This four-bedroom in Carroll Gardens won’t be winning any design awards, but it’s a bargain for the location. All the bedrooms are true bedrooms, large enough to fit a queen-size bed and with closets and windows, according to the listing.
The apartment has “exclusive roof rights” and there is “laundry in the building,” by which we think they mean the laundromat on the ground floor. You may feel the subway passing under Smith Street, but at least the station is only a block away. What’s your opinion of it for $3,600 a month?
Developer Adam America has put up a construction fence around 470 4th Avenue, the large development site where it plans to replace nine buildings on seven tax lots with a 12-story residential building. Demo permits were approved last year, before Adam America bought the property for $20,000,000 last month. A note in the file says demo was scheduled to begin March 6.
South Slope News spotted the fence and took the photo above. Aufgang Architects filed a new building application for the development at the end of February. The number of units has not changed, and the building will be 12 stories (the developer previously said it could be 12 to 14 stories).
Other new details: The building will have 78,995 square feet of residential space. There will be 5,259 square feet of ground floor commercial space and community space occupied by a medical office. Amenities include bike storage for 53 bikes, 36 underground parking spots, a fitness room and a roof deck.
In case you were wondering just who is the market for 421 Kent, a non-Hasidic development in the heart of Hasidic Williamsburg, now we have the answer: Overseas Chinese investors. The site, which takes up an entire block and is 3.75 acres, was stalled for years and traded hands a few times before Beijing-based developer Xinyuan Real Estate Co. bought it for $31,610,034.91 in 2012.
An online ad reveals a ton of news about the development, which appear to be condos. There are also lush new renderings and a name for the property: The Oosten. The ad was spotted by Forbes, which wondered if overseas Chinese would buy property over the Internet sight unseen (the answer: yes) but did not identify the location of the property.
A commenter on the Forbes story claimed the ads tout the Williamsburg property as being in the “Manhattan Central Business District.” The renderings show a man carrying balloons in a central green space, a woman lounging by the side of one of the individual pools on the patio of a ground floor unit, and a businessman on a cell phone looking out over the garden through a bank of floor to ceiling windows. Also pictured in the ads are photos of Citi Bike, bridge and water views, and Williamsburg and Manhattan shopping destinations, including Artists & Fleas.
We’ve heard property in Flushing, Queens, is very popular with overseas Chinese investors. The location on Kent Avenue with views of the water can’t hurt.
We’re wondering how the prices are. We see something that says $74 but we must be missing a few zeros somewhere. Anyone care to translate?
Click through to the jump for more renderings and floor plans.
In April of 1873, when the warming breezes of spring caressed the sideburned cheeks of wealthy male Brooklynites, they, as one, turned their attentions to their favorite pastime – racing their fancy horses and carriages along the roads leading to Coney Island. It was the place to be seen, and anyone who was anyone could be viewed on a fine weekend day, taking in the fresh air. Some of these swells rode their pedigreed ponies, but some were content to be driven, sitting comfortably in their carriages and cabs, racing along the road with a controlled abandon. For the most part, this was a man’s show, and wives did not usually come along for this show of male preening. Some men drove their own rigs, but many more content to be driven by coachmen, while they waved and nodded at their peers.
One of these was Cortland A. Sprague, a wealthy Brooklyn Heights merchant. His preferred mode of Promenade to the Sea, according to the Brooklyn Eagle, was to ride in a “one-horse park phaeton driven by his colored coachman.” From there he could pretend to read his newspaper, or just watch the scenery go by, content that all was well in his world.
For aside from his lucrative business, Mr. Sprague was also the City Treasurer of Brooklyn, a political appointment that had lasted, in the spring of ’73, into its second term. He held the strings to the purse of a growing and prosperous city. But had he really been reading his paper on his ride to the ocean, by the summer of that year, he would have been a very nervous man, as skittish as a thoroughbred in a field of gopher holes. Because Cortland Sprague’s world was about to come tumbling down around him. (more…)
As we reported last summer, the Friends of Greater Gowanus (FROGG) has been urging the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, a division of the the State’s Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (OPRHP), to create a historic district around the Gowanus Canal for some time now. In the past, FROGG has also advocated for the canal’s designation as a Superfund site and successfully got the area included on last year’s Historic Districts Council list of Six to Celebrate. (The idea of protecting the area goes back even further: In 2008 we wrote about the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s efforts to get the waterway itself declared a national monument.)
