04/01/14 12:57pm

This 10th-floor one-bedroom is probably the slickest looking pad we’ve seen at Downtown Brooklyn’s Oro. The 1,176-square-foot apartment was “custom designed” by an architect, according to the listing, and it shows. In addition to the custom floors and built-ins, there’s a wall of windows and an eating nook too. Asking price is $1,150,000.

306 Gold Street, #10G [Corcoran] GMAP

03/31/14 12:56pm

This newly listed one-bedroom at 359 16th Street in the South Slope made its debut at an open house Sunday. Other than the modest balcony, the condo has a very basic but sensible layout, though we suspect the artful photographs make it look bigger than it actually is.

The asking price is $545,000. Did anyone see it yesterday?

359 16th Street, #2B [Keller Williams] GMAP

03/27/14 12:15pm

This two-bedroom co-op at 2 Grace Court in Brooklyn Heights looks cheery and well laid-out. The sixth-floor apartment has prewar details and a renovated kitchen along with nice light and views.

There’s only one bathroom, but it’s sensibly located. The asking price is $885,000, and there’s an open house on Saturday at 2 and Sunday at noon.

2 Grace Court, #6E [Halstead] GMAP

03/26/14 12:58pm

Want to know how fast and far the Williamsburg condo market has moved in the past couple of years? Take a look at the price history on this top-floor unit at 55 Berry Street. After selling for $1,100,000 in 2012, the 1,245-square-foot pad was put on the market for $1,750,000 in May of 2013. After a couple months, the listing was pulled and just re-emerged again last week with a price tag of $1,695,000. It’s a nice place, to be sure, with high ceilings, modern kitchen and a private 1,000-square-foot roof deck. Can’t wait to see what it goes for.

55 Berry Street, #6G [Stribling] GMAP

03/25/14 1:00pm

This third-floor condo at 104 Saint Marks Place in Park Slope just hit the market last week with an asking price of $899,000. We love the look of the building from the outside and the living room has three exposures and hence nice light and air; there’s a cool wall of windows in the strangely proportioned master bedroom too.

The apartment layout is suboptimal, though, with the single bathroom nowhere near either of the bedrooms. We can also spot some Home Depot doors on the closets, always a turn-off but easily remedied.

104 Saint Marks Place, #3W [Corcoran] GMAP

03/24/14 1:01pm

This parlor-floor apartment at 8 Sidney Place in Brooklyn Heights is bigger than most, which allows for a decent-sized, walk-through kitchen in the middle of the apartment rather than one in a small alcove. There’s also a small second bedroom in an addition where it doesn’t eat up valuable living room real estate. However, access is through the master bedroom. The asking price for the 1,100-square-foot co-op is $1,100,000, which doesn’t seem out of line with market rates in this blue chip ‘hood.

8 Sidney Place, #Parlor [Corcoran] GMAP

03/19/14 12:54pm

This lovely listing at 125 Prospect Park West just hit the market with an asking price of $1,050,000. It’s currently configured as a two-bedroom with separate formal living and dining rooms so it could be a three-bedroom if so desired. The only drawback is that there’s only one bathroom. The prewar pad has lots of original details and appears to be in great shape.

125 Prospect Park West, #2B [Corcoran] GMAP

03/17/14 12:58pm

This three-bedroom floor-through apartment at 369 6th Avenue in Park Slope just hit the market with an asking price of $1,200,000. It’s got some nice historic details including moldings and a bay window in the living room, and the kitchen and bathroom have been recently renovated.

A big drawback is that two of the bedrooms are quite small — in fact, the apartment would be much sweeter if the front bedroom were combined with the living room to create one big common space.

369 6th Avenue, #2 [Elliman] GMAP

03/15/14 1:25pm


It’s with a heavy heart that we report the news that Gilbert Kelly, or just Kelly as most of us on the block between Gates and Putnam knew him, died from a gunshot to the chest last night shortly after 4 a.m.; he was killed on one of the mid-block stoops where he spent most nights for the past three decades. Kelly, who was profiled in this 2011 New York Times piece, was the self-appointed steward of the block. A 65-year-old homeless man who had struggled with drugs and had some brushes with the law, Kelly nonetheless had the implicit trust of everyone on the block. Many of us paid him a small monthly stipend to keep our stoops clean, make sure our recycling was sorted correctly and let us know if any suspicious characters had been lurking around our homes. Countless nights his crooning of Motown classics while he cleaned up the block was the last thing many of us heard before falling asleep. The block is on lock-down now and crawling with cops, but we haven’t heard any details. Was it one of the drug dealers from the corner or a tiff over something stupid that escalated out of control? Hopefully the police will figure it out. If you know anything, please give the 88th Precinct a call. RIP.

03/13/14 12:56pm

This one-bedroom at the original Oro in Downtown Brooklyn (a sister building is nearing completion next door) just hit the market with an asking price of $645,000. The 16th-floor pad has great light and views and appears to be sensibly laid out (though we couldn’t find a floor plan).

The common charges are still low at $466 a month. Think it’ll sell quickly?

306 Gold Street, #16B [Elliman] GMAP