Boerum Hill — especially Atlantic Avenue — has changed drastically over the past decade. The historic brownstones and rowhouses are still there, as are the antique stores and the Middle Eastern markets, but they’ve been joined by upscale restaurants, bridal boutiques, and art galleries. Add to that the proximity to institutions like Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and it’s no wonder that demand for housing in Boerum Hill has increased.
The newest change to this upwardly mobile neighborhood is at Atlantic Avenue and Nevins Street, in a lot formerly occupied by the Atlantis Super Wash Center and its oversized, largely unused parking lot.
Architect Morris Adjmi, the man behind Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel, has different plans for the space. Featuring a design meant to complement neighboring rowhouses, 465 Pacific will bring 30 new homes and plenty of retail space to the corner. The residences, ranging from one- to five-bedroom, will include terrace duplex homes and penthouses. The 1,300-square-foot rooftop garden features panoramic city views. (more…)
Submissions are still going strong for our #thedoorsofbrooklyn photo challenge and we are gawking at all these glorious doors spotted in Brooklyn neighborhoods. We’ve noticed many brownstone portraits, but we love seeing the more creative snaps like Industry City’s street art–inspired portal or the Jean-Michel Basquiat garage door. (more…)
The parlor floor apartment of Gauri Nanda came with ornate original moldings and marble fireplaces typical of Brooklyn’s most over-the-top brownstones. But historic details didn’t stop the designer from transforming the space to fit her modern personal taste. (more…)
Eight years after conceiving of the idea to convert a former tobacco warehouse into a new theatrical home at 45 Water Street, five years after getting a lease to the site, four years after going to court over it, and two years after breaking ground, St. Ann’s Warehouse held a ribbon cutting for its new facility in Dumbo on Tuesday.
In a surprise move, developer Fortis has filed new-building applications with the Department of Buildings to build seven townhouses on part of the former site of Long Island College Hospital. Development of the huge site is highly controversial, and few details have been settled. (more…)
The pink house on Bergen Street was still standing when I moved to Crown Heights North in 2000. Only two blocks from my house, I saw it often. It was in rough shape then, but hadn’t been boarded up yet.
According to a 1976 survey of Crown Heights North by the LPC, this house, at 1183 Bergen Street, between New York and Brooklyn avenues, was the second oldest house in the neighborhood.
It was built, they figured, somewhere between 1860 and 1865.
The oldest house in Crown Heights North is the George and Susan Elkins House, at 1375 Dean Street, a couple of blocks away. The Elkins house is only 10 years older, built around 1853.
Both houses were the last remnants of this neighborhood’s suburban past, the two oldest surviving houses in Crown Heights North.
The Bedford branch of the Lefferts family owned most of the land making up Crown Heights North. They stopped farming and began selling it off in the late 1840s and ’50s. The street grid had been marked out in the 1830s, and this land was advertised as a great place for a suburban villa community. (more…)