08/21/14 4:00pm

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Young artists from Brownsville teamed up with local muralist Esteban del Valle to paint a mural about the “prison industrial complex” on the side of a supermarket on Junius Street. The all-male crew of teen artists spent three weeks in July developing the mural’s themes and designing it, and then another three weeks painting the wall with del Valle’s help.

Arts non-profit Groundswell organized the project as part of its Summer Leadership Institute, which brings together young artist and professional muralists to create powerful murals in neighborhoods across the city. This mural “aims to inspire a sense of self-empowerment and agency by engaging youth as agents of social change and active community contributors,” according to Groundswell. The young artists and del Valle will gather to dedicate the mural on August 28 at 2 pm at 417 Junius Street.

08/20/14 4:00pm

green-wood cemetery battle of brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Park and Green-Wood Cemetery are both holding re-enactments and activities to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the largest battle of the American Revolution. On Saturday afternoon, reenactors from Glover’s Marblehead Regiment will show how sailors saved George Washington’s army during the battle. You can watch them from 12 to 2 pm on Pebble Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  (more…)

08/15/14 4:00pm

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Developer Caerus Group is in contract to buy one of the landmarked Eberhard Pencil Factory buildings at 74 Kent Street in Greenpoint for “close to” $8,000,000, according to a company spokesperson. They plan to restore the vacant building and convert it to office space, much like the Kickstarter HQ next door at 58 Kent.


08/14/14 4:00pm

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Take a walk down 5th Avenue in Park Slope Friday night, and you’ll find a free performance of Romeo and Juliet, lots of food and drink from local restaurants, live music and sales at shops on 5th and 7th avenues. The Park Slope 5th Avenue BID is hosting a Summer Stroll between Dean and Sterling Streets from 5 to 9 pm tomorrow and next Friday. And South Brooklyn Shakespare will perform Romeo and Juliet for free at 5th and Dean, tomorrow at 7 pm.

08/12/14 4:00pm

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Trader Joe’s is supposedly planning to open in the old Greenpoint Savings Bank building at 856 Washington Avenue between Lincoln Place and Eastern Parkway, according to an anonymous source in the neighborhood who blabbed to FIPS. Apparently the Capital One there now is closing.

As well, Key Food across the street will become a Duane Reade, the source told FIPS. Trader Joe’s does love an old bank, as FIPS points out — its Cobble Hill location is in the former South Brooklyn Savings Institution on Court Street. What do you think? Have you heard anything?

Rumorsville: Trader Joe’s Coming to Washington Avenue? [FIPS] GMAP
Photo by Google Maps

08/11/14 4:00pm


Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen and longtime commenter Morgan Munsey will explore Clinton Hill’s architectural history and discuss its many noteworthy buildings in two walking tours taking place later this month and in September. They will point out 19th century mansions, gracious row houses, stately churches and apartment buildings designed by some of Brooklyn’s most well-known architects.

The two-hour Society of Clinton Hill tours will take place at 11 am on August 23 and September 28. Afterward, tour participants can attend a reception at a home in Clinton Hill. Tickets cost $20 per person and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Photo by Society for Clinton Hill

08/08/14 4:00pm

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One of the landscape architects who helped transform Brooklyn Bridge Park will lead a tour of the park next Wednesday, discussing the design and planning process behind the urban oasis. Matthew Urbanski, a principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Architects, will talk about how the firm created a welcoming community space with elements that allow the park to remain sustainable — like a rainwater collection system used to water the lawns and prevent flooding. The tour meets at 6:30 on August 20th, at the entrance to Pier 1.

Photo by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

08/07/14 4:00pm


In an unexpected move, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. Regina Myer announced at yesterday’s board meeting the firm plans to hire consultants to perform further environmental review to determine whether an additional Environmental Impact Statement is needed for the controversial housing on Pier 6. If the park goes forward with a new EIS, it could take the teeth out of a neighborhood group’s lawsuit, which is trying to block the development by demanding a new environmental review to replace one from 2005. (more…)

08/05/14 4:00pm

flatbush trees

Local blogger Tim Thomas, who writes the Q at Parkside, is raising money to refurbish the dented and aging “Flatbush Trees” at the corner of Flatbush Avenue, Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard. Thomas and the artist behind the sculpture, David Eppley, are seeking $10,000 for materials and equipment to build the project, which is called “Spring Comes to the Flatbush Trees.” (more…)

08/04/14 4:00pm

tree care

If you want to help make Greenpoint and Williamsburg a little greener, you can plant and take care of trees with the Human Impacts Institute every Tuesday through the beginning of September. Volunteers clean up, aerate and mulch tree beds, as well as plant bulbs in tree bed soil. For the month of August, green thumbs can meet up at P.S. 31, located at 75 Meserole Avenue (at the corner of Lorimer Street) every Tuesday morning from 10 am to noon. The one exception will be next Tuesday, when “Tree Care Tuesday” will take place in the evening from 5 pm to 7 pm. Check out the institute’s calendar for more details. Participants should RSVP by emailing info@humanimpactsinstitute.org or calling (917) 727 9761.

Photo via Human Impacts Institute

07/31/14 4:00pm


Over the course of the last two months, the owner of the former Kentile Floors factory in Gowanus has slowly dismantled its iconic red sign. And now an enterprising Vine user has made a heartbreaking four-second time lapse video of its demolition, which we found via Gothamist.

Image by Martin Pavely

07/30/14 4:00pm

33 bond street rendering

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is working with local politicians, developers and community groups to host a series of seminars on how to apply for affordable housing, the first of which will happen tomorrow night. The coalition wants to make sure Community Board 2 residents know how to apply for as many as 1,100 affordable units that could be completed in Downtown Brooklyn and areas nearby, including Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill and Wallabout, within the next three years. Several developments are expected to have some percentage of affordable apartments, including BAM South, Atlantic Yards, City Point and 33 Bond Street (pictured). (more…)