Three Move-in Ready Homes in Bed Stuy, and One in Sunset Park to See This Weekend Starting at $875K Last week we brought you handyman specials, but this week all of our open house picks are move-in ready, though some offer room for improvement to the buyer who’s inclined. Three are… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Residents Say No to Crown Heights Spice Factory Rezoning appeared first on Brownstoner.
On a Changing Atlantic Avenue, Horseman Antiques to Close Following $18 Million Sale Horseman Antiques, a longtime institution on Atlantic Avenue, will shut its doors in nine months, after the owner agreed to sell the building for $18 million. The news follows years of speculation that owner Donald Gianchetta would sell… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Change on Atlantic Avenue appeared first on Brownstoner.
A series of massive sculptures are currently lighting up Pioneer Works in Red Hook. “Solid Light Works,” an exhibition by the artist Anthony McCall that closes on March 11, presents both his vertical and horizontal light sculptures, which have never been shown together. These enormous works, which require over 30… Read More >The post Anthony McCall’s Massive Light Sculptures on View at Pioneer Works in Red Hook appeared first on Brownstoner.
All month long, you can celebrate the rich tradition of African-American art in Brooklyn. As part of the sixth annual Black Artstory Month — a series of exhibitions and walks that introduce visitors to the work of 10 artists along Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — a… Read More >The post Poets Honor the African-American Literary Tradition as Part of Black Artstory Month appeared first on Brownstoner.
Here’s a luxurious 1920 brick two-family in Crown Heights with a large footprint, a garage and some prime original details within, including vintage baths and kitchens. It occupies a corner spot at 279 Buffalo Avenue at Lincoln Place, in the Weeksville section on the neighborhood’s eastern end. Spacious Crown Heights Brick… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Jemima Kirke’s Quirky Townhouse Hits the Market appeared first on Brownstoner.
Crown Heights Brick Standalone With Two-Car Garage, Sunroom Near Park Asks $1.995 Million Here’s a newly renovated Crown Heights brick standalone that’s pretty nice as flips go, with some restored original moldings and woodwork. It’s at 199 Sullivan Place, on the nabe’s southern end, a 10-minute walk from Prospect Park. — Chris Rock… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Pro Tips for Arranging Furniture in a Brownstone appeared first on Brownstoner.
One of Brooklyn’s longest-running theater groups is celebrating its 35th year. Irondale, located at their performance space at 85 Oxford Street in Fort Greene since 2008, will launch their new season with the first of a trio of works by famed playwright Bertolt Brecht, presenting “The Life of Galileo” beginning… Read More >The post Fort Greene Theater Group Irondale Celebrates 35th Year With New Season of Work appeared first on Brownstoner.
Have you ever wanted to spend the night at a library? Now you have the chance with the Brooklyn Public Library’s second annual “Night of Philosophy and Ideas,” an all-night event organized with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy that begins on Saturday, January 27 at 7 p.m. and… Read More >The post Spend All Night With Philosophers at the Brooklyn Public Library appeared first on Brownstoner.
Sleepy Red Hook Could Become Skyscraper District With Cuomo’s Support for New Subway Line A considerable transformation of Red Hook is on the horizon. Governor Andrew Cuomo signaled his support for Hudson Yards-style development of Red Hook in his State of the State address, instructing the MTA to study the construction… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Red Hook Proposals, a Brownstoner’s Labor of Love appeared first on Brownstoner.
Unique Renaissance Revival Brownstone in Bed Stuy With Stunning Details Asks $998K Here’s a Bed Stuy brownstone with an eye-catching feature: a green metal bump out with a bank of windows on the upper floor, which makes it quite literally stand out from its neighbors. At 809 Halsey Street, this Renaissance… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: It’s All About the Real Estate appeared first on Brownstoner.
Photographers were busy again this year capturing images of Brooklyn’s charming carriage houses, classic brownstones and snow-covered streets. Take a scroll through the slideshow to see the 15 most popular images from our @brownstoner feed this year. 15. Park Slope Gets a Snowy Filter 14. A Bit of Green… Read More >The post Brownstoner’s Top 15 Instagram Photos of 2017 appeared first on Brownstoner.
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club Says It’s Staying Put Despite Development Will a popular Gowanus establishment soon be pushed out of the neighborhood? Flexible office space provider Knotel is a part owner and future tenant in a ground-up mixed-use development planned for 473 President Street, along with developers Cogswell Lee, GLUCK+ and… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: LPC Says No to Whitman, Shuffleboard Club Staying Put appeared first on Brownstoner.
The LPC has rejected pleas from Gowanus residents to landmark the Gowanus Station, a Beaux-Arts brick industrial building at the center of the controversy over the cleaning up and developing of Gowanus. Brad Vogel and Linda Mariano, both Gowanus residents, submitted separate requests for evaluation (RFE) for the building in… Read More >The post LPC Nixes Plan to Landmark Historic Gowanus Station, Threatened With Demo by Cleanup appeared first on Brownstoner.
