06/29/15 9:49am


After years of drama and controversy, the rent-regulated apartments at 406 Albee Square downtown stand empty, ready for the bulldozers. They were acquired by the city as part of a bigger package for $40,000,000 and will be turned into a park, as per the downtown rezoning plan established over a decade ago, in 2004.

The tenements, which have seen more than 100 years of humanity pass through its doors, occupy a clearing in the middle of high-rise development downtown. Directly across the street is the City Point mega-project, where towers as high as 60 stories will eventually be built. Behind it, on the next block over, the 35-story Ava DoBro is under construction at 100 Willoughby Street. (more…)

06/29/15 8:43am


Clinton Volunteers on Hunt for Brooklyn Apartments [NY Times]
Rent Freeze in the Forecast for New York City [WSJ]
Brooklyn’s First Carnegie Library, in Williamsburg, Becomes a Haven for Artists [WSJ]
What’s the Deal: Greenland Gets Construction Loan, Bushwick Development Gets Hotel [WSJ]
Studios at Windsor Terrace’s 22 Caton Start at $1,750 [Curbed]
New Williamsburg Condos Try Really Hard to Lure Hipsters [Curbed]
New NYU Polytechnic Incubator Planned at Former Brooklyn Industrial Complex [Crain’s]
Prospect Plaza Affordable Housing Rises In Ocean Hill [NYY]
Revealed: 641 Dekalb Avenue in Bed Stuy [NYY]
Brunner, Mandel to Pay Nearly $700 per Square Foot for Williamsburg Parcel [TRD]

Terra cotta tiles on Putnam Avenue in Bed Stuy.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran


06/26/15 4:54pm


Developer Drops Plans for Residential Units at Landmarked Lyceum Building [DNA]
Editor Ned Berke Says Goodbye to Sheepshead Bites [Sheepshead Bites]
Park Slope Artist Jonathan Blum Celebrates 50th Birthday With Retrospective [Park Slope Stoop]
Small Four-Story Warehouse/Office Building Coming to 132 20th Street in South Slope [NYY]
The 10 Best Spots to Eat and Drink Outside in Bay Ridge [Hey Ridge]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

06/26/15 4:09pm

If you’re after the kind of sprawling, standalone, circa-1900 house of the type Ditmas Park is famous for, we’ve got three open houses worth checking out this weekend. None are actually technically in Ditmas Park, but they’re close by.

They all have porches, and one has a turret to boot!

Our fourth pick is different, and the location is rare. It’s on Concord Street in Downtown Brooklyn. It’s one of those now semi-forgotten streets that recall Brooklyn’s past as a sleepy village, now nestled between roaring bridge onramps and giant sprouting hotel towers.

The inside has been modernized, and still retains an original fireplace that looks to be from about the 1840s or ’50s.


824 East 17th Street in Fiske Terrace
Broker: Brooklyn Properties
Price: $1,849,000
Sunday 12:00-2:00
Photo by Brooklyn Properties (more…)

06/26/15 1:00pm


We know what happened when the city rezoned the Williamsburg waterfront. But have you seen how a similar rezoning has transformed Hunters Point in Queens?

A former industrial area on the waterfront has become a jewel, aka Gantry State Park. The area is also home to The New York Architectural Terra Cotta Works, although its spectacular terra cotta-adorned building is currently shrouded in netting, as the nearby Silvercup Studios is restoring it.

Above, a former metal foundry covered with ivy has been transformed into a place for magazine and video shoots by DuVal Enterprises.

