The Brooklyn Public Library has revealed its tentative selection of a developer to remake the Cadman Plaza branch into a condo tower with a library at the bottom—the first of the library’s attempts to raise repair funds by selling off its real estate. Capital New York reports that Hudson Properties is the pick with a plan that would give the library a space of 20,000 square feet (it currently has 60,000, but library officials counter that it’s actually two libraries and a lot of the space is unused) at the bottom of a tower with 130 market-rate units. An additional 115 units of affordable housing would be built offsite, but within the same community board.
Repairs are also afoot for the A/C tunnel under the East River, The New York Daily News reports, which, much like the R-train tunnel, will need to be shut down to fix Sandy damage. Fortunately, unlike the R Train, the A/C line will most likely only be closed on weekends because of the volume of people using the line and the lack of good alternatives across the river.
DNAInfo looks at the budding industry of roommate pairing apps, website and events. Though we suspect that there is, as ever, a cost to using such sites that exceeds whatever small monetary amount may change hands. It’s hard not to think fondly of the benign blanketing that is Craigslist, usable by anyone, no account needed, content to let you browse without cacheting vast amounts of personal information.
And sometimes old ways are good ways. To wit: New York is looking for a new blacksmith to fill the role left by Larry Hagberg, who retired this summer after 30 years on the job, according to DNAInfo. The job pays just over $100,000 and involves not only shoeing horses, but making and repairing metalwork.
SL Green is betting on Midtown, despite the office district’s recent troubles filling office space, selling off a mostly-empty office building at 180 Maiden Lane and scooping up 55 West 46th Street, The Wall Street Journal reports. Despite the narrative that Downtown is the new Midtown, with creative firms all heading South and bigger firms reducing their footprints, the developer felt that its “effort could be better spent elsewhere,” in the words of president Andrew Mathias, “with higher returns on our capital.” Adding that “our narrative is one of stable growth in Midtown where we see demand increasing,” he said.
Never satisfied with letting the market do its work when it comes to office space, the city is mulling how it might spur office development in Brooklyn, Crain’s reports. Because the transportation links connecting the different neighborhoods of Brooklyn are so great?
Finally, the South Bronx is getting a rare yoga studio, DNAInfo reports. Called Sweet Water Dance & Yoga, the studio just opened on the second floor of a building by Yankee Stadium and while the owner acknowledges that impoverished Bronx residents might not have the time or money to worry about things like yoga, she says that she also hopes to offer community classes and instruction.