'The four-million-square-foot Brooklyn Army Terminal has a long and interesting history as a military supply base, but these days, it's still getting a handle on its new life as a commercial hub.
The federal government sold the terminal to New York City in 1981, and a few years later, a wholesale renovation began. It's come a long way since then—notable tenants now include such diverse neighbors as the NYPD's intelligence division, the chocolatier Jacques Torres, the New York City Bioscience initiative center and the Museum of Natural History.'
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Exploring the nooks (and also crannies) of the Southern Brooklyn of yore in KC van Sandt's interactive Facebook Scrapbook
Art of Brooklyn co-founder Anthony DeVito recently came across a Facebook group that posts photos of the (quite large) parts of Kings County that don’t get much attention online.
The Southern Brooklyn Scrapbook never ceases to amaze Anthony (born and raised in Southern Brooklyn himself) with its obscure images and lively discussions, so he got in touch with creator K C van Sandt, who had a lot to say about his enthusiasm for Brooklyn, what counts as 'real' history, and the challenges involved in curating a public group online.
Frustrated by stubborn Coney Island landowners, the de Blasio administration plans to seize property under the city’s rarely used power of eminent domain in order to spur long-stalled economic development in the People’s Playground, The Post has learned.
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It's the largest indoor theater in Brooklyn, with 3,000 seats. And in its heyday was one of the most beautiful movie palaces in the city, if not the world. After closing for good in 1977, you'd be hard pressed to find a New Yorker who thought the Kings would ever reopen. Things like that just don't happen very often, especially in Flatbush. The Kings had become a grand memory, the gilded star of stories Brooklynites told of a theater that was so gorgeous it made your head spin.
Now, it's back. Defying all the odds, the Kings Theatre has returned to her former glory thanks to a $95 million renovation. Gothamist has the full story along with a photo gallery shot by Clay Williams. Gaze upon it in awe and wonder!
From the New Yorker: "Like the Weeksville Gardens housing project, about ten blocks west on Bergen Street, the Weeksville Center was named for the free, landowning black community that once lived in that area of Brooklyn. Founded in the early nineteenth century by the former docks worker James Weeks, on land previously owned by Dutch farmers, Weeksville is thought to have been among the first free black communities in the country." Full Article