04/24/14 4:30pm

Politicians Consider Barclays Center for 2016 Democratic National Convention [CBS]
Greenpoint’s Newtown Creek Boathouse Is Still in the Works [Curbed]
City Council to Approve Domino, After a Final Negotiation [Capital New York]
New Round of Rehab Begins on Ocean Parkway Mall [Sheepshead Bites]
Million-Dollar Floor-Through Apartments: 777 Carroll Street [BK to the Fullest]
The Long Transformation of the Brownstone at 132 2nd Place [PMFA]
With an Air of Inevitability, “Kale Chips” Graffiti Is Taking Over Park Slope [Gothamist]
Gotham SideWalks’ Bike Tours Examine Brooklyn’s Glorious Baseball Past [BHB]
Prices of Town Homes on Clarkson — Just $6,500 in ’13!! [Q at Parkside]
Brooklyn Borough President Aims to Crack Down on Scuzzy Landlords [Bedford+Bowery]
New Mexican Restaurant Brings Hefty Burritos to Underhill Avenue [DNAinfo]


04/24/14 4:00pm

Street safety advocates will have a chance to make their voices heard at two upcoming Vision Zero workshops in Brooklyn Heights and Flatbush. Anyone can attend and suggest street safety improvements, bike lanes, or slow zones in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. NYPD and DOT staff will split attendees into small discussion groups and use maps to help pinpoint the borough’s most problematic streets.

The first meeting is happening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm tonight at Plymouth Church, located at 75 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. And next Tuesday, April 29, there will be a second workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on the second floor of the Brooklyn College Student Center at Campus Road and East 27th Street. There’s more info about the workshops on the Vision Zero page.


04/24/14 3:00pm

1238-1254 Lincoln Pl. NS, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Semi-detached row houses
Address: 1238-1254 Lincoln Place
Cross Streets: Troy and Schenectady Avenues
Neighborhood: Crown Heights North
Year Built: late teens, early 1920s
Architectural Style: Vaguely Mediterranean
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: By the first two decades of the 20th century, housing was at a crossroads in function and style. This was the end of the brownstone period, and also the end of the kind of basic row house design that had been popular for the last 80 years. From the first brick Greek Revival houses of the 1830s and 40s up to the Colonial Revival row houses of the early 20th century, single family housing had come full circle: from brick through brownstone, brick, a mixture of the two and more, limestone, and then back to brick. The shapes had stayed pretty similar as well, with variations on flat, bowed, bayed or eclectic going back and forth over the years.

Since Crown Heights was one of the later neighborhoods to be developed, the housing styles of the late 19th and early 20th century are especially varied here. Developers in the far eastern part of the neighborhood were building for a different buyer at a different time than the builders and buyers of western Crown Heights. The people here were not the upper crust of the St. Marks District, they were the middle class, mostly immigrant population that was settling in Brooklyn in large numbers at this time.

These people were not looking for single family manses, for the most part, they couldn’t afford them even if they wanted them. So developers began filling the blocks between the avenues named after upstate NY cities with a combination of six and eight family walk up flats buildings, larger 6 story apartments buildings and two family houses. (more…)

04/24/14 2:00pm

A San Francisco-based co-working space called Makeshift Society is opening a location in Williamsburg on the first two floors of a converted warehouse at 55 Hope Street. Makeshift’s Brooklyn spot occupies 4,000 square feet across both floors and offers 17-foot ceilings, open seating and dedicated studio desks. It will also have a creative tool lending library that allows members to borrow cameras, video gear, sewing machines and books.

And the “clubhouse” will feature conference rooms, lockers, pop-up retail (on the upper level), printers, projectors and a kitchen. The organization has five levels of membership, ranging from $50 to $500 a month, as well as $20 day passes. It opens next Thursday, May 1. GMAP

Photo via Makeshift Society

04/24/14 1:30pm

Here the developers have gutted a small one-family and turned it into three small open-plan apartments, each with two bedrooms. (The listing says there’s an owner’s duplex, but going by the floor plan, it seems to be referring to the cellar.) Some charm still remains in the form of beautiful fireplaces and the exterior, which has curb appeal to spare.

We could see these selling as separate condo units, or the whole thing appealing to an investor, but we’re not sure about an owner occupant, who might want more space.

(PropertyShark says the 18-by-40-foot building has slightly less than 2,500 square feet, but we calculate only 2,160. A new certificate of occupancy for a three-family seems to be in the works, going by DOB permits.)

Do you think the ask of $1,999,000 makes sense?

665 Park Place [Elliman] GMAP

04/24/14 12:58pm

This two-bedroom, two-bath triplex in a Park Slope conversion has an airy feel with two terraces and a roof deck and an interesting mezzanine space. There’s also plenty of room for a home office or two and walk-in closets for both bedrooms.