There was a community meeting at the Can Factory last month to discuss the creation of the New York State Historic District but we hadn’t realized how imminent the vote was (it’s Thursday) or how large the footprint is (it extends from Baltic Street to the end of Smith Street) until a reader sent along information, including the above map, yesterday.
As part of its decision process leading up to Thursday’s vote, the State must weigh the community group’s interest in preservation against any “adverse effect” on property owners that the designation might have. More specifically, in a document forwarded to us, the State describes how “maintenance, renovations and restorations that involve federal or state approval can become significantly more complicated and expensive, while simultaneously depriving the owner and local government of their discretion in the event a property is subject to OPRHP consultation.” The same document notes that, “While New York City’s listing process is separate from OPRHP’s, the proposed listing of the Gowanus Canal Historic District could make a LPC designation more likely.”
What do you think? Is this area deserving of Historic District designation? Letters seeking input were sent out to owners of the more than 400 properties in the 53 blocks of the proposed area asking just that question. Notarized owner objection letters along with general comments from the public are due by mail to the Historic Preservation Board by the end of the day tomorrow to be considered for Thursday’s meeting. Mailing instructions are included below. (more…)
A school bus carrying children overturned when a green cab hit it yesterday afternoon at the corner of Halsey and Marcy in Bed Stuy, a reader who sent in these photos told us. Six children and three adults went to Woodhull Hospital. One had serious but not life threatening injuries, according to The New York Post. More photos after the jump. (more…)
Brooklyn is among the areas hardest hit by a steep decrease in affordability of housing in New York State, a report from the New York State comptroller found. From 2000 to 2012, statewide the percentage of renters paying more than 30 percent of their incomes to housing rose to 50.6 percent from 40.5 percent, while the percentage of homeowners doing the same rose to 33.9 percent from 26.4 percent.
Coney Island’s Luna Park held a ground breaking ceremony today, above, for a big new roller coaster called the Thunderbolt. The coaster, which is scheduled to open May 22, will be the first at the beachside amusement park since 1910 to include a loop, The Wall Street Journal reported. The ride will go as fast as 56 miles an hour with a 115-foot vertical drop, followed by a 100-foot vertical loop and five inversions.
The original Thunderbolt operated from 1925 to 1982, was sold to a fried chicken mogul and burned down, said the Journal. The ride was later made famous by Woody Allen’s 1977 film “Annie Hall,” and it was torn down in 2000 to make way for the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium.
Name: Row houses Address: 123-127 Lefferts Place Cross Streets: Classon and Grand Avenues (corner Classon) Neighborhood: Clinton Hill Year Built: 1882 Architectural Style: Neo-Grec Architect: Amzi Hill Other work by architect: Hundreds of houses and flats buildings in Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Heights, Crown Heights North, Park Slope, Fort Greene. Landmarked: No, but part of Clinton Hill South HD on National Register of Historic Places (1986)
The story: The corner house in this group, 127 Lefferts Place, was up until recently, the notorious Lefferts Hotel, a long time haven of drug dealing, prostitution and misery. Now it looks like it will have a new, and very much more upscale life. But before the squalor, there has to be a history behind this group of very attractive row houses. Before 127 was the Lefferts Hotel, it was a long-time boarding house with similar neighbors. Before that? Let’s see:
The group of three five story houses was built in 1882, designed by the prolific Central Brooklyn-based architect Amzi Hill. He designed other houses on this block, as well as all over Central Brooklyn, and was one of the most popular go-to Brooklyn row house architects of his day, especially active as this part of Brooklyn began rapid development in anticipation of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, which occurred in 1883.
Lefferts Place was an upper-middle class enclave, sandwiched between the busy-ness of Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue, which also made it very convenient for public transportation via the omnibuses and trolleys on Fulton Street, and the LIRR on Atlantic Avenue. One could easily commute to lower Manhattan from here in under an hour, and when the bridge opened? Well, this was a great location, and these were large houses, with plenty of room for growing families and live-in servants. (more…)
This long-shuttered commercial space on the corner of Saratoga and MacDonough was being renovated when we passed by recently. Through the window at 83 Saratoga we saw a big room with a sanded wood floor and doors to two bathrooms. In 2012, a permit was filed for minor alterations to the interior.
The building, located in a part of Bed Stuy the city considers Ocean Hill, changed hands in 2012 for $485,000. GMAP