04/21/15 3:00pm

1095 Prospect Ave, S.Spellen 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Apartment house
Address: 1095 Prospect Place
Cross Streets: Kingston and Albany Avenues
Neighborhood: Crown Heights North
Year Built: 1908
Architectural Style: Arts & Crafts with Tudor Revival details
Architect: Jack Z. Cohen
Other Buildings by Architect: Small projects in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn
Landmarked: Yes, part of new Phase III of Crown Heights North Historic District (2015)

The story: One of the many great things about the architecture of Crown Heights is the diversity of styles and functions. Because the large neighborhood developed from the 1850s through the 1940s, the gamut of residential architecture in Brooklyn is represented somewhere in the neighborhood.

Crown Heights South is very different from Crown Heights North, which is the older part of the neighborhood. Within CHN are many different housing options, but this building is one of a kind, at least within in the historic districts.

Crown Heights North has single family row houses, two family row houses, several styles of the “Kinkos” double duplex row houses, and all kinds of flats buildings, tenements and elevator apartment buildings. And this place – an apartment HOUSE. (more…)

04/21/15 1:00pm


Outside, it looks like any Brooklyn townhouse. Inside, it’s three Edwardian flats with original details and recent mechanical updates.

Built in 1904, according to the listing, the building still retains its original plaster, built-ins, fretwork screens, mantels, and wood floors. Electrical, boiler and roof are all recently updated.

Each flat is set up as an identical apartment with double parlor in front and side galley kitchen in the rear. The top two flats have six rooms; the ground floor has five.

An open house is set for Sunday. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,550,000?

522 A MacDonough Street [Halstead]
Photos by Halstead


04/21/15 12:00pm

426 47th Steet-1-4-20-15

Just listed yesterday is this one-bedroom floor-through apartment on the parlor floor of a Sunset Park row house. It has quite a few attractive details, like original molding, an oversized mirror, built-in cabinetry, bay windows and wood floors.

The bedroom features original pocket doors with stained-glass trim that separate the space from an additional room that can be used as an office or dining room. There’s also a walk-in closet.

The rent is $1,650 a month. Do you think it’s a good deal for Sunset Park?

426 47th Street, #2 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Interior photos by Douglas Elliman; exterior photo by PropertyShark (more…)

04/21/15 11:00am


Mirrored cracks are a common theme in two buildings architect firm Charles Mallea is planning for Bed Stuy and Greenpoint. The same architect whose cracked and mirrored design for 410 Tompkins Avenue upset locals is planning a similar building at 555 Graham Avenue in Greenpoint, pictured above.

The Greenpoint building will not feature mirrored cracks all around but rather just one that appears to split the building in two. Because the mirrored section is less jagged than the ones on the Bed Stuy building, it looks more modern and less like lightning bolts. It provides a focal point for the facade and marks the building’s entrance. (more…)

04/21/15 10:00am

1 Pierrepont Plaza, Andrew Steininger on Instagram for Bstoner 2


This past week, Hillary Clinton chose 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights as her 2016 presidential campaign headquarters.

The choice of Brooklyn as Clinton’s HQ is another marker signaling the change in the borough’s profile and stature. As with the growth of Williamsburg as a capital of youth culture, or the visibility of Barclays Center as the venue for such events as the MTV Video Music Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, this can be seen as another chapter in Brooklyn’s growth into a tier-one city in its own right.





One of Brooklyn’s most unusual new buildings is up to the second story at 55 Wythe Avenue, and its distinctive Jetsons-like tower over a block of one-story shops can already be discerned, we saw when we stopped by over the weekend.

Formerly known as the Level Hotel, the William Vale Hotel will have 183 rooms “four star” rooms, according to its website. The developer is Riverside Developers and the archtiect is Albo Liberis, The Wall Street Journal reported last month. (more…)

04/21/15 8:30am


Block by Block: Carroll Gardens [NY Times]
Finally! City to Replace Crumbling, Dangerous Pavement at Brooklyn Borough Hall [Eagle]
East Williamsburg Condo Building Forty2East Set to Launch [Curbed]
Did You Get a Letter From FEMA Regarding Updated Maps and Your Property? [PMFA]
16 Residential Units Replacing Two-Family Structure In Crown Heights [NYY]
Revealed: 629 Grand Street, Condo Conversion and Expansion In Williamsburg [NYY]
Construction Update on Two Downtown Buildings [NYY]

A tree blooms in Williamsburg.
Brownstoner on Instagram
Photo by Cate Corcoran

04/20/15 1:30pm


This brick home at 213 13th Street in South Slope has plenty of stately original Italianate-slash-Neo Grec details on the parlor and bedroom floors, including three carved marble mantels.

It’s set up as a one-family, with kitchen and dining on the parlor floor. The ground floor is currently an open-plan “recreation room,” but there’s room for an additional bedroom or two, as the alternate floor plan on the listing suggests.

It’s 17.67 feet wide and 35 deep, according to PropertyShark, or about 1,855 square feet. It was an Open House Pick in 2007, but last sold for $798,250 in 2004.

With an ask of $1,795,000, do you think it’s attractive?

213 13th Street [Corcoran] GMAP
Photos by Corcoran


04/20/15 1:00pm


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This five-room, three-bedroom coop is on Clinton Street in Carroll Gardens, with laundry in unit, full bath and a guest powder room.

The kitchen, equipped with a dishwasher, granite countertops, and raised panel cabinetry, looks out onto a formal dining room with a decorative wood mantled fireplace. The main living area gets a lot of light thanks to windows off the kitchen and living room. And since this unit boasts approximately 1,253 square feet of this building’s top floor, residents can enjoy both sunrises from the east and sunsets from its west-facing master bedroom.

The building is located 4 blocks from the Carroll Street F and G subway station, 4 blocks from Brooklyn Bridge Park, and steps away from many of the area’s favorite eateries. The list price comes in at $1,500,000 with monthly maintenance of only $350. Click through for more pictures.

385 Clinton Street, #4L [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP (more…)