09/17/14 3:00pm

448-450 48th St. SP, NS, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: wood-framed row houses
Address: 448-450 48th Street
Cross Streets: Fourth and Fifth Avenues
Neighborhood: Sunset Park
Year Built: 1890
Architectural Style: originally Queen Anne, now no style
Architect: George Walkinshaw
Landmarked: No, but Sunset Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. (1988) Landmarking is needed.

The story: The earliest houses still standing in Sunset Park are no older than the early 1880s. This neighborhood was one of the last of Brooklyn’s brownstone neighborhoods to be developed. There’s only one or two of them left, tucked in the brownstone and limestone rows. In the 1890s, builders began putting up the first of the row house groups, and along with those brownstones were also built some rows of attached wood-framed houses. Today, we tend to associate wood-framed houses with earlier times, but many of them were built at the same time as the masonry homes. Wood was just another choice for building materials.

This pair of wooden houses was built in 1890, right at the beginning of serious development here, and represented another choice for buyers, and an opportunity for some interesting design. Unfortunately, that design is now gone. It wasn’t destroyed in the 1950s, or 1970s, but only a couple of years ago, twenty years after the bulk of the neighborhood had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. (more…)

09/17/14 2:00pm

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We’ve received a ton of tips that a Ricky’s NYC is moving into 209 Smith Street, a prominent corner where Carroll Gardens meets Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. (This is the old Faan space — more recently, Burger on Smith.) Apparently people really care about Ricky’s!

It could be a Halloween popup, but the signage looks like regular Ricky’s. They already have two locations in Brooklyn, one in the Heights and one in Park Slope. So this seems like a logical addition.

Thanks for a tipster for sending in the photo. Anyone know more? GMAP

09/17/14 1:30pm

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It’s not often we see a Sunset Park house with details in move-in condition, so we got excited when we saw this listing for a brownstone at 438 45th Street. There are fireplaces, built-in cupboards, moldings, pocket doors and other original details.

The bad news is that it’s set up as three floor-through apartments so there’s no owner’s duplex. However, there is an extension in the rear of the garden floor and a clean-looking cellar, so the ground-floor unit is more spacious than the average railroad apartment. The house would also be easy enough to convert back to a two-family, which is what we suspect this originally was, going by the floor plan.

A door on the parlor floor unit might be advisable as well, for privacy. What do you think of it and the price of $1,160,000?

438 45th Street [Elliman] GMAP

09/17/14 12:58pm

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The original detail that still exists in the parlor floor of this princely duplex at 392 3rd Street is lovely. We’re not wild about some the renovation decisions however. In particular the surfeit of recessed lighting and exposed brick clashes with the moldings, fireplaces and wood architectural features. Sure, it earns its luxury badge honestly but it doesn’t work as a whole in our view. And for $2,495,000 we’d hope for a more unified design.

392 3rd Street, #1 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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We marveled over the beautiful wooden details in this Prospect Lefferts Gardens limestone when it hit the market in June, and three months later, it’s still on the market and up for rent. The four-bedroom, two-bath home features pocket doors, inlaid floors, stained glass, mantels and a coffered ceiling. The kitchen and baths are updated, and the master bath has a claw foot tub. There’s also an in-law suite with a kitchenette in the basement and a pretty landscaped garden with a fountain and pond. Does anyone out there have $5,800 a month to rent it?

261 Fenimore Street [Stribling] GMAP
House of the Day: 261 Fenimore Street [Brownstoner]

09/17/14 11:30am

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A tipster sent us this photo of the restoration work under way at 232 Carlton Avenue, the once badly deteriorated St. Mark’s Protestant Episcopal Church where a conversion to 12 condo units has been in the works for years.

The developers “appear to be successfully repairing the stone on the church on the Adelphi side, which was the hottest of messes before,” the tipster told us. “I wouldn’t have thought it possible it could look so good. Real slate roof, copper details — bravo.”

The landmarked building is now known as Carlton Mews. It is related to the Carlton Mews townhouse development at 231 Adelphi Street where a worker was tragically killed in an accident in 2012, but the two sites have different owners.

Scaffolding Goes up at Carlton Mews Church Conversion in Fort Greene [Brownstoner]

09/17/14 10:45am

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The developer of the Ace Hotel at 61 Bond Street in Downtown Brooklyn is requesting a variance from the city to build it. There will be a public hearing tonight at a meeting of Community Board 2′s Land Use Committee to consider the request. This will be the only opportunity the public will have to comment on the matter, according to a letter that went out to neighbors earlier this month (click through to see the letter).

Confusingly, the letter did not state what exactly the developer is seeking the variance for. The rumor is the developer wants to build higher than current zoning permits, and put a bar and pool on the roof, according to a tipster who sent us the letter. The neighbors are worried, our tipster said, adding, “I was excited by Ace developing the site (vs. the typical schlock hotels that tend to get developed in Downtown Brooklyn) and remain hopeful it will be a positive.”

