08/28/15 10:30am

Bushwick Mural House 140 Central Avenue

Bushwick’s mural-covered house at 104 Central Avenue, which seems to have launched a trend of colorful facades in Bushwick, has been sold as a development site and will be razed. The sale closed last week for $1,285,000 but has not yet hit public records.

Seller and local business owner Jeremy Sapienza was fed up with Bushwick and saw opportunity in soaring property values. He and partner Luis Velazquez plan to close the last of their two Florida-style Bushwick cafes Sunday, they announced via Facebook Wednesday.

“We’re closing because I haven’t made a dime in two years, Bushwick is a nightmare on earth full of obnoxious yuppie brats, and I’m tired. Maybe that’s not a nice angle, haha,” Sapienza told Brownstoner. (more…)

08/27/15 10:30am

10 Lexington Ave Clinton Hill Apartment Development

An old one-story factory that occupied most of its large lot at 10 Lexington Avenue in Clinton Hill was torn down last year to make way for a five story building with 81 apartments. Construction on the new building started this year, and now the walls are up to the second story, Brownstoner saw on a recent visit.

The apartments will average 683 square feet each, suggesting they will be rentals. A graffiti-covered drawing of the building shows a plain facade with symmetrical windows and balconies. There is no indication of the facade materials. (more…)

08/26/15 8:30am

11th Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn

A Conversation With the President of Pierhouse Developer Toll Brothers [NY Times]
Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions in Brooklyn and Beyond [NY Times]
DOE to Rezone Overcrowded P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo [Eagle]
Site Unseen: Bush Terminal Park Is Brooklyn’s Best-Kept Secret [BK Paper]
Revealed: 157 Tompkins Avenue, Bed Stuy [NYY]
Dance and Spoken Word Coming to Weeksville for September BEAT Festival [DNA]
Developer Slate Property Group to Give $80K in Grants to Local Artists [DNA]
The Apartment of the Future Displayed in the Navy Yard Is Efficient and Affordable [DNA]

Wood-frame houses on 11th Street in Gowanus.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

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A Caribbean-themed bar with all sorts of inventive cocktails opened in late July at 419 Tompkins Avenue in Bed Stuy.

Lovers Rock is across the street from BBQ joint Peaches Hothouse and around the corner from Bed Vyne Cocktail but its immediate block is mostly residential and, at the moment, teaming with the construction of big apartment buildings at 410 Tompkins and 420 Tompkins.

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08/25/15 8:30am

Jalopy Theatre Columbia Street Red Hook

Joylynn Holder of Brooklyn Forest and Her Steadfast Batter Bowl [NY Times]
At Afropunk Fest, a Kaleidoscope of Fashion [NY Times]
Society of Old Brooklynites Continues Tradition of Honoring the Battle of Brooklyn [Eagle]
NYC to Probe Secular Education at Jewish Schools, 38 in Brooklyn [Eagle]
Controversial Bill Could Wipe Out Landmarks Backlog, Up for Vote September 9 [Curbed]
Business Farms Tilapia on Bed Stuy Rooftop [News 12]
A Pair of 85-Year-Old Twins From Williamsburg Want to Sail Around the World Until They Die [Patch]
The Ultimate Guide to Nine of Brooklyn’s Best Neighborhoods [Business Insider]
SO-IL Conceives a Concrete Art Gallery for an Industrial Brooklyn Neighborhood [designboom]
Doomed on Dean Street: Three Houses Wait for Wrecking Ball [AYR]
Coming on Flatbush: Restaurant Seeks Liquor License Next to Shake Shack [AYR]
Compass Builds Up Brooklyn Presence With Second Borough Office in Williamsburg [TRD]

Columbia Street in Red Hook.
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Photo by Laura Leebove

08/24/15 11:16am

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The future site of Whole Foods, at 242 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, is looking sleek and glassy, despite a recent change of construction crews. After years of little apparent activity, the exterior facade started going up on the Bedford Avenue site in May, and now the full effect of the glassy cube or tower at the top of the corner of Bedford and North 4th Street can be seen.

