilwoman Cumbo Raises Concerns About “Blocs” of Asians Moving Into NYCHA [NYO]
Construction of Pulaski Bridge Bike Lane to Start Next Month [DNA]
Why Does It Take So Long to Build a Bike Lane in Brooklyn? A City Subcontractor Tells All [Brokelyn]
More Than 100 Firefighters Battle Blaze at 2010 Newkirk Avenue [DPC]
Brandi’s DIY and Antique-Chic Prewar Apartment in Crown Heights [AT]
GEM Discount Store Is Closing [Q Parkside]
New Bed Stuy Coffee Shop to Offer Baking and Cooking Classes [DNA]
Grand Opening: Bella Napoli Serves Brick-Oven Pizza on Bay Parkway [Bensonhurst Bean]
Here’s a Cow Tongue “Full Of Needles” Attached to a Tree in Prospect Park [Gothamist]
Volunteer to Help Make Brooklyn Students Readers for Life [Brooklynian]

Photo by Michael Pearce

03/26/15 4:00pm

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The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a meeting tonight on cleanup efforts at the polluted Harte & Company factory at the corner of Dupont, Clay and Franklin Streets, Greenpointers reported. (Yes, this is the same building we wrote about this morning, whose developer wants to preserve part of the 1930s Arte Moderne exterior).

The state Superfund site has a plume beneath it made of phthalates — liquid plastic chemicals — up to five feet deep in some areas. And apparently the plume is moving, contrary to what the developer told the Brooklyn Eagle. This is a map of the plume made in 2013, via Greenpointers. (more…)

03/26/15 12:15pm

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This three-bedroom brownstone duplex is yet another beautifully renovated and pricey Bed Stuy pad. The 1,500-square-foot apartment has an eat-in kitchen with a decorative marble mantel, pretty woodwork, a dishwasher and a wine rack. The bathroom also features an original claw foot tub and attractive blue patterned tile.

There is basement storage and a washer/dryer. The G train is half a block away at Classon Avenue.

Incidentally, the building was a House of the Day when it was for sale in 2013, and configured differently. We do see a potential deal breaker, though: The bathroom and the bedrooms are on separate floors.

What’s your opinion of it for $4,000 a month?

420 Lafayette Avenue, #2 [Elliman] GMAP


03/26/15 11:30am

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The distinctive curved facade on the polluted Harte & Company factory in Greenpoint could survive, an owner’s rep told the Brooklyn Eagle. But the 1930s Arte Moderne factory at 280 Franklin Street is still going to become apartments, likely a multi-building complex.

Yi Han of Experta Group said she’s working with the architects to save some piece of the unique corner, because “very few places in New York have that. It’s like a witness to the transformation of the neighborhood.” (more…)

03/25/15 4:30pm

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Bushwick Warehouse and Music Mecca Sells for $26 Million [TRD]
312 Leonard Street Gets Highest Price East of BQE [CO]
Former Starlite Lounge at Bergen and Nostrand up for Sale [BK Fullest]
Greenpoint Parking Lot for Sale as Development Site [Eagle]
Activists Plead: Don’t Turn Sunset Park Into Williamsburg [Eagle]
March Explosion: 11 New Restaurants Opened This Month in Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]
Neighbors Gather at Bar Chord to Raise Money for Equality For Flatbush [DPC]
City Appoints New General Manager for NYCHA [AP]
Share Your Thoughts on the B67 and B69 Buses [South Slope News]
Sneak Peek at Smorgasburg’s Newest Vendors, Debuting Next Week [B+B]
“Cards Against Brooklyn” Is Gonna Disrupt Your Next Radegast Hall Pregame [Gothamist]
Lessons Brooklyn Taught Me: A Transplant’s Love Letter [Brokelyn]
The Dirty, Jerky, Foul, Snail-Like “L” (1892) [Brownstone Detectives]

03/25/15 4:00pm

art along the waterfront conference

Artists, developers, gallery owners and community leaders will gather at Brooklyn Borough Hall Friday morning for a conference on creating and preserving art along the Brooklyn waterfront. The event, “Spaces and Places,” will explore the history of art in the borough. Artists and gallery owners will discuss how art has been made, shown and sold along the Brooklyn waterfront and the issues facing those who make and display art there.

