1. WILLIAMSBURG $1,210,190.13
22 North 6th Street, #19D + storage GMAP P*Shark
Not much info on this Edge sale, except that it came with a storage unit! Entered into contract on 9/9/11; closed on 10/14/11; deed recorded on 11/10/2011.
2. DUMBO $1,150,000
70 Washington Street, #5A GMAP P*Shark
This is a one bed plus home office. According to the listing, it comes in at “a sprawling 1342 SF.” Entered into contract on 5/13/11; closed on 5/13/11; deed recorded on 11/09/2011.
3. BENSONHURST $1,142,500
130 Bay 10th Street GMAP P*Shark
This is a one to two family home sold with an attached garage. Entered into contract on 7/13/11; closed on 9/19/11; deed recorded on 11/07/2011.
5. COBBLE HILL $905,000
86 Congress Street, #208 + parking space GMAP P*Shark
This is the first time in a long time we can remember the biggest sales dropping below the $1M mark. This unit at 86 Congress Street came with a parking space. This is definitely not the highest closing price for the condo building, a double unit sold there for $1,400,000. Entered into contract on 7/15/11; closed on 9/6/11; deed recorded on 11/09/2011.
The 18th Avenue Feast/Feast of Santa Rosalia has been canceled this year after a more than 30-year run, according to Bensonhurst Bean. Joe LaMotta, one of the festival’s organizers, says the permit for the event from the mayor’s office took a long time to come through, which means it wasn’t possible to get vendors in place. Other sources tell the blog that the mayor’s office isn’t necessarily to blame because the festival’s organizers took a long time to submit necessary paperwork to the city, while “a high-ranking political source” says some of the organizers were arrested as part of a big mafia bust in January. There’s a possibility the event won’t ever make a comeback since the city hasn’t been keen on issuing new permits for street festivals.
18th Avenue Feast Is Cancelled! [Bensonhurst Bean]
Photo by lina-chen.com.
Forgotten NY had a fun post this weekend about the 46th Street Rock Palace in Bensonhurst, a one-time destination spot of touring bands. What particularly caught our attention, as one of those people who cares perhaps a little too much about this kind of thing, was mention of a string of dates back in late 1970 when, just months before their legendary run at the Fillmore East in April of ’71, the Grateful Dead took the stage to a less-than-capacity crowd. (According to this blog, Hot Tuna was also on the bill.) Here’s a first-person account that FNY dug up:
This was possibly one of the weirdest shows I ever saw (but enjoyable nevertheless). It took place on a Weds about 2:30 [PM] ..the theater was basically deserted. We sat in the third row…we were literally half of the audience until a few songs in when a whole group of senior citizens (at least 20) filed in and sat a few rows behind us (not your usual dead crowd!). The 10+ of us noticed them, but didn’t know what to make of their presence, so we just carried on as usual (if you know what I mean). Bur for years I wondered what drew them to see the Dead? A few years ago, still wondering, I told this story to a Deadhead who grew up in Brooklyn and he knew the answer. They were from a local senior citizen home and they were on an outing. They had no idea what they were walking into, but the theater had a package deal with the home to get them out and about, and that must have been one of the days they were scheduled to go to that theater to see a movie. They didn’t come to see the Dead, (but I wonder what they made of them). By the way, the show was pretty good. It must have been because the old folks stayed for the whole thing (or else, weird as it must have been to them, it was better than going back to the home).
PropertyShark put together a list of the top commercial deals in Brooklyn in the second quarter of the year, and the biggest sales were in Williamsburg and Clinton Hill. The most money paid for a building this spring was $27.2 million for the Williamsburg rental 44 Berry Street, which ING Clarion Partners purchased. The second-biggest buy was a group of investors’ purchase of the Clinton Hill development 163 Washington Avenue for $22 million; the building has since been launched as a rental. Rounding out the top five: 268 Bay 38th Street, a 140-unit Bensonhurst rental, sold for $20.5 million; 350 Hicks Street, a garage Continuum Health Partners owned while it operated LICH went to SUNY Downstate for $17.2 million; and a 113-unit apartment building at 2440 East 29th Street in Sheepshead Bay fetched $16.3 million.
