Kristy Arroyo loves to entertain and have people over to her place in Williamsburg for family dinners, but she hasn’t had the opportunity since February. She couldn’t even celebrate Thanksgiving at home this year, and Christmas doesn’t look good either. The reason? Arroyo’s cooking gas has been shut off for 10 months. Arroyo has lived at 454 Bedford Ave.—in a rent-stabilized apartment—since she was born 33 years ago. She is a mother of three and takes care of her niece too. Her parents fought for the stabilization…
In the News Contractor Who Ripped Off Workers in Brooklyn and Beyond Fined Eagle Woody Allen’s New Movie Named ‘Wonder Wheel’ BK Paper Housing Court Moving to DoBro’s Municipal Building in 2020 BK Paper St. Agatha Community Rallies to Save School BK Reporter Tune In to Pineapple Street’s Podcasting Revolution Village Voice Inside Brooklyn Bridge Park’s… Read More >The post Daily Links: Coney Wonder Wheel to Star in Allen Flick, View-Blocking 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Opens appeared first on Brownstoner.
A shiny new condominium development is a familiar site in Brooklyn today. And with rents continuing to rise across the borough, many of these buildings come with a promise—to provide some affordable housing along with the more expensive units. The incentive to include such housing comes from 421-a, a New York City law that provides tax exemptions to buildings that provide affordable housing. There is only one problem, though: Far too often these buildings never actually end up providing those affordable apartments. This past month two members of the City …
When Jeff Goad, a 36-year-old gay man who voted for Hillary Clinton, found out that his brother, Joseph, had voted for Donald Trump, he felt there was a wall between him and his family, as he put in a first interview. Then, a few days later, he had a long conversation with his brother on the phone and, in a second interview, described those moments as “lovely.” Although Trump has not said anything specifically anti-LGBT, members of his party have not favored gay rights, and the fear that vice President-elect Mike Pence believed in gay conversion therapy, as some LGBT groups claim, terrified him, Goad said. (Journalistic reports say Pence’s belief in conversion therapy is not clear, but he has …
Vanilla beans from Tahiti. Wool from New Zealand. Gold from Colombia. In 2014, the ports of New York and New Jersey handled more than $200 billion worth of cargo, making them the third busiest in the nation, behind Los Angeles and Long Beach. Across the oceans, a fleet of more than 50,000 ships works round the clock, carrying 90 percent of the world’s goods between countries and making it possible for us to drink water out of bottles made in China or wear sweaters stitched in Bangladesh. Shipping has revolutionized global trade and made our modern lifestyles possible. But although it is one of the most efficient ways to move goods, shipping has also traditionally been a…
New Year’s Eve is the last day Cobble Hill’s BookCourt will be open for business. The 35-year-old establishment announced it would close in early December. But Brooklyn’s independent bookstore scene isn’t shrinking—in fact, it’s thriving, as it is across the country. The Association of Independent Booksellers reports that the number of bookstores nationally has grown by 27% since 2009. In Cobble Hill, Emma Straub, a 36-year-old novelist (Modern Lovers, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and other titles) announced just after BookCourt said it would close that she and her husband, Michael Fusco-Straub, a graphic designer, plan to open a bookstore called Books Are Magic to fill the hole. Straub says it’s always been her dream to open a bookstore, and she’s dedicated to keeping one…
Affordable Housing Lottery Opens in Downtown Brooklyn With Studios Starting at $897 Affordable units starting at $897 a month are now up for grabs in the big glassy building going up at 33 Bond Street in Downtown Brooklyn where a huge block-long parking garage stood for years. _ This Bronxville Home Asking $3.195… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Affordable Housing Debuts in Downtown Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
Cobble Hill, the Brooklyn’s neighborhood known for its nostalgic, Woody Allen-esque-version of-New York-City appeal, has been going through a real identity change. Exhibit A: Two local bookstores on Court Street, only a 1,000 feet apart, have closed or announced they are about to close. One of them will be replaced by a real estate agency, one of the many that have been proliferating. When John Scioli, owner of the illustrious Community Bookstore—a shop at 212 Court Street that The New York Times called “a place to rummage and ruminate, a place for…
In the News A Chat With Atlas Obscura Editor Ella Morton Eagle March Against Hate to Take Place in Bay Ridge Eagle W Trains Appearing in Brooklyn BK Paper LICH’s Footbridge on Amity Street Begins Removal Process PMFA Turning 30 in Bushwick Bushwick Daily 30 People Displaced After Large Fire at Bushwick Apartments DNA Bed Stuy Local… Read More >The post Daily Links: W Trains Appear in Brooklyn, March Against Hate to Take Place in Bay Ridge appeared first on Brownstoner.
