There is an end in sight for the long-stalled Bed Stuy build at 339 Greene Avenue. The building has been sold to Bonjour Capital for $16,000,000, reported The Real Deal. The firm plans to finish construction on the 57-unit, 12-story rental building. The project was delayed for years by a foreclosure and bankruptcy filing.
Bonjour Capital Takes Over Bed-Stuy Rental Building Stalled for Last Six Years [TRD]
Vultures Circling 339 Greene Avenue? [Brownstoner] GMAP
The Sackett Union condo and townhouse development is almost ready for primetime! Despite still being under construction, the 32-unit condo complex is sold out and six (soon to be seven) of the $3-million-plus 11 townhouses have been spoken for. The condo building should be ready for occupancy this August, with the townhouses along Sackett Street ready in September and those along Union Street ready in October. The commercial space, which will likely open up next year, will house a TD Bank and a medical center. Ken Horn, behind the developers Alchemy Properties, showed four different condo layouts, as well as an under-construction townhouse on Sackett Street. Not one condo layout is the same, and units range from two- to four-bedrooms. We checked out an amazing duplex unit with double high ceilings, a four-bedroom penthouse unit with a glass entryway, the model unit, and a three-bedroom with a terrace. The views from the seventh story of the development, and the roofs of the townhouses, are of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the whole rest of Brooklyn. Click through for pictures of all the units we toured, plus the townhouse, the garage, the commercial space, and the soon-to-be playroom and gym. (more…)
Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little bit east or west, of New York City.
It never fails: Memorial Day weekend rolls around, and we start hankering for rental properties upstate. This usually leads us down a rabbit-hole search of phenomenal properties available for the summer season…which usually come with prices that make camping in an old Army tent and subsisting on beanie-weenies for a weekend sound more like our speed. Regardless, looking is a good time, so let’s take a stroll down Fantasy Lane and explore some of the finer rental properties in the upstate area. (more…)
A look at Brooklyn, then and now.
As Brooklyn developed as a city, in the 1800s, communities began to spread out from the ferry and the Heights in a concentric wave. Led by improved transportation facilities, the city grew, as areas once thought remote farming areas then became suburbs, then city. That was just in the old town of Brooklyn. Six towns, as we know, became the city of Brooklyn, and by the late 1800’s, there were people living just about everywhere within the borders of Kings County. Brooklyn, Bushwick and the Williamsburg areas developed first and fastest, due to location, transportation, the piers and shoreline, subsequent industries, and proximity to Manhattan,. The more remote towns, like New Utrecht, Gravesend, and Flatbush, stayed rural farmland much longer. But in the southern parts of Brooklyn, a smart man knew that change would be coming, and wealth and prosperity were tied to the land.
Stewart McDougall was one of those smart men who was there at the right time, with money in his pocket, and the ability to see what the future would hold. He had been born upstate, in Washington County, and came to Manhattan as a young man, and was a successful wholesale poultry and game merchant at the Washington Market, in Greenwich Village. In 1864, he bought his first farm in the southwestern corner of Kings County, in the town of New Utrecht. At the time, there was nothing but farmland in the area as far as the eye could see.
Over the period of the next twenty-five years, he bought more and more land around his original farmstead, eventually becoming the largest landowner of farmland and pasture in Brooklyn. There were certainly other huge landowners, the Bedford branch of the Lefferts family most immediately come to mind, but they sold most of their property back in the 1850s, as the city of Brooklyn grew. Stewart McDougall was just getting started. (more…)
We’re not sure there’s an asking price for a Brooklyn home that would surprise us anymore. The Real Deal profiles a Clinton Hill “mansion” at 407 Vanderbilt Avenue, pictured above, asking $4.88 million. Although it looks like a 19th-century carriage house, the home is actually a modern build. TRD is calling this “by far the most expensive property ever listed in Clinton Hill.” It was asking $3.5 million back in 2007 but never sold. The Wall Street Journal has lots of interior photos. And down in Red Hook, the brick home at 386 Van Brunt Street is asking $2.15 million. If it sells for ask, it will set a neighborhood record. It’s a massive, renovated three-story home with commercial space on the ground floor. There’s never been a sale above $2 million in the neighborhood, but like we said… nothing would surprise us!
