08/27/14 4:00pm

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Pratt is kicking off the launch of its new MFA writing program with performances and readings from local artists tomorrow. Performers include Jacques Servin, cofounder of the Yes Men; LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, interdisciplinary poet and sound artist; Celina Su, author and Associate Professor of Political Science at CUNY; Mendi Obadike, poet and a member of Pratt’s writing faculty; and Keith Obadike, composer and sound designer teaching at William Patterson University. The event will take place tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 pm at the auditorium in Pratt’s Higgins Hall at 61 St James Place (pictured).

Photo by Bryan Chang

08/27/14 3:00pm

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Austin, Nichols & Co. Building
Address: 184 Kent Avenue
Cross Streets: North 3rd and North 4th streets
Neighborhood: Williamsburg
Year Built: 1915
Architectural Style: Egyptian Revival
Architect: Cass Gilbert
Other Buildings by Architect: Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bay Ridge. In Manhattan- Woolworth Building, U.S. Customs House, West Street Building. Also U.S. Supreme Court Building, Washington DC
Landmarked: Yes, then no. Listed on National Register of Historic Places (2007)

The story: By the first decade of the 20th century, the Austin, Nichols Company was the largest wholesale grocery business in the world. They not only wholesaled food items to retailers, institutions and other buyers, they also packaged and manufactured products, including fine foods, coffee and imported specialty items. Austin, Nichols & Company was founded in 1879, by James E. Nichols and five former associates of Fitts & Austin, a Manhattan wholesale grocery business which was founded by Fred Fitts in 1855. In the very late 19th century, the company’s headquarters was in Tribeca, which was the wholesale food district in Manhattan at that time. (more…)

08/27/14 2:00pm

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Ted & Honey Cafe at the Navy Yard’s BLDG 92 is closing this Friday, according to an email from Navy Yard reps. When we stopped by, the worker behind the counter told us business hadn’t been good. We don’t know what will replace the cafe, which is a branch of the original Ted & Honey Cafe and market on Clinton Street in Cobble Hill. But T&H will still run their catering operation, Parker Red, at a commercial kitchen in the Navy Yard. Food options are supposed to return to BLDG 92 in the spring. GMAP

08/27/14 12:58pm

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The sleeping arrangement won’t be to everyone’s liking but otherwise this co-op at 146 Columbia Heights looks very nice. The junior one bedroom (or is it a studio?) has lots of original details as well as a modernized kitchen and bath. The monthly maintenance is $832 and the asking price is $695,000.

146 Columbia Heights, #3 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

08/27/14 12:15pm

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This two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent in a Park Slope brownstone has a clean but warm feel with original floors and a fancy kitchen. The 923-square-foot pad features an attractive living room with space for eating, an office and a balcony, as well as central air and two wood-burning fireplaces. But the caveat is that it’s only available for a year, furnished or unfurnished. Rent is about what you’d expect for the north end of the Slope — $4,500 a month.

661 Carroll Street, #3 [Town Residential] GMAP

08/27/14 12:00pm

Over at Brownstoner Queens, Montrose Morris profiles a landmarked cobblestone (yes, cobblestone!) home standing in Bayside, Queens. The house is one of the rare examples of the Arts and Crafts style in New York City, and one of the earliest houses of this type to be constructed here. Read the full history right this way…

08/27/14 10:45am

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A reader sent us this photo of the Carlton Mews Church conversion at 232 Adelphi Street in Fort Greene, which is slowly becoming 12 condos. Last year, the DOB issued permits for a residential conversion, designed by RSVP Studio. Four of the units will be duplexes, and the cellar will have fitness and recreation rooms, according to Schedule A filings. (more…)

08/27/14 10:00am

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[Editor's note: Although it came close, this sale did not set a record. Please see update at the end of the story.]

A two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Williamsburg has sold for the eye-popping price of $1,906 per square foot, almost certainly a record for the neighborhood and one of the highest-priced sales in all of Brooklyn. (To put it in perspective, over at the record-setting Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights, condos have been selling for an average of $1,800 per square foot, with the biggest penthouse unit going for about $2,236 per square foot, or $11,180,000,  The Wall Street Journal reported in May.) (more…)

08/27/14 9:30am

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We’re sad to report that the prominent and quite old wood frame at the corner of Throop and Pulaski in Bed Stuy is now nothing but a bunch of debris. The mansard-roofed house at 330 Throop Avenue stood three stories tall and was built sometime before 1873. It was configured as a three-family and sat on a double lot that measures 45 by 85 feet. It was also a Building of the Day a year ago. (more…)

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Brookland Capital has at least 46 developments in the works in Brooklyn right now — all condos — but most of them are in less prominent spots than the one the firm has just scooped up for $7,400,000 on 4th Avenue. The very active developer, whose private sources of capital have allowed it to build condos when most in Brooklyn could develop only rentals, is planning a 13-story building with 45 apartments plus ground-floor shops at 550-554 4th Avenue, The New York Observer reported. (more…)