Housing + Development

DOB Will Get a Wake-Up Call Regarding Weekend Construction at Domino Site

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Members of Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 are expressing “outrage” that the Department of Buildings is allowing the developer of the Domino Sugar site to build on weekends, potentially disrupting Williamsburgers from sleeping in on Saturdays.
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Domino Developers Tell Naysaying Neighbors to Expect a Pool and Park

(Rendering courtesy of Shop Architects/Two Trees Management)

(Rendering courtesy of Shop Architects/Two Trees Management)

It’s safe to assume that the relationship between Williamsburg residents and Two Trees, the developers responsible for the Domino Sugar factory mega-development, is somewhat fraught. But last night at The Woods, which was uncharacteristically serious, the tension was all too palpable as nearby tenants and homeowners packed the darkened bar to hear updates about the development from Two Trees principal Jed Walentas.
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A ‘Handsome and Ornate’ Bushwicker Gets Landmarked

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 3.21.29 PMYesterday was a day of major kudos for Bushwick: not only did Blanca earn a couple of Michelin stars but the Doering-Bohack House, at 1090 Greene Avenue, was designated a landmark.

According to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the 2.5-story wood-frame house was built in 1887, along with many other wood-frame homes, during a Bushwick building boom that followed the construction of the elevated train. It “may be the only remaining frame house that retains its original detailing by the prominent Brooklyn architect Theobald Engelhardt” — the architect responsible for the building that now houses the Wythe Hotel, among many other churches, schools, and homes.
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Comic Tries to Find Affordable Housing in Williamsburg LOOOOOLZ

Scott Rogowsky, the UCB fixture last seen attempting to feed the “homeless (hipsters)” of McCarren Park and the gym bunnies of the East Village, is back with a new hidden camera video. This time the setup is pretty simple: he goes into some of the newer luxury buildings off of Bedford Avenue and asks doormen and sales agents how the hell anyone can afford to live in them. Needless to say, they’re at a loss for an answer — and no, they don’t let him crash in the yoga room.

Think Steve Croman Is a Bad Landlord? Wait’ll You See Klaus Kinski in Crawlspace

Today elected officials put out a joint statement complaining of the “pattern of tenant harassment” that has caused landlord Steve Croman to be investigated by the State District Attorney. But if you think Croman is a lousy landlord, wait’ll you Crawlspace, one of a dozen Klaus Kinski films that Anthology Film Archives is screening in the next week.
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Yippie Building Becoming a Boxing Gym As Court Fight Goes Another Round

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

9 Bleecker. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A location of Crunch just opened at 2 Cooper Square, and now this: a boxing gym is set to replace the Yippie! Museum at 9 Bleecker Street, a building that long housed outspoken lefties like pot activist Dana Beal.

A lawyer involved in ongoing litigation over the building confirmed that it’s a done deal.

“The court appointed receiver performed his duty and signed a long-term lease with a tenant that will be running a boxing gym out of the premises,” said attorney Steven L. Einig, who represents the building’s lender Centech LLC, which last year sued the building’s owners, Yippie Holdings and the National AIDS Brigade. “I understand that the tenant is a local resident and now the rent is going to paid, the building, which was quite run down, will be cleaned up and no longer vacant.”
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