06/30/15 4:49pm

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Board Blocks Plan for Bike Lanes to Connect Bed Stuy to Crown Heights [DNA]
Conductor Apologizes for Taking F Train Hostages To Park Slope [Gothamist]
Hey Ridge Says: Bay Ridge Is Only out of the Way if You Don’t Live Here [BU]
Treyger And Savino Call for City Action In Response to Coney Island Shootings [Sheepshead Bites]
Activists Are Planning to Burn American Flags in Brooklyn on Wednesday [Vice]
The Street Art of Bushwick Collective Is Disappearing Under Billboards [Bushwick Daily]
You Can Be a Small Manufacturer in Brooklyn, and You Can Sell to the World [Forbes]
Patsy’s Is Now Open on Dean Street [Park Slope Stoop]
Dos Locos, a Mexican Bar and Grill, Opens on Church Avenue [KensingtonBK]

Photo by Juni Safont

06/30/15 3:00pm

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When preservationist Joe Svehlak was growing up on 57th Street in the 1940s and ’50s, that neck of the woods was still called Bay Ridge. Much has changed since then, but his former block is still “a study in working class housing built over a century ago.”

Those homes include single-family frame houses, two-family brick houses with porches and garages, and small apartment buildings. On Sunday he’ll discuss his old block and more on a Municipal Art Society walking tour titled “I Remember New York: Sunset Park, Brooklyn, The Early Years.”

In addition to talking architecture and housing stock, Svehlak, a local preservationist and historian, will offer tales of growing up in the area. Hear about life on his old block, and the street games he and his buddies played back in the days when cars were few.  (more…)

06/30/15 2:41pm

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Here we go again. The eternal debate. Time Warner Cable or Verizon FiOS?

Start your engines. Go!

In the Brownstoner Forum, rd684 writes, “Verizon is getting ready to install FIOS on our block in Greenwood Heights. They’re currently contacting homeowners about running cable hookups to every bldg. I’m wondering what people’s experiences of FIOS quality for internet and TV are, especially in comparison to TWC, my current provider. I’m not ready to cut the cord.”

Just for the record, the Brownstoner office recently switched to FiOS.

Photo: Verizon FiOS spaghetti 

Have answers? Need help with something? Visit the Brownstoner Forum.

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A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Downtown Brooklyn has probably physically changed more than any other neighborhood in Brooklyn. That makes sense, since it has been the center of Brooklyn’s civic, retail, and entertainment life for much of the last century and a half.

Because of all of the changes, it’s sometimes hard to imagine what the streets looked like before the big stores came and cemented in many minds the idea that Downtown has always been a shopping hub.

It wasn’t always that way. The shopping district supplanted a residential neighborhood, one that had started to develop by the 1840s, as Brooklyn’s homes began to spread eastward, away from the harbor and the ferry.

This history has been easiest to see on the side streets. Gold, Duffield, Bridge and Lawrence streets between Fulton and Willoughby were all residential originally, and these blocks used to be the place to find many of the surviving remainders of this early residential enclave. But many of these buildings are now giving way to new mega-towers.

Today’s Past and Present highlights the few surviving buildings on Lawrence Street. (more…)

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This small two-bedroom condo at 41 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens isn’t going to set anyone’s heart aflutter, but it looks solid enough and is — for Brooklyn these days — relatively affordable.

It’s located in the Parkside Condominiums, a 40-unit complex made up of two adjoining prewar buildings, the Helen Court and the Jason Arms, that went condo a couple years ago. The buildings have been rehabbed on the inside, as has this apartment, which has been scrubbed of any prewar detail. (more…)

06/30/15 11:39am

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As we all know, Brooklyn’s become a boomtown for creative dreamers and makers. Now, a study from the Center for an Urban Future has confirmed and quantified the artsy influx.

CUF is a think tank and master of urban stats (we’ve written about their work before) so you can look forward to hearing these figures merrily repeated by pro-art policy makers in the months to come. The report was already cited at least twice at last week’s Make It In Brooklyn Summit, though not by Bruce Ratner.

Ready to face the facts?
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06/30/15 11:31am

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Sponsored By 60 Water.

60 Water, in the heart of Dumbo, offers NYC's best views from its studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments.

Created By BlankSlate

60 Water Street, a new rental building in Dumbo, has a location that’s hard to beat. It’s a block away from the river and Brooklyn Bridge Park, and steps away from neighborhood landmarks such as St. Ann’s Warehouse, Grimaldi’s, and Jacques Torres. And with the views of the Manhattan skyline from its rooftop garden, you might wonder why residents of 60 Water would leave to go anywhere else.

Fortunately, whether you’re heading off to work or just having a weekend adventure, Dumbo offers a lot more ways to get there than by driving or taking the subway. Thanks to Dumbo’s riverside location between two of Brooklyn’s most iconic bridges, residents of the neighborhood can easily walk, bike, or even take the ferry to their destination.

Read on for the many ways you can spice up your commute.

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06/30/15 10:56am

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The first units are being offered at the Atelier, a new rental building developed by Fortis Property Group at 239 North 9th Street, between Havemeyer and Roebling streets in Williamsburg, starting at $2,610 a month for a studio.

The site’s got an odd history — it was previously owned by murdered developer Menachem Stark, who had a project in the works with architect Karl Fischer before Fortis took over the property in 2012. Fortis drafted the architecture firm S9 to design the Atelier, and broke ground in April of 2013. (more…)

06/30/15 10:23am

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Photo at left by Gage Skidmore for Wikipedia Commons; photo at right by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

Golden Globe-winning actress Michelle Williams is the buyer of Prospect Park South’s most prominent house — a move we would not have predicted for such a famous actress. The gigantic Colonial Revival mansion at 1440 Albemarle Road has been on the market for about a year, most recently asking $2,450,000.

It’s a surprising choice of neighborhoods for a celebrity, but clearly Williams loves Brooklyn and has an independent streak when it comes to real estate. Brooklyn was largely unexplored territory for celebrities when Williams moved to Boerum Hill with then-partner Heath Ledger a decade ago.

She helped draw other boldface names to the borough, and recently sold that row house for $8,800,000, as we reported at the time. (more…)

06/30/15 8:35am

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New York City Board Votes to Freeze Regulated Rents on One-Year Leases [NY Times]
After de Blasio Dustup, South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Reactivated [Crain’s]
Domino Sugar Refinery Could Live on in Photobook [CO]
Revealed: 875 Dekalb Avenue in Bed Stuy [NYY]
Restaurant Refuses Buyout for Big Brunner-Fischer Fulton Street Development in Bed Stuy [TRD]
Greenpoint Affordable Units Starting at $400-a-Month to Be Ready by 2017 [DNA]
Kentile Floors Sign Could Get New Home Beneath Subway Tracks [DNA]

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Photo by Cate Corcoran

06/29/15 4:56pm

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Kentile Floors Sign Could Get New Home Beneath Subway Tracks [DNA]
Protestors to US Army: Drop Confederate-Named Streets Inside Fort Hamilton (Photos) [Hey Ridge]
Greenpointers Make Music in McGolrick Park [Greenpointers]
Neighbor Everton LaTour’s Death in December Just Classified as a Homicide [DPC]
Cortelyou Road Dunkin’ Donuts Takes Down “Male Staff Only” Hiring Sign [DPC]
NURTUREart Turns Bushwick Kids Into Art Explorers [Bushwick Daily]

Photo by Joel Zimmer