Coney Island Brooklyn Winter 2016 Street Photography

Coney Island. Photo by Robert S via Flickr

In the News
Coney Island Boardwalk Pushed for Landmark Status [NYDN]
Senate Task Force to Hold Hearing in Dyker Heights on Heroin Addiction [Eagle]
East New York Residents Say Little Has Changed Since NYPD’s Stairwell Shooting [Gothamist]
4 Reasons a $2.5 Billion Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar Doesn’t Add Up [Streetsblog]
Bushwick Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program [Yes Mag]
550-Seat Restaurant Planned for Banks of Polluted Gowanus Canal [DNA]
How Shore Road Almost Didn’t Become a Park [Hey Ridge]

A current Park Slope resident sent us photos of his family on a now-gone Flatlands farm, circa 1900. Read on for what one commenter had to say about unearthing gems like these. (more…)

Gowanus Brooklyn Winter 2016 Street Photography

Gowanus. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Elation and Skepticism Over Proposal for Streetcars in Brooklyn and Queens [NYT]
Mayor de Blasio Lays Out Vision for New York in State of the City Address [NYT]
The Bossert’s Rooftop Bar Moves a Step Closer to Reopening [Eagle]
Historic Designation Likely for Coney’s Carousel, Feds Say [BK Paper]
Bed Stuy Board Rejects Outpost of Williamsburg Hipster Dive-Bar Empire [BK Paper]
BAM’s New Prez Talks About Revitalizing Brooklyn — and How the Borough Gives Back [Crain’s]
Bill Clinton Hosting Hillary Fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl [Gothamist]

Top Brownstoner Stories
It’s No Teleporter, But the Mayor-Supported Streetcar Is Going to Be a Game Changer
The One Thing You Need to Know About Dating an Old House
Dumbo Drive-By Shooters Were Part of Flatbush Gang, Police Say

Ever wonder how Red Hook–based bakery Baked gets their cakes to look so pretty? Watch below to see how the magic happens. (more…)

Coney Island Brooklyn Steeplechase Pier

Steeplechase Pier at Coney Island. Photo by David Tan via Flickr

In the News
Smorgasburg’s Dosa Royale Opening Second Brooklyn Outpost in Clinton Hill [DNA]
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Brooklyn Tax Exemptions Totaled $368 Million [Crain’s]
Big New Williamsburg Development Will Wipe Out Three Restaurants [Gothamist]
Bed Stuy Board Says Nabe Has Enough Homeless, Mentally Ill [BK Paper]
Revamped Brooklyn Borough Hall to Become First Stop for Tourists [NYDN]
Court Hearing on Alleged Pierhouse View Plane Obstruction Today [BHB]
Developers Required to File Affordable Housing Plans as if Inclusionary Zoning Were Already Law [TRD]

There’s been lots of talk today about Mayor de Blasio’s proposal for a streetcar along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront. Read on to hear why one commenter thinks it’d be great — and two ways it could be made even better. (more…)

Gowanus Brooklyn Winter 2016

Park Slope. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Mansion Planned Next Door to the Montauk Club [Eagle]
Could Building on NYCHA Land Save de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan? [NYO]
Neighbor Takes Some De(Con)struction Pics [Q at P]
Revealed: 2100 Bedford Avenue in Flatbush [NYY]
Planning Commission Passes de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Proposal [TRD]
CubeSmart Buys Coney Island Self-Storage Building for $49 Million [TRD]
Clinton Hill Specialty Store Brooklyn Victory Garden to Close [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
Grand Park Slope Neo-Classical Home Has Whiff of Old-Money Privilege With Price Tag to Match
How to Navigate NYC’s Co-op and Condo Tax Abatement Program and Get Some Money Back
Brooklyn’s Cooking as Coworking-Style Food Incubator Opens in Old Pfizer Plant

Are you familiar with “dollar vans”? They make up a New York City transportation system that serves areas not so easily reachable by the MTA, often used in low-income neighborhoods with large immigrant communities. See a map of their routes, below, and learn more in this interactive feature from The New Yorker. (more…)

