07/28/14 4:30pm

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Prospect Heights Package Supposedly Sold: 218-220 Park Place [BK to the Fullest]
Salma Hayek’s Cleanse Guru Has Opened a Juice Bar on Bedford Avenue [Bedford+Bowery]
The Rent Is Too Damn High: Jimmy McMillan Comes to Ditmas Park [Ditmas Park Corner]
Kimchi Taco Truck’s Second Brooklyn Restaurant Opens in Carroll Gardens [DNAinfo]
How to Spot Flipper Shortcuts When Buying a Brownstone [BU]
Brooklyn Brewery Eyes Staten Island for Big New Plant [Crain's]
Bushwick Festival Brought a Lot of Delish Beers to Troutman Street [Bushwick Daily]

Photo by Michael Tapp

07/25/14 4:30pm

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Lyft Says It’s Starting New York City Service [Brooklyn Eagle]
Pushy Crown Heights Sign Urges You to “Please Dress Modestly” [Gothamist]
Shake Shack Coming to Williamsburg? [Free Williamsburg]
Urban Entomology: The Cicadas Are Coming! [Ditmas Park Corner]
Starbucks May Be Opening Another Williamsburg Location, But With Booze [DNAinfo]
Red Hook Locals Divided Over Plan to Add Dance Studios to Public Library [DNAinfo]
Permits Filed: 262 Kent Avenue, Domino Sugar Factory Site A [YIMBY]
Join the 72nd Precinct for National Night out Against Crime on August 5 [South Slope News]
Exclusive: Rape Behind the Tinted Glass [Brooklyn Brief]

Photo by ekonon

07/23/14 10:45am

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Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview people involved in real estate, architecture, development and design. In honor of the Brooklyn Building Awards, we talked with Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the awards at the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tonight.

Brownstoner: Where do you live, and how did you end up there?

Carlo Scissura: I currently live in Bensonhurst, the neighborhood I grew up in! I just bought a house in Dyker Heights and will be moving there in the fall. I chose Dyker because it is close to where I grew up, it’s a great community, lots of mom and pop businesses, open space, and close to transportation. It’s a classic New York City neighborhood, with a mix of old and new. (more…)

07/17/14 4:30pm

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Bensonhurst BJ’s Wholesale Club to Open in September [Bensonhurst Bean]
Brewklyn Grind to Open Next Month on Myrtle Avenue [Fort Greene Focus]
Ecuadorian Street Food Pops up in Dumbo [Brooklyn Eagle]
Here’s Why Your Friends Can’t Hang in Bushwick Tonight [Comic] [Bushwick Daily]
Collectors of Weird Things to Gather at Brooklyn Historical Society [NY Animal]
Paddling Down Polluted Newtown Creek Is Actually Awesome [Curbed]
Completion Finally Imminent: 55 Eckford Street in Greenpoint [NY YIMBY]
Permits Filed: 326 and 328 Bond Street [NY YIMBY]
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists to Open Summer Turmoil Exhibition [NY Observer]
20 Reactions to “Brooklyn Girls” [Bedford+Bowery]
World-Renowned Musicians to Play Concert Series at Our Lady of Refuge [Ditmas Park Corner]

07/14/14 4:30pm

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Film Fest in Williamsburg Celebrates Movies Made on Cell Phones [Brooklyn Daily]
Understanding the Finance Behind Brooklyn’s Real Estate Boom [Q at Parkside]
Little Paris? Crepe Shop Opens on Manhattan Avenue [Greenpoint Gazette]
Adam America Buys Boerum Hill Lot for $6 Million [NY Observer]
Flatbush Activist on Gentrification and the Urgency of Documenting Brooklyn [Ditmas Park Corner]
Plane Flying Swastika Over Brighton Beach, Coney Island… Again [Sheepshead Bites]
Missing Tarantula Hoax Scurries Into Park Slope’s Heart [FIPS]
Seven-Story Apartment Building Coming to Graham Avenue [DNAinfo]
New Sandwich Shop Brings Bold Asian Flavors to Smith Street [DNAinfo]
NYPD Tells Officers to Keep Making Pot Arrests, Despite Brooklyn DA’s Memo [DNAinfo]

