Learn about Coney Island’s honky-tonk past and its present-day struggles to balance historic preservation and development on a walking tour organized by the Municipal Arts Society. Local historian and preservationist Joe Svehlak will lead the tour, which will happen this Saturday at 10:30 am. It will touch on the new Thunderbolt coaster, older amusement rides, and the memorials at MCU Park commemorating Jackie Robinson and 9/11. Tickets cost $20 or $15 for MAS members, and can be purchased here.
Name: Row houses Address: 396-398 Washington Avenue Cross Streets: Lafayette and Greene avenues Neighborhood: Clinton Hill Year Built: 1887 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Architect: Adam E. Fischer Other Buildings by Architect: Row and standalone houses in Brooklyn, German Hospital in Bushwick, apartment hotels, summer homes in Manhattan and Long Island Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill HD (1981)
The story: Adam E. Fischer was a successful architect with offices on Fulton Street, in Brooklyn. He lived in Bushwick. By the late 1880’s he was a member of the Architects Department of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, and was in the company of contemporaries such as George L. Morse, Frank Freeman, Rudolf Daus, Theobald Engelhardt and more. In 1894 he managed to beat out his fellow German-American architects Engelhardt and Daus for the design of the German Hospital in on Stockholm Street in Bushwick.
He was one of the founding members of the New York Society of Architects, a Brooklyn architectural organization, and was the First Vice President of the NYSA between 1918 and 1921. In 1931, Fischer was front page news for the Brooklyn Eagle, as he, Charles Infanger and William Debus, all familiar names to this column, were given medals to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Society. Fischer was also celebrating the 50th year of his practice. Not bad for a man about whom we know little more. (more…)
An old warehouse in Red Hook has been turned into showrooms for Dutch and German kitchen furniture, open to the trade and public. The Dutch and German Kitchen Centers are located at 481 and 465 Van Brunt Street. (more…)
This three-family on Hancock Street in Stuyvesant Heights is not as fancy as some but has plenty of ornate original details, including some we have never seen before. The mantels have that Gibson Girl-era look with rounded inset and beveled mirrors and wedding cake decorations. (more…)
Personally we prefer our townhouses to feel a little older, but the newer look of this triplex at 584 Pacific Street is bound to appeal to someone’s sense of cleanliness and order. The 2,050-square-foot condo has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in addition to four terraces. The proximity to the Barclays Center might be a deterrent to some though, especially at the asking price of $2,200,000.
Firefighters are battling a blaze at 252 Greene Avenue, a four-story walk-up condo building between Classon and Grand avenues in Clinton Hill. As far as we know, it just started. We’ll post more info when we get it. Click through to see another photo. (more…)
Here’s a fairly spacious one-bedroom condo for rent in Bed Stuy, at a two-year-old building near the Clinton Hill border. The 777-square-foot pad features two balconies at either end of the apartment. (more…)
About a year ago, we had modest plans to complete our already pretty well established garden with a few shrubs, but one thing led to another and we ended up replanting most of it. We had been looking for peonies and maybe some hydrangeas to fill in a few holes but could never find what we wanted in the quantities we needed. (more…)
We found this design for a five-story building on the construction fence at 535 Classon Avenue in Bed Stuy. It looks like an office building to us, but a new-building permit indicates it will have 39 apartments over 26,000 square feet. (more…)
Hello Living developer Eli Karp has filed permits to build a 23-story building at 1580 Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush, The Real Deal and New York YIMBY reported Friday. This development will be Hello Living’s fourth in the neighborhood, joining projects at 651 New York Avenue, 271 Lenox Road and 2415 Albemarle Road. The mixed-use tower between Albemarle Road and Tilden Avenue will house 153 units across 128,856 square feet of residential space, along with 44,690 square feet of community space on the first two floors. (more…)
We stumbled across some interior renderings for these nearly complete condos across the street from Green-Wood Cemetery. The five-story development at 233 34th Street will have 18 units spread across 15,021 square feet, according to new building permits. Amenities include nine off-street parking spaces, nine bike storage spots and a roof deck. A sign on the door calls them the “233 Greenwood Condominiums” and says they’ll be finished this summer. (more…)