11/25/14 9:30am


At the final Bridging Gowanus meeting Monday night, reaction was mixed to a presentation of findings after a years-long series of meetings about the future of Gowanus, but many residents said they do not want tall buildings.

Some attendees thanked Council Member Brad Lander and the Pratt Institute facilitators, and some said the process was better than they had expected. Others said the process was manipulative and designed to build a false appearance of consensus in favor of a rezoning that would allow luxury high rise buildings in exchange for much-needed infrastructure improvements that should be made anyway.

About 100 local residents and representatives from community groups and nonprofits gathered at P.S. 36 in Carroll Gardens to hear Pratt Institute facilitators summarize findings about sewage infrastructure, the economy, mandatory mixed-use zones, historic preservation, and affordable housing, among other things.

The report and Councilmen Brad Lander, Steve Levin and others acknowledged past rezonings in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and 4th Avenue had favored developers to the detriment of neighborhoods. (more…)

11/25/14 9:00am

781 metropolitan avenue williamsburg rendering

The White Castle in east Williamsburg closed in September, and now we have renderings of the eight-story rental building that will rise in its place at 781 Metropolitan Avenue. New York YIMBY first spotted renderings of the 81-unit development, 20 percent of which will be affordable housing. The building will have 10,000 square feet of retail, a gym, roof deck and bike storage.

Issac and Stern are designing, and Adam America is the developer. The developer paid $6,725,000 for the White Castle in May 2013, which apparently is still standing, abandoned and graffitied, on Metropolitan between Humboldt Street and Graham Avenue, if this Instagram photo from yesterday is any indication. No new building permits have been filed, but a demolition application was filed last month.

Revealed: 781 Metropolitan Avenue, 81 Units Coming to East Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP
White Castle in Williamsburg Has Closed [Brownstoner]

Renderings by Issac and Stern

11/25/14 8:30am


Pol Wants NYCHA Lighting Records in East New York Where Cop Shot Unarmed Man [NY Daily News]
Brooklyn Is a Finalist to Host 2016 Democratic Convention [WSJ]
Examiner Rules East New York Police Shooting a Homicide [Eagle]
Hundreds of Brooklyn Heights Parents Seek Solutions for P.S. 8 Overcrowding [Eagle]
Judge Orders Park Slope Nursing Home Service Restored as Case Winds Through Court [Eagle]
Ideas for the Brooklyn Strand Include a Permanent Home for Smorgasburg [Eagle]
Free Wi-Fi Will Be Weaker In Poorer Neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Beyond [Gothamist]
Closings of Note: Bargain and Frothy Prices Still Co-Exist, Part II [BK Fullest]
Overnight Steel Deliveries for Arena Green Roof Start This Week [AYR]
Teen Killed in Hit-and-Run Is Third Traffic Death at Park Slope School [DNA]
Survey: Fort Greene Residents Want a Butcher [DNA]

11/24/14 4:30pm

bokeh eric konon

How One Couple Soundproofed Their South Slope Brownstone [BU]
Campaign for Verrazano Bike Path Picks up Speed [BK Paper]
Brooklyn Merchants Kick off Holiday Campaign “Shop Local CB9″ This Weekend [DNA]
Protesters in Crown Heights Say Loophole Allows Unlawful Rent Increases [BK Brief]
T-Shirt-Toting Brooklynite Is NYC’s Top Property Buyer [Bloomberg]
Permits Filed: 406 Prospect Place, Crown Heights [NYY]
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge Stuck in up Position [Sheepshead Bites]
Community Board 11 Addresses Illegal Home Conversions [Bensonhurst Bean]
High Street Station Artifacts, Downtown Brooklyn [Forgotten NY]
Vendôme Macaron Bar Opens Pop-up Shop on Smith Street [PMFA]
5th Avenue’s Associated Market Set to Open in December [South Slope News]
Ideas for the Brooklyn Strand Include a Permanent Home for Smorgasburg [Eagle]

Photo by Eric Konon


11/24/14 4:00pm

festive fifth

Park Slope’s 5th Avenue is hosting a holiday festival this Saturday, complete with a tree lighting, Santa Claus and carolers. The fun begins with a tree lighting at 6:30 pm at the corner of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street (in front of S’Nice). There will be free hot chocolate, marshmallows, cookies, brownies and popcorn during the outdoor festivities, which will last until 9 pm. Puppetry Arts and NY Kids Club will present puppet performances and games, and singer-songwriter Amy Miles and carolers from Opera on Tap will perform. And there will be specials and sales at shops and restaurants all along 5th Avenue in honor of Small Business Saturday.

