Four Houses to See This Chilly Weekend, Starting at $479K Another weekend on the horizon, another round of open houses, another four picks for your consideration. They’re a mixed bag in both style and condition, ranging from a gut-renovated flip to a bring-your-contractor special, brownstone to aluminum siding. Points on the… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Derelict Limestone is Transformed, ‘The New Brooklyn’ appeared first on Brownstoner.
The Gowanus Canal is notorious for being one of Brooklyn’s (and the nation’s, for that matter) most polluted sites. In the midst of a major EPA cleanup, it’s identified as both a major source of blight and a development opportunity. Brooklyn has a number of polluted sites, some of which… Read More >The post Learn How Superfund Sites Impact Brooklyn’s Development Future appeared first on Brownstoner.
Ultimate DOB Insider, Whiz Expediter/Engineer Scott Schnall Loses Filing Privileges Arguably the most famous expediter-engineer in the city, Scott Schnall, lost the right to file with the Department of Buildings in late February and now hundreds of projects in Brooklyn are in limbo. _ Police Raid Notorious Clinton Hill Drug and Gun Hotspot,… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: DOB Insider Loses Filing Privileges, Clinton Hill Raid appeared first on Brownstoner.
Saint Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching, and there’s no need to travel across the East River to the big parade on 5th Avenue. If you’d rather not be in a crowd of two million revelers, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate Irish heritage and the holiday in Brooklyn this year. Enjoy… Read More >The post 4 Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
Notorious B.I.G. is one of Brooklyn’s greatest sons — and on the 20th anniversary of his death, the borough he called home is remembering him. Spread Art NYC is hosting an event called 20 BIG Years, an art show in honor of the late rapper. The show will feature works from… Read More >The post Spread Love It’s the Brooklyn Way: Borough Commemorates 20th Anniversary of B.I.G.’s Death appeared first on Brownstoner.
Self-described “Gringo-Mex” eatery San Loco has moved further out into Brooklyn along the J train, this photo from a Brownstoner reader shows. The latest branch of the popular East Village, Lower East Side, and Williamsburg spot opened at 582 Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick in February. It has tacos, limited seating… Read More >The post “Gringo-Mex” Joint San Loco Expands Further Out Into Brooklyn Along J Train appeared first on Brownstoner.
Wealthy Renters “Take Over Brooklyn” as Property Values Soar and Foreclosures Increase: Report It sounds like an oxymoron: Property values and rents are rising everywhere in Brooklyn, but at the same time, the gap between some of the poorest parts of the borough and everywhere else is widening, according to a… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: DeKalb Market Hall Opening Soon, Foreclosures Increase appeared first on Brownstoner.
Workers were busy with repairs on Montague Street near Court Street when we happened by earlier today. Thursday a water main broke and flooded the street and the nearby Court Street subway station. Photos by Susan De Vries Related Stories New Sewer Mains, Belgian Blocks for Dumbo Past and Present: Testing the Waters Building… Read More >The post Montague Street All Torn Up for Repairs appeared first on Brownstoner.
As spring approaches and the first flowers and plants begin to bloom, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is kicking off the season with an event focused on the value of water in our lives. The 36th annual iteration of the Making Brooklyn Bloom conference will celebrate the opening of the new Shelby… Read More >The post Ring in Spring at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Making Brooklyn Bloom” Conference appeared first on Brownstoner.
In the News Leaving Hell’s Kitchen for Downtown Brooklyn NYT Real Estate Mogul Joe Sitt Is Buyer of Record-Setting Gravesend Home NYP Clinton Hill Mitchell-Lama Co-Op at War Over Whether to Cash In BK Paper Why a Windfall Could Be Bad for Brooklyn Bridge Park WSJ One of Heights’ Oldest Homes Cuts Asking Price to… Read More >The post Daily Links: Middagh House Gets $350K Price Chop, Clinton Hill Co-Op May Quit Mitchell-Lama appeared first on Brownstoner.
This Carroll Gardens Brownstone Apparently Belongs to Trump Advisor Paul Manafort Who knew? Apparently Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, owns a brownstone in Carroll Gardens. Manafort is currently under investigation by the FBI to see if he had any dealings with Russians. _ Four Charmers With Original Details to See This… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Trump Advisor Paul Manafort’s Brooklyn Brownstone appeared first on Brownstoner.
Vintage furniture and decor store RePop, a longtime Williamsburg fixture, has found a new home just to the north in Greenpoint, and is donating a portion of the profits from their grand opening tonight to a worthy cause. RePop is uprooting from their former location at 143 Roebling Street in Williamsburg… Read More >The post Williamsburg Mainstay RePop Moves Vintage Furniture Operation to Greenpoint appeared first on Brownstoner.
One of the biggest names in the history of American soccer is undergoing a revival, and that second life is unfolding here in Brooklyn. The Cosmos will move this spring from Hempstead, N.Y., to Coney Island. They’ll play 16 regular season games here a year as part of the North American… Read More >The post Storied Soccer Team New York Cosmos Prepare to Open First Season in Brooklyn appeared first on Brownstoner.
Do you have a favorite Brooklyn library you think deserves recognition and cash to make it even better? If so, you can nominate the branch for an award that’s been dubbed “the Oscars of Libraries.” The NYC Neighborhood Library Awards honor libraries for “exceptional service” with minimal budgets. The winner gets $20,000… Read More >The post Help Your Favorite Brooklyn Library Win $20K for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards appeared first on Brownstoner.
A humpback feeds on menhaden off the coast of NYC. (Philip Ng/courtesy of Gotham Whale) Manhattan had a special guest on November 17th when a humpback whale, suitably dubbed Gotham, made its way up the Hudson River as far north as the George Washington Bridge. Whale sightings have become more common in New York in recent years, a welcome and exciting addition to New York’s activities for most. However, the underlying reason for this phenomenon, the increase of Atlantic Menhaden fish, is stirring …
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.