Perhaps the lettering on the side of the Kent Avenue death trap synagogue is a hint that the Satmar powers that be have no intention of finishing this eyesore anytime soon. Isn’t there some kind of DOB regulation about leaving a project unfinished, especially one done in such brazen violation of building codes?
Synagogue Needs Some Skin, Baby! [Brownstoner] GMAP
Video: Is the New Satmar Synagogue Safe? [Brooklyn Record]


We’ve kinda lost track of what’s been happening over at 80 Roebling in the Burg. We know there were originally 36 one- and two-bedroom units for sale. There are now a pair of two-bedrooms for sale on the Douglas Elliman website, one for $925,000 and one for $865,000. Has everything else been snapped up or are they just controlling the supply? What do you think of the design?
Roebling Square [Prudential Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Homepage [Roebling Square]
Condo of the Day: Roebling Square [Brownstoner]


122 South First Street
4-family, 4-story prewar wood-frame house; 3 bedrooms in two units; 1 bedroom in others; eat-in kitchen, renovated bath, wide plank floors, original molding and detail in each; full basement, new plumbing and electric systems in building; 25-by-100-ft. lot; taxes $503; listed at $1,400,000, 10 weeks on market. Broker: Kline Realty.

135 Clinton Avenue
2-bedroom, 1-bath, 1,200-sq.-ft. duplex in a brownstone; renovated eat-in kitchen with upgraded appliances, exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, 3 decorative fireplaces, new windows; maintenance $650, 50% tax-deductible; listed at $625,000 (multiple bids), 6 weeks on market. Brokers: Warren Lewis Realty, Eychner Associates.

From the print edition of yesterday’s New York Times.
Photo from Property Shark


When he posted this picture from Bedford and North 4th Street in the Brooklyn Record photo pool on Flickr, A Test of Will asked, “Why do they bother preserving those flimsy skinny walls instead of just flattening the whole thing?” We recall a recent comment (in reference to some South Slope development, we believe) to the effect that it’s much easier for a developer to leave up a single wall like this and get a permit to modify the existing structure than it is to get a new construction permit. Then he just tears down the old wall when he’s done. We got that right? (And, by the way, there is now a Brownstoner photo pool as well.)
Lending Support [Test of Will on Flickr] GMAP


Domino Sugar Factory, Williamsburg. Photo by kenyee.
Dumbo’s Beacon of Light Offering Rentals [Curbed]
Need Some Landlord Advice [Brooklynian]
Feelings Concerning Ceilings [Bed Stuy Reno]
Does Ratner Want the Brooklyn Tech Building? [AY Report]
Forced Air Heat vs. Cast Iron Radiator [Forum]
New Bagel Store on Dekalb [Clinton Hill Blog]
Open Thread Wednesday [Brooklyn Heights Blog]
Lefferts Avenue Charmer [Across the Park]
Pressuring Cuomo on Newton Creek [Green Brooklyn]


At about 9:30 on Friday morning, a crane at a worksite on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg lost a fight with the laws of physics, toppling over under the weight of its sheet-metal lode and miraculously not injuring anyone on the scene. According to some comments on Curbed, this particular site has been your run-of-the-mill nightmare for the past several months, prompting multiple calls to 311 by frustrated neighbors. Did any readers happen to pass by during the aftermath of the accident? What’s the status now?
A Crane Falls in Williamsburg [Flickr]
Williamsburg Crane Goes Tippy: The Photos [Curbed]