10/29/14 9:30am

510 driggs avenue williamsburg rendering 102014

What do you think of this unusual design by ODA Architecture for a long-stalled apartment development at 510 Driggs Avenue near McCarren Park in Williamsburg? We’re not crazy about the look of the stacked and cantilevered cubes, but ODA’s functional explanation is intriguing.

Each of the 100 units in the five-story building will have a balcony or other outdoor space, and at least two exposures for good light and air, the firm told Arch Daily, which first published the rendering. Click through to the story to see a floor plan and other drawings that spell out the details.

“What if we could live in cities where everyone could enjoy similar qualities of a private house,” the firm told the paper. “We then challenged the zoning rules and regulations and the very common fundamentals and typologies of typical apartment buildings and came up with a scheme that satisfies all of the above. The complexity of the form serves a noble function while also becoming a beautiful piece of architecture.”

Commenters on the story lauded the design for innovation but questioned whether it can actually be built as shown in the rendering. We’d like to point out that large prewar apartment buildings in New York City typically had similar or even better exposures. Maybe we should revisit those floor plans. (more…)

10/29/14 9:00am


Incredibly, more than 50 percent of the apartments at ultra-luxury Red Hook condo building 160 Imlay are in contract less than a month after sales launched. Construction on the conversion of the warehouse started in June, and is expected to wrap in 2016. On the first of this month, listings went up for 10 units, and now there are 49 units listed on StreetEasy, all of which are in contract. The building has 70 units altogether but no available units are listed online. BuzzBuzzHome was the first to report on the sales.

Prices range from $862,875 for an 885-square-foot one-bedroom to $5,397,840 for an 3,831 square foot one-bedroom. (There are also studios, two-bedrooms and three-bedroom units.) Est4te Four is the developer and Aldo Andreoli of AA Studio is the designer. The interiors preserve some of the industrial details of the warehouse, which was one of the first cast-in-place concrete buildings, such as concrete beams and high ceilings. The units feature extra-large triple-paned windows to take advantage of the views. There are wide plank oak floors, white matte lacquer Italian kitchens, and appliances by Miele. Douglas Elliman is handling the sales. The building is in the flood zone.

Any theories as to why these are going so fast?

160 Imlay Website [160 Imlay]  GMAP
New York Dock Building Conversion 160 Imlay Is Selling Fast [BBH]
Listings Go up for Red Hook Conversion [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Douglas Elliman

10/29/14 8:30am


Brooklyn Activists Hustle to Save Midwood Smokestack [NY Daily News]
New Project Aims to Improve Quality of Life in Brownsville [WSJ]
Three New Multi-Floor Apartments Coming to South 2nd Street [Curbed]
17-Acre Coney Island Site Is on the Block [Crain's]
Nothing Hip and Cool Happening in Brooklyn — It’s a War [Brokelyn]
How to Turn Your Brooklyn Block into a Historic District [DNA]
Councilman Axes Red Hook Park’s $2.4 Million Bathroom [DNA]
“No Hoodies Allowed” Signs Pop up on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene [DNA]

10/28/14 4:30pm

michael tapp graffiti mural

Two Years on, Coney Island Enclave Still Awaits Recovery [Curbed]
EPA Gowanus Canal Superfund Community Advisory Group Will Meet Tonight [PMFA]
What’s Going on With the Key Food on 11th and 5th? [FIPS]
Upward Rents for Court Street Storefronts [Brooklyn Brief]
Community Board Agenda for Tonight: A Zone Defense [Q Parkside]
Shuttered Sandwich Shop Needs Your Help to Reopen in Crown Heights [DNA]
NYU Opens an Observatory in Downtown Brooklyn [Crain's]
Photos of a DIY Rocky Horror Show Party at Mister Rogers in Crown Heights [Paper Mag]
Oaxaca Is Now Hawking Burritos in Williamsburg [B+B]
Dallas BBQ at Flatbush Junction Opens [DPC]
Platinum Member Closing Yesterday: 1196 Union Street [BK Fullest]
Chip Shop on the Market for $9,300 a Month [Here's Park Slope]

Photo by Michael Tapp

10/28/14 4:00pm

citibike map

As real estate firm REQX Ventures and gym chain Equinox prepare to take over troubled Citi Bike, the bike share program has announced a big expansion into Brooklyn and Queens, adding 6,000 bikes and 375 stations by 2017. Next year, stations will come to Greenpoint, north and east Williamsburg and eastern Bed Stuy, according to this map released by Citi Bike earlier this afternoon. After that initial expansion, stations will be added in Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens.

Citi Bike also confirmed the price of a yearly membership will rise from $95 to $149, but hasn’t revealed when. Riders can still get a $95 membership for now.

