04/01/15 2:00pm


Exposed Beams – Garden Level

Here’s a question for the y’all . . .The garden level of our (two) family brownstone was completely gutted (extremely cheaply) years ago before we bought it. It is essentially just one large open space with the kitchen towards the rear. We hate the ceiling. You can clearly see the outlines of the sheetrock panels and the HUGE can lights continue to depress us. (more…)

04/01/15 1:15pm

435 Clinton Ave-Parlor Den-NYC

Once the home of the owner of Gage & Tollner, this 25-foot-wide wood frame house at 435 Clinton Avenue has a spectacular interior. An Italianate with later 19th century additions as well as recent updates, it has many beautiful old details and graciously proportioned rooms, as well an attractive vintage-style marble bathroom with claw foot tub.

The exterior, however, is clad in Permastone and would benefit from restoration. (Perhaps another Passive House opportunity!?) Another quirk that might put off some buyers is that the boiler, oil tank and hot water heater are located on the garden floor.

It’s set up as a rental over an owner’s triplex. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,775,000?

435 Clinton Avenue [Halstead] GMAP


04/01/15 11:30am


Windows have gone in at a four-story, three-family building at 18 Jefferson Street in Bushwick. When we last passed by in February, workers were finishing up the brown brick facade and the empty window openings were blocked with plywood. (See below for a photo.)

The architect of record is Jinwoo Jang, according the new-building permit.

The new building replaces a three-story house that had been damaged in a fire, according to a demo permit. Next door at 20 Jefferson Street is an empty lot where construction had not yet started.


04/01/15 10:45am


Another apartment building is going up near Saratoga Park in the eastern part of Bed Stuy. This one, at 92 Howard Avenue, is not actually facing the park but is about halfway down the next block. It will have five units, according to the new-building permit, and a modern look with balconies.

The rendering shows a mix of red and gray brick, the latter on what is presumably the rear elevation. Other materials are unspecified but might be metal and gray stucco.

A look through the construction fence revealed side walls and one floor have gone up so far. The lot is 25 feet wide and 100 feet deep. It last changed hands in 2014 for $455,000. 

A cute but altered brick building that was probably originally a stable was recently demolished here. Click through for more photos. GMAP


04/01/15 9:00am


The Henry Apartments, a huge affordable and supportive housing complex in Ocean Hill, has officially kicked off construction at 1696-1712 Broadway. City officials and pols such as Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna and local City Council Member Darlene Mealy were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place Friday, March 20, a spokesperson for the project let us know. (Check out the press release and photos here.)

Workers have been putting up a construction fence around the very large site for several weeks, and when we peeked through yesterday we could see the ground had been cleared and a hole had appeared close to the corner of Broadway and Rockaway. The site runs along Broadway between Rockaway and Decatur. Years ago there were apartments and stores here, but the property has been an empty lot for decades. (more…)

04/01/15 8:30am


At Roberta’s, Pizza and a Broken Partnership [NY Times]
After Levin’s Daring Rescue of Abused Cat in Brooklyn, Praise and Outrage [Eagle]
Bill Would Fund City Planner to Help Each Community Board [GothamGazette]
Revealed: Greenpoint Landing Towers at 37 and 41 Blue Slip [NYY]
Revealed: 800 Union Street, Park Slope Garage to Condo Conversion [NYY]
Largo Investments Buys Small Warehouse Near Williamsburg Waterfront for $10.5 Million [TRD]
10 Boxes of Pot Hidden in Peanut Butter Sent to Crown Heights Grocery [DNA]
DOE Cuts 25 Kindergarten Seats at Brooklyn Heights School [DNA]
New Owners Cut Pay for Union Workers at Mitchell Lama Building in Bed Stuy [DNA]
Crown Heights Independent Music Extravaganza Takes Place in a Former Car Repair Shop [DNA]

An Art Nouveau canopy on Jefferson Street in Bushwick.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

03/31/15 2:00pm


Bar Bolinas, the bar and restaurant that has replaced Maggie Brown, opened at 455 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill Thursday, workers told us when we stopped by yesterday. As befits an eatery named after the Northern California coastal hippie town, the menu is heavy on unusual vegetable combos and seafood.

There is a green chili and coconut soup and an appetizer that combines watermelon radish with cabbage and asparagus. There is also a cheeseburger and a flap steak for red meat fans.

Anyone checked it out yet? 

Maggie Brown Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

03/31/15 1:30pm

513 4th street 1

This notable Romansque Revival beauty has a broker and has come down in price since it was listed for sale by owner in September. The anchor end house in a row designed by architect/builders Allan Brothers in 1892, the exterior is particularly striking, with its unusual turret bay with polygonal roof and finial, Mediterranean tile roofing, balcony and elaborate carved details.

It was a Building of the Day in 2010. Inside there are all sorts of original details as well as a renovated kitchen, baths and ipe wood deck. It’s configured as a triplex over a garden-floor rental.

It was previously asking $4,650,000. Now the new ask is $3,995,000. What do you think of it?

513 4th Street [Brooklyn Heights Real Estate] GMAP


03/31/15 11:30am


Friday’s story about the Passive House remake for the quaint (and landmarked) wood frame house in Clinton Hill, followed by the Times story on Passive Houses in Brooklyn over the weekend, got us wondering if Passive House construction is more attainable than we had previously thought. We’re curious: Could a new buyer of a Brooklyn town house who is planning a typical $300,000 renovation anyway include Passive House on the to-do list?

The Times story didn’t give many details about cost. (more…)

420 albee square downtown brooklyn

The tall tower JEMB Realty is developing at 420 Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn will be a mere 35 stories instead of 65, according to the latest permit filings, first spied by New York YIMBY. Meanwhile, we see the developer just closed on an adjacent site with a historically significant building on it and is planning a demolition.

An old three-story 19th century wood frame building at 233 Duffield Street is one of three historic stops on the Underground Railroad on the block the Landmarks Preservation Commission tried to save from demolition back in 2007, as we reported at the time. (more…)


The bank headed for the corner of Marcy and Fulton in Bed Stuy will be TD Bank, a rendering on the construction fence shows. When we passed by 957 Marcy Avenue Friday, demo of the old Burger King was fairly far along. Click through for lots of photos.

As we’ve said before, we think a taller mixed-use building would be a more efficient use of space here — and it would fit in better with the area — than the standard one-story building surrounded by a parking lot shown on the rendering. But the plan is to replace like with like, so it is not to be.

As for the bank, there are also Chase and Citibank branches nearby. Do you think TD Bank — and the parking — will be a useful addition?

Burger King at Marcy and Fulton Has Closed, Demo and Bank Planned [Brownstoner] GMAP


03/31/15 8:30am


BP Adams Looking for “10,000 Concerned Brooklynites” [Eagle]
Pregnant Cat With Bullet Wound Rescued by Brave Williamsburg Councilman [Gothamist]
Morgan Freeman Flees “Hipster Brooklyn” in New Movie [Gothamist]
Younger Star Sutton Foster Says Brooklyn’s Where the Cool Kids Hang [Gothamist]
Design Vidal’s Peter Hassler Breathes New Life Into an Historic Bed Stuy Brownstone [6sqft]
Change of Windows for Townhouses Coming to 105-127 King Street, in Red Hook [NYY]
“Safety Chic” Trunk Show in Fort Greene Features Funky Bike Helmets and Reflective Fashion [DNA]
De Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan Comes Under Fire at Hearing [DNA]

A wood frame Italianate at 18 Harman Street in Bushwick.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran