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45 Third Place is the 'Carroll Gardens Atrocity' writers called it the Carroll Gardens Atrocity and said it was “the poster child for inconsiderate and non-contextual design in Brownstone Brooklyn.”

It was a sweet red-brick rowhouse until Austin Nagel and Michael Spencer, who owned it through an LLC, built a purplish addition on top of and behind it. It's on the corner on a block of nice brownstones, so the massive addition, whose color looks a bit like dried blood, is visible on Clinton Street.


370 Jay St. looks like a 'derelict'

This once-handsome downtown Brooklyn office building has been turned into an ugly duckling by the neglect of its tenant, the MTA, which started emptying out much of the building in 2001.

Manhattan Institute writer Julia Vitullo-Martin chronicled the city-owned building's troubles in 2008 and branded it a “derelict” – and it's still a mess half a decade later.


Sisters wage pop culture war at DUMBO book launch

Sisters Eve and Leonora Epstein — one from Generation X, the other from Generation Y — compare their lives through the lens of TV, music, technology and pop culture in their new book, “X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story” (Abrams Books). Seen through the eyes of siblings 14 years apart in age, “X vs. Y” is a smart, funny and visually driven anthology that compiles and compares their two generational cultures.


Rep. Carolyn Maloney honors Taras Shevchenko with visits to her District’s Ukrainian churches

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney spent this past Sunday, March 9, visiting Ukrainian churches in the Brooklyn and Queens portions of her district. Congresswoman Maloney has sizable Ukrainian populations in all three boroughs that she represents. Many of them attend the Ukrainian churches in northwest Brooklyn, Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Astoria, Queens.


What's going on with 30 Henry St, the old Eagle digs?

The Brooklyn Eagle has a swell home high in the sky on Court Street, but sometimes we miss our old digs at 30 Henry St.

Tuesday we checked up on the sleek Brooklyn Heights condo building 
that's being constructed where our old Henry Street offices stood.

The scaffolding is gone, so you can get a good sense of the new 
building's presence on the street.

Before you know it, workers will be finished with sidewalk construction.


Rehab begins for lonely little landmark, the Coignet Building

At last!

It's rehab time.

Gowanus' lonely little landmark, the Coignet Building, is getting the long-awaited fix-up its giant neighbor, Whole Foods, has promised.

Scaffolding just went up on the distinctive 1870s-vintage city landmark at the corner of Third Avenue and 3rd Street in Gowanus – which is flanked by the upscale supermarket that opened to great fanfare in December.


Brooklyn’s ‘Nerd Herd’ advances to robot regionals

On Saturday, hundreds of high school students and an army of rolling robots filled the gym at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn to participate in NYC FIRST’s robotics competition.

As supporters cheered them on, thirty six teams from the city and Long Island put their shopping-cart-sized mechanisms through a series of challenges in the FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Championship. The teams have been developing their robots, with the guidance of adult mentors, for months.


State not responsible for Brooklyn guard’s tortious actions

New York state, as an employer, is not responsible for a security guard who punched a wooden bench, injuring a bystander, the Brooklyn appellate court ruled.


Would you like DUMBO's pink elephant? It's free to pick up right now!

The owners of this lovable pink elephant, which temporarily graced DUMBO's Archway plaza under the Manhattan Bridge, are bidding a fond goodbye to their floppy-eared creation.

Here’s the good part: If you can pick up this wooden sculpture yourself, it's free to keep.

The elephant’s owners add, “Plus, wouldn't it be cool to take this elephant out on a joy ride all the way home?”

But there is a dark undertone to their posting on Craigslist: “It'd be sad to see our pink friend go out a different way.”

Uh oh.


Meeting’s goal: A safer Jay Street

Traffic safety advocates have called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to target busy Jay Street as part of his ambitious "Vision Zero" plan to eliminate traffic-related deaths in the city.

So, on Monday night, dozens of Downtown Brooklyn and DUMBO residents flocked to a community planning meeting -  – dubbed “Reimagine Jay Street”  – to demand safety measures. These measures ranged from a protected cycling lane to better enforcement of existing regulations to off-street police parking.



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