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The city has just started taking applications for two affordable housing developments at 25 Woodbine Street and 1238 Decatur Street in Bushwick. The four-story, eight-unit building on Woodbine Street has two one-bedrooms up for rent, asking $1,004 a month. Income requirements range from $34,423 – $40,320 for either one or two people. It’s also only three blocks from the J and Z trains at Gates Avenue. Applications close December 23.

And over by the Wilson Avenue L train station, a one-bedroom and two two-bedrooms in a 15-unit building are looking for tenants. You’ll pay only $918 for the one-bedroom or $1,034 for the two-bedroom, and income caps start at $35,280 (for a single person) and go up to $50,340 (for a family of four). You’ll need to apply for 1238 Decatur Street (pictured) by January 7. Head over to NYC Housing Connect to start the application process.

Screenshot via Google Maps

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The Department of Transportation wants to make the three-way intersection of Atlantic, Washington and Underhill Avenues less dangerous for pedestrians with some safety improvements. DNAinfo reported on the agency’s presentation to Community Boards 2 and 8, both of which must approve the proposal for changes to be made.

The intersection is on the border of Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights. The plan calls for:

*Shortening crosswalks by building larger median islands.

*Building a new crosswalk between Lowry Triangle, which sits between Washington and Underhill avenues, and the north side of Atlantic Avenue. There will also be a new crosswalk between the east side of Washington and the small triangle in the middle of the street.

*Increasing the length of crossing signals and delaying traffic lights to give pedestrians more time to cross.

*Restricting left turns from Washington Avenue to Atlantic Avenue and from Atlantic Avenue to Underhill Avenue.

Do you think these ideas will work?

Pedestrian Safety Measures Proposed for Dangerous Atlantic Avenue Crossing [DNA]
Image via DOT

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We’re sad to report that the city plans to demolish the crumbling mid-19th century wood frame at 69 Vanderbilt Avenue in the Wallabout Historic District. The HPD filed an emergency demolition permit last week.

A complaint from June said the house was shaking and leaning, and the DOB report said “front porch is unstable…neighboring houses may be in danger.”

Back in August after the construction fence went up we speculated the city had no plans to tear it down. Unfortunately, we were wrong.

“The New York Landmarks Conservancy has had No. 69 on its endangered list for years,” said the New York Times’ Christopher Grey in 2010. “There are only two ways it could get off the list, and right now it’s more likely to go feet first.”

Thanks to Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership for the tip and the photo.

69 Vanderbilt Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project LDC

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The winter edition of citywide music festival Make Music New York is bringing participatory performances to Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, Cadman Plaza, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and McCarren Park this Sunday. Appalachian fiddlers and dancers will lead a parade from Grand Army Plaza to the Shake Shack on Flatbush Avenue, and in Williamsburg, a parade of kalimba (thumb piano) players will wend its way from Cooper Park to McCarren Park.

And singers and instrumentalists of all levels can meet in Cadman Plaza to play in a “slow-motion” performance of the prelude to Bach’s G-Major Cello Suite No. 1. Down on Williamsburg’s Southside, community groups El Puente and Bombayo are hosting an Afro-Caribbean dance and performance experience at El Puente’s headquarters on South 4th Street. Check out the full schedule over at Make Music New York.

Image via Make Music New York

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Construction officially kicked off at the second affordable Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park building at a groundbreaking ceremony this morning at 535 Carlton Avenue in Prospect Heights. Greenland Forest City Partners also launched a fancy new website for Pacific Park and published new renderings for 535 Carlton Avenue as well as a new rendering and more information about another forthcoming building, 30 6th Avenue, pictured above.

It will rise 23 stories and, as already reported, have 300 units, all of which will be affordable. It will, like the arena and the stalled B2 tower, be designed by SHoP Architects and house the development’s health care center and shops, plus underground parking, according to the website. It is scheduled to break ground in June.

Several local politicians attended the groundbreaking for 535 Carlton, including Mayor de Blasio, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and Borough President Eric Adams, according to a press release we received. As already reported, the 17-story 100 percent affordable rental building will have 298 units. Fifty percent of the building will rent to families making between 145 and 165 percent of the area median income, which ranges from $121,655 to $138,435 for a family of four, according to DNAinfo. The other half of the apartments will be set aside for middle- and low-income families who make 40 percent of the area median income, or as little as $33,560 for a family of four.

Click through to see a previously published rendering of 535 Carlton, some new exterior renderings, and a photo of the groundbreaking today.

