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]

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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…)

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Nerds, Rejoice! Rivals Board Game Cafe Is Open for Play [B+B]
Shuttered Pete Zaaz Will Once Again Serve Weird Pizza in Crown Heights [Eater]
Park-ing Spaces: Plazas Pop up Curbside Downtown [BK Paper]
OHNY Weekend Comes to Bushwick October 11 – Visit TroutHouse! [Bushwick Daily]
Anonymous Rant Against “Yuppies and Hipsters” Posted Around Carroll Gardens [PMFA]
Amidst a Row of Pristine Brownstones, a New Townhouse Rises on Clinton Street [PMFA]
14-Story Tower Planned for Downtown Brooklyn, 285 Schermerhorn Street [NYY]
The Hobbit Doors of Dennett Place in Carroll Gardens [Untapped]
Residents Fear for Midwood Smokestack, Last Remnant of Silent Film Studio [BK Brief]
Forest City Formally Discloses That Lender for B2 tower Has Suspended Disbursements [AYR]

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Revealed: 95 South 5th Street, Williamsburg [NYY]
A Free Place in Bushwick [New Yorker]
Squadron Announces Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill Traffic Safety Measures [BHB]
Underground Party Rubulad to Be Held at Ridgewood’s Gottscheer Hall [Bushwick Daily]
“The Intern” Brings Rats, Trash, and Congestion to Cheever Street – Or Not at All [BK Brief]
P.S. 130 The Parkside School Will Hold Annual Fall Festival October 18 [Kensington BK]

Photo by Brien Foy

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Here is another look at one of Bay Ridge’s most important buildings:

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Flagg Court (apartments)
Address: 7200 Ridge Boulevard
Cross Streets: 72nd and 73rd Streets
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge
Year Built: 1933-1936
Architectural Style: Moderne
Architect: Ernest Flagg
Other Buildings by Architect: St. Luke’s Hospital, Chas. Scribner’s Sons Building, Scribner mansion, now Polish Embassy, Singer Buildings, FDNY Engine 33 – all Manhattan. Also buildings for US Naval Academy in Annapolis; Corcoran Gallery, Wash. DC, and many others
Landmarked: No

The story: Ernest Flagg was one of the early 20th century’s pre-eminent architects. The son of an Episcopalian priest, he was born in 1857, here in Brooklyn. He had a long distinguished career and full life before leaving this earth at the age of 90 in 1947. This apartment complex is his last major work, designed when he was 76. It shows the innovation of a man who made his fame and fortune designing mostly Beaux-Arts style buildings for the industrialists and self-made men of the Gilded Age. (more…)

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New York City Launches Campaign to Bring Tourists (Back?) to Williamsburg [NYO]
Cool Brews, Whole Hogs Await at Bushwick’s New Arrogant Swine [Gothamist]
Permits Filed: 15 Lafayette Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn [NYY]
Neighbors Angered Over Kestrel Stencils [Kensington BK]
Citing Numerous Complaints, Congresswoman Asks for Audit of Red Hook Post Office [Eagle]
Willowtown Association Coup Ousts Park Community Council Rep for Pier 6 Litigant [BHB]
Domino Developers Tell Naysaying Neighbors to Expect a Pool and Park [B+B]
Your Guide to Greenpoint Open Studios [Greenpointers]


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Eyes on the Street: The Evolution of the Bergen Street Protected Bike Lane [Streetsblog]
25 Years in 25 Days (1991): A Report from the Crown Heights Riots [WNYC]
Inside the 64-Year-Old Time Capsule Fail in Downtown Brooklyn [Animal]
This Crown Heights Development Site on Prospect Park Is Asking $5 Million [Buzz]
Witness: Park Slope Police Tell Black Teens “Get out of the Neighborhood” [DNA]
Parole Office Doesn’t Belong in Industrial Gowanus, Borough President Says [DNA]
Williamsburg Trolley Remnant [Forgotten NY]
Lenox Road Block Association Alliance: Meeting Tomorrow [Q at Parkside]