The Q at Parkside

(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Q's "Wheel Appreciation Day"

yet another extraordinary use

Walking back from the Office Depot with three (3) large office chairs in big boxes planted on my hand truck, passing zooming cars and bikes, a man in a wheelchair, a lady with a walker and a large garbage container being easily managed down the sidewalk by a smallish super...I was once again moved to express my gratitude to the wheel.

It is hard to imagine an invention more crucial. It's almost if, in defiance of the time-honored cliche, the wheel keeps reinventing itself every day.

Here's to the wheel. May we all roll through this life with just a wee less effort. (Don't even get me STARTED about the lever...)


Readings on Rogers

This is Brooklyn. Brooklyn, NYC. Capital of the Arts. It's easy to forget sometimes that you're living, maybe even sitting on the subway, among some of the most creative, accomplished and forward-thinking musicians, authors, poets, painters, dancers, performers, choreographers, burlesque artists, actors, performance artists, multi-media thing-makers, graphic novelists, sculptors, filmmakers and plumbers on the planet. (Yes, I still wholeheartedly recommend the gruff, hilarious and generally unflappable Mark of Mark's Plumbing. Just as with a barber, it's good to develop a relationship with a plumber.)

With that in mind, the Q recommends you come out next week to support PLG Arts and its reading series, featuring celebrated locally sourced authors Martha Southgate and Darcey Steinke. Come out to the Inkwell Cafe at 408 Rogers next Thursday at 7:30, grab a drink, and settle in for some serious good use of the English language.





Live Blogging the Ebola Situation

Who needs me when you've got the muscle of every news outlet in the free world?

Short version: Ebola comes to NYC. Panic and Hysteria to start presently.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Pop-Up Yummy From Sallie Ann's

Thank goodness for other news! Shari and Doug really know how to treat the tummy. Deliciousness is their middle, maiden and married name. So, if you're hankering for some old home goodness, stop by the patio of the Maple Street School either Saturday or Sunday for some serious chow and fixin's.

This weekend Shari and Doug's 2nd SALLIE ANN'S Pop-Up restaurant eatery goes live on the Maple Street School patio. This time it's for two days —Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. It's the weekend before Halloween, in concurrence with Prospect Park's Halloween festivities. (As before—informal, no seats, though there's the curb at the subway entrance and the nearby park.)
Menu:
Old-Fashioned meatloaf sandwich
(w/ aioli or spicy Korean BBQ drizzle)

Heirloom tomato tart

Kimcheese (grilled cheese w/ homemade kimchi)
(homage Sara Jenkins Extra Bar)
(trust us—it's delightful)
Mashed root vegetables (butternut squash, potatoes, parsnips)

Beet salad w/ parsley, edamame, shallots, and goat cheese 

Ginger apple cider

Pumpkin muffins

And, yes, we're still looking for a physical space in Flatbush Lefferts Gardens! It will happen soon!

A Lazy Post

I really hope you have something better to do than read the latest nonsense from MTOPP, written in some vague sort of iambic pentameter. But say you're in the waiting room at the dentist and all the subscription magazines are about golf...here goes:


Dear Members
 
This is the email that Karim was upset about.
That he referred to during our meeting with him last night.
Please review it.
There was no mention of anybody being corrupt.
Nor did I associate him with anyone else.
 
He's upset,
because it indicates that he was going to support
us in our efforts.
And why would he be upset about that!
We are his constituency, he is suppose to represent us.
So what is so terribly wrong about this email
that he mentioned it again last night,
along with lies about what it said!
 
What would it mean if a representative were to support our efforts!
Well who gains from the rezoning of our community!
The developers!
Didn't Pro Angotti, said
City Planning is in the pockets of the Developers!
This is common knowledge!
 
Even our attorney talked about how the Developers buy
influence with the local politicians to get their way.
 
And if they support our efforts, then they don't support
the developers efforts! Conflict of Interest!
 
Or more locally known as CORRUPTION!
 
Alicia,
www.mtopp.org
(718) 703-3086

Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:01 AM
Subject: Results of meeting with Assembly Karim Camara (Good News!)

Good Morning Neighbor
 
Good News!  We met with Assembly Karim Camara
and he is on board with supporting our efforts
He recognized that regardless of his own personal views,
he represents us and will support our goals.
 
He will first go back and talk to Eric Adams (after Monday, I'm sure he is listening)
and let him know we don't want Empire Blvd changed from a commercial to residential.
However, we do want to do Contextual Zoning on Empire Blvd,
creating height limits and other restrictions to create a Blvd that is upscale, airy, light etc...
 
He will also approach the Mayor's office and seek a meeting between us and them.
To engage in talks about how to preserve this affordable community
and supporting the local tenants in the community from displacement etc....
 
He will also help us get marching and sound permits for our March and Rally
That will take place on Sunday, August 24 at 2 pm.
SAVE THE DATE!
 
There will be two starting points for this March!
1. Leffarts Ave and Flatbush Ave.
2. Washington Ave and Sullivan Place.
Both these groups will merge at the Corner of Empire Blvd and Washington Ave
and then march down to Empire Blvd and Rogers Ave.
This will be a peaceful demonstration!
And all of our publication will depict that sentiment.
 
In return he is requesting two things from us.
1. 500-1000 letters addressed to the Mayor about our concerns.
a. It should contain, years in the community
b. A renter or home owner
c. Address, and name.
d. cc to all local representatives
 
2. 2000-3000 petitions signed
 
Remember Community Bd 9 will be resuming business on Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014
We need to be ready to get the changes that we want!
 
As you can see we have a lot of work ahead of us.
But no one has said to me that this is a done deal,
the way they said about 626 Flatbush, when MTOPP
entered into the fight and why because it isn't!
 
We can stop this right now!
While it is still in the communities hands!
 
Alicia,
www.mtopp.org
(718) 703-3086

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Conclusion About MTOPP

And so, with two "new development" posts in the last two days, the Q hopes to have painted a fairly full picture of the enormous change happening all around us, not tomorrow, but right now. If my hunch is right, it's about half what is actually being planned but not announced. I just noted, on a walk near my house, the enormous number of projects on Clarkson to my east. No 23-story towers; just high-end market rate building after building. It doesn't take a genius to see where the neighborhood is heading. I never would have dreamed it'd go down like this, and that so many people would be pushed out so quickly. A building owner need only do the math, and then a mere matter of will and tactics to white-fy a building. Okay, upscale. But if you happen to be black, you can be pardoned for the conflation of the two.

And so, I'm once again led to the question: what on earth could be gained by stopping a zoning study? Curbing the march of gentrification? That's a joke, right? That would be like stopping moving bus with paper bag.

No, the only two blocks that seem to REALLY be affected by any of this MTOPP crap are on Empire, between Prospect Park and Rogers. This is a fact - pretty much everywhere else that's not landmarked or protected by super-low zoning will (I said WILL) receive an enormous increase in density. The zoning allows it. It allows it now. Or as Richard Bearak, zoning czar at the BP's office likes remind me, there's a great deal of "potential units" cooked into the current zoning.

And now we're told that hotels may be coming to Empire. They could be built "as of right." Fine. If MTOPP doesn't want residential built on Empire, let's give them hotels. In fact, that would provide for a lot more jobs than Self-Storage facilities. Where, I'm told, a couple employees is all you need to run the whole damn operation. At least a hotel hires dozens of folks. And the tourists buy stuff locally. All in all, isn't that what MTOPP should be supporting? Economic activity for local residents? It is the Movement To Protect the People after all. I'm assuming then that it is not the movement to protect any single resident's right to rent out space (hmm, kinda like a hotel) to foreigners (hmm, like tourists) and refinance his/her house every time gentrification once again spikes his/her home value through the roof and into his/her lovely garden and then have the gall to accuse others of taking money at the expense of the little people. Hey, if you own a home right now you'd be tempted to pull out some of that sweet equity yourself, wouldn't you? I recall one commie acquaintance calling it "blood equity." Stuck with me for years. Didn't stop me from refinancing though...I mean, c'mon, wouldn't you? At least I have the respect for your intelligence to admit it.

The MTOPP fight, as currently defined, is not really about low-income people of color or saving a neighborhood from gentrification. It's about preserving the quality of life for people right next to those couple blocks of Empire. That's NIMBYism at its very worst. Scaring the pants off of people, tarring and feathering decent people with calls of corruption and racism, all in the name of what exactly? Keeping Empire Boulevard as it is? Or more likely, keeping those two blocks of Empire commercial and therefore uninhabitable? To think of the tiny piece of real estate that has now taken up so many people's headspace. It's like they're living rent-free in my brain. Which, by the way, is zoned R2-E, which stands for Ready To Explode.

