11/21/14 2:11pm

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We happened to snap a few photos of Starbucks’ second Williamsburg store, which opened at 154 North 7th Street earlier this month. Unlike the first one, which opened in east Williamsburg on the other side of the BQE, this location is right in the heart of North Williamsburg, just a few doors down from the corner of Bedford and North 7th, the Bedford L train stop and Dunkin’ Donuts.

When we stopped by at 9:30 am on Thursday last week, it didn’t seem super busy. This is the location that has applied for a liquor license, which the community board voted not to support. The interior features artwork from locals, according to DNAinfo. Click through to see. GMAP (more…)

11/21/14 1:00pm

763 carroll street park slopePark Slope
763 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $4,249,000
Sunday 2:30 – 4:00
GMAP

97 north 7th street williamsburg 112014Williamsburg
97 North 7th Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,250,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30
GMAP

445 carroll street gowanus 112014Gowanus
445 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,995,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30
GMAP

232 greene avenue clinton hill 112014Clinton Hill
232 Greene Avenue
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,795,000
Sunday 1:30 – 2:30
GMAP

11/21/14 10:00am

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The New York City Council Wednesday released a report proposing three new types of zoning that could dramatically affect jobs, real estate values and the use of neighborhoods in Brooklyn, particularly in Williamsburg, Bushwick, Gowanus and Sunset Park.

The three proposed new zoning types are:

*Industrial Employment Districts  – A rewriting of the rules to close loopholes that have been driving out manufacturers in protected industrial zones.

*Creative Economy Districts — A new combination of industrial and commercial office space. Mini storage, nightclubs and warehousing of empty property would not be allowed.

*Real Mixed Use Districts — Commercial and “compatible” industrial spaces would be required alongside residential, rather than merely allowed, so that more-lucrative residential development does not displace the other uses.

Above, the Pfizer complex at 630 Flushing in Bed Stuy has been proposed as a protected industrial site and is currently being redeveloped as office and manufacturing space for “creative economy” businesses.

Potentially, the new zoning could dramatically change such areas as the protected industrial zone around the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, where hotels and nightclubs have been driving out manufacturers, and the Bushwick loft area, because it would allow residential development to take off while preserving manufacturing jobs and commercial space at the same time. It could also affect the character of development on Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a hot-button issue in the neighborhood.

We think this is one of the best proposals we have heard in years, with the potential to benefit many now-competing groups and protect many desirable aspects of Brooklyn that are in danger of being lost to purely residential development. What do you think of it?

Engines of Opportunity [City Council]

11/21/14 9:00am

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High-rise apartment buildings with affordable housing, more parks, more schools, protected artists’ spaces, a special “super manufacturing zone” to protect factories — these are all part of a plan to redevelop Gowanus that Council Member Brad Lander will unveil Monday, according to a story in DNAinfo. “The Bridging Gowanus plan lays out a broad set of goals including flood-fighting infrastructure upgrades, affordable housing and a rezoning that would bolster manufacturing and allow new residential development, including high-rises in some places, for the first time since 1961,” the story said.

The vision, which Lander plans to present to the de Blasio administration, came out of a series of public meetings Lander convened over the last year called Bridging Gowanus. Most area residents support tall buildings from eight to 18 stories if other criteria are met, according to Lander. (more…)

11/21/14 8:30am

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Franny’s Spinoff Marco’s in Prospect Heights Is Closing
[NY Times]
A Brooklyn Apartment? Make It Postwar [NY Times]
Brooklyn Borough President Boycotts Verrazano’s 50th Anniversary [NY Post]
Wave of A and C Subway Tunnel Closures Slated for 2015 [NY Post]
Park Slope Car Wash Closed as Workers, Owner Battle [NY Daily News]
By the Sea: Bonus Brighton Beach Photos [Eagle]
A Few New Renderings for Meeker Flea Market Rental Listings [Curbed]
Q & A With Tim Thomas of the Q at Parkside [Bklynr]
Permits Filed: 806 St. John’s Place in Crown Heights [NYY]
Welcome to Cooklyn, a Brooklyn-Powered Restaurant in Prospect Heights [Gothamist]
Brooklyn Housing Commanding Hefty Prices [CNBC]

11/20/14 1:30pm

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The original details are a little too rococo for our tastes, and we don’t think the lovely and somewhat Japanese feeling kitchen works in this context, but we’re sure someone will go for this grand Italianate in move-in condition.

The 22-foot-wide house is set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden rental. It was gut renovated in 2009, according to the listing, and has all new mechanicals, a finished basement, original wide plank floors, radiant heat in the bathrooms, and zoned central air. Most unusually, it has an elevator.

It was a House of the Day in 2008 and sold for $2,400,000. Now the ask is $4,650,000. Do you think they will get it?

