When other neighborhood businesses were closing up shop in the early ’60s due to changing racial demographics and civil unrest, Tom’s Restaurant chose to stay in Prospect Heights where it had been since 1936. Listen to owner Gus Vlahavus explain why in this mini-documentary about the restaurant.
The episode is one of the first in a new series on NYC Media (Channel 25) called “Neighborhood Slice“ about New York City neighborhoods as seen through the eyes of those who have lived in them the longest. Upcoming episodes will focus on Crown Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens and Williamsburg.
Name: Wood framed semi-detached row house Address: 133 Carlton Avenue Cross Streets: Myrtle and Park Avenues Neighborhood: Wallabout Year Built: 1840s Architectural Style: Greek Revival Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed Wallabout Historic District.
The story: In spite of all that’s happened on this block of Carlton Avenue, this little house has survived for over 170 years. Before the housing projects, the apartment complex, the bodega, the flats buildings and brownstones on this block, this house, and its neighbor were among the rows of wood framed houses that made up working class Wallabout. These houses were built by and for the people who settled in this area in the early part of the 19th century, drawn by jobs and careers at the Navy Yard and in the shipbuilding, printing, and other factories and industries that also developed in the area.
In his 2005 Wallabout Cultural Resource Survey, architectural historian Andrew Dolkart called this house the “most interesting house on the block.” It’s typical of the period; a Greek Revival-style frame house, amazingly still with its fluted Corinthian style wooden pillars and capitals. The house still has fish scale shingles alternating with plain shingles in a very pleasing vernacular pattern, and an intact cornice with a carved wooden frieze with swagged garlands. On almost any other block, this house would be a treasured period gem. Here, unfortunately, it’s rather lost. (more…)
Bushwick’s Swallow Cafe has just opened a second location at 493 Driggs Avenue between North 9th and North 10th streets in Williamsburg. It opened Saturday and serves coffee, tea, sandwiches and pastries.
There’s a short bar that will soon have a few stools under it. The otherwise nondescript storefront has a little hand-painted sign with a bird perched on a coffee cup-shaped nest, a duplicate of the 49 Bogart Street location’s smaller sign.
Yup, another incredible house on Arlington Place is for sale. The Renaissance Revival brownstone at No. 5 was built by George P. Chappell in 1887 and was a Building of the Day in 2012.
It’s next door to the Crooklyn house, which sold for $1,700,000 in July. The house at No. 1, previously an SRO and delivered vacant, closed for $1,923,000 last month.
Catch is this one has six rent-stabilized units and the tenants aren’t going anywhere, according to the listing. The photos show only the exterior and the entry, both of which appear to be in magnificent condition.
The ask is $1,050,000. Where do you think this one will end up?
We featured plenty of apartments at the Newswalk building in Park Slope in our day, but this two-bedroom duplex has to be one of the biggest and nicest of them all. The first level is a large, loft-like living area with a kitchen and bathroom; upstairs are two bedrooms and another bathroom along with a private terrace.
This one’s asking $1,295,000 and comes with common charges of $1,264 a month.
This two-bedroom, two-bath pad at 100 Luquer Street — the building that prompted a downzoning in Carroll Gardens — has big windows and that bright new-condo feeling. The 1,079-square-foot apartment comes with a private balcony, central air, master bath with radiant heat and a large storage/laundry room.
Designed by Karl Fischer (whether that’s a negative or a positive is your call), the high-rise development features a roof deck, fitness room, parking and video intercom. The listing notes the net effective rent is $4,292 per month with one month free on a 13-month lease, which puts the actual rent around $4,649 a month, according to our math. Do you think it’ll rent at that price?
It’s your home. You have your own design sense, color schemes, and storage needs. The dimensions of your house or apartment aren’t like everyone else’s.
That’s why Wonk makes every piece of furniture to order, based on your input. Wonk president and chief designer David Goltl’s cool, modern furniture designs look great in the catalog, but that’s just the start. Then you choose the finish, the hardware, and the design details. Want your bookcase to be 75 percent longer? Your bed to have built-in storage drawers? The designers at Wonk will provide detailed drawings showing what it will look like, and you’ll have a finished piece six to eight weeks after placing your order.
Take a look at some of Wonk’s custom designs after the jump. (more…)
Ubiquitous Brookland Capital has picked up the vacant lot at 207 Wyckoff Street, where it plans to build a three-unit, four-story apartment building, according to permits filed in November. Sounds like it has some swank potential.
In 2006, bricks from a long-neglected and vacant apartment building on the property crashed through neighboring roofs and cars, said a reader who tipped us off to the sale.
Brookland paid $1,325,000 for the lot, which is extra wide at 25 feet by 100 feet. Photos show the lot empty in 2007. The property is outside the Boerum Hill historic district.
Brookland cleared the lot, but hadn’t yet started construction when we stopped by recently. GMAP
A tipster tells us work has started up again at the long-dormant warehouse conversion at 53 Bridge Street in Dumbo. The latest alteration permits indicate the developer has scrapped residential plans.
The developer of the long-troubled project was ordered to take down an unsightly and unstable six-story addition back in 2010, designed by disgraced architect Scarano. The architect of record is now NSC Architecture. As far as we know, developer Joshua Guttman is still the owner of the warehouse, which is located at Bridge and Front streets.
For its latest “Living In” column, the New York Times took a look at what it is like to live in Carroll Gardens, from the neighborhood’s Italian roots to today’s expensive brownstones and condo developments. The number of Italian Americans living there declined from 52 percent in 1980 to 22 percent in 2012, as the median household income rose to $95,600 from $40,663.
And the Sackett Union development has altered the low-rise feel of Court Street, bringing a 32-unit condo building to Court and 11 townhouses to Sackett and Union, said the story. The paper interviewed blogger Katia Kelly of Pardon Me For Asking, who noted the neighborhood rallied around downzoning building heights in 2009 to protect Carroll Gardens’ small-town atmosphere.
How do readers living in the area feel about the neighborhood?
Halstead is opening an office in Bed Stuy at 316 Stuyvesant Avenue, the company told us. The former Bed Stuy team of Evans & Nye — Ban Leow, Morgan Munsey and Donna Myrie — will work out of the space. Halstead executive director of sales in Brooklyn, Trish Martin, will oversee the office, said DNAinfo, which was the first to write about the opening.
This will be Halstead’s sixth office in Brooklyn. It will open sometime in April, said Munsey. The large, Manhattan-based company joins many other medium- and neighborhood-based real estate firms in the area, including Aptsandlofts.com, Evans & Nye, Flateau Realty Corp., and Stuyvesant Heights Brokerage.
Last week an LLC called Buffalo Avenue Realty Associates picked up St. Mary’s Hospital at 170 Buffalo Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Crown Heights for $19,500,000. The large private Catholic institution closed in 2005.
Surprisingly, it will not be converted into rentals or condos. The new owner has already leased the building to Prospect Park Nursing Home of 1455 Coney Island Avenue for $1,500,000 for 15 years, according to a tipster. It is around the corner from the Weeksville Heritage Center.