Downtown Brooklyn Mural Parking Garage

Downtown Brooklyn. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
I Was a Real Estate Agent in Gentrifying Brooklyn [Billfold]
Dumbo Developer Sets Its Sights On the Next Hot Brooklyn Neighorhood — Gowanus [Crain’s]
So, You Got Into the Brooklyn Half Marathon…Now What? [BK Mag]
Best-Selling Authors Buy $6.4 Million Brooklyn Heights Townhouse [NYP]
Closed Dumbo Record Shop Halcyon to Reopen in Williamsburg [BK Vegan]
Permits Filed for Two Buildings With 130 New Units in East New York [NYY]
Bar Seeking to Replace Bed Stuy Favorite Do or Dine Denied Liquor License [DNA]

Yesterday we suggested avoiding cheap-looking quarter round molding in your home — below, see how one reader made it look better after having it installed. (more…)

MetroTech Brooklyn Downtown

MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Expert Says NYC’s Great Hotel Boom Days Are Numbered [NYP]
State Insists Change to Housing Bonds Will Not Impact City’s Affordable Housing Deals [Politico]
Emily Team to Open Its Detroit-Style Pizza Place in Williamsburg [Eater]
BCB Sheds More Assets With $38 Million Crown Heights Sale [TRD]
‘Billions’ Star Paul Giamatti Sells Share of Brooklyn Heights Co-op to Ex-Wife [TRD]
HPD Aims to Build Better Retail, Whether Mayor’s Zoning Proposal Passes or Not [DNA]
Brookland Buys Halsey Street Garage in Bed Stuy for $8.2 Million, Plans Residential Conversion [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
Large Eastern Parkway Co-op With Elegant Pre-War Feel Asks $1.1 Million
Need Two Baths With Two Beds? Here Are Five Under $1 Million
Your Guide to Brooklyn’s In-the-Works Middle and Elementary Schools

Brooklyn Bread Lab is a pop-up test kitchen and classroom founded by Adam Leonti, executive chef at the forthcoming Williamsburg Hotel. Below, listen to a Heritage Radio interview with Leonti and sous chef Jeff Kozlowski, in which they share bread-baking tips and discuss how the Bread Lab got started. (more…)

Coney Island Brooklyn Winter 2016

Coney Island. Photo by Robert S via Flickr

In the News
Coffee Joint in Downtown Brooklyn Apartment Building Named for Real-Estate Giant [BK Paper]
What it Takes to Keep an Independent Bookstore in Bay Ridge Going [Hey Ridge]
Reinventing Sliced Bread, or: The 50 Best Sandwiches in Brooklyn [BK Mag]
5 Hidden Costs of Owning a Brownstone [Brick Underground]
Bark Hot Dogs Is Closing After Super Bowl Sunday [Eater]
Local Entrepreneurs Face Off for Funding at Dumbo Pitch Contest [DNA]
Carla Hall Delays Opening of Columbia Street Waterfront District Hot Chicken Restaurant [DNA]

Back in 1899, members of the Brooklyn Bicycle Club celebrated the club’s 20th anniversary with a fancy dinner. One reader, unsurprised by at least one of the elaborate menu‘s seven courses, shared an interesting fact about oysters in New York. Read on. (more…)

Downtown Brooklyn Winter 2016 photo

Downtown Brooklyn. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Delayed Report on Shelter Safety Violations in Brooklyn and Beyond Is Released [NYT]
Brooklyn Borough Board to Delay Heights Library Vote [Eagle]
DA: Bookkeeper Swindled $775K From Park Slope Employer [BK Paper]
Brooklyn Confirms Hot Reputation With $5.8 Million Cobble Hill Carriage House Sale [CNBC]
Macquesten Plans 102-Unit East New York Residential Building [TRD]
Free Transfer Between Subway, LIRR Would Help Brooklyn Commuters, Pols Say [DNA]
Developers of Park Slope Key Food Site to Unveil Plans [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
Behold the Vast DeKalb Market Hall, Turning Downtown Brooklyn Into a Foodie Destination
Designer’s Wildly Tiled, Eclectically Styled Dream Pad Surprises in Brooklyn Heights
Soon, All the Russ & Daughters Smoked Fish You Want Without Leaving Brooklyn

Sunday marked the 12th annual Idiotarod, an occasion for teams of costumed revelers to push decorated shopping carts through Cobble Hill, Gowanus and beyond, ending in watching their carts get smashed. Watch a video of that absurdity, below, and see photos over at Gothamist. (more…)

