As Soon As I Have $25 Million To Spare…

August 17, 2009

…I’m moving into the triplex clocktower penthouse here:

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Look. At. That. View.

If the unit sells for the listing price, it would be the borough’s most expensive property sale by a $14 million margin.

More photos at The Times.

Missed Connection: Christian Slater. Kind Of.

July 7, 2009


Oh, Williamsburg.


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June 25, 2009


The Williamsbugh (sic) Savings Bank tower at sunset. Click pic to enlarge. Located at 1 Hanson Place on the edge of the Fort Greene (not Williamsburg) neighborhood of Brooklyn, it is the tallest building in the borough at 37 stories/512 feet. The top floors have been recently been converted to condos, including 2,300 square-foot full-floor penthouses directly below the clock; here’s a marketing shot from the building’s website:

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As you can see, even a view from the building’s lowest converted floor – the 18th – would still yield pretty great city views.

Trivia: The lack of any tall neighbors means the hands on the building’s four clock faces were subjected to brutal and unchecked wind, which usually meant all four faces of the clock would display a different time. As part of the renovation/conversion contract, the giant hands were to be redesigned to withstand the winds they faced. Perhaps eager to show off their new achievement, the designers lined the hands with awful red lights that are far brighter than any of the building’s other exterior lighting. Oh, and sometimes they still display the wrong time.

Cherry Blossom Festival This Weekend At Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

May 1, 2009


Sakura Matsuri, the annual festival celebrating Japanese culture and the blossoming of BBG’s 220 cherry trees, will culminate this weekend.

I’ve gone¬† most (all?) of the 4+ years I’ve lived in Brooklyn and really enjoyed the scenery every time. (Sadly, due to lack of planning, the above photo is not mine.) Unfortunately, this may not be the festival’s best year: last week’s warm temperatures jump-started the blooming and this weekend’s weather doesn’t look so great. If you do decide to attend, however, the BBG’s cherry blossom map is showing that the vast majority of cherry blossoms are still in peak bloom.

Admission to the garden and the festival is $12 for adults, although you can get in for free between 10 AM and noon on Saturday.


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April 14, 2009


Taken at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Cherry Blossom Festival. (Yes, I’m aware those aren’t cherry blossoms.) Click pic to enlarge. This year’s festival will be May 2nd & 3rd; you can track the blossoms’ progress here.

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March 13, 2009


Office building, Brooklyn. Click pic to enlarge.

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February 3, 2009

Prospect Park Boat House

Prospect Park Boat House, Brooklyn, NY.  Click pic to enlarge.