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?
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.
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…)
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
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.
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?
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
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.
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.