Tuesday, December 04, 2018

FOR SALE: 243 15th St. Wood Frame Tiny Home to Meet its Maker?

243 15th Street, South Slope between 5th and 6th Avenues has been on the market for awhile now, asking price $1,948,000. I think the current owner has already fracted a good deal of the equity from this little goose.
Real estate sites say it's currently in contract.
 



This 25 foot wide wood frame with no basement measures in at a meer 960 square feet and sits on a 1,654 square foot lot. Not sure what you can build on a 66 foot deep lot but it has the width, and the zoning...R6B gives it a FAR booster but still that's not much of a rear yard.  U. Santini owns the parking lot at 245 and they use it to park their moving trucks. 247 15th Street is privately owned as well.



Dug up these depression era 1940's tax photos showing the property in its glory days. Beautifully laid cobblestone street with trolly tracks.  The lettering in the window says ROOFING. The adjacent faimily owned U. Santini moving and storage warehouse has been around since 1930.



Another photo of the property with the Tax Man in plain view.  These 1940's photos are available for sale online at NYC Department of Records



Just in case they decide to demolish this home I thought I would record this detail of the original surviving cornice.



Aerial map showing the property (tiny pink square) and neighborhood as it existed in 1921. 



Occasionally you'll find a gem or two on the NYC Department of Buildings BIS property information web site. Here is a copy of the 1931 Certificate of Occupancy which officially defines and gives the owner permission to use the address for a "Private Garage for three (3) machines.  Also listed are the original owners William H. Kane and Helena J. Kane.  



William H. Kane's obituary from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle dated June 20th, 1944.  Mr. Kane, a master plumber, died in the house after 35 years of owning and operating his own business. Looks like he might of done some roofing as well as plumbing according to the sign in the window.  IMBY will keep an eye on this property and let the reader know what becomes of the little wood frame. Stay tuned.       RIP    W. H. Kane.




Thursday, October 25, 2018

IMBY TOOLBOX Casting Shade in NYC

Noon time Brooklyn: South Slope's segment of $th Avenue way under construction.
Spelunking down amongst the seething mob, living in the bleakness, slithering from there to there, picking up her dry cleaning.

Some people of the Earth are hard at work transcribing and converting our physical man made structures into digital bits. Rendering an accurate virtual illusion of the three dimensional world takes modeling skilz in order to fool the eye.  Who's behind this Herculean effort?
A not for profit global community of data sharing freaks ( Open Geospatial Consortium, a.k.a.  O.G.C.)   

Information Technology & Telecommunications 
Link to DoITT NYC 3D Building Model



The Grey Lady created this interactive truth map of New York City's shadier bits.  Click here to see who's living in the dark,  CLICK LINK and the lite.

From the New York Times Shadow map South Slope Winter Shade captured from their interactive map.



Summer Shadows, my new porn name.


Awwww, Spring Fall Shadows!



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

IMBY TOOL: NYC Active Construction


Ok my loyal followers, I have another great voyeur tool to appease our insatiable appetites.  Play with this site awhile and see if it doesn't itch your scratch and scratch your itch.

NYC Active Major Construction

NYC Department of Building's Active Major Construction tool is an interactive map and dashboard that provides real-time insight into all currently active major construction sites. Buildings on the map are categorized by square footage, estimated cost, and proposed dwelling units with larger points denoting higher values. Click on any of the points to get more details as well as a direct link to the permit info on DOB's Building Information System (BIS). The sidebar also contains various interactive filters.

Scroll down to view daily Top 10 lists of active sites with the most square footage, most expensive, tallest, and most dwelling units. Additional Top 10 bar graphs show general contractors with the most active city-wide square footage and cost, as well as occupancy type information.

The data used to create this application consists of all active New Building (NB) and Alteration Type 1 (A1) Enlargement permits and is updated daily. (LINK)




VOLUMINOUS DATA





What's up with the Pavillion Theater remodel in the South Slope?  Click on any construction site to pop open a window, peer in, see property DOB BIS links and transparent permit info such as type, issuance and expiration dates, square footage, cost estimates, occupancy class, and proposed dwelling units.   

New Architectural Voyeurism: Reimagining Brooklyn's Fourth Avenue

uadO  moN:  You asked for it and IMBY, as usual, provides.  All our residential centerfolds come with out aggravating staples.  For your viewing pleasure, Brooklyn's Fourth Avenue.  

Take the GOWANUS side of the Avenue.
































Friday, March 09, 2018

Another Hammer For the IMBY Toolbox


There are so many new architecturally related  online applications available to us keyboard voyeurs it's hard to keep au courant.  If you're literally still hiding in the bushes, old school, this NY City Parks Capital Project Tracker will allow you to keep an eye on the cities shrubbery from your darkened saferoom. Quit venturing outside sans sunscreen. Go forth and ride the waves of government transparency from your waterbeds, my dear 400lb readers.



EVERY JOB,  EVERY BOROUGH,  EVERY BUCK SPENT. Let's go visit the ongoing reconstruction of The Butterfly Gardens in Brooklyn's South Slope neighborhood.

ZOOM MORE MAPS. ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM

SPENDING $637,000, I NEED DETAILS!   EVERYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PROJECT. WANT TO KNOW HOW WE BUILD PARKS? CLICK HERE

 BUTTERFLY GARDEN FUTURE PATIO SEATING AREA WITH WATER FOUNTAIN.  LOCAL GRADE SCHOOLS USE AND MAINTAIN THE PLANTINGS.  PS10 HOLDS ITS ANNUAL BUTTERFLY DAY CELEBRATION IN THE PARK.
CLOSED WHILE REPAVING WALKWAYS.
 7TH AVENUE ENTRANCE.
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE? SEPTEMBER 2018

STURDY NEW FENCES GOING IN

18TH STREET ENTANCE.