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February 17, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
A panel recommended that the Brooklyn Heights Promenade not be replaced with a BQE bypass. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Brooklyn Heights row house selling for $18M

A Brooklyn Heights row house, at 212 Columbia Heights, with a wine cellar and a view of New York Harbor is selling for $18 million. The home was built before the Civil War, and has the round arched windows and door typical of its time. The home also has period interior details such as wood floors, marble mantels, pocket doors and stained glass in addition to modern features such as a renovated kitchen. In the early 20th century, it was a multifamily house, but it was converted into a two-family home in 1956 and was converted back to a one-family home in 2008. It has five floors of living space as well as a backyard and a guest room in the basement, according to published reports.

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Brooklynite stabbed in 2007 dies

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Brooklyn company helps you live off the grid

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12-year-old boy found safe and sound

A 12-year-old Dyker Heights boy who was missing since Friday was found safe and sound on Wednesday, police said. Ryan Zhu was reported missing from his residence on 14th Avenue just after 7 p.m. The last time his mother had seen him was Friday night at 11 p.m. The NYPD sent out a tweet asking for help on Tuesday evening, and police found him safe the next evening, according to WPIX 11.

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Façade progresses at One Willoughby Square

Façade work continues to progress at One Willoughby Square, a 36-story skyscraper in Downtown Brooklyn also known as 420 Albee Square. The project is designed by FXCollaborative and is being developed by JEMB Realty. It will contain about 500,000 square feet of Class A office space. The exterior on the eastern elevation facing Albee Square West has been substantially completed. The same can also be said of the northern profile, which has a steadily climbing assembly of closely spaced metal strips attached to the blank concrete walls, which are painted black. This will support a light blue grid of metal panels of varying shades, according to New York YIMBY.

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540 Fulton St. nears completion

Exterior work is nearing completion at 540 Fulton St., a 43-story mixed-used tower in Downtown Brooklyn. The building, designed by Marvel Architects and developed by Jewel Management, will contain 327 residential units, commercial space and retail space. The glass panels have been installed on most of the glass curtain wall, and the construction crane has been removed from Fulton Street, according to New York YIMBY.

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Partial crane collapse in Greenpoint

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Clarke speaks with ICE

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Schumer helps with burial costs

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Service cuts on C, F trains

MTA officials say they have no plans to put new trains onto the C and F subway lines, both of which go through Brooklyn. The cuts began, say the Daily News, in January 2020 when a new class of cars had to be pulled from service due to a door malfunction. This caused rush-hour waiting time between trains to increase from 8 to 10 minutes, and on the F train from 5 minutes to 7.5 minutes. The Riders Alliance, a transit riders’ advocacy group, protested, saying, “Governor Cuomo must stop the cuts and stop cutting corners while taking away transit service. Federal law requires public hearings so Governor Cuomo and his aides learn firsthand about the severe impacts that longer waits and more crowding have on riders’ lives.” An MTA spokesperson responded that “C and F service were reduced nearly a year ago during the time we were running essential service and we never brought them back to full service due to very low ridership. Overall subway ridership is still down 70% from pre-pandemic levels.”

Compiled by Raanan Geberer. 

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