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.
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Originally Williamsburg-Greenpoint Health Center, part of the New York City Board of Health, now Williamsburg Child Health Clinic, part of Woodhull Hospital Address: 151-157 Maujer Street Cross Streets: Manhattan and Graham avenues Neighborhood: East Williamsburg Year Built: 1936-37 Architectural Style: Art Deco Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: New York City’s first Board of Health was founded in 1793, in reaction to a yellow fever epidemic. The first Health Commissioner was John Pintard, who was appointed in 1804. Over the course of the next 70 years, the city only reacted to various epidemics, including yellow fever, cholera, smallpox, diphtheria and other infectious diseases. But as the century progressed, doctors and city officials realized that public health had to do more than just react, it had to be proactive in setting health standards and guidelines for the city. (more…)
When we passed by the old Casablanca Cocktail Lounge at 300 Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed Stuy recently, construction on the interior was under way. As you can see in the photo, the cornice above the commercial space has been restored, and the old windows have been replaced with interesting new ones with hand soldered steel dividers in a geometric pattern. (more…)
This unusual listing is for five investment properties in Bed Stuy (not Ocean Hill as the listing says). Four of the properties are circa-1900 Neo-Renassiance brick rowhouses, three of which have intact exteriors, including charming wooden porticos, and one of which has a commercial unit on the ground floor.
Also included is a wood frame house on the same block, for a total of six units. There are no interior photos.
The properties are located on Howard Street between Herikimer and Atlantic, a block that is likely to be upzoned if Mayor de Blasio’s housing plans are realized. For $1,750,000, do you think this is an interesting deal?
This new listing at Toren in Downtown Brooklyn is pretty striking. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad has a corner living room with expansive views of Flatbush Avenue and the Manhattan Bridge. High ceilings, a swanky master suite and sleek kitchen round out the offering. The asking price is $1,110,000, seemingly in line with the recent sale of a similarly sized two-bedroom on the 21st floor for $1,215,000.
The exterior has been restored, but it seems there is not a shred left of the once-beautiful early Italianate interior of this historic circa-1853 home. Brownstoner readers who’ve been following this property since it was abandoned, then for sale, and finally under going an exterior restoration will want to check out this rental listing for the upper triplex to see the transformation. (more…)
Here’s the problem with having a beautiful home. When you finally manage to get away for a much-needed vacation, you can’t stop thinking about your house and how empty it is. No one’s there to enjoy your renovated kitchen, the furniture and art you so carefully picked out, the high ceilings and the way the light comes in your living room in the afternoons. Your poor home has no one to love it as much as you do.
This is where onefinestay comes in. You list your home on their website, let them know when you’re going to be away, and you can be earning extra income while they handle all the details back home. What’s great is that you don’t really have to do anything — onefinestay offers a full turnkey service. The company manages everything from marketing, insurance and cleaning to management and maintenance.
If you’re interested in finding out how to become a onefinestay host, visit onefinestay.com/hosts. In the meantime, check out some of onefinestay’s lovely Brooklyn listings below. (more…)
Construction fencing is up but work has not yet begun at 356 Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg, where we spotted this rendering for a five-story affordable building on the fence. The new building is the red brick one with the gray cornice and the stepped roofline; the one to the right next door with the black cornice and the two wood frame buildings to the left on the corner are already there.
The mixed-use development will house 19 units spread across 16,009 square feet of residential space, as well as 8,000 square feet of retail and 2,000 square feet for a medical clinic, according to new building permits issued last month. It will also have a laundry room, roof deck and bike storage. The architect of record is Bong Yu PC Engineers and Architects. (more…)
The beginning of June, 1941 saw Brooklyn bracing itself for more bad news on the European war front. America knew it was only a matter of time before the country was going to war, and hatred for Hitler and his Nazis was growing. But in spite of everything going on at home and abroad, this was still New Yawk. Nothing gets a hometown crowd more riled up than a battle between Manhattan and Brooklyn, uneasy partners since Brooklyn gave up its status as an independent city to play second fiddle to Manhattan in 1898. It was like the relationship between the Yankees and the Dodgers; same city, different country. (more…)
A new building is rising on the foundation of an old one at 261 Skillman Street behind a Bed Stuy church. We found this schematic posted to the construction fence. The church at 1010 Bedford, which we thought was being converted to apartments, has sat mostly untouched since its interior was demolished two years ago.
It turns out a six-story, 36-unit building is going up on the Skillman Street side of the lot, which goes all the way through from Bedford to Skillman. The base of the new development is another old religious building, with a gothic exterior (pictured below). The church sits on the Bedford Avenue side, between Kosciuszko and Dekalb. (more…)
The son of the man who used to be the caretaker for the storied Slave Theater at 1215 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, who claims to be the rightful heir to the property but lost a court case contesting its ownership, has prevented the new owner, an LLC, from taking soil samples and plans to tear down any fence erected to keep him out, according to a story in the Brooklyn Eagle.
Meanwhile, the LLC has amassed two other sites adjacent to the Slave Theater, said another story in the Eagle. The developer has not said publicly what it plans to do with the sites, but a mixed-use apartment development seems likely. Most important, plans to restore and continue the Afrocentric theater’s mission in a new form are, surprisingly, not dead. (more…)