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Never mind last week’s LICH shocker. Health care provider NYU is back on board, and it looks like the sale of Long Island College Hospital to Fortis will go forward after all, because a judge dismissed a nurses’ lawsuit yesterday. If we understand the legal technicalities correctly, the judge said NYU has no obligation to honor Fortis’ promises to rehire LICH nurses at the site.

Could pressure from the state have changed the judge’s mind or is this reasonable?

NYU Returns to LICH Deal After Judge Dismisses Nurses’ Union Lawsuit [DNA]
Judge Dismisses Nurses Suit, Clears Path for NYU at LICH [Capital NY]

09/30/14 8:30am

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Brooklyn DA Thompson Sets up Hate Crimes Unit [WSJ]
Williamsburg Bar Owner Challenges New York City’s Cabaret Law [WSJ]
Neil Diamond Fans Lined up at 8 am for His “Secret” Brooklyn Show [Gothamist]
Williamsburg’s Potlikker Closes [Gothamist]
De Blasio’s Housing Surprise: Drops Subsidies [Crain's]
Fort Greene Park Visitors Center Reopening After Nearly Two-Year Closure [DNAinfo]
Eight Homes, Two Churches on Crown Heights House Tour This Weekend [DNA]

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When we passed by Brooklyn Wine Yard at 1114 Fulton Street Thursday, we thought it was a wine store. Turns out it’s a bar serving small plates. They hope to open this week, they told us.

They are waiting on city permits, according to their Facebook page. It looks like a lobster salad, lobster roll, and Buffalo Chicken on greens may be on the menu, if Facebook photos are any indication.

The spot was previously home to a jewelry store and cafe. It’s three avenues away from where developer Bawabeh Brothers is planning an upscaling of six storefronts. Click through for a closeup. GMAP (more…)

09/29/14 1:30pm

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The interior of this two-family brownstone at 328 Greene Avenue in Bed Stuy has been completely redone in a modern-organic style with rustic touches such as exposed brick. But as far as we’re concerned, the most interesting thing about it is the price.

They’re asking $2,650,000, which is $400,000 more than the current record holder, 22 Arlington. An 1886 Amzi Hill house dripping with detail and newly renovated, that house sold for $2,250,000 in June.

Admittedly, it was narrow at less than 16 feet wide, but this one is only a couple inches wider. It traded for $850,000 last year. Think it will break the record?

328 Greene Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

09/29/14 11:30am

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Listings have gone up along with new renderings and floor plans for One John Street, Alloy Development’s 42-unit condo building in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The 12-story building is already one-third sold through a “friends and family” offering that was not available to the public. The building’s site lists seven units for sale, although we could find only six on Sotheby’s.

It looks like the smaller, two-bedroom units are already gone. Apartments listed are three- and four-bedrooms, with prices from $3,550,955 to more than $8,000,000. (Price available on request, says the listing!) They range in size from 2,400 to 3,600 square feet.

Every apartment has views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Manhattan and oversize windows, a spokesperson told us. There will be a 24-hour doorman, gym by La Palestra, landscaped roof deck with grill and lawn, rooftop cabanas available for purchase, and an outpost of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in the building, as reported.

Alloy designed and developed the building, which is still under construction and expected to finish up in summer 2016. Click through for tons more renderings. What do you think of the look and prices?

1 John Street Site [Official]
1 John Street Listings [Sotheby's]
Permits Filed, Pricing Revealed for John Street Condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park [Brownstoner]
Renderings via Alloy
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09/29/14 10:45am

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We knew this was in the works, but it still comes as kind of a shock: The White Castle in Williamsburg has closed, Gothamist reported. This is the one fairly far out near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Metropolitan, where a tiny park and a plaque marks where Bushwick was founded in 1661.

“The location opened in 1992, back when Williamsburg was a gritty, yet nurturing melting pot for working class Brooklynites and Pavement fans alike, a place infinitely, ineluctably better than the place that exists today,” said Gothamist.

Developer 781 Metro Investors bought the property at 781 Metropolitan Avenue last year for $6,720,000. No demo or building permits have been filed, but a mixed-use building here would make sense. The current building is only taking up a tiny part of the lot, which has a FAR of 4 and 45,788 buildable square feet. It’s zoned R6B.

White Castle has promised to open another location in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg’s White Castle Closed While You Slept [Gothamist]
Land Sold out From Under Burg’s White Castle [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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A three-lot parcel at 313-317 Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Greene Clinton Hill that last traded for $3,000,000 in 2008 is for sale as a development site. The new price is $6,000,000.

We’ve written about this site many times over the years. The 20th century brick building that occupies two of the three lots was built as a headquarters for the Candy and Confecioners Workers Local 452 and later housed the Medgar Evers Headstart program. In 2008, an LLC named Jb Artist Studios LLC bought it for use as an artists’ studio. Massey Knakal is repping the owner in the sale.

