Time Inc. is moving to Brooklyn! Well, some of them are. And their dogs.

According to an internal memo that Keith Kelly of The New York Post got his hands on, Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp plans to send the company’s technology, production and engineering (TP&E) department to spacious new offices in Industry City, the so-called “SoHo of Sunset Park.”  Also heading there will be a new “editorial innovation” team under former Entertainment Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Bean. (more…)

WELCOME TO THE INSIDER, Brownstoner’s weekly in-depth look at a notable interior design/renovation project. Produced and written by design journalist Cara Greenberg, you can find it here every Thursday at 11.


The young British couple who bought a loft-like apartment in Jersey City’s Van Vorst Historic District called for decorating help on a relatively new resource: The New Design Project, a Williamsburg-based collaboration between Fanny Abbes, a designer, and James Davison, who handles the business end of things. Both are recent refugees from the world of finance.

The 1,600-square-foot unit, in a building that began life as a stable and was later used by the Metropolitan Opera for storing props and costumes, came pre-loaded with character, including exposed brick walls and heavily beamed ceilings.

But it has only one main exposure and was very dark, said Abbes, a Parsons grad who grew up in France and Africa and has spent her adult life in London, Paris and New York. “The big challenge was to increase light, drastically,” she said. (more…)

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A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Ah, summertime in New York City as enjoyed at a bungalow by the sea!

A chance to get away from the heat and crowding of the city. An opportunity to feel the salty breezes of the Atlantic Ocean waft over you as you sit in a lawn chair on your own porch in front of your own little cottage, only a block or less from water.

Who wouldn’t want that? But who could afford it in New York City, unless you were rich?

Brooklyn has always had some great beaches. When Coney Island, Manhattan and Brighton Beaches became Brooklyn’s Riviera in the late 19th century, it looked as if only the rich swells would get to enjoy the sun and sand.

They flocked to the shore to stay in enormous luxury resort hotels where they were waited on hand and foot. They were entertained by John Philip Sousa and his marching band, and feasted on food from the finest chefs in the city.

But that all ended when Coney Island became a working-class amusement park. The rich abandoned the hotels for quieter places on Long Island or the Jersey Shore, and eventually the big hotels either burned down or were torn down.

Developers realized that there was opportunity here. Clearly, the working class wanted to enjoy the ocean as much as any upper class family did. If they built it, they would surely come.

But the question was how to build efficiently and cheaply. The answer was found in watching Henry Ford’s cars roll off the assembly lines – mass production. (more…)


A wave of new dining options is hitting Bed Stuy, and tomorrow, the neighborhood will gain a new Haitian restaurant. Grandchamps is set to open Tuesday at 197 Patchen Avenue on the corner of Halsey, in a former bodega space.

It will also serve as a cafe in the mornings and it will sell groceries. We chanced by over the weekend and saw workers inside and a welcoming sign out front. The venue will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. (more…)


Developer David Kramer’s Hudson Companies has released renderings of the Clinton Hill affordable housing it plans at 1041-1047 Fulton Street and 911-917 Atlantic Avenue. As readers will recall, both buildings are part of a deal struck to redevelop the Brooklyn Heights Cadman Plaza branch library at 280 Cadman Plaza West, next door to 1 Pierrepont Plaza, where Hillary Clinton has her campaign headquarters.

The renderings, more details of the project, and additional renderings of the condo building were revealed on a new website about the project last week. (more…)


We ran over for a quick peek yesterday evening at the construction site of the latest Atlantic Yards tower to break ground, at 38 6th Avenue next to Barclays Center in Prospect Heights. This week, Greenland Forest City Partners started construction on the 100 percent affordable housing tower, Forest City announced yesterday.

Peering through a hole in the green construction fence, we could see a little big of digging for the foundation had started on the cleared site. That little bit of digging is important, because without it, Forest City would have had to pay the City a fine of as much as $5,000,000. (more…)

WELCOME TO THE INSIDER, Brownstoner’s weekly in-depth look at a notable interior design/renovation project. Produced and written by design journalist Cara Greenberg, you can find it here every Thursday at 11.


