08/25/15 10:30am


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.)

In 2000, the city moved 1,500 residents out of three behemoth public housing towers at the site, saying they’d have new apartments for residents by 2005. But as readers may recall, it wasn’t until 2014 that NYCHA and developers finally demolished the long-vacant buildings.


08/25/15 9:45am


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.


2015_08_23 333 Schermerhorn 02

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…)

08/25/15 8:30am

Jalopy Theatre Columbia Street Red Hook

Joylynn Holder of Brooklyn Forest and Her Steadfast Batter Bowl [NY Times]
At Afropunk Fest, a Kaleidoscope of Fashion [NY Times]
Society of Old Brooklynites Continues Tradition of Honoring the Battle of Brooklyn [Eagle]
NYC to Probe Secular Education at Jewish Schools, 38 in Brooklyn [Eagle]
Controversial Bill Could Wipe Out Landmarks Backlog, Up for Vote September 9 [Curbed]
Business Farms Tilapia on Bed Stuy Rooftop [News 12]
A Pair of 85-Year-Old Twins From Williamsburg Want to Sail Around the World Until They Die [Patch]
The Ultimate Guide to Nine of Brooklyn’s Best Neighborhoods [Business Insider]
SO-IL Conceives a Concrete Art Gallery for an Industrial Brooklyn Neighborhood [designboom]
Doomed on Dean Street: Three Houses Wait for Wrecking Ball [AYR]
Coming on Flatbush: Restaurant Seeks Liquor License Next to Shake Shack [AYR]
Compass Builds Up Brooklyn Presence With Second Borough Office in Williamsburg [TRD]

Columbia Street in Red Hook.
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Photo by Laura Leebove

08/24/15 2:00pm


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.


08/24/15 1:00pm

410-418 Myrtle Ave, NS, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

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…)

08/24/15 12:00pm


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…)

08/24/15 11:16am


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…)

08/24/15 10:30am

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.

Below, a few inspiring tweets from the festival:


08/24/15 10:00am


Brooklyn created more affordable units in the 2015 fiscal year than any other New York borough, with 3,069 newly built apartments and another 3,846 retained, according to amNewYork.

It’s a powerful step in the right direction, but we should remember that this number is nowhere near enough to meet the demand for affordable housing in the city. Nearly 60,000 people applied for units in a single Greenpoint building last year. And, as Brownstoner wrote just last week, the city’s anticipated building boom won’t make Brooklyn more affordable.