Friday, September 23, 2016

Apartments At '365 Bond' Luxury Building In Gowanus Now Listed On Craig's List

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As seen from the Carroll Street Bridge, 365 Bond Street in background, 363 Bond Street in foreground
365 Bond Street at First Street
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At Second Street
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365 Bond Street apartment listings on Craig's List

Pardon me for asking, but doesn't it seem a bit surprising that 365 Bond Street, the 12-story rental development by Lightstone Group in Gowanus, has felt the need to advertise its apartments on Craig's List?  The developer is now offering a month free, 'end of summer specials', and telling people to ask about 'incentive information' on the building's own site.  Could this be an indication that, perhaps, the units in this building are not renting out as fast as anticipated?

Just search Craig's List for 'apartments for rent' in Gowanus (or Carroll Gardens) and you will come across quite a few listings for units at 365 Bond Street.

The luxury rental development on the shore of the Gowanus Canal, an EPA Superfund, was completed in early 2016. Of the 430 apartments in the building, 83 were set aside as 'affordable'.  The market rate apartments were offered for rent this past March through Douglass Elliman, which operates a  'leasing gallery' right inside the building.  By the beginning of April, the first tenants moved in.

The rent for the apartments currently available range from $2,483 a month for a studio apartment to over $6,800 for a two bedroom with a terrace.  Yes, the apartments are very nice, but the rooms are rather small.  The amenities in the building are awesome, but perhaps not enough to justify the rental price?

We keep on hearing from our politicians (and developers) that there is a huge deficit of apartments in the area. If that is the case, one would imagine that the building would have been fully rented by now and that the developer would not need to offer rental incentives.

More apartments will be available in Gowanus in the near future. Just next door to 365 Bond Street, a 12-story sister building at 363 Bond Street will be completed in 2017.  It will add another 268 units to the development complex.

Councilman Brad Lander has been pushing hard for an overall rezoning of the Gowanus Canal corridor from mostly manufacturing to mixed use, which will open the floodgates to more residential developments similar or even larger that the Lightstone development.  That will mean thousands of new apartments may soon come on the market in Gowanus.
That's rather ambitious for a neighborhood that sits squarely in a flood zone and includes one of the most toxic waterways in all of the United States. An environmental clean-up of the Gowanus Canal is planned, but is still years away from completion.

In the meantime, those adventurous enough to move into these new buildings will have to deal with foul odors emanating from the canal and with rats, as it would appear.  As the photos below show,  rodent bait stations have been place every few feet along the circumference of 365 Bond Street.

***And one more thing:  I have heard that those who won the lottery for one of the 83 affordable apartment units at 365 Bond Street have not been allowed to move into the building yet.  Apparently, Lightsone is waiting to fill all the market rate units before letting the lottery winners move into the building.
Is that correct? Can someone shed some light on this rumor?

Rat baiting stations surrounding 365 Bond Street
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Picture Of The Day: Smith Street Afternoon

Smith Street at 4PM.
Traffic was all backed up till at least Union Street

Free Tango Lessons At Carroll Gardens Library This Fall

IATI Theatre will be hosting free tango lessons at the Carroll Gardens branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Tuesday evenings beginning on October 4th till December 13th.  So mark your calendar and come out to dance.
Here is more information:
Learn the fundamentals of one of the world’s most dramatic dances at this fun, informal series. Brought to you by IATI Theater! Lessons are in English and Spanish and are taught by a professional dancer.  Space is LIMITED, so arrive early! This class is FREE!  
Lessons are in English and Spanish.  Come alone or bring a partner.
The class consists of two sessions:
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM Beginners
7:00 PM- 7:45 PM Advanced

The Carroll Gardens library is located at 396 Clinton Street at Union Street.

Italian Trattoria 'Broccolino NY' To Replace Hunter's On Smith Street

Many in the neighborhood may have realized that Hunter's at 213 Smith Street closed its doors during the summer. The popular restaurant and bar offered a nice seasonal American menu and served great drinks in a casual atmosphere. The week-end brunch in particular made this a favorite spot in the neighborhood.

