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 eleven 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.
Scaffolding has gone up on the side of the Coignet Building next to Whole Foods, above, where it appears the grocer is finally making good on its obligation to repair the landmark, Gowanus Your Face Off reported.
As we noted previously, in December a renovation permit was approved and Whole Foods was fined $3,000 by the city for failing to maintain the structure (after complaints to the DOB that construction on its new building had caused structural cracks in the facade).
The scaffolding is in the tiny alleyway between the two buildings. A construction sign at the site says the restoration will finish in “late 2014,” said GYFO.
Name: Private house Address: 218 Arlington Avenue Cross Streets: Corner Ashford Street Neighborhood: Cypress Hills Year Built: Around 1900 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: Cypress Hills has a fine collection of housing stock that brings a smile to the face of most old house lovers. This part of Brooklyn has often been forgotten by the rest of Brooklyn, except for those who grew up here and remember the streets and homes with nostalgia and great pride. One of those residents, Ricardo Gomes, began a website devoted to the history, architecture and reminiscences of the neighborhood, and today, the East New York Project is always my go-to source for photographs and information about buildings in Cypress Hills, Highland Park and East New York proper.
Cypress Hills was planned as a late 19th, early 20th century suburban neighborhood, and has an interesting mixture of row houses and blocks of detached and semi-detached suburban style housing. In very many ways, it’s quite similar to parts of Flatbush, which, ironically, it used to be part of, way back in the late 1600s and early 1700s. The “New Lots” of East New York were new lots for the Flatbush settlers who originally moved here. There’s a lot of history here.
The streets of Cypress Hills were developed for upper middle and middle class folk, many of whom came from the German American communities of Bushwick, not all that far from here. As many of them had houses built, or moved into speculative housing, they left their businesses behind in Bushwick and commuted to work. In time, many of those businesses also came to East New York, making the area, called the 26th Ward, quite prosperous. The houses on some of the blocks, and the churches and civic buildings built for the new neighborhood, reflect that prosperity. (more…)
The owners of Berry Park are working on a new bar nearby in Greenpoint called Northern Territory, which will host a soft opening tonight. Just like Berry Park, Northern Territory is a large converted warehouse space with rustic wooden decor and a rooftop bar.
Hidden behind an unassuming door at 12 Franklin Street on the corner of Meserole, it will serve up hearty Australian, German and American food, such as beef meat pies from the Tuck Shop, chicken schnitzel and fish and chips.The menu also includes various grilled skewers, like chicken and grilled green onions, garlic shrimp and lemon, and mint marinated lamb and onions.
Although the rooftop bar is still under construction, the interiors feature hand-painted signs from Bushwick-based street artist and graphic designer Never, aka No Entry Design. The spot will have six beers on tap, several bottled beers, wine and a full cocktail menu. GMAP
The details at 140 St. Johns Place are strikingly similar to the Ortner house at 272 Berkeley Place, but it’s been recently updated and is set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden-floor two-bedroom rental.
The proportions of the four-story brownstone appear majestic, at least in the photos, and there is every kind of elaborate late-Victorian mahogany wood work and other detail one could hope for, including corkscrew screens, a hall tree and bench, a Queen Anne pier mirror, stained glass, built-in cabinets in the second parlor, shutters and grand mantels.
Built in 1892, according to the listing, the house has been updated with central air, new kitchens and baths, and two decks leading from the parlor and bedroom floors to the south-facing garden. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,795,000?
Paging all (well off) families: There’s a big new apartment for sale at 133 Sterling Place in Park Slope. Located in a seven-year-old building at the corner of Sterling and 7th Avenue, the duplex apartment sports two bedrooms, a child-friendly “home office,” and a large private roof-top deck.
The kitchen and living area on the first level is quite large too. Asking price: $1,995,000.
This four-bedroom in Carroll Gardens won’t be winning any design awards, but it’s a bargain for the location. All the bedrooms are true bedrooms, large enough to fit a queen-size bed and with closets and windows, according to the listing.
The apartment has “exclusive roof rights” and there is “laundry in the building,” by which we think they mean the laundromat on the ground floor. You may feel the subway passing under Smith Street, but at least the station is only a block away. What’s your opinion of it for $3,600 a month?