Speakers include Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs; Deborah Schwartz, president of the Brooklyn Historical Society; Borough President Eric Adams; Anita Durst, artistic director of chashama; Kathleen Gilrain, executive director of Smack Mellon; Lisa Kim of Two Trees; and Greg O’Connell Jr. of the O’Connell Organization.

See the full list of speakers here. The Brooklyn Historical Society and CUNY’s Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center are organizing the free event, which you can register for through Eventbrite.

03/25/15 12:15pm

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Here’s a spacious and affordable three-bedroom co-op for rent near the park in Flatbush. There are three nicely sized bedrooms, a large separate living room, and a windowless office off the foyer. Beamed ceilings and herringbone floors also give it a nice prewar feel. However, the co-op board does have to approve any potential renters. What are your thoughts on it for $2,600 a month?

416 Ocean Avenue, #35 [Corcoran] GMAP


03/25/15 11:30am

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We caught this rendering on the fence at 170-174 West Street in Greenpoint, where a developer is building two six-story apartment buildings. No. 174 will have five apartments distributed across 8,640 square feet of residential space. Next door at 170, there will be 10 apartments on 14,130 square feet, according to permits.

Salamon Engineering is the applicant of record for both buildings, and the owner is an LLC who picked up the three vacant lots for a combined $3,700,000 in 2013, as previously reported. Behind the fence, excavation is under way, and you can see a photo after the jump.

What do you think of the design?

Two Six-Story Apartment Buildings Planned for Vacant Greenpoint Lots [Brownstoner]


03/25/15 9:30am

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After requesting some changes, the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday approved this striking crystalline facade design for an adaptation of a 19th century factory in Dumbo, The Real Deal reported. The commissioners shot down a similar version of the design for 10 Jay Street last month, and ODA Architecture returned yesterday with a few tweaks.

The updated rendering, above, has more steel panels and added brick slab edges peeking through between the metal and glass facade pieces. (more…)

03/24/15 4:30pm

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Neighbor to Open Arts and Crafts Shop With a Café and Garden at 1219 Church Avenue [DPC]
Windsor Terrace Library One of 10 Finalists in Neighborhood Library Awards [Kensington BK]
Instagram Recap: Greenpoint Gallery Night [Greenpointers]
Yes, Gentrification (and Polyamory) Came up at TEDxBushwick [B+B]
Watch an Ad for “Settlers of Brooklyn,” a Fictional Game That Roasts Hipster Culture [CNET]
The Prospect Park Carousel Reopens This Thursday! [South Slope News]
Hairy Commute: L Train Doors Close on Lady’s Coiffure [Gothamist]
Brooklyn Heights Residents Give Library Suggestions [BHB]
Tonight’s Community Board Meeting [Q Parkside]

03/24/15 4:00pm

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For the fourth year in a row, City Council Member Brad Lander is organizing info sessions and voting for participatory budgeting. Lander has committed $1,500,000 from the city budget to make five public works projects a reality, and residents of the 39th District will decide how the money will be spent.

There are 13 proposals on the ballot, including an art installation for the 4th Avenue-9th Street subway station (pictured above), a storytelling garden at the Park Slope Library, new technology for local arts nonprofits, an A/C for the cafeteria at P.S. 124 in Park Slope, and street greening projects in Windsor Terrace and Gowanus. (more…)

03/24/15 12:30pm

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission this morning voted to landmark the proposed Crown Heights North III Historic District. The vote was unanimous.

It was a very short meeting, about 15 minutes. The vote took place after a quick presentation about the proposed district, which had been “calendared” way back in June 2011.

Some noteworthy features of the district, which includes 640 buildings between Brooklyn and Albany avenues, are the quaint one- or two-block stretches of Hampton, Revere and Virginia places. These blocks feature Colonial and Renaissance Revival homes, as well as a collection of two-family “Kinko” houses (shown above) built between 1907 and 1912. Designed by Mann & McNeille, every house includes two duplexes, each of which has its own front door, house number, stairway, porch and cellar. 

The Crown Heights North Association and members of Community Board 8 were jubilant about the vote, which they’ll discuss at an upcoming town hall meeting. “I think it’s wonderful,” said CB 8 member Adelaide Miller, who’s lived on Virginia Place for 67 years. “I go into areas where they tore down beautiful churches and buildings, and I’m happy that won’t happen here.” (more…)