09/15/14 4:30pm

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Girl Scouts Aim to Rout Gowanus Pollution [BK Paper]
Fried Pizza and Mac and Cheese Pies Coming to Williamsburg? [B+B]
BBP’s Photoville Has Free Photography Workshops and Talks [Brokelyn]
Fina Pizza on Fort Hamilton Parkway Starts Offering Wine and Beer [Kensington BK]
Listings for 388 Bridge’s Penthouses Arrive From $1.742 Million [Curbed]
333 Schermerhorn Street Still Waiting for the Hub to Rise [Curbed]
Topics: Diary of a Platinum Member [BK to the Fullest]
R.I.P. Classic Neon in Gravesend [Forgotten NY]
Accidental Find in Red Hook Recalls a Bit of Graffiti History [PMFA]

Photo by Juni Safont

09/15/14 4:00pm

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Real estate investment firm The Jackson Group has paid $20,000,000 for the Gothic Revival Church of the Redeemer in Boerum Hill, DNAinfo reported. Neighbors spent years fighting to preserve the 127-year-old structure at the corner of Pacific Street and 4th Avenue, but the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island began marketing the church as a development site last year. Church officials told DNAinfo that “mounting monthly costs” forced them to sell the building, which needs an estimated $4,000,000 in repairs.

The deal does not include space for the congregation, which was part of the church’s original plans to sell the property. The sale closed the week of September 5, but it hasn’t hit the public records yet. The Jackson Group hasn’t revealed whether they’re going to demolish the building, which sits on a lot zoned for a building as large as 70,000 square feet and up to 10 stories tall, a source told us.

Boerum Hill’s Church of the Redeemer Sells for $20 Million [DNAinfo]
Sale and Demolition Planned for 4th Avenue’s Church of the Redeemer [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

09/15/14 3:00pm

1160 Bushwick Avenue,CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Rectory for Bethesda Baptist Church, originally United Bushwick Avenue Congregational Church
Address: 1160 Bushwick Avenue
Cross Streets: Cornelia Street and Putnam Avenue
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1894-1896
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Fowler & Hough
Other Buildings by Architect: United Bushwick Avenue Congregational Church, next door; 23rd Regiment Armory (Bedford & Atlantic Aves); Dudley Memorial Building, Amity Street, Cobble Hill, and other buildings in New York City
Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed Bushwick Avenue Historic District

The story: This is a fine looking house attached to an equally impressive church. It was originally the parsonage for the United Bushwick Avenue Congregational Church, also designed by Fowler & Hough, between 1894 and 1896. That building is a former BOTD. The church and rectory were built on land donated by wealthy landowner Adrian M. Suydam, who was a devoted member of the congregation founded in 1887. He had also given the money to build the chapel that was in this location before they tore it down to build the church. The congregation’s building committee hired the firm of Fowler & Hough to design this mighty fortress of a church. They picked the right firm for designing fortresses. (more…)

09/15/14 1:30pm

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All this house needs is some fresh decor and it will be a stunner. The house seems to have everything, including the original passthroughs and a wood burning stove in the kitchen, not to mention the original butler’s pantry and elaborate late-Victorian wood moldings.

The six original mantels include a wooden one with Minton-style Shakespearean themed tile in the parlor and a faux painted slate one in one of the top floor bedrooms. The house appears to be in move-in condition, with updated bathrooms and kitchen.

It’s set up as a one-family, and is zoned for P.S. 321, according to the listing. Do you think they will get their ask of $3,710,000?

828 Union Street [Elliman] GMAP

09/15/14 12:58pm

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If you’re set on living in Williamsburg but don’t have a million bucks lying around, you could do a lot worse than this tiny studio on the south side. The brick fireplace adds a little charm, and everything looks to be in good shape except for the kitchen floor, which clearly needs to be replaced.

If the floor plan is accurate, there’s roughly 213 square feet of living space. Maybe that explains the relatively low asking price of $175,000, or $822 per square foot. Maintenance is $600 a month.

It’s not often you find a co-op in Williamsburg. At one point, this was an HDFC income-restricted building, but if it still is, the listing makes no mention of it. Do you think it’s a good deal?

