Posts Tagged ‘development’

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Bored in Brooklyn

November 26, 2007

This strangely flat first hand account of a visit to the Forte condos leaves the impression that the reporter couldn’t have been less happy to leave her beloved Manhattan for the day.

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Whole Lot of Ugly Coming to BAM Cultural District

November 6, 2007

Plans for a new 30 story performance space and apartment building to be built on Fulton Street, right across from the new Forte Condos, were unveiled today.  See the horror for yourself:

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It’s going to be a pretty green building, by all indications, but a pretty ugly one, as well.  I’m sitting here baffled, asking — Why?  Can’t green and aesthetically not-awful go hand in hand at this point?

And on a personal note: This is what I’m sacrificing my view of the Statue of Liberty for?

More info in the Brooklyn Eagle.

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Out With the Old on Fulton Street

November 2, 2007

The Brooklyn Paper has a new article on the rising rents, and subsequent changing face, of Fulton Street:

In the past couple of months, Fulton Street has seen a tremendous turnover in businesses. Vanished from the Fort Greene scene are Restaurant New Orleans, Keur ’N Deye, and South Portland Antiques. Gone is Hot Toddie. On its way out is Designer Braids and Trade, which has been in business on Fulton Street for two decades.

Many of these businesses prospered through the early stages of gentrification, but the area’s growing popularity became, for some, too much of a good thing. They were comfortable operating in the relatively slow-paced, modest-rent environment of yesteryear, less so in the more demanding, highly competitive, Manhanttanesque Fort Greene and Clinton Hill of the future, where rent increases are topless.

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Developments: Myrtle Edition

October 24, 2007

*If the space (at the corner of Washington and Myrtle) discussed in this post does indeed become a Starbucks, can we all just make a pact not to frequent it?  That’ll solve that problem.

*On a brighter note, Myrtle Avenue is getting spruced up.

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Fort Greene Around the Webosphere

October 15, 2007

*Long-time Fort Greene Residents Bemoan Changing Face of the Hood (Brooklyn Paper)
*Protesters Rally Against Luxury Housing in Downtown Brooklyn (NY Post)
*Parks Department Can’t Find $300K for Fort Greene Park (Brooklyn Paper)
*Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Town Hall Meeting to End the War (Brooklyn for Peace via Brownstoner)
*Fort Greene Real Estate Still at All Time Highs (NY Times)
*Will the Atlantic Yards be a Terror Risk? (Gothamist)

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Target is to FG As Starbucks is to Astor Place

October 4, 2007

I never understood why Astor Place needed two Starbucks outlets, and I’ll never understand why this part of Brooklyn needs two Targets.  But that’s what we’re getting.  The replacement mall at Albee Square will boast the area’s second red and white superstore, I learned via Brownstoner, via Racked, via Curbed.

Google Map of the Two Targets

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