This summer, after raising $40,000,000 in venture funding, ultra-cool annotation site Genius (formerly Rap Genius) ditched their Williamsburg offices for a 40,000 square foot space at 68 3rd Street near the Gowanus Canal.

Leeser Architecture transformed the floor from a dusty industrial room into a radiant light-refracting wonder.


Dozens of artist tenants at a Gowanus studio space have been told new management of the property won’t be renewing their leases and they must move out, for some as early as next month, DNAinfo reported.

The properties consist of three adjacent buildings at 94, 98, and 75 9th Street between 2nd Avenue and the Gowanus Canal directly underneath the elevated F and G tracks.


Two new restaurants — and a gym to work off the good eats — are coming to Brooklyn.

A new facade and signage for Barrel and Fare has appeared at the former location of Cantina Mexican Restaurant at 494 4th Avenue. An unfinished website for the restaurant lists wine, craft beer, and “fresh new tastes” as the restaurant’s soon-to-be-offered fare.


Editors note: An updated version of this post can be viewed here.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

This Gowanus factory building once housed the successful packing-box manufacturer James Dykeman. Today, artists work and exhibit here, alongside a museum dedicated to the famous and infamous canal.

Name: National Packing Box Factory
Address: 543 Union Street
Cross Streets: Corner of Nevins Street
Neighborhood: Gowanus
Year Built: 1889
Architectural Style: Typical late-19th-century brick industrial building
Architect: Robert Dixon
Other works by architect: Factories, row houses, storefront, tenement and flats buildings in Gowanus, Park Slope, Bedford Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill/Wallabout and other brownstone communities
Landmarked: No, but part of proposed Gowanus Canal Historic District for the National Register

James H. Dykeman was a successful Brooklyn carpenter. In 1877, he decided to branch out and open up a box-factory business.

We tend to think of boxes in terms of cardboard, but back then, wooden boxes of all sizes, shapes and strengths were used to transport everything from fragile china to machine equipment. Someone had to make them — who better than a carpenter?


Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal is Joseph Alexiou’s ode to one of New York’s filthiest waterways. The history buff’s book details over 300 years of Gowanus history, from marshland to high rise.

Brownstoner talked with Alexiou about the origins of his love for the polluted canal, and historic parallels between today’s Brooklyn and that of a century ago.


Lightstone Group has just sold part of its enormous Gowanus luxury rental development to New Jersey-based developer Atlantic Realty Development for $75,000,000, according to public records, The Real Deal reported. Construction along the Gowanus Canal’s shore at the two-block site on 363-365 Bond Street has been topped out for sometime.

Atlantic Realty will be partnering with Lightstone in “finishing this community,” according to an Atlantic spokesperson who spoke with The Real Deal. The newly involved development firm has acquired a 12-story, 268-unit section of the 363 Bond Street development.