Map via Citibike’s Tumblr

10/28/14 3:00pm

184 Joralemon Street, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Galen Hall Office Building, now apartments and offices
Address: 184 Joralemon Street
Cross Streets: Court and Clinton Streets
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Year Built: 1909-1911
Architectural Style: Beaux-Arts with Colonial Revival details
Architect: George Keister
Other Buildings by Architect: Apollo Theater, Harlem. Also Belasco and Selwyn Theaters, Theater District. Row houses in the Bronx, tenement buildings, apartment buildings, hotels, churches.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Skyscraper District (2012)

The story: Claudius Galenus, or Galen of Pergamon, was a prominent Greek physician, surgeon and philosopher in the second century Roman Empire. He and the better-known Hippocrates are considered to be the most important contributors to modern Western medicine. (Yes, I had to look that one up.) The use of the name “Galen” was quite popular during Victorian times, especially to name sanatoria and other medical retreat centers. One of the most popular in the New York City area was the Galen Hall in Atlantic City. Their facilities would be considered a health spa today, and they advertised constantly in the Brooklyn Eagle for decades.

So when a twelve floor office tower exclusively for doctors and medical professionals was proposed for Downtown Brooklyn, it was fitting that it should be called Galen Hall, or the Galen Hall Office Building. The tall and narrow building was placed on a 25 foot wide Joralemon Street lot, right next door to the Packer Institute. The building ran tall and deep, with plenty of room for doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals. (more…)


The Lefferts Community Food Co-op is getting close to opening and held an open house this past Sunday, October 26. The event offered a “sneak peak” at the store’s progress, food samples, refreshments, and a chance to meet and mingle with members. They also gave away some fun refrigerator magnets. The co-op is is aiming to open by mid-November, according to its Facebook page. It is located at 324 Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. GMAP

10/28/14 12:57pm

66 montague street brooklyn heights 102014

This two-bedroom co-op at 66 Montague hit the market last week. It’s a charming apartment in a prewar mansion a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Lots of prewar detail, good windows and ceiling height, and a so-so kitchen. Monthly maintenance for the 1,000-square-foot pad is $1,400 and the asking price is $975,000.

66 Montague Street, #6 [Elliman] GMAP

10/28/14 12:15pm

269 empire boulevard crown heights 102014

This three-bedroom townhouse for rent in Crown Heights seems like a pretty good deal to us. The broker tells us it hasn’t been recently updated but is in good condition.

All three bedrooms are the same size, according to the broker, and located on the top floor, along with one bathroom. The unfinished basement under the stoop can be used as storage.

And it’s only two blocks from the 2/5 stop at Sterling Street. The downsides are that it’s a bit narrow at 16.5 feet, and Empire Boulevard can get loud and busy with traffic. What are your thoughts on it for $2,850 a month?

269 Empire Boulevard [Corcoran] GMAP

10/28/14 11:31am


Sponsored By The O'Connell Organization.

The O'Connell Organization is a family owned and operated real estate development business with over 150 properties in New York State.

Created By BlankSlate

On September 30, the Red Hook Initiative hosted its annual Taste of Red Hook event at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation. Dozens of local restaurants and vendors volunteered their time — and their best dishes — to raise funds for the Initiative. Check out our food porn photos after the jump — it might give you some ideas of which restaurants you should check out this weekend.

The Red Hook Initiative is a not-for-profit organization that offers a helping hand to Red Hook residents. They have multiple programs that support young people through their educational careers, and they provide professional development to ensure that local residents are given opportunities to serve their community. Overall, RHI focuses on building a healthy and sustainable Red Hook community. (more…)

10/28/14 11:30am

365 jay street downtown brooklyn 102014

The topmost layers of scaffolding at 365 Jay Street have come down, revealing a bit of the restored tower of the old Brooklyn Fire Headquarters. The building has been shrouded in scaffolding for more than a year now, as the Pratt Area Community Council repairs the roof, windows, terra cotta archway and foyer. The 1892 Romanesque Revival building had been neglected and also suffered severe roof damage and flooding two years ago.

The building was designed by prolific Brooklyn architect Frank Freeman and designated an individual landmark in 1966. In 1987, the city agreed to turn it into affordable housing for low-income people displaced by construction of the nearby MetroTech complex.

MDG Design and Construction and Nomad Architecture are leading the restoration, which is scheduled to wrap by spring 2015.

Thanks to a reader for the photos and tip. Click through to see another shot of the tower.

Building of the Day: 365 Jay Street [Brownstoner]
Scaffolding up at Jay Street Firehouse [Brownstoner]