On the Market: Starbucks Comes to Crown Heights, Kentile Sign Leaves Gowanus

This New York City mansion is asking just $1.7 million.

This New York City mansion is asking just $1.7 million.

Who didn’t see this coming: Starbucks is moving to Crown Heights, DNAinfo reports. Nail in the coffin, Crown Heights, nail in the coffin.

But change, in the words of Sam Cooke, is gonna come. Oh yes it is. The question is what, if anything, should we try to do about it. In that spirit, The Atlantic Cities’ Sarah Goodyear dives into the probable demolition of the iconic Kentile sign in Gowanus: “It may seem quixotic or pointless to try to save the Kentile sign when so much of New York’s social and physical infrastructure is being dismantled. It may seem ridiculous to treasure an advertisement for a product that contained a harmful substance. It may seem presumptuous to try to require a private property owner to preserve a defunct piece of infrastructure for an admittedly ephemeral public good. But lots of people want to try.”

Change is also afoot at the Department of City Planning, which will no longer require developers to dot all their i’s and cross all their t’s before beginning the ULURP process, Crain’s reports—a shift that should make the real estate community very happy. It is unlikely, however, that developers will push for certification all that much faster, given that once ULURP begins the time frame is tight and unforgiving.

Staten Island’s very lovely Mayor House mansion is for sale, asking $1.74 million, Curbed reports. The landmarked beauty once belonged to the confectioner who invented the Nabisco sugar wafer, but buyer beware, the interiors are “distressed.”

Still, you’d be lucky to score even a one-bedroom for that price in Soho, where developers are so desperate for land that they’re now going after oddly-shaped lots that were created by the extension of Sixth Avenue in the 1920s, The Wall Street Journal reports.Though the results of building on strange sites are, as it turns out, refreshing and inventive designs.

On Friday, Dan Doctoroff will talk at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival about the lessons he learned from his failed bid to bring the Olympics to the Far West Side, Crain’s reports. Though apparently, he did not learn all that much, other than that if at first you fail, try a longer shot. At least, one would think given that he has been pushing of late to bring the Olympics to the Sunnyside Yards.