11/18/14 2:00pm


Nunu Chocolates Cafe & Tap Room opened last week at 179 5th Avenue in Park Slope. The menu includes house made baked goods such as brioche and cookies, small plates such as cheese and charcuterie, the full line of chocolates, Blue Bottle Coffee, 10 craft beers on tap, wine, shandies, frozen hot chocolates, egg creams and frozen lemonade.

There will also be chocolate pairings with beer and wine flights, and customers can observe as chocolates are hand dipped. There is a backyard and free wi-fi.

A former Brooklyn Flea vendor, Nunu Chocolates started in 2007 and has a store in Boerum Hill. The cafe has extensive hours: from 7 am to midnight on weekdays, opening at 9 am on weekends, and closing at 10 pm on Sunday nights. Anyone checked it out yet? GMAP

Photo by Nunu Chocolates

11/18/14 1:30pm

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We featured this Neo-Grec brownstone at 192 Park Place as an Open House Pick last week, but we think it merits a closer look. The owner, an LLC, picked it up last year for $630,000. It’s got everything, including new inlaid floors, vintage light fixtures, restored mahogany woodwork and plaster moldings, three mantels (including one wood burning fireplace), all new mechanicals, zoned central AC, radiant floor heat in the bathrooms, a security system, a new facade and a new roof.

Set up as a triplex over a garden rental, it’s one of the better flips we’ve seen. Still, we would have handled a few things differently: The kitchen and back wall configuration is awkward and the floors look too modern, for example.

Did anyone see it in person? What do you think of it and the ask of $3,475,000?

192 Park Place [Corcoran] GMAP

11/18/14 12:55pm

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This two-bedroom co-op at 1212 Ocean Avenue in Flatbush doesn’t photograph well but that’s a good thing for buyers with a little vision. Beyond the clutter and flash lighting we see lots of prewar details and a lot of square footage (1,250) for the price ($285,000). In case you haven’t been following, $228 a foot for a prewar apartment is hard to find! Strong buy.

1212 Ocean Avenue, #6B [Fillmore] GMAP

11/18/14 12:15pm

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The renovation isn’t going to win any design awards — and those shiny floors are hurting our eyes — but this three-bedroom, 1.5-bath seems livable for the price. It has new bathrooms and new hardwood floors, and plenty of cabinets in the kitchen. The decorative mantel adds a little character too. The location is about four and a half blocks from the G train at Bedford-Nostrand and nine blocks from the A/C at Nostrand. Overall, it’s not a bad deal for $933 a bedroom. What are your thoughts on it for $2,800 a month?

1120 Bedford Avenue, #3 [Town Residential] GMAP

11/18/14 11:30am


Mayor de Blasio yesterday announced $76,800,000 in new funding for development at the Navy Yard, particularly for Building 77, numerous outlets reported. The program expands one started by the Bloomberg administration.

That brings city spending to modernize Building 77 to a total of $140,000,000. The former ammunition depot, pictured above, is the largest building at the complex with 17 stories and 960,000 square feet. Its revamp will bring 3,000 jobs to the area, the administration estimates.

The now-empty Building 77 will be ready in 2016, according to The Brooklyn Eagle. Some tenants have already been lined up, including motorcycle maker FXE Industries and Shiel Medical Laboratories. Brooklyn Grange may build a green roof for it.

Mayor Announces Major Brooklyn Navy Yard Expansion [Eagle]
Building 77 Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Janet Upadhye for DNAinfo

11/18/14 10:45am

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We have been trying to improve the human body since we became aware of its strength and beauty. Mankind has been exercising for a very long time. We may have started with “run for your life” being a literal cry to escape predators, but in the centuries that followed our trip from the cave to the city, that mantra is still popular, although perhaps “run for life” is more accurate. The ancient Greeks and other civilizations glorified the perfect physical body, after all, they established the Olympics, and left an artistic record of their pursuit of the body beautiful, an ideal many still strive to reach. The Romans incorporated that ideal into their civilization, as they did so many of the ideals of their conquered foes.

The Dark Ages in Europe obliterated that Greco-Roman philosophy. Between plagues and religious zealotry regarding the sinfulness of the human body, physical perfection took a rest of a few centuries. But the Renaissance restored the glorification of the body human, and as nations rose and fell, so too did the idea of fitness. Of course, the lower classes utilized physical strength much more than the upper classes, so those above were getting weak, compared to those below. That did not go without notice, and over the course of the next few hundred years, various programs of physical fitness were delineated and put into practice in different countries and communities. (more…)

11/18/14 10:00am

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Five or six stories have risen at 376 Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy, where a six-story apartment building is replacing a decrepit wood frame between Quincy and Gates. The development will have 20 units spread across 14,241 square feet of residential space, as well as 10 underground parking spaces and 10 bike storage spots, as we reported in January. The developer is Tomer Development, and the architect of record is Olabanji B Awosika. The little white frame house that used to occupy the lot sold for $800,000 two years ago and was later torn down.

