07/02/15 5:36pm

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DOT Opens Greenpoint Avenue Bridge Bike Lanes [Streetsblog]
Austrian Restaurant Will Soon Open at Coney Island Avenue and Turner Place [DPC]
The End Is Near: Clinton Hill Key Food Will Close in a Week [FGF]
Summerscreen Starts Next Week, Bands Announced [BK Vegan]
Thieves Swipe $7K in Copper Piping From 626 Flatbush Avenue Work Site [DNA]

Lunchtime in Dumbo.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

07/02/15 12:01pm

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Brooklyn’s wave of development just made a big splash in Flatbush, where a no-name developer is demolishing three houses — including a unique faux French chateau — to make way for a 69-unit apartment building.

The new building, whose address will be 200 Linden Boulevard, will have 69 apartments and a day care facility. It will be eight stories tall and cover four wide lots. The architect is the emerging Charles Mallea — more about him in a moment.

A Brownstoner reader caught the biggest of the three houses in mid-demo Thursday and sent us these photos. He said of the faux French chateau, a Brownstoner Building of the Day in 2011:

Was going down Linden Boulevard today and noticed a standout building being torn down. 210-212 Linden Boulevard was a really magnificent mansion at some point. It has unfortunately gone under the knife many times since the early days, and was being used as a doctor’s offices most recently. Well, sadly, the building (along with the two next to it) is being wiped off the face of the earth.

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07/02/15 8:45am

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In Bushwick, an Art Show Collides With a Yard Sale [NY Times]
Protesters Clash at American Flag Burning Event at Fort Greene Park [NY Daily News]
What Are Houses Selling for in Marine Park? [Eagle]
Brooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo Condemns Fort Greene Flag Burning Before Event [NYO]
Permits Filed: 731 and 733 Bergen Street in Prospect Heights [NYY]
Flank, Carlyle Group Secure $175 Million Loan for the Boerum [TRD]
Brooklyn Manhole Fires Trigger Delays on F and G Trains, MTA Says [DNA]
Map: 10 New Residential Buildings Coming to DeKalb Avenue [DNA]

Waterlab playground at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

07/01/15 6:08pm

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Gowanus Cleanup Could Close Pool and Playground for Nine Years, Officials Say [DNA]
Sell Your Work at Arts Festival Coming to Crown Heights’ Brower Park [DNA]
Hendrick I. Lott House Is a Marine Park Treasure [Eagle]
Escape the Hipsters, Head for Marine Park [Eagle]
Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Washington Cemetery [Bensonhurst Bean]
Celebrate Independence Day With a Free July 4 Barbecue at Our Lady of Refuge [DPC]

Street art by Alan Aine on Fulton Street in Clinton Hill.
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Photo by Steve Sherman

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RAL Development’s Robert Levine, far left; ODA New York’s Eran Chen. Photos by RAL and ODA

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. has chosen developer-architect team RAL Development Services, Oliver’s Realty Group and architect firm ODA New York to design and build two controversial residential towers on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, park officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

The winning proposal was selected from 14 submissions, and the process was held up by a lawsuit. That lawsuit has concluded, but now the plan must go through a public review process.

The winning design is more restrained than is typical for ODA but still shows its signature theme of assemblages of boxes. It also matches the existing condos right next to the sites at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, aka 360 Furman Street, a former 1920s Jehovah’s Witnesses industrial building that winning developer RAL Development Services converted to residential use a few years ago.

Significant details of the development have changed, thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s call for affordable housing on the site, the lawsuit and controversy over the height of a development in another corner of the park, at the Pierhouse condos and 1Hotel. (more…)

07/01/15 8:56am

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The “Next Generation of Hotels” Is on Its Way to Brooklyn [NY Post]
Tourist Takes Selfie on Outer Beam of Brooklyn Bridge [NY Daily News]
Community Weighs in on Question of a New Middle School for Pacific Park B15 Building [AYR]
Revealed: 555 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill [NYY]
Flyers With Apparent Anti-Semitic Slur Is Actually Poster’s Name [DNA]
Long-Awaited Windsor Terrace Key Food to Open July 17 [DNA]
Bierkraft Is Closed for Good With No Explanation From Owners, Employees Say [DNA]