There’s lots more to see — and even a place to get a bite. And a tour of the area is scheduled for this weekend. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

06/26/15 8:30am


Court Street Turns Into Brooklyn’s Madison Avenue With French Baby Boutique [NY Daily News]
As 421-a Tax Break Sunsets, Developers Rush to File Permits in Brooklyn and Beyond [WSJ]
Developer Plans Two-Story Addition to Mall in Midwood [CO]
$450-a-Month Parking Spaces Arrive in Dumbo [DNA]
Artist Uses Shipping Containers to Build Studio in Red Hook [DNA]
Nearly 250 Apartments Vacant in Ingersoll and Whitman Houses, Audit Finds [DNA]

Hanging on the corner in Red Hook.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

06/25/15 4:30pm


PLG Activists Meet With NYPD, Discuss Tearing “Whole Racist System Down” [Gothamist]
Empire State Development Meeting About Pier 6 Tomorrow, RSVP NOW!! [BHB]
Renovation Diary: Bringing a Brownstone Back From the Brink [Curbed]
Kristina Kozak’s Work Is All Over Brooklyn. Just Don’t Call Her a Blacksmith [Voice]
Map: The Best Places to Drink Outdoors in Bed Stuy [DNA]
A Fiske Terrace Couple Talk About Their Neighborhood [DPC]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

06/25/15 12:39pm


The Lefferts Place Mews, a collection of old-school-looking townhomes that are actually condominium apartments, is coming along nicely at 76-88 Lefferts Place in Clinton Hill, we saw when we stopped by recently to snap some photos.

The brownstone and red brick façade has gone up, the windows are in, and workers were just starting on the cornice. The collection of four buildings with a total of 31 units launched sales in October, starting at $625,000, as we reported at the time. (more…)

06/25/15 9:21am


Brooklyn Startups Pitch Spacesuits, Bitcoin Apps [WSJ]
The Center for Fiction Is Moving to the Brooklyn Cultural District [Eagle]
Al Sharpton to Protest Brooklyn Street Named for Confederate Army Leader [Biz Insider]
Live on Top of a Downtown Brooklyn Hotel From $2,400 [Curbed]
Sugar Hill Buys Vacant Williamsburg Rental Building for $37 Million [TRD]
New Myrtle Avenue Building May Rise Two Stories Higher Than Expected [DNA]

King Street in Red Hook.
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06/24/15 4:52pm


Pieces of Concrete Fall off Long Neglected Building on 3rd Street in Gowanus [PMFA]
Clinton Hill Debates Pros and Cons of Putnam Triangle Plaza [Fort Greene Focus]
What to Eat on a Day Trip to Brighton Beach [Gothamist]
Craft Shop With Café and Garden Celebrates Opening on Church Avenue [DPC]
Tonight, CB9 Elections; Tomorrow, Meeting on Crime [Q Parkside]
Franklin Avenue Bar Approved for Liquor License Over Concerns From Locals [DNA]

Photo by Juni Safont

06/24/15 11:00am


Boerum Hill is a little less buttoned down now, thanks to the Jerkface street art adorning what will soon be designer Steven Alan’s third shop on the corner of Atlantic and Hoyt Street in Boerum Hill. Steven Alan Optical, the company’s first standalone eyewear store, plans to open Thursday in a former garage at 83 Hoyt Street, behind the Atlantic Avenue women’s store.

Until now, eyewear occupied a corner in some of the clothing shops.  (more…)

06/24/15 8:43am


City Allocates $5 Million to Move Tenants out of ‘Three-Quarter’ Homes in Brooklyn [NY Times]
N.Y. Lawmakers Temporarily Extend Rent Rules, 421-a Tax Break for Development [WSJ]
Forest City Unveils Design of Eight-Acre Park in Atlantic Yards Mega-Development [NY Daily News]
Opponents of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 Speak at Board Meeting [Eagle]
Study Documents Rapid Growth of Brooklyn’s Creative Economy [Eagle]
#StandWithCharleston Interfaith Vigil Brings More Than 1,000 to Barclays Center [Eagle]
Gerald Caliendo Is Designing a Two-Family on an Empty Lot on Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy [NYY]
Conversion and Expansion Planned for Williamsburg Warehouse at 82 Ainslie Street [NYY]
Four-Story, Eight-Family Building Coming to 38 Broome Street in Greenpoint [NYY]
Fort Greene Nursing Home to Open New 200-Bed Facility in Red Hook [DNA]
Williamsburg Housing Nonprofit Los Sures’ Buildings Plagued With Issues [DNA]

A row of wood frame houses on Clermont Street in Fort Greene.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran