Brooklyn

Architecture, Brooklyn, Design, Prospect Heights

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch lighting design test in 2019; Photo courtesy of Jordan Rathkopf/ Prospect Park Alliance

Plans to renovate Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza were unveiled this week, the first major restoration of Prospect Park’s historic entrance in decades. The $8.9 million revamp focuses on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch, including replacing the arch’s roof, cleaning and restoring the brick and stone structure, repairing the interior staircases, and adding modern lighting to the exterior. Surrounding plaza and landscape berms that frame the plaza will also be restored and new native trees and shrubs will be planted.

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affordable housing, Gowanus, Major Developments

Rendering courtesy of Marvel Architects/SCAPE Landscape Architects

The city’s proposed six-building residential development in Gowanus will be 100 percent affordable, officials announced last week. The Gowanus Green project, part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration’s plan to rezone the Brooklyn neighborhood, will contain 950 units of affordable housing, with at least 50 percent designated to extremely low and very low-income households. Previously, the plan called for roughly 74 percent of units to fall below the market rate.

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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings

Listing images courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Built in 1899, this Clinton Hill townhouse was completely renovated from the ground up in 2015, which resulted in a gorgeous mix of original architectural details and modern additions. Listed for $4,850,000, the five-bedroom home has a bit of a Scandinavian vibe, with its custom-designed kitchen and mid-century decor. It also has a large backyard perfect for dining al fresco.

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Brooklyn, Flatbush, Landmarks Preservation Commission

Photo courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission

East Flatbush now has its first historic district. The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday voted to landmark a section of the Brooklyn neighborhood on East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D, home to 56 cohesive limestone and brownstone properties. As 6sqft previously reported, local residents led the landmarking effort of the block, which has been named the “greenest block in Brooklyn” by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden four times.

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Architecture, Brooklyn

Photos by Paul Martinka

An original architectural element of Prospect Park that dates back to the 1860s has returned to Brooklyn’s backyard. Following a five-year restoration, the Endale Arch reopened to the public last week, with parts of its stunning design envisioned by park creators Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux on display for the first time this century.

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affordable housing, Downtown Brooklyn, housing lotteries

Photo by LWYang on Flickr

A new housing lottery has launched for 86 middle-income apartments at a brand new residential building in Downtown Brooklyn. Designed by J Frankl Associates and Charles Mallea, 260 Gold Street rises 13 stories on a former parking at the corner of Tillary and Gold. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, which include $2,241/month studios, $2,362/month one-bedrooms, $2,848/month two-bedrooms, and $3,282/month three-bedrooms.

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Cool Listings, Crown Heights

Photos courtesy of the Corcoran Group

There’s something about the sun porch and decked-out backyard at this Crown Heights house that feels like visiting grandma at her place in Florida. The backyard has a romantic gazebo complete with twinkly lights, BBQ grill and dining area, and two sheds. Then, there’s an airy sun porch, as well as a second-floor terrace. Located at 1954 Bergen Street, the home is currently set up as a two-family plus garage, and it’s asking $1,100,000.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Photo credit: MW Studio

Remember the kids’ show Blue’s Clues from the late ’90s/early 2000s? Well, host Steve Burns has been living right here in Williamsburg since then, creating one of the most unique homes in the entire city, where he’s been busy making music. The former garage and woodshop at 19 Powers Street was transformed into a contemporary-meets-rustic abode, complete with a private parking garage, a magical courtyard, and two rooftop terraces. The two-bedroom home is now on the market for $3,350,000.

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Brooklyn

Dr. Anthony Fauci honored as ‘Brooklyn COVID Hero’

By Devin Gannon, Thu, November 12, 2020

Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour on Flickr

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, was honored by his hometown borough this week for his work throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Tuesday named Fauci, who grew up in Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights, a “COVID-19 Hero,” for helping others amid the health crisis.

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Bed Stuy, Cool Listings

Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Built in 1890, this townhouse at 639 Macon Street in Bed-Stuy has done a nice job of preserving some historic details while also completing a full designer renovation. Contemporary finishes and bright, open rooms now highlight both the three-bedroom owner’s residence that occupies the home’s top three floors, as well as the two-bedroom, income-generating rental on the garden level. For all this, the house is asking $2,695,000.

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