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Here’s a cute little one-bedroom near the Clark Street station in Brooklyn Heights. It seems like the living room gets good light, and the kitchen area has enough space for a small dining table. From what we can see, the bedroom is just big enough to fit a bed and a small dresser. Clearly the current tenant had to come up with some creative storage solutions (like the racks on the backs of the doors). Do you think it’s worth $2,450 a month?

158 Hicks Street, #14/15 [Corcoran] GMAP

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The brand new Hunter’s Point South Living development, located in Long Island City, offers affordable housing in one of the most desirable waterfront locations of Queens. There are nearly 1,000 apartments available with unique layouts, new appliances, and fantastic views, while the complex itself boasts a long list of amenities. You may not think you would qualify for an affordable unit at Hunter’s Point South, but there are actually a wide variety of living arrangements for various household sizes at multiple income levels. Those New Yorkers falling into upper income brackets — between a $55,200 and $224,000 yearly income — can still apply for affordable housing.

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YIMBY unearthed this unusual cantilevered rendering for the planned Yotel at 280 Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, but architects CetraRuddy told the blog that this design wasn’t chosen. Yotel announced developer Synapse Capital will build a 110-unit hotel with 100,000 square feet and stores in a press release last week.

Since the building will rise on a trapezoidal site next to the BQE, this look would certainly have been eye-catching from the highway. CetraRuddy said the design lent itself to creating amenity spaces for the condos and public areas for the hotel: “The project scope included developing several schemes to accommodate micro-unit layouts, designed to minimize private/room space while maximizing public/amenity space.”

The hotel may have “as many as eight condominiums on the top floor,” and construction will finish in 2016, according to a Bloomberg story that ran last week.

Click through for a few more renderings.

Vision: Yotel Planned for Williamsburg at 646 Lorimer Street [NYY] GMAP
Renderings by CetraRuddy

Quiet, suburban Rosedale is clustered along the Queens-Nassau County border, between Laurelton in the west and Valley Stream and Woodmere in the east. When visiting the area a couple of years ago, I was struck not by its architecture, which is mostly 50s and 60s suburban sprawl; I was more impressed with its resemblance to neighboring Nassau. It seems to be a part of Queens only by political considerations.

Till 1898, when New York City expanded to five boroughs, Queens and Nassau were one (very) large county. As you move along the Queens-Nassau border, you can see places where they might as well have never separated.

It’s also a place where some of Long Island’s longest roads begin and end….

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835 Myrtle Ave, Cascade, 2

The former Cascade Linen factory will indeed meet the wrecking ball. After trading last year for $27,000,000, now a Hasidic developer plans seven new six-story buildings for the site on Myrtle and Stockton streets in northern Bed Stuy. New York YIMBY first spotted the slew of new building applications, which call for 228 apartments scattered across 293,000 square feet of residential space, as well as 40,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space.

Permits were filed for 869 Myrtle Avenue, 134 Stockton Street, 98 Stockton, 108 Stockton, 86 Stockton, 833 Myrtle and 857 Myrtle. None of the plans include parking, YIMBY pointed out. The architect of record is Diego Aguilera. 

Permits list the owner as Mike Kohn of Alliance Private Capital Group, but YIMBY noted that Alliance is in contract to sell the huge site to Satmar developers for $60,000,000.

So far, we have not spotted any applications for demo permits.

Permits Filed: 228-Unit Hasidic Housing Complex on Myrtle in Bed Stuy [NYY] GMAP
Cascade Linen Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Hundreds staged die-ins in front of Barclays and Target last night as Prince William and Kate took in a Nets game to protest the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case. Target closed early, cops blocked the Atlantic Center Mall, and the subway stop there was shut down just as the game let out, according to Tweets and news reports.

Nets and Cleveland Cavelier players wore “I Can’t Breathe” tshirts. Russell Simmons chatted with protesters outside Barclays during the game, then tweeted “I am deeply inspired by all of the young people who are marching for justice. You are leading this country to a much better place.”

Was anyone there?

LeBron Wears an “I Can’t Breathe” Shirt at Barclays Center [NY Post]
Protesters Converge on Barclays Center [WSJ]
Eric Garner Protesters Set for Barclays Brouhaha [Eagle]
Eric Garner Protests Held Outside Barclays Center [7 Online]
Demonstrators Protest Eric Garner Decision Outside Barclays Center [DNA]
Photo via Ustream

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Apple really is opening a store in Williamsburg, at 247 Bedford Avenue, according to the New York Post. That’s where the Bagel Store was located, across from where Duane Reade is now, between North 3rd and North 4th Street, close to Metropolitan Avenue. It is catty corner from the future location of Whole Foods at Bedford and North 4th Street.

The building contained at least three other retail spaces, all of which had the same address: 241 Bedford. Kings Pharmacy occupied the biggest one for the longest time. Corcoran and clothing maker Robert James recently occupied other storefronts between the pharmacy and the bagel store.

Apple will occupy only 20,000 square feet of the 70,000 square foot building. The building is being returned entirely to commercial and the lots regrouped, according to permits.

It will be Apple’s first Brooklyn store. Where it would locate has been the subject of rumors for years. RedSky Capital and Waterbridge Capital bought the building for $66,000,000 in 2012.

In late August, Gothamist ran a story saying Apple was planning to take over the whole building, based on info from employees of Whisk, at 231 Bedford Avenue a few doors down, at the end of the block on the corner of North 4th. Tenants of the apartments above Kings were being “pressured to leave” and were offered a buyout. “The space where Bagel Store/Kings Pharmacy existed is going to be the Apple store location,” one of the employees told Gothamist in an email. “They’ve already started on it, and the lease was signed about a month ago. We found that out from the owners of the block.” Gothamist later retracted the story when Ben Bernstein of RedSky Capital said, “Sorry, wish it were true. Apple is not opening in the old Kings Pharmacy.”

The Post quoted unnamed “brokerage community sources.” The renovation is supposed to wrap in April. Asking rent was about $250 per square foot last year, according to The Real Deal.

The design of the building — the architect of record appears to be Marin Architects — will look nothing like an Apple glassy cube. But not every Apple store has that look.

Apple Goes iHipster With New Williamsburg Store [NY Post] GMAP
Rendering via The Real Deal

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City Point’s on Target [NY Post]
Industry City Continues to Lure Creative Tenants [NY Post]
Beyoncé and Jay Z Hold Court With the Royal Couple at Barclays [NY Post]
Cops Shoot Knife-Wielding Man After Student Stabbed at Crown Heights Synagogue [NY Daily News]
Williamsburg Developer Buys Bushwick Commercial Building for $12.5 Million [WSJ]
Two Trees Lines up $168 Million in BAM South Financing [TRD]
The Stories Behind Five of Brooklyn’s Most Interesting Houses [BK Mag]
Crown Heights CB9 May Consider Changes to Controversial Rezoning Resolution [DNA]

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Stunning and Historic Clinton Hill Mansion Sells for $6.5 Million [Curbed]
Revised Resolution [Q Parkside]
Stunning Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Will Renew Your Faith in Con Ed [Gothamist]
Permits Filed: 228-Unit Hasidic Housing Complex on Myrtle Avenue in Bed Stuy [NYY]
We’ll Never Be Royals, But We Have Some Dropping by the Hood Tonight [FIPS]
538 Union Avenue Launches Sales, Starting at $789,000 [Curbed]
Vice’s Birthday Party at the Brooklyn Navy Yard [NYO]
South Franklin Holiday Stroll December 13 [Brooklynian]