10/30/14 9:00am

Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams wants to revive the affordable housing development on a 30-acre piece of land known as the Broadway Triangle. Sandwiched between Bed Stuy, Williamsburg and Bushwick along Broadway near Flushing, the controversial development was halted by a judge’s injunction following a lawsuit by community groups arguing the plans and a rezoning of the area favored Hasidic families and discriminated against blacks and Latinos. In a written review of an unrelated project at 695 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Adams called on the de Blasio administration to resolve the legal dispute so housing can be built, Crain’s reported.

He also called on HPD to get on with the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site at 300 Skillman Avenue in East Williamsburg, which stalled in 2012 after the developer dropped out. The city planned to create about 250 affordable apartments at the site, which has been shuttered since 1982. The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition told Crain’s it has recently been talking with the city about the rezoning. The Triangle project could add another 600 affordable units, according to Crain’s.

One thing that has changed: Former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the king of affordable housing in the area, was heavily involved in the Triangle project, but is no longer in office. The nonprofit group he created to deliver services to constituents, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen’s Council, which still exists and continues to be a big landlord and developer in Latino-heavy Bushwick, was one of two developers in the Triangle project, along with nonprofit partner United Jewish Organizations.

Do you think it’s a coincidence that Adams is calling for development of Broadway Triangle now that Lopez is out of the picture?

Brooklyn BP Acts to Restart Two Rez Projects [Crain's]
Broadway Triangle Coverage [Brownstoner]
Image via Urban Omnibus

10/30/14 8:30am


Kinfolk 94 Has Become a Williamsburg Cultural Hub [NY Times]
Arrests for Arson Conspiracy to Drive out Squatters, Real Estate Fraud in Bed Stuy [NY Daily News]
NYU Langone to Take Over LICH Emergency Department Friday [Eagle]
Last Chance to Visit Downtown Brooklyn’s Mysterious Gravesend Inn [Eagle]
Chester Court Will Remain…Chester Court [Q Parkside]
Lincoln Road: Booze to Bikes [Q Parkside]
Gradual Migrations: Literary Execs Trade Park Slope for Clinton Hill for $1.11 Million [NYO]
Madewell’s First-Ever Brooklyn Store Opens in Williamsburg [Racked]
Revealed: 305 Union Avenue in Williamsburg [NYY]
$60 Million Sale of Bay Ridge, Midwood Portfolio Sets Record [TRD]
“Dismal” 4th Avenue Subway Station to Get One-Day Beautification [DNA]
Overcrowded CB9 Meeting Called to Halt After Police Bar Entry to Protesters [DNA]

10/29/14 4:30pm

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Join Frank’s Cocktail Lounge to Toast 40 Years in Fort Greene [FGF]
On a Quiet Corner on Evergreen, a Wine Bar and Brunch Spot Begins to Blossom [BK Daily]
Dog-Friendly Park Slope Bar Bans Pooches After City Crackdown [DNA]
$60 Million Sale of Bay Ridge, Midwood Portfolio Sets Record [TRD]
Photos: Hurricane Sandy Devastated NYC Two Years Ago Today [Gothamist]
CKO Kickboxing Coming to East 17th Street [Sheepshead Bites]
Brooklyn BP Acts to Restart Two Affordable Projects in Greenpoint and Williamsburg [Crain's]
Brooklyn Brewery Co-Founder on His Gowanus House and Wood Stove [BU]
What Ever Happened to Bushwick Hospital? [Eagle]
Lucky 13 Now Closed, to Reopen in New Gowanus Location This Weekend [South Slope News]

Photo by Juni Safont

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday calendared the 18 Tudor Revival homes on Chester Court in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a spokeswoman for the LPC told us. Calendaring means the LPC will eventually vote on whether or not to designate the proposed Chester Court Historic District. Architect Peter J. Collins designed the houses in 1914 and 1915, according to the notice of yesterday’s hearing. The block is a cul-de-sac off Flatbush, next to the 23-story apartment tower rising at 626 Flatbush Avenue.

10/29/14 3:00pm

141 Java Street, GS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Semi-detached wood framed row house
Address: 141 Java Street
Cross Streets: Franklin and Manhattan Avenues
Neighborhood: Greenpoint
Year Built: 1855-1860
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: This absolutely charming little house has had a great history. It is also a Greenpoint classic, one of this neighborhood’s many wood framed houses built for a middle class Greenpoint family, before the Civil War. Unlike most of Brooklyn’s brownstone neighborhoods, Greenpoint housing stock was built primarily for those who worked in Greenpoint, not those who commuted to downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan. This was a neighborhood of workers; people involved with one of the many different industries that thrived on the docks and in the industrial areas of the neighborhood.

