09/19/14 10:00am

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The StorageMart on Atlantic Avenue — a huge, hard-to-miss building — is closing to make way for Atlantic Yards. Management sent out a notice via email to its customers yesterday, which one of them forwarded to us. Turns out the building is one of the ones being taken over by eminent domain! The judge granted the state’s request for all seven of the remaining Atlantic Yards sites yesterday, as DNAinfo and Atlantic Yards Report were the first to note.

StorageMart isn’t happy about the seizure. “The New York State Urban Development Corporation dba Empire State Development (ESD) has been trying for years to take over our property located at 718 Atlantic Ave as part of the Atlantic Yards project. Unfortunately it finally succeeded on August 29, 2014,” the email says.

Click through to see the letter.

Photo by Greg Snodgrass for PropertyShark (more…)

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In August, the affordable housing provider (L+M Development Partners) withdrew from the Fortis deal to buy Long Island College Hospital from SUNY. Now the health care provider, NYU, is doing the same thing. The development “appears to leave the Fortis Property Group’s proposal to buy LICH in tatters,” said The Brooklyn Eagle, which reported the news.

NYU bowed out of its role to offer emergency services and ambulatory care on the valuable Cobble Hill property because of the nurses’ lawsuit over hiring, according to a statement from NYU reprinted by the Eagle. NYU had already invested substantial time and money in getting the health services up and running, including hiring 99 employees.

Ironically, when SUNY earlier rejected two higher-ranked bidders, it had said it doubted they could deliver the health care services they promised.

NYU Withdraws From LICH Deal, Throwing Sale of Hospital Into Disarray [Eagle]

09/19/14 8:30am

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Brukup From the Bed Stuy Veterans at BEAT Festival [NY Times]
Habitat for Humanity Breaks Ground on Ocean Hill Affordable Condos [NY Daily News]
Secular Jews in Brooklyn Courted by Two Faiths [WSJ]
Meticulous Makeover for Former Loew’s Kings Movie Palace in Flatbush [Eagle]
What’s up With Downtown Brooklyn Residential Construction? Part Two [Eagle]
Ridgites Fight to Stop Illegal Conversions [BK Daily]
Tracking the Development Boom on Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue [Curbed]
Two Trees’ Massive Dumbo Development Nears Completion [Curbed]
Radegast, Egg and Others Could Be Threatened by $100 Million Real Estate Deal [Gothamist]
Is Red Hook Brooklyn’s Next EDM Party Mecca? [Gothamist]
LICH Sale Uncertain as Judge Mulls Nurses’ Request [Capital NY]
MAP: Check out the 8 Projects Happening in Brooklyn’s Cultural District [DNA]
Letitia James Backed Fort Greene Hotel Project After Builder Donated to Her Campaign [DNA]
Video: Youths and Police Clash After Fight Outside Barclays Center [DNA]
Bushwick Burglaries up as Thieves Target Boom of Construction Sites [DNA]

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We rarely feature houses without interior photos, but this is a special case. The house is too crowded to photograph, the agent told us.

The house is not, unfortunately, dripping with period details inside, but does have some things left such as pocket doors and some door surrounds. It could be restored with salvaged materials, he said. According to the listing, the house needs the usual overhaul, including kitchens, baths, roof and boiler. Sadly, it has a lis pendens.

The house next door, No. 289, renovated and with details, closed for $1,500,000 in July. (It was the subject of our “Let’s Play Flipper” series and a House of the Day.) This one is priced at $1,125,000. Think that sounds about right?

291 Lincoln Road [Coldwell Banker] GMAP
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

09/18/14 10:00am

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We were astounded to pass by and see the falling-down house at 1260 Bushwick Avenue has been fixed up. If anyone’s wandered these parts, they’ve surely noticed the row house next to an empty lot with its front facade peeling off, porch roof crumbling and, most remarkable and eye-catching of all, huge side wall sheathed in pieces of thin plywood — and some of those coming loose as well. It’s been like this at least since 2007, based on PropertyShark photos and our own visits to the area. Sometimes it looked as though people were living in it, too, although we were never sure. Or perhaps they were squatters.

There had been signs, over the months, that some kind of construction might be imminent, but we didn’t really believe it. In any case, now here it is, with a completely new stucco facade, looking as if it were never abandoned or a likely candidate for a tear-down.

After years of stagnation, there is a frenzy of construction in Bushwick. It’s impossible to walk down the street in Bushwick without seeing new buildings rising and old ones being renovated — generally by investors, not owner occupants. We’ll be showing you more projects over the next week or two.

In the meantime, click through to see more photos of 1260 Bushwick as well as other houses being spruced up — or horribly altered, depending on your point of view. The stucco-over-wood-frame treatment is very popular these days. We saw two more up the avenue. (more…)

09/18/14 9:00am

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Filmmaker and actor Brian Crano and David Craig initially planned to buy a brownstone (or an apartment in one) when they moved from L.A. to Brooklyn. But after losing out on several places, they did a complete about-face and created a unique space in a totally generic new-construction building in Vinegar Hill, The New York Times reported.

