10/27/14 9:30am


A rendering has been revealed for the mixed-use development planned for what is now a gas station on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Henry Street in Cobble Hill — but Community Board 6 has already rejected it. The look of the building for 112 Atlantic Avenue is “too glassy” and it “destroys the gateway entrance into the Cobble Hill Historic District,” DNAinfo reported members of the board said.

We have to admit we’re a little surprised – the design looks mostly brick to us and vaguely reminiscent of an early 20th century factory. It doesn’t look particularly offensive, nor does it look like a modern office building, as new developments so often do. (Although one board member said he thinks it does look like a modern office building.) Landmarks will take a look November 18.

Developers are Avery Hall Investments and On the Level Enterprises; the architect is BKSK Architects. Click through for a recent shot of the site. What do you think would work on this corner?

Proposed Luxury Building in Cobble Hill Called “Too Glassy” [DNA]
Rendering via DNAinfo


359 7th street2

A now-vacant lot at 359 7th Street in Park Slope just sold for $1,860,000, or $453 per buildable square foot. The sale was brokered by Ariel Property Advisors, which said in a release that the price per buildable square foot was a record for the neighborhood. The unnamed buyer plans condos, said Ariel. The 20.5 foot wide, 100 foot deep lot can accommodate a 4,100 square foot building.

The previous owner, an LLC, bought the site in August of 2012 for $1,250,000. At the time the lot had was home to a frame house built sometime before 1899. The application to demolish the building was approved in December of that year. The transaction has not yet hit public records. Click through to see a photo of the frame house that was torn down.

Photo above by Google Maps; photo below by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

10/27/14 8:30am


From Bellevue Hospital to Williamsburg, Feeling Ebola Anxiety [NY Times]
Homes for Sale in Brooklyn and Manhattan [NY Times]
A Caribbean Outpost in Brooklyn [NY Times]
Q & A on Property Taxes, Tax Abatements, Affordable Housing [NY Times]
Ice Skating Season Returns to Prospect Park [NY Daily News]
Eating Along the A Line at Jay St.-MetroTech [NY Daily News]
A Modular-Design Setback in Brooklyn [WSJ]
Coney Island Sees Change, With Hope for More [WSJ]
Foodies Flock to DUMBO for Brooklyn Historical Society’s Brooklyn Bounty [Eagle]
388 Bridge Street 90 Percent Leased; Developer Slate to Luxurify Slope Building [Curbed]
Excrement-Eating Worms Star at Scarano’s Green Building in Brighton Beach [Curbed]
Commercial Sales Catch the Brooklyn Fever [TRD]
Forest City Modular Affiliate Asks Judge to Intervene in Dispute With Skanska [AYR]
Williamsburg Locals “Not Worried” About Ebola After Infected Doc’s Visit [DNA]

10/24/14 4:30pm

Putnam Ave Fence

How Can the City Stop the the Worst Landlords in Brooklyn and Beyond? [Voice]
The Gutter Expects to Open Today After “Precautionary Closing” [Gothamist]
Notes on Wednesday’s Meeting With NYCHA, Pols and EPA About Gowanus Flooding [PMFA]
Readings on Rogers
[Q Parkside]
March to Protest Sale of LICH Set for Sunday in Brooklyn [Eagle]
New Williamsburg Condos Debut From $3.5 Million, of Course [Curbed]
Permits Filed for Small New Building at 387 Bleecker Street in Bushwick [NYY]
Atlas Meat Market Will Relocate to Gravesend in November [DPC]
Clinton Hill Crossfit Signs 50 Members Within Days of Opening [DNA]
New Walgreens Now Open In Windsor Terrace, Key Food Still Under Construction [South Slope News]

10/24/14 4:00pm

Ft Greene Park Halloween

This weekend Halloween and fall festivals are taking place all over the borough. From costume clad dogs at the Great PUPkin Festival (contestant pictured above) in Fort Greene Park to the Puppetry Arts Haunted Halloween Carnival in Park Slope, there is something for just about anyone who wants to celebrate. Here’s a list (likely incomplete) of some of this weekend’s events in Brooklyn.

Boo at the Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, 11 am to 4 pm
Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival, Fort Greene Park, Saturday, October 25, noon to 3 pm
Ghouls and Gourds, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Saturday, October 25, noon to 5 pm
Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest, Fort Greene Park, Saturday, October 25. Registration at 11 am
Halloween Haunted Walk and Carnival, Prospect Park, Saturday, October 25, noon to 3 pm
Harvest Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Saturday, October 25, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Haunted House at Brownsville, Brownsville Playground, Saturday, October 25, noon to 5 pm
Puppetry Arts Haunted Halloween Carnival, 1st Street Recreation Center, Park Slope, Saturday, October 25, 11 am to 3 pm

