Friday, February 12, 2016

Picture Of The Day: Wrapped

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Seen on 4th Place
All bundled up against the elements.
Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day, dear neighbors.




Hey! What Happened To Trash Pick-Up Here In Carroll Gardens?

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Could it be that the New York City Department of Sanitation has forgotten about Carroll Gardens? According to emails that PMFA received from readers in the past few days, there has not been any reliable trash pick-up in the neighborhood for the past week. I noticed the same on my block. Though recyclables were picked up a few days ago, the garbage and compost have not.

I took a quick walk around the neighborhood and sure enough, filled trash cans were standing by the curb from First Place to Fourth Place, on President Street, Carroll Street, and from First Street to 5th Street.

What's going on? We all understood when there was a disruption of service after January's snowstorm, but there has not been any significant snow since.

In January, the community was told that Sanitation would only pick up bulk items like couches and mattresses on an 'as needed" basis. The temporary slow down is related to the recent expansion of the organic waste collection in the neighborhood.

That, however, would not explain why there seems to be a slow down in garbage pick-up.

Meanwhile, it looks rather grimy with all the piled up trash in the neighborhood. To make things even worse, Monday is a Holiday, so no pick-up till Tuesday at least for some folks.

Has Sanitation picked up on your block in Carroll Gardens this week?


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

181 President Street Marketed As "Most Sophisticated New Construction Townhouse In Carroll Gardens

View of original garage at 181 President Street (photo courtesy of Google Maps)
Lot at 181 President Street as seen in February 2014
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Back in February 2014, PMFA wrote about the conversion and vertical enlargement of an existing one story garage building to a one-family dwelling at 181 President Street, between Henry and Clinton Streets. Designed by Ramy Issac of Issac and Stern Architects, PC, the new four-story building, which includes a cellar and two garages on street level has been rising slowly and seems to be nearly completed.

Reader Joao, who recently walked past the site, reports that 181 President Street is now being marketed and has its own logo as well as a web site http://181President Street.com. Joao reports: "If you enter your email address on the website, you get subscribed to an email list from Halstead Property Development Marketing."

A banner hanging from the new building urges potential buyers to "discover the unrivaled luxury of the most sophisticated new construction townhouse in Carroll Gardens."

No mention of the price tag for this new home. Care to venture a guess?



Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Picture Of The Day: Mendoza

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Seen On Van Brunt at Union Street


This Morning's High Tide Brought Polluted Waters Of The Gowanus Canal Dangerously Close To Lightstone's Residential Building

Photo of the Lightstone Project at 365 Bond Street on the shores of the Gowanus By Mark Karwowski
He calls the picture: "double eyesore' because of the reflection in the water
Photo taken from Carroll Street Bridge 
 This morning at high tide, the polluted waters of the Gowanus were level with the base of Lightstone Group's  second building currently under construction at 363 Bond Street and Carroll Street.  The mechanics for the Carroll Street bridge in the foreground were totally submerged under water.
 More flooding.  Looking at 363 and 365 Bond Street
Looking at the Union Street Bridge this morning at high tide

Friend and local resident Mark Karwowski walked over the Carroll Street Bridge this morning at high tide and took the photos above of the 700-unit Lightstone Group construction site at 363 and 365 Bond Street at the edge of the canal.
As you can see, the level of the water was extremely high. This is, of course, not the first time that the the Gowanus Canal have risen to this level.  It merely illustrates what local residents have said for a long time…the area is prone to frequent flooding and is, perhaps, not the best place to bring more residents, especially given the warnings about Global Warming.
We all know by now that when the Gowanus Canal floods, local residents don't just have to deal with water in their basements.  After all, the canal is an EPA Superfund and its waters are highly toxic.

Karwowski, who is a member of Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus, also took the photo below from the 9th Street Bridge this morning, showing an oil sheen on the water of the canal.

And my friend C. captured this image of a goose swimming in the canal yesterday.  How very sad.



The $2.6 Million Handyman Special In Carroll Gardens

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Who here in Carroll Gardens has not wandered about the decrepit four-story brick townhouse at 351 Union Street right next to Smith Street Deli? For decades now, the building has looked neglected and uninhabited. The paint is pealing from the fa├žade, the stoop is crumbling, and before some of them were replaced just recently, several windows were broken and open to the elements.
Yet, on very rare occasions, I would see an elderly gentleman walk in and out of the house.

A few days ago, PMFA received an email from reader Bob reported that the property has been placed on the market.  Bob writes:
"This mystery house is finally for sale. All the years walking by and never knowing whether just a storage or abandoned or recluse living there."

