Artist Jennifer Maravillas has spent the last three years walking all 9,000 blocks of Brooklyn and collecting trash to create a 10-foot-by-10-foot map of the borough, according to Animal New York. She recently finished the map, titled “71 Square Miles,” and it went on display yesterday at BRIC in Fort Greene. The Prospect Heights resident donned rubber gloves to pick up the refuse, tracking her movements in mainland Brooklyn first by labelling blocks and later with a running app. You can check out a digitized version of the map here or see it in person through September 6 as part of the “Mapping Brooklyn” group exhibition at BRIC.
Name: Row houses Address: 259-261 Cumberland Street Cross Streets: DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues Neighborhood: Fort Greene Year Built: 1876 Architectural Style: Transitional Italianate/Neo-Grec Architect: Thomas H. Brush Other Buildings by Architect: Brush was more a builder than architect, with row houses and other buildings in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford. Landmarked: Yes, part of Fort Greene Historic District (1978)
The story: People become successful housing developers by getting the most out of a piece of property. Thomas H. Brush, who was the owner, architect and builder of these houses, and many others in Brooklyn, understood this well. He was in possession of a 25 foot plot of land on Cumberland Street between DeKalb and Lafayette Avenue in 1875, when Fort Greene was in the middle of a great building boom. He could have built a handsome 25 foot wide mansion on this lot, it would not have been too unremarkable here, but he chose differently. He built two 12.5 foot wide brownstones instead.
Acting as his own architect, and possessing a fine sense of balance and proportion, he divided the property in two. He designed them to look like one large house by placing the doorways on the ends of the plot, allowing an unrelieved bank of windows on the upper stories and a shared cornice to give the illusion of much larger homes. He gave his houses wide brownstone shelves and lintels, and framed the doors and windows with heavy molded sills. They eye carries upward, and then across, creating the illusion of one big house that just happens to have two doorways. (more…)
We noticed some paper up in the window of a recently redone corner space at 572 Grand Street in Williamsburg when we passed by Thursday. A peek inside revealed what appeared to be a setup for a cafe, with an l-shaped counter, shelves for pastries, and an espresso machine. A sign inside says “Bustle & Flow Cafe & Bistro.”
We’re not sure if it’s coming or going: It opened December 4, according to the cafe’s Facebook page, but then shut down a month or two later, according to reviews on Yelp. Was this a test run? A sign on the front door says “Grand Opening Coming Soon.”
Menu items include waffles, grilled cheese, soup, salad, and pastries, according to Facebook. Click through to see the interior through the window and a closeup of the sign on the door. GMAP
We suspect plenty of potential buyers will appreciate the good light in this corner property and its gut-renovated-to-the-nth-degree interior, although we’re wondering why the parlor is split level and the rear fireplace is up against the back wall. The house is not huge — just under 3,000 square feet, according to PropertyShark — but the price is on the lower end for the Heights. Also, there’s parking!
This new listing at 535 Dean Street is worth a look even if you’re not in the market. The 2,017-square-foot loft got a serious makeover from the owner, and the result is pretty cool. Of particular note: The giant bookcase and suspended office pod. The high ceilings, huge windows and private balcony round out the offering. At $2,400,000, the ask is well north of $1,000 a foot. The common charges are just $1,365. What do you think of the design?
Here’s a one-bedroom co-op for rent in Kensington that looks large and recently updated. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and plenty of cabinets, and both the bedroom and living area are quite spacious. The building is also pet friendly, has laundry and a live-in super. It’s about five blocks from the Church Avenue F/G stop. What do you think of it for $1,750 a month?
Childhoods don’t get much more musical than Grace Weber‘s. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter grew up in Milwaukee surrounded by musicians: Her grandfather was an accordionist and a pianist in the army, and he made sure all 10 of his kids learned to play an instrument. At holidays, they would gather around the piano and sing or put on miniature musicals.
“I don’t even remember the first time I sang, because it was just something I did. It’s like trying to remember talking for the first time,” Weber says. She grew up singing in gospel choirs, and even performed on Showtime at the Apollo. By the time she was a senior in high school, she appeared in a karaoke competition on Oprah. (more…)
Construction has started at 1413 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, where a Blink Fitness will replace Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center and a pharmacy. The existing two-story building will get an additional story and have space for six stores as well as the gym, according to permits.
We found this rendering posted on the fence, and were able to see work had started on the building inside but not take a photo. Construction is supposed to wrap this year, according to the sign on the fence.
Don’t confuse this development with the similar one at 1245 Fulton, between Bedford and Nostrand, where a Planet Fitness in a new building is replacing a clothing store. Click through to see what the site looks like from the street. GMAP(more…)
A small condo building at 150 Richardson Street in Williamsburg will launch sales next week, a spokesperson told us, and in the meantime real-estate firm The InHouse Group has released renderings and floor plans and put up a teaser site.
Designed by Christopher Papa Architects, the eight-unit development will include a studio loft with private patio, one-bedroom garden duplex, four one-bedrooms with private balconies or roof decks and two two-bedroom duplexes with terraces, according to a press release. Inspired by Williamsburg’s turn-of-the-century factories, the design has arched windows, exposed concrete columns, “exposed reclaimed brick from a carriage and buggy factory” and antique oak hardwood floors, per the teaser site.
The developer is Black Diamond Development, which constructed a condo building nearby at 174 Jackson Street that looks exactly the same and sold out four years ago. Willimasburg firm Withers & Grain is handling the interior design. The location is about half a block from the BQE. Click through for interior renderings and a few floor plans.