This nicely renovated three-bedroom in Crown Heights seems like a good value. The living room is well-sized, and its three windows help open up the room. That framed exposed brick behind the drywall is interesting too. The kitchen looks narrow, but the appliances are brand new and the island offers additional counter space. There are two nicely sized bedrooms and one rather narrow one at 7 feet by 12 feet; they all have closets and windows, according to the listing. For $733 a person, it’s a decent apartment. What do you think of it for $2,200 a month?
It looks like the foundation is going in for a five-story building at 588 Myrtle on the corner of Classon. The lot has been empty since the previous owners demolished a three-story house in 2007. We first reported on potential development here way back in 2008, and there have been a few aborted development plans since then. New building permits issued in May call for a five-story residential building with 16 units and 11,065 square feet. The property was sold to an LLC in August 2012 for $1,270,000, according to public records. The developer is called Velocity Framers, and the architect is De-Jan Lu. GMAP
The Toll Brothers decided to embrace the design aesthetics of Brooklyn Bridge Park when building their newest luxury condo development, Pierhouse. Every unit will have its own $400 composter and wood floors reclaimed from Dumbo’s waterfront warehouses, reported The New York Daily News. Architect Jonathan Marvel lined the building’s base with the same granite used in the Brooklyn Bridge. It may be “the most Brooklyn of condos,” said Curbed. Already 4,500 people have signed up for information on the building’s 108 units, which are still under construction in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The apartments range from one- to five-bedrooms and are mostly duplexes with double height living rooms and 18-foot-high windows. Eighty percent of the units will have private outdoor space, and kitchens will have marble countertops and solid American walnut cabinetry with Gaggenau appliances. Master bathrooms will feature soaking tubs, glass-enclosed showers, and marble floors and walls.
Building amenities include a yoga room, multiple gyms, an outdoor terrace, several lounges, on-site underground parking , bike storage, 24-hour concierge services, and access to amenities in the hotel at the north end of the site. Brooklyn Bridge Park landscape architect Michael van Valkenburg will design the development’s public outdoor spaces.
The condo building’s west-facing side, looking out over the East River, will have a limestone facade, and the east-facing side, looking down on Furman Street, will be clad in anodized aluminum paneling. The 200-room 1 Hotel, at the northernmost edge of the development, will have a 12,000-square-foot event space and farm-to-table restaurant by Seamus Mullen. Starwood is developing the hotel, and INC Architecture and Design is designing the interiors.
Small real estate brokerages are flourishing in brownstone neighborhoods in Brooklyn, according to the Times, where buyers seek their local expertise and deep connections. In Bed Stuy, Evans & Nye is becoming known for having sold some of the most beautifully appointed and highest priced brownstones in the neighborhood, many just under $2,000,000. In April, the firm sold a limestone by Magnus Dahlander at 242 Decatur Street, above, for $1,700,000.
Firm co-founder Ban Leow is a long-time resident and owns the furniture and antique store CasaBAN across the street from his real estate office on Tompkins. It also helps that one of its agents, Morgan Munsey, is a walking encyclopedia of Bed Stuy architecture and seems to know every resident of the area. Over in Victorian Flatbush, the 93-year-old Mary Kay Gallagher has flourished for almost 50 years by charting a similar path. Her three-person family firm sold a colonial on Westminister Road for $2,000,000 this past fall, a record.
If you are buying or selling, do you look for a big name or a small one?
In a five-part series, The New York Times followed an 11-year-old girl living with six siblings and her parents in a homeless shelter in Fort Greene. The story contrasts the appalling conditions at the Auburn Family Residence at 39 Auburn Place — it has made headlines for years for having no heat and other problems — with the changes in the surrounding neighborhood. Mice dart in and out of a crumbling wall. A hair dryer warms the baby’s crib.
“City and state inspectors have repeatedly cited the shelter for deplorable conditions, including sexual misconduct by staff members, spoiled food, asbestos exposure, lead paint and vermin,” said the Times. “Auburn has no certificate of occupancy, as required by law, and lacks an operational plan that meets state regulations. Most of the shelter’s smoke detectors and alarms have been found to be inoperable.” Click through to the story for photos reminiscent of Jacob Riis’ “How the Other Half Lives.”
Outside, “the skyline soars with luxury towers, beacons of a new gilded age. More than 200 miles of fresh bike lanes connect commuters to high-tech jobs, passing through upgraded parks and avant-garde projects like the High Line and Jane’s Carousel. Posh retail has spread from its Manhattan roots to the city’s other boroughs. These are the crown jewels of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s long reign…as the city reorders itself around the whims of the wealthy.”