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Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering above by SHoP; renderings below by CookFox; photo via mayor’s office (more…)

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It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, and holiday markets are popping up all over Brooklyn. Besides the Brooklyn Flea at 1000 Dean Street, there are local craft markets happening in neighborhoods from Windsor Terrace to Greenpoint. Here’s an incomplete list of where you can find some interesting handmade items:

Holiday Crafts Fair and Christmas Tree Sale at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Windsor Terrace, Saturday, December 13, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Record Sale and Craft Fair at Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Saturday, December 13, 5 pm to 10 pm
Pop2 Brooklyn Holiday Market at 200 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn, Saturday, December 13, 4 pm to 10 pm and Sunday, December 14, noon to 8 pm
Brooklyn Pop-up Holiday Market at Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Bushwick, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas, Fridays 8 pm to 12 am, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 pm
Hand Makers Holiday Market at Golden Drum, 97 Green Street, #G1, Greenpoint, Sunday, December 14, 1 pm to 8 pm
Proteus Gowanus Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, 12 pm to 6 pm
Arts East New York Holiday Market at 170 New Lots Avenue, Saturdays and Sundays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, 11 am to 7 pm
Brooklyn-Made Holiday Pop-up Market at Times Plaza at 4th, Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues (across from the Barclays Center), Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, noon to 8 pm

Image via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership 

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Traditional Jewish delis have dwindled in Brooklyn, but Brooklyn Historical Society is inviting three deli owners to discuss how they’ve survived and thrived as the borough has changed around them. Deli historian Ted Merwin will talk about the “the glories, challenges, and traditions of serving up corned beef” with the owners of Junior’s in Downtown Brooklyn, Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli in Sheepshead Bay and Mile End Deli in Boerum Hill. The panel will happen tonight at 6:30 pm at BHS headquarters at 128 Pierrepont Street. Tickets cost $10 or $5 for members.

Image via Brooklyn Historical Society

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The Municipal Arts Society is hosting a walking tour of churches in Cobble Hill this weekend, exploring existing houses of worship, converted ones and even ones that were demolished. Local historian Mary Ann DiNapoli will lead the walk through Cobble Hill’s historic district.

Pictured above is the Christ Church and Holy Family Episcopal Church at 326 Clinton Street. The tour will take place Saturday at 11 am, and tickets cost $20 or $15 for MAS members.

And at 2 pm on Saturday, our Montrose Morris columnist Suzanne Spellen and preservationist Morgan Munsey are leading a tour of Crown Heights North. Tickets are also $20, and can be purchased here.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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The Department of Transportation plans to “launch” the long-awaited Pulaski Bridge bike lane project at a community meeting tomorrow. The DOT will present its plans at 6 pm at MoMA P.S. 1 at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

Last we heard about the Pulaski bike lanes, construction was delayed until sometime next year. But last month, the DOT announced that it had found a contractor and work would wrap by spring 2015. When it’s finished, there will be a two-way bike lane and a dedicated pedestrian lane. To create the bike lane, the agency will cut three lanes of Brooklyn-bound traffic to two lanes.

Rendering via DOT

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Greenland Forest City Partners will break ground next week on the newest piece of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, a 100 percent affordable building at 535 Carlton Avenue. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for next Monday, and construction starts Tuesday, according to Atlantic Yards Report.

Construction on 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, the market-rate building planned for the big lot between Pacific, Dean, Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues will also start Tuesday, a spokesperson for the partners confirmed. Overall, the two developments will bring 298 affordable rentals and 282 market rate ones to the block-long property.

CookFox is designing both of the 17-story towers. Greenland Forest City just finished knocking down a big warehouse at 752 Pacific Street to clear the way for construction.

Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo via Greenland Forest City Partners

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Community Board 9 District Manager Pearl Miles will “address the mistaken vote count” from September at a Community Board 9 meeting Tuesday, according to an email we just received from board member and Q at Parkside blogger Tim Thomas.

He and other board members also propose to rewrite the controversial resolution calling for a zoning study that was the subject of the miscounted vote. The details of which committee would rewrite the request and in which meeting have yet to be hashed out.

Meanwhile, MTOPP members have been emailing the board asking it to “correct the vote.” MTOPP has also asked the board’s land use review committee to call a series of public meetings to revise the zoning study request.

Tim Thomas has already put together a proposed rewrite. His version would limit building height to six stories throughout the neighborhood, but leave open the door for low-rise residential on Empire Boulevard. MTOPP has in the past said it opposes housing on Empire (or any rezoning of Empire) because it is likely to lead to high rises, so we’ll be interested to hear what the group thinks of Thomas’ proposal.

Above, a view of Nostrand Avenue near Empire Boulevard, one of the areas in PLG that could potentially be affected by a rezoning. Click through to see the emails and Tim Thomas’ proposal for a new request for a zoning study.

MTOPP Coverage [Brownstoner]
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Community group Arts East New York is bringing some holiday cheer to New Lots Avenue next weekend by hosting a tree lighting, holiday craft market and live performances from local musicians and dancers. Attendees can enjoy free hot chocolate, raffles and giveaways, photo booths and an awards ceremony with speeches by local politicians.

There will also be a preview of the [re]New Lots Arts Market and Incubator Space, where performing and visual artists can rent cheap studios in converted shipping containers. The free event will take place December 13 from 11 am to 8 pm at 170 New Lots Avenue.