Now they say they want to rewrite the CB9 resolution. Which I include again below, asking that you please show me the "smoking gun" that would prevent us from moving forward with City Planning. Those of us who've actually discussed this process rationally with the powers that be know that nothing in the resolution is fact or binding. Everything is open to interpretation, conversation, changes. Just as it would be if you rewrote it. Except now we've wasted weeks, and it will probably drag on for months, or at least until Planning gives up on us and moves on to, I dunno, Bensonhurst.

So why, some have asked, is CB9 not willing to rewrite it? Well, if they'd get off their ass and call some ULURP committee meetings, maybe they would. Or maybe they wouldn't. Majority rules, you know? And no one I've spoken to wants Alicia Boyd in the room, dictating terms and making threats. That's probably why Dwayne's been reluctant to engage at all. Heck next week's CB9 meeting doesn't even have the issue on the agenda. Probably wants to get a reasonable and event-free meeting under his belt, new chairman and all, and after last month's disaster who can blame him? The new ULURP chairman is Ben Edwards. Ben is the president of the Lefferts Manor Association. Good guy, though hardly known for aggressive leadership. Is he right for the gig? I guess time will tell. At this point, I hardly care. Sorry, Ben, not to be more supportive. By the way, when are you going to call a meeting? See you soon...

Frankly if the whole process implodes, once again, we'll get what we deserve. Nothing. And the neighborhood will be redefined and reimagined by others - those "greedy" developers we hear so much about. Developers who, by their very nature and role in society, are in one business - maximizing profits through building. And they WILL maximize profits. And we WILL live with whatever results that brings. Greed? You could call it that. I would call it "the system in which we live." Hardly specific to Lefferts, or Brooklyn, or New York, or everywhere else in the world but the Park Slope Food Coop. And even THEY'VE been making some pretty suspect upgrades to the shopping scanners and the furniture on which they rest. Greedy hippies...

Will we have opportunities to say what we want where and how high and with how many affordable units? Will we develop relationships with City officials that show we're mature enough, and civil enough, to put some of our most Backyard Wishes aside to share in the City's growth, housing AND quality of life goals? Are we willing to sit down to discuss schools, transportation, sanitation, roads, parking, traffic, public safety, public spaces and all the rest, in the spirit of cooperation? 

Oh, and one last thing. You know those lovely houses and apartment buildings that are the very fabric of this place called Lefferts? Know how they got built? Know who financed the building of them? Know who came in, not terribly long after Brooklyn merged into NYC, and took advantage of people's desire to live near the Park and near the Museum and Garden, and the nearby public transportation? Those very precious homes on precious tree-lined blocks, some of them built to specs exactly like their next door neighbors house or apartment, rowhouses don't you know, just dripping with period details?

Yep. Greedy developers. Doing what they do. Remaking the landscape, whether in 1914 or 2014.

The offensive resolution, for your perusing pleasure. Be forewarned though...it's pretty terrifying stuff, not for the weak of heart. You might want to read it with the lights on and with a friend - a friend you TRUST.



Rounding Out the Development Picture

Thanks to Mike F (Known online as whynot?) over at Brooklynian for offering up a fuller picture of what's going on in the nabe development-wise. Most of the below descriptions are outdated...click through to find the latest updates. Mike hosts all manner of conversations on many neighborhoods, but he's shown particular expertise in Crown Heights, which for me feels very much related to the uptick in activity down here. Which is to say, builders are not particularly concerned about the arbitrary cutoffs of micronabes like Lefferts. It's a big picture thing, and the key is proximity to cultural institutions, transportation, upscale amenities, the Park etc.

