Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan won’t bring affordable units to low-income areas but it will destroy the character of the most expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn, said housing experts — including real estate execs — in a Wall Street Journal article yesterday. Here are the deets:
*In low-income areas such as East New York, no one is building market-rate housing now and no one will build market-rate housing in the future, even if the mayor succeeds with his plan to upzone the area to allow bigger and taller buildings, because the math just doesn’t pencil out.
*Meanwhile, the mayor’s plan would work beautifully in higher-income areas such as Park Slope and Williamsburg — except that Bloomberg-mandated “contextual zoning” height caps make it impossible.
Mayor de Blasio is pushing to wipe out those hard-won height caps with a “text amendment” to the building zoning code (as we mentioned in yesterday’s article about the zoning controversy in Prospect Lefferts Gardens). If he succeeds, new buildings and additions 15 to 30 percent higher than what is allowed now will quickly sprout throughout Brooklyn’s most expensive and tony areas and beyond, from Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens — anywhere land is expensive and prices and rents support luxury development. (more…)
Artists, developers, gallery owners and community leaders will gather at Brooklyn Borough Hall Friday morning for a conference on creating and preserving art along the Brooklyn waterfront. The event, “Spaces and Places,” will explore the history of art in the borough. Artists and gallery owners will discuss how art has been made, shown and sold along the Brooklyn waterfront and the issues facing those who make and display art there.
Speakers include Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs; Deborah Schwartz, president of the Brooklyn Historical Society; Borough President Eric Adams; Anita Durst, artistic director of chashama; Kathleen Gilrain, executive director of Smack Mellon; Lisa Kim of Two Trees; and Greg O’Connell Jr. of the O’Connell Organization.
See the full list of speakers here. The Brooklyn Historical Society and CUNY’s Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center are organizing the free event, which you can register for through Eventbrite.
Name: Former garages, now church Address:135-137 Jefferson Avenue Cross Streets: Bedford and Nostrand avenues Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant Year Built: Late 1890s Architectural Style: Transitional Romanesque – Renaissance Revival Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: We build nice storage facilities for the things we treasure. From Egyptian tombs to banks, to massive storage facilities with climate control and private viewing booths, our prize possessions can be as pampered as our purses allow. Wealthy Victorians had fabulously luxurious stables built for their prize horses and carriages.
This block has always been a mixture of service and residential buildings, and took a long time to develop. Over the course of the late 19th and early 20th century, row houses replaced wood framed stables and homes. Many of them were replaced by later service buildings and tenements. Some of the land just remained empty.
The map of this block from 1880 shows no buildings on this site. Nothing was here on maps dating from 1886 or 1888, either. It wasn’t until the map of 1904 that a building was placed here, and the rest of the lots going east were filled in. (more…)
Chase is opening a branch at 276 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn, we noticed when we passed by a few weeks ago. It’s the same building where the International House of Pancakes is reopening, although it’s on a different corner.
We’re not sure what the exact address will be, since Chase doesn’t list the branch yet on its map, but it sits on the corner of Fulton and Bond, right across from the now closed-for-construction City Point mall. GMAP
If you’ve been following the story on Brownstoner about the industrial-style brick apartment building going up on Metropolitan in Williamsburg, you will be interested to know that it’s nearing completion. MySpace NYC, the boutique firm that has handled other area projects such as 271 Metropolitan and 227 Grand, is the exclusive listing agent.
The building is called 212 N. 4th Street, and it will have 25 apartments available for rent beginning on April 15.
Situated at Metropolitan and Roebling, 212 N. 4th Street is steps away from everything Williamsburg has to offer. Bedford Avenue, the neighborhood’s main drag, is a block and a half to the west. The bars, shops, and restaurants of Grand Street are two blocks south. A block and a half east on Metropolitan, the cluster of restaurants and bars includes such Billyburg favorites as Fette Sau, Spuyten Duyvil, and Momofuku Milk Bar.
New residents to the area should plan on setting aside a budget for all the eating out they’ll be doing. (more…)
Here’s an early-20th-century one-family close to the park in Crown Heights south with a lot of charming period details.
There are beams, a working fireplace with an original mantel, herringbone floors, charming moldings, a globe light on the newel post — the works. We’re guessing it will need some skim coating in a bedroom and work in the main bathroom, at least, but the bones are good.
We like the location two blocks from the park and not far from shops and restaurants on Franklin on the other side of Eastern Parkway. But just be aware, it’s next to a church and close to one of the two Crown Heights armories at 1555 Bedford Avenue.
There’s an open house this Sunday from noon to 2 pm. What do you think of the house and the ask of $1,100,000?
Here’s a spacious and affordable three-bedroom co-op for rent near the park in Flatbush. There are three nicely sized bedrooms, a large separate living room, and a windowless office off the foyer. Beamed ceilings and herringbone floors also give it a nice prewar feel. However, the co-op board does have to approve any potential renters. What are your thoughts on it for $2,600 a month?
We caught this rendering on the fence at 170-174 West Street in Greenpoint, where a developer is building two six-story apartment buildings. No. 174 will have five apartments distributed across 8,640 square feet of residential space. Next door at 170, there will be 10 apartments on 14,130 square feet, according to permits.
Salamon Engineering is the applicant of record for both buildings, and the owner is an LLC who picked up the three vacant lots for a combined $3,700,000 in 2013, as previously reported. Behind the fence, excavation is under way, and you can see a photo after the jump.
When we moved to eastern Bed Stuy five years ago, our block was sleepy and quiet. Most of the houses are only three stories high, and there were quite a few empty lots as well as a pretty community garden. We liked the “land that time forgot” feel, as well as the big expanses of sky.
Now, as of about a month ago, there are four active construction sites on our block. (more…)