Thaddeus Young Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Nets player Thaddeus Young bought a $5,400,000 condo in Brooklyn Heights’ One Brooklyn Bridge Park earlier this summer. Apparently he’s already learned that the Atlantic Antic doesn’t make for a fast commute and that Brooklyn Bridge Park is a great place to let the kids cut loose.

But there’s more to life in Brooklyn Heights. To help Young get hip with the Heights crowd, we’ve put together a handy guide of five things he needs to know about his new ‘hood right now.


Bushwick Brooklyn -- 81 Beaver St, William Ulmer Brewery History

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Brooklyn has been a beer lovers’ town since the 1850s. But there are only a few of the original brewery buildings still standing. This one is the most well known.

Name: William Ulmer Brewery — main brew house and addition
Address: 81-83 Beaver Street
Cross Streets: Corner of Belvidere Street
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1872, 1881
Architectural Style: Rundbogenstil Romanesque revival
Architect: Theobald Engelhardt
Other Works by Architect: The William Ulmer Brewery office next door and William Ulmer’s mansion on Bushwick Avenue, as well as mansions, row houses, tenements, churches, factories and breweries mostly in Bushwick, Williamsburg and Eastern Bedford Stuyvesant
Landmarked: Yes, the entire brewery complex was landmarked in 2010.

In 1871, German immigrant William Ulmer became a partner in the Vigelius & Ulmer Continental Lagerbier Brewery, on the corner of Belvidere and Beaver streets in Bushwick. By 1879, Ulmer had become sole proprietor and renamed in the William Ulmer Brewery.

The Bushwick section of Brooklyn had become home to most of Brooklyn’s German immigrants, starting in the late 1840s. They brought many different industries and products to this country, but are best known for lager beer, which soon became the drink of choice in New York and, eventually, the entire country.

Before Prohibition Brooklyn had at least 24 breweries, many of them in the predominantly German Eastern District, which included Bushwick, parts of Williamsburg and Eastern Bedford Stuyvesant. The Ulmer brewery was one of the most successful. (more…)

Pacific Street Cobble Hill

Pacific Street from Cobble Hill to Boerum Hill is seeing a remarkable number of record-breaking and high-end sales, in addition to a bevy of luxury construction, the New York Daily News has noticed. While much of the 10-block-long stretch is leafy and landmarked, the areas near commercial corridors are not where one might expect to find Brooklyn’s priciest home sale.

It’s clear that Pacific Street is having a moment. In June, photographer Jay Maisel paid $15,5000,000 for a townhouse there, shattering the record for the highest price paid for a Brooklyn townhouse. Famed singer Norah Jones also purchased a $6,350,000 carriage house on the street earlier this year, and interesting modern buildings designed by Morris Adjmi and Brooklyn local Teresa Byrne Salter are under way. (more…)

Williamsburg Bank Residential Conversion

The nearly 130-year-old former Lincoln Savings Bank in Williamsburg is getting a residential conversion. Permits have been filed by Blesso Properties to give the historic, but un-landmarked structure at 525-545 Broadway six new floors and 36 apartment units, reported The Real Deal.

Blesso bought the building in August from Broad and Boerum, LLC for $33,000,000.  In addition to the planned apartments, new bottom-floor retail and offices are in the works. A daycare center is slated to occupy the ground level. (more…)

Brooklyn Bridge Park Environmental Center

With last month’s opening of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Environmental Education Center, Brooklynites gain a new way to connect with the great outdoors. Though the center caters primarily to curious youngsters, visitors of all ages will leave with a new view of the borough’s backyard.

Brownstoner recently paid the center a visit and got a taste of the experiences and insights on offer. Tucked beneath the Manhattan Bridge at 99 Plymouth Street in Dumbo, it’s a great stop for families interested in learning about the ecology of the park and the kinds of plants and animals that thrive in the midst of one of the country’s major urban centers.

Read on for a tour. (more…)


Read Property Group, developer of the massive Bushwick mega-project Rheingold Brewery — it encompasses at least 10 city blocks — has sold part of the site to another developer, named Joel Goldman. The sale has not yet hit public records, but Read told local Council Member Antonio Reynoso and community development watchdog group Rheingold Construction Committee about the sale, City Limits reported.

It’s business as usual for developers to resell or flip development sites. But Reynoso and community organizers are worried Goldman and another developer, Rabsky — which also bought part of the site last year, for $53,000,000 — won’t honor the promises Read made to build affordable housing on the site in exchange for a 2013 rezoning. (more…)

Brooklyn History Dumbo Empire Stores John Arbuckle

If coffee was a controlled substance, most of us would be addicts of the worst sort. Our national morning jones for caffeine has been the catalyst for fortune and failure over the centuries. Everyone loves a coffee shop, and most are welcomed into any neighborhood like a water fountain in the desert.

There have been countless arguments, discussions and even culinary classes about the world’s best coffee — how to grow the beans, roast them, package them and brew them. Our stores are full of different devices that do whatever we need to get us our fixes.

Although many people, especially in upscale urban and suburban communities, swear by their special blends, their small batch, artisanal and exotic coffees, most of the coffee brewed in America comes from a few large companies that supply supermarkets and restaurants across the nation.

The Arbuckle Brothers, working out of Brooklyn, were one the coffee giants of the 19th and early 20th centuries. They roasted and packaged the first popular coffee brand, called Ariosa, and created Yuban coffee, a brand still on the market after 150-plus years. (more…)

Fort Greene Apartment for Rent -- 62 Fort Greene Place

On view today is a one-bedroom floor-through on the parlor floor of a Fort Greene brownstone. Listed by Jerry Minksy and Mina Kim of Douglas Elliman, it’s renting for $3,500 a month.

Which isn’t a great bargain for a one-bedroom, but it’s a nice one, in a nice-looking house. It’s got high ceilings, being on the parlor floor, and generous spaces. (more…)