11/26/14 12:15pm

1297 st johns place crown heights 112014

This newly renovated four-bedroom apartment in eastern Crown Heights is affordable and perfect for roommates. The kitchen has new stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher, and there are two new bathrooms. The building has a laundry room, and it’s only three blocks from the 3/4/5 at Utica Avenue.

The net effective rent is $2,636, but you’ll actually be writing checks for $2,855 a month. That works out to $713 a bedroom, which is cheap even for Crown Heights.

We don’t get much sense of the layout from the listing, but HPD shows the building is probably rent stabilized. What are your thoughts on the apartment?

1297 St. Johns Place [Aptsandlofts] GMAP

11/26/14 11:30am

531 vanderbilt avenue 1

Brookland Capital’s Clinton Hill condo project has hit the market, and prices are well under a million bucks. The 18-unit building has studios, one- and two-bedrooms priced from $399,000 to $594,000, marketing reps from Aptsandlofts told us.

The building, at 531 Vanderbilt Avenue, is close to Atlantic Avenue, and as Curbed pointed out, the apartments are relatively small, sized from 411 to 564 square feet. Some units will have private terraces or ground-floor outdoor space, and interiors feature herringbone oak floors, granite countertops, radiant heated floors in the bathrooms and deep soaking tubs.

Issac and Stern designed the seven-story project, which broke ground earlier this year. Click through for more photos.

We like the simple cabinetry and the herringbone floors. What do you think of the design, location and pricing?

531 Vanderbilt Avenue Listings [Aptsandlofts] GMAP
Renderings via Aptsandlofts

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11/26/14 10:00am

269 fourth avenue park slope 112014

U.S. Developments Group has just filed a new-building application for a 12-story mixed-use building at 269 4th Avenue, on the site of a former auto repair shop. NY YIMBY first spotted the paperwork, which calls for 26 units and 42,100 square feet of space.

The ground floor will have a 2,600-square-foot day care center and a 760-square-foot eating and drinking establishment, according to the Schedule A. There will also be 12 accessory parking spaces, 16 bike storage spots and a roof deck.

The applicant of record is an engineering firm. Next door at 275 4th Avenue developer Adam America is building an 11-story project on the site of a former McDonald’s.

Permits Filed: 269 4th Avenue in Park Slope [NYY] GMAP
Photo by Google Maps

11/25/14 4:30pm

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Cream Doughnuts Makes Its Debut in Bay Ridge [BK Based]
Windsor Terrace Is One Step Closer to Becoming Park Slope [FIPS]
Amira’s Is Closed “Until Further Notice” [South Slope News]
Tsob-Tsobe! Restaurant Replaces Back to USSR on Coney Island Avenue [Sheepshead Bites]
Q & A with Greenpointer Eric Weiner of the Wild Honey Pie [Greenpointers]
Neighbor: Vacant Building in Brooklyn Heights Is Trespasser Magnet [BK Paper]
Catch a Ride on the Nostalgia Train [Bensonhurst Bean]
Space Robot Company Lands in Brooklyn Navy Yard [DNA]
Christmastown Brings Artist-Created Christmas Village to Bushwick [BK Daily]
Checking in at 626 Flatbush [Q Parkside]

Photo by Juni Safont

11/25/14 12:15pm

455 east 18th street ditmas park 112014

We love these whole houses for rent in Ditmas Park, and this seven-bedroom, 3.5-bath gambrel-roofed shingle has a modern renovation with a few original details. There are parquet floors, pocket doors, leaded glass windows and decorative mantels, according to the listing. The kitchen is newly renovated with stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher, and the finished basement has a half bath and laundry. Asking rent is $5,500 a month, which seems like a pretty good deal for 2,600 square feet of house plus a garage. What do you think of it?

455 East 18th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

11/25/14 10:00am

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Last night, Alloy Development hosted a preview for its multimillion-dollar condos under construction at One John Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park, along the Dumbo waterfront. Although the developer is still driving piles into the mud next to the Manhattan Bridge, there are accepted offers on roughly 40 percent of the condos in the 12-story, 42-unit building, reps told us.

Alloy, which is also designing the project, created a model kitchen and bathroom in its offices at 20 Jay Street in Dumbo. Apartments will range in size from 1,500 to 3,600 square feet and in price from $2,500,000 to $8,000,000. Most of the units are three- and four-bedrooms with three baths, but there are a few two-bedroom, two-bath ones. Sotheby’s has nine listings up.

The demo kitchen featured two islands with Gaggenau appliances, a vented ceiling hood, basaltina countertops, a five-burner gas cooktop, integrated full height cabinetry with pantry and “appliance garage” for concealing toasters and such, and a wine fridge. And we saw a master bath, which was finished with stone mosaic floors, Dornbracht and Fantini fixtures, a glass-walled dual shower, a freestanding soaking tub and double vanity. Click through for more photos.

