Brooklyn Life

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Will pockets of Washington Avenue soon be seeing new life? It appears so. We reported that The Way Station was opening soon, and Grub Street checked it out this week and confirmed. Then, a sign appeared at 687 Washington Avenue saying a West Indian restaurant is coming soon. (There’s also an in-progress restaurant at 669 Washington.) Probably the most interesting rumor we’ve head is that the Crown Fried Chicken on the corner of Prospect will be a bagel spot. Apparently a building violation is holding everything up, which does check out with DOB. We’re getting impatient, though! GMAP

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Looks like Red Hook is most definitely getting a burlesque club at 18 Commerce Street. A couple weeks ago it was unanimously approved by CB6’s Public Safety Committee, and then once again unanimously approved on Wednesday night at the CB’s monthly board meeting for both a liquor and cabaret license. Once again, the owners promised that there wouldn’t be any nudity. One board member opined that rather than being a distasteful addition to the neighborhood, it had the potential to be a “hip” spot. There were a few stipulations attached to the board’s approval: The backyard garden can’t be used as a club area; the side areas of the building are only supposed to be used as entrances and exits; and soundproofing must be installed.
Burlesque For Red Hook? [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Last night infrastructure was on everyone’s mind at Community Board 8’s general meeting, where the Department of Design and Construction presented on both changes to Eastern Parkway and the Water Main and Sewer Reconstruction on Atlantic between Carlton and Classon as well as Washington between Atlantic and Fulton. We told you last week Eastern Parkway was finally getting revamped, with green streets, a bike lane, crosswalks, a new median, and pedestrian landscaping. The crowd, however, expressed concern. One woman spoke on the bike lanes and hoped it wouldn’t become “another controversy like Prospect Park West.” Others worried about parking loss and subway closures; there will in fact be parking spots lost during the construction but no impact on subway lines, according to the DDC. As you can see in the vid above, CB Member Robert Witherwax, who overall supports the proposal, summed up the board’s disappointment regarding the plans, which he says don’t differ much from renderings for the thoroughfare’s revamp presented years ago.

Click through to read about upcoming construction on both Atlantic and Washington Avenue, as well as some safety improvements for the Washington/Atlantic intersection…

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Yesterday Sheepshead Bites had a post on a story it’s been tracking concerning how the current congregation of the church at 3087 Ocean Avenue intends to tear down the steeples on its 142-year-old building. An organization called the Bay Improvement Group (BIG) is advocating for their retention and tried at one point to convince the church’s owners to pursue landmark status: “We at BIG tried in the early 1990′s pleading with their Board of Directors/Trustees to Landmark the Church and they were sadly, ignorantly afraid of ‘Landmark status’ even though we tried to persuade them with experts in Church preservation, Engineers & Architects and myself, as an Attorney, to explain the great help they would have in obtaining Landmark status. They could have received State, City, Federal and private grants to restore the Church!” Today The Daily News picks up on the story, and has a quote from the church’s pastor about how the steeples are unsafe and the congregation can’t afford to renovate them: “‘We are concerned really about safety,’ said Pastor Jay Kyung Kim, who said the spires are cracked and leaning precariously. ‘If it falls down, it’s a tragedy.’ He hopes to eventually raise the cash to build new steeples, but has no idea how long that will take.” Sad stuff.
BIG Pleads For Savior Of Methodist Church [Sheepshead Bites]
Historic Steeples of 142-Year-Old United Methodist Church Will be Torn Down [NY Daily News]
Photo from Sheepshead Bites.

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NY Creates Red Show – Valentine’s Craft Fair
NY Creates in association with the Brooklyn Historical Society will hold a Valentine’s Day Weekend Crafts Fair at BHS. Come pick up handmade jewelry, clothing, pottery, soaps, sweets and other treats for your Valentine at the fair. The fair will take place on the ground floor entrance of BHS. Another sweet treat: All visitors to BHS receive free admission to the museum during the Fair. Friday & Saturday, February 12 & 13. Friday – 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Historical Society.

Brooklyn Storytelling
Selected people from Nina Talbot’s portraits will share stories of their life paths. Storytellers include: Eric Newsum, son of Tuskegee Airman, Fitzroy Newsum. Fran Onne, daughter of a 100 year old Chinese woman who lived through the Japanese invasion of China, and one of the first Chinese woman immigrants to the US. Daniel Rivera, Founder of the Restoration of the Taíno Nation of the Antilles. Elder, Storyteller and Spiritual Leader of the Nation. Eva Rand, survivor of Mauthausen concentration camp – what was it like to live in a Nazi concentration camp. Come and enjoy this special event! Sunday, February 13. 2 p.m. Free. 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Brooklyn Flea
The winter Flea is located at Skylight One Hanson (the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank across from the Atlantic Center mall) on Saturdays and Sundays. The Flea features over a 100 vendors offering a great mix of vintage, antiques, jewelry, and food. Saturday & Sunday, February 12 & 13. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. One Hanson Place/Williamsburg Savings Bank.

Please send your events listings to events@brownstoner.com

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Crime Down, Bills Up: How Snow Affects the City [NY Times]
Pedestrian Safety Plan for Washington at Atlantic [The Local]
How Long Before You Can’t Smoke in Your Apartment? [Observer]
Darryl Towns To Head State Housing Agency [Eagle]
Two Condos Sell Out in Burg, G-Point [Eagle]
Update on Brooklyn Bridge Pothole Work [BHB]
Squadron, Lander Urge Action on LICH Merger [BHB]
Two Condos Sell Out in Burg, G-Point [Eagle]
Williamsburg Condo Comes With a Guest House [Curbed]
Dispatches From The Town Hall Meeting [NYS]
The Early Word on Dean Street [Eater]
Fourth Avenue Trash-Talk [CG Patch]
Keeping Up with the Superfund [PS Patch]
Is the L Train F-d? [Runnin’ Scared]
Photo by Barry Yanowitz from the Brownstoner Flickr Pool.

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Over the weekend the following info came through via email: “Residents of Saint Felix street, in association with Crunch Gym, have recently launched a community art project on the blank wall of the Crunch building next to 62 Saint Felix Street. We have established the ‘Saint Felix Street Mural Project”‘and launched a submission-based design competition. The competition is open to artists of all ages and will promote themes of community wellness while encouraging block beautification and art in everyday life.” Submissions are due on April 1st, and you can read more about the project here.
Saint Felix Street Mural Project [Official Site] GMAP