Photo: Photo by Jasmin Chang for Fort Greene Pups via NYC Parks Department

10/24/14 3:00pm

251 12th Street, 12th St. Reformed Church, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Built as the Twelfth Street Reformed Church, now the Park Slope Community Church (Baptist)
Address: 251 12th Street
Cross Streets: 4th and 5th Avenues
Neighborhood: South Slope
Year Built: 1869
Architectural Style: Rundbogenstil Romanesque Revival
Architect: Gamaliel King
Other buildings by architect: Brooklyn City (now Borough) Hall, St. Paul’s Church in Cobble Hill, Kings County Savings Bank, Williamsburg (with Wm H. Willcox). Demolished – Kings County Courthouse
Landmarked: No

The story: In 1840, members of the South Reformed Dutch Church, located in Gowanus, at 43rd and 3rd, met to discuss dividing the church into two different churches, with a new church in the northern part of what was then called South Brooklyn. Among those advocating starting the new church were members of the Bergen and Van Nostrand families. There would be 40 new members splitting off, in all, in an amicable division. They called the new congregation The North Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Gowanus. They bought a plot of land on 3rd Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets, and built a church. For several years, both shared the same pastor, the Rev. S. M. Woodbridge.

In 1851, the hierarchy of the Reformed Church formally separated the two churches and North Reformed got their own minister. A few years later, in 1856, a yellow fever epidemic struck Brooklyn and decimated the population of the older South Church. Many of them joined North Reformed. They needed a new building. Funds were raised, and the congregation purchased another plot of land, this one on 12th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues. (more…)

10/24/14 11:30am
4 mcnary ave kinderhoook ny

4 McNary Avenue, Kinderhook: $459,900

No sense judging a book by its cover. Let’s step inside and admire these four houses with attractive interiors that might make us seriously consider never leaving the house ever again (like we needed an excuse). Featured properties come from Ulster and Columbia Counties. Plenty more where they came from in the Brownstoner Upstate real estate listings.


10/24/14 10:45am

Seney Hospital, NY Methodist Hosp. composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Park Slope’s New York Methodist Hospital is much in the news nowadays due to its plans to demolish the row houses and apartment buildings it owns in order to expand its hospital and clinic facilities. But how did Methodist end up being in Park Slope in the first place? Well, there is quite a difference between today’s modern hospital and the buildings that made up the original complex. There is even a difference in the name; Methodist Hospital was built as the Seney Hospital. It was founded by a man of great philanthropy and generosity named George Ingraham Seney.

George Seney was the son of a Methodist preacher. He began his professional career as a bank teller at the Metropolitan National Bank of New York. In 1855 he was promoted to cashier, a management position, and by 1877, he was president of the bank. He was also an astute stock investor, and actually made the bulk of his considerable fortune by investing in railroads. When one of his companies, the lucrative New York-Chicago-St. Louis Railroad was sold to the Vanderbilts, he had more money than most people could imagine. (more…)

10/24/14 10:00am


The zoning review that Community Board 9 asked City Planning to conduct of parts of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights is going forward after a failed attempt to rescind it at a community board meeting last month. The zoning review covers half of District 9, including Flatbush Avenue, pictured above, where a 23-story development is rising as-of-right, and Empire Boulevard, some blocks of which are currently zoned only for commercial and not residential, Laura Imperiale, first vice chair of Community Board 9, told us.

At issue is limiting high-rise development to preserve the character and affordability of the neighborhood. A number of community groups, including PPEN, have called for limits on high-rise development in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Community group MTOPP opposes both high-rise development and any rezoning of Empire Boulevard.

The board conducted several meetings with community groups and had a community listening session in March, consolidated the comments, created a resolution requesting a study, and sent in the request to City Planning in March. After that, there was one meeting of the community board and City Planning. Now the board is waiting for City Planning to conduct the study, said Imperiale. The board would have liked a broader study of the entire district, but the city said it did not have the resources, and “we only get so many bites at the apple for this,” she said.

The resolution, which has been posted on CB9′s website, asked for zoning to preserve the “existing character of the neighborhood,” specifically to “prevent/limit of context i.e. high-rise development in the R7-1 zoned areas of the district.” It also asked for “opportunities for affordable housing development” to “protect residents from displacement” and “identify areas for inclusionary zoning.” It requested increased density along transit and commercial corridors, and specifically asked that Empire Boulevard be rezoned to permit residential development — “allow contextual mixed-use developments along commercial corridors, including Empire Boulevard.”

MTOPP disrupted last month’s community board meeting and passed a resolution calling for the zoning study request to be rescinded, but then it turned out the resolution had not been passed after all. They also sued the board to get a copy of the board’s bylaws, which are also now posted on the board’s website.  

The zoning study is not on the agenda of the next board meeting, but Imperiale said she expects MTOPP to bring it up anyway. 

She also expects City Planning will hold community forums about District 9 zoning in the coming year, she said. Any events will be posted on the Community Board 9 website in advance.

Chaos at Community Board 9 Meeting on Empire Boulevard Rezoning Tuesday [Brownstoner]