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Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Gowanus

$3.3M Gowanus penthouse has five private outdoor spaces

By Aaron Ginsburg, Fri, August 5, 2022

All images courtesy of Matt Dutile for The Corcoran Group, unless otherwise noted

In New York City, having access to one private outdoor space is enviable enough. This three-bedroom Brooklyn penthouse boasts five separate outdoor spaces. Located at 450 Warren Street in Gowanus, “Penthouse B” has a minimalist sleek aesthetic that complements the unit’s four open exposures, floor-to-ceiling windows, and 10-foot ceilings. Asking $3,295,000, the home, much like the rest of the newly constructed building, seamlessly integrates indoor and outdoor living.

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Carroll Gardens, Cool Listings, Gowanus

Photo courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

Set among a corridor of modern residences that lie between quaint Carroll Gardens and industrial Gowanus, this three-bedroom duplex condo at 345 Carroll Street, now asking $3,995,000, has just about everything you could ask for in its 2,912 square feet of living space. The garden floor condo is even blessed with the urban rarity of a private one-car garage as well as a massive private outdoor terrace. With an entire floor of “bonus” spaces that include a mudroom, laundry room, and two offices, it’s almost like having a townhouse with the ease of condo living.

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Gowanus, Policy, Upper East Side

NYC Council approves sweeping Gowanus rezoning

By Devin Gannon, Wed, November 24, 2021

Photo by bobistraveling on Flickr

The New York City Council on Tuesday approved the biggest rezoning of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration just weeks before his term ends. In a near-unanimous vote, the Council approved plans to upzone 82 blocks of Gowanus, a former industrial hub turned affluent residential neighborhood. As the first rezoning of de Blasio’s administration in a predominantly white and wealthy neighborhood, the decision could pave the way for upzoning in similar communities, including the proposal to rezone Soho and Noho, scheduled for a vote next month.

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Gowanus Canal

Photo by Danny Navarro / Flickr cc

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious plan for the rezoning of Brooklyn’s formerly industrial Gowanus neighborhood was finally approved by the city’s Land Use Committee on Wednesday, after a decade of debate and drama. As Gothamist reports, the rezoning plan, the current administration’s largest, was given the green light after Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin, the borough’s Community Board 6, and members of the Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice reached a deal with City Hall that includes more investment in public housing and sewer infrastructure.

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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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Events, Gowanus

You can take a tour of the Gowanus Canal in a canoe

By Dana Schulz, Wed, July 22, 2020

Photo courtesy of Gowanus Dredgers

How’s that for social distancing? Untapped New York has just announced the relaunch of its in-person tour series, and they’ve got some seriously cool new offerings, including a Victorian Flatbush walking tour and a tour of the Gowanus Canal that takes place via canoe. The team has implemented significant health and safety measures, from reduced capacity to a state-of-the-art radio system that allows for social distancing. In addition to these new tours, Untapped is bringing back many favorites, including “Hidden Gems of Governors Island,” “Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam,” and “Public Art Tour of Lower Manhattan.”

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Gowanus Canal cleanup will officially kick off this year

By Devin Gannon, Wed, January 29, 2020

Photo by bobistraveling on Flickr

The long-awaited cleanup of the Gowanus Canal officially has a start date. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued an administrative order requiring the start of the first phase of the project, 10 years after the agency declared it a Superfund site. Expected to begin in September and take 30 months to complete, the $125 million project covers the cleanup of the upper canal and the 1st Street turning basin and involves “full-scale dredging,” according to the agency.

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Gowanus Canal

Photo by Danny Navaro via Flickr cc

During a Brooklyn Community Board 6 meeting on Monday night, architects, developers, and city officials revealed preliminary plans for Gowanus Green, a multi-building development on a 5.8-acre site at the corner of Smith and Fifth Streets. Once home to a gas plant, the city-owned site has been vacant for decades and was designated as a “public place” in 1974. As the Brooklyn Daily Eagle first reported, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus residents who were expecting that the site would become a park widely panned the new proposal for a series of buildings ranging from a five-story school to a 28-story residential tower.

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Brooklyn, Gowanus, Landmarks Preservation Commission

Photos courtesy of LPC

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday designated five properties in Gowanus as individual landmarks ahead of the neighborhood’s impending rezoning. The buildings are architecturally significant examples of Brooklyn’s industrial past with relationships to the Canal, according to the commission. “These buildings stand out in the neighborhood as tangible reminders of the rich history of the neighborhood and the Gowanus Canal,” LPC Chair Sarah Carroll said. “They are all inherently connected to the manufacturing industries and institutions that developed around the canal in the late-19th and early-20th century.”

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Gowanus Canal

Photo by Danny NavarroFlickr cc

Since taking office, Donald Trump and his administration have been proposing cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would decrease funding for the cleanup of the Gowanus Canal. Declared a federal Superfund site in 2010, the Canal has a major issue with combined sewer overflow (CSO), which occurs when heavy rainfall overtaxes the sewer system and causes stormwater runoff and wastewater to empty into the waterway. As Brooklyn Eagle reports, the city’s proposal to mitigate this issue was to “replace two [CSO] retention tanks holding 8 and 4 million gallons with a 16 million-gallon CSO tunnel running beneath the upper portion of the canal.” However, in a letter obtained by the Eagle, Trump EPA appointee Pete Lopez said that they would instead install two large retention tanks along the Canal walls.

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