10/10/14 9:30am

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As Forest City Ratner battles builder Skanska in court over the stalled B2 tower and Greenland Forest City Partners moves ahead with the rest of the development, New York YIMBY has snagged a rendering of a new piece of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park: a 17-story condo development planned for the large vacant lot on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt. CookFox is designing the 275-unit tower, which will have an address of 550 Vanderbilt Avenue.

New building applications were filed last month for the tower, which will include 326,047 square feet of residential space and 4,731 square feet of ground floor retail, as reported. The exterior will be a mix of masonry and precast concrete, which will provide “a gradual aesthetic transition” between the historic townhouses in the area and “the more modernist SHoP towers of the western end of the site,” according to YIMBY.

To recap the project’s timetable: the SHoP-designed modular tower at 461 Dean Street (formerly B2) has started construction but is stalled, 30 6th Avenue next door is supposed to break ground in the middle of next year, and the affordable tower at 535 Carlton and 550 Vanderbilt are both scheduled to break ground by the end of this year. Condo sales are supposed to start mid-2015, according to YIMBY.

Click through to see a close-up of the entrance of 550 Vanderbilt. What do you think of the design of the building, which will fill a prominent hole at the corner of Vanderbilt and Dean Streets?

Revealed: 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, 17-Story Pacific Park Brooklyn Condo Tower [NYY] GMAP
Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]

Renderings by CookFox via NYY (more…)

10/09/14 4:30pm

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A New Tenant for 360 Myrtle Avenue? [FGF]
SUNY Signs Deal to Sell LICH [Capital NY]
Video: Here’s Life Inside a Bed Stuy Squat [Gothamist]
Windsor Terrace Is the Poor Man’s Park Slope (in a Good Way) [BU]
“Home Improvement,” à la Brooklyn Heights [Eagle]
First Image of New Frost Building Appears on 5th Avenue [South Slope News]
State to Fund Red Hook Houses Power Grid Study After Sandy Flooding [DNA]
A Community Garden Grows in Bath Beach, But It Needs Your Help This Sunday! [Bensonhurst Bean]
Sycamore’s Justin Israelson Opening New Brewpub in Gowanus [DPC]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

10/09/14 4:00pm

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It’s that time of year when Brooklynites can decide how their tax dollars will be spent by attending participatory budgeting meetings on transit, parks, arts and education. Councilmember Brad Lander’s office has organized five meetings between now and the end of the month, to which anyone can come and suggest projects that deserve funding in the 39th Council District. (Here’s a map of the district, which encompasses Columbia Street Waterfront, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, Kensington, Ditmas Park, Carroll Gardens, Prospect Park, Windsor Terrace and Borough Park.)

Projects funded by the last round of budgeting included laptop carts for elementary school students, street safety improvements on 4th Avenue, a green roof at the Windsor Terrace Library (pictured) and an outdoor plaza at the John Jay Educational Campus in Park Slope. Click through to see the schedule and how to RSVP. (more…)

10/09/14 12:15pm

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If you’re looking for that traditional Park Slope feel, this 1.5-bedroom near the park seems like a nice option. The 900-square-foot pad features two mirrored mantels and other original details, a kitchen that looks big enough for a table, lots of closets, and a separate dining room, according to the listing. The ’80s-era kitchen has plenty of counter space as well as a zany checkered backsplash and Laura Ashley-style flowered wallpaper that might seem dated or charming, depending on your point of view. What are your thoughts on it for $2,300 a month?

502 12th Street, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP

10/09/14 11:30am


After two years of planning, it looks like the Pulaski Bridge bike lane promised for this year will be delayed until sometime next year at least, Streetsblog reported.

A year ago, the city approved DOT’s plan to convert one lane of Brooklyn-bound car traffic on the Pulaski Bridge into a bikes-only path with separate lanes for Queens- and Brooklyn-bound bikes. Construction was supposed to start in the spring and wrap late this year (at the latest). But construction has not yet begun, and the city is still reviewing the final bid from the contractor. A spokesman for Assembly member Joe Lentol, who has been lobbying for the bike path since 2012, told Streetsblog that it’s “unlikely” work will start by the end of December.

Pedestrians and cyclists currently share the narrow path, with traffic going both ways in the same lane, creating hazardous conditions for everyone. Reconfiguring the traffic lanes is also expected to calm car traffic on McGuiness Boulevard by slowing down drivers as they come off the bridge.

As soon as the contractor gets the green light from the city, the DOT will announce a new construction timetable. Incidentally, the state is contributing $2,500,000 to the project with federal funds, and the city is contributing $625,000.

Pulaski Bridge Bikeway Likely Delayed Until Next Year [Streetsblog]
City Says Yes to Pulaski Bike Lane [Brownstoner]

Photo by NYC Tom

10/09/14 9:30am

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Two Trees’ glassy behemoth next to the Brooklyn Bridge at 60 Water Street in Dumbo has begun leasing its market-rate units today, with eight listings ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. Studios start at $2,964 for only 452 square feet, one-bedrooms at $3,498, and two-bedrooms at $6,018.

