04/22/14 4:30pm

Bushwick Inlet Park Gets Nod for Sustainable Architecture [Curbed]
Meeting About Controversial North Brooklyn Boat Club [Greenpointers]
Brooklyn Bridge Park Beach Nears Completion [BHB]
Food, Entertainment and Family Fun This Saturday at the Prospect Park Fair [South Slope News]
Nostrand Avenue Street Improvements to Be Completed by June, City Says [DNAinfo]
Listings Go up for Former Police Station 72 Poplar in Brooklyn Heights [BuzzBuzzHome]
Where to Get Art Supplies in Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

04/22/14 4:00pm


There will be five homes, all with gardens or landscaped decks, on The Brooklyn Heights Association’s house tour this year. Also on the program are refreshments and guided tours of the sanctuary at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims.

The tour takes place Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets ($30 for members in advance, $40 for non members) can be purchased the day of the tour at St. Ann’s School at 129 Pierrepont Street, according to the Brooklyn Heights Blog.

There is also a “patron brunch” for $300 a ticket in the morning.  For more info about the tour, email housetour@thebha.org or call the BHA office at 718-858-9193.

04/22/14 3:00pm

142-144 Decatur St, The Decatur, SSpellen 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: The Decatur
Address: 142-144 Decatur Street
Cross Streets: Corner Marcus Garvey Boulevard
Neighborhood: Stuyvesant Heights
Year Built: 1888
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: George L. Morse
Other work by architect: Temple Bar Building – Court Street, Franklin Trust – Montague Street, Abraham & Straus annex – Livingston Street, as well as many more row houses, flats buildings, churches, and office buildings.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Stuyvesant Heights Expansion, Stuyvesant Heights HD (2013)

The story:
While the developers of our brownstone blocks were busy filling them with rows of houses, the avenues in our neighborhoods were receiving attention, as well. It was on these streets that the city allowed commercial and civic buildings, and where churches and temples often stood, as well as rows of flats buildings, many with storefronts on the ground floors.

The formal concept of zoning didn’t come into existence until the early 20th century, but Victorian city planners already had a pretty good idea how to create mixed income and purposed neighborhoods. Sensible planning could provide everyone in those neighborhoods with the amenities and services they would need to be able to live, shop, worship, and perhaps even work, within easy walking distance. That is one of the strongest reasons why today these neighborhoods are still so desirable.

The mixed use flats buildings on the corners of blocks provided excellent opportunities for special buildings. These buildings anchored the block, and were visual gateways to the homes that lay beyond them, so it isn’t surprising that very often the fine architects who designed the houses also were called on to design many of these corner buildings. Very often, if a developer could get the desired lots, he would have an architect design the corner flats building, and then tie the design into the houses as they turned the corner. Many of Stuyvesant Heights’ blocks were designed in this manner. (more…)

04/22/14 2:00pm


Brooklyn-based real estate firm Realty Collective will open an office in Clinton Hill, its fourth location. The official opening of the office at 466 Grand Avenue will take place Sunday April 27, the firm said in a press release.

The new location will also handle business in Fort Greene, Bed Stuy, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. Its other three offices are clustered in Red Hook, the Columbia Street Waterfront District and Carroll Gardens.

 “Over the past few years, our agents have been migrating into Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy and Crown Heights. So have our listings,” said Realty Collective founder Victoria Hagman in a statement. “It just made sense to open a branch closer to the action.”  GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

04/22/14 1:30pm

OK, it’s really narrow and there are a lot of down lights but this Greenwood Heights house at 396A 19th Street looks pretty cute to us. Goes to show what some great rugs and Timorous Beasties wallpaper can do, right? That bath looks pretty slick, and we also like the new unpainted clapboard exterior.

We’re not so sure about the location, though — it faces the Prospect Expressway. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,669,000?

396A 19th Street [Betancourt & Associates] GMAP

04/22/14 12:57pm

A price of $1,000 a square foot is so commonplace at this point in Brooklyn’s most desired neighborhoods that it’s barely worth noting that this duplex at 446 3rd Street is asking about $1,100 a foot, or $2,275,000 for 2,071 square feet. This 1920 townhouse was converted into condos eight years ago, and this unit’s the lower one with the garden all to itself.

Other than the floors and the window moldings there aren’t a ton of original details, but the place looks practically new and has the kind of “luxury” touches many buyers are looking for these days. The major drawback is that the bottom floor is more subterranean than most typical English basements, resulting in reduced window size on the front.

446 3rd Street, #1 [Town Residential] GMAP

04/22/14 11:30am

Eli Karp’s Hello Living has filed a new building application for its Flatbush development at 2415 Albemarle Road. New York YIMBY also spotted a new rendering for the project in the brochure for its Owners Club, which markets units to buyers while the building is still under construction.