162 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP

11/20/14 11:23am

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A press release from JMH Development and Madison Estates just landed in our in-box, and it says architect Morris Adjmi will design a “luxury boutique condominium development” at 70 Henry Street, the former home of Brooklyn Heights Cinema. As you may recall, Adjmi also designed the Townhouses of Cobble Hill. We expect he’ll come up with something Landmarks will like in this spot.

“This project will work to both enhance the dynamic neighborhood with unique architecture, while filling the historic district’s inherent demand for new construction,” said a JMH Development exec in the release.

Brooklyn Heights Cinema Coverage [Brownstoner]

11/20/14 10:00am

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A gas station at 1508 Bushwick Avenue, shuttered and in foreclosure, is for sale. Auctions for the property were scheduled three times in 2012 but there is no record of a sale since 2007, when it traded for $1,250,000.

It sits on a major thoroughfare with heavy traffic, catty corner to the Bushwick Aberdeen L stop. On the empty lot across the street, Scarano Architects is designing a storage facility.

Metro Industrial Realty Inc. is repping the site, according to a sign on the property, but we couldn’t find a listing or price online.

The lot is 10,000 square feet with only that much buildable square feet. It is classified as a toxic site, according to PropertyShark. Zoning is C8-1 (auto-related commercial and industrial), and housing is not permitted.

11/20/14 9:00am

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Manhattan investment firm Sugar Hill Capital agreed to buy 1 Prospect Park West, the assisted living facility in Park Slope, for $76,000,000 in January and is now suing the owner for not forcing out elderly tenants fast enough, according to The Brooklyn Paper.

The senior home is embroiled in lawsuits related to the closure and prior lawsuits alleging poor treatment and operating without a license. The owner bought the property, which sits in a prime spot in Park Slope overlooking Prospect Park, for $40,000,000 in 2006.

An attorney for the wrongful death suit concerning Slave Theater owner Judge John Phillips accused the owner of trying to keep Sugar Hill’s $7,000,000 deposit and sell to someone else. Most recently the assisted living facility has been accused of violating a court order to provide services to remaining residents.

Prospect Park Residence Selling for $76 Million [BK Paper]
1 Prospect Park West Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

11/20/14 8:30am

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Flatbush Fire Kills One and Injures Over a Dozen [NY Times]
Play Dates at the Beer Garden Spread Beyond Brooklyn [NY Times]
Prospect Park Rakes in $2.4 Million in Revenue Running Ice Skating Rink [NY Daily News]
Southeast Brooklyn Residents Support Waterfront Projects [BK Daily]
At 95, the Repurposed Brooklyn Army Terminal Still Impresses [Curbed]
Ho Ho No: SantaCon Is Not Coming to Bushwick [Gothamist]
Gowanus to Lightstone: You Can’t Give Us Enough Sympathy [PMFA]
Sold out: Boaz Gilad’s Copper House in Clinton Hill [Buzz]
Market Reports Proliferate, But How Reliable Are Their Numbers? [TRD]
Permits Filed: 868 Lorimer Avenue, on McCarren Park in Greenpoint [NYY]
Forest City Re Stalled B2 Tower: “An Easy Fix” [AYR]
Nostrand Avenue Construction in Bed Stuy to Finish Next Spring, City Says [DNA]

11/19/14 1:30pm

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This landmarked house at 210 St. James Place in Clinton Hill is one of the nicest and best preserved we have seen in a while. The wood work and mantels are really over the top, and look to be in top-notch condition. Architect Benjamin Wright designed it in the Romanesque Revival style for Charles Pratt’s Morris Building Company in 1890 and it belonged to Pratt Institute, according to the designation report.

Although technically a two-family according to PropertyShark, it’s set up as a one-family in the original configuration. Considering it’s narrow at 16.83 feet and has a center hall stair, we think this is the best use of the property.

It looks like just about every original detail is present, but the kitchen and baths could probably use updating (or restoration). There is a butler’s pantry, a second staircase leading to it, and the original passthrough with the marble sinks between the bedrooms. There are also eight working fireplaces with original mantels and gas light fixtures that look as if they could plausibly be original to the house.

The original bathroom in the extension on the third floor could be restored with a claw foot tub — as opposed to just the shower it has now — and plumbing from the passthroughs could easily be extended to turn the storage room in the center of the top floor into a second full bathroom. (There is also a shower in a pantry on the first floor, as well as a toilet off the mudroom.) You can check out a photo of the bathroom on BK to the Fullest, which wrote about the house before it was listed. The roof, hot water heater and heating system (forced air, gas) are new, according to the post.

An open house is set for Sunday from 2 to 3:30 pm. Considering the abundance of details but also that it may need some work (about $200,000, we’d estimate), what do you think of the ask of $2,600,000?

210 St. James Place [MNS] GMAP