WHO WOULDA THUNK IT: classic mid-20th century furnishings, both vintage and reissued, working so beautifully — and looking so natural — in a late 19th century limestone row house? The full-on renovation by Dumbo-based architects Delson or Sherman was an update of a one-family house. Once the reno was under way, Brooklyn-based interior designer Kiki Dennis came in to do the furnishing.

“We inherited a lot of original detail that needed restoring and refreshing, but all our interventions were primarily modern,” said Perla Delson. Chief among these were an all-new kitchen and three new baths, a reconfigured garden floor with a media room and music room, and two outdoor spaces. The backyard was redesigned, with landscaping by Mac Carbonell of Verdant Gardensand a new roof deck added.

The homeowners, a couple with two young kids, “knew what they wanted,” Delson said. “They really enjoy cooking and wanted a modern kitchen, not a kitchen that pretended to look old.” (more…)


The Goodwill at 1104 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy is closing, workers there told us, because its landlord, well-known commercial developer Bawabeh Brothers, is building bigger.

A new five-story commercial building with stores, doctor’s offices and a school on the top two floors is planned, according to new-building permit filed last year and disapproved in January.

Bawabeh Brothers, also known as Bawabeh Realty Holdings, owns other properties along Fulton Street and was in the news last year for its plans to replace a retail strip with a nail salon and cleaners at 1347-1361 Fulton Street with upscale eateries. “Neighborhood gentrification is inevitable and moving quickly,” enthused a marketing brochure aimed at potential commercial tenants.

The block is booming with sales and development. (more…)


About 600 people attended this year’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens House and Garden Tour, now in its 45th year. Photographer, Brownstoner commenter, and longtime PLG resident Bob Marvin took these photos and shared with us his impressions of the tour.

Brooklyn house tours do not typically allow the public to take photos, but as a 32-year board member of tour organizer Lefferts Manor Association, Bob had special permission. This year’s tour took place Sunday, May 31.

Highlights included an art-filled house, a garden party, and a recently installed solar system on a roof. Bob said: (more…)


This row of buildings on Bushwick Avenue keeps catching fire! The sad story of the one in the middle, at 1138 Bushwick Avenue, illustrates the dangers of owning property next to an abandoned wreck.

The gray and white row house on the right above, No. 1138, was almost done with its renovation following a fire in September when the house next door at 1140, above left, caught fire again Tuesday. When we stopped by to see the damage yesterday morning, inspectors were surveying the wreckage.

We suspect both fires were caused by vagrants, whom we have seen sitting on the stoop of 1140 Bushwick Avenue on many occasions over years. (more…)

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission is moving quickly through its Brooklyn backlog. In a highly anticipated vote yesterday, the LPC approved a design for a long-in-the-works proposal to convert the Brooklyn Heights Cinema building at 70 Henry Street into condos. It also designated the M.H. Renken Dairy building on Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, also in the works for years, and the Henry and Susan McDonald House in Wallabout.

The plan to add a three-story condo building on top of the existing building at 70 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights comes after similar plans for the building were rejected twice before by the commission. This design by Morris Adjmi Architects (designer of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg) creates a 50 foot tall building — the maximum allowed on that site. (more…)


Chetrit’s M500 hotel. Rendering by Kutnicki Bernstein

There’s going to be plenty of room at the inn. Among the development projects that have lately made hard hats as plentiful in Williamsburg as bushy beards are no fewer than a half-dozen hotels slated to open in the coming two years.

You can thank local zoning in part for the trend. Half of them are slated for the area around North 11th and North 12th Street that is zoned for commercial and industrial uses, making hotels an obvious choice for developers looking to capitalize on the neighborhood’s heat.

Hoping to follow the success of the pioneering Wythe Hotel, which has packed them in since its debut in 2012, these hotels will bring hundreds of new rooms to the neighborhood, along with rooftop gardens, public spaces, restaurants, bars and nightspots. (more…)