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Entries from November 2007

BREAKING: Underground Railroad House Spared

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

The Underground Railroad House at 227 Duffield Street will be spared from eminent domain and the wrecking ball. A press release has gone out from the owner and several groups working to save the building that the city “has pledged that it will not use eminent domain to condemn” the building and that it “has […]

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Tags: Duffield Street

Call for Independent Atlantic Yards Security Study Gets Louder

November 30th, 2007 · 6 Comments

[Photo via Jonathan Barkey/pBase] A broad-based group that includes local officials supporting the Atlantic Yards development renewed their call for an independent study of security at the planned arena at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. Citing a setback that is only 20 feet in some places, the officials said a full public airing of issues is […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

Meanwhile, on Dean Street Again: Buy Now

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

A sign of the times? Perhaps. Or just another Brooklyn come on. A GL reader spotted this on the construction fence in front of 47 Dean Street, which had a serious Stop Work Order issue until a couple of week ago. That’s all better now, but the owners of the building being advertised as being […]

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Tags: Cobble Hill

Minerva Stop Work Order Music Video

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Here’s a Stop Work Order music video from Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights. It concerns 614 7th Avenue, aka the Minerva Building site. Their narrative: Lots of shiny new DOB and DOT permits up …and what do we have here? TWO SWOs! Deplorable conditions on the site that includes TONS of garbage, tires, hazardous waste […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Greenwood Heights

Roebling Oil Building Update: Warehouse 11 on the Market

November 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The building that we’ve been waiting for–having been photographing and posting about the building site for more than year–is upon us. The Roebling Oil Building Warehouse 11 is on the market. It is “modern industrial design redesigned.” There are eight apartments listed so far and the opening screens of a website, a couple of screen […]

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Tags: Environment · Roebling Oil Field · Williamsburg

Brooklyn Nibbles: Tempo Presto Closure Edition

November 30th, 2007 · 7 Comments

[Photo courtesy of aaronchamberlain/flickr] There are Park Slope food & drink-related developments to report, with one being a closure and another being an opening: 1) It would appear that Tempo Presto on Seventh Avenue at Third Street is about to become Tempo Morto. First came the rumor: Tempo Presto is closing. Then came word on […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Nibbles · Park Slope

Williamsburg Rising: N. 5th and Berry

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

This is both the (artist’s version of) future and current state of the northwest corner of N. 5 Street and Berry in Williamsburg. The rendering is of 154 Berry, a six-story Karl Fischer building with 40 apartments. (The rendering was posted by Brownstoner back in late October.) The bottom photo is the construction as it […]

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Tags: Williamsburg

Bklink: Dealing With Construction Next Door

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

“Say that you and your neighbors have been living a quiet, peaceful life on your tree-lined city block for years and years. Suddenly, you see construction workers digging in that vacant lot next to your condo or co-op building. So you go down to the city offices—or these days, go online—and find out that someone […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Shortlink

Williamsburg Slice of Life: Siege of the Bulldozers

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

The subject of this thread on the Williamsboard caught our attention: “It’s Official! Williamsburg is now the worst place to live in N.Y.C.!!” Here’s the post that started the thread: Woken up at 6:00 am because there’s bulldozers on 3 sides of my fucking apartment. Can’t find a god-damn parking space ‘cuz they’re takin up […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Williamsburg

Brooklinks: Friday End of November Edition

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images. Much to Note in Greenpoint [New York Shitty] Price Cuts at the Fusion in the South Slope [Brownstoner] Boro Park Gives Police Commissioner Warm Welcome [Sun] Cops Step Up Presence After Day Ridge Stabbings [Bay Ridge Rover] Nasty, Nasty Trash Problem [Kensington Brooklyn] Do People […]

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Bklink: MetroTech’s Bogus Birds

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Hey. Look. Up there. It’s a weird sounding bird. But, wait, there aren’t any birds. Ah, there are speakers with bird sounds. Oh, that Ratner.–McBrooklyn

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Tags: Holidays · Shortlink

Tis the Season: Tree & Reindeer

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

From Park Slope, come tree and reindeer.

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Tags: Holidays

Bklink: Greenpoint Holiday Gift Guide

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

Here is the beginning of a list of cool local places to shop in Greenpoint. If you want the Chandelier Earrings, then you’ve got to go to Brooklynski.–Greenpointers

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Tags: Greenpoint · Holidays · Shortlink

Upcoming: PS 154 Winter Festival

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

On Saturday, PS 154 at 1625 11th Avenue in Windsor Terrace invites everyone to their Winter Festival. There’s breakfast with Santa from 8AM-10AM, plus pics with Santa and gifts. The cost is $15 for one child, $25 for two children and $35 for three. Two adults per family are free. Then, there’s the Joyous Annual […]

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Tags: Events · Holidays

Bklink: Williamsburg or Soho for Holiday Shopping?

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

It’s definitely a sign of the times. Do you want to do your holiday shopping in Williamsburg or in Soho? Of the Burg, it says: “Williamsburg is where the hip kids hang – we all know that by now – converging en mass each weekend to hit the late night scene.” Of Soho it says: […]

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Tags: Holidays · Shortlink

Tis the Season, Part I: Bed-Stuy Charlie Brown Tree

November 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Courtesy of aprilchild/flickr] This is a rather compelling example of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas tree, which comes to us from a window sill in Bed-Stuy via flickr. It’s actually quite pretty in its own way.

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Tags: Holidays

Bklink: Do You Hear Boat Noises?

November 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

What are those boat noises–like the sound of a foghorn–that you hear from time to time? We hear them and apparently they hear them in Clinton Hill, and elsewhere, too. We assumed it was the Staten Island Ferry. Other possibilities?–Clinton Hill Blog

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Tags: Shortlink

Atlantic Yards Security Press Conference Today

November 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

A group of Brooklyn officials–including several that have supported the Atlantic Yards project–will be having a press conference today to further their call for an “independent security study” of the Atlantic Yards arena. The group includes State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Assembly Member Joan Millman, a representative of State Assembly Member Jim Brennan, City Council […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

Williamsburg Belvedere Halted in Mid-Vedere

November 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

Every time we look at this building all we can see are those huge jutting balconies which seem ridiculously out of place on N. 9th Street in Williamsburg and on the building. We’ve been so busy contemplating those out-size bad boys that we failed to notice something that our Greenpoint Correspondent‘s sharp, sharp eye: the […]

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Tags: Greenpoint · Williamsburg

GL Analysis: In Ten Years, Will They Ask "How Did This Happen?"

November 29th, 2007 · 17 Comments

Whether one supports or opposes the Atlantic Yards project, an arena that ignores the threat of truck bombs and other terrorist attacks is far more than a planning blunder: it is a calculated and almost unthinkable act of public negligence. Bromides from city government that the security threat is under control and that the issue […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards

Meanwhile, on Dean Street: Smith N Court

November 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

This is the Smith N Court Condo, which is actually at 52 Dean Street rather than being on Smith Street or Court Street. Brownstoner has checked in on the 23-unit building previously, noting that the website went up early this spring and returning to the scene when the facade was a bit more complete. A […]

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Tags: Cobble Hill

Tis the Season: Christmas at Metrotech

November 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

[Photo courtesy of threecee/flickr] We’re tempted to put caption, “Marty, did you fart?” under this, but we won’t. We will simply say that there is an entire Metrotech Christmas Tree Lighting photoset from last night’s ceremony.

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Tags: Atlantic Yards · Holidays

New Nabe Group: The Windsor Terrace Alliance

November 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

There’s a new neighborhood group in town. It’s called the Windsor Terrace Alliance and it’s been set up talk about community issues like development, edcuation, traffic safety and other important quality of life issues. The group’s website can be found here. The group lists it priorities as: Expanded Education and Child Care: pushing for a […]

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Tags: Windsor Terrace

Bklink: Who Set Up the Community Group for Ratner to Buy?

November 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

One has to love a mystery, and this particular one is fascinating. Someone told an anecdote the other night that a local politician set up a community group “with the express purpose of being bought out by Bruce Ratner.” Sounds like an interesting business model.–Atlantic Yards Report

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Tags: Atlantic Yards · Shortlink

Tis the Season, Part I: Gerritsen Beach Edition

November 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

[Courtesy GerritsenBeach.Net] From our friends at GerritsenBeach.Net comes this street decoration on Gerritsen Avenue.

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Tags: Holidays