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
This Dutch Colonial-style Victorian at 1022 East 2nd Street in Midwood has been remuddled over the years, but we see potential. It’s lost significant detail, such as crown moldings, but there is still some window trim, stained glass, the original staircase and entry doors, and some shoe molding. (more…)
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…)
The sale of the big Nassau Brewery site at 608-614 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights closed last week. The buyer, an LLC named 608 Franklin Avenue, paid $17,500,000, or $231 per buildable square foot, The Real Deal reported. (more…)
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.
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?
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…)
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…)
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