Crown Heights

adaptive reuse, affordable housing, Crown Heights, New Developments

Bedford Union Armory, Crown Heights Armory

Rendering courtesy of BFC Partners.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) along with Council Member Laurie Cumbo, BFC Partners and community members today celebrated the groundbreaking of the redevelopment project finally underway at the historic Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights. The new community hub will offer affordable space for local non-profits, recreational space for youth and hundreds of units of affordable housing as shown in new renderings. The road to this latest milestone has been a long and storied one since community leaders first envisioned the massive armory as a multi-use gathering space for the Crown Heights community.

New renderings of the redeveloped armory, this way

Cool Listings, Crown Heights

996 Saint Johns Place, crown heights, cool listings, townhouses

Photo credit: Rise Media, courtesy of Compass.

This two-story row house in Crown Heights at 996 Saint Johns Place has plenty of space for family and friends without being too much house to handle. Asking $1.975 million, the barrel-fronted limestone facade looks out over a small front garden, and there’s lots more room in the back for al fresco activities. Interiors have been lovingly restored without being too fancy, and lots of old details remain.

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Brooklyn, Crown Heights, Events, Features, History, holidays

Via Run With Scissors on Flickr

Every Labor Day, millions of people gather in Brooklyn to celebrate Caribbean culture at the West Indian-American Day Carnival. Since the early 20th century, the Carnival, which first got its start in the United States in Harlem, has brought together New Yorkers through beautiful costumes, music, dance, and food of the West Indies. Starting in the 1960s, the festival has taken over Crown Heights‘ Eastern Parkway, uniting many islands (Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Haiti, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and Grenda, Guyana, Suriname and Belize, and others) in one extravagant party. As one of New York City’s largest, and certainly most colorful, events, the Carnival should not be missed. Ahead, learn about the history of the parade, the traditions that thrive to this day and the details of this year’s festival.

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Cool Listings, Crown Heights

1543 Dean Street, cool listings, crown heights

This 2,450-square-foot new construction single-family townhouse at 1543 Dean Street near the Crown HeightsBed-Stuy border may not be towering, but its 25-by-59-square-foot interior, backyard, deck and parking add the privacy and perks you won’t get in a condo of the same size. Interiors have the bright, whitewashed good looks of a sunny Scandinavian home, with a wood-burning stove adding to the Euro-appeal.

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Brooklyn, Crown Heights, New Developments, Policy

Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s fight against two high-rise towers in Crown Heights continues this week with the opening of a new educational exhibit. The display is part of the garden’s larger “Fight for Sunlight” campaign opposing a proposal from developers to amend the area’s current zoning and build two 39-story towers across the street. The garden argues the proposed towers on Franklin Avenue would obstruct necessary light from shining on the garden’s 23 greenhouses, nurseries, and growing spaces, putting rare plants at risk.

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affordable housing, Crown Heights, housing lotteries

image via Google Earth

Applications are now being accepted in the lottery for 93 newly-constructed rental apartments at Bedford Arms at 1336 Bedford Avenue, Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The new building’s 93 units are available to households earning between 40 percent and 165 percent of the area median income, ranging from $590/month one-bedrooms to $3,060/month three-bedrooms.

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Crown Heights, Design, Green Design, Museums

Nest, tri-lox, playground, design, children's museum

Images courtesy of Tri-Lox

A new interactive playscape created by design and fabrication practice Tri-Lox brings creative play to the rooftop terrace at Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Crown Heights. Inspired by the unique nests made by the baya weaver bird, Nest is made from reclaimed NYC water tower wood fashioned into an organic form; the woven landscape has a climbable exterior, circular hammock area and permeable interior space, all designed to foster free play and discovery.

Find out what makes this playscape so special

Crown Heights, Museums

Hunterfly Road Houses, Weeksville, Crown Heights

The Center’s historic Hunterfly Road Houses via Wiki Commons

The Weeksville Heritage Center has been added to a list of 33 Cultural Institutions Groups (CIG), guaranteeing the museum will have its basic operating costs covered, as Curbed first reported. After revealing its precarious financial position earlier this year, Weeksville launched a crowdfunding campaign in May to meet the Center’s short-term operating costs. The effort ended up bringing in over $266,000 from more than 4,100 donors around the world. The coveted CIG designation—the first new addition in more than 20 years and the first black cultural center in Brooklyn to make the list—means that Weeksville will be able to enjoy greater stability as it continues to share its vital mission with visitors and the community.

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Architecture, Crown Heights

ODA, crown heights, architecture, school

Rendering by Darc Studio.
In designing a Crown Heights girls’ school seeking an addition to their current campus, design and architecture firm ODA New York challenged the traditional American school building model, taking the future of urban density into account. The resulting design introduces a sixth facade, giving the structure a new set of faces to apply materials and create openings.

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Crown Heights, Museums

Hunterfly Road Houses, Weeksville, Crown Heights

The Hunterfly Road Houses, part of the Center, via Wiki Commons

The Weeksville Heritage Center is dedicated to documenting, preserving and interpreting the history of free African American communities in central Brooklyn and beyond. Built on the site of Weeksville, once the second-largest free black community in Antebellum America, the center maintains the landmarked Hunterfly Road Houses, which are the last standing historical remnants of that remarkable community, and mounts exhibitions, installations, and community programs. But rising operational costs have left the Center in a precarious financial position, and without support, the organization may have to close its doors as early as July. To meet its short-term operating costs, the Weeksville Heritage Center has launched a crowd-funding campaign in the hopes of raising at least $200,000 by June 30th.

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