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Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

Docked! Walentas in the fight of his life on DUMBO tower

DUMBO: A proposal for an 18-story tower next to the Brooklyn Bridge has bitterly divided Community Board 2 on the eve if its controversial vote on the project — and the fight has riven the community amid charges that each side is lying or intentionally manipulating the facts. Comments (28)

If you can’t sell ’em, rent ’em

Fort Greene: Sales of luxury apartments in the majestic and phallic Williamsburgh Savings Bank building are so sluggish that the owner will rent the unsold units until the economy improves — the latest proof that the real-estate market has gone to hell in a rent basket. Comments (3)

Now it’s do or die-ner

Red Hook: A Red Hook developer has little more than a month to save a railcar-style diner from the wrecking ball by relocating the imperiled throwback of the 1940s to his neighborhood. Comment

Builder: This ‘Domino’ won’t fall

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: The developer behind Brooklyn’s second biggest construction project says that he’s doing fine — even though his foes are hoping that the softening economy will do to his oversized project what it did to Atlantic Yards. Comments (3)

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009

Judge to city: It’s the House of D(on’t)

Boerum Hill: A city plan to reopen and expand the Brooklyn House of Detention is on hold until a judge can rule on a lawsuit brought by opponents of the contentious prison project. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009

Sitt seeks more Coney land

Coney Island: A reclusive fast-food mogul who once dreamed of saving Coney Island with his own massive amusement park is close to selling his long-dormant land to the current self-styled savior of the “People’s Playground” and, in doing so, make it harder — and more expensive — for the city to realize its own vision for revitalizing the area. Comments (5)

City scolded on im-port-ant plan

Red Hook: The city and Red Hook locals are still battling over the future of the waterfront — and The Brooklyn Paper brings you inside last night’s debate. Comments (8)

Monday, Jan. 5, 2009

Nun left! Now neighbors want to save convent building

Clinton Hill: A quest by Clinton Hill preservationists to save a historic convent building has become even more urgent now that the last remaining nuns are moving out and the religious complex may be put up for sale. Comments (3)

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

Boardwalk of shame! Boutique shuttered for criticizing Coney landowner

Coney Island: The Lola Staar boutique on the Coney Island Boardwalk — part souvenir stand, part rallying place for critics of a real-estate developer’s plan for a Vegas-style Xanadu — has not been offered a new lease, a casualty of its owner’s outspokenness. Comments (4)

Saved! Austin Nichols Warehouse will be preserved

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: A historic, Cass Gilbert-designed building on the Williamsburg waterfront will be preserved in perpetuity — no thanks to the city. Comments (1)

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