11/20/14 3:43pm

PS 307 Open Houses

Daniel Hale Williams PS 307

PS 307 in Vinegar Hill is hosting open house dates (209 York Street) on November 21 from 9-10am, December 8 from 6-7pm, and December 12 from 9-10am. If you are wondering about Pre-K options for your child born in 2011, this is a good chance to visit the Magnet School for STEM Studies that offers a public Pre-K program with Mandarin and more.

PS 307 (Daniel Hale Williams)
209 York Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 (Between Navy & Gold Streets)

PS 8 Overcrowding

PS 8 is asking parents to alert the Department of Education, our elected officials, and others about our severe concern regarding current and future overcrowding at our school. There is an online petition for public support to push for short and long term solutions to this problem.

There is a meeting tonight, Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Plymouth Church (57 Orange Street, Brooklyn Heights), 6:30-8pm

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11/19/14 4:32pm
Photo taken from the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway

Photo taken from the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway

Two Trees Management Company’s new rental development in Dumbo Brooklyn, 60 Water Street has released its first listings. The new construction building includes 290 rental units, as well as a 300 seat public Middle School with an entrance along Dock Street and some ground floor retail along Water Street (The interior build-out of the middle school is expected around August 2016).

The building is designed by LEESER Architecture and Ismael Leyva Architects. 60 Water Street will feature studios, one bedrooms and two-bedrooms and will be leased in phases with a couple dozen residences released during the first phase and occupancy will begin December 1. The full launch of the building will begin with the second phase which is scheduled for early 2015, when a larger selection of residences will be made available.

A few floorplans were posted last month.

11/19/14 11:00am

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11/17/14 2:00pm
Hudson Ave at Plymouth Street

Hudson Ave at Plymouth Street

NY Times visits Vinegar Hill (Brooklyn) in their Living In column on Sunday. In it, Vinegar Hill is described as:

The Brooklyn waterfront enclave of Vinegar Hill is a tiny carpet remnant of a neighborhood, a rough-edged but charmingly idiosyncratic swatch of land largely cut off from the city around it. At its northern fringe is the dystopian sprawl of a colossal Con Edison substation that separates residents from the tantalizingly close East River. To the east is the fenced 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park. To the south is a mountain range of public housing and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Vinegar Hill is also described as a jewel, where rowhouses occupy the Belgian-block streets in the ‘sleepy-hamlet’ of a neighborhood. There are several buildings being converted to commercial, but will Vinegar Hill turn into Dumbo, a tourist attraction? According to a 2008-2012 census survey, there are approximately 580 residents in Vinegar Hill. Who named Vinegar Hill? “John Jackson, a ship builder, named Vinegar Hill after a 1798 Anglo-Irish battle. Jackson ran a shipyard at the foot of Hudson Avenue and built houses nearby for his workers. His sale of land for use as the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the early 1800s sparked further growth in the area.” Nearby 167 Sands Street was originally the headquarters for sailors, marines, and coast guardsmen for nearby Brooklyn Navy Yards.

Front Street in Vinegar Hill

Retail/Restaurants mentioned:

Real estate prices have been climbing in Vinegar Hill, partly due to its neighbor Dumbo (which has the borough’s highest rental prices for years) and for its very low inventory and churn. The article mentions that Kirkman Lofts, condo prices rose to $750 from $600 a square foot between 2011 and 2012 and in July, one of those units resold for $1,300 a square foot. Other residential buildings mentioned:

Schools:

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11/17/14 11:39am

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Community Board 2 is hosting a public workshop on the “Brooklyn Strand”, the working name for 21 acres of underutilized and under-programmed parks and plazas that begins at the Brooklyn Bridge and extends through the center of Downtown Brooklyn to Brooklyn Borough Hall (or vice versa). The Brooklyn Strand includes Cadman Plaza, Walt Whitman Park, the Korean Veterans Plaza, Columbus Park, and various vacant municipal lots and lawns.

As part of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle strategic plan, which was unveiled in June 2013, these spaces have the potential to serve as a connecting point between two borough-wide destinations (Brooklyn Bridge Park and Downtown Brooklyn) and many neighborhoods (Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, etc.).

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, in conjunction with the Mayor’s office, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC Parks, and City Planning have engaged the urban architecture firm WXY Studio to solicit feedback from the public to understand the current uses, wishes, and opportunities for the open spaces along the Brooklyn Strand. From their work with the stakeholders, WXY will create an action plan for the open space, with the goal of submitting a conceptual plan to the Public Design Commission in 2015.

Community Board 2 strongly encourages everyone to review and comment on the work of WXY Studio. For more on the “Brooklyn Strand”, see brooklyntechtriangle.com/4-dynamic-places-for-tech.

Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan

Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan

Public Workshop: Thursday, November 20, 2014; Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Avenue at Prince Street, Brooklyn