05/22/15 10:02am

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This little wood frame house at 1091 Madison Street in Bushwick has had a major overhaul! It now sports a Tetris mural on a stucco facade.

In March, the house was draped in scaffolding. Before that, it was covered in white vinyl siding. Click through to see lots of before and after photos.

Photos by Steve Sherman; “before” photos by Chritopher Bride for PropertyShark (more…)

05/22/15 9:41am

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Rather than report again on the controversy over the height of 1 Hotel and Pierhouse, the Marvel Architects-designed three-building hotel and condo complex now rising in Brooklyn Bridge Park, today we’re just going to take a look at the progress of the project.

The metal and glass facade is almost complete at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park, a 200-key hotel in the structure nearest to the Brooklyn Bridge.

This will be the most recent hotel from the eco-friendly brand started by Starwood Capital Group, 1 Hotels, which has also launched in South Beach. Above, the west facade of 1 Hotel can be seen at the left.

The 10-story Pierhouse condo building next to it at 90 Furman Street topped out in January, and awaits its glass and limestone facade (above right).

The Pierhouse’s second condo building on the opposite side of Squibb Park Bridge, 130 Furman Street, has reached the fourth floor. (more…)

05/22/15 8:31am

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A Makeover for Brooklyn Marriott [NY Times]
Top Outdoor Concerts in Brooklyn This Summer [BK Paper]
First Look: New Williamsburg Condos Set to Start at $590,000 [Curbed]
Construction Update: City Point [Field Condition]
Forest City: 550 Vanderbilt Condo Sales Office to Launch in June at Barclays Center Space [AYR]
Four-Unit Building Replacing Small Townhouse at 93 Douglass Street in Carroll Gardens [NYY]
Renderings Revealed for 18-Unit Mixed-Use Building at 557 Hart Street in Bushwick [NYY]

Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

05/21/15 4:36pm

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Holes in the Ground in Crown Heights [BK Fullest]
This Monday, Please Come to the Memorial Day Ceremony in Carroll Park [PMFA]
A Neighborhood Treasure: Stepping Inside St. Agnes Church on Sackett Street [PMFA]
New Lots Library Among Winners of NYC Neighborhood Library Awards [Eagle]
Enjoy a Free Outdoors Concert at P.S. 217 Thursday Night [DPC]
Liquor or Not, Here Comes Barge Bar [BK Paper]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

05/21/15 4:00pm

Green wood memorial day

Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a history-filled Memorial Day celebration this year. Musicians and reenactors will march in a parade through Green-Wood Cemetery to its Civil War Soldier’s Lot for a ceremony that will include an artillery salute and names read by descendents of Civil War veterans.

Then the ISO Symphonic Band will play. The band was founded in 1995 to sponsor talented New York City students. Local food and drink vendors will be on site all day. (more…)

05/21/15 3:00pm

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We continue our weeklong look at Brooklyn’s greatest treasure, Prospect Park.

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

The first polo game in Prospect Park was played on June 11, 1879. It was between the Westchester Polo Club and a club from Queens.

Up until that day, “polo” had a totally different meaning to Brooklyn’s sports lovers. It meant ice polo, a game we now call hockey. It had been played in Brooklyn for several years, inaugurated by the Crescent Athletic Club and other well-to-do sports clubs.

They played in the Clermont Rink in Fort Greene, against clubs from nearby colleges like Yale and Columbia as well as other sports clubs.

As Brooklyn was getting richer, so too were her sports. Polo, the game with horses, had been played in Persia for centuries. A version of it traveled to the east, and was in play for hundreds of years in India before it was encountered by bored aristocratic British officers stationed there in the middle of the 19th century.

Two British soldiers started a polo club to introduce the sport — basically hockey on horses — to their countrymen, and the game took off and has been popular ever since.  (more…)

05/21/15 2:55pm

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This brick townhouse at 273 Warren Street in Cobble Hill is only 13.25 feet wide, but it’s opened up inside, and the rooms don’t look unusually narrow in the photos. It also benefits from having some nice historic details and an attractive renovation.

There’s a wood burning fireplace and built-ins, pretty patterned tile in the galley kitchen in an extension, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It’s set up as a triplex over a garden floor rental, currently used as a playroom, according to the listing. (more…)

05/21/15 12:27pm

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This one-bedroom at 542 St. Marks Avenue near Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights is a sleek, spare and modern alternative to the surrounding neighborhood’s historic homes.

The living room has a double-height ceiling with a big wall of windows. The floors are made of polished concrete, and the kitchen cabinets are clad in bamboo.

This duplex unit has its own private roof terrace. The building has a fitness center and a courtyard that is designed as a “modern spin on a Zen garden.”

Pets are allowed. What do you think of it for $2,380 per month?

542 St. Marks Avenue, #703 [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Interior photos via aptsandlofts.com, exterior photo by Mike Hernandez for PropertyShark

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05/21/15 11:57am

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The Atlantic Galleria mini mall at 252 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has reached its full height. Insulation and cladding are going on in preparation for the glassy facade, which comes next. Click through for a close-up and updated rendering.

Crafts store Michaels, TD Bank and Blink Fitness are the tenants so far, as reported previously. Renaissance Realty Group is the developer and SBLM Architects is the designer.

After years of no action, the foundation was dug in December and the frame started rising in January. This site has been a long time in development — we reported back in 2007 that it was going to be an apartment building!

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by SBLM Architects
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05/21/15 11:00am

WELCOME TO THE INSIDER, Brownstoner’s weekly in-depth look at a notable interior design or renovation project, written and produced by journalist/blogger Cara Greenberg. Find it here every Thursday at 11 am.

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SOMETIMES A GUT JOB is the only answer, as was the case with this 15-by-44-foot four-story row house in Bed Stuy. It had been ripped apart by a developer and then abandoned during the recession, even becoming home to squatters for a time.

“It was a total wreck. There was nothing at all worth saving,” says Gitta Robinson of Brooklyn-based Robinson + Grisaru Architecture, the firm hired by new owners to transform a shell into a home.

Brick party walls and wood joists were practically all that remained. At least the joists were in decent shape.

The architects decided to keep them uncovered on the two lower floors, to add ceiling height, and painted them white. Exposed brick was likewise kept exposed.

“There was a debate on whether it would stay natural or be painted white,” Robinson recalls. Natural won.

Where a chimney breast was removed in the dining area at the rear of the parlor floor, above, the void was patched in with mortar. The homeowners — he is a graphic designer and she a landscape designer — loved the effect and kept it, even matching the mortar treatment on the rear wall of the parlor floor.

In a bold design stroke, the architects removed 2.5 feet of flooring at the rear of the parlor level, creating an open two-story slot that connects the garden and parlor floor acoustically and lets in extra light. Ideally, the architects and homeowners would have liked to replace the whole back wall on the two lower stories with glass, but a tight budget prevented it. (more…)

05/21/15 10:56am

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Over the weekend six listings went up for the condo building at 233 34th Street in Greenwood Heights called 233 Greenwood. The units range from studios to two-bedroom apartments priced from $500,000 to $868,000.

The units have floor to ceiling windows, wood floors and an attractively spare design. A ground floor duplex, Unit 1D, is quite large at 1,688 square feet but the lower portion of that duplex is below grade. The two-bedroom units are between 815 and 905 square feet. (more…)