11/21/14 9:00am

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High-rise apartment buildings with affordable housing, more parks, more schools, protected artists’ spaces, a special “super manufacturing zone” to protect factories — these are all part of a plan to redevelop Gowanus that Council Member Brad Lander will unveil Monday, according to a story in DNAinfo. “The Bridging Gowanus plan lays out a broad set of goals including flood-fighting infrastructure upgrades, affordable housing and a rezoning that would bolster manufacturing and allow new residential development, including high-rises in some places, for the first time since 1961,” the story said.

The vision, which Lander plans to present to the de Blasio administration, came out of a series of public meetings Lander convened over the last year called Bridging Gowanus. Most area residents support tall buildings from eight to 18 stories if other criteria are met, according to Lander. (more…)

11/21/14 8:30am

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Franny’s Spinoff Marco’s in Prospect Heights Is Closing
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Brooklyn Borough President Boycotts Verrazano’s 50th Anniversary [NY Post]
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Park Slope Car Wash Closed as Workers, Owner Battle [NY Daily News]
By the Sea: Bonus Brighton Beach Photos [Eagle]
A Few New Renderings for Meeker Flea Market Rental Listings [Curbed]
Q & A With Tim Thomas of the Q at Parkside [Bklynr]
Permits Filed: 806 St. John’s Place in Crown Heights [NYY]
Welcome to Cooklyn, a Brooklyn-Powered Restaurant in Prospect Heights [Gothamist]
Brooklyn Housing Commanding Hefty Prices [CNBC]

11/20/14 4:30pm

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Coney Island Brewing Co. Applies for License for Surf Ave Brewery [ATZ]
Of Councilman Brad Lander and the Final Bridging Gowanus Meeting [PMFA]
Celebrate Brooklyn ARTery’s Second Anniversary With Chocolate and Wine Tonight [DPC]
What the 70th Precinct Is Doing About Robberies in Ditmas Park [DPC]
Books and Drinks: What to Read in Greenpoint’s Local Hangouts [Greenpointers]
15th Street Cafe Reopens on 6th Avenue as OS Cafe [South Slope News]
Will de Blasio’s Bike Lane Network Keep Pace With Citi Bike Expansion? [Streetsblog]
Coney Island’s Untamed Creek, Caught Between Past and Future [Curbed]
Pol Calls for Upgrades at Sunset Park’s Pier 4 [DNA]

11/20/14 4:00pm

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Another round of voting takes place tonight to determine how $19,500,000 in settlement money from the Exxon-Mobil oil spill will be spent on Greenpoint environmental projects. There are 13 projects looking for a piece of the settlement, including a tidal wetland project along Newtown Creek and an educational community garden in McCarren Park. Other projects include an environmental education center at Greenpoint Library, the planned Box Street Park, and developing a new city park on Bushwick Inlet.

You can head over to the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to read detailed proposals with the grant amounts for each project. Residents get to vote on which projects deserve funding tonight from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Polish and Slavic Center at 177 Kent Street, and on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm at the Polish National Home at 261 Driggs Avenue.

Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Pixonomy

11/20/14 3:00pm

291 Cumberland St. NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row house
Address: 291 Cumberland Street
Cross Streets: Lafayette and Greene Avenues
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1892
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Parfitt Brothers
Other Buildings by Architect: St. Augustine RC Church, Grace Methodist and row houses in Park Slope, apartment buildings, office buildings, row houses, churches in Bedford Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Heights, Crown Heights North and Brooklyn Heights.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Fort Greene HD (1978)

The story: This house is the architectural equivalent of “pimp my ride,” or I suppose a better word might be “McMansioning.” Only this time, our 19th century poseur hired one of the best firms in Brooklyn to do the deed. Is it grossly inappropriate to celebrate a house that is clearly out of context, or does the resume of the architect make this just hunky-dory? How come it’s perfectly great to celebrate this, and then turn around and damn those who do it today? What’s the difference of a hundred years? Well, taste and talent, for one thing.

Ok, if I were around back then, and this was going to happen, I probably wouldn’t be a champion. The row of vernacular wood framed houses on this block is great. There are several different styles here, by several different builders, and to the right and the left of 291 Cumberland, these are very nice clapboard houses. What’s not to like? Wide generous porches, Classical style columns and capitals, the once-high stoops on 293 and its neighbors, and gracious proportions. 291 Cumberland was also one of these; an 1850s clapboard vernacular house. (more…)

11/20/14 1:30pm

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The original details are a little too rococo for our tastes, and we don’t think the lovely and somewhat Japanese feeling kitchen works in this context, but we’re sure someone will go for this grand Italianate in move-in condition.

The 22-foot-wide house is set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden rental. It was gut renovated in 2009, according to the listing, and has all new mechanicals, a finished basement, original wide plank floors, radiant heat in the bathrooms, and zoned central air. Most unusually, it has an elevator.

It was a House of the Day in 2008 and sold for $2,400,000. Now the ask is $4,650,000. Do you think they will get it?

162 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP

11/20/14 12:58pm

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This new listing at 39 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights looks like a floor-through of a brownstone but it’s actually only half the width of a larger building. Just a block from the promenade, the location can’t be matched and there are lots of beautiful original details in the front and back rooms.

The middle, where a marble entry and new kitchen have been constructed, is not as compelling to us. In particular, the kitchen detailing (the floor tiles and the style of subway tiles) feel a little out of place.

But if you can afford the asking price of $2,875,000, chances are you can afford to tweak the kitchen to your liking. Otherwise, the scale and historic nature of the place are amazing.

39 Remsen Street, #1ABC [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

11/20/14 12:15pm

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Anyone searching for original detail in Crown Heights will appreciate this 2.5-bedroom on Kingston Avenue, which features original moldings, pocket doors, inlaid floors and mirrored wooden mantels. The kitchen and bathroom aren’t anything to write home about, but there is a washer/dryer in the kitchen. The small bedroom over the entry could be used as a baby room, office or storage. The 3 train is about four and a half blocks away and the A/C is seven and a half blocks. Do you think it’ll fly for $2,100 a month?

189 Kingston Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP

11/20/14 11:30am

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Lately we’ve been noticing a lot of new development in the far reaches of Bushwick near the cemeteries, and the latest is four new apartment buildings slated for 1290-1300 Decatur Street, between Wilson and Knickerbocker Avenues. Each building will have four stories and eight units spread across 5,451 square feet of residential space, according to new building applications filed today. There will also be a penthouse with two private terraces and a public roof terrace in all four buildings.

Permits show that the development will have a main address of 1290 Decatur Street and individual building addresses at 1290, 1292, 1294 and 1300 Decatur. S3 Architecture is designing the project, and the owner is Rimon Gabbay, according to permits.

A two-story brick apartment building and a one-story garage currently occupy the two properties at 1290 and 1300 Decatur, which changed hands last year for $495,000, according to public records. Demolition applications haven’t been filed for the two buildings yet. GMAP

Photo by Google Maps

11/20/14 11:23am

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A press release from JMH Development and Madison Estates just landed in our in-box, and it says architect Morris Adjmi will design a “luxury boutique condominium development” at 70 Henry Street, the former home of Brooklyn Heights Cinema. As you may recall, Adjmi also designed the Townhouses of Cobble Hill. We expect he’ll come up with something Landmarks will like in this spot.

“This project will work to both enhance the dynamic neighborhood with unique architecture, while filling the historic district’s inherent demand for new construction,” said a JMH Development exec in the release.

Brooklyn Heights Cinema Coverage [Brownstoner]