There was a time when graffiti signified dereliction and neglect. But no more — not in Bushwick, anyway.
Highfalutin architecture firm ODA — the designers of such refined boxy buildings as the Rheingold Brewery development and planned Pier 6 towers — have chosen to incorporate existing graffiti into the transformation of a dismal Bushwick warehouse into a futuristic-looking 100-key hotel with retail on the lower floors.
Longtime Brooklyn music promoter Todd Patrick (aka Todd P) is getting ready to reopen Bushwick’s Market Hotel, a once-DIY venue at 1140 Myrtle Avenue that was shuttered in 2010 for serving alcohol without a license.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has called it “an important part of Bushwick’s architectural heritage” — and now it can be yours. The wood-frame Italianate house at 1090 Greene Avenue, built in 1887 and landmarked last year, is on the market for $1,900,000.
Once the home of grocery tycoon Henry C. Bohack, whose eponymous stores used to proliferate in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, the house is a “remnant of the days when Brooklyn was filled with wood framed Italianate houses,” Brownstoner’s Suzanne Spellen has written. She cited the “great details here: the columns, and entryway, the finely carved cornice, and the splendid window frames and bays.”
Strings will be attached, unattached and allegorically rhymed about at Alphabet Arts and Bushwick Starr’s fifth annual Puppets & Poets Festival this month.
Brooklyn moves too fast to possibly be documented in its entirety, but one resident is taking a stab at recording a little bit of its history through the oral accounts of locals.
Thinks of it as a holiday potluck for your clothing!
Known for his old-school politics and scandalous downfall, Brooklyn native Vito Lopez died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital on Monday after a years-long fight with cancer. He was 74.
A Bensonhurst-bred Italian-American, Vito Lopez represented a favor-for-loyalty type of machine-style politics where, for a vote, he was known to bring supporters jobs, housing, and health care.
Muscle Boy and The Little Rascals of Palmetto Street. Bushwick, May 1982. © Meryl Meisler Photography
There was a time before Brooklyn became a brand when Bushwick’s key concerns weren’t affordability and displacement but an ever present state of being on fire.
Not everyone could get away with an apartment that feels like a nightclub, but Vikas and Vishal Sapra, brothers as well as roommates, come by the black walls, mirrored bar and bubble chandelier honestly. Vikas is a renowned DJ and founder of the soon-to-launch music app Rippi; Vishal works for a creative and technology agency.
After meeting designer Stefania Skrabak of Art Home Garden while they were all working on an event for the men’s online magazine UrbanDaddy, the Sapra brothers hired her to take their chaotically furnished two-bedroom Bushwick rental to a new level of organization and stylishness.