07/18/14 11:30am
17 moore lane esopus ny

17 Moore Lane, Esopus: $249,900

It might not be huge, but this cottage in the town of Esopus, Ulster County sure is pretty. The enclosed porch on stilts reminds us of a tree house and also allows for one heck of a view of the valley below. Moore Lane is located in Ulster Park, about 15 minutes south of Kingston and 15 minutes northwest of the Poughkeepsie train station. (more…)

07/18/14 10:45am

A. Schrader's Son, 470 vandy, composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

They used to make things in Brooklyn. Everything you could possibly imagine was made here, at one time or another, in one place or another. Before we became the catchword for hip and happening, Brooklyn was known throughout most of the 20th century as a blue collar city. Its busy factory districts were humming with activity, and it was possible for a man or a woman to go from high school to a good factory job that enabled them to make a living. Many people grew up, like John Travolta’s character in “Saturday Night Fever” never even going across the bridge to Manhattan. There was no need, everything, including your job, was right here.

In addition to the larger factory districts such as Wallabout, Dumbo, Bush Terminal, the Navy Yard and Gowanus, there were factories all over the place, in just about every neighborhood. Proximity to public transportation was key to any successful industrial venture and downtown and Fort Greene, with great transportation, had a fair amount of factory buildings along major thoroughfares like Atlantic Avenue. Today, many of those buildings are gone, some, like the Ex-Lax building, are now housing, and some still stand making one wonder “What did they used to do here?” (more…)

brooklyn bridge park pier 6

A judge today will hear a motion to block the city from selecting a developer to build housing towers on two remaining empty lots on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Neighbors are suing the Brooklyn Bridge Park corporation to require them to perform a new environmental impact study to replace the one that was done in 2005, reported The Wall Street Journal. (more…)

07/17/14 4:30pm

crown heights church 72014

Bensonhurst BJ’s Wholesale Club to Open in September [Bensonhurst Bean]
Brewklyn Grind to Open Next Month on Myrtle Avenue [Fort Greene Focus]
Ecuadorian Street Food Pops up in Dumbo [Brooklyn Eagle]
Here’s Why Your Friends Can’t Hang in Bushwick Tonight [Comic] [Bushwick Daily]
Collectors of Weird Things to Gather at Brooklyn Historical Society [NY Animal]
Paddling Down Polluted Newtown Creek Is Actually Awesome [Curbed]
Completion Finally Imminent: 55 Eckford Street in Greenpoint [NY YIMBY]
Permits Filed: 326 and 328 Bond Street [NY YIMBY]
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists to Open Summer Turmoil Exhibition [NY Observer]
20 Reactions to “Brooklyn Girls” [Bedford+Bowery]
World-Renowned Musicians to Play Concert Series at Our Lady of Refuge [Ditmas Park Corner]

07/17/14 4:00pm

greenpoint pier

Repairs have started on the India Street pier that collapsed in February, and ferry service to Greenpoint could return by next Friday, according to a spokesperson for the city’s Economic Development Corporation. Work is on track to finish by July 26, when the MTA will suspend G train service between Greenpoint Avenue and Court Square for five weeks to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy. (more…)

07/17/14 3:00pm

999 Jamaica Ave, FJLHS, FJL.com 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Franklin K. Lane High School
Address: 999 Jamaica Avenue
Cross Streets: Dexter Court
Neighborhood: Cypress Hills
Year Built: 1936-37
Architectural Style: Neo-Colonial
Architect: Walter C. Martin, Superintendent of Buildings for the NYC Board of Education, and staff
Other Buildings by Architect: NYC schools built between 1928 and 1938
Landmarked: No

The story: Franklin J. Lane High School started out in a much smaller building on nearby Evergreen Avenue. It was housed in the old PS 85 building. By the end of the 1920s, this school, as well as many other high schools throughout the city, was bursting at the seams with students. Local politicians and school officials begged the Board of Ed to at least build an extension, and ground was obtained, but they dithered until at last it was decided that a new high school was needed instead. That was in 1931. (more…)