11/24/14 4:30pm

bokeh eric konon

How One Couple Soundproofed Their South Slope Brownstone [BU]
Campaign for Verrazano Bike Path Picks up Speed [BK Paper]
Brooklyn Merchants Kick off Holiday Campaign “Shop Local CB9″ This Weekend [DNA]
Protesters in Crown Heights Say Loophole Allows Unlawful Rent Increases [BK Brief]
T-Shirt-Toting Brooklynite Is NYC’s Top Property Buyer [Bloomberg]
Permits Filed: 406 Prospect Place, Crown Heights [NYY]
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge Stuck in up Position [Sheepshead Bites]
Community Board 11 Addresses Illegal Home Conversions [Bensonhurst Bean]
High Street Station Artifacts, Downtown Brooklyn [Forgotten NY]
Vendôme Macaron Bar Opens Pop-up Shop on Smith Street [PMFA]
5th Avenue’s Associated Market Set to Open in December [South Slope News]
Ideas for the Brooklyn Strand Include a Permanent Home for Smorgasburg [Eagle]

Photo by Eric Konon


11/24/14 4:00pm

festive fifth

Park Slope’s 5th Avenue is hosting a holiday festival this Saturday, complete with a tree lighting, Santa Claus and carolers. The fun begins with a tree lighting at 6:30 pm at the corner of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street (in front of S’Nice). There will be free hot chocolate, marshmallows, cookies, brownies and popcorn during the outdoor festivities, which will last until 9 pm. Puppetry Arts and NY Kids Club will present puppet performances and games, and singer-songwriter Amy Miles and carolers from Opera on Tap will perform. And there will be specials and sales at shops and restaurants all along 5th Avenue in honor of Small Business Saturday.

11/24/14 3:00pm

20-22 Lexington Ave, SSpellen 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former James Parson & Co. factory, now loft apartments and the Callidus Guild
Address: 20-22 Lexington Avenue
Cross Streets: Classon and Grand Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: perhaps 1887, with later alterations.
Architectural Style: 19th century brick factory
Architect: Maybe DeMeuron & Smith
Landmarked: No

The story: Manhattan has, or should I more correctly say, HAD, different areas of midtown that became synonymous for different industries. The 20’s west of 6th Avenue used to be the Flower District, between 35th and 40th Street west of 7th Ave. was the Garment District, and east of there, between the same blocks, was the Millinery and Trims District. There was the Meat Packing District, Tin Pan Alley, where the composers and musical publishers were concentrated, and of course, the Theater District. Brooklyn wasn’t quite as compact, especially after it became a part of New York City, but even here, we had certain areas that had a concentration of certain industries. Wallabout was a food and candy manufacturing district, for example. This part of Clinton Hill was our own shoe manufacturing district. (more…)



We are sorry to report that Sunday was Kaz An Nou’s last day. After five years, the landlord did not renew the lease of the popular French Caribbean restaurant, which played ’70s funk on a record player in the dining room. It was located at 53 6th Avenue in Prospect Heights, close to Barclays Center, so perhaps the landlord is hoping to charge a higher rent. We would have eaten there more often but it was always so crowded we could rarely get a table. The owners said on their Facebook page they will take a break, then be back with something new. There will also be an auction of furniture and equipment Tuesday. DNAinfo was the first to cover the closing. GMAP

Photo by Kaz An Nou

11/24/14 1:30pm

45 chauncey street bed stuy 112014

This wood frame house at No. 45 Chauncey Street is one of a row of three that is the earliest row in the first Stuyvesant Heights Historic District. It was built in the late 1860s and has a porch overlooking Fulton Park.

While it appears to be a flip, it looks like a nice one. It has all new mechanicals, reclaimed oak floors, arched marble mantels (we assume they’re original), a simple and attractive white Ikea kitchen with stainless appliances (Viking and SubZero), and bathrooms with Carrara marble tile. We also like the tin ceiling, plaster moldings, and traditional radiators, which presumably came with the house.

At first we thought the price was a typo, but then we realized it’s a one-family with less than 1,400 square feet total, according to PropertyShark. The building is 20 by 30 feet. It traded for $417,000 in April. The new ask is $795,000.

What do you think of it?

45 Chauncey Street [Fredrik Wide] GMAP

11/24/14 12:55pm

10 plaza street east prospect heights 112014

This two-bedroom co-op at 10 Plaza Street that just hit the market asking $999,000 has a sensible and generous layout as well as a private terrace with a view of Grand Army Plaza. The corner location also sports lots of windows and light as well as two full bathrooms. Very solid. The monthly maintenance on the 1,200-square-foot pad is $1,160.

