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Last week, the city put forth its latest plan for the Northern Brooklyn waterfront and, reports New York Magazine, the reception from local community groups was generally pretty warm and fuzzy. “I believe they are making a true effort to tune the plan into a community vision,” said Laura Hoffman of the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning. The new plans call for boat launches, wetland preserves and picnic grounds. Not everyone’s letting down his guard just yet though. The Municipal Art Society’s Jasper Goldman points out that earlier renderings made the area, until now known for its gritiness, “look like San Diego.” Is there anyway to do this without Williamsburg ending up looking, if not like San Diego, at least like Battery Park City? Doubtful.
Beware of Riprap in Greenpoint and Williamsburg [Daily Intel]
More Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront Fun [Curbed]
Image from Donna Walcavage Landscape Architecture + Urban Design, Weisz + Yoes Studio Architecture + Urban Design

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Remember Joshua Guttman? Waterfront Brooklyn’s least favorite developer will be heading to court soon to face a whopping 434 criminal charges for repeatedly blowing off the city’s requests to fix numerous problems at the Greenpoint Terminal Market in 2006, before much of the historic industrial complex was engulfed in flames. At $5,000 a pop, that means the developer could be shelling out over $2 million in fines. Let’s hope that the District Attorney’s office can send a message that the DOB’s toothless slaps on the wrist have not. A pre-trial conference is set for February 16. As for what lies in store for the GTP, the latest plans call for 2,500 condo units in five buildings ranging in heights from 15 to 40 floors and a doubling in size of the park that exists there now. In total, the development would consist of about 2.5 to 3 million square feet. While we’re on the topic, be sure to check out a beautiful Flickr photo set of the Greenpoint Terminal Market taken by amy.bee.
No End to Greenpoint Terminal Controversy [The Real Deal]
Joshua Guttman: The Real Slim Shady [Brownstoner]
Photo by mercurialn

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In its afternoon session today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be considering whether to individually designate nine WPA-built public pools (and, in some cases, accompanying bath houses). In Brooklyn, the McCarrren, Red Hook and Sunset Park pools are all up for discussion. You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that McCarren Park Pool (which was built in 1936) has been enjoying a second life as a popular concert site in the warmer weather in recent years but what about the other two? What’s become of them? What will it mean for all three if they are indeed landmarked? Will they become functioning pools again? UPDATE: The LPC heard all the testimony this afternoon but took no action.
LPC Jan. 30 Agenda [NYC.gov]
Should McCarren Park Pool Be Restored? [Brownstoner]
Landmarks Designation Hearing Jan. 30 [Historic Districts]
McCarren Pool Up for Landmarking [Gowanus Lounge]
Photo by ericlaire

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This late 19th-century Italianate mansion knocked our socks off when we came across it last weekend. Designed by Theobald Engeldhardt in 1887 as the Greenpoint Home for the Aged, it is now in rather rundown shape and being occupied by a group of “crazy old men”, according to one neighbor we spoke to. The building was landmarked in 1983 but appears to have been owned by the city, at least until recently. What a pad! Anyone know the story?
AIA on Greenpoint [Ragette.org] GMAP P*Shark

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We just sat here staring at the photo of this building for the last ten minutes seriously contemplating whether we should sell our house to by this. The high ceilings, the rounded windows, the color of the old brick, the old storefront, the parking…beautiful. And it’s huge ‘ 7,500 5,700 square feet. Dunno how much it costs as the folks over at North Brooklyn Realty haven’t put the darn thing up on their website yet. You can give a call to 718.383.5553 to find out. Just remember to let us know. Update: North Brooklyn’s out, Massey Knakal’s in. See the listing link below.
155 Freeman Street [Massey Knakal] GMAP P*Shark

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Rather (too, some might say) close to McGuinness Boulevard, this 7-story, 24-unit residential building is providing more action than this sleepy stretch of Eagle Street has probably seen in a while. It’s too early too tell what it’ll look like, but at least the developer is going the big-window route. What do you think the price per square foot will be for this baby when it’s done? Any chatter in the nabe?
GMAP P*Shark DOB