From Brooklynian:



1. The long closed, former movie theater at Bedford and Lincoln will be torn down and construction on a large apartment building will begin. It is not yet known whether it will be condos or rentals:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/26049/big-building-on-northeast-corner-of-lincoln-pl-and-bedford

2. The long vacant, large lot located on Sterling, between Washington and Classon will be built on:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/36676/vacant-lot-on-sterling-between-washington-and-classon


3. The 1000 Dean St project (located between Classon and Franklin) might provide a permanent home to the Brooklyn Flea. An associated food court and beer hall will be opened nearby:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/36017/new-development-coming-to-dean-between-franklin-classon#Item_92

http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/37390/899-917-bergen-street-soon-to-be-food-court-and-beer-garden-smorgasborg

4. The building being constructed at the highly visible corner of Franklin and Eastern Parkway will be substantially completed:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/35888/the-curious-case-of-341-eastern-parkway-aka-the-hole-

5. The Court Officers Academy, located in the St. Theresa Complex on Classon, will open and house students:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/32588/former-st-teresa-school-to-train-court-officers


6. Construction on a large residential development will begin on St. Marks, between Classon and Franklin.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/34884/compare-supermarket-brings-in-the-builders


7. The enormous, decrepit complex of buildings at Franklin, Bergen and Dean has been listed for sale. I don't expect demolition to happen until late 2014 though...
http://www.brooklynian.com/index.php?p=discussion/comment/501136


8. A church and community hall located on Rogers at Crown St. will be torn down to make way for 165 apartments.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/39022/south-of-ep-the-church-at-rogers-between-carrol-and-crown-is-next-to-go


9. The big Parking garage on St. John's near shuttle tracks is to become a really big apartment building
http://www.brooklynian.com/index.php?p=discussion/39125/parking-lot-on-st-john039s-to-become-apartments


10. Formerly the home to Hot dog and Pepsi combos for $1.99, and Gulf gasoline, the corner of EP and Bedford is believed to be in the process of becoming a Marriott hotel.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/38184/the-gulf-stationdunkin-donuts-at-ep-and-bedford-1550-bedford


11. The former site of Sea Crest Laundry, 46 Crown St at Franklin Avenue.
Brooklynian is WAY AHEAD of the real estate press on this one, because the company only recently ceased operations.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/39234/the-sea-crest-linen-site-46-crown-st-#Item_10

12. The repurposing of the Armory at Union and Bedford

http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/35353/mtg-about-the-armory-at-bedford-and-union#Item_114


13. The repopulating of Tivoli Towers:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/43762/tivoli-towers-crown-and-franklin/p1 


14. A large site at Carroll and the Shuttle tracks is presently listed for sale, and will likely become a high rise that provides nice views of the Botanical Garden and Prospect Park:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/39263/931-carroll-between-franklin-and-the-shuttle-tracks#Item_2

15. Although it is still in operation, and I have no information about it being for sale, I have decided to add the "The Spice Factory on Franklin near Empire" to this list:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/38820/that-warehouse-for-spices-on-franklin-near-sullivan-used-to-be-a-brewery#Item_8

16. The massive car wash and gas station at the corner of EP and Bedford.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/44338/goodbye-huge-epbedford-car-wash-and-gas-station - See more at: http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/44634/links-to-the-big-16-developments-in-western-crown-heights#Item_1

Here's the Big 16 links I am presently watching, complete with some dated commentary. To get the latest commentary and news on each development, follow the link.

I'll be posting this index thread around the web over the next few weeks....

1. The long closed, former movie theater at Bedford and Lincoln will be torn down and construction on a large apartment building will begin. It is not yet known whether it will be condos or rentals:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/26049/big-building-on-northeast-corner-of-lincoln-pl-and-bedford

2. The long vacant, large lot located on Sterling, between Washington and Classon will be built on:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/36676/vacant-lot-on-sterling-between-washington-and-classon
- See more at: http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/44634/links-to-the-big-16-developments-in-western-crown-heights#Item_1
Here's the Big 16 links I am presently watching, complete with some dated commentary. To get the latest commentary and news on each development, follow the link.

I'll be posting this index thread around the web over the next few weeks....

1. The long closed, former movie theater at Bedford and Lincoln will be torn down and construction on a large apartment building will begin. It is not yet known whether it will be condos or rentals:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/26049/big-building-on-northeast-corner-of-lincoln-pl-and-bedford

2. The long vacant, large lot located on Sterling, between Washington and Classon will be built on:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/36676/vacant-lot-on-sterling-between-washington-and-classon


3. The 1000 Dean St project (located between Classon and Franklin) might provide a permanent home to the Brooklyn Flea. An associated food court and beer hall will be opened nearby:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/36017/new-development-coming-to-dean-between-franklin-classon#Item_92

http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/37390/899-917-bergen-street-soon-to-be-food-court-and-beer-garden-smorgasborg

