Neighborhoods

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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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Long Island City

Rendering via TF Cornerstone

A year-and-a-half ago, developer TF Cornerstone broke ground on their two-building, 1,194-unit project at Hunter’s Point South, located along the East River in Long Island City. Anchored by a new half-acre public park, the pair of ODA-designed towers will be 60 percent affordable. Today, a lottery launched for 185 of these low- and middle-income units, available to those earning 50, 130, and 165 percent of the area median income. The available homes range from $698/month studios to $2,704/month two-bedrooms.

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Architecture, Green Design, Roosevelt Island, Top Stories

All renderings via Rescubika Studio

In response to the idea of the “city of tomorrow,” one that will become carbon neutral by 2050, French architecture firm Rescubika created a proposal for a 2,418-foot tower on Roosevelt Island. With wood construction materials, 36 wind turbines, 8,300 shrubs, 1,600 trees, 83,000 square feet of plant walls, and nearly 23,000 square feet of solar panels, it would be the world’s tallest “carbon sink” tower–one that absorbs more CO2 than it releases.

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Cool Listings, Washington Heights

Image Credit: Warburg Realty

Not only does this Washington Heights apartment have a unique view of the George Washington Bridge, but the two-bedroom/two-bathroom home is priced at a very buyer-friendly $799,000. Located at 825 West 179th Street, the completely renovated unit is part of a beautiful pre-war co-op just a block from the Hudson River.

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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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Jamaica, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Queens

Photo courtesy of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission voted today to designate Public School 48 in South Jamaica, Queens as an individual landmark. Built in 1936, PS 48 was an early example of a school building serving as a “monumental civic structure” in the community. “Its Art Deco style details, which are quite striking in person, make it unique, and it is one of the first elementary schools New York City to incorporate this architectural style,” said LPC Chair Sarah Carroll, who also noted that it’s the neighborhood’s first historic landmark.

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hudson yards, Restaurants

Peak restaurant, Hudson Yards restaurant, Peak NYC

Photo by Charissa Fay

The restaurant on the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards will reopen for indoor dining on October 6. Peak, which first opened to the public in March and then closed later that month because of the coronavirus pandemic, has again started taking reservations for its massive 10,000-square-foot dining room, which sits one floor above Edge, the 1,100-foot-high outdoor sky deck. The restaurant said it will not take any parties larger than 10 guests and will not accept cash payments.

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City Living, Tribeca

After 21 years, Tribeca’s Amish Market will close

By Dana Schulz, Tue, September 22, 2020

Photo of Amish Market by Paul Sableman via Flickr cc

Amish Market opened in Tribeca in 1999 but after 21 years as a neighborhood staple, they, too, have fallen victim to COVID-19. Tribeca Citizen reported the news that the grocery story-meets-bodega (where Cardi-B was famously a cashier during high school) will likely close its doors by the 26th after a 90-percent drop in business.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

Listing photos via Duplex Imaging

This $7,995,000 townhouse in Brooklyn Heights is truly one of the most unique homes we’ve seen. From the street, it looks like your average wood-frame house, but a modern addition in the rear is quite the surprise. Other unexpected perks include a two-car driveway, a 22-foot-long indoor pool, and a greenhouse that’s currently set up a glass-box yoga studio.

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