Dumbo Brooklyn OY YO Sculpture

Dumbo. Photo by Matt, Marie, Luke and Finn via Flickr

In the News
For a Group of Ninth Graders, Barclays Center Becomes a Classroom [NYT]
This Looming L Train Shutdown Isn’t Williamsburg’s First Mass Transit Panic [Gothamist]
Brooklyn Heights’ Grace Court and Grace Court Alley [Forgotten NY]
New Williamsburg Rentals Will Be Duplexes With Terraces [Curbed]
Neighbors Worried About Persistent Acrid Smell Around 9th Street and Smith Street [PMFA]
Mural Depicting “One Crown Heights” Needs a Home, Artists Say [DNA]
Rybak Plans Sheepshead Bay’s Most-Expensive Condo Ever [TRD]

Readers loved an imaginative, eclectic Brooklyn Heights apartment owned by an event designer and his performer/artist husband; read on to see how one commenter summed it up. (more…)

Bushwick Brooklyn Flushing Avenue Art

Flushing Avenue in Bushwick. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
A Tour of Kurt Andersen’s Home Office in a Brooklyn Brownstone [NYT]
Dumbo’s Dock Street Middle School to Open Sept. 2016 [Eagle]
Residents Demand Parking Plan for New LICH Medical Center [BK Paper]
Maryanne Gilmartin on Pacific Park and the Future of Modular Construction [Bisnow]
Pacific Park’s First Affordable Building Tops Out at 535 Carlton Avenue [NYY]
Brown Tap Water in Sunset Park Caused By Work on New Water Tunnel, DEP Says [DNA]
Artists Told to Leave South Slope Building After Developer Buys Property [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
Behold the Vast DeKalb Market Hall, Turning Downtown Brooklyn Into a Foodie Destination
Snowed Out Last Weekend? Four Open Houses to See This Weekend
Top 5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers From People in the Biz

What’s going through the minds of Brooklyn’s youngest voters this election year? WNYC interviewed some of them to find out. Listen, below. (more…)

Brooklyn NY Winter Storm Jonas 2016

Winter Storm Jonas in Brooklyn. Photo by Linh Nguyen via Flickr

In the News
LPC to Take On Its Backlog, Which Includes Green-Wood Cemetery [Curbed]
Tishman Speyer Completes Brooklyn Macy’s Deal [Crain’s]
Park Slope Parents’ Fight Club: A Friendly Reminder of the Rules [New Yorker]
A Makeshift Golf Course on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway [Atlantic]
A Tale of Two Neighborhoods: The Real Estate Booms of Dumbo and The Upper East Side [BK Mag]
Interactive Graph Compares L Train Commute Times and Rents With Other NYC Neighborhoods [6sqft]
Billy Durney to Open Hometown Fried Chicken in Red Hook [Eater]

There’s debate surrounding Wallabout’s name origins — read through to see what one commenter found about the neighborhood. (more…)

Williamsburg Brooklyn People Winter 2016

Williamsburg. Photo by Mary Hautman

In the News
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Brooklyn Heights Headquarters for Sale [NYT]
Bedford Stuyvesant’s Senegalese Stew [NYT]
Brooklyn Half Marathon, With Some 27K Finishers Each Year, Sells Out in Just 52 Minutes [NYDN]
Brooklyn Artist Claims Italian Fashion Big Copied Pine Tree-Shaped Lamp Design [NYDN]
The MTA’s Looming L Train Shutdown Has North Brooklyn Panicking [Gothamist]
Park Slope Luxury High-Rise Plagued by Water Leaks, Court Documents Say [DNA]
Middle School Chosen for Atlantic Yards Tower, Chancellor Farina Says [DNA]

Top Brownstoner Stories
The Insider: Revamping a Sunset Park Row House for a Clean, Modern Look
Bonkers Park Slope Triplex With Rooftop Solarium Renting for 14K a Month
Decluttering Your Home? Here’s Where to Donate Your Stuff in Brooklyn

After the extreme popularity of The Meatball Shop on the Lower East Side, the restaurant grew to five locations, including one in Williamsburg — and then realized it was expanding too fast. Watch below as co-owner and Williamsburg resident Daniel Holzman discusses the business’s challenges (h/t Eater). (more…)