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No. 6: What's behind this fence? An old brewery

The  coolest “mystery” building in East Williamsburg, at 56-66 Meserole St., looks kinda like a red-brick castle.

The property was Joseph Fallert's brewery from the 1870s until 1920 when Prohibition came along, online records indicate.

Its air of mystery comes from the high fence that half-hides the handsome property, and a turret rising high into the sky.


No. 7: Oh, the tantalizing promise of vacant land

The coolest property for sale in East Williamsburg is at 650 Metropolitan Ave. – because it's a vacant lot, full of promise.

In contrast, some of the buildings now up for sale in the neighborhood will be good income-generators for their buyers but are short on aesthetics.

The asking price is $3.6 million for the vacant site between Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue according to the agent with the exclusive listing, TerraCRG.


No. 8: Best. Breakfast. Ever.

The coolest breakfast place in East Williamsburg is Dun-Well Doughnuts at 222 Montrose Ave.

It serves up more than 200 flavors of vegan doughnuts – which are absolutely tasty, even if you are a carnivore. Trust us on this. Plus, in 2012 the Daily News declared them the best doughnuts in all of New York City.


No. 9: Does Edward Hopper live here?

The coolest apartment building in East Williamsburg is at 182 Graham Ave.

It looks like something out of an Edward Hopper painting, with a mansard roof and haunted-house-style windows. To see its austere grandeur, lift your eyes to the brick facade above the ground floor, which is partly covered with unsightly stone blocks.


No. 10 : A house that makes us happy to look at

The coolest house in East Williamsburg is at 610 Metropolitan Ave.

The cherry-red house has eye-catching mosaic trim made from bits of tile. Even the furniture on the front patio is made of mosaic – including a bench with the inscription “1939 NY Worlds Fair” on it.

“I bought the house that way,” owner Harri K. Singh told Eye on Real Estate. The guy who put the mosaic on the house was an old Italian craftsman, he recalled.


East Williamsburg: A Top Ten list of Coolest Places

East Williamsburg offers visual delights aplenty, amid grittiness and some uninspired-looking new apartment buildings.

There are so many standouts in this artists'/Hispanics'/hipsters' neighborhood that we decided to organize them into a David Letterman-style Top Ten list of the Coolest Places in East Williamsburg.


‘The Global Obama’ examines President’s popularity

Binghamton University professor and journalist Dinesh Sharma has been chronicling and analyzing the Obama presidency for several years. His previous book, “Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President,” in collaboration with President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, was rated one of the Top Ten Black History Books for 2012 by the American Library Association, Book List Online. 


OPINION: In healthcare, both prevention and cure are necessary

In a recent presentation on one of the plans to revamp Long Island College Hospital, a speaker, who shall be nameless for the time being, told audience members at a local community meeting that his group had no plans to offer a full-service hospital. This particular plan is offered by a partnership between a real estate organization and another healthcare institution.


LIU Brooklyn baseball picked fourth in conference, but has first-place expectations

Beating Bryant in the first round of the Northeast Conference playoffs was huge for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds last season. Unfortunately, it might have left them a little overconfident against the eventual NEC champions, when Bryant got payback and beat them 16-1 in the next round.


Overview of the nine Long Island College Hospital (LICH) proposals

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill proved to be of interest to both hospital operators and developers, attracting nine responses to SUNY’s new Request for Proposals (RFP) that "meet the minimum mandatory requirements.”

Four of the responses call for operating LICH as a full-service hospital. A fifth proposal would build a 149,000 square foot "vanilla box" space and lease it at a low rate to a future hospital operator.



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