115 South 8th Street, #2 [Ideal Properties] GMAP

09/15/14 12:15pm

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Here’s an affordable and spacious five-bedroom, two-bath lower duplex in Crown Heights with no broker’s fee, although the recent renovation will not be to everyone’s taste. The 2,500-square-foot pad has a new kitchen and bathrooms, dishwasher, washer/dryer and living rooms on both floors of the duplex. Renters share the house’s backyard and front porch.

It’s for rent by owner. There’s one other apartment in the early 20th century townhouse — a top floor three-bedroom (also for rent.) The duplex is $3,500 a month, or an affordable $700 a bedroom. We’ve included the floor plan after the jump. What do you think of it?

293 Montgomery Street [FRBO] GMAP

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09/15/14 11:30am

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The glitzy (but short) three-story mini-mall destined to replace the St. Vincent’s parking lot on a busy corner of Atlantic Avenue is no more. Walls are finally rising, and permits were approved last month for an 11-story mixed retail and residential development. Click through to the jump to see renderings sent in by a commenter. Also, the address has changed and will now be 60, not 66, Boerum Place.

The first three levels will be retail, with a total of 46,428 square feet of commercial space. Floors 4 through 11 will house 75 apartments, according to the Schedule A filing.

The developer is Alex Adjmi of A&H Acquisitions. As far as we can tell from public records, the property is still owned and leased by the Catholic church.

We have to say, at this location, a taller building makes more sense and the new design is a big improvement over the old one. What do you think? GMAP (more…)

09/15/14 10:00am

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It’s sat empty for 20 years, but now it looks like work is finally under way to convert the old St. Teresa’s school complex into a training school for court officers at St. Johns Place and Classon Avenue in Crown Heights. We spotted this rendering on the fence, which shows that the three buildings will keep their facades but there will be a new glass walkway connecting them.

Also, the DOB issued new alteration permits earlier this month for the planned classrooms and dorms at 523 St. Johns Place. Work is supposed to wrap in the winter of 2015, according to construction signs.

Work Spotted at the St. Teresa Building Complex [Brownstoner] GMAP
New Life for St. Teresa’s Building Complex [Brownstoner]

09/15/14 9:30am

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You couldn’t give away a new-construction condo in Bushwick in 2009, but now new ones are starting to appear – along with Miley Cyrus twerking at parties there, apparently, as a story in The New York Times makes official. Brookland Capital has just launched sales at 13 Melrose Place, which is well located on the north side of Bushwick close to Flushing.

They weren’t aiming to attract families, because all the eight units in the building there are one-bedrooms. The condos are aimed at the first time buyer and intended to equal the cost of renting, Brookland Capital’s Boaz Gilad told the Times. “If they’re renting an apartment now for, let’s say, $2,400 a month, we price our units between $2,400 to $2,700 a month for mortgage, taxes and maintenance — but now they own the unit.” Asking prices for the units range from $389,000 to $733,000 (the latter for a one-bedroom duplex with windowless storage space).

Other developments are pushing into still marginal areas by the last Bushwick stops on the J train and L train. A condo development at 1300 Decatur Street, for example, is two blocks from the cemetery and a Superfund site in Ridgewood, Queens.

Much more common are new rental developments in the area. Construction is nowhere near started on the huge Rheingold Brewery development. Above, construction is well along at the block-long development of a church and school at 616 Bushwick Avenue, a rental development not mentioned in the Times article.

The rest of the article describes well-traveled territory such as how trendy Bushwick has become, displacement and rising rents. Interestingly, a new anti-gentrification group, Northwest Bushwick Community Group, which is helping residents stay in their homes, is asking the city to start tracking displacement of residents. What do you think of that idea?

Bushwick Takes the Spotlight [NY Times]

540 vanderbilt avenue prospect heights

Forest City Ratner has filed new building applications for a third, conventionally built building at 540 Vanderbilt Avenue. The development comes hot on the heels of filings for a second new building, 535 Carlton Avenue, the state’s plans to seize seven Atlantic Yards properties under eminent domain, and lawsuits over the first tower, B2.

The complex between Pacific and Dean Streets will rise 17 stories and house 282 units. Designed by Cook+Fox, the project will include 326,047 square feet of residential space and 4,731 square feet of ground floor retail. (more…)