The City is moving ahead with plans for the long-delayed public housing project in Brownsville known as Prospect Plaza. On Monday, the New York City Housing Authority filed plans for the third and final building in the complex, at 1845 Sterling Place. (The Real Deal was the first to write about the filing; NY YIMBY had more info.)
The Department of Transportation Monday unveiled significant improvements for pedestrian safety along Atlantic Avenue, at the three-way intersection of Atlantic, Washington, and Underhill Avenues. (Three neighborhoods meet there also: Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights.)
In the four years from 2009 to 20-2013, 99 traffic crashes occurred here, making the spot a prime candidate for changes under Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative.
There has been steady progress at The Hub, aka 333 Schermerhorn Street, the 53-story rental tower from developer Douglas Steiner of Steiner Studios. One of the current crop of tall towers going up in downtown Brooklyn, the 581-unit building has reached the half way mark of its 577-foot final height.
Along with the progress in height, installation of the red brick cladding and windows for the tower has begun as well. When we last checked in, the tower portion of the development has risen to about the fifth floor. (more…)
Did you know there are oysters in the East River? Brooklyn Bridge Park is offering a lecture and “investigation” of its oyster gardens, giving locals the opportunity to learn about some of the critters that live and thrive locally. (more…)
In 2001, when artist Amy Gunderson was falsely arrested for going topless in Brooklyn’s much-beloved Coney Island Mermaid Parade, then-mayor Rudy Giuliani remarked, “It takes a lot of tough cops to cover tender breasts.”
This week, Brooklynites might have a sense of deja vu.
Topless protesters marched through the streets of New York on Sunday, participating in international “Go Topless Day.” The annual march comes at an inopportune moment for Mayor de Blasio, who’s recently spoken out in opposition of the dozen or so topless women who pose with tourists in Times Square — even going so far as to consider demolishing the Square’s much-lauded pedestrian plazas to stop them.
A local entrepreneur and developer built these buildings on Clinton Hill’s only commercial corridor, and then put his brother’s bank on the corner lot.
Name: Storefronts with flats above Address: 410-418 Myrtle Avenue Cross Streets: Clinton and Vanderbilt Avenues Neighborhood: Clinton Hill Year Built: 1887-1888 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Architect: George Walgrove Other works by architect: 287-293 DeKalb Avenue, Clinton Hill; row houses in Manhattan; several buildings on Riker’s Island Landmarked: No
A Commercial Hub
This set of storefront and apartment buildings was built on one of Clinton Hill’s busiest corners. The Queen Anne style of architecture was a mixture of materials, shapes and textures, and these buildings fit the bill.
The architect, George Walgrove, mixed brownstone, brick, pressed metal, and terra cotta, with arched Romanesque Revival windows, a nice corner turret and expansive windows on the ground floor commercial spaces.
Built for the Family Bank
John Englis was the son of a Greenpoint shipbuilder. His father’s company built many of the sailing ships that plied the China route. After his father’s death, he and his sons renamed the company John Englis & Sons. They produced some of the finest steam ships that sailed up and down the Hudson River. (more…)
Today’s pick is a Bed Stuy brownstone that’s been newly overhauled, and is on the market for $1,499,000. Located at 192 Hart Street, it features some modern finishes that will be a lure for some and a repellent for others.
The home is set up as a triplex over a garden rental. The triplex has four bedrooms and three and a half baths, with, you guessed it, an open plan living room/kitchen on the parlor floor, with an open staircase.
One unusual element is a third-floor master bedroom with a double-height ceiling that opens up to the top floor. Or not quite double-height — the top floor appears to be a “cheater” story, only a few feet high in front, with a pair of tiny windows set into the building’s cornice. (more…)
The future site of Whole Foods, at 242 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, is looking sleek and glassy, despite a recent change of construction crews. After years of little apparent activity, the exterior facade started going up on the Bedford Avenue site in May, and now the full effect of the glassy cube or tower at the top of the corner of Bedford and North 4th Street can be seen.
In fact, it can be seen right through — and visible inside are some stacked building materials. While workers kit out the interior, they are also still busy putting the finishing touches on the exterior on the other side of the complex, along Berry Street. (more…)
The Afropunk Fest is always great for people watching, and this past weekend’s 10th annual extravaganza was no exception.
For the first time, the celebration of alternative black culture charged admission — $40 for a single day pass, $70 for the full weekend — but that didn’t stop festival goers from dressing their best and dancing the weekend away to a star studded lineup in Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park.