According to Gowanus Your Face Off, Verizon cleared its trucks out of the large lot it previously occupied in Gowanus, an entire block bordered by Nevins, Carroll, Union Streets and the Gowanus Canal. Verizon has used the space as a hub for field technicians since 1977 and is relocating to a facility on 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street. The 100,000-square-foot lot sold to a housing developer for $14 million last December. For now, the developer plans to just lease out the space. But it’s right across the canal from Lightstone’s massive 700-unit rental project, so there’s likely to be more waterfront development here in the neighborhood’s future…
Verizon Vacates Gowanus Lot It Has Occupied Since 1977 [GYFO]
Photo via GYFO
A tipster sent in the above photo of new signage in front of 473 Clinton Avenue, right off Gates Avenue. Halstead is marketing “three boutique condominiums” — one to three bedrooms from 791 to 1,762 square feet. A website’s up but listings are not available yet. It looks like prices could go as high as $1,500,000. Way back in 2008 this same building was marketed for a condo conversion, with prices from $629,000 to $1,195,000, but it looks like those units never sold. Then, according to Streeteasy, the units were listed as rental for awhile. Think the third time will be the charm?
Condos of the Day: 473 Clinton Avenue [Brownstoner]
…you might want to check out this pad in Millbrook.
Borough boundaries seem to matter less and less these days. Yesterday, hyperlocal blog Bedford + Bowery launched and will cover the East Village, Lower East Side, Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint. It’s a joint effort of New York Magazine and New York University; the editor is Daniel Maurer, who co-founded New York Mag’s Grub Street blog. Maybe they’ll add Ridgewood and the South Bronx soon?
A new hurricane evacuation map released by the Bloomberg administraition expands flood zones to include 37 percent of the city’s population. Evacuation zones are now divided into 1 through 6, rather than A, B and C, and 600,000 additional people are included in the new at-risk zones, for a total of 2.99 million. More streets in Williaimsburg, Greepoint, Brownsville, Flatbush and Bensonhurst are included, as well as parts of Maspeth, Elmhurst, Jamaica, Ozone Park and Jackson Heights. The new zones also include 175 of 334 NYCHA housing developments, up from 149 under the prior map. More information can be found here.
Maps via Mayor’s Office
As we reported yesterday, the City has agreed not to sell the Pacific branch of the Brooklyn Public Library to developers and move the branch into the BAM South apartment building Two Trees is putting up in Fort Greene. The New York Times took a closer look at the fate of that library and the Brooklyn Heights branch that is also threatened with a sale to developers. “It has become clear that the neighborhood highly values that branch and its historic building,” a spokesman for the library told the Times in a statement. “B.P.L. is committed to working with elected officials and community stakeholders to develop an appropriate plan for the Pacific Street building through an open community process. The plan will acknowledge the needs of the library and the community. This plan could include maintaining some or all of the Pacific Street building and continuing to provide library service and programming for children in the community.” It is still possible that in the future the library could be sold and demolished, but thanks to the new agreement, the City Council would have to approve it. Another possibility is that the library could be gutted while leaving the facade intact. The building is the first Carnegie library built in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, over in Brooklyn Heights, the library still plans to sell its Cadman Plaza branch, which is only 52 years old, to a private developer. The plan calls for the developer to include a library in any residential tower.
A Deal Spares a Brooklyn Library, for Now [NY Times]
City Council Gives Thumbs up to BAM South [Brownstoner]
Brooklyn Library Testing Ground for New Funding Model [Brownstoner]
Gowanus Canal Race a Success [Brooklyn Daily]
Brooklyn’s Best Young Filmmakers [The L]
More Scaffolding at 25 Pierrepont Street [BHB]
DOT Installs Bike Corral at Union Street and 6th Avenue [PS Stoop]
Air Supply Shot This Sweet Video in 1980s Coney Island [Gothamist]
Trees, Branches Down Around the Neighborhood [Ditmas Park Corner]
Photo by mcmillianfurlow
The Pitkin Avenue BID is hosting its 5th Annual Summer Plaza weekends again this year. The first event was held last Sunday and the next two are scheduled for Sunday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 29th. All the events, which are free of charge, go from 11am to 5pm. They include face painting, games for children, educational activities, health screenings, music and live entertainment. According to the BID, “The events are an opportunity for Brownsville’s retail businesses to celebrate their customers.” Check out photos from last Sunday’s event at the Pitkin BID Facebook page.
Photo via Facebook
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Commercial building with flats above
Address: 711 Nostrand Avenue
Cross Streets: Between Park and Sterling Places
Neighborhood: Crown Heights North
Year Built: 1899
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: George P. Chappell
Other Work by Architect: Over 50 buildings in Crown Hts North alone, including many on Dean St. Pacific Street, including St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, New York Avenue, Bergen Street and Park and Prospect Places. Also buildings in Stuyvesant Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant and Park Slope
Landmarked: Yes, part of Phase II of Crown Heights North HD (2011)
The story: One of the reasons Brooklyn’s historic districts are so great, architecturally speaking, is because of the continuity between the residential and commercial streets. Many of the same architects who designed the fine homes on the residential side streets also designed the buildings on the busy commercial streets. These buildings were no less detailed, no less well-though out, and in fact, may have even been more so, due to the fact that people would be able to see them in their daily travels, as well as patronize the businesses that were on the first floors of these buildings.
