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The Second City in Chicago; Photo via Wikimedia

A famed Chicago comedy institution is set to open an outpost in New York City for the first time. The Second City, a 63-year comedy and improv enterprise that has kickstarted the careers of many celebrities, announced it will open in Williamsburg, Brooklyn next summer.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Williamsburg

Rendering courtesy of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

On the site of a former bank and large parking lot, a new 123-unit rental is rising in Williamsburg. Located at 416 Metropolitan Avenue, the eight-story building opened an affordable housing lottery this week for 37 mixed-income apartments. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 80 and 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, ranging from $1,576/month for studios to $3,733/month for two-bedroom units.

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Features, Greenwood, History

10 things you didn’t know about Green-Wood Cemetery

By Lucie Levine, Thu, October 6, 2022

Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim on Flickr

What do Jean-Michel Basquiat, F.A.O Schwarz, Horace Greeley, Samuel Morse, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Boss Tweed, Peter Cooper, Leonard Bernstein, and Susan Smith McKinney-Steward have in common? All these notable New Yorkers are spending eternity in Brooklyn, specifically Green-Wood Cemetery, the stunning 478-acre “rural cemetery” that’s home to 560,000 “permanent residents” (and about as many truly spectacular mausoleums.) Since the best secrets are the ones you take to the grave, come dig up the dirt on Green-Wood, and read on for 10 things you didn’t know about Brooklyn’s most sensational cemetery.

Take it to the grave!

Art, Downtown Brooklyn

All photos courtesy of Bradley McCallum

A new public art installation in Downtown Brooklyn aims to bring attention to the fight against racism, violence, and the abuse of power within the criminal justice system. Created by artist Bradley McCallum, Witnessing transforms emergency call boxes once found on city sidewalks into memorials for victims and survivors of police brutality. McCallum’s work will be on display in The Plaza at 300 Ashland through January 2023.

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Cool Listings, Fort Greene

Photos courtesy of Serhant

This 19th-century townhouse at 11A South Portland Avenue sits just steps from the entrance to Fort Greene Park. Asking $6,125,000, the 4,913-square-foot three-family property counts among its standout features seven fireplaces, a verdant garden, historic details, and modern upgrades like a dual cooling/heating HVAC system. Within, antique chandeliers, crown molding, and ceiling medallions are framed by high ceilings, herringbone hardwood floors with border inlays, tall mahogany windows, doorway arches, marble, and polished stone tiles.

Take the classic brownstone tour

Architecture, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Events

Photo courtesy of The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant is once again inviting architecture lovers and design buffs on a virtual tour of the neighborhood’s most remarkable brownstones. Returning for its 44th year with the theme “Preserving Our Legacy, While Embracing Our Future,” the house tour will be available starting on October 15, with ticket holders able to view the video until November 27. While it once was an in-person experience, the event has been held virtually since 2020 because of the pandemic.

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Cool Listings, Greenpoint

Photo credit: Yoko Tsukasa of VHT for The Corcoran Group

Just a few blocks from the Greenpoint waterfront–one of New York City’s fastest-growing residential development areas–this two-level, one-bedroom condo at 182 Huron Street, asking $930,000, sits at a crossroads of old and new. South-facing light floods the home from wall-height windows, and 14-foot ceilings give the space a loft vibe. A sunny balcony overlooks the courtyards below.

Have a look around, and up and down

Architecture, Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Williamsburg

All photos courtesy of Shannon Dupre of DDReps

Three curvy townhouse-style condos in Williamsburg hit the market this week. Designed by Murat Mutlu, the principal of the International Office of Architects (INOA) and former protégé of the late, legendary architect Zaha Hadid, 74-76 South Second Street is a trio of architecturally unique four-bedroom homes, measuring 3,800 square feet and situated behind a modern facade of concrete and steel. The unique homes, listed for $5,995,000 each, are topped with an entertaining-ready roof deck and an outdoor kitchen.

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Art, Brooklyn, DUMBO

Images of the immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit in Barcelona, courtesy of the Frida Kahlo Corporation

An immersive experience honoring one of modern art’s most influential figures is coming to Brooklyn. Located within the Immersive Pavilion at 261 Water Street in Dumbo, Frida Kahlo, The Immersive Biography will transport guests into the life and work of the inspiring Mexican artist through a series of virtual reality experiences and “transformational spaces,” according to a press release. Tickets can now be purchased for the experience, which officially debuts on October 27.

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Celebrities, DUMBO, Recent Sales

All renderings courtesy of Marchmade

Brooklyn Nets point guard Ben Simmons is moving closer to the Barclays Center. The basketball star has entered contract for a combined two-unit apartment at Olympia Dumbo, a new 33-story residential development next to the Brooklyn Bridge. The apartment was listed for $13 million, as the New York Post reported, but the purchase price won’t be known until Simmons closes. While the Australian-born NBA star did not play in a single Nets game last season due to an injury, his new home in Dumbo is less than 15 minutes away from the team’s home court.

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