05/22/15 4:44pm


Community That Lost Hospital Pushes Back Against Proposed Towers [DNA]
Ocean Avenue Footbridge Now Open! [Sheepshead Bites]
(Yet Another) Hotel Plans to Come to East Williamsburg [Bushwick Daily]
DoBro’s Schermerhorn Street May Get Even More New Apartments [Curbed]
Williamsburg Warehouse 184 Kent’s Condos Will Start at $800K [Curbed]
Peek Inside Bed Stuy’s New 4,000-Square-Foot Performance Arts Studio [DNA]
Bushwick’s Farm-in-the-Sky Gets Uprooted by Its Landlord [B+B]

Photo by Atomische * Tom Giebel

05/21/15 4:36pm


Holes in the Ground in Crown Heights [BK Fullest]
This Monday, Please Come to the Memorial Day Ceremony in Carroll Park [PMFA]
A Neighborhood Treasure: Stepping Inside St. Agnes Church on Sackett Street [PMFA]
New Lots Library Among Winners of NYC Neighborhood Library Awards [Eagle]
Enjoy a Free Outdoors Concert at P.S. 217 Thursday Night [DPC]
Liquor or Not, Here Comes Barge Bar [BK Paper]

Photo by Joel Zimmer

05/21/15 4:00pm

Green wood memorial day

Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a history-filled Memorial Day celebration this year. Musicians and reenactors will march in a parade through Green-Wood Cemetery to its Civil War Soldier’s Lot for a ceremony that will include an artillery salute and names read by descendents of Civil War veterans.

Then the ISO Symphonic Band will play. The band was founded in 1995 to sponsor talented New York City students. Local food and drink vendors will be on site all day. (more…)

05/21/15 12:27pm

loft-like one-bedroom in Crown Heights

This one-bedroom at 542 St. Marks Avenue near Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights is a sleek, spare and modern alternative to the surrounding neighborhood’s historic homes.

The living room has a double-height ceiling with a big wall of windows. The floors are made of polished concrete, and the kitchen cabinets are clad in bamboo.

This duplex unit has its own private roof terrace. The building has a fitness center and a courtyard that is designed as a “modern spin on a Zen garden.”

Pets are allowed. What do you think of it for $2,380 per month?

542 St. Marks Avenue, #703 [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Interior photos via aptsandlofts.com, exterior photo by Mike Hernandez for PropertyShark


05/21/15 10:56am

233 34th street1

Over the weekend six listings went up for the condo building at 233 34th Street in Greenwood Heights called 233 Greenwood. The units range from studios to two-bedroom apartments priced from $500,000 to $868,000.

The units have floor to ceiling windows, wood floors and an attractively spare design. A ground floor duplex, Unit 1D, is quite large at 1,688 square feet but the lower portion of that duplex is below grade. The two-bedroom units are between 815 and 905 square feet. (more…)

05/20/15 4:30pm

Botanic Garden

Saks Making Foray Into Outer Boroughs With Off 5th Outlet Store in Sunset Park [CO]
NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Will Again Benefit Brooklyn [Curbed]
Remembering Greenpoint’s Maspeth Holders, Demolished in 2001 [Curbed]
Block Party This Saturday! Save Bushwick Inlet Park Before CitiStorage Is Sold [Greenpointers]
A Progress Report on the Historic Commercial Building at 405 Gates Avenue [Bed Stuy Blog]
Committee Nearly Unanimous in Wanting Planning Study [Q Parkside]
C’mon Everybody, New Bar and Venue in Bed Stuy, Is a “Call to Action” [B+B]

Photo by Eric Konon

05/20/15 12:53pm

225 Eastern Parkway1

This three-bedroom condo at the Traymore at 225 Eastern Parkway, a Crown Heights prewar condo building, is immense. At 2,043 square feet, it has two bathrooms, three bedrooms, an office and large living/dining room.

Many of the rooms feature custom woodwork, including built ins and wainscotting. We are really liking the use of rich, dark colors, especially in a space with so many windows and so much natural light. The building is right across the street from Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum and the Botanic Garden.

