Brooklyn News: The Tale of a Bushwick Mansion


Rockland County Mid-Century Modern House With Atrium, Sunken Living Room, Yours for $625K

You can embrace some woodland style, inside and out, with this mid-century house that is a bit of a time capsule with much of its original character intact. That includes an indoor garden complete with a tree, a sunken living room, and wood-covered walls and ceilings.

The Rockland County house on the market for the first time since 1968 is located at 49 Pomona Road in Suffern, N.Y., a hamlet of Ramapo. It is nestled in a subdivision developed in the mid 1960s originally known as Pomona Park II.

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A rendering shows a light rail proposal for the Interborough Express at the Wilson Avenue L train stop in Bushwick. Rendering via MTA

MTA to Start Work This Year on Interborough Express Train Connecting Brooklyn and Queens

The proposed Interborough Express light rail, which would connect Bay Ridge and Jackson Heights without entering Manhattan, is inching forward, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday.

The governor’s 2024 State of the State policy book, which accompanied her big speech to a joint legislative session in Albany on January 9, noted that the MTA will “initiate formal design and engineering” on the IBX this year. The project aims to convert the underutilized Bay Ridge Branch rail spur, owned by the Long Island Rail Road and currently used by CSX freight rail, into a light rail line between Brooklyn and Queens, sharply reducing commute times between the two boroughs.

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The development at 1515 Surf Avenue. Rendering via NYC Housing Connect

Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for Coney Island Geothermal Build With Pool, Units From $1,640

An affordable housing lottery has launched for 139 apartments in one tower of a new two-towered development on Coney Island’s Surf Avenue. The almost block-long development overlooks the ocean and has the city’s largest geothermal heating and cooling system, according to the project’s architect, as well as an outdoor pool.

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The entry hall of the Pope mansion in Bushwick circa 1910. Photo by by H. G. Borgfeldt via Pope Mansion photograph collection, Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History

The Pope’s Mr. Pope: The Rise and Fall of the Pope Family Mansion on Bushwick Avenue

One of our cultural icons is the self-made man or woman. We love to see stories of people who came from nothing, often from another country, worked hard, and with determination and a little luck, were in the right place at the right time to become incredibly successful, wealthy, and important. But, perversely, we also like stories in which successful people, their children, or other relatives fall from grace and prove they are just as flawed as the rest of us. The medium in which we follow those types of stories may have changed over time, but our fascination still remains strong to this day. This is the story of one of those families.

bay ridge - dining room with built-ins, coffered ceiling and plate shelf

Bay Ridge Row House With Built-ins, Bay Window, Coffered Ceiling Asks $1.2 Million

This early 20th century row house hasn’t been on the market since the 1940s, and while it may be in need of some updates, it also has potential with built-ins, inlaid floors, a coffered ceiling, and more.

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