10/22/14 12:55pm

39 Plaza Street West combo

This new listing at 39 Plaza Street West in Park Slope has a lot going for it. Three exposures with crazy views towards Manhattan, lotsa prewar cred (Candela!) and a head-to-toe renovation. The new kitchen is very nicely done, though the fixtures in the bathroom are trying a little too hard to be modern. The two-bedroom pad has a monthly maintenance of $1,712 and is asking $1,350,000. You like?

39 Plaza Street West, #10C [Corcoran] GMAP

10/21/14 12:58pm

96 SchermerhornCombo

This new one-bedroom listing at 96 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn is looking good. The prewar bones — lots of windows, 12-foot ceilings and generously proportioned rooms — got a very handsome updating recently, including a new kitchen, bathroom and ceiling. Really gorgeous. Asking price is $750,000 and the monthly maintenance is $1,156.

96 Schermerhorn Street, #8F [Corcoran] GMAP

10/20/14 12:58pm

119 Pacific Street Combo

This floor-through apartment at 119 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill slips in under the million-dollar mark with an asking price of $995,000. The layout is exactly what you’d expect from a townhouse apartment: living room in front, kitchen and bathroom in the middle and two bedrooms (one big, one small) in the back.

This one’s in nice shape with original details and a nicely modern kitchen. Monthly maintenance is $795.

119 Pacific Street, #3 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

10/16/14 12:58pm

61 Pierrepont combo

A large prewar apartment in Brooklyn Heights for not much more than $1,000 a square foot is worth a close look. This 2,840-square-foot five-bedroom pad, a result of combining two adjacent apartments, at 61 Pierrepont Street has lots of prewar charm and appears to be in good shape too.

And as a bonus, there’s a private parking spot that comes with the apartment and is included in the maintenance. The ask is $2,950,000 and the monthly maintenance is $3,536. Think this will go fast?

61 Pierrepont Street, #51/52 [Corcoran] GMAP

10/15/14 12:55pm

60 Broadway Combo

This duplex at 60 Broadway (aka the Gretsch) is looking pretty good to us. The living area has 26-foot-high ceilings and the views, even from the fifth floor, are excellent. And you know what? $2,850,000 doesn’t actually sound like that much for a top-notch, 2,445-square-foot condo in Williamsburg these days. The maintenance is just $1,617, but that’ll increase in 2020 when the tax abatement runs out.

60 Broadway, #5AB [Corcoran] GMAP

10/14/14 12:56pm

195 PPW

The floor plan is a little funky and there’s only one bathroom, but it’s hard to find a two-bedroom overlooking Prospect Park for $729,000 these days, especially one in move-in condition. The prewar building at 195 Prospect Park West is on the traffic circle at 15th Street — and has the curved facade to prove it. Seems like a decent deal to us, especially with a monthly maintenance of just $907.

195 Prospect Park West, #3A [Corcoran] GMAP

10/14/14 10:00am


It’s hard for us to believe, but Brownstoner is 10 years old this month. As best we can figure it, the first Brownstoner post went up just around now in mid-October, 2004. Unfortunately, the first three months of posts, at the now-defunct brownstoner.blogspot.com, have been lost. (No they haven’t!)

We had closed on our Clinton Hill brownstone one month earlier, and were in the process of finalizing our bare-bones renovation. We wrote our first posts furtively, from the desk at the company where we were working at the time.

To our great surprise, in the first couple of days, both Curbed and Apartment Therapy served up links, and readers began to find us. Soon we became a place where people could gather and anonymously discuss the rapidly changing brownstone belt and trade tips on renovation. This community would become the lifeblood of the site.

For us, it was a pretty magical time of discovery and creativity. After many years of working for other people doing things that actually felt like work, it was exhilarating to finally have a calling, something we wanted be doing virtually every waking moment.

The first real inkling that Brownstoner might be sustainable was when we wrote a discussion post before taking a week off between Christmas and New Year’s. The topic was which neighborhoods would do the best and worst in the upcoming year. We came back to a hundred or so comments. It turned out to be the first of many triple-digit-comment threads, especially in those first couple of years, when passions ran high and real estate prices were running even higher.

In 2007, we hired our first writer. Not long after, Montrose Morris began chipping in with her expert and much-loved columns on the architecture and history of Brooklyn (a role that expanded greatly over the years). In 2010, fresh out of journalism undergrad, Emily joined the team (later taking the helm at Brownstoner Queens). In 2012, a longtime commenter named Cate responded to our announcement that we were looking for a new managing editor, bringing a true passion for the subject and a firsthand understanding of the site’s readers to the table. The current lineup was rounded out last year when Rebecca, also fresh from J-school, joined up to cover Brooklyn.

Like they say, you never forget your first love. So thanks to everyone — writers and readers, critics and fans — who’s been a part of making Brownstoner a unique community both on and offline for the past 10 years. We feel very lucky to have been a part of it and look forward to many more.

To celebrate, we’ll be running some old favorites over the next few days along with some special anniversary posts. There will also be some kind of shindig in a few months.

10/09/14 12:58pm

1 northside piers williamsburg 102014

The views from this new listing on the 18th floor at 1 Northside Piers in Williamsburg are pretty darn impressive. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad also sports a private balcony in addition to all the “luxury” finishes you’d expect. The price of $1,495,000 actually seems perfectly reasonable for a 1,064-square-foot apartment in this location with this view (and by reasonable we mean relative to the current market).

1 Northside Piers, #18J [Corcoran] GMAP

29 tiffany place columbia street waterfront 102014

The original details are the main attraction at 29 Tiffany Place in the Columbia Waterfront District. This fifth-floor pad sports beautiful wood columns and ceilings (which are 11 feet high). The kitchen has also been well renovated recently. One drawback of the 862-square-foot unit is the fact that it has only one bathroom. The common charges are fairly low though — and it’s just around the corner from Pok Pok.

29 Tiffany Place, #5I [Halstead] GMAP

10/07/14 12:55pm

143 bergen street boerum hill 102014

It’s painful to shell out a million bucks and only get a single floor of a townhouse, but such is life in several Brooklyn neighborhoods these days. At least in the case of this top-floor place (which is asking $1,025,000) you get a nice-looking product. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad has been very tastefully and thoroughly renovated. Being on the top floor also has its benefits: The skylight really enhances the kitchen and natural light in general seems ample.

143 Bergen Street, #401 [Corcoran] GMAP

10/06/14 12:58pm

580 carroll street park slope 102014

If you’re looking for a building in Park Slope with a strong modern pedigree, the Enrique Norten-designed development at 580 Carroll isn’t a bad place to start. In addition to clean lines and slick finishes, it has a large common yard and this unit comes with a private balcony. One potential drawback depending on your lifestyle: The kitchen is really just a kitchenette set into the wall of the living area. The asking price for the 1,270-square-foot apartment is $1,397,000.

580 Carroll Street, #2C [Elliman] GMAP