In fact, it can be seen right through — and visible inside are some stacked building materials. While workers kit out the interior, they are also still busy putting the finishing touches on the exterior on the other side of the complex, along Berry Street. (more…)

08/24/15 8:30am

Sunset Park 4th Avenue Brooklyn

Tax on $3.6 Million Williamsburg Loft Is Just $24 [Post]
Brooklyn Heights Drone Was Taking Pics for Montague Street Renderings [Eagle]
Red Hookers Say City’s Planned Ferry Stop is Impractical [BK Paper]
Welcome to Postcolonial Bushwick [Awl]
A Chick-fil-A Grows in Brooklyn? Eventually, Yes… [CNBC]
Five-Story, 10-Unit Residential Building Coming to 1204 St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights [NYY]
Four-Story, 21-Unit Mixed-Use Building Filed at 408 Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick [NYY]
Spitzer’s First Development Foray “Socks” the Waterfront [TRD]
Mural Inspired by Floating Gardens Unveiled on Toxic Gowanus Canal [DNA]
PHOTOS: Brooklyn Rocks Out at Afropunk Fest [DNA]

4th Avenue in Sunset Park.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

08/21/15 1:51pm

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Brownstoner received this email today from Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer. She reminds us the public comment period on the modification to the General Project Plan will close at the end of the month, and repeats the park’s arguments in favor of development on Pier 6.

“To the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community:

The Pier 6 development, approved in the Park’s General Project Plan 10 years ago, is essential to keeping Brooklyn Bridge Park beautiful and maintaining the high standards of care that make it such a special space.

There is currently an opportunity to make improvements to the Pier 6 development by including permanently affordable, middle-class housing units, a public pre-k facility, community space and additional parkland – all while actually reducing the size of the development. To facilitate this, the Park has requested that the GPP be modified to address these additional community benefits. (more…)

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The foundation is finished, and the steel structure has just passed the first floor at the big build replacing the old Weinstein hardware store on the corner of Tompkins and Halsey, Brownstoner saw on a recent visit. As readers will recall, a six-story building with 44 apartments is planned here at 420 Tompkins Avenue.

Weinstein’s had been closed for a few years, and the low-slung building occupied a large lot with unused FAR. Many such properties are now under construction in Bed Stuy, which is booming with development. (more…)

08/21/15 10:00am

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The 88th Precinct does not have enough resources to fight crime in Clinton Hill, according to pols and police who spoke at a town hall meeting Wednesday convened by Public Advocate (and Clinton Hill resident) Letitia James. Specifically, it has only 112 officers and three or four squad cars to patrol the area at night.

“The 88th precinct is under-resourced,” a story in DNAinfo quoted James as saying at the meeting at Emmanuel Baptist Church, above. “I’ve discovered recently we only have three or four patrol cars to turn out at night. That’s unacceptable.” (more…)

08/21/15 8:30am

hawk in Prospect Park

Afropunk Festival Brings Music, Dancing and Haute Street Fashion to Fort Greene [NY Times]
Four-Story, Six-Unit Residential Building Coming to 1346 46th Street in Borough Park [NYY]
Four-Story, Four-Unit Condo Project Filed at 132 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill [NYY]
14 Photos of Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach in the 1980s [Gothamist]
$3.3 Million Allocated for Affordable Housing in Brooklyn, Boro Prez Says [DNA]

A hawk in Prospect Park.
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Photo by Hannah Frishberg

08/20/15 9:40am

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The folks who live on Macon Street between Howard and Ralph in Bed Stuy have the most creative block parties. They go way beyond the ordinary bounce house rental. (The same block won Greenest Block in 2014, BTW.)

A Brownstoner reader who lives on the block filled us in:

We had our block party this Saturday and it took a lot of planning and work. We’re just seeing a last house guest off.

Last year we had a rock wall, which was a huge success. This year we had a wrestling ring that was put up along with three wrestlers, one named Spyder. It was WWE writ small. :) And it was another hugely successful event!

Anyhow, as you can see I am still coming down from the block party high. :)

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