376 Franklin Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

11/18/14 9:30am

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The first renovated rentals have hit the market at the seven-story Rocket Factory Lofts in Williamsburg, which sold three months ago to Meadow Partners for $52,000,000, Curbed reported. (This is the Scarano-designed conversion that was at one time owned by murdered Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark and his partner Sam Perlmutter.)

The upgraded units at 100 South 4th Street have new bathrooms, new kitchens with stainless steel appliances, “open loft” layouts, maple floors and 14-foot ceilings. Seven units have been listed so far, ranging from studios to two-bedrooms and priced from $3,495 to $4,650. The 75-unit building will also have a new roof deck and a renovated lobby.

Click through for more interiors. What do you think of the design?

100 South 4th Street [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Revamped Rocket Factory Lofts Seek Renters in Williamsburg [Curbed]
New Owner Buys Former Menachem Stark Rentals, Plans Upgrades [Brownstoner]
Photos by Aptsandlofts.com



Forest City Ratner and Skanska are discussing a buyout deal and have already set a price, although other terms are still under negotiation, according to a letter Skanska sent to the judge overseeing the former partners’ lawsuits over the stalled modular B2 tower. In fact, a closing date was set for Monday, Atlantic Yards Report reported. There has been no announcement from either party, so perhaps the closing has not yet taken place.

Forest City would buy out Skanska, freeing up Forest City to restart construction on the stalled tower. A buyout deal could include compensation for cost overruns the two have been fighting about in court and put the lawsuits to rest.

Forest City Seems Ready to Buy out Skanska’s Interest in Closed Modular Factory; Deal Could Close Tomorrow [AYR]
Skanska Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Field Condition

Update: We have just received a statement from Skanska. It says: “Today FCRC Modular LLC and Skanska Modular LLC announced that FCRC Modular LLC will purchase the ownership interest of Skanska Modular LLC in their jointly owned modular factory business in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, FC+Skanska Modular LLC, for an undisclosed amount. The agreement, achieved through mediation with Roger J. Peters, Esq., marks the end of the companies’ partnership at the modular factory and makes FCRC Modular the sole owner and manager of the modular business. Litigation between the companies over the B2 Project will continue and is not impacted by this agreement.”

11/18/14 8:30am


Video: French Tourist Arrested for Climbing Fence at Brooklyn Bridge [NY Times]
Monday’s Heavy Rain Causes Flooding at Lightstone Site on Bond Street in Gowanus [PFMA]
A Carroll Gardens Row House Reinvented [Lonny]
Permits Filed: 198 19th Street in Greenwood Heights [NYY]
Permits Filed: Issac & Stern-Designed 157 Tompkins Avenue in Bed Stuy [NYY]
Scenes from a Flea [CasaCARA]
New York City Rent Regulation Laws Will Sunset June 15 [City & State]
A Look at Buyer-to-Be of “Kings and Queens” Portfolio [TRD]
Developer in Contract to Buy Urban American’s Brooklyn-Heavy Portfolio for $236 Million [TRD]
Dozens of Complaints Logged Against Clinton Hill Yeshiva for Illegal Construction [DNA]
Locals Support “Natural Playground” for District 34 Participatory Budgeting [DNA]
500 Affordable Apartments Under Way at Kings County Hospital Complex [DNA]
Affordable Apartments Among New Residential Buildings Coming to Bed Stuy [DNA]
Pratt Post Office Shutters Without Nearby Replacement, Locals Say [DNA]

11/17/14 4:30pm

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Is It Time to Ban Tourists From the Brooklyn Bridge? [Brokelyn]
Vomit Town USA: SantaCon 2014 Is Coming to Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]
City to Invest $140 Million in Brooklyn Navy Yard [Crain's]
Lightstone Group to Provide Info on Construction Activity for Gowanus Project [PMFA]
On Church Avenue, Finding a Sense of Community That Is Stronger Than Ever [DPC]
Dance Party Funeral for Williamsburg Coming to Glasslands [Free Williamsburg]
Nail Salon Coming to Long-Vacant 92 7th Avenue [Here's Park Slope]