The beloved late Brooklyn icon the Kentile Floors sign could be resurrected in Gowanus. The Gowanus Alliance revealed via an Instagram post the start of a campaign to erect the sign in the Under the Tracks Playground, beneath the elevated subway train tracks on 10th Street near 3rd Avenue. The group… Read More >The post New Life for a Retired Brooklyn Icon, the Kentile Floors Sign? appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News Final Subway Station to Get Cell Service Goes Live in BK Heights Eagle Bigger Footprint for Green-Wood’s Visitor Center Eagle Kushner to Step Down as CEO of Kushner Companies TRD Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Food Scene Is Shaping Up Nicely Gothamist A Spotless Town in Spotty Crow Hill Brownstone Detectives Combing for Historic Remnants… Read More >The post Daily Links: Prepping for Role in D.C., Kushner to Quit CEO Job With Big Brooklyn Portfolio appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News Landlords Discount Luxury Apartments in Brooklyn and Beyond NYT Municipal Art Society Abruptly Ousts Its President NYT McCarren Park Debuts Climate-Controlled Tennis Courts Curbed Greenpoint NYPD Chief Under Fire for Downplaying Date Rape Gothamist Iconic Vietnamese Eatery Bunker Reopens in Bushwick Bushwick Daily Pfizer Sells Last Piece of Its Broadway Triangle Site for… Read More >The post Daily Links: Pricey Rentals Come Down a Tad, Last of Pfizer’s Broadway Triangle Site
The Insider: Architects Brighten Park Slope Co-op for California Family Relocating from Southern California, the new owners of this 1,200-square-foot space in a five-unit Victorian building found the long, narrow hall and dark woodwork a tad oppressive, to say the least. “They were used to light, airy, sunny spaces and it… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Park Slope Co-op Redesign, Vintage El Photos appeared first
The Insider: Architects Brighten Park Slope Co-op for California Family Relocating from Southern California, the new owners of this 1,200-square-foot space in a five-unit Victorian building found the long, narrow hall and dark woodwork a tad oppressive, to say the least. “They were used to light, airy, sunny spaces and it… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Park Slope Townhouse Redesign, Homes for Sale appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News Head of NYC City Planning to Step Down NYT Beep Suggests Changes to Sunset Park Library Redevelopment BK Paper Billionaire Files Plans for Big Development in Coney Island BK Daily Brooklyn Train Was Going “Twice the Speed Limit” Before Crash Newsweek Real Estate Firm to Revamp Big DoBro Office Building RE Weekly Park… Read More >The post Daily Links: Changing of Guard at City Planning, City Inspector Charged With Bribery in Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News Living in Gowanus: An Industrial Feel, With Restaurants and Bars NYT Cuomo Takes Questions at Scene of LIRR Derailment NYDN Police Shoot Teen Dead on Atlantic Avenue BK Paper Rash of Home Burglaries in Brooklyn Heights BK Paper Meet the First Hasidic Woman Elected Official in the U.S. Gothamist Remsen Street Tower Shedding… Read More >The post Daily Links: Cuomo Shows Up at LIRR Derailment Scene, Teen Shot by Cops in Prospect Heights appeared first on Brownstoner.