4. The building being constructed at the highly visible corner of Franklin and Eastern Parkway will be substansially completed:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/35888/the-curious-case-of-341-eastern-parkway-aka-the-hole-

5. The Court Officers Academy, located in the St. Theresa Complex on Classon, will open and house students:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/32588/former-st-teresa-school-to-train-court-officers


6. Construction on a large residential development will begin on St. Marks, between Classon and Franklin.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/34884/compare-supermarket-brings-in-the-builders


7. The enormous, decrepit complex of buildings at Franklin, Bergen and Dean has been listed for sale. I don't expect demolition to happen until late 2014 though...
http://www.brooklynian.com/index.php?p=discussion/comment/501136


8. A church and community hall located on Rogers at Crown St. will be torn down to make way for 165 apartments.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/39022/south-of-ep-the-church-at-rogers-between-carrol-and-crown-is-next-to-go


9. The big Parking garage on St. John's near shuttle tracks is to become a really big apartment building
http://www.brooklynian.com/index.php?p=discussion/39125/parking-lot-on-st-john039s-to-become-apartments


10. Formerly the home to Hot dog and Pepsi combos for $1.99, and Gulf gasoline, the corner of EP and Bedford is believed to be in the process of becoming a Marriott hotel.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/38184/the-gulf-stationdunkin-donuts-at-ep-and-bedford-1550-bedford


11. The former site of Sea Crest Laundry, 46 Crown St at Franklin Avenue.
Brooklynian is WAY AHEAD of the real estate press on this one, because the company only recently ceased operations.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/39234/the-sea-crest-linen-site-46-crown-st-#Item_10

12. The repurposing of the Armory at Union and Bedford

http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/35353/mtg-about-the-armory-at-bedford-and-union#Item_114


13. The repopulating of Tivoli Towers:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/43762/tivoli-towers-crown-and-franklin/p1 


14. A large site at Carroll and the Shuttle tracks is presently listed for sale, and will likely become a high rise that provides nice views of the Botanical Garden and Prospect Park:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/39263/931-carroll-between-franklin-and-the-shuttle-tracks#Item_2

15. Although it is still in operation, and I have no information about it being for sale, I have decided to add the "The Spice Factory on Franklin near Empire" to this list:
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/38820/that-warehouse-for-spices-on-franklin-near-sullivan-used-to-be-a-brewery#Item_8

16. The massive car wash and gas station at the corner of EP and Bedford.
http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/44338/goodbye-huge-epbedford-car-wash-and-gas-station
- See more at: http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/44634/links-to-the-big-16-developments-in-western-crown-heights#Item_1
Here's the Big 16 links I am presently watching, complete with some dated commentary. To get the latest commentary and news on each development, follow the link.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Buffie Simmons Out as District 17 Superintendent

In some very good news for local parents, longtime District 17 Superintendent Buffie Simmons has been "promoted" to Central DoE. You may use the word promoted as a synonym for whatever you think is apt. She will no longer be making decisions that affect your and your children's lives.

In other D17 news, a new principal has been named for PS375, also known as the Jackie Robinson school, just north of Empire Blvd. Schwanna Ellman is off to a good start according to teachers. Let's hope that positive change is in the offing. If any of you are interested in asking her to join a meeting in the neighborhood, let me know. Maybe set something up at Play Kids?

Thanks to all for lending your voice and encouragement ever since longtime principal Marion Wilson was also, promoted, and a couple mediocre replacements named, by, you guessed it, Buffie Simmons. Catch ya on the flip, B.S.

Development In Our Neighborhood Chugging Like A College Frat Boy

Leave it to dogged DNA.info reporter Rachel Holliday-Smith to put together a comprehensive list of new buildings 'round here. Be sure to click on the article though to see some great photos and the whole story. It's hardly worth noting at this point where the Q stands on the issue. A zoning study, which was to have begun presently after community comment, is on hold while some members of the neighborhood seem to think that a revised zoning resolution would somehow stop the onslaught or limit its size or its effect on community displacement. Fiddling while Rome burns? Perhaps fanning flames while home churns? I'll note that a bunch of these projects are happening right near me, and where they are in context, I'm resigned to the changes. I wish more folks were realistic when it comes to the City's growth, and would be willing to discuss thoroughly with Planning how best to accommodate it, deal with the City services needed to absorb it, extract maximum affordable units and plazas, and lessen its other more negative effects on the community. And rather than fight their neighbors, fight the practices of unscrupulous landlords using race and class as a weapon against longtime residents. THAT, I would hope, is something we could ALL agree on, and work for.

