07/30/15 12:00pm

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This is a large apartment with a fairly large price tag. Located at 255 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, in the Woodrow Wilson, it’s a classic six that measures 1,440 square feet, renting for $5,000 a month.

As you’d ask from a prewar classic six, it’s nicely laid out, with a generous living room, dining room and master bedroom. There’s quite a large foyer as well, which a resourceful tenant may find a way to utilize; at the least it makes for a stately entrance.

The kitchen is a bit narrow, but it opens up into the dining room, which helps.

There are three bedrooms, the smallest roughly 7 feet by 12 feet. There are two baths, a lot of closets, and a washer-dryer.

It’s on the top floor, which means good light, no neighbors tromping overhead, and likely some nice views of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden across the street. On the subject of light: Each bedroom has only a single window, and the one in the pictured master bedroom is modest in size. (more…)

07/30/15 11:32am

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An untouched five-story brownstone that had been owned by the same family for a century provided a blank canvas for CWB Architects, one of Brooklyn’s busiest specialists in high-end townhouse renovation. The 1870s structure was in dire shape when the new homeowners undertook a two-year project to convert the house, which had been chopped up into apartments, to a single-family dwelling for themselves and their two young sons.

“Nearly half the floor structure was cracked,” said Brendan Coburn of CWB. “The only things we kept were the front wall and two side walls.” The back wall and all the interior framing are new.

It was an opportunity to rethink the house from, as it were, the ground up. The 20-foot-wide building “is gigantic for a family of four,” Coburn said, “and that made figuring out how to arrange the program a bit tricky.” (more…)

07/30/15 11:31am

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This five-bedroom Prospect Heights townhouse has six bathrooms, wood floors, and plenty of exposed brick. The three-story property has a potential 4,000 feet of living space and a spacious private garden (check the square footage with your architect). A large basement affords ample storage space.

Although the home is in need of renovation, its generous layout has tons of potential. Currently configured for multiple families, it can also be converted into a palatial single-family home.

The property is located on tree-lined Underhill Avenue, just two blocks from Prospect Park and steps away from Grand Army Plaza and many of the area’s favorite eateries. Nearby transportation options include the 2/3 and 4/5 express and local lines.

The asking price is $2,549,000. Click through for more pictures.

Prospect Heights Townhome [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] (more…)

07/30/15 11:02am

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Following a shooting incident over the weekend, a reader sent Brownstoner this open letter to the Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, New York City Public Advocate Tish James and the 88th Police Precinct about ongoing problems with drug dealing and violence on Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill. Thompson and James live nearby, as she points out in the letter; Brownstoner has been writing about crime on this stretch for years. In her letter, she listed the addresses of buildings and license plates of cars she believes is associated with the problems. Brownstoner has deleted these from the letter for legal reasons. Here is what she said:

“Violent Crime Haven at Clifton/Grand

In light of the recent murder and shootings, I am writing in regard to
the frightening, pervasive and constant illegal activity and violence
along Grand Avenue, specifically at the corner of Clifton Place. The
drug trade here is vibrant, enthusiastic, defiant and unchecked. This
is an absolute slap in the face to the neighborhood. It’s Hamsterdam
from The Wire – brazen illegal activity of every kind conducted with
impunity. All of the players seem confident that they can operate with
no consequences. 88th Precinct, what are you doing? (more…)

382 Lefferts Avenue

Last week the application period began for 46 affordable units at 382 Lefferts Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. There are five studios, 28 one bedrooms and 13 two bedroom apartments for rent to those who meet the requirements and win placement in the lottery. The availability of the units was first reported by DNAinfo.

Studio apartments will cost $1,909 a month for those earning between $67,406 and $96,800 a year. One-bedrooms are $2,047 a month and two-bedroom units are $2,465 a month for those earning between $86,572 a year and as much as $138,080 a year, depending on the number of people living in the unit. Applications are due by September 22.

This building was a bit of a test case for the city. In the wake of the financial crisis with developments stalled, the city launched its $20,000,000 Housing Asset Renewal Program. The goal was to provide funding to developers who were unable to finish their buildings in exchange for converting their market-rate projects to affordable housing. This building was the first to accept funding from HARP way back in 2011.

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Brick veneer and window glass are marching up the sides of the Oosten, the international luxury development surrounded on three sides by Hasidic apartment buildings on the waterfront in South Williamsburg. Designed by rising Dutch superstar Piet Boon, developed by Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate Co., and marketed to overseas Chinese, the building at 429 Kent Avenue occupies the entire block, with a total of 216 units, including 15 townhouses.

Since launching sales 10 months ago, in September, exactly half of the units — 108 — are now in contract or closed, a spokesman for the Oosten let us know when we inquired. Four are townhouses.