Both the Brooklyn Paper and the Post have stories about how Walmart might be interested in leasing a big property on Gravesend Bay. The broker marketing the site, which is on Shore Parkway off of 24th Avenue, says Walmart has expressed interest in it. The parcels in question are adjacent to a property where developer Joe Sitt wants to build a big retail complex that includes a BJ’s and in an area where there are already large chain stores like a Kohl’s and Best Buy. The Post quotes Councilmember Domenic Recchia Jr. as saying that a Walmart wouldn’t work on the site because it’s not big enough and it would overwhelm the area with traffic. Until now, the buzz about Walmart making an entry into Brooklyn has centered on the company opening a location at the Gateway shopping center in East New York.
Walmart Eyes Gravesend Bay Waterfront [Brooklyn Paper]
Walmart Eyes Bensonhurst [NY Post] GMAP
566 10th Street
Brown Harris Stevens
GMAP P*Shark Prospect Heights
187 Sterling Place
GMAP P*Shark Bensonhurst
1679 Bay Ridge Parkway
GMAP P*Shark Sunset Park
203a 29th Street
1. GOWANUS $3,000,000
398 Bond GMAP
The sale of 398 Bond was featured in a post yesterday. The big, glassy two family was only on the market for 35 days before entering contract. It was originally priced at $3.5 million. It’s split up into an owners triplex and a two-bedroom rental now on the market.There’s a garage, rooftop pool, outdoor terrace and a deck. Entered into contract on 7/20/10; closed on 1/14/11; deed recorded on 2/4/2011.
2. PROSPECT HEIGHTS $2,005,000
162 St. Mark’s Avenue, #3 GMAP
The brownstone at 162 St. Marks Avenue has been on the market as a three-unit building, one of which was a Rental of the Day. Two previous units sold for $967,337 and $1,033,523. This unit in particular is a
2,750-square-feet four bedroom, and was initially listed for $1,679,000. Entered into contract on 10/27/10; closed on 1/24/2011; deed recorded on 1/31/10.
3. DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN $1,731,025
389 Atlantic Avenue GMAP
389 Atlantic Avenue is a one- to three-family building with a storefront on the ground level and three two-bedroom apartments. The net operating income of 2010 was $122,000. It first hit the market for $2,100,000, then dropped to $1,950,000. It entered into contract in the next month. Entered into contract on 9/24/2010; closed on 1/18/2011; deed recorded on 2/1/11.
4. MANHATTAN BEACH $1,530,000.00
4186 Ocean Avenue GMAP
The listing for this property comes just with a small exterior picture. At 1,140 square feet, it is somewhat small for a home in this neighborhood bringing in that price. But the location is a good one, and it looks like it comes on a sizable lot. Ask price was $1,650,000. Entered into contract on 11/29/2010; closed on 1/14/2011; deed recorded on 2/3/11.
5. BATH BEACH $1,480,000
88 Bay 20th Street GMAP
Not much info on this two-family home. A 2,051-square-foot house on a 8,689-square-foot lot. The Property Shark photo shows this to be a pretty beautiful property. Entered into contract on 11/5/2010; closed on 1/19/11; deed recorded on 2/3/11.
Photo by iandavid.
Best “Old Brooklyn” Restaurants?
A Fort Greene newcomer asked New York Times restaurant critic Sam Sifton if he could recommend any “old Brooklyn” eateries, and Sifton replied: “You’ll want to visit the Mill Basin Kosher Delicatessen on Avenue T. You’ll want to have some clams at Randazzo’s in Sheepshead Bay. You should absolutely have pizza at Totonno’s in Coney Island and more at L & B Spumoni Gardens in the Gravesend neighborhood. You should jog back down to Sheepshead Bay to Roll-N-Roaster and get a roast beef sandwich, a meal that has been satisfying high school students for 40 years. You absolutely need a hero from Lioni’s in Bensonhurst.” Any other classic Brooklyn spots to add to this list?
