Brooklyn News: Flatbush Church is getting a new life as a creative hub

A developer and artist duo is building creative hubs in Brooklyn. Next is a Flatbush Church

They seem like odd bedfellows: one is a young creative determined to build affordable spaces for artists, the other a real estate developer with a string of apartment buildings across Brooklyn.

But Audrey Banks and Joseph Banda have formed a somewhat fortuitous partnership that is thriving in adaptive reuse: transforming historic buildings into affordable living and working spaces for artists and activists.

This month’s page. Photo by Susan DeVries

Long-tainted, reimagined Batcave prepares to debut as the Gowanus Arts Center

The scaffolding is down, the new windows are in, the addition is complete and the bricks are bare. It’s almost time for Powerhouse Arts to take over its new location in the famous Gowanus Batcave.


Interior of 607 5th Street

Park Slope Limestone near Prospect Park with plastering work, Mantels asking for $3.45 million

This early 20th-century Park Slope limestone property has been in the same family for decades and has a wealth of well-preserved original features, windows on three sides and a prime location just a short walk from Prospect Park. Designed by prolific architect Axel Hedman, 607 5th Street boasts original mantels, paneling, fretwork, marble sinks, and plasterwork.

Views of Gowanus Green and surrounding area

The site in 2020. Photo by Susan De Vries

Unexpected pile driving at construction site along Gowanus Canal has officials searching for answers

A group of elected officials are sounding the alarm about potentially dangerous construction work on a toxic brownfield site next to the Gowanus Canal.

Exterior view of 33 Broad Street in Kinderhook

Restore an 18th-century Dutch historian’s jewel in Kinderhook, Yours for $390,000

True lovers of old homes will be able to look at the listing photos for this 18th century Kinderhook apartment and see the big bones of the house and the charm of the grounds, even with its once magnificent landscaping becoming a bit overgrown.

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