The house was probably built sometime between 1855 and 1860 by one of the many anonymous builders who plied their trade in this neighborhood. Considering that many of the carpenters and builders here in Greenpoint worked on the docks in the ship building industry, it’s not surprising that they also built their homes, or supplemented their income by building homes. Most of them designed from plan books or just experience. (more…)

10/29/14 2:00pm

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A general store selling hard-to-find items is prepping to open at 518a Willoughby Avenue early next year. Willoughby General will carry bread, cheese, coffee, gifts and a small selection of produce. Co-owner Rachel Tutera said she wants to offer items her neighbors can’t find elsewhere in the area.

“We want people to be able to come here instead of zigzagging all over the neighborhood or going to Manhattan to get staples or odds and ends,” she said. The shop is taking requests on what to carry through its Facebook page. Since Key Food on Myrtle and Throop closed over the summer, locals have wondered where they can buy basic groceries without walking several blocks, Tutera said.

Other items may include locally made honey from the bees in a nearby garden, home brew kits, regional spices, and some magazines and newspapers. Tutera and her business partner, Barbara Lester, hope to open in January with hours from 7 am to 7 pm. They’re signing the lease on the 300-square-foot space this week. GMAP

10/29/14 1:15pm

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If Monday’s $1,500,000 townhouse in east Bed Stuy wasn’t in your budget, you might want to take a look at 494 Decatur Street. Located between Ralph and Malcolm X Patchen, the three-story, two-family brick house has beautiful inlaid and parquet floors and all its original details, including slate fireplaces and moldings – at least in the rooms pictured.

We wish there were more photos, but the floor plan looks promising — mostly original, including an unfitted kitchen, both big pluses in our book.

Set up as a top-floor rental apartment over an owner’s duplex, it does have a typical drawback of single family houses converted to two: The parlor floor is used as bedrooms and the bathroom is on the garden floor.

What do you think of it for $999,000?

494 Decatur Street [Corcoran] GMAP

10/29/14 12:15pm

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We sure have been coming across a lot of whole townhouses for rent in Brooklyn lately. This one is right across from Fort Greene Park. Unfortunately, a renovation has taken it somewhat in the McMansion direction with a blingy chandelier, open-plan parlor floor and exposed brick, but it still has beautiful inlaid and parquet floors, marble fireplaces and the original staircase.

It’s also huge, of course — 3,200 square feet — with four bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a backyard, as well as a basement cellar that can be used for storage. What do you think of it for $10,500 a month?

158 Washington Park [RBM Brokerage LLC] GMAP

10/29/14 11:30am


The townhouse going in at 242 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill — the one that Beastie Boy Mike Diamond is helping design and develop — is nearing the finish line. “It looks great,” said a reader who snapped this photo when he passed by last week. A tall fence made the site impossible to see, but it seems to have been replaced recently by a regular construction fence.

The architects are John and Jill Bouratoglou. A listing went up in September, and construction is supposed to wrap in December. The ask is $4,980,000, and it’s not in contract yet. What do you think of the look so far? GMAP

Under-Construction Boerum Hill House, With Beastie Boy on Design Team, Hits Market [Brownstoner]


Yesterday the State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli signed off on SUNY’s plan to sell Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital to developer Fortis Property Group, Brooklyn Heights Blog reported. The approval came two days after a march during which local politicians and community groups called on the attorney general and the comptroller to investigate the deal, which they said appeared to be rigged.

“What happened to the Othmer Endowment money? Was the bidding process legal and appropriate? At so many points it appeared rigged, there’s no other word for it,” Brooklyn Eagle quoted City Council Member Brad Lander as saying. “Officials have written to Attorney General Schneiderman and Comptroller DiNapoli. We’re asking the Attorney General and the Comptroller to thoroughly investigate these questions.”

Many questions about the deal remain, said the Eagle.

State Officials Approve LICH Sale to Fortis [BHB]
State AG and Comptroller Sign off on LICH Sale to Fortis [Eagle]

10/29/14 10:00am


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It’s been a year since we stopped by the building site next to the public swimming pool on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. In that time, the mixed-use, six-story project has progressed from a hole in the ground to topping out. When it’s finished, the 60-foot-tall building at 263 Bedford on the corner of North 1st Street will house 14 apartments and 3,510 square feet of commercial space.

There will also be underground parking for eight cars. The architect of record is Jung Wor Chin, and permits list the owner as John Hermanowski, who bought the site in 1986, according to public records. The rendering on the fence, first published by BuzzBuzzHome in May, shows a brick facade and glass balconies on several units. Click through the jump to see our photo of it.

Excavation Starts for Six-Story Building on Bedford in North Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP