Learn about gardening and food policy at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend during its 33rd annual Making Brooklyn Bloom conference. The event, which is free with admission to the garden, includes workshops, networking lunches for gardeners and urban famers, walking tours and gardening how-tos. Workshops will cover topics like composting, soil contamination, nature walks and kitchen botany.
Attendees can take a seasonal guided walking tour of the gardens, visit the Rotunda and learn how to build an indoor terrarium. The conference will take place from 10 am to 4 pm, with workshops starting at 11 am and 3 pm. You can register the day of, and BBG suggests you arrive early to reserve space in your preferred workshops. Check out the full schedule here on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website.
A group of artists are transforming a large parking garage on Dean Street between Grand and Classon into a performance space that will feature a restaurant, bar, art gallery and a large backyard, as DNAinfo was the first to report. Their venture, Global Square, will host concerts, dance performances, movie nights and art shows at 893-897 Dean Street, said managing director Charles McMickens. McMickens, who was the driving force behind The General Greene, Heritage Wines and Fort Grace Local, presented the group’s plan to Community Board Eight’s liquor review committee on Monday night.
The 7,500-square-foot space will include bleacher-style seating that can be easily folded away, a smaller gallery that could host art shows and intimate dance performances, and indoor seating for 100 to 110 people. The backyard has standing room for up to 300 people. The restaurant plans to serve pizza baked in ovens bought from the now-shuttered Pulino’s on Bowery and Houston.
McMickens and the other organizers, including artists Hassan Christopher, Šara Stranovsky, Kayla Ernst-Alper and Sydney Freggiaro, said they hope to make the space more than a typical concert venue, with space where artists can collaborate, rehearse and create a community.
The community board raised several concerns about Global Square’s plans, including parking, noise and crowds. McMickens, who hasn’t yet submitted a liquor application, emphasized his desire to work with the community board throughout the liquor license process. Global Square hopes to open this September and operate from 3 pm to 2 am seven days a week.
A well-known photographer has purchased 10,000 square feet of vacant property at 977 Pacific Street in Crown Heights and plans to build a photography studio on the site, according to a broker involved in the deal. The photographer, whose identity was not disclosed, closed on the five lots at Pacific and Grand Streets yesterday for $1,900,000.
He plans to build a two-story photo studio there, but did not say if he plans to live in it. Halstead was marketing the development sites, which consisted of 977, 979, 983, and 985 Pacific Street, as well as 505 Grand Avenue, for $2,000,000.
Developer Park Tower Group has gotten the ball rolling on the hotly debated Greenpoint Landing development by filing a building application for a six-story mixed-use building at 21 Commercial Street. Designed by Handel Architects, the 85,033-square-foot structure will have ground floor commercial space and 93 units on prime Greenpoint waterfront land, according to a new building application filed Monday.
Eventually, the 20-acre megadevelopment will include 10 30- to 40-story towers, a new K-8 school and a public park. The developers also promised to keep 431 apartments “permanently affordable” and to run a shuttle between the development and the G train. Despite significant opposition from the Greenpoint community, the project cleared all the ULURP hurdles in the fall and was approved by the City Council in December.
Come out to Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend to enjoy spring temperatures and classical music played on a floating barge off Fulton Ferry slip. Violinist Mara Milkis and pianist Francine Kay will play tunes from Telemann, Prokofiev, Schubert and Schumann Friday evening at 7 pm.
Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and $15 for students, and can be purchased through Bargemusic. Or attend a free performance Saturday at 3 pm, which will be followed by a question and answer session with the musicians.
This gut renovated three-bedroom, 1.5-bath pad in Crown Heights would work well for roommates. The kitchen isn’t huge, but it has a dishwasher and “open breakfast bar,” which is evidently the opening to the living room.
And the living room is separate from the kitchen, a layout that is slowly disappearing in the cheaper gut renos. There’s also a washer/dryer next to the kitchen. The price is about what you’d expect for this part of the neighborhood, because it’s north of Eastern Parkway and close to all the action on Franklin Avenue. What are your thoughts on it for $2,800 a month?
The struggling Sheepshead Bay condo complex known as The Breakers has just started renting apartments, after an undisclosed buyer bought up its 49 empty units earlier this year. The wavy-looking, Art Deco-style buildings on the waterfront have 13 one-, two- and three-bedroom rentals being marketed by Aptsandlofts.com. One-bedrooms start at $1,608 a month, two-bedroom units at $2,567, and three-bedrooms at $3,117 a month.
Each apartment in the private gated community features granite countertops, Jacuzzi bathtubs, central air and washer/dryers. Some units also have balconies or private roof decks. Amenities include an outdoor pool, gym, 43 underground parking spaces, bike storage, and a private fishing pier with outdoor seating.
Although the 75-unit development was finished in 2009, developer Jacob Pinson defaulted on a construction loan and filed for bankruptcy. Madison Realty Capital acquired it for an estimated $19,000,000 in December 2012, and the 49 unsold condos changed hands again in January for $24,500,000, The Real Deal reported at the time.
After a few months of demolition, the Lightstone Group has filed the first new building application for its controversial 700-unit rental development at 363 Bond Street, on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. The application outlines a plan for a 12-story development with 268 units.
The 249,571 square-foot building will include 3,625 square feet of commercial space, 1,018 square feet of community space and 244,928 square feet of residential space. The building will also have 111 underground parking spaces, a basketball court, gym, locker rooms, a lounge, children’s play area, bike storage and a pool, according to the Schedule A filing.
Meanwhile, next door at 388 Carroll Street, Lightstone has just filed a new round of demolition applications to knock down a storage shed and two silos.