10 Plaza Street, #3A [Corcoran] GMAP

11/24/14 12:15pm

585 hicks street carroll gardens 112014

Here’s a cozy prewar two-bedroom in Carroll Gardens with a few modern updates. The kitchen was renovated a few years ago, and the owner just installed a new bathroom, although from the glimpse in the listing it looks very small. While the two bedrooms appear to be decently sized, the apartment appears to be a three-room railroad. It’s got windows on three sides, but it’s on Hicks Street overlooking the BQE. Do you think $2,350 a month is a reasonable price?

585 Hicks Street, #3 [Elliman] GMAP

11/24/14 11:31am


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What’s it like getting around Brooklyn using car2go? BlankSlate writer Jeff Scherer planned a busy Saturday in Brooklyn in order to find out.

We had an ambitious day ahead of us, my wife and I. It was a beautiful day fall Saturday — my birthday, in fact — and we were determined to spend it well. One thing we didn’t want to do was to spend half the day on the subway. car2go to the rescue!

Our first destination that morning was the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (or BARC), an animal shelter in Williamsburg, to walk some of the dogs who are available for adoption. To get from our house in Carroll Gardens to Wythe Avenue and North 1st Street in Williamsburg by subway would take at least 45 minutes, assuming the G train was running on time, including a 15-minute walk from the station. But we wanted to get there before all the good dogs were taken, so we checked our car2go app and grabbed a nearby car.



11/24/14 11:30am


The new-construction townhouse at 259 Hoyt Street whose construction we have been following is now on the market and asking $2,749,000. The interiors strike a nice balance between modern and traditional that seems well suited to the neighborhood, in our opinion.

The overall look is not unusual for new construction, with its modern staircase and rear wall open to the garden, but it looks better executed than most, at least in the photos. The moldings have a little more heft and detail than usual, the modern-style windows and doors look large and substantial, and the kitchens and baths are nicely understated.

It’s set up as an owner’s duplex over a two-bedroom garden rental. Click through to see more interior renderings.

We wish we had an updated photo of the exterior, and will try to get one soon. When we saw it last, it looked like it would fit in nicely with its older surroundings. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, according to permits.

Do you think this is an appealing new-construction townhouse? What do you think of the price?

259 Hoyt Street [Corcoran]
New Three-Story Brick House Going in on Hoyt [Brownstoner]
Photos by Corcoran

304 north 7th street willliamsburg

Three big developers have snapped up a crumbling Williamsburg factory for $18,300,000, Crain’s reported, paying a near-record price in hopes of building condos on the site. Adam America, Naveh Shuster and Slate Property Group recently bought the large, L-shaped property at 304 North 7th Street. It faces the BQE and has close to 200 feet of frontage on both Meeker Avenue and North 7th Street, for a total of 22,325 square feet.

The final sale price works out to $432 per buildable square foot, for a property that could accommodate up to seven stories and 60,278 square feet of development. The lot last changed hands for $9,450,000 two years ago, meaning that the previous owners flipped it for nearly twice what they paid.

The developers are confident about the condo market, an exec from Slate said. Condos in Williamsburg are relatively scarce, with 256 condos in development versus 3,725 rentals, according to TerraCRG data quoted in Crain’s. TerraCRG brokered the deal.

The development trio is also working on several other projects in Brooklyn, including large developments at 535 4th Avenue, 470 4th Avenue, and 275 4th Avenue, as well as a six-story rental in the Broadway Triangle. And just a block away, Adam America is  building two seven-story buildings housing 169 units at 247 North 7th Street

Williamsburg Warehouse Fetches Near-Record Sum [Crain's]
Adam America Coverage [Brownstoner]

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

11/24/14 10:00am


Here’s a glimpse of what the inside of 60 Water Street in Dumbo will look like. Interior renderings are up for the units, which started leasing in early October.

The interiors are sleekly minimalist. The palette is gray and white. Although pricing is on the high end for Brooklyn (the building is next to the Brooklyn Bridge, with views), units don’t look over-the-top luxurious but well designed. We like it.

Click through to see more. What do you think?

60 Water Street Listings [Ideal Properties]
Rentals Launch at 60 Water Street With Studios Starting at $2,964 a Month [Brownstoner] (more…)