We’re a little puzzled by the floor plan, however, which seems to chop up the 1,593-square-foot condo into half floors on alternating sides of four, not three, levels.  Do you think they’ll get their ask, which is $1,545,000?

694 Degraw Street, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

This three-bedroom, two-bath duplex in a Prospect Lefferts Gardens house looks large and well-cared for. The 1,500-square-foot pad has an updated eat-in kitchen with a dishwasher, and both bathrooms appear to be in good shape although not renovated recently.

The house also has a screened-in porch, shared backyard, and parking for an additional fee. It’s located a block and a half from the 2/5 trains. Do you think $2,900 a month is fair?

139 Winthrop Street, #2 [Elliman] GMAP

04/24/14 11:30am


Work has started at the long-empty double corner lot prominently situated across from Saratoga Park at 840-838 Halsey Street. At one time it was slated to become a community garden, but now plans call for two-three family, three-story buildings.

There are no renderings on the fence, but we won’t be surprised if they are Fedders. On the bright side, the height will be in keeping with the other buildings ringing the park.

A dilapidated house next door at 836 Halsey was torn down in 2012, as we reported at the time, but it is owned separately and not part of the development. Its neighbor at 836, whose party wall was damaged by years of neglect, has since been repaired and spruced up.

The two lots at 840-836 Halsey Street sold in May to an LLC called Daniel Properties NY for a total of $825,000, or $412,500 each. Click through to the jump to see inside the lot, where workers have started digging the foundation. Thanks to a reader for the tip and photos.

Demolition for Two Bed Stuy Homes [Brownstoner] (more…)

04/24/14 10:45am

Courtroom, darvillsrareprints.com 1

Mrs. Harriet N. Kilmer was furious. The year was 1908. She, her daughter and son-in-law had just lost thousands of dollars in stocks at the brokerage firm of E. F. Hutton, on Wall Street. They had entrusted a great deal of the recently deceased Mr. Charles Kilmer’s family legacy to a man who was an employee of Hutton, for the purpose of liquidity. But when they went to collect on their stock dividends, they found that the stocks were gone.

A part-time “outside man” at the firm, the affable young man who greets potential clients in the lobby and is at a desk to explain stocks and bonds and tell people where the rest rooms were, had taken their money. Charles A. Bliven was that young man, and all fingers pointed at him as the thief. This theft had happened right under their noses. Was E. F. Hutton even listening, or better yet watching? Was this really making money the old fashioned way? The inevitable law suit was filed, and here’s when it got interesting. (more…)

04/24/14 10:00am

Grocery mogul John Catsimatidis’ real estate firm Red Apple Group has released renderings for 180 Myrtle Avenue, one of at least three large developments, all clustered together, it is building in Fort Greene. NY YIMBY found the renderings, designed by Dattner Architects.

The renderings show a large, boxy building whose design elements are formed by intersecting rectangles of yellow brick, glass and jutting balconies. Red Apple Group’s two buildings nearby at 218 Myrtle Avenue and 81 Fleet Place are also designed by Dattner. Dattner’s master plan for the area, originally scheduled for completion in 2008, called for four buildings, all next to each other, at 218 Myrtle Avenue, 180 Myrtle Avenue, 160 Myrtle Avenue, and 86 Fleet Place.

The 15-story mixed-use building at 180 Myrtle Avenue received its new building permits last week. Permits indicate the development will have 170,312 square feet total, including 10,485 square feet of retail space and 500 square feet dedicated to a community facility. The community space will be a medical clinic, according to Schedule A filings. The residential portion will have 191 units, and there will be 137 parking spaces, mostly underground. Through the state’s 80/20 housing program, 20 percent of the apartments will be affordable.

Check out more renderings after the jump. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 180 Myrtle Avenue [YIMBY]

04/24/14 9:30am

A new boutique condo development has hit the market at 1329 East 17th Street in Midwood, with one-bedrooms starting at $399,000. The Graystone has “one bedrooms plus home offices,” according to the Aptsandlofts listing.

There are currently five units on the market at the six-story building, which has a common roof deck. Each apartment is about 815 square feet and has nine-foot ceilings, washer/dryer hookups, central heating and cooling, and private outdoor space.

1329 East 17th Street [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP



Real estate investment firm LIVWRK Holdings is in contract to buy an industrial building in Red hook for $21,500,000, which it plans to convert into offices and “creative spaces,” The Real Deal reported. The renovated property should be ready for move-in by mid-2015, the firm estimated.

Located right at the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, 160 Van Brunt Street has 98,650 square feet and is two stories high. A bidding war drove the price past the $19,700,000 ask.

LIVWRK Holdings is also working on similar projects for two buildings in Gowanus and is a partner with Kushner Companies and RFR Realty in the $375,000,000 parcel of Jehovah’s Witnesses properties in Dumbo.

What do you think of their plans for the building?

LIVWRK Inks $22 Million Contract for Red Hook Conversion: Sources [TRD]
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark