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City Living, Williamsburg

Photo credit: Tory Williams

Williamsburg residents will soon be able to fill their stylish pads with plants to match. The Sill, the popular direct-to-consumer houseplant company, opened its second location in Brooklyn this week. Located in the heart of the neighborhood at 190 Berry Street, the store is full of the company’s best-selling items, from potted succulents and cacti to tropical plants and ferns.

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Williamsburg

Rendering of 200 Kent Avenue courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield

Cauliflower gnocchi and dark chocolate peanut butter cups will soon be easier to come by in north Brooklyn. As was first reported by Greenpointers, Trader Joe’s will be opening its third location in the borough this year. Currently, the beloved grocer has stores at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn and in Brooklyn Heights. The new outpost will be in Williamsburg at 200 Kent Avenue, a new commercial building between North 2nd and 3rd Streets near the waterfront.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Williamsburg

Streetview of 321 Wythe Avenue; Map data © 2021 Google

The 19-story rental at 321 Wythe Avenue opened in 2019, just two blocks from the South Williamsburg waterfront. After initially opening a lottery for 39 middle-income units, the building is relaunching its waitlist for these apartments. Currently, there are two vacant units, but all applicants will be placed on the list for future vacancies. Those earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the units that range from a $1,999/month one-bedroom to $2,459/month two-bedrooms.

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Features, History, Williamsburg

Photo of Willis Carrier (left) courtesy of Wikipedia; Photo of air conditioners in NY building courtesy of Marcel Oosterwijk on Flickr

It figures, but history shows us yet another way Brooklyn was cool, like, forever–though this particular example is a bit more literal. A classic New York City heatwave was just enough to turn up the Brooklyn ingenuity in a junior engineer named Willis Carrier, who devised a system of fans, ducts, heaters, and perforated pipes that became the world’s first air conditioner. The problem: blistering temperatures that were literally melting the equipment in a Williamsburg printing house. The solution was one that had eluded centuries of inventors through sweltering summers. The system was installed in the summer of 1902, according to the New York Times, and Carrier went on to found Carrier Corporation. He had hit on the idea while walking in the fog.

It’s the humidity

Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

We could easily see this 464-square-foot Williamsburg apartment popping up on our Instagram feed, with its plethora of plants, rustic details, and pops of color. Aside from its visual appeal, the one-bedroom HDFC co-op at 330 South 3rd Street is priced to perfection, too, asking $369,000.

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Williamsburg

All photos courtesy of Two Trees Management, unless otherwise noted

On the site of a proposed mixed-use development in Williamsburg, a temporary climate change-themed miniature golf course has opened. Two Trees Management on Monday announced visitors can now enjoy Putting Green, an 18-hole course designed by local groups that focuses on sustainability and climate issues, as well as a 25,000-square foot sustainable farm. The pop-up mini-golf course sits on the future site of the developer’s project “River Ring,” which includes two huge towers designed by Bjarke Ingels with more than 1,050 units of housing, a new YMCA, and a public beach.

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Events, Features, History, Williamsburg

Photo by Howard Brier on Flickr

Revelers will once again gather in Williamsburg this week for a festival full of food, dancing, and live music. The Our Lady of Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola Feast is based on a tradition that got its start in Italy over 1,000 years ago, with its centerpiece a four-ton 72-foot tower. As part of the neighborhood’s nearly two-week feast, the tall, ornately decorated structure, known as the “Giglio,” is carried through the streets by over 100 men. The Giglio Feast–which officially returns Wednesday after last year’s event was canceled–has been held in Williamsburg every July since 1903, nearly two decades before the better-known Feast of San Gennaro was celebrated in Manhattan’s Little Italy. Ahead, learn about the roots of the unique festival, how it’s evolved over the last 118 years, and what to expect this year.

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Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Listing photos by Allyson Lubow

The condo building at 2 Northside Piers was one of the first residential developments along the Williamsburg waterfront, which has afforded it completely unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. This 20th-floor, five-bedroom unit is perfect proof of this, with panoramic views of the river and the city. And in addition to three balconies, the duplex unit also has an 822-square-foot rooftop cabana complete with a full outdoor kitchen. It’s for sale asking $8,250,000.

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Policy, Williamsburg

All renderings courtesy of NY State Parks/ Starr Whitehouse, unless otherwise noted

A new design was unveiled last week for Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg following backlash regarding the state’s original proposal. During the local community board’s Parks and Waterfront Committee meeting last Thursday, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners presented a revised plan that incorporates more greenery and plantings to the Brooklyn waterfront site and ditches the rainbow-striped plastic mural that opponents criticized, as first reported by Brooklyn Paper.

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Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Listing images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

It’s been 12 years since the Williamsburg waterfront was forever changed when the two massive towers of The Edge were constructed. Located in the South Tower at 22 North 6th Street, this $3,999,999 penthouse shows that the condo hasn’t lost any of its prestige over the years. At nearly 2,000 square feet, the three-bedroom duplex has 21-foot floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Brooklyn, as well as a 714-square-foot private rooftop terrace.

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