10/10/15 10:30am

This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.


Geographically, Coney Island is a sandy peninsula, formerly an island, just beyond lower New York Bay about five miles south of Manhattan that is about 4 miles (6.4 km) long and 0.5 miles (0.80 km) wide.

Culturally, however, it is one of the most significant and recognizable neighborhoods in New York City. From its early days as one of the world’s first sea resorts to its mid-20th Century status as a symbol of urban blight, it became a powerful emblem of Brooklyn’s resurgence.

Pavilion of Fun postcard by Coney Island History via Facebook.

10/10/15 9:00am

Map: Subway and Development, More Than Crime, Affect Home Prices in Brooklyn
Think you know what has the biggest impact on property prices? You might have to think again. Subway service (or lack of it) is one of the most powerful factors driving the most dramatic decreases in property prices in Brooklyn neighborhoods over the past decade. New developments go hand in hand with the biggest price jumps. (more…)

10/09/15 4:30pm

Brooklyn New York

Other Elevator Fails Brake Test at ‘Burg Building Where Man Was Crushed [Gothamist]
Silent Barn Hoping to Reopen “In About One Week” [BK Vegan]
District 13 Re-Zoning and Kindergarten Admissions: What Parents Need to Know [BHB]
Pols Say New Library Hours Help Orthodox Jews [Eagle]
South Brooklyn Children’s Garden to Host Its 4th Harvest Festival [PMFA]

[Photo: Francisco Daum via Flickr]

10/09/15 1:00pm

Fort Greene Brooklyn -- 67 Hanson Pl History

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

When the iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building was being built in 1927, it became a beacon, surrounded by other Art Deco buildings. This apartment building was one of them, dwarfing its brownstone neighbors.

Name: Originally the Doctors and Dentists Office Building; now apartments
Address: 67 Hanson Place
Cross Streets: Corner of South Elliott Place
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1929
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Architect: W.T. McCarthy and Murray Klein
Other Works by Architects: McCarthy: 13-15 Prospect Park West, Cathedral Arms and Chateau Frontenac apartment buildings in Flatbush, houses in Gowanus and Red Hook, and Concord Village apartment buildings. Klein: Storefront at Ashland and Lafayette (demolished), Avenue U Theater, row of store buildings on Flatbush Avenue near Church Avenue, Times Plaza Hotel on Atlantic Avenue, and apartment buildings in Manhattan.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Academy of Music Historic District (1978)

The Doctors and Dentists Building

This Art Deco apartment building replaced a smaller office building built only 19 years before, in 1910. That six-story building was called the Doctors and Dentists Building, developed by a consortium of physicians and hailed as the first of its kind in Brooklyn. (more…)

10/09/15 12:27pm

On the open house front, we’ve got four large ones to look at this weekend, including two four-story homes and a giant Victorian with six bedrooms. They’re in Fort Greene, Crown Heights, Ditmas Park West and Bedford Stuyvesant.

Our pick in Fort Greene, an 1855 brick row house on Clermont Avenue, is a 22-footer that packs over 4,000 square feet on six levels, including a partially finished basement and a rooftop extension. Split into a duplex and two rentals, the place has decks on three floors, so there’s a lot of surface area at work. It’s got a sweet parlor floor with towering ceilings and a lot of detail — though it’s got a master bathroom planted in the middle, which you don’t often see.

On Prospect Place in Crown Heights is a three-story brownstone with some nice details, including woodwork, pocket doors and moldings. Divided into three units, one on each floor, it looks to be in good shape, with a/c and renovated kitchens and baths.

The biggest of the field is on Rugby Road in Ditmas Park West, and it’s quite a nice find for someone in search of a rambling six-bedroom home. In the same family for 52 years, it’s a grand Victorian with a lot of original detail. Some updating is in order, but generally it’s in top shape, with tons of square footage and some lovely spaces.

Last up is a four-story on Madison Street in Bed Stuy, which is currently set up as a triplex with a rental on the top floor. Unlike those above, this one needs some work, though there are original details here that ought to clean up nicely.

Brooklyn Open Houses -- Fort Greene, Ditmas, Bed-Stuy

447 Rugby Road in Ditmas Park West
Price: $1,950,000
Broker: Compass
Sunday 2-3:30 p.m.
Photo by Compass (more…)

10/09/15 12:14pm

This week we’re taking a break from the past two weeks’ all-sold streak. Of our open house picks from six months ago, one still remains on the market, while the other three all sold for above ask.

The five-bedroom, five-bath Gowanus townhouse with a generous backyard is still on the market for $2,245,000. The price is $150,000 less than its original ask of $2,395,000.

In Crown Heights, a 3,200-square-foot Sterling Place home did better, getting $88,000 above the original asking price.

Kensington’s lovely single-family sold for just under the Crown Heights’ home’s original ask, and a generous $120,000 above its own asking price.

Two stories and a garage in Dyker Heights would appear to have just sold for under a million. Though documents have yet to hit public records, Corcoran is now listing the property as sold.

Open House Picks 6 Months Later (more…)

10/09/15 11:45am


The Lady Moody house in Gravesend. Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

If the Landmarks Preservation Commission took a vote this minute on what to landmark based entirely on oral public testimony Thursday morning at the first of its unprecedented series of backlog hearings at its downtown Manhattan headquarters, the Coney Island Pumping Station would be designated and Green-Wood Cemetery would not. (more…)

10/09/15 11:36am

Out on Pier 2, last night’s fundraising event for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy attracted a number movers and shakers from the city’s real estate and development world. (more…)