The unit was a Condo of the Day back in 2013 when it was asking $1,750,000. Two years later, the ask is $2,195,000 and maintenance is $1,134. Real estate tax is an additional $373 a month. What do you think?

225 Eastern Parkway, #5A [Stribling] GMAP
Condo of the Day: 225 Eastern Parkway [Brownstoner]
Interior photos by Stribling, exterior photos by Mike Hernandez for PropertyShark


05/19/15 4:37pm


Neighbors Launch Petition Calling for Environmental Study of 72 Caton Place [KensingtonBK]
Anti-Gentrification Ghosts Haunt Luxury Flatbush Development [Gothamist]
Photos, Videos: Will You “Please Touch the Art” in Brooklyn Bridge Park? [Gothamist]
26 New Citi Bike Stations Set to Roll Out in Bed Stuy by End of 2015 [DNA]
Modern Seven-Story Rental Building to Rise on Flushing Avenue [DNA]
Test Pilings at 30-Story Voorhies Tower, Work Expected Within Two Months [Sheepshead Bites]

Photo by Michael Tapp

05/19/15 1:48pm

201 Hancock Street1

This large and beautiful whole-brownstone rental has original details for days, not to mention a top-of-the-line parlor-floor kitchen and luxurious en suite baths. Original details include plaster ceiling medallions, several fireplaces, original wood work, wood paneling, moldings, doors and parquet floors with intricate details.

The four-story brownstone is large, with five bedrooms and and 4.5 baths. And, according to the listing, it is over 4,000 square feet.

It’s set up as a one-family, although the garden floor has a kitchenette, according to the listing. The house is near the corner of Nostrand, so it’s close to the A/C train and plenty of new restaurants and other businesses in the area.

Australia-based real estate investment firm Dixon owns and renovated the property.

The price is $13,995 a month. Do you think it will fly?

201 Hancock Street [Dixon Leasing] GMAP


05/18/15 11:00am

Editor’s note: Brownstoner plans to run more features on topics we have always covered, including restaurants, retail, and renovation, and maybe on some new subjects as well. We hope you enjoy this look at one of Brooklyn’s specialties, the pastrami sandwich.

When it comes to pastrami, that old world meat that is a staple of Jewish deli food and a hallmark of New York City’s culinary tradition, Brooklyn has an embarrassment of riches spread throughout the borough. Sure, Katz’s on the Lower East side gets all the attention — and don’t get us wrong, despite the tourists and the crowds they make a darn good sandwich — but for a tender, salty, juicy, stacked-high pastrami sandwich, you’re better off staying in Brooklyn. Here are a few of our favorites, including a few nontraditional takes on this most traditional of deli foods.

David's Brisket House2Photo by Lex X. via Yelp

David’s Brisket House and Deli (Bed Stuy and Bay Ridge)
Halal pastrami may not be typical but at David’s Brisket House, it’s the key ingredient in one of the best sandwiches in the borough. The deli is over 50 years old and the store as well as the recipes have been passed down from one owner to the next over the years. According to a detailed story in Grub Street, “the original Dave was a Russian Jew who sold the deli to a Romanian Jew, who inherited the name.” He ran off with a Columbian woman, leaving two new partners to take over the operation — they were from Yemen, one Jewish and one Muslim. The Jewish partner died of a heart attack, leaving his Muslim partner with the deli. The pastrami, pictured above, is as good as you’ll find anywhere in Brooklyn. (more…)

05/15/15 12:47pm

All four of these Open House Picks sold, and they all sold under the asking price — unusual in this frenetic market. The biggest discount went to 171 Gates Avenue, a three-story, two-family house with lots of details in need of a renovation.

It went for $150,000 under the asking price. Still, in the grand scheme of things, the final sale prices weren’t anything to sneeze at — especially in Bushwick and South Slope, where both homes went for considerably more than a million.


Open House Picks 11/07/14 [Brownstoner]