Brooklyn

affordable housing, Boerum Hill

Street view of 280 Bergen Street © Google

The New York City Council on Wednesday voted to approve the rezoning of nearly an entire block in Boerum Hill that will make way for 450 new housing units, roughly 50 percent of which will be fully affordable. The rezoning includes a stretch of Nevins Street to Bond Street between Wyckoff Street and Bergen Street, the last manufacturing block in Boerum Hill.

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Art, DUMBO

All photos courtesy of Noemie Trusty

A new sculpture of the “King of New York” now greets visitors entering Brooklyn. The Dumbo Improvement District and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership on Tuesday unveiled a 9-foot-tall bronze structure depicting hip-hop legend Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo. Created by artist Sherwin Banfield, the structure, titled “Sky’s the Limit in the County of Kings,” is dedicated to the “art, life, and legacy” of Wallace, who died 25 years ago.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

Photo credit: Allyson Lubow photography for The Corcoran Group

On a tree-lined block in historic Brooklyn Heights, this co-op at 123 Pierrepont Street, asking $1,595,000, is tucked within a landmarked circa 1848 townhouse. Although thoroughly renovated, the two-bedroom home offers the kind of light-filled prewar charm often found in this sought-after neighborhood. Gracious proportions, hardwood floors, and high ceilings are a backdrop for details like a wood-burning fireplace and custom shelving. The most pleasant surprise: A terrace just outside the primary bedroom.

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Brooklyn, City Living, Museums

Photo courtesy of Alison Day for New York Hotels Magazine on Flickr

The Brooklyn Museum this week launched a new digital guide on the Bloomberg Connects app that allows art lovers to learn more about the museum’s expansive collection that spans 5,500 years of human creativity. Aimed at enhancing in-person and virtual visits, the museum’s guide includes audio tours led by curators and creators that focus on artwork found across its five floors.

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affordable housing, Astoria, East New York, Major Developments

Rendering of the proposed Innovation QNS district. Image courtesy of VERO Digital

The New York City Council on Tuesday voted to approve rezonings Innovation QNS in Astoria and Innovative Urban Village in East New York, two mixed-use districts that will create more than 5,000 units of housing, with 65 percent of them designated affordable. Over 34 percent, or 1,900 of the new housing units, will be deeply affordable for extremely or very low-income households.

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Brooklyn, History, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Park Slope

Street view of the Lesbian Herstory Archives at 484 14th Street in Park Slope; © Google Maps

A row house in Brooklyn that is home to the country’s oldest and largest collection of lesbian-related historic material is New York City’s newest landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday voted to designate the Lesbian Herstory Archives building as an individual landmark, the first in Brooklyn designated for its connection to the LGBTQ+ community.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

Photos courtesy of Michael Weinstein/ Brown Harris Stevens

With special windows to protect the art from sun damage and lighting fit for a museum, this Brooklyn Heights townhouse doubles as a gallery. Located on a historic mews block at 12 College Place, the brick home also has a drive-in garage, a fully furnished basement, and over 1,000 square feet of outdoor space. Asking for $14,975,000, the property is one of the priciest listings currently on the market in the borough, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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affordable housing, Astoria, Brooklyn, East New York, Major Developments, New Developments, Queens

Rendering of the proposed Innovation QNS district. Image courtesy of VERO Digital

Two major housing developments proposed for Brooklyn and Queens are moving forward. The New York City Council Committee on Zoning and Franchises on Thursday voted to approve rezonings Innovation QNS and Innovative Urban Village, which together would create more than 5,000 units of housing, 3,200 of which would be affordable. The two developments also include over 1,600 apartments for extremely or very low-income households.

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Brooklyn, Restaurants, Williamsburg

New York City’s latest food hall opens in Williamsburg

By Aaron Ginsburg, Wed, November 16, 2022

All images courtesy of Lexi Lambros

New York City’s growing list of food halls just got longer. The Williamsburg Market, located at 103 North Third Street, officially opened its doors last week. The 15,000-square-foot space features 17 well-known and upcoming vendors and craft cocktails in an industrial loft space. Designed by Ogawa Depardon Architects, the hall boasts a 360-degree bar, a cozy dining room, and kiosks for each vendor.

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Cool Listings, Rentals, Williamsburg

Photo credit: Rachel Kuzma/REPN for Corcoran

A quirky converted warehouse loft in East Williamsburg has hit the rental market for $35,000/month, a new record for the neighborhood. Since 2018, the property has been home to Casa Powers, a bohemian-chic community event venue created by brother and sister duo Sydney and Cole Blumstein, who are real estate agents with Corcoran. Located at 139 Powers Street, the home–which measures over 4,200 square feet, boasts 15-foot ceilings, and has several skylights–comes rented with all its funky furnishings.

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