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Brooklyn and Queens see doubling of condos for rent.

A Condo Perseveres in Brooklyn

Written by Paula Chin on March 27, 2018

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Newswalk overcomes shoddy construction through innovative financing. 

Board overcomes construction defects to rescue Brooklyn condominium. 

Brooklyn judge gives condo board power to “forcibly” soundproof unit.

Decade-long legal battle over shoddy construction is finally over.

An App Called Slack Can Organize Board Conversations

Written by Kathryn Farrell on September 11, 2017

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

A way to manage the flow of talk between boards and their managers.

Messenger system cuts through the tech blizzard.

Doing the New Math on Solar Energy

Written by Bill Morris on September 02, 2016

Prospect Heights

A Brooklyn co-op discovers that solar is changing – for the better.

Attorney general puts an end to notorious developer of shoddy condos.

The Green Point Savings Bank was built in 1928 on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Today, workers are busy dismantling the interior of the building, which the developer Slate bought for $6.5 million last year before filing a plan to build a 14-story condo tower on the site.

Now, with two demolition permits filed with the city – one for a full demo, the other for an interior gutting – neighborhood activists are fighting to save a grand old dame that is not protected by landmark status, DNAinfo reports.

Prospect Heights resident Scott Watson, an actor and self-described architecture fan, has gotten more than 200 signatures on a petition to save the bank from the wrecking ball. “When Capital One moved out of the bank, I thought, ‘There’s no way they could possibly tear down this amazing marble bank and make condos,' Watson says. "And then when I found out...I tried to do whatever I could to stop it. We’ve seen so many buildings just go. There really is no limit to what the developers can tear down at this point.”

Among those named on Watson’s save-the-bank petition are Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, and city councilwoman Laurie Cumbo.

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