07/21/15 12:05pm


Today’s pick is a modest two-bedroom with some nice features and a functional layout. Located at 654 Carroll Street, off 5th Avenue in Park Slope, it’s listed by Corcoran broker Lesley Semmelhack for $899,000.

About those features: The nicest is an attractive, good-sized living room with exposed brick, light from a pair of large windows overlooking Carroll Street, and a working fireplace. It’s also got a wall of built in shelves and cabinets. Generally it appears to be in good shape, though the floors look a bit worn. (more…)

07/21/15 11:31am


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There’s no denying it: Dumbo is a neighborhood undergoing big changes. 60 Water, the new luxury apartment building to arrive in the neighborhood, is just the latest newcomer to a neighborhood that has been attracting creative types for over 30 years.

Artisans like woodworker Mark Jupiter are ensuring that the neighborhood maintains the vibes that sealed its reputation as an artists’ enclave in the 70s and 80s. We spoke to him about his custom furniture showroom on Plymouth Street, what led to his career in woodwork, and how he likes to spend his time in Dumbo. If you’re thinking of moving to Dumbo, you couldn’t have a better guide. (more…)

07/21/15 11:00am

Bedford Rest Composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

As the 20th century loomed before them, the middle class Victorians of Brooklyn found themselves with a new phenomenon on their hands — leisure time. Their ancestors never had too much of it, unless they were wealthy. Those below them on the economic scale wouldn’t have any for a long time to come.

As it is again today, bicycling became the favored mode of transportation for those seeking fresh air. Individuals bicycled everywhere they could, and bicycle clubs formed, encompassing members of just about every group of people in the society.

Everyone liked to bike, and the “wheelmen,” (and wheelwomen) as they were called, took to the streets looking for nice long rides within the city. Soon, they began to look for places to stop and rest. (more…)

07/21/15 10:19am


When completed — supposedly in 2020 — 2 World Trade Center will be among the most interesting-looking additions to the Manhattan skyline that we’ve seen in years. It isn’t another of the pin-straight pillars currently in vogue.

From the virtual vantage of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the stair-stepping wedge-shaped building nearly entirely obscures its fraternal twin tower, 1 World Trade, and its stacked rectangular forms appear to flirt with the idea of toppling.

Interestingly, this precarious perspective will be the regular view of the building’s architect, Bjarke Ingels. The Danish designer purchased the $4,000,000 penthouse at Toll Brothers’ 205 Water Street in Dumbo last month.

Last night, Ingels and Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman unveiled a swooping, Times-made visualization of the building at the Cities For Tomorrow conference, an event continuing today.

07/21/15 9:49am


It was a long winter, and nothing much happened at 645 Union Street in Gowanus, the future site of the Gowanus Inn & Yard.

The quaint, vintage-style hotel and restaurant is being built on an empty lot by Matt Abramcyk — founder of the Beatrice Inn, “the hippest nighttime destination in all of Manhattan” —  and two partners. Back in 2013, we reported that Gowanus was becoming a hotel district, and there are currently three other hotels located within five blocks of the Gowanus Inn, and more on the way.

Over the last few months, the site’s made progress. The cellar is nearing completion, with a number of internal walls dividing future rooms, as you can see in the photos above and below. (more…)

07/21/15 8:30am


Would You Pay $1.25 Million for This “Mini-Home” in Windsor Terrace? [NY Post]
Stop & Shop to Acquire Pathmark at Atlantic Terminal Mall [Fort Greene Focus]
Construction Update: The Boerum, 265 State Street [NYY]
Five-Story Expansion Planned at 1516 Fulton Street, Bed Stuy NYY]
Five New Spots off the Morgan L Stop in Industrial East Williamsburg [DNA]
Bed Stuy Leads Brooklyn Home Sales as Prices Jump 21 Percent, Report Says [DNA]

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07/20/15 5:01pm


The Man Who Sells Brooklyn Cool [NYO]
Prospect Park Wants You to Take a Seat [DNA]
Despite Rumors, Bay Ridge Indie Toy Store Not Closing [Hey Ridge]
Six-Story, Six-Unit Residential Building Filed at 511 Herkimer Street, Bed Stuy [NYY]
Is Anything NOT Turning Into Luxury Condos in Brooklyn? [Realtor.com]
The Wilds of Green-Wood Cemetery [South Slope News]

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07/20/15 3:24pm


A reader writes:

I just bought a small brownstone in Brooklyn and there is definitely asbestos wrapped pipes in the cellar (on an old boiler). Can someone give me guidelines to the costs of removing asbestos? Ballpark will be fine – is it hundreds or thousands?

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07/20/15 2:19pm


A developer’s plan to convert the Park Slope Pavilion movie theater into condos will be scrutinized at a hearing by the Community Board 6 Landmarks Committee Thursday, according to an announcement we received from community organization Park Slope Civic Council.

As we’ve reported, owner Hidrock Realty filed plans in April to create 24 condos, an underground parking garage, and some 8,000 square feet of retail space on the site of the long-running theater.

The development – which will include a new building constructed adjacent to the Pavilion, on a one-story site formerly occupied by a restaurant — will include a smaller art-house theater, according to Hidrock. (more…)

07/20/15 1:00pm

340-344 9th St. KL, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 340-344 9th Street
Cross Streets: 5th and 6th Avenue
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1887
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: C.P.H. Gilbert
Other works by architect: In Brooklyn – David Chauncey House in Bklyn Hts, Adams mansion and fine townhouses on Carroll Street, Montgomery Place, Garfield Place and more in Park Slope.
Landmarked: No

The story: When city planners laid out Brooklyn’s streets, they had a fair idea which ones would become commercial and which ones would remain residential. But there have always been those streets that start out one way, and as development, transportation and other factors intervene, become something else.

This is one of those streets.

In 1883, a young architect named Charles Pierrepont Henry Gilbert came back to New York from the Wild West. He had been in Arizona and Colorado designing buildings in mining towns. By 1887, he was designing row houses in Brooklyn, at the start of what would be a monumental architectural career in New York City.

This group of four houses was his first Brooklyn commission. (more…)

07/20/15 12:00pm


This four-story townhouse, at 45 Park Place in the North Slope, looks to be in fine shape, and it’s got a great layout for any family that can swing the $3,895,000 asking price without any pesky tenants to help carry the mortgage.

The upper two floors have full baths and two large bedrooms apiece, including a king-sized master bedroom with a walk-in closet. The parlor floor has a living room, dining room and kitchen; the garden level has a spacious, “loft-like” family room and a home office. There are some nice details, including molding and marble mantels.

There’s a small deck off the kitchen with stairs to the garden below. The mechanicals have been updated and there’s central air, which on a day like today sounds pretty appealing. (more…)