Name: Former Mergenthaler Linotype Company, Defense Plant Corporation Building Address: 35 Ryerson Street, at Park Avenue, block wide on Park, between Grand and Ryerson Neighborhood: Wallabout, between Clinton Hill and Navy Yard Year Built: 1942 Architectural Style: Factory modern Architects: Lockwood Greene Engineers, Inc. Other buildings by architects: Daily News Factory on Atlantic Avenue (Newswalk Building), several buildings in the Navy Yard, parts of Rockefeller Center Landmarked: No, but Wallabout has been submitted to LPC for several separate districts designation, and also in the process of being submitted to the National Register
The story: This building is the last built in this amazing industrial complex near the Navy Yard. Prior to computerized printing, linotype machines were used to set type on most newspapers and magazines, as well as many books, and Mergenthaler was the largest manufacturer of these machines, all made right here in Brooklyn. The Mergenthaler complex remains one of the largest and most intact reinforced concrete industrial sites in New York City. The complete story of the company and the rest of the site will be the topic of another post. THIS building was the last one built, constructed by the US Government, and leased to Mergenthaler as a factory for machines built for the war effort of World War II. (more…)
As Curbed pointed out earlier this week, here’s a whole house in Williamsburg for just under a million ($999,000). It looks to be in move-in condition. It is also tiny, strangely shaped, and has no yard. Do you think it will go for over ask?
Hot on the heels of the New York Times’ story about real estate and gentrification in Crown Heights comes a look at Bed Stuy, where whites have become a noticeable presence and prices of town houses have soared in the last year. (more…)
The median sales price of homes in Brooklyn rose to $575,000 during the second quarter, an all-time record, according to a Douglas Elliman report out today. Homes in Brooklyn now sell for 6.5 percent more than they did at the peak of the last boom in 2007, and 4.5 percent more than the second quarter in 2013. (more…)
After months in the making, Emeline’s Diner plans to open July 18, one of the managers told us. The restaurant at 373 Lewis Avenue in Bed Stuy will serve breakfast and lunch from 7 to 4 pm every day. At a recent private party, the menu included egg sandwiches, biscuits with fried apples, crab cakes, coconut French toast, buttermilk pancakes, and omelettes. (more…)
This bow-fronted red brick row house at 62 Stratford Road in Caton Park is less than a block from Prospect Park and has parking. There’s no floor plan in the listing, but we’re guessing the house was built as a two-family based on the interior photos and the setup of one apartment per floor. The listing says it was built in 1901, and it looks it.
Once again, East New York is in the news as the ground zero for Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan. If we read this article in Crain’s correctly, the formula seems to be: Rezone Atlantic Avenue from Euclid Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue. Inject public and private dollars into developing office, retail and manufacturing space around the Broadway Junction transit hub. This, the thinking goes, will spur development of 50-30-20 high-rise housing in East New York, which will help assuage the city’s affordability problem. (more…)
A Juice Generation store seemed poised to open at 210 Bedford Avenue when we passed by last week. We think the exterior looks decent, or at least inoffensive. The 16-year-old chain has 11 other locations, all in Manhattan. In addition to juice, they also sell vegan soups such as lentil and raw food dishes. We suppose the demographics of Williamsburg are now pretty similar to those other locations, in terms of density of foot traffic. Do you think Williamsburg could use a place like this? GMAP