07/10/14 10:45am

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Brooklyn’s current cycling enthusiasm is not new. Today’s bicycle riders are continuing in the grand traditions of biking from the turn of the 20th century, when this two-wheeled adventure was at a peak that has yet to be matched. The bicycle was that period’s great equalizer. There were bicycles available for sale or trade for almost every income group, and the roads belonged to all. A poor laborer could find himself waiting to cross the street with one of the richest people in town. Men and women could ride together, and for the first time in memory, a modern single woman could ride the streets by herself, unaccompanied by chaperone or male companion. This relatively simple steel framed contraption on wheels was a major catalyst for change in American society, and after the bike craze of the fin de siecle, nothing would be the same again. (more…)

07/08/14 4:30pm

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Brooklyn Flea’s Ice Cream Fest Will Hit Two Locations With More Than 50 Flavors [NY Mag]
Uber Competitor Lyft to Launch Friday in Brooklyn and Queens [Capital NY]
Flatbush Resident Michael Powell Moves on From Times’ Gotham Column [Ditmas Park Corner]
Brooklyn Judge Moves Barclays Contract Dispute Forward [Brooklyn Eagle]
Workers at Prospect Lefferts Gardens Demolition Site Faced Potentially Fatal Falls [Brooklyn Eagle]
What Songs Reference Williamsburg and Greenpoint? [Free Williamsburg]
Legendary Heavy Metal Bar Lucky 13 Saloon Moving to Gowanus! [GYFO]
Brooding Babes and Ghoulish Guys: Singles Night at Morbid Anatomy [Bedford+Bowery]
Oceana Developer Takes Over “Station Plaza” Site, Plans Residential Complex [Sheepshead Bites]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

07/08/14 10:45am

Cycling, 1898, Home from CI, BE 4.98

The Sunday, April 3, 1898 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle features a special eleven page pull-out illustrated section devoted solely to the recreational sport that had captured the city – bicycling. It was probably the most comprehensive look at the phenomenon of cycling ever assembled in a newspaper before or since, and highlights cycling when it was at its peak, the first time around.

There were articles about advances in bicycle design and new accessories and innovations. The article featured a section about the newest cycling outfits for men and women. There was a story about long distance cycling trips, some as far away as Saratoga Springs, as well as shorter day trips within the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester.

The state of roadways and the acceptance of bicycles as transportation were discussed, as was the political will to improve the pathways and streets for bicycle traffic. They wrote about the many different clubs that had formed, and lastly, there was even an article about trick riding, with illustrations. It’s fascinating, and one cannot help but make comparisons to the phenomenon of cycling in New York in 2014. (more…)

07/02/14 4:30pm

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Park Slope Native Publishes Book on Subway Art [Brooklyn Paper]
Eric Adams Declares Himself a “Tender” Borough President in First Newsletter [NY Observer]
Brooklyn Public Library Expands Free Summer Meals Program [Sheepshead Bites]
Forest City and Greenland Close on Their Atlantic Yards Joint Venture [REW]
Latest PLG Arts Art Show and Reception [Brooklynian]
Williamsburg Gets a Malaysian “Night Market” (More of a Restaurant, Really) [Bedford+Bowery]
Summer Strolls Return to the Slope in July and August [South Slope News]
Explaining Coney Island to the Rest of the World [Ephemeral NY]
Councilman to Host Public Forum With DEP on Coney Island Flooding [Bensonhurst Bean]

06/30/14 4:30pm

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Bushwick Residents Invited to Sound off on Rezoning [DNAinfo]
Brooklyn White-out Dinner Brings out the Bourgeoisie in All of Us [NY Observer]
Jumaane Williams to Media: Don’t Link Stop-and-Frisk to Shooting Spike [NY Observer]
Even Spike Lee’s Wife Teases Him About Kickstarting Gentrification in Brooklyn [NY Mag]
Investor Andrew Borrok Set for Brooklyn Judgeship [TRD]
Sunset Park Ferry Might Not Run Past October [Brokelyn]
How a Brooklyn Couple Saved 100K to Buy Their Park Slope Apartment [Refinery29]
“Do The Right Thing” 25th Anniversary Block Party Celebrates Brooklyn [Untapped]
Out In The Streets Festival Back July 26 With a Killer Lineup [Bushwick Daily]
Lucky 13 Closing 13th Street Saloon, Moving North [South Slope News]
Help Greenpoint Feral Cat Colonies and Lost Cat in Winthrop Park? [Greenpointers]

Photo by Joel Zimmer