The Pool, East River and the West Coast — the Hook-up (2/2)

Union Pool via Bedford and Bowery

It might be cold as we enter February, but memories of Union Pool have been keeping Brooklyn hot this week. An article recalling the halcyon days of the hipster hookup hotspot has had twitter all aflutter as New Yorkers share their stories of time spent at “The Boyfriend Store.”

If you’re fishing for more than a hookup, Greenpoint Fish and Lobster (114 Nassau Avenue) has your good catch right here. Through May, they’ll be stocking West Coast Albacore Tuna, a fish so special  that the vast majority of it is shipped to Japan for sushi. 

But, if the west coast doesn’t do it for you, and you’d rather keep watch on the waters closer to home, turn your sites to the East River, where waterfront real estate remains as hot as ever. This week, permits have been filed for 30 Kent Street, an 11 story, 80-unit, rental building adjacent to Transmitter Park. 

Meanwhile, developers of 144-146 West Street now have cash on hand to complete a 6 story building with 7 units devoted to middle-income tenants.

And that’s not all. Permits have also been filed to turn 80 Oak Street into a 3 story condominium, including duplex apartments.

But, at least one project in the neighborhood has been put through its paces by the Landmark Preservation Commission. Owners of 111 Noble Street, who appeared before the LPC in September with plans to demolish the current structure which dates to 1855 and sits within the Greenpoint historic district, and replace it with a modern apartment building, will face the Commission again next week with a new Proposal.

About Lucie Levine

Lucie Levine is the founder of Archive on Parade, a local tour and event company that aims to take New York’s fascinating history out of the archives and into the streets. She’s a Native New Yorker, licensed New York City tour guide, and freelance writer with a passion for the city’s social, political and cultural history.

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