Douglas Elliman is the realtor for the brick townhouse. From the listing:
"This is the ideal handy man's special. An investors absolute dream come through. An architect's drafting board. It needs a FULL gut renovation but location, location, location is where its at. Measuring 20x40, this home is 3360sf and can be recreated as a beautiful 1, 2 or 3 family home. This sale is contingent on seller being in contract on another home. All cash only."

The price for this "handyman special"? It is listed for $2,600.000. That is down from $2,800.000 back in November 2015, when the property was first placed on the market.

One hopes that someone will restore this brownstone to give it back some love and dignity.



Monday, February 08, 2016

PS 58 Finds Pre-K Annex Large Enough To House Two Classes For 2016/2017 School Year

PS 58 at Smith Street between Carroll and First Streets.
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Union Street between Columbia and Hicks Streets
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New Pre-K annex for PS58 at 131-133 Union Street
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You may remember that back in October 2015,  Public School 58, a.k.a. The Carroll School, announced that it was "unlikely that PS 58 will be able to retain its three Pre-Kindergarten classrooms in the building for the 2016-2017 school year."
Principal Katie Dello Stritto told parents that the problem was overcrowding and that the pre-K program would either have to be eliminated or be moved out of the school building on Carroll Street.

To address the problem,  the school has been looking for an annex here in the neighborhood to house the Pre-K classes.  It appears that the search has been at least partially successful.  The Department of Education has been able to secure space for two of the existing three classes in a former bank building on Union Street between Columbia  and Hicks Streets.

Here is a recent announcement that was posted on PS58's web site:
"We have an exciting update to share regarding Pre-K for PS 58 next year. We are going to have a Pre-K annex site at 131 Union Street for the 2016-2017 school year. At this time we have been told that the space can house two classes. We are trying to find creative solutions for the third class now. We are in the very beginning stages of planning with our wonderful Pre-K team, the Superintendent’s Office, the Office of Early Childhood Education and the School Construction Authority. There are many moving parts and many logistics that we will need to work out. We will keep the community updated as we have more information.

As in previous years, we expect that most of our Pre-K seats will be filled with children who will have an older sibling attending PS 58 in September."

Though two Pre-K classes in an annex several blocks away from the main PS58 building are better than none, it does all seem very ironic given the fact that one of New York Mayor DeBlasio's mandates when he was elected was to create more Pre-Kindergarden spots in the city.

As the announcement makes clear, unless you already have an older child attending the school,  your little one will not get a Pre-K spot at PS58.
For those few lucky enough to secure a space, it will be quite a juggling act to drop off and pick up children in two separate locations.
Let us know your thought.



Friday, February 05, 2016

Carroll Gardens Rear Window

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I admit that I failed to listen to the weather forecast yesterday, so was a bit surprised by all the white fluffy stuff that greeted me when I looked out the window this morning.

If you snapped a photo out of your rear (or front) window today, how about sharing it on PMFA's Facebook page here?


Learn How To Make Ukrainian Pierogies At Court Tree Collective

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Looking for something fun to do with your love on Valentine's Day? How about learning how to make Ukrainian Pierogies at Court Tree Collective here in Carroll Gardens?

The cooking class is taught by Marina Berger, a Manhattan-based personal chef, who loves to introduce New Yorkers to the cuisines from the Black Sea and Caucasus regions.

From Court Tree:
"Dumplings, the ultimate comfort food to tuck into on a cold winter’s night. Join me on Valentine’s Day to learn to make vareniki (Ukrainian pierogies) and two luxurious toppings to go with them. In this class, you’ll learn how to make savory vareniki filled with potato and onion, as well as sweet ones filled with sour cherries. I’ll also demonstrate how to make onion confit and sour-cherry compote to complement your delightful dumplings. We’ll conclude class by sitting down to a cozy dumpling dinner along with wine and tea with dessert."

The class begins at 12 pm. The cost per person is $50. Reserve your spot here.

371 Court Street 
Carroll Gardens


Bird House Salon In Gowanus Offering A Special Valentine's Treat

Owner and stylist Brooke Hunt with one of her clients
The Bird House's head stylist, Brooke Hunt with her sister, salon director Nicci Hubert

Our friends at The Bird House hair salon in Gowanus want everyone to feel their very best for Valentine's Day, so they are offering a special discount.
From Bird House:
"Everyone needs smokin' hot hair for Valentine's Day, whether you're going on a romantic date or having drinks with some friends. So in honor of February 14, we're offering $14 off ANY SERVICE Fri-Sun (Feb 12-14) o you can make sure your hair is gorgeous and ready for anything"

All you have to do is enter code LOVE14 when you book for the discount! So take advantage and book your appointment now.
126 10th St
Suite 204
b/t 3rd Ave and 2nd Ave in Gowanus
917-909-1431
By appointment only