The in-land units — the ones with no water views — are furthest along, construction wise, and cluster along South 8th Street and Wythe Avenue. Their views are of neighboring massive brick apartments with the tell-tale stepped balconies for celebrating the harvest festival of Sukkot characteristic of this area.

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A Hasidic development under construction next door to The Oosten last year

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07/30/15 8:44am

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Construction in New York City, Including Brooklyn, Goes Through the Roof [WSJ]
How Sweet It Is: A Ferry Visit to the Domino Sugar Site [Eagle]
Pier 6 Development Is Vital to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Future, Report Says [Crain’s]
24 Market-Rate Units Planned Near Broadway Junction in Ocean Hill: 62-68 Somers Street [NYY]
Construction Update: The Hub at 333 Schermerhorn Street, Downtown Brooklyn [NYY]
MAP: 11 New Buildings Planned for Bed Stuy’s Fulton Street [DNA]
MAP: See Where Homes Sold for Above Asking Price in Manhattan and Brooklyn [DNA]

Brownstones on Jefferson Avenue.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

07/29/15 4:56pm

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Visit 1980s Brooklyn in Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer” Video [Gothamist]
Hello Living! Nixes 23-Story Flatbush Tower to Flip Site for $28 Million [NY Daily News]
Attend Town Hall Meeting Regarding Rheingold, the Largest Luxury Condo in Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]
Five-Story, Five-Unit Residential Building Coming to 129 Stockholm Street, Bushwick [NYY]
GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Comes to Parkside Plaza [DPC]
Heavy Metal Yoga Changed My Life [Greenpointers]

Photo by Robert S via Flickr

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You may have thought the movement to save the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade was dead, since the lawsuit over the Pierhouse development was decided in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s favor in June, but community group Save the View Now is hoping to resurrect its case. Last week the organization filed a motion to amend its complaint and renew its motion for a preliminary injunction based on what claims is newly discovered evidence that the developer, Toll Brothers and others involved in the project misrepresented the use of the controversial 30-foot bulkhead that blocks the view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The City, Empire State Development Corp, Toll Brothers and Starwood Capital have always contended that the bulkhead, which exceeds the legally mandated building height of 100 feet but is not counted as part of the building, was needed to house the building’s mechanicals since, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, they could no longer be located in the basement. Save the View Now says it has uncovered plans that show that the bulkhead will be used for more frivolous purposes than housing mechanicals. (more…)

07/29/15 2:44pm

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What book best captures Brooklyn’s zeitgeist? That’s the question on the minds of the book lovers behind the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, who’ve just announced the finalists for this year’s inaugural contest.

The shortlist — 15 fiction works and 14 nonfiction — was culled from nominations submitted by borough bookstores and staffers at Brooklyn’s public libraries.

The prize was created by a group called the Brooklyn Eagles, who volunteer, raise money and otherwise advocate for the Brooklyn Public Library. They’re looking to honor “authors who have lived in Brooklyn, portrayed the borough in their work or addressed themes relevant to its life and culture.” (more…)

07/29/15 1:00pm

470 Pulaski St. NS, PS 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Warehouse, now residential
Address: 470 Pulaski Street
Cross Streets: Stuyvesant Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard
Neighborhood: Stuyvesant Heights
Year Built: 1909
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Bedford Stuyvesant, which includes Stuyvesant Heights, is so large that one could concentrate on it alone and still have architectural examples that run the gamut of style and history.

This part of Bed Stuy was called the Eastern District back in the late 19th century. In the early 20th century, this particular location was considered part of Bushwick.

Whatever one wanted to call it, it was a busy place with a life of its own. A bit removed from Bedford’s center at Fulton and Bedford, yet not really part of East Williamsburg, either.

The homes here were for the most part modest and middle class, and the needs of the community were served by local businesses.

In 1909, Charles E. Bowman filed to incorporate his new business. He issued $50,000 worth of stock, and got enough investor money to build this handsome building for his moving and storage business. (more…)

07/29/15 12:00pm

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Today’s pick is a Bedford Stuyvesant brownstone that’s been given a new life — and carries a piece of its old one.

Specifically, the house — at 44 Macon Street — is a four-story that’s been gut renovated on three of its floors. The garden floor remains as it was — and comes with a “life tenant.”

About the renovation: They’ve gone with an industrial rustic kind of vibe, with lots of exposed brick and roof beams, white walls and an open-plan living room and kitchen in the owner’s upper duplex. The effect is awfully nice — it feels airy, calm and bright.

The third-floor kitchen is spacious and attractive. We’re liking that subway tile with the dark-wood counter both there and in the parlor-floor kitchen (and admire the bold choice to not go with the ubiquitous stainless steel stove). The upper kitchen has one of the house’s three decorative fireplaces, two of them original. (more…)