11/24/14 3:00pm

20-22 Lexington Ave, SSpellen 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former James Parson & Co. factory, now loft apartments and the Callidus Guild
Address: 20-22 Lexington Avenue
Cross Streets: Classon and Grand Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: perhaps 1887, with later alterations.
Architectural Style: 19th century brick factory
Architect: Maybe DeMeuron & Smith
Landmarked: No

The story: Manhattan has, or should I more correctly say, HAD, different areas of midtown that became synonymous for different industries. The 20’s west of 6th Avenue used to be the Flower District, between 35th and 40th Street west of 7th Ave. was the Garment District, and east of there, between the same blocks, was the Millinery and Trims District. There was the Meat Packing District, Tin Pan Alley, where the composers and musical publishers were concentrated, and of course, the Theater District. Brooklyn wasn’t quite as compact, especially after it became a part of New York City, but even here, we had certain areas that had a concentration of certain industries. Wallabout was a food and candy manufacturing district, for example. This part of Clinton Hill was our own shoe manufacturing district. (more…)



We are sorry to report that Sunday was Kaz An Nou’s last day. After five years, the landlord did not renew the lease of the popular French Caribbean restaurant, which played ’70s funk on a record player in the dining room. It was located at 53 6th Avenue in Prospect Heights, close to Barclays Center, so perhaps the landlord is hoping to charge a higher rent. We would have eaten there more often but it was always so crowded we could rarely get a table. The owners said on their Facebook page they will take a break, then be back with something new. There will also be an auction of furniture and equipment Tuesday. DNAinfo was the first to cover the closing. GMAP

Photo by Kaz An Nou

11/24/14 1:30pm

45 chauncey street bed stuy 112014

This wood frame house at No. 45 Chauncey Street is one of a row of three that is the earliest row in the first Stuyvesant Heights Historic District. It was built in the late 1860s and has a porch overlooking Fulton Park.

While it appears to be a flip, it looks like a nice one. It has all new mechanicals, reclaimed oak floors, arched marble mantels (we assume they’re original), a simple and attractive white Ikea kitchen with stainless appliances (Viking and SubZero), and bathrooms with Carrara marble tile. We also like the tin ceiling, plaster moldings, and traditional radiators, which presumably came with the house.

At first we thought the price was a typo, but then we realized it’s a one-family with less than 1,400 square feet total, according to PropertyShark. The building is 20 by 30 feet. It traded for $417,000 in April. The new ask is $795,000.

What do you think of it?

45 Chauncey Street [Fredrik Wide] GMAP

11/24/14 12:55pm

10 plaza street east prospect heights 112014

This two-bedroom co-op at 10 Plaza Street that just hit the market asking $999,000 has a sensible and generous layout as well as a private terrace with a view of Grand Army Plaza. The corner location also sports lots of windows and light as well as two full bathrooms. Very solid. The monthly maintenance on the 1,200-square-foot pad is $1,160.

10 Plaza Street, #3A [Corcoran] GMAP

11/24/14 12:15pm

585 hicks street carroll gardens 112014

Here’s a cozy prewar two-bedroom in Carroll Gardens with a few modern updates. The kitchen was renovated a few years ago, and the owner just installed a new bathroom, although from the glimpse in the listing it looks very small. While the two bedrooms appear to be decently sized, the apartment appears to be a three-room railroad. It’s got windows on three sides, but it’s on Hicks Street overlooking the BQE. Do you think $2,350 a month is a reasonable price?

585 Hicks Street, #3 [Elliman] GMAP

11/24/14 11:31am


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Our first destination that morning was the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (or BARC), an animal shelter in Williamsburg, to walk some of the dogs who are available for adoption. To get from our house in Carroll Gardens to Wythe Avenue and North 1st Street in Williamsburg by subway would take at least 45 minutes, assuming the G train was running on time, including a 15-minute walk from the station. But we wanted to get there before all the good dogs were taken, so we checked our car2go app and grabbed a nearby car.