Clinton Hill Mansion Asks Record $4.88 Mill [TRD]
Sandy Who? Red Hook Townhouse Tries to Set Neighborhood Record [NY Observer]
Photo via The Wall Street Journal
BuzzBuzzHome caught the DOB filings and picked up some interior renderings for the conversion at 338 Berry Street, a former noodle factory. The filing specifies 65 apartments in an eight-story building, with units ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. The architecture firm on the job, DXA studio, wants to restore the warehouse exterior and add solar panels to the building to generate electricity for building residents. There are also plans for a rooftop penthouse and a 5,000-square-foot landscaped terrace. But the DOB actually disapproved the application, so it’s back to the drawing board.
338 Berry Street in Williamsburg Going for Residential Conversion [BuzzBuzzHome]
The use of controversial police tactic stop and frisk has decreased in the City after coming under increased scrutiny and a lawsuit, but spiked in select areas of Brooklyn, The New York Daily News reported. Specifically, stop and frisk was up 66 percent in Brownsville and 45 percent in East New York from 2011 to 2012. Its use in Bed Stuy increased 6 percent, 3 percent in Greenpoint and 2 percent in Bensonhurst, while it dropped precipitously in Williamsburg — by 44 percent. As has been the case for years, very few of those stops found actual law breaking: 89 percent of stops did not result in an arrest or summons, the Daily News reported. Those that did were mostly for marijuana; 12.6 percent of those stopped were carrying a gun or other weapon. Interpretations of the change in policing varied widely. “We are seeing the next chapter,” said John Jay College professor and former officer Eugene O’Donnell. “Good stop-and-frisk should be targeted. They’ve identified a pattern, a spike in crime, and they are throwing resources at it.” And, on the other side: “The Police Department continues, against any possible rational analysis of the data, to insist that the stop and frisk program is both necessary and effective, and to target young black and Latino New Yorkers, who are so innocent of any wrongdoing that they walk away without a summons,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. What do you think? Is stop and frisk effective and constitutional, or are the police just harassing law abiding citizens who happen to live in the poorest parts of Brooklyn?
Stop and Frisk Is up in Brooklyn [NY Daily News]
Photo by jag9889
Former Dwell Editor in Chief and “Prefab” author Allison Arieff believes prefab housing may finally realize its long-elusive promise of cheaper, better homes thanks to four big projects going up in Brooklyn and elsewhere in the City. The first is, of course, B2, the Atlantic Yards tower designed by SHoP Architects that, at 32 stories, will be the tallest prefab tower in the world when constructed. “In contrast to regular old housing construction, which happens pretty much the same way it has for decades, if not a century, prefab has long been promising better design and innovation and — the key to its intrigue — a more affordable path to good architecture,” she wrote. And: “Prefab is best utilized in the design and construction not of single-family homes but of multifamily housing.” Architect designed homes make up only 5 to 7 percent of houses in the U.S. but “multifamily opens the door for those numbers to increase.” The architect and principal of Resolution: 4, Joseph Tanney, said, “The residential modular industry is salivating at the prospect of building more multifamily projects. It’s a natural extension to think in terms of aggregation of the modules into higher density patterns, both architecturally and economically. I don’t think that they are just now discovering prefab for multifamily. It’s just taking time for it to evolve into a higher level of design.” Do you think the prefab construction at Atlantic Yards will cut construction costs and pass on savings to the public in the form of better design than conventional methods?
Prefab Lives! [NY Times]
Rendering of B2 by SHoP Architects
Real Estate Round Up [Wyckoff Heights]
Architectural Oddities in Ditmas Park [DPC]
Save the Dates – Cobble Hill Concert Series [Cobble Hill Association]
Graham Avenue and Jackson Street, 1935 [Wooden House Project]
The Henry Street Townhouses Are Beginning to Smell [66 Square Feet]
New Brighton Beach Bathrooms Almost Complete [Sheepshead Bites]
So You Want to BBQ at Prospect Park: Rules & Guidelines [PSS]
What’s up With the Smith Street Building That Once Housed Robin Des Bois? [PMFA]
This week the Piper Theatre announced its 13th season of free summer concerts at the Old Stone House. This summer they will be re-creating the horror classic “Frankenstein” throughout July, with three performances a week. The play will be accompanied by live music and original rear projections. All the details, as well as the summer schedule, live here. And this weekend Piper will hold two performances to benefit the theater’s free summer programs. The play, called “Tape,” is about two former best friends from high school who meet up for the weekend in their hometown of Lansing, Mich. The performances will run Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25 at 7 and 11 pm. You can find details and tickets for “Tape” here.
