In the wake of the Mansion House’s co-op board’s controversial 5-2 vote to tear down an 80-year-old American Elm tree in the building’s front yard at 145 Hicks Street, a private meeting with shareholders was held last night. While the meeting in the basement of the building (where it had been moved to ensure that only residents could attendafter all, the New York Times was stationed outside) started with tensions running high (board members were none to happy about all the media attention the issue has received), civility won the day ultimately, according to a first-hand report. While not capitulating to some members’ calls to rescind the original vote, the board did agree to consider the majority’s wishes that all possible options to address the subterranean leaks being caused by the tree’s root system be fully explored before anything as drastic as a tear-down be resorted to. The board also trotted out the building’s lawyers to address the legal issues and potential impact of not removing the tree upon the building’s insurance rates. No word on when the board will report back to shareholders. Did we miss anything?
Historic Heights Co-op Planning Arboricide? [Brownstoner] GMAP
The Heights Cafe restaurant at 84 Montague Street re-opened earlier this month after six weeks of interior renovations. There is also a new menu, with new-American fare such as a lobster roll, oyster po-boy, a burger, veal and wild mushroom meatloaf and a ribeye. Click through to the jump for an interior shot. Has anyone […]
Huge and on a corner, this gem of a Greek Revival house at 15 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights was built in 1834. The proportions are impressive: It’s 25.5 feet wide with five stories and 39 windows. It has beautiful marble and wood Greek Revival fireplaces, dentil crown molding as well as the other moldings […]
It’s rare to find a decent-sized prewar two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn Heights for under a million bucks these days, so this co-op at the St. George Tower on Hicks and Clark asking $950,000 might strike someone’s fancy. It’s not huge and it doesn’t feel as vintage-y as some prewar fans might want, but it’s on […]
This renovated studio for rent in a Kensington co-op is bright white, new looking and relatively spacious. The L-shaped apartment has a bunch of white built-in wall units that offer tons of storage but give the space a somewhat clinical (or very modern) look. Those little built-in tables in the living area could function as […]
A real estate firm named JEMB Realty bought a parking lot in downtown Brooklyn for $38,464,188. If that seems like a staggering amount to pay for a parking lot, well, it’s located at 420-428 Albee Square, right across the street from City Point. It’s got 185,000 buildable square feet, The Real Deal reported. That works […]