A Long Island Railroad train derailed at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal this morning around 8:20 a.m., causing minor injuries to 76 people, according to officials. The train sped past the platform and hit the bumper block, coming to an abrupt stop and partially derailing, reported the New York Daily News. The crash comes… Read More >The post Dozens Injured as LIRR Train Derails at Atlantic Terminal Wednesday Morning appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News Cuomo, Sanders Propose Free Tuition at Brooklyn College and Beyond NYT Deadly Oak Wilt Disease Detected in Brooklyn Trees Eagle Sunset Park’s “Temporary” Hotel-Shelters May Become Permanent BK Paper Developer Scores $194 Million Loan for Macy’s Overhaul in DoBro TRD $40 Million Heights Home Now Being Offered as Pricey Rentals Curbed Mayor on… Read More >The post Daily Links: Cuomo and Sanders Unveil Free College Tuition Plan for Brooklyn and Beyond appeared first on Brownstoner.
There’s a new safe space to explore questions and feelings about death in a cafe setting, and it’s at one of Brooklyn’s most famous locations. Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a monthly “Death Cafe” starting this January. The death cafe concept was created in 2011 by British entrepreneur Jon Underwood to “increase… Read More >The post Chat About Death Over Coffee and Snacks at Green-Wood Cemetery’s “Death Cafe” appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News A Williamsburg Artist Emerges From His Storefront Sanctuary NYT Private Developers Running Discussions of BQX Streetcar NYP DOB OKs Plans for Luxe Tower at Site of Brooklyn Heights Library Eagle Adams Backs Sunset Park Library Proposal But Has Changes in Mind Eagle Why New York City Developers Give Millions to Upstate Candidates… Read More >The post Daily Links: Crime Drops in Brooklyn, Adams OKs Sunset Park Library Development appeared first on Brownstoner.
A black feather boa was a must-have women’s accessory in the late 19th century and, if Brooklyn Daily Eagle lost and found classified ads are anything to go by, flocks of the fluffy plumes ornamented the borough, lost by their wearers. While a festive holiday accessory, black boas were popular… Read More >The post The Lost Black Feather Boas of Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News Brooklyn to Show Up in Force at Post-Inauguration Protest Eagle Fortis Files Plans for Third Tower on LICH Site Eagle Bay Ridgers Miffed as Affordable Housing Applications Botched BK Paper Catching Up With the Last Owner of Brooklyn Heights Cinemas BHB Rezoning Could Create “Venice” on the Gowanus Canal Crain’s A Bay Ridge… Read More >The post Daily Links: Heights Cinemas’ Last Owner Reflects, “Gentrification” Forces Bed Stuy Church Sale appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News Squibb Bridge Firm Ordered to Give Bridge Park Access to Key Software Eagle City Will Not Use Solar Panels in Bay Ridge Park BK Daily Cuomo Fails to Return 50,000 Apartments to Rent Regulation ProPublica MAS Calls Special Meeting to Discuss Leadership Future ArchPaper The 10 Most Valuable Brooklyn Condo Filings Accepted… Read More >The post Daily Links: Menorahs Vandalized in Two Parks in Prospect Heights and Park Slope appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News Behind Brooklyn Walls: A World of Sound NYT Kwanzaa Festival Aims to Support Black-Owned Businesses NYDN Cuomo Ignores Mayor’s Plea to Pause Ocean Parkway Traffic Changes BK Paper Get Your Clothes Ironed for Free in Brooklyn Bars Next Month Gothamist Remembering 18th Avenue’s Walker Theater Bensonhurst Bean Meadow Buys Helen Keller HQ in… Read More >The post Daily Links: Kwanzaa Festival Draws Hundreds to Central Brooklyn, Helen Keller HQ Sells in DoBro appeared first on Brownstoner.