If you want to speak at the meeting, you must call the community board district office at 718-596-5410. The meeting will take place at 6 pm tonight in Room LC400 at the Dibner Building at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering at 5 MetroTech Center.

The hotel will replace a parking lot, above. An application for a new building permit was disapproved in August.

Permits Filed for Brooklyn’s Ace Hotel [Brownstoner]
Photo by Google Maps via NYY

Update: The developer would like to add density (more square feet), not height. Anyone who wishes to testify tonight can do so by signing in before the hearing, CB2 District Manager Robert Perris let us know in a comment below.

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09/17/14 10:00am

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New York YIMBY dug up a rendering of 250 Ashland Place, aka BAM North Site 1, we haven’t seen before, and it is looking sleek.

The image shows the south side of the 52-story mixed-income tower, which is rising at the corner of Fulton Street in the BAM Cultural District, as it will be seen from Lafayette Avenue, behind Theater for a New Audience. FXFOWLE is designing the 586-unit high-rise, which will have 281 affordable units and 305 market rate ones.

Gotham Organization and DT Salazar are developing the project on a former city-owned parking lot.

New Look: 250 Ashland Place in Downtown Brooklyn [NYY]
City Plans 52-Story High Rise for BAM North Site I in BAM Cultural District in Fort Greene [Brownstoner] GMAP

09/17/14 9:30am

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The historic Fox Savoy Theater has been reduced to rubble at Lincoln Place and Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights. Demolition began last winter and moved along pretty slowly, because workers took the building down by hand and salvaged pieces of its ornate facade. The 1926 Neo-Classical structure was originally built as a movie palace for mogul William Fox (of 20th Century Fox), but in recent years a church occupied the grand white terra cotta building.

Charity Baptist Church sold the Thomas Lamb-designed building at 1515 Bedford Avenue for the low seeming price of $575,000 in 2012, as we reported. A 10-story, 114-unit apartment building designed by Issac & Stern will rise in its place at 1515 Bedford Avenue. The development will have 60 subterranean parking spots, ground-floor space for a synagogue and a roof deck, as previously reported. The developer is Realty Within Reach.

Click through for a few more photos of the demolition.

1515 Bedford Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Building of the Day: 1515 Bedford Avenue [Brownstoner]

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09/17/14 9:00am

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Yesterday evening the board of the Brooklyn Public Library voted to go ahead with its plan to sell the Cadman Plaza branch to raise $40,000,000 for upkeep of other branches. Hudson Companies Inc. has been chosen as the developer of the new mixed-use building at 280 Cadman Plaza West. There will be space for a 21,000-square-foot library at its base and 132 market rate units, the library announced last night. Hudson will pay $52,000,000 to buy the site and construct 114 affordable units offsite, which will open at the same time as the building (about 2019 or 2020).

Marvel Architects will design the building. You can read more about it on the library’s website. (more…)

09/17/14 8:30am

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Snowboarder Shaun White Shops for Furs in Williamsburg [Post]
Brooklyn Friends School Starts Renovations for MetroTech Center Campus [Daily News]
Opposing Reports on Cost of Brooklyn Bridge Park [WSJ]
Brooklyn Allocated Millions in Funding for Arts, Education [Eagle]
Coalition Urging MTA to Restore Express F Train Service [Eagle]
BJ’s Opens in Bensonhurst [Eagle]
Canarsie Garden Store Hosts Grape-Stomping Contest [Eagle]
Bay Ridge Church Reborn [Eagle]
Gowanus Residents: Ex-Prisoners Not Welcome Here [BK Paper]
89 Hicks 75 Percent Leased; 250N10 Hits 95 Percent Leased [Curbed]
City Mulls Ways to Spur Brooklyn Office Development [Crain's]
Extell to Develop Last Phase City Point [NYO]
Waterbridge in $100 Million-Plus Contract on North 3rd Street, Including Radegast [TRD]

09/16/14 4:30pm

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Parole Office Across From Whole Foods Will Serve up to 400 Ex-Cons a Day [DNA]
Checkin’ in With Brooklyn Museum’s Director as He Eyes the Exit [BK Paper]
It’s New York Oyster Week! Here’s Our List of Best Bushwick Oyster Places [Bushwick Daily]
Baba’s Pierogies to Open on 3rd Avenue in Gowanus [PMFA]
Permits Filed: 280-Foot Rental Tower Coming to 210 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn [NYY]
Greenpoint Open Studios Is Happening! [Greenpointers]
Better Read Than Dead: A Tiny Bushwick Bookstore with a Big Inventory [BK Mag]