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October, 2018

Crown Heights: A crowd of nature lovers stormed a recent City Planning Commission meeting to pan a developer’s request to rezone land near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, claiming the 20-story towers the builder wants to erect would cast harmful shadows over the green space — but those who spoke out against the project did not include anyone from the horticultural museum itself. Comments (17)

September, 2018

Holy site gets last rites: Locals weep for D’Park church after landmarking effort fails

Ditmas Park: Ditmas Parkers are mourning what remains of a century-old neighborhood church that a developer started bulldozing after city preservationists rejected locals’ initial push — and subsequent appeal — to landmark the building. Comments (1)

Oz fans out: Developer plans to destroy beloved Aussie bar to erect office complex

Greenpoint: Greenpoint’s gonna be drier than a dead dingo’s donger! Comments (2)

August, 2018

Boerum Hill: The developer asking the city to rezone a swath of land in Boerum Hill to make way for its five-building 80 Flatbush complex must reduce the size of the massive project by a third in order to gain the critical vote of the councilman whose district it would rise in, the pol told the Brooklyn Paper. Comments (23)
Coney Island: The city is on thin ice with Coney Islanders, who are demanding that the Abe Stark Sports Center be kept under the Department of Parks and Recreation’s control if it is demolished and redeveloped under a 2009 rezoning of the area. Comments (1)
Dyker Heights: A private builder is now the official owner of Dyker Heights’s sprawling Angel Guardian home after he and the Sisters of Mercy closed the $37.5-million deal on the property on Aug. 15, he said. Comments (1)
Boerum Hill: The builder proposing a controversial megadevelopment at the edge of Boerum Hill must take its plans back to the drawing board and come up with a solution that better blends the area’s low-rise Brownstones with their neighboring high-rises Downtown, the councilman whose district would include the 80 Flatbush complex said Tuesday in his first public comments about the scheme. Comments (10)

July, 2018

Clean start: Developer reveals rehab of old Dumbo rehabilitation center’s building

DUMBO: The Brooklyn builder that wants to erect a controversial megadevelopment on the edge of Boerum Hill recently turned its attention to Dumbo, scooping up two neighboring Jay Street buildings in the area’s historic district that its bigwigs hope to transform into a single, live-work space for creative types, they told city preservationists last week. Comments (1)
Kensington: A developer proposing to erect a nine-story, mixed-use building next door to Kensington Stables must consider the beloved barn in its plans, according to the borough president, who implored the builder to work out a land-use agreement with its neighbor in exchange for the city signing off on a rezoning request necessary to construct the mostly residential high-rise. Comments (3)

Getting the lay of Quay: Pier 6’s larger tower offers sprawling views, swanky condos, for a pretty penny

Brooklyn Heights: Developers of the fast-rising condo building at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park recently took this newspaper on an exclusive tour of the 28-story, East River–facing high-rise, touting vistas that they advertised as breathtaking whether you’re looking through its ground-floor windows or penthouse panes. Comment

June, 2018

Crown Heights: A developer filed permits for one of two residential buildings planned to rise as part of its redevelopment of Crown Heights’s Bedford-Union Armory, even though a state Supreme Court judge has yet to rule in a case that could send the city-approved scheme back to the drawing board. Comments (2)
Crown Heights: The developer that last year abruptly abandoned its controversial request to rezone two Brooklyn Botanic Garden–adjacent sites to build taller towers on the land quietly resubmitted the application in April, according to a city spokesman. Comments (9)

May, 2018

Williamsburg: The new East River–facing park within the megadevelopment rising at Williamburg’s old Domino Sugar campus opens next month, the builder behind it announced. Comments (5)
Park Slope: A new 12-story high-rise going up in Park Slope looks more Tetris block than residential tower because its upper floors jut out over open sky above the structure’s three-story neighbor. Comments (6)
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens: Prospect-Lefferts Gardens residents dismayed over the loss of a beloved Fenimore Street mural can turn their frowns upside down because another artist will create a new painting on the wall that featured the decaying public artwork. Comments (5)
Boerum Hill: The civic gurus who voted against a rezoning proposal for a divisive megadevelopment on the edge of Boerum Hill are shortsighted, and neglected to consider the benefit of hashing out the project’s finer points with its developer when casting their ballots, said the lone Community Board 2 member who supported the scheme at Wednesday’s full-board meeting. Comments (6)
Boerum Hill: Both proponents and opponents of a megadevelopment planned for the edge of Boerum Hill found common ground on the controversial project at a public hearing on Monday, where they agreed students at a schoolhouse that would be rebuilt as part of the scheme deserve better than their current facility. Comments (3)
Brooklyn Heights: The developers of two controversial towers rising at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park tapped an architecture firm based in distant Los Angeles to design the luxury digs for sale inside the taller high-rise. Comment
Dyker Heights: The confidentiality agreement that blocked the mystery buyer of the Angel Guardian home in Dyker Heights from revealing his intentions for the block-sized complex finally loosened enough for him to speak about his plans for the site, and how the community’s voice helped shape them. Comments (6)

