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171 Calyer St. Slated For Seven-Story Mixed-Use Development

171 Calyer St. (via Google Maps)

A seven-story mixed-use building with 39 residential units and commercial space is slated to be developed at 171 Calyer St., NY  YIMBY reports.

The site has operated as a gym and fitness center in recent years and is between Lorimer Street and Manhattan Avenue. More details from NY YIMBY:

The proposed 75-foot-tall development will yield 70,171 square feet, with 46,747 square feet designated for residential space and 10,400 square feet for commercial use. The building will have 39 residences, most likely condos based on the average unit scope of 1,198 square feet. The concrete-based structure will also have a cellar and 17 enclosed parking spaces.

Sherida Paulsen of PKSB Architects is listed as the architect of record.

Demolition permits have not been filed as of yet. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

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A Piece of Greenpoint History Faces Demolition

85 Calyer Street
85 Calyer Street

Recently, I did a series of stories for Greenpointers about the twenty-five most historic local buildings. One of the posts I wrote was about 85 Calyer Street, the residence of Thomas Fitch Rowland, whose company, the Continental Iron Works, located around the corner on Quay Street built the famous ship. In 1859, Rowland founded the innovative factory. Two years later, he would help make history when visionary Swedish naval engineer John Ericsson approached him about building a revolutionary ship in Greenpoint, the ironclad Monitor, which would revolutionize warfare and make wooden ships obsolete. Ericsson was a frequent visitor to the house and the many conversations in Rowland’s house led to the realization of Ericsson’s plan for the United States Navy’s first Ironclad battleship, which fought the legendary battle against the Rebel ironclad, the Virginia, in 1862. Thanks to the Monitor’s victory, the North won the Civil War and slavery ended. Rowland produced a number of ironclad ships locally, employing 1,500 workers at his works during the Civil War. Rowland also received the first patent for an underwater oil drilling well, an invention that had dramatic effects on the oil industry. He died a millionaire and the house changed hands a number of times.

Thomas Fitch Rowland
Thomas Fitch Rowland

The house has been sold and is evidently set for demolition. The new owner of the property, Daniel Kaykov of the Renovation Group, a Forest Hills-based construction firm filed demolition paperwork with the city on August 31st and additional paperwork for a demolition has also been filed. The frame house, which has had its facade remodeled, is an important part of local history and allowing its demolition would rob the community of an important landmark. Currently, the house has no landmark status from the city so its destruction could occur quickly. I described the awesome achievement that Ericsson and Rowland accomplished in my book Greenpoint Brooklyn’s Forgotten Past when they built the Monitor in just a hundred and one days, so I would feel great loss seeing the building be demolished. The Continental Iron Works was also demolished, so 85 Calyer Street is the last building that is a direct link to the building of the Monitor. I hope that the community can rally to save this authentic Greenpoint Civil War landmark.

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Greenpoint’s Other Canadian Restaurant, Chez Ma Tante

All images: Chez Ma Tante/Instagram

Losing Jimmy’s Diner on Franklin & Calyer was a hard loss to take. It was definitely one of the underrated neighborhood spots and a great place for a casual meal. Thankfully, Jimmy’s closing wasn’t because of a landlord dispute or rent issues, it was simply time for a new look. Last month, Chez Ma Tante opened its doors and quickly became one of Greenpoint’s new favorite restaurants, as evidenced by the crowded dining room on a recent night.

Chef Aidan O’Neal, formerly of the Manhattan restaurant Café Altro Paradiso, helms the team behind Chez Ma Tante. The name is in homage to a famous hot-dog-and-French-fry spot in Montreal, where Chef Aidan lived before heading to the five boroughs. (He’s originally from Vancouver.) And though you might hear that Chez Ma Tante is a Quebecois or Canadian restaurant, it’s not serving up hearty poutine and the like. If anything, the food at Chez Ma Tante is very American, just slightly refined. Continue reading

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Studio visit & interview with artist Brooke Borg

"Lipstick Yad," 13.5 x 1.5 x 1 in., clay, enamel, YSL lipstick, 2013 ©Brooke Borg

In 2006, artist and educator Brooke Borg was a recent college graduate with a one-way ticket to Barcelona. In 2012, she finally came back to the United States, MFA in hand and fluent in Catalan, ready to continue teaching and creating art in Brooklyn. Her work has been influenced by her travels, her own family and religious background, and the experiences of others that she’s collected and adroitly examined by using drawing, sculpture, and electronic media. Last week, Borg invited Greenpointers to her Calyer Street studio for a preview of her newest works-in-progress about modern love relationships. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #3: Eckford & Calyer Streets

©Greenpointers IG by @thedarkenergist

There’s some cool art to see today, right in your own backyard. If Eckford & Calyer Streets are your domain, then you’re in luck—Greenpoint Open Studios Walking Tour #3 has you covered. Continue reading

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Beloved Oasis Falafel Opens New Greenpoint Outpost

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The Falafel has Landed

Whether drunk, skint, in a hurry or just plain hungry, the $3 falafel sandwich from Oasis next to the Bedford L is without doubt one of the best value dinners in the area. And, as of last week, they have a new outpost…in Greenpoint!

Perched on a corner of McGuinness, Oasis of Greenpoint (230, Calyer St) is not in the most beguiling of locations but, when I called in on Sunday afternoon, the place tried hard to live up to its name. The sun was streaming through the huge glass windows and a very happy flow of customers came through, many exclaiming that they were fans of the Williamsburg branch and how delighted they were that one had opened in our hood. Continue reading

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goodyoga: 2 for 1 Memberships

Yeah, yeah. You’ve been wanting to try Yoga the last five years, but you don’t want to do it alone. Problem solved. Get a friend and join goodyoga for August! Enjoy unlimited yoga for just $50 per person (regularly $100) for a whole month to celebrate goodyoga’s 2nd anniversary.

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