If you have a passion for sharing your neighborhood knowledge with other New Yorkers, the submission window is open to enter a tour plan for Jane’s Walk 2024. All of the walks in the annual May event are volunteer led and showcase all five boroughs.
Feb. 13, 2024 By Anna Bradley-Smith A change to city rules that would allow up to 250-unit, 250-foot-tall residential developments to be built without going through the city’s environmental review process was largely met with support at a public hearing Wednesday. However, Brooklyn was heavily represented in those who spoke against the proposal, with speakers… Read More
As New York City faces the worst housing crisis in over 50 years, Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday announced that 18 new housing developments in Gowanus will move forward under the Gowanus Neighborhood Mixed Income Housing Development Program.
Work is almost complete on the borough’s first supertall, The Brooklyn Tower, with facade installation wrapping up on the building’s double-height plinth and tenants and homeowners already taking up residence in the skyscraper that towers over it.
Feb. 2, 2024 By Anna Bradley-Smith A Greek Revival-style townhouse pitched to rise on a garden lot on Brooklyn Heights’ historic Grace Court was roundly rejected by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday for being out of character, out of proportion, and “the visual equivalent of a defensive crouch,” according to one commissioner. At issue was also whether the lot, one of 10 street-facing backyards attached to Remsen Street houses that have provided greenery and open space along Grace Court for more than 170 years, should be developed at all or preserved. The backyard lot in question at 39… Read More
The number of Brooklyn homeowners at serious risk of losing their homes through foreclosure more than doubled from 2022 to 2023, with 541 homes being the subject of first-time foreclosure auctions last year compared to 180 in 2022.
After an ultimate-hour storm of protests failed to save Park Slope’s iconic Grand Prospect Hall, the wedding and event hall that had stood for over a century was razed in a jiffy, but the apartment building that will replace it is taking some time.
Jan. 4, 2024 By Anna Bradley-Smith & Cate Corcoran A nine-story apartment building with a curved and rippled facade like an Art Deco ocean liner is rising at the epicenter of one of the oldest settlements in Brooklyn. Benefiting from a rezoning and replacing the gas station that long held the corner of Bushwick and Metropolitan in East Williamsburg, the development will have 136 rentals, some of which will be affordable housing. The structure had reached six stories and dozens of workers were on site at 828 Metropolitan Avenue when Brooklyn Paper’s sister publication Brownstoner passed by last week. The… Read More
With 2023 on the way out, we take our annual look back at the Brooklyn buildings and neighborhoods considered significant enough to merit designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission during the year.
At about 1 a.m. on Thursday morning, the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations and 32BJ SEIU union members — who represent 17,000 of New York City’s commercial building cleaners — reached a tentative contract agreement ahead of the current contract’s Dec. 31 expiration date.