Dunkin’ Donuts is everywhere, and soon that will include Clinton Hill at the corner of Myrtle and Grand. It’ll be interesting to see how they make over this spot, which is located at 513 Myrtle Avenue. Thanks to a tipster for sending in the photo. GMAP
It’s not often we see a house in Williamsburg with any details left, but this one has some. There’s a mantel, a tin ceiling, and some wood door and windows moldings. We’re not sure what’s going on with the brick bas-relief walls in the living room, but it’s probably removable textured panelling covering up the plaster.
The listing says “bring your architect immediately,” which sounds a little bit dire. Only 16 feet wide, the house is set up as a three-family. The listing says the mechanicals have been updated. There are no pictures of the kitchens or baths.
Do you think it’s an interesting renovation opportunity for an ask of $1,155,000?
This new listing in the Clinton Hill Co-ops is either a big one-bedroom or a small two-bedroom, depending on how you’d use the dining nook. Despite being on the second floor, the apartment seems bright and the kitchen has been modernized (though not exactly lavishly). The maintenance is $837 and the asking price is $399,000.
You don’t see many unconverted lofts on the market in Brooklyn these days, but this 2,500-square-foot two-bedroom pad in Clinton Hill seems like the real deal. Although it’s currently configured as a two-bedroom, renters could probably build out an extra bedroom or two to offset the cost.
There are some very high tin ceilings and large, wonderful banks of windows. The kitchen and bathroom both look pretty standard for a rental, and the kitchen has nice dark wood cabinets and a dishwasher. Given the amount of space, the price doesn’t seem too bad. It also sits next to the now-vacant Clinton Hill legend, the Broken Angel (visible at the far left of the exterior photo).
There might be a catch, though: The loft is in fact so authentic it seems to still be classified as a factory rather than residential, according to PropertyShark. What appears to be its most recent certificate of occupancy dates from the 1950s and is for two factories. What do you think of it for $4,200 a month?
For years, we’ve been dying to go to the house tour in Newburgh, N.Y., called the Candlelight Tour, and this year we finally did. We’d heard of Newburgh because we read the blog Door Sixteen, but we didn’t know anything about it. One day we were tagging along with a friend who had business in town, and were simply agog when we stepped out of the car. The streets are like an outdoor house museum, with picture postcard examples of different architectural styles spanning the 18th through the early 20th century.
Newburgh’s perch overlooking the Hudson makes it extremely scenic as well as important militarily. It was a key spot during the Revolutionary War (George Washington’s house there is now a museum) and it became a fancy resort town in the late 19th century. It fell on hard times about 90 years later. Its history has been well documented here and here by the blog Big Old Houses.
The house tour was brimming with friendly folks, above, all of whom seemed to know each other and have interesting stories to tell about their houses. We wish we could have stayed for hours more. We highly recommend the tour — and lunch at the always delicious Mexican restaurant the Maya Cafe in nearby Fishkill. Has anyone else attended the tour? Click through to the jump for tons of pictures. (more…)
In 1859, a commission was formed by the New York State Legislature, charged with finding locations for parks in the rapidly expanding city of Brooklyn. James S. T. Stranahan, a wealthy Brooklyn businessman, was president of this Brooklyn Board of Park Commissioners. Washington Park, in Fort Greene, was the city’s first park, but the city needed more. They wanted the equivalent of Central Park, the enormous greensward which had just been completed across the river in Manhattan. The commission wanted something big, and after looking at six different locations, they thought they had just the place for it.
The glacier that cut through Long Island millennia before had left a terminal moraine that sliced through central Brooklyn, creating its highest points. One of them was Mount Prospect, the site of the city’s main reservoir and its water supply. Nearby was Battle Pass, the site of the Battle of Brooklyn, during the Revolutionary War. What a great place for a park for the people, a landscaped reserve that would protect and celebrate these important locations. The park would also protect the reservoir from being surrounded by too much development. The eastern portion of the park, surrounding Battle Pass, would be perfect for attracting wealthy people to a new upscale neighborhood that could be built for them. It was perfect. (more…)
Demo started Friday for the crumbling wood clad house on Smith Street, neighborhood blog Pardon Me For Asking reported. As you may recall, the three-story mixed-use building at 159 Smith Street between Wyckoff and Bergen recently filed permits for a two-story addition, and PMFA feared its intact facade would soon meet the wrecking ball.
No permits have been filed for complete demolition of the building, meaning that the foundation and party walls or some other aspect of the building could be preserved. The house stood for over a hundred years and retained its cornice and the detail around the windows.
Click through to PMFA for some really good photos of the work in process.
A newly constructed rental building at 150 Broadway in Williamsburg launched leasing just before Thanksgiving and is already discounting its rents, Curbed reported. Ideal Properties is marketing the building, which has dropped asking rents on all five of its units by $50 to $450 this week.
The developer is restaurateur Vittorio Antonini, who owns La Lanterna de Vittorio and Enoteca in the Village. Rents on the no-fee apartments range from $2,800 for a studio to $5,950 for a three-bedroom with two bathrooms.
The building is new construction but has some old elements, such as the fireplaces, Curbed noted. Click through to the jump for more shots of the interior. What do you think of the units and the pricing?
A larger than anticipated crowd of over 200 people showed up to discuss their concerns and wishes and help plan the future of Gowanus development Monday night at The Children’s School on Carroll Street. The meeting was the first of a series of public planning forums called Bridging Gowanus convened by local politicians about the ongoing development of and cleanup plan for Gowanus. The Pratt Center for Community Development moderated and presented findings from previous invitation-only meetings held over the summer.
City Council Member Brad Lander remarked that with the EPA’s Record of Decision for the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site and the impending transition at City Hall, it’s an important moment for the community to come together and establish a shared vision for the infrastructure of the low-lying and industrially polluted Gowanus area before planning begins. The consensus of the crowd was that every effort should be made to preserve the area’s socioeconomic diversity and keep it affordable for the mixed uses (manufacturing, residential, commercial, artistic) that currently exist. A number of local artists in attendance expressed fears of gentrification and said they felt threatened by the diminishing affordability of studio space. In brief, locals called for a rezoning to preserve affordability and Gowanus’ eclectic identity as a community with vibrant street life and activity.
Other issues raised included the need for a permanent protection plan against coastal disasters; it was noted that the current recovery infrastructure is insufficient to handle even regular rain. The group also said another priority is more schools and suitable health care facilities to accommodate the area’s growing residential population. They would also like the canal to be opened up as a recreational public waterway.
A series of followup meetings will be held early in 2014. In the meantime, anyone interested in joining a working group can contact info@BridgingGowanus.org.