You may want to note that at 626 Flatbush, 40-50% of AMI would mean families of 4 making roughly 33K to 41K. Though it should be noted that not many of these apartments would be comfortable fits at that price. Couples would fare better, and combined incomes of $25K would be truly affordable - using the standard ration to gross income. Apartments would come in under $1,000, as low as $700 or so. Not perfect...but save supportive housing, I don't know that we could do much better right now. AND supportive and full affordable buildings are possible through City and State funding. To get that going, you need buy-in from electeds. Who it might be nice to work WITH rather than against. Oh God, there I go again...

267 Rogers Ave.
Construction is underway on a five-story, 112,000-square-foot residential building on this large lot near Carroll Street, where St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church stood from 1920 until earlier this year, when it was razed to make way for the new project, according to property records. Renderings of the project show a geometric, grey facade with square windows accented with bright blue and yellow paneling.
995 Washington Ave.
Work has begun on a four-story residential building set on this vacant sliver of land between Washington Avenue and the Franklin Avenue shuttle. The triangular lot sold for just under $77,000 in 2009, but in spring of this year, it was turnd over to “Washington Ave Dev LLC” for almost $330,000, public records show. Plans for the new 3,300-square-foot, triangle-shaped building were approved this summer by the Department of Buildings, according to records. Though a Bond New York listing asking $2.5 million has been removed since it was posted online in July, a sign on the property said the site is still for sale.
626 Flatbush Ave.
After facing multiple legal challenges to build this 23-story, mixed-use residential tower, construction of the Hudson Companies project is well underway. When completed, the building will have 227,000 square feet of space, almost all of which will be residential, according to plans filed with the Department of Buildings. Eighty percent of the building’s 254 units will be market-rate, according to the company, with the rest set aside for tenants earning 40 to 50 percent of the Area Median Income.
 About ten stories have been constructed already at 626 Flatbush Ave. in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, which will ultimately be 23 stories tall, according to building plans. About ten stories have been constructed already at 626 Flatbush Ave. in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, which will ultimately be 23 stories tall, according to building plans.View Full Caption
DNAinfo/Rachel Holliday Smith
31 Lincoln Rd.
This L-shaped, eight-story building has been in the works since 2012 when Anderson and Associates, the developer behind the project, first filed plans for the 75,000-square-foot, mixed-use residential property. Construction is now well underway at the site, which is located between Flatbush Avenue, Lincoln Road and the tracks of the B, Q and shuttle trains. The Prospect Park train station on Lincoln Road is located directly next to one of the building’s two entrances. When complete, the property will have 87 units, almost 5,000 square feet of commercial space and 68 indoor parking spots, according to plans.
651 New York Ave.
This project by HELLOLiving will bring a six-story residential building with 40 “luxury” units to New York Avenue between Fenimore and Hawthorne streets, according to building plans and the company’s website. The company broke ground on the project this summer and construction is ongoing at the site. When complete, the 30,000-square-foot building will have indoor parking spaces, a gym and private elevator access directly into each units, the company said.
329 Sterling St.
Construction of a six-story residential building on this lot located directly next to a city playground on Sterling Street between Nostrand and New York avenues is underway, with I-beams set around the footprint of the building’s foundation. When complete, the building will have roughly 20,000 square feet of residential space, according to plans filed by “Jacquelyn 327, LLC,” the building’s owner. A rendering of the project posted on construction fencing shows a stone and brick facade with large glass windows and six small terraces.
Planned New Construction:
834 Nostrand Ave.
Currently a two-story commercial building with a T-Mobile on the first floor, Helm Equities bought this lot on the southwest corner of Nostrand Avenue and Eastern Parkway in 2008 for $2.4 million and plans to turn it into a seven-story, mixed use project, according to property records. The firm filed plans with the Department of Buildings on Sept. 30 to demolish the structure and build a 29-unit, 33,500-square-foot building in its place, two-thirds of which will be residential space. The plans were first reported by the real estate blog New York YIMBY. It’s unclear when construction will begin; the Buildings Department rejected the construction application on Oct. 3 due to “incomplete drawings.” Helm Equities did not answer inquiries made about the project.