The parents are unemployed and have had problems with drug addiction, while the number of families living in homeless shelters has grown since a 2004 Bloomberg policy that no longer gives homeless priority for public housing.
More than 22,000 children are homeless in New York City, “the highest number since the Great Depression, in the most unequal metropolis in America,” said the story. “One in five American children is now living in poverty, giving the United States the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania.”
The family is trying to save money to move to Pennsylvania. When asked why families are staying longer in the shelter system, Bloomberg said it was because they offer “a much more pleasurable experience than they ever had before.”
We saw this limestone on the house tour a few years back when it was under construction by the contractor who has owned it since 2002. Now it’s on the market for $3,000,000, which would certainly set a record for a townhouse in Bed Stuy, as BK to the Fullest was the first to point out.
It’s in Stuyvesant Heights and it has five units, including a large owner’s duplex with a 20-foot extension on both floors, as well as a parking space. It’s 4,000 square feet and was designed by Axel Hedman, according to BK to the Fullest. There is a catch, however. It’s not finished.
The top floor of the extension is “framed out” for a kitchen, dining room, and master bath. There are two working fireplaces and a jacuzzi, but otherwise it’s just studs, no walls. DOB shows a stop work order and open violation from 2004 for construction without a permit.
There might be another catch too. It was an SRO at one time. HPD says the building has six “B” class apartments, although the BOD shows two prior owners filed to change the certificate of occupancy. It will be delivered vacant, according to the listing.
Apple is “looking closely” at Two Trees’ BAM South site and a converted brick factory building on Bedford between North 3rd and North 4th for its first Brooklyn location, The Real Deal reported. Rumors have been flying about Apple’s first Brooklyn store since 2008, but so far none have come to pass, including a location on Bedford and North 7th. Neither Apple nor its brokers, Open Realty Advisors, commented on the story.
TRD quoted four anonymous sources who contradicted each other. Two said the tech giant is interested in the planned 381-unit rental at 286 Ashland Place known as BAM South (pictured), just a stone’s throw from the Barclay’s Center in Fort Greene. Another two “disputed that information,” said TRD, alleging the current frontrunner is 247 Bedford Avenue, owned by RedSky Capital and Waterbridge Capital.
The Two Trees development has the high-rise metal and glass aesthetic that Apple seems to favor, particularly in its 5th Avenue and Chelsea stores. However, the Soho store is in a converted loft building much like 247 Bedford.
Apple currently has five Manhattan stores: Soho, 5th Avenue, Chelsea, Upper West Side and Grand Central. And they have a sixth one in Staten Island. What do you think would be the ideal spot for them in Brooklyn?
Name: Row houses Address: 87-93 Rutland Road Cross Streets: Flatbush and Bedford Avenues Neighborhood: Prospect Lefferts Gardens Year Built: 1925 Architectural Style: Neo-Georgian Architect: Slee & Bryson Other works by architect: Many other row and freestanding houses in PLG, as well as in Crown Heights North and South, Victorian Flatbush and Park Slope. Also Albemarle and Kensington Terraces in Flatbush Landmarked: Yes, part of Prospect Lefferts Gardens HD (1979)
The story: These are among the last houses designed by Slee & Bryson in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and some of the most interesting. The year was 1925, and the firm had been quite busy in PLG, designing all kinds of modern brick housing for the Norris Building Company, one of the major developers of Lefferts Manor, and the general Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood. Slee & Bryson’s forte was brick houses, and they designed them in all kinds of different variations, in many of Brooklyn’s growing early 20th century neighborhoods.
John Bay Slee and Robert Bryson had met in the offices of John J. Petit, the chief architect of Dean Alvord’s Prospect Park South development in Flatbush. Both were about 25 and worked for Petit for a couple of years before going out on their own as Slee & Bryson in 1905. They continued to work in PPS, designing Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival style houses there, and elsewhere in what we now call Victorian Flatbush.
The Colonial Revival style was the most popular architectural style in the United States for almost fifty years, from just before the turn of the 20th century, until World War II. It drew from the Georgian and Federal Styles of Colonial America, along with even earlier Dutch antecedents, and represented a comfortable and very “American” form of architecture that resonated with the public. In Slee & Bryson’s capable hands, that translated into several different forms of brick housing; urban row houses and free-standing suburban style homes. (more…)