The property is plenty roomy with a total of 10,532 square feet, but whatever gets built will be relatively low rise. The empty lot, 313 Vanderbilt, is 22.25 feet wide by 85 feet deep with 3,782 buildable square feet in an R6B zoning district.

Think the value of the property has doubled in six years?

313-317 Listing [Massey Knakal] GMAP
Development Watch: 315 Vanderbilt Avenue [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

09/29/14 8:29am

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The Anonymous Literary Salon in a Williamsburg Bar [NY Times]
At the Wedding Dresser, a Living Room in Ditmas Park [NY Times]
Vinegar Hill Townhouse Asks $3.65 Million [NY Daily News]
Loehmann’s Plan Reignites 20-Year Battle in Sheepshead Bay [NY Daily News]
Come on Down South to Brooklyn for Down-Home Cooking [WSJ]
Dumbo Arts Festival Draws Thousands to Brooklyn Waterfront [Eagle]
Former LICH Doc: LICH Deal Collapse “Best We Could Have Hoped For” [BK Paper]
Brooklyn Musicians Play Tribute to Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson Tonight [BK Paper]
Three Men Arrested for Anti-Gay Attack in Bushwick [Gothamist]
Michelle Williams Lists Her Boerum Hill Townhouse for $7.5 Million [6sft]
Crown Heights Gardeners Fighting Orders to Leave Paint New Mural [DNAinfo]

09/26/14 11:00am

Scrap the old plans and rendering for a six-story building to replace Bergen Tile on the corner of Dean and Flatbush. Yesterday developer Scott Domansky of PRD Realty and architect of record Avinash K. Malhotra Architects filed a new application for a permit to build an eight story building there, as New York YIMBY was the first to report.

But something is off: The permit says the building at 456 Dean Street (aka 215 Flatbush) will have only one residential unit and no commercial space. We’re dubious, as is YIMBY, which offered this explanation:

The unit count given is one, which is surely to be amended – this permit, like most others filed around now, was likely rushed in order to fall under the rules of the 2008 building code, rather than the new one being rolled out next year. Mistakes – missing parking, square footages that don’t add up, zoning calculations that are way off – seem to be occurring quite frequently across filings this month.

YIMBY also points out that with the relatively gigantic towers planned across the street at Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, it would make more sense for this building and others near Barclays to be taller too. The rendering above shows the previously planned six-story building in relation to the future towers at Atlantic Yards across the street. What do you think?

Permits Filed: 456 Dean Street, at Flatbush Avenue [NYY]
Rendering via Ripco Real Estate

09/26/14 9:00am

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Eddie Hibbert, the ex-fireman whose salvage and antiques garage is a beloved neighborhood institution in Clinton Hill, has put his building at 222 Greene Avenue up for sale. He recently completed a two-story addition of two one-bedroom apartments atop the garage, and is asking $3,500,000.

When we spotted the listing, we were worried he was closing down shop. He told us he is retiring but might stay open in a new location, when we gave him a call. Then he said he’s actually negotiating for a new location in Brooklyn right now. In the meantime, he’s been open for business all along and will stay open until the sale goes through.

The listing notes that the ground floor image is a rendering, and the space will be built to suit. So it could become a restaurant or be combined with the second floor into a duplex.

The two upper floors are beautiful and original, in our opinion, mixing up industrial-rustic and traditional townhouse elements in a roomy and light filled space. The beamed ceilings remind us of the garage downstairs, and the Greek Revival style moldings make us think of salvage, though they may be new. There is an open house October 5. We wish Eddie all the best and are relieved he’s not closing.

224 Greene Avenue Listing [Corcoran]
Eddie’s Addition Is Almost Done [Brownstoner]
Scaffolding up at Eddie’s Salvage [Brownstoner]
Eddie Prepares to Expand Upwards [Brownstoner]
Eddie’s, up Close and Personal [Brownstoner]
Architectural Salvage, a Business [Brownstoner]
Photo by Corcoran

09/26/14 8:28am

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Guardian of a Brownsville Housing Project [NY Times]
Every Word Borges Wrote, Writ Large in Brooklyn [NY Times]
Meryl Streep’s Daughter Picks up South Williamsburg Loft [NY Daily News]
Carroll Gardens Group Wants Judge to Stop Rock and Roll Playhouse’s Opening [NY Daily News]
Walk This Way for Roving Performances in Brooklyn [NY Daily News]
Welcome to Wallabout, Brooklyn’s Wooden-House Wonderland [Eagle]
Nine-Story Hoxton Hotel Coming to Williamsburg, Permits Filed at 97 Wythe Avenue [NYY]
Sunset Park March Against Police Violence Saturday [La Respuesta]
Maison Premiere Owners Opening New Restaurant Near McCarren Park [DNA]
Bushwick Workshop to Map Where Affordable Housing Could Go [DNA]
Protesters Rally After Latest LICH Deal Falls Through [NY1]