A year ago, when Donald Brennan first brought to market the three townhouses he planned to construct on Strong Place in Cobble Hill, he ran into difficulties. “The purpose of the marketing was to see if I could pre-sell just one of the three houses,” he recently told The Observer. “I had no intention of getting all three into contract. I brought them to market in order to mitigate some of the risk associated with the development.”
“You will be shocked about the number of conversations you can hear from my bed,” said a resident who lives near Phil’s. “They’re animals. Friday and Saturday night, it’s like animal town.” Read More
Born to to a Jewish father from the Bronx and a Baptist mother from Gulfport, Mississippi, Amy Sherman-Palladino is best known for creating Gilmore Girls, a show about Connecticut WASPS with “snappy,” exaggerated speech patterns that were, by turns, mildly amusing and borderline unbearable.
Subsequently, Ms. Sherman-Palladino collaborated with her husband the Family Guy producer Daniel Palladino on Bunheads, a comedy about a ballet school that drew on her experience as a dancer and lasted only one season—a weak showing after Gilmore Girls‘ seven-year run. It is not, of course, always best to “write what you know,” so perhaps the couple should steer clear of Brooklyn settings for the foreseeable future given that they have just acquired a $1.4 million townhouse at 22 Warren Place, according to city records.
A Brooklyn kiddie dance studio has good news for New York’s tiniest valets.
Apparently being too young to walk doesn’t mean a tyke can’t dance. Cobble Hill Ballet now accommodates its wee primas by offering stoller-only gated parking.
School owner Colette Linton-Meyer said the space was created during a recent renovation Read More
Things are getting pretty steamy in Cobble Hill.
A couple in the tony Brooklyn neighborhood has made Peeping Toms of their preppy neighbors by including a glass-walled shower on the rear balcony of their newly renovated $2.1 million brownstone. Residents have complained that the shower is clearly visible from neighboring homes, and apparently don’t appreciate seeing the couple flaunting their bods in the buff. Read More
Theater, film and magazine writing aren’t the most lucrative fields (at least, not for the vast majority of their practitioners), but Will Frears and Amy Larocca have found a way to make it work for them: the creatively-inclined couple just picked up a Cobble Hill townhouse for $3.25 million, according to city records.
The 20-foot-wide home at 289 Clinton Street doesn’t look to be in the best shape—it was an estate sale, with the house belonging to the late Annette Nolan—which could explain how the couple managed to snag it for a quarter million less than its $3.5 million ask.
HATERS GONNA HATE
The MTA-owned building at 166 Smith Street in in Cobble Hill (or is it Boerum Hill? writing about this slice of Brooklyn always makes us sympathize with the coiners of “BoCoCa”) was, objectively speaking, one of the ugliest buildings in Brooklyn. The monstrosity at the corner of Smith and Wyckoff made am New York‘s top 10 fugliest buildings list in 2008, when they described it as, “a windowless two-story bunker from the ’20s that was encased in concrete a few years ago and now looks like it could withstand a nuclear blast.”
Martin Amis has become another soldier in a war against the sub-species known as “Brooklyn Hipsters.”
The London Evening Standard has a new piece about the British author and his apparent attitude toward the young and disaffected.
According to their mysterious source, the writer finds Brooklyn “terribly transactional.”
“He views the Brooklyn hipster scene Read More
Big brother, meet little brother.
Armed with cameras, envelopes and postage, cops from Brooklyn’s 76th precinct are launching a new initiative called “Spot It To Secure It.” Starting next week, officers will patrol areas of Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Cobble Hill searching for valuables left visibly unattended in parked cars, snap a photo and Read More
Cobble Hill really wants to keep its hospital. Ever since the State University of New York trustees voted unanimously to close the Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, local politicians—and just about everyone else involved—have been desperately trying to keep the medical center open. A group of unions and doctors won a temporary reprieve, but the prognosis for the hospital is not good.
SUNY chairman H. Carl McCall claims that “There is no plan whatsoever with respect to real estate,” but local councilman Brad Lander, who represents the 39th District, snaking from Cobble Hill to Borough Park, thinks otherwise.
“It’s hard to pin down motives,” Mr. Lander told Crain’s New York Business, “but it doesn’t seem like all the avenues have been explored to make this facility profitable and have it continue to function as a hospital.” He estimated the value of the real estate at $500 million, if converted to housing, as is allowed by the current zoning designation.