Come out to Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend to enjoy spring temperatures and classical music played on a floating barge off Fulton Ferry slip. Violinist Mara Milkis and pianist Francine Kay will play tunes from Telemann, Prokofiev, Schubert and Schumann Friday evening at 7 pm.
Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and $15 for students, and can be purchased through Bargemusic. Or attend a free performance Saturday at 3 pm, which will be followed by a question and answer session with the musicians.
The penthouse at 85 Adams Street has just become available for the asking price of $2,600,000. There are three bedrooms — two of them big — and two bathrooms.
The real draw, however, is the large living and dining area that opens onto a 550-square-foot private terrace with killer views of pretty much everything. The interior square footage is only 1,785 so it’ll be interesting to see if they get their price.
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 in on track to wrap up construction in the spring, and the finished product will feature a roller rink, several sports courts, workout area and green space. Community Board Two released all the details about the planned five acres for recreation activities in an email yesterday.
Pier 2 will include five full-size basketball courts, two of which will be covered by the pier roof, the roller rink, six handball courts, three shuffleboard courts, two bocce courts, a half acre of turf and a workout area equipped with state of the art fitness equipment. There will also be 12 swings of varying sizes, restrooms, picnic tables, lockers and skate rentals. BBP will begin taking permit applications for use of the sports courts on April 1.
Alloy Development has gotten the ball rolling with new building applications for the vacant waterfront site next to the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo, where Brooklyn Bridge Park asked developers to design a mixed-use condo development. The developer filed a plan exam application Friday for the 12-story build at 1 John Street.
There will be 42 condos spread across 117,648 square feet of residential space, 3000 square feet of commercial space and 2,551 square feet reserved for a Brooklyn Children’s Museum annex. Amenities for the 123,199-square-foot development will include storage and a roof deck. There’s no parking listed on the permits, although the original RFP asked for up to 110 parking spaces.
One John Street has a teaser site up that reveals two-bedrooms will start at $2,000,000, three-bedrooms at $3,000,000 and four-bedrooms at $3,500,000. Alloy is partnering with Monadnock Development on the project, the fourth Dumbo project on which the two companies have teamed up.
They’re also working on 185 Plymouth Street, 192 Water Street and the group of modernist townhouses at Pearl and Water Streets.
The Water Street Apartments at 60 Water Street in Dumbo are now taking applications for affordable units there. Construction on the Two Trees development, known as Dock Street Dumbo, started in 2012. The 18-story mixed-use development will have 300 rental units in total, including 58 affordable units. The affordable units will range from studios to two-bedrooms.
Monthly rents will start at $538 for a studio and go up as high as $893 for some two-bedroom units, according to an email sent out by Community Board Two. Income caps range from approximately $23,000 a year for a studio to $42,000 a year for a family of four. Applications must be postmarked by April 7. For more information, or to download an application, go to http://www.phippsny.org/page/135.
And in other Jehovah’s Witnesses real estate news, a developer is planning a 12-story, 105-unit rental building for 177 Front Street between Jay and Bridge Streets, occupied by a one-story garage that the Witnesses sold last March for $30,600,000. The Real Deal reported that developer Megalith Capital is going to build mostly one- and two-bedroom units ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 per month, or roughly $65 to $70 per square foot.
Twenty percent of the apartments will be “affordable” units. Designed by Aufgang Architects, the high-rise will also house a restaurant and underground parking. And next door at 200 Water Street, which was also part of the $30,600,000 buy, Megalith is converting a brick factory to condos.
Development partners Kushner Companies, RFR Realty and LIVWRK Holdings have filed their first round of permits to begin construction on five of the former Watchtower buildings in Dumbo, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported last week. The DOB has approved permits for mechanical and plumbing work and the removal of interior partitions for the hulking former Jehovah’s Witnesses buildings at 55 Prospect Street, 81 Prospect Street, 117 Adams Street, 77 Sands Street and 175 Pearl Street.
The buildings are being made over into office space with tech tenants in mind, as previously reported. The former Bible-printing plants sold for a combined $240,000,000 last October, as part of a bigger $375,000,000 deal that included various other Witnesses properties in Brooklyn Heights, such as a hotel at 90 Sands Street, according to the story.
When Drive Change‘s Snowday food truck pulls up in Dumbo starting the first week of March, it won’t just be serving pulled pork sliders and maple-themed treats. It will also be offering training and employment to formerly incarcerated youths.
After spending three years teaching at Rikers Island’s East River Academy, Drive Change founder Jordyn Lexton realized she could help Rikers alums who had been imprisoned with felony convictions as teenagers begin their careers. Drive Change’s eight-month mentorship program includes two months paid training, four months employment and a two-month transition with continued employment and a job placement strategy.
The truck debuted at the Navy Yard last month and is based at the Brooklyn Commissary in Greenpoint. It will be open Wednesday through Friday at the Dumbo food truck lot at the corner of Jay and Water streets. GMAP
Construction begins this week on more improvements to Brooklyn Bridge Park, according to an email the nonprofit sent out yesterday. They will include a rock wall, bicycle paths, a new park and more pedestrian bridges. On Main Street, the park will get an expanded lawn, new dog run, better pedestrian and bike paths, a bouldering wall and an upgraded entrance at Washington Street. The park will also transform the one-story former NYC DEP building on Plymouth Street into a 1,700-square-foot park building with restrooms, community meeting space and an environmental education center.
During construction, the Main Street dog run and lawn will be closed, but the playground and pebble beach will remain open.
BBP is also planning a new park area at John Street, where there will be pedestrian bridges over a tidal salt marsh, tree-lined pathways, and a 13,000 square-foot gathering lawn. And there will be a bridge linking Jay Street with the planned John Street park. Lastly, BBP plans to wrap up the construction of the Pier 6 uplands by adding 3.4 acres of landscape and lawn to the southern end of the park.
The glassy rooftop addition proposed for the adaptive reuse of the iconic Empire Stores warehouses in Dumbo has alarmed residents and preservationists, who showed up at a Landmarks meeting Tuesday to voice their objections, the Daily Eagle reported. The commissioners agreed with them.
Apparently the commissioners just didn’t like the idea of two glassy floors on top of the brick building, with one saying any rooftop construction should better match the brick of the historic buildings. Another said “I am troubled by its generic quality.” Another said it was too slick looking.
Also this week, Landmarks asked for changes to a similar glassy rooftop proposal for the landmarked Domino factory.
If you’re willing to brave the cold after sundown tonight, you can head over to Dumbo to watch a free screening of “A Christmas Story” projected onto the Manhattan Bridge. The Dumbo Improvement District is hosting the event at the new Dumbo Firepit at 155 Water Street, which uses “thermoelectric technology to convert heat waste into electricity,” according to the group’s website. There will be showings of the holiday classic at 5 and 6:30 pm tonight.