111 Clarkson Ave.
A Victorian home once described as a “fantastical three-story concoction,” by the New York Times and “the Haunted House of Clarkson” by local blogger Tim Thomas was razed earlier this year, to be replaced by two buildings on the same lot with a total of 50 residential units, said developer Seth Brown ofAspen Equities. One building at 520 Parkside Ave. will be seven stories tall with 22 residential units, according to property records, while the adjoining, now-vacant lot at 111 Clarkson Ave. will become an eight-story, 28-unit residential building. The lots are currently surrounded by construction fencing and Brown said work will being “in the next few months.”
149 Clarkson Ave.
After a single-family home was demolished here earlier this year, the Department of Buildings approved plans for a new, five-story residential building with 10 units, property records show. The owner who filed the plans, “149 Clarkson Ave. LLC,” bought the property for $660,000 in October of 2013, records show. Construction fencing surrounds the now-vacant lot, but no work on the new building has begun.
50-54 Clarkson Ave.
Three single-family homes were demolished earlier this year to make room for an eight-story, 27,000-square-foot residential project, according to plans filed in January by Bushberg Properties. The three homes had been bought in late 2012 and early 2013 by “Prospect View LLC” for a total of $1.75 million, according to property records. The plans for the new, 48-unit residential complex are under review by the Department of Buildings.
Future Development Sites:
371 Lincoln Rd.
Last October, this 2,000-square-foot vacant lot on Lincoln Road near Nostrand Avenue sold for $100,000, according to property records. Less than six months later, the lot sold for $255,000. Now, it’s on the market for $849,000, according to a listing from TerraCRG, the brokerage firm in charge of the sale. The lot is zoned to accommodate a residential building of up to six stories, according to the Department of City Planning. TerraCRG has architectural plans for the lot that call for four floor-through units and a duplex penthouse, a spokeswoman said, though those plans have not been filed yet with the Department Buildings.
1550 Bedford Ave.
In a previous life, this large lot on the southeast corner of Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway was a Gulf gas station. But after the service station was razed in the beginning of the year, the 19,000-square-foot lot was put on the market for an undisclosed price by the realty firm Massey Knakal. Currently, the lot is still up for sale, said Michael Amirkhanian, Director of Sales at Massey Knakal, but he said there has been “a great deal of interest from traditional retail developers, as well as hotel interest.” The lot is zoned for commercial development only according to the Department of City Planning.
1 Sullivan Pl.
This vacant chunk of land on the corner of Washington Avenue a block east of Prospect Park was put up for sale for $5 million earlier this month by a developer who is looking for the right buyer — but plans to build on the land himself if one doesn’t come along, said Jonathan Berman, VP at Ariel Properties, who is handling the sale. The developer, “Sullivan Garden LLC,” already has plans for an eight-story, 20,000-square-foot residential building on the site, according to Department of Buildings records filed in late September. The plans for the lot were first reported by the real estate blog Buzz Buzz Home.
931 Carroll St.
This one-story brick structure has sold to a “veteran developer” who will “likely do a rental development” there, according to Amirkhanian, who oversaw the March deal that included the sale of a nearby laundry facility at 46 Crown St. (see below). Both buildings had once been owned by the laundry company Central Laundry Service Corporation, previously known as Sea Crest Linen, according to property records. Central Laundry sold the building to “931 Carroll LLC,” for $2.5 million, according to a deed filed on March 27. The site can accommodate a building of up to about 53,000 square feet, according to a listing by Massey Knakal that asked $10 million for the property. Currently, no building permits have yet been filed on the property.
46 Crown St.
This 38,000-square-foot former commercial laundry facility near Medgar Evers College had been used by Sea Crest Linen, later renamed Central Laundry Service Corp., since at least 1935, according to building records. In March, Cornell Realty Management bought the 38,000-square-foot site for $14.5 million, according to public records, but it’s unclear what the company plans to do with it. No building plans have been filed at the location, though the site is zoned to accommodate a residential building of up to seven stories. An inquiry made about the site to Cornell Realty — which has a history of multimillion-dollar development projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan — was not returned.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

LMA's "Echo" Out Now (Four Shot)

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