The problem-plagued building designed by architect Robert Scarano at 165 West 9th Street in Carroll Gardens is still empty and its future uncertain. The last we reported on the matter, back in October, it seemed the city was on the verge of awarding a contract to shelter operator Aguila Inc. to turn the 10-unit apartment building into housing for 170 homeless men. The plan had been vehemently opposed by the community and local politicians who, after numerous meetings, rallies and a lawsuit, signed a petition, sent in written statements, and testified in person against the shelter at a routine city contract hearing October 17.

Then we heard nothing more. We happened to pass by the building recently and saw a vacate order tacked to the door, dated November 7. (more…)

07/25/14 8:30am


Greenpoint Commuters, Already Scrambling, Brace for 5 Weeks Without G Train [NY Times]
Hey, Mister, I’ve Got a Park I can Sell You [NY Times]
Rise of Residential Towers in Downtown Brooklyn Could Put a Dent in Rents [NY Daily News]
Pulitzer Poet Immortalizes Atlantic Avenue, Talks Brooklyn Development [Observer]
413 Bergen Relaunches Sales [Curbed]
Off-Market Bed-Stuy 3-Family: Malcolm X Boulevard
[BK to the Fullest]
REBNY’s Influence Over Cuomo Laid Bare [The Real Deal]
Explore Newtown Creek By Bike This Weekend in Free Tour [DNAinfo]

07/24/14 8:30am


Mister Sunday Parties at Industry City in Sunset Park [NY Times]
Salvage Supperclub Throws Dinner Parties in Dumpster in Williamsburg [NY Daily News]
Citi Bike Poised for a Big Infusion of Cash [WSJ]
Pool for “Decoration Only” at Williamsburg Condo [Brooklyn Eagle]
Bonus Photos! From South Williamsburg’s Oosten Site [Brooklyn Eagle]
Neighbors Complain Brooklyn Bridge Construction Noise, Dust Ruining Health [Brooklyn Eagle]
Hasidic Williamsburg: Hipsters? No. Architectural Eye Candy? Yes [Brooklyn Eagle]
Build It Back Gets Back on Track in Gerritsen Beach [Brooklyn Paper]
Brooklyn Hotel Demand Growth Back on Track [NY Observer]
Revealed: 53 Grand Street [NY YIMBY]
Bush Terminal Pier Park to Open by Fall [Home Reporter News]
Fish, Lobster and Doughnuts Coming to Greenpoint’s Nassau Avenue [DNAinfo]

07/23/14 2:00pm


The folks behind well-known sushi temple BondSt on Bond Street in Manhattan are set to open a new Japanese restaurant at 138 North 8th Street in Williamsburg this week. Cherry Izakaya started serving invite-only guests Tuesday and plans to open to the public Friday.

The contemporary menu will include small and large plates such as donburi escargot with miso béchamel, short ribs, and stuffed calamari with chorizo black rice. There will be sake, beer and and shochu-based cocktails. GMAP

Photo by Cherry Izakaya

07/23/14 1:30pm

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The Fort Greene house with radiant heat controlled by an iPad we told you about last month is now on the market. Renovated by Stuyvesant Group, it is unusually luxurious even for a high-end renovation and has an open floor plan, a double height kitchen in the rear of the parlor floor, marble counters and slabs of marble on the walls in the kitchen, and a high-efficiency boiler.

The house was a shell so there were no details to save, developer Adam Cohen told us, but he purchased three salvage pier mirrors and now one of them conceals a TV behind smoked glass. It’s set up as a triplex over a garden rental. We suspect this will go quickly at $3,500,000. What do you think?

384 Vanderbilt Avenue [Halstead] GMAP

07/23/14 10:00am


The ironies of the Mayor’s housing plan are piling up as high as a waterfront luxury skyscraper. Despite the populist rhetoric, the mayor’s plan to build more affordable housing in Brooklyn is a recipe for more development much like Bloomberg’s and will likely accelerate the gentrification of the few low-income neighborhoods still left in Brooklyn, was the conclusion of a deep dive into the subject matter on Gothamist.

Long-time residents of Cypress Hills, East New York, the Atlantic Avenue corridor and other low-income areas targeted by the mayor for rezoning and more affordable housing will not be able to afford these new “affordable” developments, the story concluded. (more…)

07/23/14 9:30am

The Brooklyn building boom has finally unleashed a slew of new-development condos: The total number of new-development sponsor sales throughout Brooklyn shot up a whopping 84.5 percent in the second quarter vs. the first. Median sales prices for new-development condos increased 19 percent, while the median per square foot jumped 24 percent in the period, according to a report out Friday from real estate firm MNS.

No neighborhood is hotter than Williamsburg, where the median sales price for new developments shot up 52 percent, from $821 per square foot to $1,244 per square foot in the second quarter vs. the quarter before, as DNAinfo was the first to report. The median sale price for a new-development condo in Williamsburg is now $1,770,000. (more…)