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Brookland Capital has at least 46 developments in the works in Brooklyn right now — all condos — but most of them are in less prominent spots than the one the firm has just scooped up for $7,400,000 on 4th Avenue. The very active developer, whose private sources of capital have allowed it to build condos when most in Brooklyn could develop only rentals, is planning a 13-story building with 45 apartments plus ground-floor shops at 550-554 4th Avenue, The New York Observer reported. (more…)

08/27/14 8:30am

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“Poor Door” in a New York Tower, Edge, Opens a Fight Over Affordable Housing [NY Times]
Readers Respond to “Life After Brooklyn” [NY Times]
Police Sergeants’ Union Warns Against Democratic Convention in Brooklyn [NY Times]
Tech Tenants Filling a Slice of Brooklyn Called Dumbo Heights [NY Times]
Parents Scramble for Pre-K Seats in Brooklyn District [NY Times]
‘Burg Building Super Dons Suit to Get Rid of Nasty Hornets [NY Post]
Crown Heights Tenants Battle to Survive in Rent-Stabilized Units [NY Daily News]
LICH Nurses Taking SUNY Back to Court in Brooklyn [Brooklyn Eagle]
Yet Another Love Lane Mews Condo Sells for Over Ask [Curbed]
Inside Jack The Horse Tavern: Brooklyn Heights’ Best-Kept Secret Expands [Gothamist]
An Illicit Nutella Restaurant Is Opening in Brooklyn [Gothamist]
Permits Filed: 299 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn [NYY]
Revealed: Medgar Evers College Library Expansion [NYY]
Williamsburg Co-op Board Calls Critics of Election System “Uninformed” [DNAinfo]
Former Roberta’s Chef Opens Restaurant Focusing on off-Menu Items [DNAinfo]

08/26/14 4:30pm

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After 11 Years of Controversy, Atlantic Yards Becomes Pacific Park Brooklyn [Next City]
Is De Blasio Snubbing Southern Brooklyn? [Bensonhurst Bean]
New York Brick Oven Pizza Closed for Good, 1504 Cortelyou Road Is Now for Rent [DPC]
Extended Lottery Now in Place for New Pre-K Seats at Bishop Ford [KensingtonBK]
Shop Talk With Brooklyn Makers Boundless Brooklyn [BHS]
BAM Is Holding a Throwback Subway Film Series [Brokelyn]
On 250 Clarkson: Yep, Landlords Matter [Q at Parkside]
Pizza D’Amore to Open on Avenue U Near Batchelder Street [Sheepshead Bites]

 

08/26/14 4:00pm

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It’s fair to say that building and opening Berg’n, the 9,000-square-foot Brooklyn Flea-run beer hall and food court, is the hardest thing we’ve ever done. But here we are, on the eve of the opening, still standing (even after a week of pre-opening parties) and thrilled to welcome the public tomorrow at 899 Bergen Street between Classon and Franklin. We’re fortunate to have received a lot of press this past week so we won’t rehash too many of the details, other than to say the beer hall will feature food from Smorgasburg favorites Asia Dog, Mighty Quinn’s, Pizza Moto and Ramenburger along with a coffee bar featuring Parlor Coffee, Dough donuts, Choice pastries, Blue Marble ice cream, White Moustache Yogurt and Early Bird Granola. You can check out the selection of drafts, rare bottles and hard liquor here.

The coffee bar opens at 8 am tomorrow and food vendors start serving lunch at 11:30 (though Mighty Quinn’s is dinner-only for the first couple of weeks). We’ll be around most of the day, so if you’re a Brownstoner reader please don’t be shy and come say hi!

Daily News Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg Founders Opening Berg’n Beer Hall Crown Heights
Grub Street New Dishes Debuting at Berg’n, Opening Wednesday
Eater Behold Berg’n, Crown Heights’ Enormous New Beer Hall
Gothamist Inside Berg’n, the Giant New Beer & Food Hall in Crown Heights
Fox5 News Berg’n: New Beer and Food Hall in Brooklyn
T Magazine The Weekly Agenda: A New Brooklyn Beer Hall
UrbanDaddy Candice Berg’n

Photo from The Hand Eye

08/26/14 3:00pm

18 Sidney Pl, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally private home, boarding house, girls’ residence, then Brooklyn Law School residence, now private apartments
Address: 18 Sidney Place
Cross Streets: State and Joralemon Streets
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Year Built: 1838, with three story addition added in 1873
Architectural Style: Greek Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Heights HD (1965)

