07/10/14 3:00pm


Brooklyn, one building at a time.

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…)

07/10/14 8:30am


As Landlords Push Buyouts, Renters Resist in Flatbush and Elsewhere [NY Times]
A Reporter’s Journey in the Bureaucracy of the Brooklyn Buildings Department [NY Times]
New-Build Townhouses Return to Brooklyn, Manhattan After 100-Year Pause [NY Post]
Brownsville Tenants Without Hot Water and Electricity for Days [NY Daily News]
Carroll Gardens School Drops Earlier School Day After Parents Complain [NY Daily News]
Bossert Opening Delayed Until Next Year [Brooklyn Eagle]
Brooklyn Judge Moves Barclays Contract Dispute Forward [Brooklyn Eagle]
Gowanus Braces for Parole Office [Brooklyn Paper]
Landmarks Wants Little Brooklyn Heights Building to Stay Little [Curbed]
Architecture Firm Albo Liberis Designed the Lever Hotel [Curbed]
Permits Filed: 61 Bond Street [NY YIMBY]
Athletic Club Makes Leap to Brooklyn’s Tallest Apartment Tower [REW]
“Brooklyn” Emerges as New Marketing Tool for Businesses Around Borough, World [News 12]
State Announces $100 Million for Brooklyn Hospitals in First Waiver Awards [Capital NY]
Myrtle Avenue to Get $50K to Attract New Business [DNAinfo]
Map: Glitzy Makeover Under Way for Fort Greene’s Arts District [DNAinfo]



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…)


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…)

07/09/14 8:30am


Brooklyn Prosecutor Limits When He’ll Target Marijuana [NY Times]
Lyft Targets Commuters in Brooklyn and Queens [NY Times]
Hundreds of Thousands Jammed Brooklyn Heights for Fireworks [Brooklyn Eagle]
Air Quality Health Advisory in Effect in Kings County Today Until 10 pm [Brooklyn Eagle]
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Announces New Board Member [Brooklyn Eagle]
Bay Ridge Church to Close [Brooklyn Daily]
Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Admiral’s Row Back in Play [Crain's]
Junior’s Restaurant Plans Replacement Brooklyn Location [NY Biz Journal]
104 Willow Street Tops June Sales in Brooklyn [BHB]
Brooklyn’s Booming Firewood Industry [Daily Beast]
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Makes a Grand Return to Williamsburg [Greenpoint Gazette]
Bushwick Native Who Started Drinking Coffee at Age Five Opens Coffee Shop [DNAinfo]

07/08/14 2:00pm


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