One of our readers owns an eight-unit building and is debating whether to pay a flat or metered rate for the water bill.
Brownstoner reader Shamrock writes:
I have a building with 8 one bedroom apartments occupied by young couples. At the moment I am paying $8,000 a year in flat rate billing by NYC DEP. There are no washing machines in the building, and the plumbing is new. Should I be on metered billing, or am I just as well off paying the flat rate?
What’s the best option here? A couple of commenters have voted for metered, but what do you think? Chime in on the original post.
Bed Stuy Alive! kicks off its 11th annual daylong celebration of the Central Brooklyn neighborhood’s diversity this month. The one-day festival on Saturday, October 10, will be followed by a week’s worth of community events.
The kickoff event will take place between Brooklyn and New York avenues, an appropriate sandwiching of streets analogous to the festival’s representation of Brooklyn and New York’s communities rich with culture. An opening ceremony will honor local NYPD officers working out of the 81st and 79th precincts with the Tohma Y. Faulkner Awards for service, DNA reported. (more…)
This free-standing mansion was home to Thomas C. Smith, who also designed and built it. Smith was one of Greenpoint’s important residents — an accomplished architect-builder and successful businessman.
Name: Former Thomas C. Smith house, now Greenpoint Reformed Church Address:138 Milton Street Cross Streets: Franklin Street and Manhattan Avenue Neighborhood: Greenpoint Year Built: 1866-67 Architectural Style: Federal, Greek revival, with embellishments Architect: Thomas C. Smith Other Buildings by Architect: 111, 117, 119-129 Milton Street, as well as most of the rest of the south side of Milton Street Landmarked: Yes, part of Greenpoint Historic District (1982)
Thomas C. Smith was a man blessed with both talent and business savvy. He was born in Bridgehampton, Long Island, in 1816. He came to NYC as a young man and was a builder’s apprentice for several years. In 1830, he went out on his own as a builder.
Most builders of that day were their own architects, and Smith was no different. He established a fine business that would lead to Brooklyn. He retired from building in 1863.
The Union Porcelain Works
In the course of Smith’s business he had acquired a small pottery company at 300 Eckford Street as payment for a debt. Due in part to the ongoing Civil War, the firm was in bad financial shape. They had been in business since 1854, mostly producing porcelain doorknobs.
Smith was ready for a new challenge, so he went to France and England to investigate porcelain factories there. He got quite an education and learned the porcelain industry in full. (more…)
Despite developers continuing to push the boundaries of “prime” Brooklyn beyond the borough’s northern neighborhoods, and a borough-wide median rent of $3,000, development has slowed for multifamily residential development, according to a new report from The Real Deal. (more…)
Up for viewing today is a Park Slope limestone on a prime park block, at 882 Carroll Street. There are many a grand home on those park blocks — this one fits the bill and is in pristine condition to boot.
Parlor floor details include a pair of fireplaces, moldings, pocket doors, wainscoting, stained glass, triple bay windows and gleaming parquet floors with inlays. It should be noted that the staircase, per the listing, “has been artfully refashioned to create a voluminous eclectic gestalt.” What that means we couldn’t tell you, but we’re passing it along. (more…)
Over the past few years, Brooklyn has become a mecca for entrepreneurs and freelancers that don’t fit into the traditional corporate mold. According to DNAinfo New York, nearly one in 10 workers in the Gowanus area work from home. It’s no surprise, then, that shared office spaces are filling the need for the largest employment demographic—the independent millennial workforce.
If you need a few hours away from your television and the cat keeps trying to sleep on your keyboard, and you’re sick of waiting in line for the power outlets at Starbucks, you’ll be glad to know that Coworkrs opened a Gowanus location in August. The popular coworking startup is known for its “At Home At Work” vibe and its beautiful industrial design. Their new Brooklyn outpost offers conference rooms, private offices, shared desk spaces, event space, and comfortable coworking lounge areas. (more…)
FreshDirect may be making yet another move — this time to Brooklyn.
The 13-year-old online grocery-delivery company is currently in the process of moving out of its Long Island City location and up to a new facility in the South Bronx, but apparently it needs even more space. (more…)