Its replacement, Brocccolino NY, will open in the storefront vacated by Hunter's soon, according to signs in the window. The eatery will be a "contemporary trattoria serving Italian eats such as homemade pasta, pizza and  kale caesar salad."
Broccolino will be an outpost of a restaurant by the same name located on Dean Street between 5th Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.

Don't know about you, but I already miss Hunter's.  How about you?
Does anyone remember Athena, the greek restaurant that operated at this spot before Hunter's?

You Are Invited!: Opportunity To Preview Carroll Gardens 'Significant' $9 Million Townhouse


181 President Street Floorplan

Advertised as "most sophisticated new construction townhouse in Carroll Gardens", the one-family, four-story brick home at 181 President Street has an impressive price of $9 million dollars. What do you get for this hefty sum? 5, 351 square feet of interior space, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, two private outdoor terraces, amenity floor, and a multi car garage.

The home was designed by Ramy Issac of Issac and Stern Architects, PC and is being marketed by Halstead Property Development Marketing, which is currently inviting interested buyers to a private tour for a 'final preview opportunity'. 

If you have that kind of money and are looking for that unique 'one-of-a-kind' home right here in Carroll Gardens, you may want to click here.

Do you think the price is realistic for a one family home in this neighborhood?

Monday, September 19, 2016

'Phil and Anne's Good Time Lounge' To Open In Former Char No.4 Space On Smith Street

Anne Burrell
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Since the sudden closing of Char No. 4 in July 2015, the storefront at 196 Smith Street in Boerum Hill has sat empty. However, the space once occupied by everyone' favorite neighborhood whiskey bar will open later this month as "Phil and Anne's Good Time Lounge". The Lounge is a joint venture of TV Chef Anne Burrell and Phil Casaceli of Daddy-O's in the West Village.

According to NY Eater, the Goodtime Lounge will serve "Italian-influenced Mediterranean food."
Burrell describes the new place as “funky, cool and homey.”

Anne Burrell is the second TV chef to open a restaurant in the immediate vicinity in recent months. Carla Hall of ABC's The Chew has been serving soul food (to mixed reviews) at her "Southern Kitchen" on Columbia for the past few months.

What do you think? Will the Good Time Lounge be a worthy replacement for Char?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gowanus Souvenir Shop Presents "Ride", An Exhibit Of Debra Pearlman's Work

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A House Called Air, 2013, Acrylic, photographic silkscreen, glass beads on canvas
 by Debra Pearlman

The Gowanus Souvenir Shop  not only sells some very cool items that "riff on the many facets of the canal’s mystifying and troubling yet often humorous and darkly fascinating history", it also serves as a gallery for local artists. Tonight, the Shop is hosting its first opening exhibit of the season, which will feature the work of artist Debra Pearlman.  The opening is tonight.
Read on:

Gowanus Souvenir Shop exhibits work by Debra Pearlman

The Gowanus Souvenir Shop is please to present work by the artist Debra Pearlman. The exhibition is entitled “Ride” and runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 2. An opening reception will be held Sept. 15, 6-8 pm
A photo is like a souvenir—a memory, a memento of a brief moment in time. There’s an opportunity to present many responses to this initial photograph: an informal setting and selection of work offers the viewer the chance to experience and reflect on this process. 

Titled RIDE, this installation evokes movement or the implied motion of play, and the objects that support these many activities, all presented here together. Painting, photographs, works on paper, some with text, swings, and a bungee jump caught mid-air in all of these media, invite one to think about play, joy, fear, and anxiety of momentarily casting gravity aside.

