PROSPECT-LEFFERTS GARDENS — Let the countdown begin.

An iconic clocktower in the neighborhood will soon be ticking again over Flatbush Avenue, according to its owner who is working to restore the 100-year-old clock with the help of local preservationists.

The four-sided clocktower at 495 Flatbush Ave. — once a Bond Bread factory that’s now known as the Phat Albert building for its longtime ground floor tenant — hasn’t worked for at least 20 years, said Jack Srour, whose family bought the property in 2000.


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In an interesting reflection of Brooklyn’s continuing transformation, the building that once housed the famous Bond Bakery is now home to scores of freelancers working in the “knowledge economy.”

Built in 1925, the iconic Bond Bakery building, on Flatbush Avenue near Empire Boulevard, now serves as Brooklyn Commons, a “co-working space” which currently hosts about 40 to 50 freelancers every day.

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Located at 495 Flatbush Ave., right near Prospect Park, the 12,000-square-foot space includes 53 dedicated offices and 16 open desks, as well as a conference room, common area and rooftop patio. Nearly 100 local professionals registered for the space’s kickoff event, which featured DJ Tommy James of Greenpoint’s Good Room and food and drink from local restaurants.

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Shared office space is coming to the neighborhood this week with the opening of a new co-working company on the second floor of the clocktower building on Flatbush Avenue.

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BKLYN Commons handles all the amenities one would desire in an office: high speed Internet, WiFi access, small and large meeting rooms equipped with Smart TV, daily mail and package handling, complimentary coffee, tea, water, and much more.

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