They combined two one-bedroom apartments plus common hallway space on the top floor of a “developer’s special,” as the Times put it, then embarked on a gut renovation that included a new kitchen from Henrybuilt. They spent a total of $1,228,000 buying the space (including the hallway) and another $500,000 or so on the renovation. (more…)

09/18/14 8:30am

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At Bushwig, Pushing the Boundaries of Drag [NY Times]
A Sobering Future for Dive Bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan [NY Times]
Brooklyn Estates Official Resigns After Office Mishandles $2.2 Million in Assets [NY Post]
Park Slope Clothier Lisa Polansky Shutting After 40 Years [NY Daily News]
Brooklyn Pols Back LICH Nurses Ahead of Thursday’s NYU Hearing [Eagle]
What’s up (or Headed That Way) on Downtown Brooklyn’s Skyline? Part One [Eagle]
Video: A Font Tour of Brooklyn and Queens [Gothamist]
Bushwick Cops Crack Down on Cyclists, Neglect to Investigate Hit and Run Driver [Gothamist]
City Mulls Ways to Spur Brooklyn Office Development [Crain's]
Brooklyn Commercial Properties Flip for High Profits [NYO]
Singer Jason Mraz Gets His Hands Dirty at New Williamsburg Community Garden [DNAinfo]
Seniors Enduring “Harassment” at Park Slope Assisted Living Facility, Caregivers Say [DNAinfo]
NYPD Suspends Officer Caught Kicking Street Fair Vendor in Sunset Park [DNAinfo]

09/17/14 2:00pm

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We’ve received a ton of tips that a Ricky’s NYC is moving into 209 Smith Street, a prominent corner where Carroll Gardens meets Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. (This is the old Faan space — more recently, Burger on Smith.) Apparently people really care about Ricky’s!

It could be a Halloween popup, but the signage looks like regular Ricky’s. They already have two locations in Brooklyn, one in the Heights and one in Park Slope. So this seems like a logical addition.

Thanks for a tipster for sending in the photo. Anyone know more? GMAP

09/17/14 1:30pm

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It’s not often we see a Sunset Park house with details in move-in condition, so we got excited when we saw this listing for a brownstone at 438 45th Street. There are fireplaces, built-in cupboards, moldings, pocket doors and other original details.

The bad news is that it’s set up as three floor-through apartments so there’s no owner’s duplex. However, there is an extension in the rear of the garden floor and a clean-looking cellar, so the ground-floor unit is more spacious than the average railroad apartment. The house would also be easy enough to convert back to a two-family, which is what we suspect this originally was, going by the floor plan.

A door on the parlor floor unit might be advisable as well, for privacy. What do you think of it and the price of $1,160,000?

438 45th Street [Elliman] GMAP

09/17/14 11:30am

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A tipster sent us this photo of the restoration work under way at 232 Carlton Avenue, the once badly deteriorated St. Mark’s Protestant Episcopal Church where a conversion to 12 condo units has been in the works for years.

The developers “appear to be successfully repairing the stone on the church on the Adelphi side, which was the hottest of messes before,” the tipster told us. “I wouldn’t have thought it possible it could look so good. Real slate roof, copper details — bravo.”

The landmarked building is now known as Carlton Mews. It is related to the Carlton Mews townhouse development at 231 Adelphi Street where a worker was tragically killed in an accident in 2012, but the two sites have different owners.

Scaffolding Goes up at Carlton Mews Church Conversion in Fort Greene [Brownstoner]

09/17/14 10:45am

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The developer of the Ace Hotel at 61 Bond Street in Downtown Brooklyn is requesting a variance from the city to build it. There will be a public hearing tonight at a meeting of Community Board 2′s Land Use Committee to consider the request. This will be the only opportunity the public will have to comment on the matter, according to a letter that went out to neighbors earlier this month (click through to see the letter).

Confusingly, the letter did not state what exactly the developer is seeking the variance for. The rumor is the developer wants to build higher than current zoning permits, and put a bar and pool on the roof, according to a tipster who sent us the letter. The neighbors are worried, our tipster said, adding, “I was excited by Ace developing the site (vs. the typical schlock hotels that tend to get developed in Downtown Brooklyn) and remain hopeful it will be a positive.”

If you want to speak at the meeting, you must call the community board district office at 718-596-5410. The meeting will take place at 6 pm tonight in Room LC400 at the Dibner Building at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering at 5 MetroTech Center.

The hotel will replace a parking lot, above. An application for a new building permit was disapproved in August.

Permits Filed for Brooklyn’s Ace Hotel [Brownstoner]
Photo by Google Maps via NYY

Update: The developer would like to add density (more square feet), not height. Anyone who wishes to testify tonight can do so by signing in before the hearing, CB2 District Manager Robert Perris let us know in a comment below.

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