04/27/15 4:30pm

grand army plaza

New Design for Parkside Plaza to Be Unveiled This Weekend [DNA]
Map: Where to Join a Community Garden in Bed Stuy This Spring [DNA]
RIP Film Biz Recycling, Gowanus’ 11,000-Square-Foot Treasure Chest [Gothamist]
Isn’t Anyone in Brooklyn Looking for an Apartment? [NYO]
Coney Island 2015: Update on Whalburgers, Temporary Fair at Thor’s Vacant Lots [ATZ]
Greenpoint Author Pens Novel on Squatters in ’90s Williamsburg [BK Daily]

Photo by Betty Tsang

04/27/15 3:00pm

1044-4046 Sterling Place, SSpellen 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 1044-1046 Sterling Place
Cross Streets: Brooklyn and Kingston avenues
Neighborhood: Crown Heights North
Year Built: 1892-1900
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: King & Symonds
Other buildings by architect: Many railroad buildings such as train depots, round houses, pumping stations for Adirondack & St. Lawrence Railroad, as well as stables, houses and other projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Landmarked: Yes, part of new Phase III, Crown Heights North Historic District

The story: This unique pair of houses has long been a mystery. Tucked quietly away on Sterling Place, these two houses are unlike any others nearby. That’s saying something in an area with such diverse architecture as Crown Heights North.

Like the majority of the row houses in this neighborhood, they are two-family houses, built for a middle class clientele that wanted generous space for themselves as well as an upper apartment for income. Like most of these two family houses, they were built to look like one family homes, keeping the architectural integrity of the neighborhood intact.

The houses are in a unique Queen Anne style. They stand out on the street because of their curved corners, highly stylized Greek Key trim, and Ionic columns between the windows on the top floor.

The arched ground floor windows, one of which curves around the corner, are unusual for houses of this type. So are the decorative quoins, now painted to emphasize the patterns they make against the rest of the façade.


04/27/15 2:00pm


Swallow Cafe will open its third outpost this week, this time in Cobble Hill, at 156 Atlantic Avenue, where the Lebanese restaurant Tripoli has been for decades. Tripoli is not closing; the two businesses will share the space, according to the signage in the window.

Swallow Cafe will serve breakfast and lunch in addition to coffee and other drinks. The cafe’s owner, Mike Saleh, anticipates opening Tuesday or Wednesday. In time, he hopes to start serving weekend brunch, he said.

Saleh was born and raised on Atlantic Avenue, and had always dreamed of operating a business near where he grew up, he told us. (more…)

04/27/15 1:00pm

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This Greenwood Heights brownstone at 228 17th Street has details galore, including some remarkable mantels and medallions. It’s Italianate with Neo-Grec touches.

There are five slate mantels, original shutters, stained glass, pocket doors, and on and on. The owner’s kitchen has been updated, and there is a Victorian style bath with claw foot tub.

The boiler is new, as is the roof. It’s a one-family but is configured with an apartment on the top floor over an owner’s triplex. And sure, it’s not permanent, but we like the paint job too.

What do you think of it and the ask of $2,950,000?

228 17th Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photos by Brooklyn Properties (more…)

04/27/15 12:00pm


This new-to-the-market Prospect Heights condop borders Park Slope and has an irregular, triangular floor plan that creates interesting, angular living spaces. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, an open plan kitchen, and three bedrooms.

The master bedroom is large (16 by 17.2 feet) and includes an en suite bath and double closets. Another has its own twin sink bathroom. The third is smaller and could be turned into a nursery.


04/27/15 10:00am


More units at Two Trees’ rental building at 60 Water Street in Dumbo are hitting the market this week. We toured the glassy building Friday and got an eyeful of its incredible views of the Brooklyn Bridge as well as a look at the garden being built on the roof, above, and one of the new units.

Click through for a new rendering of the garden and its water feature. The unit we toured is a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment on the 16th floor.

Coming this week are studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms on the 16th, 17th and 18th floors. Also, there is a deal: Two months’ rent will be free the first year. (more…)

04/27/15 9:30am

367 7th Avenue

Since the 1970s, the storefront at 367 7th Avenue in Park Slope has been shuttered. In January of 2014, the whole building was on the market, asking $3,499,000.

It turns out the building belonged to a reclusive artist, Leo J. Bates, who used the retail space as his studio, a story in The New York Times over the weekend revealed. The neighborhood changed dramatically over the decades, but still the space remained locked.  (more…)

04/27/15 9:00am


We caught the demolition of the People’s Pleasure Palace, built sometime around 1900 at 1674 Broadway in Ocean Hill, last week and over the weekend. For decades, this has been a building supply store called Henry Distributors, aka Henry’s, and an important employer in the area.

As we have detailed in previous stories, this large and strangely shaped parcel will become supportive housing, along with the very large empty lot across the street at 1696 Broadway. Owner Stan Henry is one of the developers, along with SUS and Alembic Community Development, and someday the retail space on the ground floor of this building will include another Henry’s hardware store. The two buildings will be known as the Henry Apartments. (more…)

04/27/15 8:30am


Photos: In Full Bloom at Japanese Festival in Prospect Park [NY Times]
Gym and Yoga Studio in Crown Heights Cater to Hasidim [NY Times]
Suddenly, a Police Presence Comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park [NY Times]
A Glimpse Inside Public Housing in Brooklyn and Beyond [NY Times]
Barclays Center Prepares to Go Green [WSJ]
In Park Slope, Housing Options Run the Gamut [WSJ]
LICH Supporters Rally in Brooklyn as Appellate Court Mulls Appeal [Eagle]
Daily News Truck Driver Killed in Williamsburg Crash With Green Taxi [Gothamist]
Police Crack Down on Unruly Cyclists in Fort Greene [DNA]

Wood-frame houses on MacDonough Street in Ocean Hill.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

04/25/15 10:30am

This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.

No doubt about it, Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg is the place to be if you’re hungry. Weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park), you can choose from over 100 food vendors. The only hard parts will be deciding how much you can eat, and where to get it. Read on for ten of the vendors who will be vying for your taste buds.


Batter and Cream
Tired of mini-cupcakes yet? Three words: Homemade. Whoopie. Pies. Featuring unexpected flavors (raspberry cakes and green tea filling) as well as traditional (carrot cake and cream cheese), make sure to save some room for a decadent dessert from founder and native New Yorker Elizabeth Fife.

Butter and Cream photo courtesy of Facebook. (more…)

04/24/15 4:30pm


Park Slope’s Tracy Mansion, Once Brooklyn’s Priciest Single-Family, Set for Conversion [TRD]
Bed Stuy Maintenance Workers Say “Hip” Luxury Developer Is Trying to Force Them Out [Gothamist]
Rockfeld Group to Buy Retail Condo in Former Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower [TRD]
Six-Story, 30-Unit Mixed-Use Building Will Rise at 528 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill [NYY]
Prospect Park Adds a New Grilling Area [Ditmas Park Corner]

In full bloom.
Brownstoner on Instagram
Photo by Megan Cerullo