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If your landlady dies without a clear heir to the building, don’t do what this couple did: just stop paying rent.

A Greenpoint resident we’ll call Jay (it’s not his real name) and his wife were paying $1,700 a month for the spacious top floor of a three-unit building on Leonard Street when their Polish landlady — who occupied the parlor-level unit — unexpectedly passed away. A man claiming to be the landlady’s cousin, perhaps a relative of her deceased husband, soon appeared asking for the rent.

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Greenpoint Development Site

Investor Joseph Brunner closed Tuesday on an $18,000,000 deal in Greenpoint, The Real Deal reported. The seven-building development site includes 1050-66 Manhattan Avenue and 154 Eagle Street, totaling 57,000 square feet of buildable space.

Brunner plans to develop the site into a mixed-use rental building, according to The Real Deal. If that’s the case, the current 57,000 square feet of buildable space could increase to 74,000 square feet if he participates in the city’s inclusionary housing program. (more…)

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Citi Bike has invaded Greenpoint this week. Two new stations were installed Wednesday and Thursday, and nine more stations are being installed today.

Residents were quick to tweet their excitement over the new stations in this transit-challenged area. The two new stations up and running are located at the corner of Franklin and Dupont streets and at the corner of Franklin and Milton streets. (more…)

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The “mommy startup” Social Pants is hosting a children’s potluck party in Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park this Sunday, August 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. The dinner party will feature a photographer to take family pictures, plenty of games for the little ones, and kiddie pools filled with ice to help keep food cool.

“Let’s celebrate our neighborhood and have our very own Potluck Party in the Park!” flyers for the event read. “Come meet your neighbors!”

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Today’s condo is a duplex, the bottom floor of which sits below ground. Located at 114 India Street in Greenpoint, it’s listed as a one-bedroom, but the listing notes that it’s currently being used as a two.

Which is to say, you could use that sizable space down there —  identified as a “sleeping area” on the floor plan — as a second bedroom. But the words “drenched in sunlight” are not going to apply. (more…)

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21 Commercial Street

After years of debate and a lengthy approval process, Greenpoint Landing is starting to take shape on the Brooklyn waterfront. Developer Greenpoint Landing Associates has tapped Handel Architects with the master plan and the design of the buildings in the first phase of the project. L + M Development is a development partner on the first three affordable buildings under construction.

The first site, 21 Commercial Street, has topped out. More on that below. Immediately to the south, construction appears to be imminent on the third affordable building, at 5 Blue Slip.

The green construction fence is up, and a previously unpublished rendering has been posted. Read and see more below.

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447 Meeker Avenue

Permits have been filed for a new six-story apartment building at 447 Meeker Avenue in Greenpoint. The site of the proposed 8,263 square foot building is alongside the BQE near the corner of Graham Avenue. It will have 13 units if it is approved.

It is one of a number of new apartment buildings planned along Meeker close to the highway. A seven-story, 50 unit building is planned for 406 Manhattan Avenue at the corner of Meeker Avenue. Rental building Leonard Pointe, designed by Karl-Fischer and Durukan Design, opened last year on the former site of the Meeker Flea, at 395 Leonard Street near the corner of Meeker and the BQE, as we have reported. (more…)

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A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

The International Cork Company was established here by James Alberti in 1907. The company’s first factory was a large two-story building at 29-45 Rodney Street in Williamsburg. The company made cork stoppers for beverage bottles as well as for medicines and pharmaceutical use. They were well known in the industry for the quality of their medicinal corks.

By 1908, the factory employed over 200 people, three quarters of whom were the young women and girls who made the corks. The other 50 or so were men who performed the other company tasks, including all of the supervisory positions.

International Cork was a family business. Founder James Alberti was joined by his son Emilio, who became president. James Alberti Jr. was vice president and general manager, and his younger brother John was secretary and treasurer. (more…)

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This one-bedroom in the Pencil Factory at 122 West Street in Greenpoint has high ceilings, an open layout and oak floors. There is a washer and dryer in the 965-square-foot unit and two bathrooms.

It also has an office or den. (The room has a closet but lacks windows so it is not a legal bedroom.)

The building’s amenities include a common roof terrace, a fitness center, a party room and free bike storage. The six-story building was originally built in 1872 and was converted to condos in 2011.

It’s listed at $1,100,000 and maintenance is $591 a month. It has a tax abatement in place until 2026. What do you think of it?

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Photos by Brown Harris Stevens

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977 Manhattan Avenue

Demolition permits were just approved on Friday for a three-story brick building at 977 Manhattan Avenue, home to Goldsholle and Garfinkel Hardware for decades. The building is like most that line Greenpoint’s main thoroughfare — retail at street level and a few modest apartments above.

The developer filed plans for an eight-story building with 14 apartments and ground-floor retail space last month. They were disapproved, but if the developer is able to get approval for its plans, the building will rise high above its neighbors on this thoroughfare of mostly three- and four-story buildings. (more…)

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Mirrored cracks are a common theme in two buildings architect firm Charles Mallea is planning for Bed Stuy and Greenpoint. The same architect whose cracked and mirrored design for 410 Tompkins Avenue upset locals is planning a similar building at 555 Graham Avenue in Greenpoint, pictured above.

The Greenpoint building will not feature mirrored cracks all around but rather just one that appears to split the building in two. Because the mirrored section is less jagged than the ones on the Bed Stuy building, it looks more modern and less like lightning bolts. It provides a focal point for the facade and marks the building’s entrance. (more…)

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Landlords Joel and Aaron Israel were arrested Thursday on criminal charges for allegedly intentionally destroying apartments they own in Greenpoint and Bushwick and lying to the court about it,  the Times and many other outlets reported yesterday. The brothers have been in the news for about two years after reportedly destroying kitchens, baths, gas lines and hot water heaters of longtime tenants at several buildings in Brooklyn to force them out and increase rents to market rate for newcomers.

The cases have been winding through housing court. Criminal charges in such cases are unusual — but then so are the alleged actions of the accused. (more…)