Strangely, the listings do not have interior renderings, which still have not been released. But there are floor plans, which are new, as is the pricing.

There will be washer/dryers, dishwashers, hardwood floors in every apartment, and some will have private terraces.  The 290-unit building has 232 market-rate apartments and 58 affordable ones, where rents start at $500.

Move-ins are expected to start December 1. Ismael Levya and Leeser Architects designed the development, which includes a 300-seat public middle school, ground-floor retail, a 17-story tower and a smaller 9-story section.

Click through to see floor plans. What do you think of the prices?

60 Water Street Listings [Elliman] GMAP
Dock Street Dumbo/60 Water Street Coverage [Brownstoner]


10/08/14 4:30pm

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New Bill Murray Film “St. Vincent” Takes Place in Brooklyn [Eagle]
Who Bought the “Asphalt Jungle” House, 113 Willow Street? [Eagle]
Pulaski Bridge Bikeway Likely Delayed Until Next Year [Streetsblog]
Beer Garden With Whole Hog BBQ to Offer Free Tattoos and Burlesque [DNA]
Sybil and Dan’s Canopied Brooklyn Riad — House Tour [Apartment Therapy]
Friday Night Is Movie Night in Carroll Park This October [PMFA]
The Big Eyed Blues Fest Blows Into Brooklyn [BK Paper]
What the 30-Story View From Voorhies Tower Penthouse Will Look Like (Video) [Sheepshead Bites]

10/08/14 4:00pm

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An arts and crafts market called “The Flock” is taking over a newly opened park on Pitkin Avenue in East New York this Saturday, giving more than 20 local vendors a space to sell their work. Visitors will be able to buy clothing, ceramics, paintings and jewelry, as well as food and drinks.

There will also be live painting, music, an interactive community mural, face painting and art workshops for children and adults. The market will take place from 1 to 6 pm on October 11 at Mi Tierra, located at 2501 Pitkin Avenue. Community groups worked to transform the vacant 10,000-square-foot plot at Pitkin and Berriman into a park, which opened in mid-August.

10/08/14 12:15pm

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One of Stuy Heights’ most lavish buildings is now available as a whole-house rental. No, it’s not a Dixon property, although it is owned by an LLC.

We marveled over the Magnus Dahlander-designed limestone when it sold last year for $1,700,000. The six-bedroom, three-bath home sports unusually elaborate woodwork, stained glass windows, tin ceilings, decorative mantles and built-in dressers.

It seems to have been in good condition when it sold, and the kitchen and bathrooms have been renovated with marble countertops and stainless steel appliances. There’s central A/C, a washer/dryer and outdoor space.

(Note: Dixon purchased a similar limestone, also designed by Dahlander, up the street at 259 Decatur Street, in case you are wondering.)

It’s located on one of the best blocks in Stuy Heights, and close to the A/C and shops. Do you think they can get $7,595 a month for this?

242 Decatur Street [Town Residential] GMAP
242 Decatur Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

10/08/14 10:45am

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One of Brooklyn’s most prolific developers, Boaz Gilad’s Brookland Capital, has just filed new building applications for an eight-story residential project on the Clinton Hill side of Atlantic Avenue, at No. 929. The building will have 20 apartments spread across 17,077 square feet, as well as bike storage and a roof deck. Feingold and Gregory Architects are the architects of record.

The building is likely to be condos, since that is what Brookland Capital typically develops. This stretch of Atlantic has been floated as a possible candidate for rezoning as part of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan.

An auto glass repair shop currently occupies the lot near Grand Avenue, and demolition applications have already been filed to knock it down. Gilad bought the repair shop’s three adjacent plots at 929-931 Atlantic for $3,000,000 in July, according to public recordsGMAP

Photo by Google Maps

10/08/14 10:00am


The turn of the century apartment house at 582 2nd Street in Park Slope was converted from seven rentals to five extremely luxurious condos last year, and now the building is sold out, according to reps from Town Residential. Construction began last year at the development, which is named the Bennett House after the building’s architect, Thomas Bennett. The fifth and final unit, a 1,503-square-foot two-bedroom duplex priced at $1,695,000, went into contract last week. In total, the building will bring in more than $8,000,000 in condo sales, according to Town.

The family-sized apartments have two to four bedrooms each and occupy whole floors or more, ranging in size from 1,396 to more than 1,600 square feet. The windows are large and the ceilings high. Finishes include Vermont Ash hardwood floors and Calacatta marble countertops. Ramon Maislen from Phasa Development developed the four-story building, an ornate limestone Renaissance Revival constructed in 1909.

Edwardian Park Slope Building Debuts Four-Bedroom Condos Starting at $2.395 Million [Brownstoner]
Condo Conversion Planned for Park Slope’s 1909 Bennett House Apartment Building [Brownstoner] GMAP