08/14/14 8:29am

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Park Slope Senior Center Employees Arrested for Medicaid Fraud [NY Daily News]
Construction Spending Booming as Developers Spend More to Build Fewer Units [WSJ]
Fire-Damaged Prospect Park South House Awaits Landmarks Approval [Brooklyn Eagle]
Flatbush Bigs: Church Avenue Station Needs State Intervention [Brooklyn Paper]
Williamsburg Preschool Inches Closer to Replacing Vacant Lot [Curbed]
250N10 Gets More Artwork; LIVWRK’s Gowanus Site Changes [Curbed]
Closings of Note: Pricing Leaps and Bounds, Part 2 [BK to the Fullest]
Three New Development Projects Under Way in Gowanus You Might Not Know About [GYFO]
Where Have the Outer Boroughs’ Small Builders Gone? [NYY]
Aussie Style Invades Brooklyn at Brunswick Cafe [Gardenista]
Brownstone Detectives Research History of Brooklyn Brownstones [BU]
Cobble Hill Rapid Realty Is the Smallest Real Estate Office in NYC [TRD]
New Rentals Surge in Brooklyn and Queens [TRD]
Buyer Proposes 80-Foot-Tall Building for $17.5 Million Crown Heights Brewery Site [DNAinfo]
Glass Building on Williamsburg’s Only Historic Block Gets Landmarks Nod [DNAinfo]
Nine People Treated After Carbon Monoxide Leak at Canarsie Pickle Factory, FDNY Says [DNAinfo]
Brooklyn Residents Concerned Over Illegal Home Conversions [NY1]

08/13/14 2:00pm

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The dining options in this part of town are pretty much limited to fast food and takeout, so we were surprised to come across this full-service restaurant and bar tucked away on the corner of Bushwick Avenue and Schaefer, not too far from the graveyard end of the neighborhood. Andalucia Bar Lounge opened two weeks ago at 1336 Bushwick Avenue, the cook and owner standing outside told us when we passed by Thursday.

Despite its Spanish name, the restaurant serves French and Italian dishes. Menu items on the chalkboard in the window included black mussels, baked clams, grilled chicken salad, grilled branzino, penne vodka with diced chicken, grilled rib eye steak with fries, and sauteed squid. It sounds promising, and entree prices are a reasonable $8 to $14. So far, it has one review in Yelp — a positive one. Has anyone tried it? GMAP

08/13/14 11:30am

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The war memorial in Saratoga Park has been restored! A reader tipped us off the finish line might be in sight. “Big news!!!” he emailed. “The Victory and Peace statue is resting on the pedestal again behind the chain-link fence!!!” When we stopped by recently, we could see the pedestal and the honor rolls of World War I dead on each side through the green fence, but the statue wasn’t there yet.  (more…)

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The affordable-housing developer, L+M Partners, who was part of the Long Island College Hospital deal with the third buyer, Fortis, has dropped out, leaving doubt as to whether the development will include any affordable housing after all, The Wall Street Journal reported. If not, it puts the LICH plan right back where it started: When Fortis, LICH’s preferred buyer, initially bid on the property, it planned only market-rate housing.

The Journal article hinted that affordable housing could be included only if the developer were allowed to build tall towers on the site, something the first buyer, Brooklyn Health Partners, also said it might do — and not long thereafter, that deal was scuttled. The hospital is in the midst of a landmarked area in Cobble Hill where towers are not allowed.

Affordable Housing Is Unclear in Brooklyn Hospital Venture [WSJ]
LICH Coverage [Brownstoner]

08/13/14 8:29am

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German Artists Say They Put White Flags on Brooklyn Bridge [NY Times]
Charges Weighed in Flag Swap After Two Say They Did It [NY Times]
Photoville Exhibition Returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park [NY Times]
Movie Theater Owner in Talks for reBar Space [NY Daily News]
Brooklyn Is Fighting It out for Democratic Convention [WSJ]
Dixon to Restore Landmarked Storefronts in Cobble Hill [Brooklyn Eagle]
Karl Fischer’s 50 Greenpoint Avenue Still Stalled [Curbed]
Permits Filed: 123-127 Boerum Street in East Williamsburg [NYY]
Parts of MayDay Community Space in Bushwick Open, But Not Bar [B+B]
Former Bank Building in W’burg Asks $35 Million [NY Observer]
Brooklyn Real Estate Is out of Step With Tech Needs [Technically]
Video of Dog Poop Scofflaw Sparks Fort Greene Shame Campaign [DNAinfo]
Eight-Story Affordable Housing Building Planned for Grand Street [DNAinfo]

08/12/14 1:30pm

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Here’s another Carroll Gardens Place block brownstone for sale with a deep front yard. This Italianate at 46 4th Place has been nicely remodeled over the years, and has attractive French doors opening up in an enfilade, as well as circa-1900 plaster moldings on some walls and an original marble mantel or two.

The kitchen is pretty standard but it all looks clean and in move-in condition.

It’s configured as two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,250,000?

 46 4th Place [brooklyn-real] GMAP

08/12/14 11:30am

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Architect Gene Kaufman is proposing an all-concrete building at 100 Bogart Street in Bushwick, the better to fit in with the warehouses and factories that surround it. Inspired by the new David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, Kaufman is using concrete to reflect the “intangible ‘vibe” and essence of the community,” he told DNAinfo. “We’re not looking to create something that doesn’t exist and hope people like it. We’re looking to create something that people already like.” (more…)

08/12/14 9:00am

The building at 70 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights is in contract to be sold, and Brooklyn Heights Cinema will close August 27, theater owner Kenn Lowy told Brooklyn Heights Blog and DNAinfo. He plans to reopen in a new location in Dumbo, and is working on signing a lease there. He said he hopes to reopen in the new location in late September or early October.

The blog published a letter to customers Lowy planned to post last night: (more…)

08/12/14 8:30am

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In Brooklyn, Officials Court Democrats in Bid to Host 2016 Convention [NY Times]
A Factory in Brooklyn That Constructs Homes Is Losing Its Own [NY Times]
In Bed Stuy, Rent Is Too High — Even for Uma Thurman’s Brother [NY Post]
Traffic Nightmare Feared if DNC Comes to Brooklyn in 2016 [NY Post]
Video: A Snapshot of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 Dilemma [Brooklyn Eagle]
Summer Stroll Delights Thousands on 3rd Avenue [Brooklyn Eagle]
Dust Devil Rocks McCarren Park [Gothamist]
Ilan Bracha Plans Changes to Williamsburg Condo [TRD]

08/11/14 2:00pm

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Diesel is coming to Williamsburg and plans to open a concept shop sometime this month. The speciality retailer signed a lease at one of the new buildings near McCarren Park, the Karl Fischer-designed 101 Bedford, real estate firm Heller Organization announced. “The brand really resonates with people who live and shop in this part of the neighborhood,” said an exec with Heller in a prepared statement.

The asking rent was $175 a square foot. Urban Outfitters was the first chain to open a concept shop in the neighborhood when it opened earlier this year. GMAP

Photo via Heller Organization