Home renovation matchmaking and blog site Sweeten has mapped every residential renovation project filed with the New York City Department of Buildings over the past 10 years. They pulled some data for us that shows Brooklynites filed 6,776 home renovations in the first six months of the year, and $77,710 was the average cost of those alterations. The biggest job during that time cost $7,000,000, based on self reported costs at filing. If you click on one of the mapped dots, it will tell you the name of the owner and the architect (if there was one). Sweet.
Name: Marine Commandant’s House, Brooklyn Navy Yard, now BLDG 92 Address: 63 Flushing Avenue Cross Streets: Carlton Avenue Neighborhood: Fort Greene Year Built: Original building, 1857, new addition and BLDG 92 complex, 2012 Architectural Style: Original building, Italianate Architect: Original Marine Commandant’s house — Thomas U. Walter. BLDG 92 rehab and addition — Beyer Blinder Belle Other works by architect: Walter — fourth architect of US Capitol. BBB — recent projects: Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, Lincoln Center Promenade, Morgan Library, all Manhattan, as well as many, many more. Landmarked: No
The story: The Brooklyn Navy Yard is one of those places that not only defines Brooklyn, but helps define American history. That’s why it’s always been such a shame that for the longest time, since its decommission in 1966, the historic legacy of the Yard has remained shut away behind guarded iron gates and tall fencing. Passersby could see bits and pieces of the historic buildings that make up the Yard, but with the exception of an occasional tour, it was off-limits to the general public. Of course, if you worked at one of the many businesses in the Yard, you got to see more of it, but that still left most of us on the other side of the fence, literally.
There were always two Navy Yards, the first being the 19th century Naval Yard that served a fledgling US Navy since 1801. It saw the building and manning of the ships that protected the US during the War of 1812, and launched the Union vessels, including the iron-clad Monitor, during the Civil War. The 19th century produced some of the Yard’s most beautiful buildings, including hospital buildings, barracks, shipyard buildings, and housing for those who commanded the Yard, including the Naval Commandant, the Admiral’s Row officer’s houses and this, the Marine Commandant’s house. (more…)
Property owner Infinity Real Estate recently filed new building applications for 1245 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, where Planet Fitness inked a lease in October. Although the gym had reportedly originally planned to add a second story onto the existing building, now it looks like the landlord is planning to build an entirely new one-story commercial building with 7,836 square feet. Demolition permits have not yet been filed, and the DOB disapproved the gym’s previous alteration permits. Permits list the architect as George A Fanous of SBLM Architects.
PFit inked a lease in early October for 22,500 square feet, with plans to open in January 2015. Asking rent is $50 a foot. This will be the gym’s 28th New York City location and its sixth one in Brooklyn. If you live in the neighborhood, are you looking forward to having a big chain gym in Bed Stuy?
This seems like such a cute house at such a good price for Brooklyn. We like Wallabout and we like the renovation, which features a steel and reclaimed wood staircase, teak hardwood floors, Carrera Carrara marble counters in the kitchen, and lacquer cabinets. All the mechanicals are new, as is the siding, windows, roof, and skylights. The whole nine yards! But the property has a potentially fatal flaw: It’s right on the BQE. Given the reputed dangers of car exhaust, it might work best as a rental or a place to own and live in for a few years rather than decades. It has a lovely outdoor space but we’re guessing you’ll hear traffic. For $999,000, what do you think of it?
The layout of this new listing at 25 Plaza Street in Park Slope is a little unusual. It’s listed as a studio but it’s really more of a small one-bedroom, depending on how you’d plan to use the space. The 500-square-foot pad is on the second floor of the 1941 doorman building. The wood floors are original but there’s no sign of any crown moldings and the one door in sight appears to not be original. Maintenance: $799. Asking price: $395,000.
