Brooklyn Life


Speaking of urban archeology, The Brooklyn Eagle reports on artifacts found in a Degraw Street renovation. The home was first owned by a tugboat captain on the Gowanus Canal and was built in the 1850s, or at least before the 1870s, according to the eight-inch-wide planks for flooring. After removing such flooring the homeowner uncovered buttons, nails, a spoon, and a medallion along with other finds. You can see the renovated home here, as it was a HOTD in November!


We stopped short the other night when we saw the paper down at 683 Washington Avenue, what we long ago reported was to be a steampunk-themed music spot. And we have good news to report: the Way Station will be opening soon, hopefully within the month. The interior’s totally done; the liquor license just needs to come through. After a long wait, the owner told us it finally looks like it’ll happen. Great news for Washington Avenue. GMAP


Brooklyn has seen its share of exciting burger news lately, and now you can add another one to the list. Smashbuger, a chain based in Denver, is moving into the ground-floor retail space at 80 Dekalb. It should open in mid-April, the first of three locations to hit the borough. The burgers are smashed, seasoned, and seared on the griddle…who’s had one? Smashburger is also concocting a “Brooklynburger,” although its ingredients haven’t been revealed yet.
Smashburger Will Land in Fort Greene [NY Times] GMAP


Last week there was a heated public hearing about the DOE’s proposal to move Manhattan’s elite Millennium School into the John Jay High School building in Park Slope where three low-performing high schools and one middle school currently coexist. At that meeting, critics of the plan asked DOE put more money into the existing schools rather than fund a new one. Their pleas fell on deaf ears however, because today the NY Times reports that a Millennium, which has a competitive admissions process, will in fact open its Brooklyn branch next Fall in the school that the neighborhood has “shunned…because of its poor academic performance.” According to The Times, the DOE saw this as an opportunity “to open a high school in a neighborhood where many families found they had to look elsewhere for a top-quality high school.” (77 percent of the families in the area are white while just six percent of the current student body is white.) The article does not mention if the existing schools will receive any extra funding along with the start-up costs allotted to Millennium.
Plenty of Discord Over John Jay Expansion Plan [Brownstoner]
Photo by wallyg


Cuomo Considers Cutting 15,000 State Jobs [NY Times]
Poor Living Conditions at Auburn Family Shelter [City Room]
Brooklyn Couple Kept Small Arsenal in Home [NY Post]
City Audit Uncovers Problems for BK Property Unit [NYDN]
Charter School to Open in Bed Stuy [NYDN]
Brooklynites Have Their Say on Blizzard Response [NY1]
Why Bedbugs Won’t Die [WSJ]
Two New Coney Roller Coasters Break Ground [Observer]
A Look Inside 6 Grace Court Alley [Observer]
City To Expand Newtown Creek Nature Path [Brooklyn Paper]
Bloomberg Boosts BK In ‘State of the City’ [Brooklyn Eagle]
Canarsie’s PS 114 Slated to Close [Brooklyn Eagle]


Thanks to OTBKB for the tip-off. Writer and director Todd Bieber found a roll of film while cross country skiing in Prospect Park. He developed it and put together this video. Looks like the footage comes from visitors to New York who were able to witness the snow storm… the narration behind it is a very lovely touch. If you recognize any faces, give Todd a shout at


Although the RFP for a restaurant operator at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 was issued in November, Curbed has just dug up some fresh renderings of what the site could end up looking like. You can click here for the full RFP which outlines details of the 12-year lease, the build-out, operations, and maintenance of the facility. The deadline for proposals: January 25th. Knowing that the RFP calls for “ethnically diverse and/or healthy food” and allows for “respectful” alcohol consumption, what do you think would work here?
Dinner Dreams to Become Realty at BBP Pier 6 [Curbed]