April, 2018

Fort Greene: A group of local gardeners turned their proverbial pitchforks toward a developer after the builder ditched a meeting about how a massive skyscraper in its planned Boerum Hill megadevelopment will reduce the amount of sunlight their growing patch receives. Comments (18)

Shop talk: Developer erecting 51-story condo tower Downtown on site of old Macy’s parking lot

Downtown: A luxury skyscraper will rise on the site of the department store’s old graffiti-covered parking garage on Hoyt Street in America’s Downtown, according to the developer that bought the lot along with part of the retailer’s storied Fulton Street building in 2015. Comment
Ditmas Park: Developers will demolish a nearly century-old Ditmas Park house of worship to make way for a residential complex unless city preservationists initiate a last-minute landmarking effort to save the building that neighbors cherish. Comments (9)

March, 2018

Boerum Hill: The builders proposing a Boerum Hill megadevelopment nearly three times the size of what can currently go up on the lot they chose for it shouldn’t even bother breaking out their shovels, according to one pol who blasted the plan at the first meeting of its public-review process on Wednesday. Comments (15)
Bridge ‘Park’: Opponents of the two in-progress towers that a judge in February ruled could legally rise at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 — months after developers started building them — will not appeal the decision, according to the head of the civic group that sued to stop the development back in 2016. Comments (4)
Boerum Hill: Locals can unleash their concerns about the megadevelopment of unprecedented density that builders want to construct on the edge of brownstone-lined Boerum Hill during tonight’s first public hearing about the 80 Flatbush project at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. Comments (12)
Carroll Gardens: The city must landmark a Carroll Gardens building where some of Kings County’s youngest learned their ABCs before a developer destroys it to build condos, demanded a pack of preservationists including a legendary folk singer and activist whose family lived next door. Comments (4)
Dyker Heights: They’ll have nun of that! Comments (6)
Downtown: A Brooklyn-based developer recently swooped up additional air rights above Downtown’s old Brooklyn Law School office complex on Boerum Place, which it purchased years ago, in order to erect an even larger tower on the site. Comments (5)

February, 2018

Fort Greene: Builders are hard at work finishing five projects that will transform Fort Greene’s once-industrial Navy Yard into a new commercial hub when all are completed by early next year. Comments (4)
Dyker Heights: Mayor DeBlasio is the only person who can save the more than century-old Angel Guardian home from its impending demolition, according to a rep from a private citywide historic preservation organization. Comments (5)
Crown Heights: A builder proposing a megadevelopment of six residential high-rises on the site of an old Crown Heights warehouse is pushing for a zoning variance that would allow the towers to rise as high as 37 stories — radically altering the predominantly low-rise nabe’s character, according to a local land-use guru. Comments (3)
Brooklyn Heights: Neon-red letters that spell the new name of the massive office-and-retail complex planned for the former Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters could float above Brooklyn Heights where the Watchtower letters once hovered, renderings show. Comments (3)
Fort Greene: Brooklyn Hospital Center honchos’ imminent deal to sell its Willoughby Street medical tower on Fort Greene Park to a residential-housing developer could stir controversy among residents who oppose bringing a swanky high-rise to the border of the public green space, according to a local civic guru. Comments (9)
Boerum Hill: Two developers will pay the city millions to build a pair of privately owned residential towers on a parking lot for residents of a Boerum Hill public-housing complex, leaders of the New York City Housing Authority recently announced. Comments (25)

January, 2018

Park Slope: Honchos of a popular Brooklyn-based creamery announced Friday that they will scoop their frozen confections at a new location inside a historic Prospect Park West building that once hosted an old-timey ice-cream parlor in the 1930s. Comments (3)
Crown Heights: A swanky five-story hotel with a mind-teasing, circuitous rooftop straight out of a lithograph by Dutch artist M.C. Escher will replace an old Gulf gas station in Crown Heights. Comments (2)
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