09/19/14 4:30pm

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City Mulls Plan to Dig up Gowanus Park and Pool to Install Sewage Tanks [DNA]
Join WILD for Prospect Park’s Lakeside Cleanup Tomorrow [Kensington BK]
SABO Project Renovates Apartment in Former Brooklyn Factory Building [Design Boom]
Avenue Q, Gravesend – Marine Park [Forgotten NY]
“Henrietta’s” Ghost Sign Revealed on 9th Street [South Slope News]
Great New Restaurant Opens on OUR Franklin Avenue [Q at Parkside]

Photo by Brien Foy

coney island film festival

Tons of Brooklyn and New York City-themed films are screening at the Coney Island Film Festival this weekend, exploring topics from the history of the Thunderbolt to a 40-year-old pizza shop in Sunset Park. There will also be showings of horror movies, children’s films, experimental music videos and a documentary on the history of the drive-in movie. And of course, they’re screening the Warriors on Saturday and Sunday nights. You can also check out a live burlesque show and open bar on Friday night for $25 or attend individual screenings for $8. Head over to the Film Festival’s site to see the full schedule, which starts on Friday at 7:30 pm and runs through Sunday evening at 6 pm.

Photo via Coney Island Film Festival

09/19/14 9:30am

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Five months after launching sales, contracts have been signed for every unit at the Gray Stone Condos in Midwood, a spokesperson for Aptsandlofts.com told us. The six-story, 10-unit property at 1329 East 17th Street has one-bedrooms with home offices priced from $395,000 to $435,000. They also have central air, washer/dryer hookups and private outdoor space.

At about 815 square feet each, the prices work out to less than $533 a square foot — considerably more affordable than some parts of Brooklyn but potentially more expensive than an older apartment in Midwood. We won’t know what buyers paid until the sales close and hit public records.

“Boutique” Condos Launch Sales in Midwood [Brownstoner] GMAP
1329 East 17th Street [Aptsandlofts.com] 

09/18/14 4:30pm

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A NYC ID Will Get You a Slew of Free/Cheap Admission to Brooklyn’s Cultural Giants [Brokelyn]
NYC Bike Commuting Doubled Since 2009, While Solo Driving Dropped [Streetsblog]
Parole Office Coming to Gowanus. Predictable NIMBY Reactions Ensue [FIPS]
Esme Brings Tap Cocktails and Outdoor Dining to Greenpoint [Greenpoint]
Video: 8th Grade Brooklyn Metal Band Rocks out on Colbert Report [Gothamist]
Lena Dunham, Matt Groening, Neil Gaiman and Others in Conversation at BAM [Brooklyn Vegan]
Police, DOT to Launch Major Safety Initiative Along Ocean Parkway [Kensington BK]
Financial Hijinks and Verbal Fisticuffs Take Center Stage at Brooklyn Bridge Park CAC Meeting [BHB]
Green Building’s New Owner Promises Not to Convert It Into Condos [DNA]

09/18/14 4:00pm

Designer James Victore created this fascinating video tour of typography in Brooklyn and Queens, with a particular focus on signs in Williamsburg. He praises font choices at a few well-known ‘Burg restaurants, critiques the J.Crew mural painted by graffiti artist Greg LaMarche, and talks about why we use Helvetica. The video was made to promote three events for designers and font lovers at Makeshift Society in Brooklyn. The “Working Late” events will happen from 7 to 9 pm on October 2 and 14 and November 11 at 55 Hope Street.

Video: A Font Tour of Brooklyn and Queens [Gothamist]

09/18/14 2:00pm

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Starbucks signage went up earlier this week at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights. There’s already furniture inside, and it looks like the storefront could open soon. Brooklynian says it’s scheduled to open September 27. The coffee chain signed a lease in June at 341 Eastern Parkway, where rents start at $2,575 for a one-bedroom.  GMAP

09/18/14 12:15pm

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The kitchen and bathroom in this Clinton Hill two-bedroom aren’t super fancy, but the apartment’s got solid prewar bones. The layout seems better suited to a couple than roommates, because the second bedroom is a smaller room off the master bedroom.

It’s 840 square feet and occupies the top floor of a brownstone. The location is all right too: a few blocks from Pratt, two blocks from the G and six long blocks to the C at Clinton-Washington. Do you think $2,600 a month is fair?

305 Vanderbilt Avenue, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

09/18/14 11:30am

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The waterfront megadevelopment at 77 Commercial Street in Greenpoint is kicking into high gear this week with three new building applications for towers at 77, 85 and 87 Commercial Street. CetraRuddy Architecture filed plans for a 30-story, 224-unit building at No. 77 and a 40-story, 296-unit building at No. 87. The two high-rises will reach 306 feet and 402 feet into the air, easily dwarfing everything else near the Greenpoint waterfront.

The final building at No. 85 will be only six stories tall but hold 200 apartments spread across 230,149 square feet. It will also have 300 underground parking spots, 360 bike storage spaces, MTA offices and parking, ground-floor retail and the development’s leasing office, according to Schedule A filings. Developer Chetrit Group has promised to set aside 200 units of affordable housing and work with the city to create Box Street Park. 

Meanwhile, site work began last month at the Greenpoint Landing, which is next door on Commercial Street and will eventually include 10 towers, four acres of park land and a K through 8 school.

77 Commercial Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by CentraRuddy and MPFP via WSJ

09/18/14 9:30am

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The scaffolding has come down from the boutique condo development at 201 North 11th Street near McCarren Park in Williamsburg we’ve been following. And it looks like the side wall is not rusted steel, as commenters had speculated, but rust-colored brick or tile. And the front facade does look like it is wrapped in wood.

The six-story, four-unit development has three duplexes and a penthouse, as well as a small garage for one or two cars on the ground floor, as previously reported. Atelier New York Architecture designed the building. Build 360 is developing the project, and Corcoran will market the condos once construction finishes.

Check out a few more shots and a closeup of the exterior finishes after the jump. What do you think of the look so far?

Rendering out for Condos Rising Near McCarren Park in Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP

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09/17/14 4:30pm

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Check out Raaka’s Brand New Chocolate Factory in Red Hook [DNA]
The Literati: Bushwick’s Molasses Bookstore Gets Into the Publishing Game [Racked]
The Plan: The Brooklyn Whale Building in Sunset Park [NYO]
Vice’s Grip on Williamsburg Reflects Changes in Gentrifying Neighborhood [NYO]
Things to Do in Prospect Park This Fall [DPC]
Q & A with Heights Group People for Green Space [BHB]
B62 Bus Driver Strikes Cyclist and Pedestrian in Williamsburg [Gothamist]
Inside the Incredible Loew’s Kings Theatre Restoration [Curbed]
Calaveras, a New Mexican Restaurant at 2905 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Is Now Open [Kensington BK]
Comic Tries to Find Affordable Housing in Williamsburg  [B+B]

Photo by Joel Zimmer