Brooklyn

Celebrities, Fort Greene, Recent Sales

Former Fort Greene home of Notorious B.I.G. sells for $2M

By Devin Gannon, Tue, December 21, 2021

All photos courtesy of Compass

After just over three months on the market, the Fort Greene home that once belonged to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. sold last week for $2,000,000, as the New York Post first reported. Located at 159 Carlton Avenue, the two-bedroom duplex sits within a former stable building and underwent a major renovation by the current owner, a well-known costume designer. The home, which is where Biggie lived when he released his iconic 1994 album “Ready to Die,” was listed for $1,700,000 in September.

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Architecture, Major Developments, New Developments, Williamsburg

All renderings: James Corner Field Operations and BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group

Two massive high-rise towers with over 1,000 apartments and a resilient waterfront public park are officially coming to Williamsburg. The New York City Council last week voted to approve River Ring, a development planned for River Street between North 1st and North 3rd Streets on the Brooklyn waterfront. Developed by Two Trees Management, the project includes two mixed-use buildings designed by Bjarke Ingels Group that will hold 1,050 units of housing, with 263 of them priced below market rate, as well as a new YMCA and public park. Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

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Architecture, Design, Prospect Heights

Prospect Park’s Vale to undergo $40M restoration

By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, December 17, 2021

Rendering of the Sensory Garden and Rustic Arbor. Image courtesy of Prospect Park Alliance

On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the allocation of $40 million to restore Prospect Park’s Vale. This funding is the largest in the history of Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that manages the park. The Vale, also known as the “Vale of Cashmere,” is a 26-acre portion of the park’s northeast corner known for its breathtaking foliage.

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Architecture, Design, Downtown Brooklyn, Major Developments, New Developments

Get a first look inside the tallest tower in Brooklyn

By Devin Gannon, Mon, December 13, 2021

All renderings courtesy of Gabriel Saunders unless otherwise noted.

After officially becoming Brooklyn’s tallest building in October, the Brooklyn Tower is now showing off its sumptuous interiors. When the 1,066-foot-tall tower, the first and only supertall in the borough, opens at 9 DeKalb Avenue next year, there will be 550 total residences, with 150 condos for sales and 400 rentals. New images provide a sneak peek of the interiors designed by Gachot Studio, which was able to manipulate the tower’s unique hexagonal shape for sweeping incomparable city views.

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Cool Listings, Crown Heights

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

This $1,149,000 Crown Heights condo at 720 Nostrand Avenue has high-floor light, a spacious layout, and a custom kitchen that transcends the ordinary. On the fifth floor of a six-story elevator building, the two-bedroom, two-bath home also has a private balcony off the master bedroom, a washer/dryer, and pale hardwood floors throughout.

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Brooklyn, DUMBO

Photo credit: Alexa Hoyer

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday celebrated the completion of Emily Warren Roebling Plaza. With this final section beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and connecting DUMBO with the rest of the park wrapped up, the original plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park is now complete.

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Williamsburg

Trader Joe’s new Williamsburg store opens this week

By Devin Gannon, Wed, December 8, 2021

Trader Joe’s in Williamsburg. Courtesy of Trader Joe’s, ©2021

Brooklynites, rejoice: Trader Joe’s third location in the borough is opening this week. Bright and early on Friday, December 10, the grocery store will open at 200 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. Kicking off at 8 a.m., the grand opening celebration includes live music and a reusable bag giveaway.

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Coney Island, Events

Photo by Kim on Flickr

One of New York City’s oldest traditions may also be its coldest. The 119th annual New Year’s Day polar bear plunge returns to Coney Island on January 1 for the first time since New Year’s Day 2020. Hosted by the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, the oldest winter bathing club in the United States, the event draws thousands of New Yorkers brave enough to jump in the Atlantic Ocean during the winter.

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Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Cool Listings

All photos by Ben Fitchett

The late architect Wallace Harrison had a major role in developing some of New York City’s most iconic structures, including Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, and Lincoln Center. Harrison, who was a close friend to Nelson Rockefeller, also designed the Clinton Hill Co-ops, a 12-building complex spread across two campuses in Clinton Hill. A charming and sunny junior two-bedroom at the historic complex is now available for $699,000.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

Photo credit: Evan Joseph for The Corcoran Group

This 7,040 square foot townhouse at 37 Sidney Place in the postcard-pretty Brooklyn Heights Historic District spans six stories of living space–all accessed by a bronze-mirrored elevator. From the gym and sauna in the basement to the top-floor treehouse room, there are six bedrooms, nine baths, a landscaped garden, and two terraces. Asking $14,950,000, the Greek Revival-style home was built in 1846. A complete renovation by Baxt Ingui Architects has added every modern luxury and a sustainable future: The house is under review for passive house certification.

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