Designed by Zambrano, the 12-story condo building will house 43 units across 34,857 square feet, according to permits. Amenities include 30 open parking spaces and 22 bike storage spots. Floor plans show 630-square-foot one-bedrooms and 816-square-feet two-bedrooms, each of which has a 90- or 100-square-foot balcony, as previously reported.

Hello Living is working on three other projects nearby: Two in Prospect Lefferts Gardens East Flatbush (New York Avenue and Lenox Avenue Road) and one on Sterling Place in Crown Heights.

Revealed: 2415 Albemarle Road [YIMBY] GMAP
Design Debuts for Hello Living in Flatbush [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Zambrano via Hello Living

04/22/14 11:00am


A sidewalk shed has gone up and work has started at 4-8 Downing Street in Clinton Hill, aka the Broken Angel, where developer and architect Alex Barrett is converting the former art project, once a tenement building, into eight condos.

An Alt 1 permit for 4 Downing Street approved last month specifies an interior and exterior renovation, a reduction in the number of units from nine to eight, and a new certificate of occupancy. According to the permit, the work will cost about $1,100,000. (Two more condos are planned at 8 Downing.)

Thanks to a reader for the tip and the second photo, which shows the demo debris on the site behind the construction shed.

Broken Angel Coverage [Brownstoner]


04/22/14 10:30am

Turn of the century Wall Street, LOC 1

There have always been laws regarding stealing from other people, and in the late 1800s and early 1900s, those laws were in full effect in the courts. The jails and prisons were full of thieves. More and more, it seemed like the ranks of those who helped themselves to other people’s money and possessions were not just from the expected lower classes, but were their so-called “betters.” One could no longer believe that the thief in the night always came from poverty and the slums; in these dangerous days, it seemed that the biggest and boldest thieves sat next to you at the opera, in church, or smiled at you from across a desk.

For some reason, an upscale apartment building on Decatur Street in Stuyvesant Heights became home to three men who became the wolves among the sheep of Brooklyn society’s pasture. 88 Decatur Street was home to J. Edgar Anthony, Benjamin F. Chadsey and Charles A. Bliven. They never lived there at the same time, but there must have been larceny in the water, because all three of them, the first two lawyers, the other a stock broker, made the news for all the wrong reasons. Although the circumstances of their cases were different, all three men were guilty of the same offence: they all coveted clients’ money, and siphoned some off for their own use. And then they all got caught.

Please see the links below for the first episodes of the story. Today’s tale is about our last miscreant, broker Charles A. Bliven. The first two men hailed originally from upstate New York, but unlike the other two men, Mr. Bliven’s life story was not told to the papers. Anthony was from the Utica area, Chadsey from near Albany. From a cursory look at family research and the proliferation of stories on this case in upstate papers, Bliven was an upstater too. There seemed to have been a great deal of Bliven family members in the Capital District/Mohawk Valley area. And the mark, in this case, was from Troy. It really was a small world. (more…)

04/22/14 10:00am

Eight condos have hit the market at Barrett Development’s 440 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, with two- and three-bedrooms starting at $875,000. The thoroughly modern building replaced two decrepit 19th century townhouses and is still under construction.

BuzzBuzzHome spotted the listings, which range from $875,000 for an 888-square-foot two-bedroom to $2,200,000 for a 1,687-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath penthouse. Corcoran is marketing the condos, which include features like wide plank white oak floors, powder coated steel cabinetry, washers and dryers, and private basement storage. The building materials are cast-in-place concrete over steel deck, which “allows for extra-high ceilings and superior soundproofing” says the listing.

Four of the units come with private outdoor space, and Unit 2A has the largest terrace at 900 square feet. You can check out the floor plans on the development’s website, and we have more renderings after the jump.

What do you think of the look of the building, interiors and pricing?

Say Hello to Barrett’s 440 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Starting at $875,000 [BuzzBuzzHome] GMAP
440 Atlantic Avenue Listings [Corcoran]
440 Atlantic [Barrett Development]

Renderings via 440 Atlantic


04/22/14 9:30am


The number of Manhattanites moving to Brooklyn has dropped dramatically, with only 13 percent signing new leases in North and Northwest Brooklyn in the first quarter, vs. 53 percent back in 2006, according to a report out from Ideal Properties. The number of renters coming in from out of state rose to 22 percent in Q1, vs. 18 percent in the same period last year. Connecticut (21 percent) accounted for the majority, California for 17 percent and New Jersey for 10 percent; 10 percent were from out of the country. People who were already living in Brooklyn made up 40 percent of new leases.

Park Slope was the area’s most popular destination, “with 28 percent of all rented units in Brownstone and North Brooklyn last quarter concentrated” there, said the report. The majority of renters analyzed in the report, 33 percent, had average incomes ranging from $75,000 to $99,000. Most of them, 15 percent, worked in media, and 13 percent worked in design and architecture, the report found. More than half, 59 percent, of tenants in North and Northwest Brooklyn are between 21 and 30 years old.

The report was based on tenant profile data on close to 4,300 forms collected by Ideal Properties.