Students of New York University’s NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering are displeased with a sudden school name change following a $100 million donation from NYU trustee Chandrika Tandon and her husband Ranjan Tandon.
When the iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building was being built in 1927, it became a beacon, surrounded by other Art Deco buildings. This apartment building was one of them, dwarfing its brownstone neighbors.
Name: Originally the Doctors and Dentists Office Building; now apartments Address:67 Hanson Place Cross Streets: Corner of South Elliott Place Neighborhood: Fort Greene Year Built: 1929 Architectural Style: Art Deco Architect: W.T. McCarthy and Murray Klein Other Works by Architects: McCarthy: 13-15 Prospect Park West, Cathedral Arms and Chateau Frontenac apartment buildings in Flatbush, houses in Gowanus and Red Hook, and Concord Village apartment buildings. Klein: Storefront at Ashland and Lafayette (demolished), Avenue U Theater, row of store buildings on Flatbush Avenue near Church Avenue, Times Plaza Hotel on Atlantic Avenue, and apartment buildings in Manhattan. Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Academy of Music Historic District (1978)
The Doctors and Dentists Building
This Art Deco apartment building replaced a smaller office building built only 19 years before, in 1910. That six-story building was called the Doctors and Dentists Building, developed by a consortium of physicians and hailed as the first of its kind in Brooklyn. (more…)
On the open house front, we’ve got four large ones to look at this weekend, including two four-story homes and a giant Victorian with six bedrooms. They’re in Fort Greene, Crown Heights, Ditmas Park West and Bedford Stuyvesant.
Our pick in Fort Greene, an 1855 brick row house on Clermont Avenue, is a 22-footer that packs over 4,000 square feet on six levels, including a partially finished basement and a rooftop extension. Split into a duplex and two rentals, the place has decks on three floors, so there’s a lot of surface area at work. It’s got a sweet parlor floor with towering ceilings and a lot of detail — though it’s got a master bathroom planted in the middle, which you don’t often see.
On Prospect Place in Crown Heights is a three-story brownstone with some nice details, including woodwork, pocket doors and moldings. Divided into three units, one on each floor, it looks to be in good shape, with a/c and renovated kitchens and baths.
The biggest of the field is on Rugby Road in Ditmas Park West, and it’s quite a nice find for someone in search of a rambling six-bedroom home. In the same family for 52 years, it’s a grand Victorian with a lot of original detail. Some updating is in order, but generally it’s in top shape, with tons of square footage and some lovely spaces.
Last up is a four-story on Madison Street in Bed Stuy, which is currently set up as a triplex with a rental on the top floor. Unlike those above, this one needs some work, though there are original details here that ought to clean up nicely.
447 Rugby Road in Ditmas Park West
Sunday 2-3:30 p.m. Photo by Compass(more…)
The Lady Moody house in Gravesend. Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark
If the Landmarks Preservation Commission took a vote this minute on what to landmark based entirely on oral public testimony Thursday morning at the first of its unprecedented series of backlog hearings at its downtown Manhattan headquarters, the Coney Island Pumping Station would be designated and Green-Wood Cemetery would not. (more…)
The Hudson Valley and Catskills’ rich, varied history means fertile grounds for ghost hunting. If haunted-house attractions aren’t going to fulfill your Halloween hankering for something hair-raising, plan a visit to one of these truly haunted destinations in the Hudson Valley and Catskills instead. (more…)
Williamsburg-based freelance art director and designer Adam Chang recently completed his digitization of every Brooklyn subway station mosaic. Brownstoner got the chance to talk to Adam about the project, his inspirations, and the G train.