07/25/14 4:00pm

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The Park Slope Civic Council is accepting nominations for new construction projects that make a “positive contribution to maintaining or enhancing” the neighborhood’s historic identity, as part of its newly created Evelyn and Everett Ortner Park Slope Preservation Awards. The Ortners led a huge effort to preserve historic homes in Park Slope and other Brooklyn neighborhoods and played an important part in the creation of the Park Slope Historic District.

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07/24/14 10:45am

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After nine years in five other locations, the Long Island Automobile Club finally got their headquarters near “The Gateway of Long Island;” Grand Army Plaza. As Brooklyn’s first, and most elite automobile club, with members of such social standing as William “Willy” Vanderbilt, they were now located in a building that was worthy of their wealth and prestige. Yes, it was another garage, but what a garage!

This building was something out of Europe, with a façade reminiscent of the Austrian Art Nouveau Movement, called the Vienna Secession. It was a four story building built in 1904 as the Plaza Garage. Art Nouveau architecture is very rare in New York City, and rarer still in Brooklyn, but this garage definitely qualified, with sinuous arches over the main entrance and flanking windows, and some rather overdone Germanic –style Roman eagles at the top. It was designed by an architect named Oscar Lowinson. (Thank you, Christopher Gray.) (more…)

07/22/14 10:45am

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You might think that any invention as wonderful as the automobile would be embraced by everyone. Anything that could be done to improve motoring in Brooklyn, Long Island and the general New York City area would immediately be approved, and the car would take its rightful place at the head of the transportation table. Well, if you were an early 20th century autoist; one of the first people to own an automobile, you would probably feel that way. If you were everyone else, it was going to be a much tougher sell.

The Long Island Automobile Club was founded in Brooklyn in 1900 by four wealthy men who wanted a place where they could indulge in their new hobby of racing, tinkering with, and talking about automobiles. In a few short years, they grew in membership to several hundred car enthusiasts; all well-to-do men who could afford a custom vehicle that cost as much as many a working man’s entire yearly salary. Like the bicycle clubs many had belonged to only a couple of years before, the LIAC sponsored races, enjoyed outings and social events, and advocated for paved roads throughout the city and out on Long Island. (more…)

07/21/14 1:01pm

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Personally we prefer our townhouses to feel a little older, but the newer look of this triplex at 584 Pacific Street is bound to appeal to someone’s sense of cleanliness and order. The 2,050-square-foot condo has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in addition to four terraces. The proximity to the Barclays Center might be a deterrent to some though, especially at the asking price of $2,200,000.

584 Pacific Street, #2 [Warren Lewis Sotheby's] GMAP

07/16/14 12:58pm

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This new listing at 145 Prospect Park West is pretty basic as far as the apartment goes — no historic detail to speak of and middle-of-the-road finishes — but being on the park is definitely worth something as is the common roofdeck. Asking price on the two-bedroom, one-bathroom pad is $729,000 and the monthly common charges (including taxes) come to $619.

145 Prospect Park West, #4B [Corcoran] GMAP

07/15/14 2:00pm

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A casual French restaurant with a bakery at 272 Flatbush Avenue looked close to opening when we passed by recently. We deduce from the awning and the help wanted sign on the door that Graine de Paris will be something like a diner but with French food, including espresso drinks, chicken and baked goods.

A sign on the door said they were hiring “a barista, chicken help, and experienced servers.” GMAP

07/15/14 9:00am

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Dixon is selling one of its Brooklyn homes and has started leasing another batch of rentals, including properties in prime areas of Brooklyn such as Park Slope.

The sale is unexpected, its first in Brooklyn although not the greater New York area. Dixon’s strategy has always been to buy and rent out its properties, not flip them, holding them for at least five years, because of a U.S.-Australia trade agreement. Dixon purchased 777 Rugby Road, a standalone Victorian in Ditmas Park that had been on and off the market for years, pictured above, from its longtime owner for $1,055,000 in May of 2013. (more…)

07/14/14 2:00pm

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The Midtown-based real estate company RES opened up a storefront last month at 291 5th Avenue between 1st and 2nd streets in Park Slope. The company handles sales, rentals, commercial property and development. While the company has an office near Times Square, this location is its first storefront. As part of its Brooklyn expansion, the brokerage has hired several new agents and is already searching for more locations in the borough. Click through the jump for interior photos. GMAP

Photos by RES

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