Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: LPC Says No to Whitman, Shuffleboard Club Staying Put

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    Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club Says It’s Staying Put Despite Development

    Will a popular Gowanus establishment soon be pushed out of the neighborhood? Flexible office space provider Knotel is a part owner and future tenant in a ground-up mixed-use development planned for 473 President Street, along with developers Cogswell Lee, GLUCK+ and MCP President Street LLC; construction is expected to wrap in 2019, the company announced Monday.

    Brooklyn Real Estate Six Months Later: Two Sold, Two Still Available

    This week, we’re bringing you back to when it was warm outside (and still light out when you left work) to take a quick look at four of our featured listings from the beginning of June and see how they fared.

    abraham and straus downtown brooklyn history

    In 1885, the store (then Wechsler & Abraham) advertised itself as ‘the Largest Dry Goods House in the State’

    The Inside Story of Iconic Brooklyn Emporium Abraham & Straus at the Dawn of the 20th Century

    By the early 1900s, department store competition had intensified throughout New York City. The new R.H. Macy & Company store surpassed Abraham & Straus as New York’s largest store, but Abraham & Straus continued further expansions. In 1905, Abraham & Straus purchased the ground rights along Livingston Street, from Hoyt Street to Gallatin Street.

    walt whitman house 99 ryerson street wallabout

    Photo by Susan De Vries

    LPC Says No to Plea to Landmark Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn House

    The official verdict is in and, at least according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Walt Whitman didn’t spend enough time at a modest wood-frame house in Wallabout for it to merit designation as an individual landmark. Whitman — one of America’s most influential 19th century poets — was a Brooklynite for 28 years.

    bed stuy restaurant mexican sonora

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    Tepache Spinoff Sonora Brings Cocktails With Mexican Food to Bed Stuy — Finally

    Business was booming at Sonora on Howard Avenue in Bed Stuy on a recent Saturday night. The tables and bar were filled with a notably wide cross section of locals. A sister restaurant to the popular Tepache further west, Sonora fuses Brooklyn favorites with Sonoran specialties and flavors, a full bar and a bottomless “top shelf” brunch on weekends.

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