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Around Brooklyn: Park Slope apt. sells for $1.35 million

July 1, 2020 Editorial Staff
The landmarked former Childs Restaurant is now part of Ford Amphitheater. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

Park Slope apt. sells for $1.35 million

A two-bedroom apartment on the first floor of 381 First St., a four-unit co-op in a 19th century building, is on the market for $1.35 million. The building was part of a row of brick and limestone low-rises built in 1893, and it retains its original rough-faced brownstone ground floors, door ornaments, bay windows and cornice. The apartment is set up with a living room at the front, a kitchen and bath along the side, and bedrooms in the rear. A walk-in closet could be easily converted into a home office. There are French doors between the two bedrooms, and another closet contains a washer-dryer, according to Brownstoner.

Landmarks to consider former abolitionist’s home

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The oft-debated case of the Harriet and Thomas Truesdell House at 227 Duffield St., which was part of the underground railroad, has found its way onto the calendar of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked the commission to reconsider designation of the historic structure. Landmarks had chosen not to consider the building back in 2007, although it was saved from eminent domain that year. A demolition permit was filed for the brick house, which was built around 1850, last year, prompting action from preservationists, according to Brownstoner.

Groups that care for disabled people are facing cutbacks

Organizations that care for people who have developmental disabilities are facing a round of steep Medicaid cutbacks, and providers say these will lead to hundreds of layoffs. The groups face a 16 percent reduction from the state’s Office of People With Developmental Disabilities, and advocates say this will amount to $75 million each year. “They’re not going to stop serving people who walk in the door, the issue is the impact on the quality of service,” James Moran, CEO of Care Design NY, told the Brooklyn Paper.

Online fundraiser helps comic book store

Brooklyn residents and comic book fans have raised thousands for a Bay Ridge comic store that fell behind on several months of rent because of a coronavirus-mandated shutdown of retail stores. “I was very surprised when I first saw, and was so touched by all the support we have been getting,” Abdulilah Esa, owner of Galaxy Comics in Bay Ridge, said. Hoi Chen, a longtime customer, created an online fundraiser and set a goal of $29,000. “The store is a mom-and-pop comic book shop in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and the only true surviving one,” she told the Brooklyn Paper.


Incubator for chefs to open in Greenpoint

Paris-based Fulguarences, described as an incubator for rising chefs, is about to open at 132 Franklin St. in Greenpoint. The model will be similar to that of the original chef residency program in Paris. “We compare what we do to an artist residency: Fulguarences invites young chefs for a three- to six-month residency program where they can learn how to manage a team, define and refine their culinary identity, and express themselves as they want without having to worry about the administrative and financial aspects of running a restaurant,” Hugo Ivernat, one of the founders of the French program who now lives in Brooklyn, told Greenpointers.

Glady’s, Crown Heights Caribbean restaurant, closes

Glady’s, the popular Caribbean restaurant in Crown Heights, has announced that it has closed permanently because of COVID-19. The restaurant started as a sandwich shop, but it transitioned to a Jamaican eatery to meet the neighborhood’s demographics. Glady’s has also been a filming location for several television shows, such as “Luke Cage” and “Modern Love.” The restaurant was known for its homemade jerk sauce, which it used in dishes like jerk chicken, jerk tofu, and jerk pork with rice, beans and vegetables. “It has been a pleasure to serve the Franklin Avenue community for the past seven years,” its management wrote on Instagram.

Cops rescue escaped peacock from Prospect Park Zoo

Cops saw a peacock that had escaped from the Prospect Park Zoo, leading to a chase down Flatbush Avenue along with emergency service officers. The peacock was in front of a light blue Mercedes Benz around 6 a.m. on Monday when the cops tried to bag her. Motorists were already honking their horns to get the bird out of their way. At some point, the fowl decided to return home and ran toward the zoo entrance, flew briefly over the gate and went back to the zoo, according to amNewYork.

In-person real estate showings begin

Last week was New York City’s first full week of in-person real estate showings since March, but it didn’t tempt many Brooklyn buyers. Four homes, whose combined value was $9.5 million, went into contract. The prior week, when showings were virtual-only, saw six homes go into contract for a total of $17.4 million. The most expensive property to go into contract last week was a six-bedroom townhouse at 511 Macon St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to The Real Deal.

NYPD seeks man who robbed B’klyn bank

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who is wanted for robbing the Investors Bank at 8601 21st Ave. in Bensonhurst. The perp is described as a white man in his 40s, approximately 5-foot-7 and weighting around 140 pounds, with salt-and-pepper hair. On Monday afternoon, he handed the teller a note demanding money, whereupon the teller gave him an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect then ran from the bank, according to amNewYork.

Borough Park pols demand that school parks open

Assemblymember Simcha Eisenstein (D-Borough Park-Midwood) and Councilmember Kalman Yeger (D-Borough Park-Bensonhurst-Midwood) recently sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio demanding that the city’s public schoolyards be opened to children. “Now the situation has changed, it is time for us to revisit some of our original decisions. Parks and playgrounds are open. Restaurants and bars are open. Salons are open. Retail stores are open. And sports will make a comeback. Why not our schoolyards? It’s a no-brainer,” they wrote in the letter.

Four shootings in 90 minutes in Brooklyn

Police are investigating four shootings that all happened in a little more than 90 minutes in Flatbush and Crown Heights. One of the victims was an 11-year-old boy who was shot while playing outside of his home on East 29th Street. Investigators say he was not the intended target. In addition to the 11-year-old, an 18-year-old man was shot at Church Avenue and East 21st Street; a 22-year-old man was shot at Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway; and a 19-year-old man was shot on Lott Street. The boy’s grandfather said, “A little boy playing in a yard? Trust me, I don’t feel good about this,” according to ABC7.

She’s green, but not with envy

Elizabeth Sweetheart is known as the “Green Lady of Brooklyn.” She colors her hair green, her furniture is green, she painted the front door of her house green, and her clothing is green. “If I see something I like, I make it green,” she says. Sweetheart, who was born and raised in Nova Scotia, grew up wanting to be an artist. On a trip to Florida, she started to paint the blue-green ocean and the green trees, and she took it from there, according to CNN.

Gounardes wants property tax transparency

State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Bay Ridge-Gravesend-Manhattan Beach-Marine Park) has unveiled a new bill, S8644, mandating that any property tax increase of more than 2 percent be reported to the public and the City Council, and that public hearings must be conducted before the adoption of such a budget. “Property taxes have skyrocketed over the last six years. The burden of a rapidly-growing city budget is disproportionately felt by homeowners in non-gentrified outer-borough neighborhoods across the city, yet the City keeps saying that they are not raising property taxes, which flies in the face of the lived experiences of homeowners who see their property tax bills grow significantly year after year after year,” he said.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.


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  1. MissionControl

    The property bill goes up but it’s not the tax, it’s the assessment. The property tax goes up but it’s not the assessment but the tax. Why not have a law that if the bill goes up or down by any amount it’s noted and explained in clear language and translated to the language suggested by the name of the owner. Can that be more clear. Then tell them it has nothing to do with the market price. Good luck on that.