Debra Pearlman is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Brooklyn and has shown in New York and internationally, including major installations in

Leipzig, Germany, and Lodz and Krakow, Poland. Her work is included in collections of MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, The Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, the Museum Sztuki, Krakow, and others, and in private collections including that of Francis Greenberger and the Hiram Moody and Sarah Giraud collection. Her awards include a named residency at the Corporation at Yaddo, The Peter Reed Foundation, Dieu Donne, The Foundation for Contemporary Art and the government of Saxony.
The exhibition is part of the Artslope Festival

The Gowanus Souvenir Shop is located at 567 Union Street between Nevins Street and Third Avenue in Brooklyn

Good-Bye, El Milagro! International Gift and Furniture Store Closes Its Doors On Smith Street

El Milagro, an international gift shop first opened in Boerum Hill as a pop-up shop at 180 Smith Street in late 2014. A few months later, owner Roberto Lopez moved the business across the street to #181 Smith Street, a storefront that had been occupied for decades by the beloved Tony's Hardware Store.

El Milagro sells jewelry, furniture, rugs, and accent pieces, as well as plants, but the prices have always been quite steep. That may have contributed to the fact that the store is now closing. Before it does, Milagro is reducing the price of its remaining inventory by 25 to 60%.

The retail space, which includes 2,000 sqft of retail space, a 2,000sqft basement and a 1,200 sqft outdoor lot with a separate entrance is now for rent by Smith Hanten Realty for $12,500 a month.

Will you miss El Milagro? Care to guess what may take its place?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Construction Has Finally Begun On The Long Neglected Lot At The Corner Of Smith And Douglass Streets

More than ten years ago, a one story building at 232-240 Smith Street at the corner of Douglass Street was demolished.   The building housed several stores and a then-popular Argentinian restaurant named Sur that helped spark Smith Street's revival.
During all this time, the large empty lot  has amassed an impressive amount of violations from NYC Department Of Buildings, including violations for 'failure to maintain construction fence." In  fact, the wooden construction fence, when not in the process of collapsing,  has blocked most of the sidewalk along Smith Street, which has become a pet peeve amongst many local residents.
Finally, in 2015, Commercial Observer reported that "Madison Realty Capital provided Brooklyn-based Second Development Services with a short-term $9 million loan for the acquisition and development of 232 Smith Street."  Louis Greco of SDS told the Observer that he is planning a 15,000-square-foot retail building on the site. In recent months, D.o.B. permits have been filed by OCV Architects for a two story structure.
A few days ago, reader Mary reached out to PMFA to say that equipment has been moved into the empty lot.  Yesterday, a crew was working on the site.

Are you glad to see that something is finally being done with that lot?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Honoring Maria SS Addolorata: The Annual 'Our Lady of Sorrows' Procession Through Carroll Gardens Took Place Yesterday

photo credit: Chance Bliss

As in years past, the congregation of Sacred Hearts and St. Stephen R.C. Church in Carroll Gardens and the people of Mola Di Bari, Italy honored their hometown patron saint, Maria SS. Addolorata with a procession through the streets of Carroll Gardens.
On Sunday afternoon at around 4 pm,  the faithful carried the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows on their shoulders, stopping along the way for food and drinks.  Upon their return to Sacred Hearts - St. Stephen Church on Summit Street near Hicks Street,  mass was celebrated in Italian by by Bishop
Raymond Chappetto followed by a fireworks display.

According to a  special web site on Maria Addolorata,
"the congregation of Maria SS Addolorata was established in 1948 in Brooklyn, New York, by the Italian immigrants from the town of Mola in Bari, Italy. Longing to continue the traditions of their faith and culture the congregation was formed in their new neighborhood of South Brooklyn at the Parish of Sacred Hearts - St. Stephen. At that time a replica of the statue of their hometown patroness, Our Lady of Sorrows, was commissioned and shipped by boat across the Atlantic from Mola to Brooklyn. 
Since that time the statue has been the inspiration of great devotion and faith. The statue is carried on the shoulders of men twice a year through the neighborhood of Carroll Gardens in South Brooklyn. These occasions are Good Friday and the Feast of Addolorata on the second Sunday in September. On these occasions devotees from the tri-state area and beyond gather back at the old neighborhood to walk in the footsteps of generations past that came to this great country with hope and dreams of a new life guided by their faith and the intersession of the Blessed Mother under the title of Addolorata."

I would like to thank fellow Carroll Gardener Chance Bliss for allowing me to use his photos of yesterday's procession.  Thanks, Chance!