Nostrand Avenue is one of the great commercial thoroughfares of our borough, and at the dawn of the 20th century, was still being developed. It wouldn’t be really finished, at least not in the Crown Heights section, until the 1930s. The storefront buildings, apartment buildings and commercial buildings, including the banks that line the street between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway are a delightful mixture of architectural styles and flavors. Although almost all of the storefronts have been altered, some beyond recognition, the street retains a great deal of its original architecture. (more…)
Check out the progress on the third and final tower at the Northside Piers site. Douglaston Development, in partnership with RD Management and L&M Development Partners, are building the 40-story, 510-unit rental building. Toll Brothers, the developers of One and Two Northside Piers, are not behind this one. All this construction action comes almost two years after Douglaston announced the project. (At the time, a Toll Brothers exec said the “Williamsburg market is strong, but for most of us developers, it’s not a place where we were making a lot of money.”) According to Douglaston’s website, the new tower will be called “1 North 4th Place.”
Third Northside Piers Tower Going Up [Brownstoner]
Details on Brownstoner Queens…
Dressler, a Williamsburg staple that, notwithstanding Peter Luger, put the neighborhood on the foodie-world map when it opened seven years ago, has closed up shop. Yesterday Eater reported that the owners, who also operate Dumont and Dumont Burger, could not come to an agreement with their landlord over terms of a new lease. The popular restaurant received a two star review from the New York Times in 2006, but as Eater noted, “things at Dressler didn’t seem quite right on recent visits, with meals there having been marred by poor service and lackluster food.” The owners hinted that they are working on future projects in Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights in the closing announcement posted on their website yesterday.
South ‘Burg Shocker: Dressler Suddenly Closes for Good [Eater]
Photo by Tungsten Property
This one-family at 258 Lincoln Road makes us wish we had thought to look in Prospect Lefferts Gardens before we bought. We are swooning over the brand-new kitchen with marble counters and white cabinets and the dining room with its built-ins and stained glass. The house dates from 1909 and was designed by Benjamin Dreisler, according to the listing. It also has a screened-in porch and a nicely finished English basement. And of course, it’s only a few blocks from the park. Do you think it will sell quickly at $1,300,000?
258 Lincoln Road [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
We’re liking the looks of this new listing in the Newswalk building in Prospect Heights. The 1,100-square-foot loft isn’t really set up for family living but is perfect for a childless person or couple who want a home office. The signature feature of the apartment is a huge wall of windows that looks south (not at Atlantic Yards) over the rooftops of nearby townhouses. The asking price is $775,000 and the monthly charge is $843.
535 Dean Street, #506 [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
It seems like Stuy Heights is one of the few remaining neighborhoods in Brownstone Brooklyn with good rental stock that’s actually affordable. This one-and-a-half bedroom at 133 Van Buren Street has received a somewhat souless renovation, but it still looks like a good apartment. The half-bedroom has a window and the master bedroom looks spacious. The asking rent comes in at $1,600 a month.
133 Van Buren Street [Rutenberg Realty] GMAP P*Shark
Speed bumps now grace Monitor Street, between Nassau and Driggs avenues, in Greenpoint, New York State Assemblyman Joe Lentol announced yesterday. Lentol, above, received numerous complaints from the community about cars speeding along Monitor and he sent a letter to the Department of Transportation about it in March of last year. The DOT decided that speed bumps were warranted based on the amount of traffic, vehicular volume, and travel speed. They installed the speed bumps in May. It’s especially welcome news to the families of P.S. 110, which is in the immediate area.
Photo via the office of Assemblyman Joe Lentol
1. WILLIAMSBURG $3,000,000
34 North 7th Street, #PH1A GMAP P*Shark
A big sale at the Edge — we wrote about it this morning. This unit was asking $3,250,000. It last sold in 2011 for $2,160,000. Here’s the old listing for the three bedroom/three bathroom unit. Deed recorded on 6/13/2013.
3. FORT GREENE $2,550,000
322 Carlton Avenue GMAP P*Shark
A two-family townhouse asking $2,650,000. The listing reveals a pretty bland interior renovation, but the home lasted less than a month on the market. Deed recorded on 6/12/2013.
5. COBBLE HILL $1,975,000
393 Hicks Street GMAP P*Shark
This is a four-family home currently configured as a four-unit apartment building. The listing said, “It is currently configured with four 2 bedroom rental apartments that bring in a gross market income of $130,000 per year…. Great for investor or 1031 Exchange buyer, and also great for owner/user which can be a large Duplex with garden and 2 rental units above.” Deed recorded on 6/13/2013.
More than 500 people turned out for the 43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour on June 2. Highlights included an artist’s studio, townhouses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, prewar apartments, and seven private gardens. The Lefferts Gardens Montessori School was also open for visits. As you can see from the photos, taken by Brownstoner regular Bob Marvin, and published here with permission, the interiors and decor varied widely, showcasing touches of Victorian, mid-century mod and the latest in kitchen design. There was even a statue of a horse (at least, we think it’s a statue). Restoration and renovation specialists and the homeowners were on-site to discuss their work and share resources. Click through to the jump to see more photos, and to Bob’s Flickr page for even more.
43rd Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour [Flickr]