Brooklyn Life


Myrtle Avenue between Ashland and Flatbush has probably changed more over the past five years than just about any street in Brooklyn, what with the razing of the entire stretch to make way for Toren, the Andrea and, hopefully soon, another three residential buildings from John Catsimatidis. And now here’s another change: Fleet Street, which for years has been cut off from Myrtle, will soon be a through street. The connecting piece is being worked on now and should be finished within the next week or two. When complete, the traffic will be one-way, northbound. In addition, we hear that you will no longer be able to make a left turn off Flatbush into Metrotech.


Buried near the end of an article in The Times about how a number of universities have expressed interest in establishing a research center somewhere in the city was this tidbit regarding where the facility might go: “Along with the old hospital site on the southern end of Roosevelt Island, they include space on Governors Island in New York Harbor and complexes of buildings at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and on Staten Island.” If it were indeed to be developed in the Navy Yard, where would it go? A contender, perhaps, is the old navy hospital at eastern end of yard, shown in the vid above, where plans were once floated to turn the space into a media campus.
Universities Will Compete to Build a Campus on City Land [NY Times]
Video: Inside the Brooklyn Naval Hospital [Brownstoner]


Live Recording of Dale Radio
Come sober up from St. Patrick’s Day with another live edition of Dale Radio, as Dale chats with comedian/writer Jenna Kim Jones (The Daily Show), and talks pie with master baker Emily Elsen of the Gowanus’ Four and Twenty Blackbirds pie shop. Saturday, March 19. 9 p.m. $5. 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn Lyceum.

Opera: Henry’s Wife and Eichmann in Jerusalem
Henry’s Wife will be performed in a pairing with Eichmann in Jerusalem, a new opera that details the trial and demise of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann, the infamous “architect of the Holocaust.” Eichmann, the fifth installment in an operatic monodrama series: new works developed and/or commissioned and presented by AOP, will feature baritone Ross Benoliel (New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera), with Jody Schum music directing and string quartet accompaniment. Sunday, March 20. 7 p.m. $10/$15/$20. 138 South Oxford Street, South Oxford Space.

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, March 19 & 20. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. One Hanson Place/Williamsburg Savings Bank.

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After a Lot of Snow Fell, Just a Few Tickets for Not Cleaning It Up [NY Times]
Cuomo Hints at Possible Budget Compromise On RE Issues [City Room]
Parrots Nest in Power Lines Above Brooklyn College [NY Daily News]
Tennis Players Raise Racket Over Permit Hikes [NY Daily News]
Kruger Crony at FCR Leaned on Me for Vote: Pol [NY Post]
DOE Slashes Plans for Building More Schools [Gotham Gazette]
Finalists Chosen for NYC’s Bike-Share Pilot [Crain’s]
58 Metropolitan Cleared for Move-Ins [TRD]
Game-Changing Waterworks in P. Park South [Observer]
Boerum Hill Condo 60 Percent Sold [Eagle]
A Salt on Columbia Street! [BK Paper]


The long-shuttered bar on the corner of Columbia and Kane is being turned into an Italian restaurant, according to a worker at the site. The plan is to have the place open within the next couple of months. Much of the building’s stucco exterior has been covered with wood that the contractor said came from an old barn. GMAP


The sidewalk outside of the coffee shop Ecopolis, on Smith and Warren, is getting Brooklyn’s first DOT-planned pop up cafe. Last summer DOT launched the Pop up Cafe Program which “provides outdoor public seating in the curb lane during the warm months and promote local businesses.” CB2 is working on Brooklyn’s first application, which will hopefully be installed May 1st and last until October. There’s no waiter or food service, just a public seating space (alcohol and smoking aren’t allowed.) The cafe space will last the width of the building and be 6 feet deep on a platform space going out into the parking lane. Do you like this idea? It was mentioned at the last CB2 meeting the program would also work well on Fulton Street. GMAP


Via The Daily News: “The owner of Dumbo’s ritzy River Cafe is expanding into new waterfront territory with a high-class banquet hall overlooking the harbor in Red Hook. Michael (Buzzy) O’Keeffe is banking on the Liberty Warehouse, a pre-Civil War brick building, becoming a premier venue for weddings, bar mitzvahs and special events.” The space can hold 1,630 people and a sample menu filed with the state shows prices running $195 a head “for cocktail service, open bar and a three-course dinner.” Think this business will fly in Red Hook?
River Cafe Owner Expands into Red Hook’s Liberty Warehouse [NY Daily News] GMAP


As we announced a couple of months ago, the Brooklyn Flea is expanding to Williamsburg next month. Contrary to some rumors, The Flea is NOT leaving Fort Greene; rather, it will be in its flagship location at Lafayette and Vanderbilt on Saturdays as per usual starting April 2 and then launch on Sundays on the Williamsburg waterfront on April 3. The new Flea location is between North 6th and North 7th Street on the eventual site of the third Edge building. We stopped by yesterday to see how the grading of the site was going. It’s all very down to the wire but it’s looking like everything will be done in time. Wait ’til you get to take in that view while scarfing down a pupusa or Asia Dog. Yum! For more info, check out the Markets page of the recently-revamped Brooklyn Flea website.