The Brooklyn Fire Quarters at 365 Jay Street was designed in 1882 by Frank Freeman and now serves as an affordable apartment building. (For some history, check out this NY Times Streetscapes article.) The city has owned the building since 2005, and as the article points out, it hasn’t done the greatest job with this piece of history: “It now has a musty, neglected air, even though most apartments are still occupied. The storefront is empty, and the ground floor has a menacing, abandoned look. Few of the tenants have their names on the buzzers.” But more recently, Pratt Area Community Council has received funds to purchase and renovate the site. Danise Malqui, who works for Pratt development, says the 18 affordable housing units currently in the building will remain, and hopefully a non-profit will be moving into the ground floor. Construction is planned to begin Spring of 2011, but first plans must go through the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Great to see this building will be getting the repairs it deserves. GMAP
Scaffolding went up on the Montauk Club at 25 8th Avenue in Park Slope earlier this month. Looks like they might be repointing the brick in the front. Anyone know what they’re doing? Incidentally, when there was scaffolding on the landmark building in 2011, six brides threatened to sue to get their deposits back.
A mixed-use row house that looks like it will fit in well with the neighbors is going up at 202 Grand Street in Williamsburg, in what was previously an empty lot. We’re happy to see the heights of the stories are in keeping with the context. This has potential, depending on what finishes are chosen. […]
Winter has finally packed its bags, and it’s a perfect time to plant all manner of trees, perennials and annuals. It is also a great time to weed and reseed your lawn, before the weather gets so warm Bermuda grass takes over. Warmer days and frequent rains give everything a good start. In preparation for […]
Seven homes out of nine have sold at the Townhouses of Cobble Hill development, according to a PR rep. The Landmarks-approved modern-yet-contextual houses at 110-126 Congress Street went on the market in May for $3,650,000 to $4,200,000, and only 110 and 114 are still available. The four-bedroom, five-bath house at 110 Congress has 3,318 square feet […]
Average rents rose 77 percent in Brooklyn while city wide real median income fell 4.8 percent from 2000 to 2012, according to a report out from the city comptroller described in The New York Post. The increases were the largest in any borough. A story in the Times implied that meeting Mayor de Blasio’s stated […]