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This one-bedroom garden apartment in Gowanus is almost completely open from one end to the other, which might help bring some light into what appears to be a very long space, with two extensions, although PropertyShark says the building is only 38 feet deep. It has a nice loft-y vibe and a cool white-painted brick wall dividing the front room from the kitchen.

The Home Depot-style cabinets in the latter don’t add any style points, but there are lots of them and plenty of space for an island or dining table. Renters also get a walk-in closet, access to the shared garden and some basement storage. The Carroll Street F/G stop is two and a half blocks away, and the townhouse is located about a block and a half from the Gowanus Canal, in Flood Zone 2. Do you think it’ll rent for $2,700 a month?

463 Union Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

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After years of delay, a long-planned three-story commercial building is pretty far along at the corner of 4th Avenue and 3rd Street in Gowanus. The building at 340 4th Avenue will include 7,945 square feet of commercial space and 3,485 square feet for a community facility, according to permits first filed back in 2011.

Schedule A filings reveal that there will be retail on the first two floors and a school on the third floor, in addition to six parking spots.

Way back in 2008, there were rumors that Starbucks was considering a location on the empty lot, which sits in front of a Staples. The site is across the street from the park housing the Old Stone House in Park Slope — and now a block from Whole Foods.

Ultimately, developer Joseph Zafarani of BYP Capital LLC bought it for $3,250,000 in 2007, according to public records and a story in the Brooklyn Eagle at the time. It has been and out of lis pendens since then, and Zafarani seems to have bought it out of foreclosure at auction in 2012, according to public records, which may explain the construction delay. The architect is Douglas Pulaski of Bricolage Designs, according to the permits.

It’s not clear whether the building has topped out or will go higher, as per the rendering. Click through to see the rendering, which appears to be covered in Obama conspiracy theory graffiti.

Commercial Development Coming on 4th Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Excavation is under way at 470 4th Avenue in Gowanus, where a 12-story building will eventually rise. The Aufgang Architect-designed project will bring 105 apartments and 5,000 square feet of commercial space to the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street, according to permits approved this month.

It looks like the development also has a new or alternate address at 237 11th Street. The 84,000-square-foot building will have ground floor retail, a courtyard, a medical office, a gym and 29 cellar parking spots, per Schedule A filings.

Developers Adam America, Slate and the Naveh Shuster Group paid JBS Project Management $20,000,000 for six 19th century wood frame houses and three small commercial buildings on the corner last year, and demolished them last summer. Click through to see another construction photo and the rendering posted on the fence.

470 4th Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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A group of researchers from NYU Polytechnic has sent a roving, camera-equipped robot into the Gowanus Canal to capture images and collect water quality data from the sewage-laced Superfund site. Now Brooklyn Atlantis has posted its latest set of panoramic images on Google Maps, enabling anyone to take a look at construction sites along the waterfront, like the Batcave or Lightstone’s 700-unit project on Bond Street, or just see what it’s like to explore the canal from water level. Check it out here, and take a look at the water quality data and find out how you can help with the research.

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We don’t know too many places in Brooklyn where a photographer can rent a darkroom, which is why we’re happy to hear the Gowanus Darkroom opened last week at 160 7th Street in, naturally, Gowanus. Photographers can pay hourly or monthly rates for the second-floor space, which has a group darkroom with 10 enlarger stations, film changing room and a film processing/print washing area.

Soon, it will also have digital printing and scanning, an 8-by-10 mural printing station, and photography classes. Membership costs $180 a month for 20 hours of printing, or $350 a month for access to all the facilities and a private locking flat file drawer. The darkroom is also available to rent short-term for $12 an hour. The facility will celebrate its grand opening this Friday from 6 to 8 pm.  Click through to see the interior. GMAP

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Arts Gowanus has issued an open call for artists to create public art on either side of the Carroll Street Bridge, in front of Whole Foods, and other public sites around the neighborhood, as Brokelyn was the first to note. Projects should highlight “the history, the Canal, the culture of creativity and the diversity of the community,” according to the organization.

A panel made up of reps from the Parks Department, Department of Transportation and local arts nonprofits will select three to five works to display throughout Gowanus. Projects can be in any medium and must follow the Parks Department guidelines for public art. A $35,000 grant connected to Brad Lander’s “Bridging Gowanus” program will fund the installations.

The deadline for proposals is March 2, 2015, and all artwork must be ready for installation by June 30, 2015. Work will be on display outdoors for up to 11 months. Anyone who’d like to participate is encouraged to attend a community meeting on Monday, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Old Stone House, located at 336 3rd Street. At the meeting, local leaders and community members will discuss what makes Gowanus unique and what they’re looking for from artists. 

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Creative agency Vanderbilt Republic, who lit up the Kentile Floors sign one last time using projections, will project a constantly changing “light sculpture” onto the Smith-9th Street Bridge in Gowanus. Beginning January 12, “this half-mile light sculpture will evolve nightly through two weeks of research, transforming the frame of the Smith-9th Street Bridge into a canvas for ecstatic creation,” according to the group’s website. The show will start after dark every night until January 23. There will also be an artist reception January 16 featuring an installation from light artist and scientist Colin Bowring, aka “the Wizard,” at Gowanus Loft, 61 9th Street, Loft C8.

Flyer via Vanderbilt Republic

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It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, and holiday markets are popping up all over Brooklyn. Besides the Brooklyn Flea at 1000 Dean Street, there are local craft markets happening in neighborhoods from Windsor Terrace to Greenpoint. Here’s an incomplete list of where you can find some interesting handmade items:

Holiday Crafts Fair and Christmas Tree Sale at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Windsor Terrace, Saturday, December 13, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Record Sale and Craft Fair at Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Saturday, December 13, 5 pm to 10 pm
Pop2 Brooklyn Holiday Market at 200 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn, Saturday, December 13, 4 pm to 10 pm and Sunday, December 14, noon to 8 pm
Brooklyn Pop-up Holiday Market at Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Bushwick, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas, Fridays 8 pm to 12 am, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 pm
Hand Makers Holiday Market at Golden Drum, 97 Green Street, #G1, Greenpoint, Sunday, December 14, 1 pm to 8 pm
Proteus Gowanus Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, 12 pm to 6 pm
Arts East New York Holiday Market at 170 New Lots Avenue, Saturdays and Sundays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, 11 am to 7 pm
Brooklyn-Made Holiday Pop-up Market at Times Plaza at 4th, Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues (across from the Barclays Center), Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, noon to 8 pm

Image via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership 

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Developer Adam America has released a rendering for its latest project in the Gowanus/Park Slope borderlands along 4th Avenue. The seven-story apartment building at 610 Warren Street will be stucco with large divided windows. We like the top of the building but wish there were a bit more going on at the street level, such as more windows or doors or stores rather than blank walls.

Building design along 4th Avenue has been much criticized for its lack of stores or other features at ground level that would make the area more inviting and pleasant to walk. This building is not directly on the avenue, but just off it, between 3rd and 4th avenues in Gowanus.

New York YIMBY first published the design for the 31-unit development, which has 16 parking spots on the ground floor and 36,000 square feet of residential space. Architects Issac and Stern first filed permits in late September. The property is currently home to a one-story garage and car rental business, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock down the garage.

What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 610 Warren Street, Boerum Hill [YIMBY]  GMAP
Adam America Plans Seven Stories of Apartments in Gowanus [Brownstoner]

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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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763 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $4,249,000
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97 North 7th Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,250,000
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445 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,995,000
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232 Greene Avenue
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Price: $1,795,000
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