If there’s one thing every Brooklyn resident knows about New Year’s Eve it’s to stay out of Manhattan. Avoid the tourists and stick close to home, which is becoming easier and easier to do these days with a growing list of end-of-year events throughout the borough. Below, a few… Read More >The post How and Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn 2017 appeared first on Brownstoner.
Nostrand Avenue station, Bedford-Stuyvesant: With eight minutes to the next Queens-bound A train, a large rat emerges from the middle of the track and runs to the border wall of the Manhattan-bound side. The Nostrand Avenue station rat checks out the tracks (Efua Owusu/The Brooklyn Ink) It rests there for a few seconds before heading back over the rails toward the Queens-bound side. There it nestles against an empty plastic soda bottle for a …
Iconic Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower Sign Is Gone — Guess What Will Replace It Out with the old, in with the new. The iconic lit-up red Watchtower sign, a landmark in Brooklyn Heights for almost 50 years, is no more. The massive letters came down on Wednesday, although the framework for the… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Times Square Bombing Suspect Is From Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
A number of Brooklyn students who qualified for what has been touted as the nation’s “first accessible college program”—The Excelsior Scholarship, which supposedly was to make college free for qualifying New York State residents at state schools—have wound up paying their own tuition bills this year anyway. The reason: fine print in the rules. Introduced in April and touted by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Excelsior Scholarship provides tuition aid at New York’s public colleges and universities to families making less than $125,000 per year. Some 75,000-people applied, according to…
City Council incumbent Carlos Menchaca was re-elected for the 38th district on November 7th. DNAinfo was at every council meeting, campaign event, and on the street talking to voters. It’s investigative reporting helped shaped the race. Yet by election day, the hyperlocal news outlet had shut its doors. Journalists are fierce advocates for the importance of micro-local news. But they have been less successful in finding a business model to support it. The owner of both DNAinfo and Gothamist, Joe Ricketts, announced the shutdown of the local media outlets on November 2nd. And now BKLYNER, another …
Along Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park, hundreds of small businesses are lined up, from 39th street to 62nd street—grocery stores, Laundromats, liquors stores, and more. But the people who use this busy and lively street sometimes face danger. The street is too narrow for its traffic, and what’s worse, delivery trucks partially block the way, diverting cars, bikes, and pedestrians out into oncoming traffic. Community Board 7 presented this problem to the public during its last monthly meeting and proposed possible solutions. But solving the problem can be a complicated puzzle, as one person’s solution is another person’s headache. The Problem According to Officer Wing Chan, the 72nd Precinct’s Neighborhood Coordination Officer, the traffic on the…
The longest night of the winter is approaching and what better way to spend it than in the quiet, atmospheric surroundings of Green-Wood Cemetery? The landmarked 478-acre institution will celebrate the winter solstice on Thursday, December 21 with an evening of meditation, art and treats. The evening begins in the… Read More >The post Mark the Season’s Longest Night With a Bonfire and Readings at Green-Wood Cemetery appeared first on Brownstoner.
As the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Turns 53, See It Under Construction in Vintage Photos While mention of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge today might stir up grumbles about tolls and traffic, when it first opened 53 years ago this month it was an engineering marvel predicted to transform transportation between boroughs. — Iconic Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Bridge Goes Up and the Watchtower Sign Comes Down appeared first on Brownstoner.
Looking for a last-minute gift? Take the G train this Sunday to the Greenpointers Holiday Market, which is now in its tenth year with more than 60 independent vendors and a Winter Candyland theme. On that last note, the venue, Greenpoint Loft at 67 West Street, will have a photo… Read More >The post Stay Warm This Weekend at the Greenpointers Holiday Market appeared first on Brownstoner.
New York Police Department data for the 77th precinct, which serves northern Crown Heights, shows a huge drop in felonies. More than a decade ago, felony complaints were above 8,000 per year in the neighborhood. But as 2017 comes to an end, there have been approximately 6,000 felonies, a decrease of some 25%. Even though felonies are down in the 77th, people in the neighborhood have varying opinions about whether they feel safer or not. And according to our small and admittedly unscientific survey, not all of them think the drop in crime is necessarily due to police presence…
The NYPD crime database shows that high-level drug offenses in Crown Heights have greatly declined since their peak in 2010. Drug crimes long ago lost their place at the top of the neighborhood’s Compstat crime chart, shoved out by such offenses as robbery, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto. Those crimes too, have decreased. Robbery is down 50% since 2016; grand larceny, down 25%; and grand larceny auto, has declined 50%. The drug numbers give rise to a question: If fewer drugs are being sold, fewer people must be selling them. Where did…