1. WILLIAMSBURG $2,291,062
2 Northside Piers #PH8 GMAP P*Shark
A four bedroom, three and a half bath asking $2,257,990, then $2,477,990. Actually, Streeteasy shows that all the remaining penthouse units at 2 Northside have entered contract. The cheapest one was priced at $2,237,990. Entered into contract on 7/31/12; closed on 8/30/12; deed recorded on 9/19/2012.

2. PARK SLOPE $2,220,000
404 Bergen Street GMAP P*Shark
A recent HOTD with some Brownstoner history. We said, “404 Bergen Street was an Open House Pick back in January 2006 when it was listed for $1,495,000 and then popped up in a sales recap in August when it sold, in a bidding war presumably, for $1,626,000. Now it’s back with a very 2012 asking price of $2,275,000.” Entered into contract on 7/20/12; closed on 9/7/12; deed recorded on 9/18/2012.

3. PARK SLOPE $2,085,000
425 4th Street GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD in April 2012. There weren’t a lot of interior photos but the parlor floor was decidedly gorgeous. Ask: $2,495,000. Entered into contract on 5/21/12; closed on 9/4/12; deed recorded on 9/20/2012.

4. PARK SLOPE $1,690,000
495 8th Street GMAP P*Shark
A four-family home. Streeteasy isn’t showing any listing or sale up. Entered into contract on 5/17/12; closed on 8/15/12; deed recorded on 9/17/2012.

5. DYKER HEIGHTS $1,550,000
7401 14th Avenue GMAP P*Shark
This house came with a garage or vacant land, according to public records. Entered into contract on 5/29/12; closed on 9/5/12; deed recorded on 9/19/2012.


Image source: Maria on Why Leave Astoria

From time to time we get the question, “What happened to Joe’s Pork Store in Astoria?” When people venture over to their original spot on Ditmars just east of 37th Street, and don’t see it open, they get a little worried.

Have you had enough of the Barclays Center yet? Two heavy-hitting architectural critics have taken on the Barclays Center, which in case you didn’t hear, officially opened Friday. Justin Davidson wrote for New York Magazine and Alexandra Lange for The New Yorker. Davidson calls it a “great, tough-hided beast of a building” and “an architectural chest bump,” a building with “texture, color and personality — rare qualities in recent New York construction.” As for the interior: “darkly chic and startlingly intimate.” He speaks fondly of the oft-talked-about rusted facade and shares this sentiment: “We’re still not done converting the backlog of ancient factories and disused power plants into condos and museums, and already we’re creating para-ruins, buildings that seem recycled even when they’re new.”

I look at all kinds of online sources of old pictures of Brooklyn for research, and recently came across an old postcard for a Brooklyn building with the caption “Turn Verein – Brooklyn.” Never having heard the words, and curious as to where the building was, and what “Turn Verein” meant, I did some investigating.

In 1811, German gymnasium instructor named Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, disgusted with his country’s losses to Napoleon, came to the conclusion that part of the loss was due to the lack of physical conditioning of the average German soldier. He came up with an elaborate regimen of strength training through gymnastics, naming his program and fitness philosophy turn verein, (pronounced tooorn fe-rhine) from the German verb “turen” meaning to perform gymnastic exercises, and “verein,” the word for club or organization.


Now that it’s cooling down a bit, we’re moving from iced coffee to hot coffee. We know New Yorkers love iced drinks in the summer, but where do you like to get your hot coffee – for some it’s the same place, for some it’s different. Or do you make it at home and bring it with you? And finally – are you a fan of pumpkin spice lattes? ‘Tis the season, and all that.

Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!

Late last week we posted about the residents of a damaged Bushwick building unable to return to their apartments; since then a resident shared more details about the situation there. Eight families vacated the building at 420 Melrose more than one month ago after nearby excavation caused cracks in the building. The photo above is from inside the apartment building, where looters have gone through the resident’s stuff and stolen some of it. The resident who started the 420 Melrose Twitter account explains the situation:

“We were never given an opportunity to go in and get things. The landlord is still holding our security deposit and half a month’s rent hostage while we all try and figure out individually where to live… Some people have moved to new places, some people are staying with friends, some people have just moved back home to places like Texas. For a move in, it seems like the landlord doesn’t have as much interest in getting us back in as he has in flipping the building and jacking up the rent.

As for the DOB, we’re filing tort claims, which you have to file if you want to pursue any action at any time against a city agency, but generally we have been redirected to any number of city agencies that were only able to individually offer us space in a no-kitchen, shared bathroom homeless shelter. That’s really about all the city offers in terms of protections for people that this kind of thing happens to. DOB seems pretty mum right now in general. It’s impossible to get a straight answer in regards to timelines.”

This past Sunday the DOB allowed residents to enter the building and they will return next weekend to take everything besides furniture, as the building is not stable enough to remove it. The tenants have hired a lawyer and are doing a fundraiser in the next week or so to cover the retainer costs, which we will keep you updated about.
420 Melrose Place Residents Still Homeless [Brownstoner]
Bushwick Buildings Evacuated After Cracks Appear [Brownstoner]

Image source: Raven’s Head

Head over to Raven’s Head Public House tonight for this lively trivia event. Hosted by comedian Jarrod Hornbeck, the show has been drawing enthusiastic crowds since earlier this year, including comedy luminaries like Christian Finnegan. Join Hornbeck for prizes and to sample the classic bar menu (we recommend the nachos especially).

Trivia Night @ Raven’s Head Public House [QueensNYC]

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
7 – 9pm | FREE!