Dancers at Weeksville Heritage Center.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

06/30/15 4:49pm

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Board Blocks Plan for Bike Lanes to Connect Bed Stuy to Crown Heights [DNA]
Conductor Apologizes for Taking F Train Hostages To Park Slope [Gothamist]
Hey Ridge Says: Bay Ridge Is Only out of the Way if You Don’t Live Here [BU]
Treyger And Savino Call for City Action In Response to Coney Island Shootings [Sheepshead Bites]
Activists Are Planning to Burn American Flags in Brooklyn on Wednesday [Vice]
The Street Art of Bushwick Collective Is Disappearing Under Billboards [Bushwick Daily]
You Can Be a Small Manufacturer in Brooklyn, and You Can Sell to the World [Forbes]
Patsy’s Is Now Open on Dean Street [Park Slope Stoop]
Dos Locos, a Mexican Bar and Grill, Opens on Church Avenue [KensingtonBK]

Photo by Juni Safont

06/30/15 10:23am

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Photo at left by Gage Skidmore for Wikipedia Commons; photo at right by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

Golden Globe-winning actress Michelle Williams is the buyer of Prospect Park South’s most prominent house — a move we would not have predicted for such a famous actress. The gigantic Colonial Revival mansion at 1440 Albemarle Road has been on the market for about a year, most recently asking $2,450,000.

It’s a surprising choice of neighborhoods for a celebrity, but clearly Williams loves Brooklyn and has an independent streak when it comes to real estate. Brooklyn was largely unexplored territory for celebrities when Williams moved to Boerum Hill with then-partner Heath Ledger a decade ago.

She helped draw other boldface names to the borough, and recently sold that row house for $8,800,000, as we reported at the time. (more…)

06/30/15 8:35am

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New York City Board Votes to Freeze Regulated Rents on One-Year Leases [NY Times]
After de Blasio Dustup, South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Reactivated [Crain’s]
Domino Sugar Refinery Could Live on in Photobook [CO]
Revealed: 875 Dekalb Avenue in Bed Stuy [NYY]
Restaurant Refuses Buyout for Big Brunner-Fischer Fulton Street Development in Bed Stuy [TRD]
Greenpoint Affordable Units Starting at $400-a-Month to Be Ready by 2017 [DNA]
Kentile Floors Sign Could Get New Home Beneath Subway Tracks [DNA]

Pacific Street in Cobble Hill.
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06/29/15 4:56pm

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Kentile Floors Sign Could Get New Home Beneath Subway Tracks [DNA]
Protestors to US Army: Drop Confederate-Named Streets Inside Fort Hamilton (Photos) [Hey Ridge]
Greenpointers Make Music in McGolrick Park [Greenpointers]
Neighbor Everton LaTour’s Death in December Just Classified as a Homicide [DPC]
Cortelyou Road Dunkin’ Donuts Takes Down “Male Staff Only” Hiring Sign [DPC]
NURTUREart Turns Bushwick Kids Into Art Explorers [Bushwick Daily]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

06/29/15 2:00pm

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Benjamin Moore paint color recommendations?

Anyone have paint colors they love in their homes? What are the names of them? Suffering from major decision fatigue…

Poster theoperadiva said: “We are also VERY happy that we went with White Dove for all the trim and cabinetry. It is the absolutely perfect white for our space.”

Commenter anotherposter said: “Paint colors are very personal and your space can help you decide — bright condo or dark rowhouse? Stained or painted woodwork?”

Colonel said: “November Rain has been our go-to since we first used it for any room that needs just a bit of color that will stand out from white trim.”

Click through to the post to see more answers and help out.

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06/29/15 11:30am

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The sales listing calls this 21-foot-wide Italianate brownstone at 25 Monroe Street in Bed Stuy “classic and timeless,” and that seems a fair estimation. It’s a beaut, full of airy, high-ceilinged spaces and nice details, including arched doorways, crown moldings, original woodwork, French doors, and marble mantels.

Generally speaking, the house looks to be in top shape, and the listing says there are “new systems throughout,” including central air. There’s a lovely kitchen in the lower duplex that looks recently renovated, and marble bathrooms. (more…)