Brooklyn

Boerum Hill, Cool Listings

Photo credit: Zhen Qin/Vistabee for Compass

This sunny condo at 143 Bergen Street seems fairly priced at $1.4 million, considering it has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a prime Boerum Hill location, and lots of charming and convenient details. Plus, the layout is perfect for a family, with a nice separation of public and private spaces.

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Restaurants, Williamsburg

Map data © 2020 Google

One of the thousands of small businesses struggling to make ends meet in New York City’s pandemic world is Williamsburg’s Kellogg’s Diner, which has been in business since the 1940s. The 24-hour restaurant at the corner of Metropolitan and Union Avenues says it’s in danger of closing if the city doesn’t increase its indoor dining capacity from 25 to 50 percent. Referring to the fact that restaurants in the rest of the state are able to operate at half capacity, owner Irene Siderakis told Pix 11, “Why is it fair for them and not for us? I don’t understand. I don’t get it.”

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Bushwick, Cool Listings

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

There’s a little something to see at every point throughout this beautiful Bushwick townhouse. The eclectic vibe is a mix of mid-century opulence and vintage steampunk, but it all comes together to create a lovely living space. The $1,489,000 price tag is even sweeter considering the home is made up of a 1,600-square-foot owner’s duplex with a rear garden, as well as an 800-square-foot garden apartment that provides rental income.

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Museums, Williamsburg

Photo via The City Reliquary

The City Reliquary is a strange place. It’s completely cluttered and full of oddities like the bones of a subway rat and schist cores, as well as local memorabilia like the original 2nd Avenue Deli sign and vintage seltzer bottles. But that what makes it so special and so New York. The small-but-mighty Williamsburg museum has been closed during the entire pandemic, as they’re completely staffed by volunteers. And in order to reopen, they need to be able to pay their rent and show their financial stability. The Reliquary is asking New Yorkers to help them meet this goal so they can avoid closing their doors for good in November.

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Cool Listings, Park Slope

Photo Credit: Travis Mark

As soon as you enter this Park Slope townhouse, it feels like you might’ve just stepped into the page of a West Elm catalog. The three-bedroom home, which has been thoughtfully renovated, is full of clean lines, open spaces, and mid-century-modern design inspiration, including a Noguchi lamp and a David Weeks chandelier. The $2,595,000 price tag also gets you a second-floor terrace and gorgeous rear patio and garden.

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affordable housing, Brooklyn, Coney Island, housing lotteries

Photo of Coney Island by Shinya Suzuki on Flickr

The city is now accepting applications for 34 middle-income apartments in a new 20-story rental in Coney Island located just one block away from the beach. The Sea Breeze Tower, located at 271 Breeze Avenue, contains 115 units and sits across the street from the Asser Levy Park, with the beach and landmarked Riegelmann Boardwalk just a five-minute walk away. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, which range from $1,700/month studios to $2,950/month three-bedrooms.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Photo via CityRealty

An affordable housing lottery has launched for those earning 130 percent of the area median income. There are 28 units up for grabs at 50 Clarkson Avenue, a new Prospect Lefferts Gardens rental with convenient amenities like a gym, a dog-washing station, and a parking garage. The available units include $2,000/month studios, $2,150/month one-bedrooms, and $2,500/month two-bedrooms.

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Policy, Sunset Park

Industry City developers withdraw rezoning application

By Devin Gannon, Wed, September 23, 2020

Photo by Steven Pisano on Flickr

Plans to rezone Industry City in Sunset Park are dead after developers behind the project decided to withdraw their application on Tuesday. As Politico New York first reported, the decision to pull out of the plan, first proposed six years ago, comes as developers were unable to convince Brooklyn residents and officials, particularly Council Member Carlos Menchaca, the local representative, to support the rezoning efforts. Supporters of the rezoning said it would have brought thousands of new jobs to the city, which currently is seeing an unemployment rate of about 20 percent because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Brooklyn, Policy, Queens

Borough Park, Brooklyn; Photo via Wikimedia

Urgent action is required in four areas across Brooklyn and Queens where there has been a serious uptick of positive coronavirus cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. The city’s Health Department identified a new cluster in Midwood, Borough Park, and Bensonhurst, which officials are calling the Ocean Parkway Cluster, after the avenue that connects the neighborhoods. Health officials have also found an increase in cases in Edgemere-Far Rockaway, Williamsburg, and Kew Gardens. The new cases account for 20 percent of all cases citywide as of September 19.

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Brooklyn, Policy

Photo by Caroline on Flickr

The Brooklyn Municipal Building will be renamed after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday. The idea to honor the Brooklyn native was first floated two years ago by Borough President Eric Adams, who launched a campaign in 2018 calling on the mayor to sign off on the change. De Blasio’s approval this week follows Ginsburg’s death last Friday.

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