A reader wrote in with this picture to tell us that the DOT opened Van Brunt and Degraw Streets to two-way traffic in the Columbia Street waterfront neighborhood yesterday after nearly a decade of “temporary” one-way street changes. Our tipster, a longtime neighborhood resident, said the project began about 10 years ago when the city started upgrading all the utilities and roads in the Columbia Street waterfront area.
Around that time, the DOT made several blocks in the hood one-way: Degraw between Van Brunt and Columbia and Van Brunt from Degraw to Hamilton. They also changed the direction of traffic on Summit Street between Hamilton and Columbia. But as of yesterday, the preconstruction traffic patterns have been restored. And recently, the city started building the greenway along Columbia Street, which is nearly finished.
“They even installed permanent traffic lights just last year at that intersection on Columbia, only to take them down a couple of days ago and replace them with a four-way stop,” said our tipster. “This affected truck traffic too, since all trucks must go on Van Brunt.”
The notice also indicates the B61 will return to its normal route, and there will be no more parking along that section of Van Brunt and on the northern side of Degraw.
Handmade rug retailer Breuckelen Berber, located on the Columbia Street Waterfront, offers far more than an in-and-out shopping experience. Owners Nathan Ursch and Brin Reinhardt have created a space in which vintage Moroccan Berber carpets and other furnishings find a true home in a Brooklyn storefront. They had looked for a spot on Atlantic Avenue when expanding their business a year and a half ago, but Columbia Street was more affordable and, fortuitously, has since become a walking destination in its own right. (more…)
The triplex penthouse at 29 Tiffany Place in the Columbia Waterfront District has just hit the market with a price tag of $2,495,000. That’s pretty expensive based on the interior square footage of 1,880 — but don’t forget that this place has four terraces, including a wrap-around number on the top floor with panoramic views. The main living space also sports 23-foot ceilings and a gigantic wall of windows. Another bonus: You’re just around the corner from Pok Pok NY. Yum.
Sales and marketing have started up for 255 Columbia, a Passive House boutique condo building that is going up on Columbia Street in the Columbia Street Waterfront area. Move-in is expected in winter of 2014, according to developer HPI Development LLC. The 13-unit building was designed by Loadingdock5, which specializes in Passive House design. The super-insulated building with triple-paned windows and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery will be energy efficient and also quiet. There will be a “steady stream of fresh filtered air,” according to the building’s website.
The building comes with some other pretty high end features too, including 4-inch-wide American walnut flooring, Bosch washer/dryers, and white Carrera honed marble mosaic floors and Calacatta marble counters in the master baths. The kitchens will have white lacquer and walnut cabinetry and Corian counters. While the building is located on a stretch of Columbia Street that does not directly overlook the East River, some of the higher units will have views of Manhattan and the water. Units will range in price from about $900,000 to $2,000,000. The four units now on the market start at $1,095,000 for a two-bedroom and go up to $1,250,000 for a three-bedroom. Click through to the jump to see renderings of the building exterior and a bathroom.
Summit Garden in Columbia Street Waterfront contributes cooperative green space to the neighborhood.
Lincoln Road between Bedford and Rogers avenues won the title “The Greenest Block in Brooklyn” in 2012.
The summer in Brooklyn reveals itself in lush gushes of green, throughout the borough. There are the community gardens on many city corners, one of which, Summit Garden in the Columbia Street Waterfront area, offers a perfect example of tranquility in the midst of urban life. And once a year in August, the Greenest Block in Brooklyn is announced to great acclaim. In 2012, a block on Lincoln Road in Lefferts Gardens was given the title, and we had a chance to photograph it in all its glory. (more…)
At the beginning of this month the restaurant Cesar’s Garden opened at 192 Columbia Street, off Degraw Street on the Columbia Street Waterfront. Cesar’s Garden is open everyday from 8 am to 10 pm and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s a diner-style menu with lots of salad, sandwich, pasta, hamburger, and egg options. Check it out here. Have any readers tried it out yet? GMAP
This new listing at Columbia Commons in the Columbia Waterfront District is a combination of two units that were purchased from the developer in 2011 for a combined $800,000. The resulting floor plan works very well, which is not always the case with these combos, and the 1,293-square-foot apartment is styled to sell. So unless interest rates continue their climb we won’t be surprised if this place fetches within spitting distance of its asking price of $1,295,000, ground-floor location be damned. $1,000 a foot is the new $700 a foot!
The South Brooklyn Children’s Garden, long in the works for the Columbia Street Waterfront, will open for its first public event this weekend! In the past year the garden organizers lost their lease to the city for the corner lot at Sackett and Columbia Streets, then got it back. Since inking the lease, they’ve been busy setting up 20 raised beds, planting, and launching a composting drop-off site for the community. This Saturday, April 20 the garden will hold its Inaugural Worm Festival from 10 am to 2 pm. According to them, “The first free public event of SBCG will celebrate worms for the central role that they play in the success of gardens and unveil a community composting drop-off site.” There will be worm-related arts and crafts, planting and live music. The SBCG hopes to establish itself as a physical and educational space in the neighborhood where children can learn about gardening, food cultivation, and the environment. Photo via the SBCG’s Facebook
This month the Department of Buildings issued new building permits for a six-unit, three-story building right off the Columbia Street Waterfront at 111-113 Kane Street. The lot is 4,046 square feet with a total of 8,092 buildable square feet. This Massey Knackal listing says that it’s “prime for condominium development.” The lot was asking $1,450,000 and it sold in August for $1,625,000. Above, the current state of construction. GMAP
This FSBO that just hit the market at 29 Tiffany Place in the Columbia Street Waterfront District has a lot going for it. The two exposures, high ceilings and great views are all well and good, but it’s the original wood-beamed ceiling that is the real show stopper! Very nice. While just 1,100 square feet, the condo unit is well laid out, accommodating three decent-sized bedrooms in addition to a generous living and dining area. Asking price is $945,000. 29 Tiffany Place #4J [FSBO] GMAPP*Shark
Later this month Community Board Six will hold a public hearing about two new townhouses planned for 96-98 Degraw Street between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets in the Columbia Street Waterfront District. The developers, who are listed under “The Green Witch Project LLC” and “The Other Half LLC” (anybody have any clue what that could stand for?), are seeking a variance for the build. The plan is for two, three-story, approximately 3,100-square-foot single-family homes. If you’d like to attend the public hearing, the meeting is scheduled for February 28th; the location is to be determined. Photo via Google Maps
We heard from a tipster yesterday afternoon that during work on a construction site at 255 Columbia Street, the former Sokol Brothers Building, workers must have damaged a water main causing several buildings on the street to be flooded. A stop work order was issued by the building department yesterday because construction on the site “caused a water pipe to burst, flooding neighboring properties, entire block.” The order indicates that cellars have been flooded at 249 and 257. According to our tipster 259 is flooded too and, “two apartment buildings are uninhabitable right now – we’re not allowed in – and the grocery store is out of commission for time being.” This isn’t the first time there have been problems at the site. A Stop Work Order was issued back in June–the developer lacked a full demolition permit it needed. Anyone know anything more about the cause or the damage? Click through for more pictures. (more…)