This two-bedroom floor-through in Windsor Terrace has some lovely prewar details. The ornate fretwork screen is very pretty, and there are some nice moldings on the walls and around the windows, along with a decorative fireplace. The kitchen and bathroom both seem serviceable and clean, though maybe not exactly modern. However, the kitchen looks quite large, as does the master bedroom and the living room. And it’s not terribly far from Prospect Park and the F/G trains. What do you think of it for $2,600 a month?
Over at Brownstoner Queens, Montrose Morris tells the history of one of the most recognized landmarks in Queens: the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. As MM states, “the globe is an engineering marvel.” Read why right here…
We’ve added a new section to Brownstoner called Market Trends that offers real time info on rental and sales prices throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and upstate. It can show you neighborhoods in your price range you might not have known about or what your property is currently worth — and many other stats. It’s based on the listings on our site and is updated throughout the day.
A quick look this morning revealed that most of the more affordable neighborhoods of Brooklyn, from Crown Heights to Bushwick to Bed Stuy and more, all clock in at the same median rental price: about $24 a square foot. Average rental prices vary considerably, with Windsor Terrace at the top at $35.65 a square foot and Bay Ridge at the bottom (cheaper than Crown Heights, Bushwick, Flatbush and Bed Stuy) at $25 a square foot.
The more expensive neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and Williamsburg all exceed a median rent of $48 a square foot, with averages as high as $55.97 (the Heights wins).
A quick glance at the sales reports reveals Windsor Terrace is, in fact, less expensive than South Slope, with an average sales cost per square foot of $596, vs. South Slope’s $810. (Both neighborhoods had 21 listings each.) East Flatbush was the only neighborhood we could find where the median price is still under $200 a square foot — it’s $176.
We found this rendering on the fence at 1444 Bedford Avenue between Park Place and Prospect Place in Crown Heights, where a four-story building is going up on a vacant lot. The apartment house will have eight units and 7,312 square feet of space, according to new building permits issued in January. The architect is Joseph Mucciolo P.C. The 2,700-square-foot lot changed hands between two LLCs last December for $1,070,000, according to PropertyShark. When we stopped by yesterday, it looked like the site was being excavated. We’ve included a picture after the jump.
The unusual design makes us think of a modern version of Queen Anne with its red and white coloring. The flat white sections remind us of 19th century metal bay windows and turrets. What do you think of the design?
Real estate developer and New York Observer owner Jared Kushner has bought a Williamsburg rental building at 50 North 1st for $33,800,000, The Real Deal reported. The seven-story, 46-unit building was previously owned by a partnership between Property Markets Group and Largo Investments, which bought the building in 2011 for $10,490,000. PMG bought the building from the bank after the initial developer, Israel Gold, defaulted. DOB violations and other construction issues had stalled construction for years, and in 2009, a partial building collapse at the construction site forced an evacuation at the building next door.
Construction at the 54,699-square-foot building dragged on for five years until it finally wrapped in 2012. The developer released six rental units in May and another 12 have followed since then. The apartments were one- and two-bedrooms priced from $3,175 to $4,325 a month.
Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, has been expanding into Brooklyn. In October, Kushner Companies partnered with two others to purchase a huge parcel of five former Witnesses properties in Dumbo for $375,000,000.
If you do not already live in Windsor Terrace, perhaps you’ve thought about it. Specifically, you may have noted its proximity to Prospect Park and wondered if there are any secret housing bargains to be found there — if you’ve heard of the neighborhood at all.
A story in The New York Times real estate section looking at what it’s like to live in the area does not entirely clear up this question. The area is relatively small with few transactions, so it’s hard to get a grip on what things cost there, according to the story. However, it appears Windsor Terrace is competitive with if not more expensive than South Slope, with prices for row houses clocking in at “nearly $2,000,000,” according to the Times.
The one large grocery store in the area, Key Food, famously closed, but is expected to open a small outpost in its former home, now a Walgreens, this coming spring. In late November, only 15 properties of any kind were on the market. The F train takes about 40 minutes to get to midtown, according to the story.
If you live there, does the Times writeup ring true? What is your favorite thing about the area?