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Brooklyn is transforming from the borough of churches into the borough of condos. Yet another church property is up for sale as a development site, this one at 519 Vanderbilt Avenue, BuzzBuzzHome reported.

The prominent Clinton Hill Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, where Tish James has been known to attend services, is asking $8,600,000 for its excess FAR. It’s not clear if the offer includes the church or not, but it does include a parking lot and rectory that wrap around the church. The Halstead listing says: “The Church itself is landmarked and will NOT be demolished. Can be sold for development or as transferable air rights.”

The Romanesque Revival church was built in 1891 and designed by John Welch, according to Wikipedia. Its address is 520 Clinton Avenue. In 2012, an arson fire damaged the church, which was used as a homeless shelter and hub for Occupy Sandy relief efforts.

The development property, just down the street from Atlantic Avenue and the Atlantic Yards rail site, has 100 feet of frontage on Vanderbilt and a total of 43,000 buildable square feet.

Click through to the jump for lots more photos.

Clinton Hill Church Site on Market for $8.6 Million [BuzzBuzz Home]

Update: We heard from the agent, who said the church “is absolutely NOT for sale. The church remains in place and the active congregation remains.” They are looking to sell their FAR, which can be sold as air rights and transferred to a nearby site. Or the FAR can be sold in the form of land on the Vanderbilt side of the site, she told us.

494 E. 16th Street, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Free standing bungalow
Address: 494 East 16th Street
Cross Streets: Corner Ditmas Avenue
Neighborhood: Ditmas Park
Year Built: 1908
Architectural Style: Bungalow, with Japanese influence
Architect: Arlington D. Isham
Other work by architect: Many other houses in Ditmas Park, including most of the houses on this block
Landmarked: Yes, part of Ditmas Park HD (1981)

The story: When we generally think of bungalow houses, we think of the suburbs of Chicago, other parts of the Midwest, or the West Coast. We don’t generally think of Brooklyn. But as should be expected, when it comes to various kinds of housing stock, chances are Brooklyn’s got at least one of them, and this case, thirteen of them, along this street alone. And they are all really nice.

Henry Grattan was the developer of this row. He was a developer and builder, and on occasion, acted as his own architect. He bought this long plot of land from Louis H. Pounds, who with his partner Delbert Decker, had purchased all of the land making up Ditmas Park from the Van Ditmarsen family. Pounds took his development cues from nearby Prospect Park South, and had the land graded, with utility lines and streets laid out in advance. He broke the tracts up into generous plots that allowed for gracious lawns and large suburban style houses, many with garages.

The houses on 16th between Dorchester and Ditmas are not as large as others in the neighborhood, and are packed in pretty closely, but far enough apart to allow for a driveway in most cases, and room to landscape in an attractive manner. All of which serve this corner house well. The architect of the bungalows was Arlington D. Isham, a local Flatbush architect. He designed these bungalows at a time when the style was just beginning to take off in popularity, and was his take on a style vaguely inspired by Colonial British housing in India. (more…)

A restaurant named Aperture is in the works to replace Luna Rossa at 552 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. While the two restaurants are totally unrelated, the new one, like the old one, will also be an Italian restaurant serving pizza. Other items will include pasta, fresh seafood, soups and salads — reasonably priced and filling Italian peasant food,  owner Alfred Varricchio told us.

The space will seat 30 people inside and 40 in the backyard. After renovations finish, the restaurant will have a “funky” black and white theme, he said. Community Board Six already approved a full liquor license for Aperture on Monday, and Varricchio is ready to sign the lease.

The spot will be open from 11 am to midnight Monday through Saturday and from noon to 10 pm on Sundays. Varricchio said he hopes to open by June. Luna Rossa closed last fall, according to Yelp. GMAP

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Joseph Sitt, one of city’s biggest landlords and prominent developers, will share his experiences plus inside tips for succeeding in the business. He’ll also be fielding questions from the audience in the “Landlords Schooling Landlords” panel, along with other veteran building owners.

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Fridays at 11, Brownstoner Upstate brings you a selection of properties within three hours north, and a little east or west, of New York City.

373 chestnut hill rd woodstock ny

373 Chestnut Hill Road, Woodstock: $2,000/mo.

Perhaps we’ve been looking at the Worst Room a little too much recently, but the rental market in the Hudson Valley and Catskills is starting to look more appealing than ever. For only a bit more than this stunning rental on the Lower East Side, you can enjoy a slightly higher level of comfort in an entire house just an hour or two north of the city. Feast your eyes on these new rental beauties listed within the past week on the Brownstoner Upstate real estate listings.


344 Atlantic Avenue, Chas Strohm, Composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Atlantic Avenue used to be Atlantic Street. Between the river and Flatbush Avenue, the avenue is a busy, bustling thoroughfare with snarled traffic, honking horns, and double parked vehicles that make it difficult to get around. Much of it is lined with mid to late 19th century storefront tenements, mingled with a combination of modern apartment buildings, civic buildings, former hotels and factories. When I think of the old Atlantic Street, I picture buildings like the ones in this 1922 photograph, a mixture of the old wood framed storefronts that have long lined the street, and the more modern four story storefront tenements.

This two story rambling wood framed storefront building stood on the south side of the street, between Hoyt and Smith streets. The building on the right of it still stands, which helped correctly place it in today’s world. A map of Brooklyn from 1869 is the earliest map I have access to that shows buildings on the streets, and in that map, most of Atlantic is quite built up by that point, and this building, as well as other wide storefront buildings like it, stretch along its length. I would imagine this building dates from the early 1850s, at least.

The first floor, at least when the photo was taken, is broken up into four storefronts. The upstairs apartments appear to have two entrances, one between the two storefronts on the left, and the other at the far right of the building. There were probably three or four apartments above, if it was a typical tenement. The shuttered windows are a nice touch, but the ceilings certainly look quite low up there. (more…)


After decades of a drought of decent hotels in Brooklyn, a well-documented boom is under way. The New York Observer counts 22 in the pipeline as of January.

The 22 projects represent 2,208 rooms, according to data from hotel industry benchmarking service firm STR. As of January 2012, there were 14 hotels and 1,370 hotel rooms in the borough. As for the current projects, four are in the planning stages, six “are in the final planning stages,” and 12 are under construction, according to the story.

Not all the addresses were named, but those listed included two from the InterContinental Hotels Group hotels downtown, two in Williamsburg, the Holiday Inn at 300 Schermerhorn Street and, of course, the Toll Brothers/Starwood Pierhouse hotel and condos at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Demo on the warehouse at 55 Wythe Avenue, pictured above, will start early next month and the retail portion of the 182-room hotel going up there will be finished by the end of the year, according to the story. The site is across the street from the Wythe Hotel.

Hotel occupancy fell 10.6 percent in January compared to the year before, to 66.3 percent, but an analyst said not to take the dip too seriously. Occupancy was up the year before because of Hurricane Sandy, and recent cold weather has disrupted travel plans. 

Brooklyn Hotel Pipeline Expands [NY Observer]