One John Street [Alloy]
One John Street Listings [Sotheby's]
One John Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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11/25/14 9:00am

781 metropolitan avenue williamsburg rendering

The White Castle in east Williamsburg closed in September, and now we have renderings of the eight-story rental building that will rise in its place at 781 Metropolitan Avenue. New York YIMBY first spotted renderings of the 81-unit development, 20 percent of which will be affordable housing. The building will have 10,000 square feet of retail, a gym, roof deck and bike storage.

Issac and Stern are designing, and Adam America is the developer. The developer paid $6,725,000 for the White Castle in May 2013, which apparently is still standing, abandoned and graffitied, on Metropolitan between Humboldt Street and Graham Avenue, if this Instagram photo from yesterday is any indication. No new building permits have been filed, but a demolition application was filed last month.

Revealed: 781 Metropolitan Avenue, 81 Units Coming to East Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP
White Castle in Williamsburg Has Closed [Brownstoner]

Renderings by Issac and Stern
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11/24/14 4:30pm

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How One Couple Soundproofed Their South Slope Brownstone [BU]
Campaign for Verrazano Bike Path Picks up Speed [BK Paper]
Brooklyn Merchants Kick off Holiday Campaign “Shop Local CB9″ This Weekend [DNA]
Protesters in Crown Heights Say Loophole Allows Unlawful Rent Increases [BK Brief]
T-Shirt-Toting Brooklynite Is NYC’s Top Property Buyer [Bloomberg]
Permits Filed: 406 Prospect Place, Crown Heights [NYY]
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge Stuck in up Position [Sheepshead Bites]
Community Board 11 Addresses Illegal Home Conversions [Bensonhurst Bean]
High Street Station Artifacts, Downtown Brooklyn [Forgotten NY]
Vendôme Macaron Bar Opens Pop-up Shop on Smith Street [PMFA]
5th Avenue’s Associated Market Set to Open in December [South Slope News]
Ideas for the Brooklyn Strand Include a Permanent Home for Smorgasburg [Eagle]

Photo by Eric Konon

 

11/24/14 4:00pm

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Park Slope’s 5th Avenue is hosting a holiday festival this Saturday, complete with a tree lighting, Santa Claus and carolers. The fun begins with a tree lighting at 6:30 pm at the corner of 5th Avenue and 3rd Street (in front of S’Nice). There will be free hot chocolate, marshmallows, cookies, brownies and popcorn during the outdoor festivities, which will last until 9 pm. Puppetry Arts and NY Kids Club will present puppet performances and games, and singer-songwriter Amy Miles and carolers from Opera on Tap will perform. And there will be specials and sales at shops and restaurants all along 5th Avenue in honor of Small Business Saturday.

11/24/14 12:15pm

585 hicks street carroll gardens 112014

Here’s a cozy prewar two-bedroom in Carroll Gardens with a few modern updates. The kitchen was renovated a few years ago, and the owner just installed a new bathroom, although from the glimpse in the listing it looks very small. While the two bedrooms appear to be decently sized, the apartment appears to be a three-room railroad. It’s got windows on three sides, but it’s on Hicks Street overlooking the BQE. Do you think $2,350 a month is a reasonable price?

585 Hicks Street, #3 [Elliman] GMAP

304 north 7th street willliamsburg

Three big developers have snapped up a crumbling Williamsburg factory for $18,300,000, Crain’s reported, paying a near-record price in hopes of building condos on the site. Adam America, Naveh Shuster and Slate Property Group recently bought the large, L-shaped property at 304 North 7th Street. It faces the BQE and has close to 200 feet of frontage on both Meeker Avenue and North 7th Street, for a total of 22,325 square feet.

The final sale price works out to $432 per buildable square foot, for a property that could accommodate up to seven stories and 60,278 square feet of development. The lot last changed hands for $9,450,000 two years ago, meaning that the previous owners flipped it for nearly twice what they paid.

The developers are confident about the condo market, an exec from Slate said. Condos in Williamsburg are relatively scarce, with 256 condos in development versus 3,725 rentals, according to TerraCRG data quoted in Crain’s. TerraCRG brokered the deal.

The development trio is also working on several other projects in Brooklyn, including large developments at 535 4th Avenue, 470 4th Avenue, and 275 4th Avenue, as well as a six-story rental in the Broadway Triangle. And just a block away, Adam America is  building two seven-story buildings housing 169 units at 247 North 7th Street

Williamsburg Warehouse Fetches Near-Record Sum [Crain's]
Adam America Coverage [Brownstoner]

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

11/24/14 9:30am

555 eastern parkway crown heights

A long-vacant prewar apartment building at 555 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights has been renovated and is now leasing apartments starting at $2,500, as Brooklynian was the first to note. Known as “The Francis,” the four-story building has been empty since at least 2010, when Nostrand Park blog asked “Where did all the people go?”

The 10-unit limestone has three listings up so far: two one-bedrooms asking $2,500 and $2,650, and a two-bedroom asking $2,700. The listings don’t have photos, but apartments have Cambria quartz countertops, central A/C, solid oak floors and stainless steel appliances. The rents are pricey for this part of Crown Heights, but we’re sure they’ll rent for close to asking if the renovations are nice.

555 Eastern Parkway Listings [StreetEasy]
Photo by Google Maps