Brooklyn Restaurant Openings
And outpost of Dao Palate is opening at 201 Fifth Avenue (between Union and Berkeley), in a storefront “that’s recently been home to a couple failed Japanese restaurants (Tamari, Hakone),” says Here’s Park Slope… At the forthcoming Brooklyn Heights restaurant Colonie, you can “expect seasonal, locally sourced American cuisine with an open kitchen and counter-top dining,” says ZagatBuzz. To help with start-up costs, the owners raised $15,371 from 91 backers on Kickstarter… Eater says that there’s new signage at the Greenpoint branch of Calexico, and a restaurant called Juniper is opening at Berry at North 7th in Williamsburg… Eater also notes that the owner of Le Barricou is “opening new restaurant Maison Premiere at 298 Bedford in early January. The restaurant is reportedly based on the 1890′s French Quarter New Orleans and will mainly exist as a bar and oyster bar, offering 25 different types of oysters along with cocktails and an ‘old world’ wine.” … And Bed-Stuy Blog reports on the openings of the new Mexican joint Alcatraz and the new market/sandwich shop Cinnamon Girl.
Photo: Reformed Church and rectory, New Utrecht.
Forgotten New York: New Utrecht
Joe Sitt, best known as a major landholder on Coney Island, is again making headlines for his plans to build a mall at a bus lot in Bensonhurst. Thor Equities, Mr. Sitt’s development company, is hoping to create a 214,000-square-foot shopping center with BJ’s Wholesale Club and three other, as yet unsigned, retailers, reports The Observer. Thor has filed for a rezoning of the site and is going through due process with the Department of City planning. Thor has also proposed a BJ’s at the former Revere sugar refinery in Red Hook, across from Ikea. GMAP
Sitt Comes Back to Bloomberg for Brooklyn BJ’s [Observer]
BJ’s on Tap for Red Hookers [Brooklyn Paper]
Revere Sugar Demolition continues [Brownstoner]
City’s Coney Plan Approved, Deal with Sitt Near [Brownstoner]
Photo by Tejal Rao for Gothamist
Coming Soon: Umi Nom
We’re so excited that Kuma Inn, a great Filipino, Thai, and Southeast Asian small plates spot on the Lower East Side, is opening a sister restaurant at 433 DeKalb Avenue, on the border of Clinton Hill and Bed Stuy. Gothamist shares a first look at Umi Nom, which is scheduled to open on May 1, and reports that Chef/owner King Phojanakong “recently received some special sake pouring equipment to install at what will become a wood paneled bar where twenty sakes by the glass will be available.”
Return of the Red Hook Vendors!
Serious Eats says that the vendors will be returning to the Red Hook Ball Fields on Saturday, May 2. Cesar Fueuntes, executive director of the Red Hook food vendors committee, also told them that “We are close on signing up to be a part of an amazing festival in a very popular and historic Brooklyn location that will soon promise to be one of the most talked about events in NYC. Most of our vendors are planning to be a part of this festival and will be there weekends throughout the entire season. As soon as we secure our participation, we will make it official.” Any idea what he’s talking about?
Bahn Mi Bonanza
Today’s New York Times surveys the best bahn mi joints in the city, paying visits to Williamsburg’s Nha Toi and Silent H, as well as Sunset Park’s Thanh Da I and II and Ba Xuyen, a favorite in the Brownstoner restaurant files. Plus, Chow points out that you can also get your Vietnamese sandwich fix at Williamsburg’s “Mediterranean-accented” Simple Cafe (346 Bedford Avenue at S. Third Street), which “is temporarily rechristened Bep, or ‘kitchen’ in Vietnamese” every Monday — “when the cafÃ© crew takes a break, a Vietnamese-Parisian cook settles in.”
After the jump: Brooklyn cleans up at TONY’s Eat Out Awards, the best Sichuan in the city, and a first look at Williamsburg’s Rye… (more…)
Photo by Jeff Gurwin for Time Out New York
Pork Nuggets at Char No. 4
196 Smith St between Baltic and Warren Sts, Cobble Hill; (718) 643-2106
“The Midas-like chef Matt Greco lovingly turns his restaurant’s pork scraps into gold. Along with feet and shoulder, Greco slow-cooks bits of house-smoked bacon and ham (delicious trimmings deemed too small for the restaurant’s fancy sandwiches), then recombines the meat with the reduced braising liquid, which has been transformed into a delicious jelly…. And at six nuggets for $4, this is a value meal we can get behind.” [Time Out New York]
Bati: Now Open and Already Getting Rave Reviews
747 Fulton Street near S. Portland Avenue, Fort Greene
Clinton Hill Blog asked owner Hibist Legesse to describe the cuisine at this brand new BYOB Ethiopian spot: “Traditional Ethiopian with a focus on nutrition and health. For example, by adding extra teff (type of flour) to the injera (spongy flatbread), we’re increasing the fiber and iron content of the bread… We also plan to expand our vegetarian options.” And Chowhound blueberry says it tastes good, too: “I am accustomed to really great Ethiopian food in Washington, DC (where there is a really large Ethiopian population) but I have not found anything in NYC that quite measures up until I ate here!”
