Brooklyn Life


Bay Ridge Journal reports that “the charming Salam Arabic Lutheran Church building, at 345 Ovington Avenue between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Bay Ridge, is scheduled for demolition, to be replaced by a 5-story, 25-unit residential development…Salam, originally known as Salem Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church, after a church in Copenhagen, Denmark, was renamed after being acquired by an Arabic congregation in 1995. The Arabic congregation, which says it can’t afford to maintain the building, is sharing space at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church at 80th Street and Fourth Avenue.” According to Property Shark, the church dates back to 1920; the DOB application for the new construction is here.
Developer Buys, Will Demolish Salam Arabic Church [Bay Ridge Journal] GMAP
Photo from Property Shark.


President’s Week Craft Event
Come each day this week for a new make-your-own patriotic craft and Presidential superheroes coloring sheet. All are welcome! Monday – Friday, February 21 – 25. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free. 152 Atlantic Avenue, Mini Max Toys and Cuts.

Home Maintenance Course
Build it! Fix it! Do it yourself! Learn carpentry, basic electrical, tool usage, wood framing and much more in this ten-week course. Vacancies are still available in the Wednesday Class which starts Feb. 24th. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of East Flatbush, a not for profit housing organization. Wednesday, February 24. 6 p.m. For more information, call 718-469-4679.

February Break Discovery Week
Travel the world’s deserts and rainforests with your family inside BBG’s conservatories during February break! Children discover amazing plants through fun, hands-on activities and pot up their own plant to bring home. Free with Garden admission; no registration required. Drop in at any point during workshop hours. Monday – Thursday, February 21 – 24. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Free with admission. 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

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Rising Property Taxes Overwhelm Many Who Are Living on the Edge [NY Times]
Space for Spices, Gadgets and Guests Found in Williamsburg [NY Times]
Retired Guidance Counselor Dies as Blaze Displaces 100 in Flatbush [NY Times]
More City Construction Action for Women, Minorities [Crain’s]
Amazing Photo of Greenpoint Terminal Market [NYS]
Pedicab Drivers Welcome Tougher Laws [MSNBC]
Crown Heights’s Past, Baltimore’s Present [WSJ]
Dumbo Conversion Moving Along [Curbed]
The Sketchbook Project Comes To Brooklyn [Gothamist]
Sword Dancing Invades Brooklyn [Gothamist]
Rats Invade Clinton Sreeet [BHB]
The Union Street Project: 131-133 Union St [Lost City]
Andy Disses Vito [BK Paper]
Photo by md888 from the Brownstoner Flickr Pool.

In light of today’s holiday, posting will be light and sporadic.


This weekend the Brooklyn Flea will once again grace Skylight One Hanson both Saturday and Sunday, featuring antique, jewelry, food and clothing vendors. And as for what’s new this weekend, a mother/daughter team selling thrifty goods, new antique vendors, Bhutan Tsheringma tea, and New York Natural’s kale chips. See you there! Map and directions are here, and the Flea is open from 10am to 6pm, always free.
Photo by SteamBoatWillyBurg


It’s been in the news that Mayor Bloomberg is aiming to establish a new category of livery cars that can make on-street pickups outside of Manhattan just like yellow taxis. But first the city wants to hear from residents about experiences with taxis and car service experiences, and has put up a short survey about it here. Click through to give your thoughts on the potential new system, which is trying to improve taxi availability in the other four boroughs.


Earlier this week we found out about one bar coming to 3rd Avenue, and now there’s word of another that’s in the works eight blocks south. There’s been a lot of renovation activity at 550 3rd Avenue, on the corner of 14th Street, and building permits indicate food and booze are in the offing. Someone on the site told us the space would be a “disco club,” but after digging around DOB permits it seems like the plans may be a little more tame. This one filed back in 2010 was approved to convert the commercial building into an eating and drinking establishment. Then a place of assembly permit for “Louie’s Bar” was disapproved this month. Despite the setback, construction’s obviously moving along, and the new windows put in are looking good. GMAP DOB


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We were invited to tour an in-construction Passive House in Brooklyn Heights, a 1846 brownstone on Sydney Place that was badly remodeled in the 80s and is now receiving a gut renovation to accommodate to the most rigorous energy standard in the world. For details on what a Passive House is, you can visit this website or listen to this helpful NPR feature. We can tell you it is a house-wide energy system that uses an incredible amount of insulation and effective, insulated windows to create an airtight building. In this particular home, air source heat pumps bring fresh air into the house, filter the air, and then heat or cool the air which in turn heats or cools the house. (This is 80-90 percent more effective than a traditional heating or cooling system.) The contractor on the site, Sam McAfee, told us that the project is the first landmarked Passive House in the US, and the LPC has worked closely with them, especially with the windows. Through the winter, the home could maintaining 55 degrees without heat. Click through the photos to see how certain features in the home work in the system. Construction should be complete by this April.


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We knew the Pepper and Potter demo was coming at 125 Flatbush Avenue Extension, but we caught the building right before the fact. Stopping by the other day we were able to snap a few shots of the demolition in progress. After speaking with a co-owner of the site, we were told a hotel was not longer in the works, so this will be an empty lot soon enough.
Pepper and Potter Goin’ Down, Hotel Plans Sunk? [Brownstoner]
Pepper and Potter Prepped For Demo [Brownstoner]
Stimulus Boost for Downtown Brooklyn Hotel [Brownstoner]
From Cars to Mini-Fridges on Tillary [Brownstoner] GMAP