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Prospect Park Picnic House
Address: Prospect Park, behind Litchfield Villa at 5th Street and Prospect Park West
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1927
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: J. Sarsfield Kennedy
Other Work by Architect: “Gingerbread House,” Bay Ridge; houses in Prospect Park West, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope and elsewhere.
Landmarked: Prospect Park is landmarked, and this building falls within it, so technically I believe it is.
The story: The grass had hardly begun to grow in the new Prospect Park before eager picnickers swarmed the Long Meadow and other areas, eager to enjoy the outdoor spaces. The year was 1868, and the park wasn’t even done yet, and the city had received seven permits for groups of over 100 people who wanted to be able to have a picnic. In response, a picnic shelter and concession stand was built in 1876 to make a day in the park easier.
The popularity of the park grew steadily, and as time went by, more shelters, restaurants and other buildings were added inside the park, all designed to make the park experience easier for patrons, and to add to the ambiance of the park. Some of the buildings were quite charming, some quite unusual, and some just silly. (more…)
Buy this place in Maspeth. It’s perfect. Mobster cred included.
All the bricks are gone from the Navy Yard’s Timber Shed, one of the two historic buildings slated for preservation amidst the supermarket development here. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation began removing the bricks this spring (the bricks will be preserved) and the developer, Blumfield Development Group, is tasked with actually reinforcing the structure. In the picture after the jump, you can see how the ceiling frame is sinking in. This extensive restoration will be done to national preservation standards — no word on how long it’ll actually take.
Work on the Timber Shed Ramps Up [Brownstoner] (more…)
A new bar has opened on Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights called the Nostrand Avenue Pub. The space has large wooden booths and a roomy backyard. There is a full bar with 20 beers on tap. So far at least, they don’t serve food (unless you count the pretzels). It’s located at 658 Nostrand Avenue between Bergen Street and St. Marks Avenue. GMAP
Although we’re not wild about the kitchen or the bath pictured, this early 20th century Bay Ridge one-family looks like a sweet pad to us. It’s semi detached, so it has a wall of windows in the combined living room-dining room and a garage in the back. It’s also much less expensive than many of the houses featured on here, although at $829,000 with no rental, it’s well out of starter home territory.
362 79th Street [Betancourt] GMAP P*Shark
This three-bedroom condo at 231 15th Street in the South Slope recently hit the market with an asking price of $1,200,000. The 1,444-square-foot pad in a converted prewar building has three exposures and a small balcony, so even though it’s on the second floor the apartment appears to have nice light; the open plan doesn’t hurt either. The finishes look fine to us but nothing special. What do you make of it?
231 15th Street, #2C [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
Sure, it costs to live in a Victorian brick townhouse two blocks from the park. And that’s what you’re getting at this six-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom home at 517 2nd Street in Park Slope. The rental includes both the upper triplex and ground-floor apartment. But for $16,000 a month, we were expecting something with a little more pizzazz. What do you think?
517 2nd Street [Citi Habitats] GMAP P*Shark
Grassroots nonprofit Solarize Brooklyn just launched with the aim of bringing cost-effective solar power to Brooklyn homeowners on a large scale. The 2013 campaign will focus on bringing solar power into Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush with the help of Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace, Sustainable Flatbush, and Solar 1. The program will provide community purchasing power to acquire solar systems at a discount, certified solar installers, and education and information about solar power, energy savings and tax incentives. This is the first time residents will have access to “group buying” of solar energy in Brooklyn. Solarize Brooklyn has already picked the two solar installers serving the program from various candidates. For more information, Solarize is hosting a Community Education Session on June 1 — sign up here. Neighborhood residents will have until June 30 to sign up for free assessments from contractors and the solar installations will begin in late 2013 and early 2014.
What we are reading this week about decorating and renovating old houses:
Refinery29 takes us inside the beach-inspired Prospect Heights pad of Surf Bazaar store owner Bethany Mayer. Check out the way the designs in the rug and pillows echo the inlaid floor. It’s all very casual rustic in a historic envelope. Perhaps the all-white paint is supposed to remind us of sand? Click through to the story for some detail shots, such as a mantel closeup. (more…)