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The city has just started taking applications for two affordable housing developments at 25 Woodbine Street and 1238 Decatur Street in Bushwick. The four-story, eight-unit building on Woodbine Street has two one-bedrooms up for rent, asking $1,004 a month. Income requirements range from $34,423 – $40,320 for either one or two people. It’s also only three blocks from the J and Z trains at Gates Avenue. Applications close December 23.

And over by the Wilson Avenue L train station, a one-bedroom and two two-bedrooms in a 15-unit building are looking for tenants. You’ll pay only $918 for the one-bedroom or $1,034 for the two-bedroom, and income caps start at $35,280 (for a single person) and go up to $50,340 (for a family of four). You’ll need to apply for 1238 Decatur Street (pictured) by January 7. Head over to NYC Housing Connect to start the application process.

Screenshot via Google Maps

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The winter edition of citywide music festival Make Music New York is bringing participatory performances to Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, Cadman Plaza, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and McCarren Park this Sunday. Appalachian fiddlers and dancers will lead a parade from Grand Army Plaza to the Shake Shack on Flatbush Avenue, and in Williamsburg, a parade of kalimba (thumb piano) players will wend its way from Cooper Park to McCarren Park.

And singers and instrumentalists of all levels can meet in Cadman Plaza to play in a “slow-motion” performance of the prelude to Bach’s G-Major Cello Suite No. 1. Down on Williamsburg’s Southside, community groups El Puente and Bombayo are hosting an Afro-Caribbean dance and performance experience at El Puente’s headquarters on South 4th Street. Check out the full schedule over at Make Music New York.

Image via Make Music New York

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Construction officially kicked off at the second affordable Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park building at a groundbreaking ceremony this morning at 535 Carlton Avenue in Prospect Heights. Greenland Forest City Partners also launched a fancy new website for Pacific Park and published new renderings for 535 Carlton Avenue as well as a new rendering and more information about another forthcoming building, 30 6th Avenue, pictured above.

It will rise 23 stories and, as already reported, have 300 units, all of which will be affordable. It will, like the arena and the stalled B2 tower, be designed by SHoP Architects and house the development’s health care center and shops, plus underground parking, according to the website. It is scheduled to break ground in June.

Several local politicians attended the groundbreaking for 535 Carlton, including Mayor de Blasio, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and Borough President Eric Adams, according to a press release we received. As already reported, the 17-story 100 percent affordable rental building will have 298 units. Fifty percent of the building will rent to families making between 145 and 165 percent of the area median income, which ranges from $121,655 to $138,435 for a family of four, according to DNAinfo. The other half of the apartments will be set aside for middle- and low-income families who make 40 percent of the area median income, or as little as $33,560 for a family of four.

Click through to see a previously published rendering of 535 Carlton, some new exterior renderings, and a photo of the groundbreaking today.

Pacific Park [Official]
Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering above by SHoP; renderings below by CookFox; photo via mayor’s office (more…)

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Traditional Jewish delis have dwindled in Brooklyn, but Brooklyn Historical Society is inviting three deli owners to discuss how they’ve survived and thrived as the borough has changed around them. Deli historian Ted Merwin will talk about the “the glories, challenges, and traditions of serving up corned beef” with the owners of Junior’s in Downtown Brooklyn, Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli in Sheepshead Bay and Mile End Deli in Boerum Hill. The panel will happen tonight at 6:30 pm at BHS headquarters at 128 Pierrepont Street. Tickets cost $10 or $5 for members.

Image via Brooklyn Historical Society

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The Department of Transportation plans to “launch” the long-awaited Pulaski Bridge bike lane project at a community meeting tomorrow. The DOT will present its plans at 6 pm at MoMA P.S. 1 at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

Last we heard about the Pulaski bike lanes, construction was delayed until sometime next year. But last month, the DOT announced that it had found a contractor and work would wrap by spring 2015. When it’s finished, there will be a two-way bike lane and a dedicated pedestrian lane. To create the bike lane, the agency will cut three lanes of Brooklyn-bound traffic to two lanes.

Rendering via DOT

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Greenland Forest City Partners will break ground next week on the newest piece of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, a 100 percent affordable building at 535 Carlton Avenue. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for next Monday, and construction starts Tuesday, according to Atlantic Yards Report.

Construction on 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, the market-rate building planned for the big lot between Pacific, Dean, Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues will also start Tuesday, a spokesperson for the partners confirmed. Overall, the two developments will bring 298 affordable rentals and 282 market rate ones to the block-long property.

CookFox is designing both of the 17-story towers. Greenland Forest City just finished knocking down a big warehouse at 752 Pacific Street to clear the way for construction.

Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo via Greenland Forest City Partners

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The Department of Transportation has released three proposals for the design of Clinton Hill’s Putnam Triangle Plaza. The designs came out of public workshops convened by the Fulton Area Business Alliance.

The green space opened three years ago and is bordered by Fulton Street, Grand Avenue and Putnam Avenue. Neighbors said they wanted space for a green market, a drinking fountain, a concession kiosk, bike racks and plantings that buffered noise from traffic.

Architects Thomas Balsey Associates, the Fulton Area Business Alliance and the DOT presented the first round of designs at a meeting Wednesday.

Fixing up the 15,000-square-foot space will cost roughly $3,750,000, according to the DOT. Take a look at the presentation to learn more about each proposal as well as a FAQ sheet on the project. The rendering above shows the first design option, and you can click through to see layouts and renderings for the other two.

What do you think of the proposals?

Putnam Triangle Plaza Coverage [Brownstoner] 
Renderings via DOT

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Community group Arts East New York is bringing some holiday cheer to New Lots Avenue next weekend by hosting a tree lighting, holiday craft market and live performances from local musicians and dancers. Attendees can enjoy free hot chocolate, raffles and giveaways, photo booths and an awards ceremony with speeches by local politicians.

There will also be a preview of the [re]New Lots Arts Market and Incubator Space, where performing and visual artists can rent cheap studios in converted shipping containers. The free event will take place December 13 from 11 am to 8 pm at 170 New Lots Avenue.

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The Fulton Area Business Alliance is hosting its second meeting tonight about redesigning the Putnam Triangle Plaza, currently a makeshift public space surrounded by Putnam Avenue, Fulton Street and Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill. Residents can stop by anytime between 6 and 8 pm to discuss how they want to improve the plaza and to review design concepts created at the last meeting in September. It’ll happen at the Grace Agard Harewood Neighborhood Senior Center, located at 966 Fulton Street between Grand Avenue and Cambridge Place.

Putnam Triangle Plaza Coverage [Brownstoner]

Image via FAB

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Park Slope’s 5th Avenue is hosting a holiday festival this Saturday, complete with a tree lighting, Santa Claus and carolers. The fun begins with a tree lighting at 6:30 pm at the corner of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street (in front of S’Nice). There will be free hot chocolate, marshmallows, cookies, brownies and popcorn during the outdoor festivities, which will last until 9 pm. Puppetry Arts and NY Kids Club will present puppet performances and games, and singer-songwriter Amy Miles and carolers from Opera on Tap will perform. And there will be specials and sales at shops and restaurants all along 5th Avenue in honor of Small Business Saturday.

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Council Member Brad Lander released his Bridging Gowanus framework this afternoon (we were expecting it Monday), condensing a year of community meetings. The document lays out a vision for development in Gowanus that hinges on high-rise apartments to help fund improvements residents demand, including anti-flood measures, more parks, more schools, affordable housing, and ways to protect artists and manufacturing businesses.

It proposes a “mandatory mixed-use zone” that will “require a balance of light industry, cultural and artistic uses,” a special manufacturing zone, and mandatory inclusionary zoning to require affordable housing in new developments. (The first two are new types of zoning districts proposed by the City Council in a report Wednesday.) The document includes a list of buildings that should be considered for landmarking, as well as alternative approaches to preserving Gowanus’ historic buildings.

He’ll present the plan at a public meeting on Monday, November 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at P.S. 32, at the corner of Hoyt and Union streets. Residents can submit comments through the end of the year and read the full framework on the Bridging Gowanus site. You can also read the press release and summary here.

Lander Offers Gowanus Trade: High Rises for Flood Upgrades [Brownstoner]
New Zoning Districts Could Dramatically Change Bushwick, Gowanus and Other Nabes [Brownstoner]

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Developers Madison Estates and JMH Development have paid $7,500,000 for the landmarked brick building at 70 Henry Street that housed Brooklyn Heights Cinema, The Daily News reported. The sale, whose date was not reported, has not hit public records.

Any plans for development would have to be approved by Landmarks, which never approved the previous owner’s plans despite several meetings. Madison wouldn’t comment on its plans, but is likely planning apartments, according to the Daily News. The story said the 1895 building was originally a butcher shop.

The theater closed in late August after more than 44 years in business, as we reported at the time. So far, owner Kenn Lowy has not been able to find a new space.

“For the money these landlords want, I’d have to run a meth lab, not a cinema,” he told the Daily News.

Brooklyn Heights Cinema Sells for $7.5 Million to Local Real Estate Developer [NYDN]
Brooklyn Heights Cinema Coverage [Brownstoner]