Brooklyn

Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Photo credit: Melanie Greene

While the interiors at this three-bedroom South Williamsburg condo are eye-catching on their own, it’s the four outdoor spaces that really set the home apart. Located at The Smith Grey at 138 Broadway, the three-level apartment has two terraces, a balcony, and a huge roof terrace complete with an outdoor sauna. It’s currently on the market asking $2,695,000.

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affordable housing, Bed Stuy, housing lotteries

Rendering courtesy of BFC Partners

A housing lottery launched this week for 94 mixed-income apartments at a new rental in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Located at 1620 Fulton Street, the Garnet rises 11 stories and contains 103 total units. Building perks include a landscaped terrace, fitness center, children’s playroom, storage room, and on-site laundry. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 50, 100, and 150 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, ranging from $667/month studios to $2,741/month two-bedrooms.

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Events, Greenpoint, holidays

Photo via NYC Water/Flickr

What’s more romantic that that?? It may seem odd, but every year, when the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and Open House New York host a Valentine’s Day tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility and its famous Digester Eggs, it sells out almost immediately. But thanks to our new virtual world, more New Yorkers will get a chance to experience this quirky event this year, and it also allows us to see parts of the facility that the public wouldn’t normally have access to.

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Downtown Brooklyn, History, Landmarks Preservation Commission

227 Duffield Street; Map data © 2020 Google

The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday voted to designate a Brooklyn property that was home to known abolitionists, likely saving it from demolition. Harriet and Thomas Truesdell, members of the anti-slavery movement before the Civil War, lived at the Greek-Revival row house at 227 Duffield Street from 1851 to 1863. The commission recommended 227 Duffield for designation because it represents a rare surviving home to known abolitionists and marks Brooklyn’s pre-Civil War abolitionist movement. The push for landmarking the site was accelerated in 2019 when a developer filed permits to raze the three-story structure and replace it with a much taller mixed-use building.

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Cool Listings, Crown Heights

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

If you’ve been quarantined with kids for the past year, be prepared to drool over the backyard at this Crown Heights townhouse. Located at 1101 Park Place and listed for $2,650,000, the two-family home has a garden-floor apartment and a three-bedroom duplex on the upper two floors. The latter has a deck off the kitchen and a massive (it stretches through to the other block!) backyard with both a stone patio and a grassy space large enough for a swing set and trampoline.

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Cobble Hill, Cool Listings

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Because this Cobble Hill co-op was originally two separate apartments, its combined layout is quite unique. The building at 242 Baltic Street has an interior lightwell, which creates two narrow hallways off the living space–one that’s configured as a galley kitchen, the other as a den. Overall, the three-bedroom home is pretty and bright, with lots of cozy areas to curl up in. It’s asking $1,750,000.

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Brooklyn, Transportation

Photo courtesy of alihasadd25 on Pixabay

New York City plans to ban cars from part of two major East River bridges and reserve them for cyclists. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday unveiled a proposal to transform the innermost lane of the Brooklyn Bridge into a two-way protected bike lane and convert the north outer roadway of the Queensboro Bridge into a two-way bike-only lane. The “Bridges for the People” plan was announced as part of the mayor’s final State of the City address, “A Recovery for All of Us.”

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Cool Listings, vinegar hill

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

The six-unit condo building at 237 Devoe Street in Williamsburg was recently completed, and perhaps the most unique unit is this duplex that sits behind the entire double-story wall of glass. The other interesting feature is the balcony, which has a cool grassy extension. Asking $1,225,000, the 1,020-square-foot one-bedroom has 20-foot ceilings, modern finishes, and tons of storage space.

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Art, Downtown Brooklyn

willoughby square park, downtown brooklyn, willoughby park

Renderings by Hargreaves Jones, courtesy of NYCEDC

After being in the works for nearly two decades, plans to build a public park in Downtown Brooklyn with a memorial to the neighborhood’s abolitionist history are delayed once again. The Public Design Commission last week tabled a conceptual proposal from artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed after preservationists and community members during an intense public hearing criticized both the design for missing details and the city’s lack of transparency.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

Listing images courtesy of The Corcoran Group

It’s not rare to find townhouses or apartments in Brooklyn with old-world details like exposed brick and ceiling beams, but we can’t remember the last time we found such a home that’s quite this cozy. Located at 80 Poplar Street in Brooklyn Heights, the duplex has three fireplaces–one wood-burning, one gas, and one decorative–two bathrooms, and a private terrace. It’s asking $1,750,000.

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