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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?

122 West Street, #4I [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
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…)

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Newtown Creek Alliance Historian and Brownstoner Queens columnist Mitch Waxman will lead a boat tour of Newtown Creek, pictured above, next month for the Working Harbor Committee. The two-hour tour of one of the nation’s most polluted waterways will leave from Pier 11 in Manhattan at 11 am on May 31.

A collection of guest speakers will also help narrate the tour. A separate two-hour tour of Gowanus Bay will leave from Pier 11 at 1:10 pm the same day.

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Karl Fischer has released a rendering for a six-story, 72-unit building at 26 West Street, close to the waterfront in Greenpoint. The boxy structure, designed for developer Rabsky Group, is a cut above his typical work, a common sight in north Brooklyn and elsewhere in the borough.

The gray and red brick and arched openings at ground level echo nearby warehouses, old factories and homes. Most intriguing are the arched openings and incised lines on the first floor. There is no mention of retail planned for this building, but it will be equipped with flood barriers, 36 parking spaces for cars, and bike storage. We commend the architect for not designing blank walls at street level, and would like to see more designers adopt a similar approach. (more…)

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The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a meeting tonight on cleanup efforts at the polluted Harte & Company factory at the corner of Dupont, Clay and Franklin Streets, Greenpointers reported. (Yes, this is the same building we wrote about this morning, whose developer wants to preserve part of the 1930s Arte Moderne exterior).

The state Superfund site has a plume beneath it made of phthalates — liquid plastic chemicals — up to five feet deep in some areas. And apparently the plume is moving, contrary to what the developer told the Brooklyn Eagle. This is a map of the plume made in 2013, via Greenpointers. (more…)

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The distinctive curved facade on the polluted Harte & Company factory in Greenpoint could survive, an owner’s rep told the Brooklyn Eagle. But the 1930s Arte Moderne factory at 280 Franklin Street is still going to become apartments, likely a multi-building complex.

Yi Han of Experta Group said she’s working with the architects to save some piece of the unique corner, because “very few places in New York have that. It’s like a witness to the transformation of the neighborhood.” (more…)

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We caught this rendering on the fence at 170-174 West Street in Greenpoint, where a developer is building two six-story apartment buildings. No. 174 will have five apartments distributed across 8,640 square feet of residential space. Next door at 170, there will be 10 apartments on 14,130 square feet, according to permits.

Salamon Engineering is the applicant of record for both buildings, and the owner is an LLC who picked up the three vacant lots for a combined $3,700,000 in 2013, as previously reported. Behind the fence, excavation is under way, and you can see a photo after the jump.

What do you think of the design?

Two Six-Story Apartment Buildings Planned for Vacant Greenpoint Lots [Brownstoner]

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This renovated brick townhouse at 149 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint doesn’t have a lot of details but it does have a few. Nonetheless, it’s fairly charming anyway. We like the subway tile in the kitchen and the trim and staircase in the entry and hall. Also, it recently had a small price cut, from $1,650,000 to $1,548,000. Think that will get the job done?

149 Kingsland Avenue [Town Residential] GMAP

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The Department of Transportation recently revived plans to install bike lanes on the J.J. Byrne Memorial Bridge, which links Greenpoint Avenue in Greenpoint and Sunnyside, Queens. Streetsblog reported on the proposal, which would cut two Brooklyn-bound lanes of traffic down to one in order to paint buffered bike lanes on either side. Currently, cyclists either have to weave through pedestrians on the sidewalk or bike alongside cars while crossing the bridge.

The DOT first tried to install bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge in 2010, but Community Board 1 shot down the proposal because it eliminated too many parking spaces. Queens Community Board 2 heard the presentation last week, and Brooklyn CB 1′s transportation committee will consider the proposal on March 17.

DOT Has a New Plan for Bike Lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge [Streetsblog]
More Holdups for the Greenpoint Avenue Bike Lane [Brownstoner]

Image by DOT via Streetsblog