The General Greene Expands Hours
229 Dekalb Ave. at Clermont Ave., Fort Greene; (718) 222-1510
This Fort Greene spot is now open on Mondays, and according to Grub Street, “In addition to brunch, it’s now offering weekday breakfast (including drip coffees from Counter Culture) from 7 a.m. till lunch, which starts at 11 a.m. There’s also a late-afternoon bar menu from 4 p.m. till 5 p.m. The menus are here.”
After the jump: More openings, the city’s best dim sum, another Buttermilk Channel review, and some love for the food offerings (like Rafael Soler’s pupusas!!) at the Flea… (more…)
Brooklyn Based shares their early impressions of the General Greene, Peaches Market CafÃ©, Abigail CafÃ© and Wine Bar, James, and Annabelle’s. We’re intrigued by their recommended cocktail at the General Greene: “We loveloveloved the Clermont Bubbly (a refreshing combo of St. Germaine, pear and Prosecco).” And the photo of Annabelle’s backyard (at right, by Melissa Sands) looks so inviting, but Brooklyn Based notes that “the pond, flower garden and multi-level patio out back has potential, but is still a work in progress.”
The Times on Peaches Market Cafe
393 Lewis Avenue (MacDonough Street), Bedford-Stuyvesant; (718) 942-4162
“Peaches is Southern with a difference. Smoked country ham is finished with dried plums and arugula, and fried grits are polished with sun-dried tomato marmalade. There’s fried whiting as well as fried Greenmarket vegetables and fried calamari with aioli. Barbecue, like baby back ribs and pulled pork sandwiches, make it here, too. The menu tops out at $18 for a grass-fed ribeye steak.” [NY Times]
Underrated Pizza: Sam’s and Italia
“Sam’s on Court Street is one of those old-school neighborhood perennials that Chowhounds rarely mention, but guttergourmet thinks it belongs in New York’s never-ending pizza conversation, right up there with the most celebrated places in Brooklyn and beyond. ‘Beautiful pizza, precious place,’ guttergourmet writes… Meanwhile, down in Bensonhurst and Gravesend, Brklynbobby puts in a word for another sleeper, the Sicilian pie at Italia on Kings Highway. ‘The crust is lighter than air and the sauce is heaven,’ says Brklynbobby.” [CHOW]
After the jump: A new coal-oven pizzeria for Red Hook, cheap tapas on Columbia Street, a new burger joint and vegetarian eats in Park Slope, news on the Red Hook vendors’ schedule, and a Williamsburg bar gets a taco truck right in their backyard… (more…)
Best known to outsiders for its over-the-top display of Christmas lights every year, Dyker Heights is now in the news for being one of the many Brooklyn nabes trying to protect its character and heritage through down-zoning. According to City Planning,
The lower-density and contextual zoning districts proposed R3X, R3A, R4-1, R4B and R5B — would preserve the existing scale and character of Dyker Heights’ and Ft. Hamilton’s low-rise blocks. New, moderate-density residential development would be directed to commercial corridors already defined by three-to four-story row houses with ground floor retail uses 86th Street, Ft. Hamilton Parkway, 11th and 13th Avenues. Along these corridors, the mid-density contextual zoning districts proposed C4-2A and R6B would establish height limits consistent with neighboring apartment houses and would deter development of overly large community facility and mixed residential/community facility buildings.
The Brooklyn Paper reports that the Dyker Heights Civic Association signed off on the plan last week in preparation for last night’s meeting of Community Board 16. And there’s definitely political support: This rezoning plan will help protect the unique character of the neighborhood for future generations, said Bay Ridge Rep. Vito Fossella. Did any readers attend the meeting?
Dyker Downzone Moves Ahead [The Brooklyn Paper]
Dyker Heights/Ft. Hamilton Rezoning [NYC.gov]
Photo by gkjarvis