The story:
This house was built in 1838, when Brooklyn Heights was growing by leaps and bounds, as merchant princes made their fortunes below them on the docks of Brooklyn’s piers. This simple Greek Revival house, the prevailing architectural style of the day, was a four story single family home, tucked away on Sidney Place, isolated on this one block street from the hustle and bustle of busy Brooklyn life. The street was named in the early 1830s by a Brooklyn attorney named George Wood, for Sir Philip Sidney, a 16th century British statesman and author. (more…)

08/26/14 2:00pm

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A pleasingly artisanal store selling home furnishings and women’s clothing made in South America has opened in the old Brook Farm space at 75 South 6th Street in south Williamsburg. The founder, musician and fashion designer Carolina Kleinman, hails from Argentina originally. She designs the clothes and sources colorful rugs, blankets, furniture and other home goods from Fair Trade factories and artisans. (more…)

08/26/14 1:30pm

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Well, that was fast. This Bed Stuy two-family started showings only yesterday and already has an accepted offer, according to the listing. That detail seems to have been added to the listing in the last 24 hours, if not this morning. In any case, we didn’t see it when we picked the listing as an HOTD earlier today.

We were going to write that finally here is a house in need of renovation that is priced like it. Although it doesn’t seem to have ever been a really fancy house, there’s a lot to work with, including original moldings and mantels. The kitchens, baths and backyard could probably use an upgrade in the looks department.

The house is located in eastern Bed Stuy and last traded for $345,000 in 2007. Now the ask is $675,000. What would you pay for it?

794 Quincy Street [Warren Lewis Sotheby's] GMAP

08/26/14 12:57pm

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With condos on the Williamsburg waterfront priced over $1,500 a square foot now, it’s only logical that apartments further inland have also seen significant price increases. Still, we were surprised to see this new 735-square-foot listing at 14 Hope Street — just a block and a half from the BQE — asking $835,000. On the other hand, the one-bedroom pad offers a sensible layout, with big windows and decent finishes. Think it can fetch over $1,100 a foot?

14 Hope Street, #3D [Corcoran] GMAP

08/26/14 11:31am

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Sponsored By Court House Apartments.

Court House Apartments Is Setting the Bar for Luxury in Downtown Brooklyn.

Created By BlankSlate

Residents of the Court House Apartments, located on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street, are right next to some of the best, most exciting neighborhoods in Brooklyn — Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill. That means they also are steps away from some of the best local restaurants in the borough, which line the main drags of Atlantic Avenue, Court Street and Smith Street. It’s pretty easy to eat well, every night of the week, without traveling more than a few blocks from the Court House Apartments. Here’s a dining guide for the week that showcases seven of the many excellent restaurants nearby. (more…)

08/26/14 11:30am

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Hopefully the third time’s the charm for Sam Boymelgreen’s The Kestrel, which was going to start leasing in April, then June, and now “the fall.”

One-bedrooms at 33 Caton Place will start at $2,300 a month, according to a story in The New York Times. Meanwhile, the Hudson Companies development across the street at 22 Caton Place, plan to finish up in the spring.

Brooklyn’s Future of Luxury on Caton Place [NY Times]
Leasing for Windsor Terrace’s The Kestrel Starts in June [Brownstoner]
Rendering by DJ Associates

08/26/14 10:45am

Arthur D. Howden Smith, Brooklyn Eagle 1908Many writers have found Brooklyn to be an amiable place to live while penning works of great importance, or at least works that pay the rent. Whether that work is a great novel or autobiography, or just a self-important blog post, writers have put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, here in Brooklyn since there has been a Brooklyn. One of those writers is someone I stumbled across while researching a group of houses for a Building of the Day column. He wrote in the early to mid-20th century, and in the height of his popularity, was practically a household name. By the time he died, he was only worth a few lines in an obituary column. His name was Arthur D. Howden Smith, and for many years, he was a resident of 907 Sterling Place in Crown Heights North.

For a man who spent part of his career writing the autobiographies of others, Arthur D. Howden Smith did not leave all that much information about himself behind. According to press releases, he came from an old aristocratic New England family. His family was in the shipping business, or as one release put it, “he was descended from owners of sail.” He was born in 1888 or ‘89, and spent some of his childhood in Port Richmond, Staten Island. By the time he was a teenager, he was living at 907 Sterling Place with his family. (more…)