Dean Street roofscape, Crown Hts North, S.Spellen

Back in 2004 or so, a periodical called, most appropriately, “Brooklyn Magazine” began appearing on the newsstands. The monthly magazine was of a high quality, with photographs and articles about neighborhoods, history, and culture, as well as articles about the new things coming into Brooklyn every day. I think Brooklyn author Jonathan Lethem may have penned an article or two for it. Brooklyn Magazine had its offices on Atlantic Avenue, in the antiques district, very prominently on the block between Hoyt and Bond, where the Hope Vet Clinic is today. This was back when there was an antiques district on Atlantic Avenue.

I liked the magazine, and subscribed to it. One of the topics in an article in 2005 was about the new thing in communication called blogging and the mag published a list of Brooklyn blogs. That was how I discovered Brownstoner. The blog was in its second year by then. I was working in a job with a lot of down time, and I had plenty of opportunity to immerse myself in the site. I was immediately hooked. (more…)

21 Commercial St.2

Work is moving forward on a few sites at the massive Greenpoint Landing development at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Excavation is underway at 21 Commercial Street, above. The 82,476 square foot building will have 93 units and 2,577 square feet of commercial space when its complete.

Last week the Daily News took a look at the design of the 22 acre waterfront park that will be an integral part of the development. Rather than building high sea walls to protect the development against future storms like Hurricane Sandy and rising sea levels, the designers are taking a softer approach. They are using sloping terraces and areas planted with salt-tolerant plants. “When people think of resiliency measures, they think they have to look tough and ugly, but there are actually innovative ways to do the same things while still looking soft and beautiful,” Lisa Switkin, one of the landscape architects on the project with James Corner Field Operations, told the News.

Across the street and a bit further south, on Dupont Street, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has torn down the sludge tank that had been on the site, as reported, and was busy conducting remediation, removing soil, to prepare the site for its transformation to parkland. At 33 Eagle street a block over, the site of another future mixed-income building, construction has yet to begin.

Click through for more images of 21 Commercial Street, a rendering of the park and the sludge tank site.

Rendering Posted for Affordable Greenpoint Landing Building [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Landing Developer Files First Permit [Brownstoner]
Rendering by James Corner Field Operations

154 Baltic combo

This one-bedroom apartment on Baltic Street in Cobble Hill has a charming mix of new and old. There are nicely finished wood floors though likely not original ones. The layout has an open feel to it and the apartment has plenty of windows. The kitchen is also large for a one-bedroom apartment. It’s just off Henry Street about a half block from the BQE. What do you think of it for $2,700 a month?

154 Baltic Street, #2 [Elliman] GMAP

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This week is a celebration of Brownstoner’s 10th anniversary. Ten years! How time does fly! Instead of a story about a historic Brooklyn place or person, this week’s two Walkabouts are about old houses, brownstones, fixer-uppers and my Brownstoner journey.

I grew up in an old house. I spent 17 years in an old Italianate farmhouse in a small town in upstate New York called Gilbertsville, population 400. The house was built in the 1850s or 1860s, a vernacular Victorian farmhouse with a wraparound porch overlooking a beautiful valley. We moved upstate from Queens when I was six, and I can still remember the first time we walked into the house. My parents had bought the property, which came with 254 acres, pretty much sight unseen, on the recommendation of my paternal grandmother, who for some never explained reason, had moved up there from Harlem some years before. They paid $10,000 for it. On a mortgage, of course. (more…)

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A New Tenant for 360 Myrtle Avenue? [FGF]
SUNY Signs Deal to Sell LICH [Capital NY]
Video: Here’s Life Inside a Bed Stuy Squat [Gothamist]
Windsor Terrace Is the Poor Man’s Park Slope (in a Good Way) [BU]
“Home Improvement,” à la Brooklyn Heights [Eagle]
First Image of New Frost Building Appears on 5th Avenue [South Slope News]
State to Fund Red Hook Houses Power Grid Study After Sandy Flooding [DNA]
A Community Garden Grows in Bath Beach, But It Needs Your Help This Sunday! [Bensonhurst Bean]
Sycamore’s Justin Israelson Opening New Brewpub in Gowanus [DPC]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

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New Bill Murray Film “St. Vincent” Takes Place in Brooklyn [Eagle]
Who Bought the “Asphalt Jungle” House, 113 Willow Street? [Eagle]
Pulaski Bridge Bikeway Likely Delayed Until Next Year [Streetsblog]
Beer Garden With Whole Hog BBQ to Offer Free Tattoos and Burlesque [DNA]
Sybil and Dan’s Canopied Brooklyn Riad — House Tour [Apartment Therapy]
Friday Night Is Movie Night in Carroll Park This October [PMFA]
The Big Eyed Blues Fest Blows Into Brooklyn [BK Paper]
What the 30-Story View From Voorhies Tower Penthouse Will Look Like (Video) [Sheepshead Bites]

Stauch's Restaurant, Coney Island, 1

David MacFayden was a song and dance man. Matthew MacFadyen played Mr. Darcy. They are not even remotely the same man, but a certain search engine has a hard time making the distinction. That has nothing really to do with this story other than to mention Mr. Darcy, who no doubt, would never otherwise come up in a story about Brooklyn. This story is about David MacFayden, his wife, and their adventures crossing the great continent of North America in a wagon, for love and a song. (more…)