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Brooklyn, Events

Dine and dance under the stars in Prospect Park

By Michelle Cohen, Fri, February 15, 2019

prospect park soiree

Credit: J Grassi; courtesy of Prospect Park Alliance

The beloved community event known as the Prospect Park Soiree is coming back for its third year on Saturday, June 22; tickets are on sale now. This magical evening of dancing and dining under the stars for a one-night-only celebration of Brooklyn’s Backyard is brought to you by Prospect Park Alliance. Expect thousands of friends and neighbors to gather at the Peninsula in festive attire; bring your favorite bottle of wine and the feast of your choosing–the park will come through with the entertainment.

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Greenpoint, Long Island City, Urban Design

Rendering via CRÈME / Jun Aizaki Architecture and Design

6sqft reported last May on a proposal for a civic design project aimed at reconnecting the neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Long Island City. Brooklyn-based studio CRÈME‘s concept, called Timber Bridge at LongPoint Corridor, calls for constructing a floating bridge made of durable timber that would span Newtown Creek and expand past it to the LIRR rail yard in LIC. Not only would the new bridge provide greater access to transit options, but, according to the design team, Timber Bridge would give cyclists and pedestrians a safer commute than the car-jammed Pulaski Bridge. The Brooklyn Eagle reports that this grassroots initiative is now just a bit closer to becoming a reality with the creation of a nonprofit and new support from local civic leaders.

Bridge love, this way

Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

138 Broadway, Smith Gray Building, Williamsburg lofts

For under $1 million, you can own this uber-trendy South Williamsburg loft at 138 Broadway, the historic Smith-Gray Building. Though the loft is technically a studio, it has a separate kitchen and plenty of room in its 925-square-foot layout for individual sleeping, living, and dining areas. But what makes this unit even more desirable is its impeccable contemporary-western vibes–a mix of historic elements such as whitewashed brick walls and wooden ceilings with modern nods to the style like lots of caramel leather furniture and bold, geometric textiles.

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Downtown Brooklyn, Urban Design

downtown brooklyn

Image courtesy of Downtownbrooklyn.com.

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership announced today the selection of a joint proposal from design firms WXY Studio (WXY) and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG Architects) for a public realm action plan aimed at implementing long-term improvements to Downtown Brooklyn’s plazas, streets, and public spaces to keep pace with the neighborhood’s unprecedented growth. According to a press release, the two firms will conduct a comprehensive study and create an implementation plan for Downtown Brooklyn’s public realm and help “advance Downtown Brooklyn as a competitive, national urban center.”

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Brooklyn Heights, Celebrities, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

Photo of Truman Capote via Wiki Commons

In 1959, Truman lived in Brooklyn Heights around the corner from 13 Pineapple Street, a Federal-era home that inspired him to write the following lines: “Cheerfully austere, as elegant and other-era as formal calling cards, these houses bespeak an age of able servants and solid fireside ease; of horses in musical harness,” as 6sqft previously noted. The house, one of the oldest in Brooklyn, hit the market for the first time in 26 years in January of 2017 for $10.5 million and received a price chop the following year to $8.4 million. Now, after being on the market for two years, the owners have reduced the price again to a more conservative $7.6 million.

Look around

affordable housing, Flatbush, housing lotteries

Photo via CityRealty

The next culprit in a long list of the city’s non-affordable “affordable” housing lotteries is an opportunity for “middle-income” New Yorkers to apply for 28 units at East Flatbush’s new rental Ensemble. It’s available to New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the median income, which begs the question: Is a single person earning $95,000 a year really in need of subsidized housing? But the most questionable part of this lottery is that it’s offering “six months free rent on the last six months of one and two-year leases.” Rental concessions like this are typically reserved for market-rate buildings that are having trouble leasing or need to attract tenants in a slow market. But since these affordable rents are minimally lower than the market-rate, maybe it’s operating as such.

Is $2,600/month affordable?

Architecture, Construction Update, New Developments, Rentals, Williamsburg

The installation of 1 South First’s (formerly known as 260 Kent Avenue) innovative exterior is officially underway, its molecular pattern now visible. Designed by COOKFOX Architects, the tower, part of the Domino Sugar project in Williamsburg, will feature concrete window panels made using 3D-printed molds. New photos from the Gate Precast Company reveal the start of the crystalline-inspired facade as the building’s construction is more than halfway complete (h/t CityRealty).

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Brooklyn, Manhattan, Rentals

FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC rental news

By Ondel Hylton, Sat, February 2, 2019

NYC-Rental-News

Images (L to R): 685 First Avenue, Glassworks Bushwick, One Columbus Place, and 363 Bond Street

  • One Columbus Place: Lincoln Square Rental Offers 1 Month Free; Net Prices from $4,194/Month [LINK]
  • Glassworks Bushwick: Get to Know Brooklyn’s New Rental at 336 Himrod Street [LINK]
  • 268 Metropolitan Avenue: New Rentals Launch in the Heart of Trendy Williamsburg [LINK]
  • 685 First Avenue: An Inside Look at the Modern Rental Collection at 685 First Avenue [LINK]
  • 123 Hope Street: Contemporary No Fee Rentals at 123 Hope Street in Williamsburg Leasing from $2,385/Month [LINK]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE

Downtown Brooklyn, Urban Design

willoughby square, parks, downtown brooklyn

Rendering: Economic Development Corporation.

It appears that residents at Downtown Brooklyn‘s new Brooklyn Point development won’t be getting their “beautifully landscaped one-acre oasis” after all. Plans to add a new park atop a high-tech parking facility on Willoughby Street across from City Point in Downtown Brooklyn are officially off the table, Brooklyn Paper reports. The plan was set in motion a decade ago under the Bloomberg administration. City officials said Wednesday that a deal with the developer chosen for the job back in 2013 failed to close.

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Bushwick, City Living

New report says Bushwick tops the list for heat violations

By Michelle Cohen, Thu, January 31, 2019

Photo courtesy of Roman Kruglov’s Flickr

As frigid temperatures descend on NYC once again, real estate database provider Localize.City has produced a report showing which (non-NYCHA) buildings and neighborhoods have racked up the most heat violations in recent years. Bushwick, Brooklyn tops the list, followed by Van Nest in the Bronx. Read on to find out if your neighborhood–or building–made the list–and find out what you can do if your building has no–or not enough–heat.

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