10/20/14 4:00pm

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Forest City Enterprises is selling its 55 percent majority stake in Barclays Center, according to Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal. Possible candidates include Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who already owns 45 percent of the arena, or the new owners of the Islanders. No price has been named, but investment banking sources quoted by SBJ speculated $750,000,000 would be the top valuation, based on an estimated $30,000,000 in annual cash flow.

Atlantic Yards Report called the sale “curious,” considering the center cost more than $845,000,000 to build, according to various estimates. What do you make of it?

Barclays Center for Sale [SBJ]
Breaking: Ratner’s Selling Share of Barclays Center (at a Loss?) [AYR]

10/20/14 1:30pm

102 Gates Ave combo

The parlor and entry of this renovated Clinton Hill townhouse look amazing, as does the bathroom. We love the tile floor, green claw foot tub, sink, lighting — everything, really. The backyard has also been beautifully and creatively landscaped.

We featured 102 Gates Avenue as a House of the Day when it was for sale pre-renovation in 2013 (and attracted 350 people to the open house) and wrote about it again as it was under construction. It was also an Open House Pick last week.

We really wish there were more than two interior shots on the listing. Has anyone see it in person? Is the rest of the renovation as good as the rooms pictured?

The property last sold to developer Austen Colgate LLC for $1,555,000 in 2013 (it was unrenovated). Now the ask is $3,350,000.

102 Gates Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
House of the Day: 102 Gates Avenue [Brownstoner]
Clinton Hill Estate Sale With Packed Open House Restored [Brownstoner]

10/20/14 12:05pm

Before taking off for Christmas in 2004, we asked readers which neighborhoods they thought would appreciate the most and the least in 2005. To our surprise and delight, there were more than 100 comments waiting for us when we returned (some of them appear to have been lost).

A few choice reader comments:

there are some who still have not caught on to brooklyn yet- either they don’t have the mindset of the early adopters, but are mere followers, etc. (one good friend said to me once: i can’t live in brooklyn– what would the partners think? that’s where the secretaries live!!)

And:

I would short Bed-Stuy and go long Park Slope. I think the spectacular run-up in Bed-Stuy prices is at risk of retreating. I say that because speculative frenzies are often accompanied by pauses or retreats. From everything I am reading and hearing, things have gone insane in that nabe.

We did another post counting up the results. (more…)

10/20/14 10:00am

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The walls are rising fast at 785 Dekalb Avenue, where SSJ Development is planning a 70-unit apartment building.

The mad, mod building design looks to us like a space age City Hall for sea monkeys with its slanted porthole in the front and gold dome on the top. When it’s complete, it will be one of Bed Stuy’s most architecturally distinctive buildings – and the bar is high in Bed Stuy, which has some of the borough’s best 19th century architecture.

Julien Flander is the architect of record. Click through to see a new photo of the rendering on the construction site.

785 Dekalb Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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The John C. Kelley House, site of a Sharon Stone film shoot and a visit from President Cleveland, is now officially on the market for $6,000,000 and photos went up on the listing Friday afternoon.

As we reported in July, the longtime owner, a retired advertising executive, bought it when it was an illegal SRO and meticulously restored it. The double-wide house at 247 Hancock Street is 41 feet wide by 60 feet deep, according to the listing, and sits on an even bigger 81-by-100 square foot lot. The Neo-Renaissance house with Romanesque Revival features was designed in the 1880s by architect Montrose Morris, who lived across the street. The block, between Marcy and Tompkins, is one of the most architecturally distinguished in Bed Stuy, but is not yet landmarked.

It’s set up as a rental apartment over a grand owner’s triplex, complete with bar and ballroom in the basement. It also has an extensive landscaped garden with koi pond and roses. It is Bed Stuy’s most expensive listing and will set a record when it sells.

Click through for more photos and a floor plan. What do you think of the price?

247 Hancock Street Listing [Halstead] GMAP
Bed Stuy Mansion to Ask $6 Million [Brownstoner]
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10/20/14 8:30am

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Protesters Link a Queens Project to Crown Heights Rents [NY Times]
Williamsburg’s 538 Union Avenue Gets Teaser Site with New Details [Curbed]
Inside George & Jack’s, a Mellow New Bar in the Old Brooklyn Ale House Space [Gothamist]
Photo: Movie Night on the G Train [Gothamist]
Brooklyn: The Billion-Dollar Brand [CNBC]
Williamsburg and Greenpointers Cashing in on Airbnb to the Tune of $39 Million [FW]
Review of Dumbo’s 60 Water Street: Slab and Drab [TRD]
Brooklyn’s New Development Sales Plunge in Q3 [TRD]
Dozens of Brooklyn Churches Looking to Sell Their Land [DNA]

10/17/14 3:00pm

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You can’t celebrate Brooklyn or 10 years of Brownstoner without the Williamsburgh Bank building, one of Brooklyn’s greatest structures.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building
Address: 1 Hanson Place, corner of Ashland Place
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1927-29
Architectural Style: Art Deco, with Byzantine and Romanesque influences
Architect: Halsey, McCormack & Helmer
Other buildings by architects: Central Methodist Church, next door, redo of Former Dime SB at Fulton Mall, Former Kings County SB at Nostrand and Eastern Parkway, former Brevoort SB on Fulton Street, Bed Stuy.
Landmarked: Yes. Brooklyn Academy of Music HD,1977. Bank interior, lobby, landmarked in 1996.

The story: Like thousands of Brooklynites who worked or walked in the area, I used this building hundreds of times to check the time. My mother’s dentist was in this building. For many people, this building IS Brooklyn, almost as much as the Brooklyn Bridge is. For many years, Brooklyn’s tallest building, (second now, thanks to the Brooklyner) the Williamsburgh Bank Building is an icon of our borough, as well as one of New York City’s most beautiful skyscrapers.

The firm of Halsey, McCormack and Helmer produced some great bank buildings, not only in Brooklyn, but also the Dollar Savings Bank in the Bronx, and the Greenwich Savings Bank on 57th Street in Manhattan. The firm organized in 1920, with Hayward Halsey, a developer, former banker George H. McCormack, and architect Robert Helmer, who took charge of the design office, and is responsible for actually designing all of their buildings. If you think about it, this partnership was perfect. Banker McCormick was well-connected to the industry, and could get their foot in the door. He also knew intimately what was needed in the design of a proper bank. Helmer designed, and Halsey got it built.
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102 Gates AveClinton Hill
102 Gates Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,350,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00
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396 Vanderbilt Ave

Fort Greene
396 Vanderbilt Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $2,300,000
Sunday 1:30 – 3:00
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470 MacDonoughBed Stuy
470 MacDonough Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,425,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30
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67 East 2nd StWindsor Terrace
67 East 2nd Street
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $989,000
Saturday 1:00 – 2:30
GMAP

10/17/14 11:00am

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Remember the Carroll Gardens Atrocity? Here’s our first post on the subject, titled “CG Atrocity: There Goes the Neighborhood,” in April 2006. Back then we didn’t mince words:

Carroll Gardens better get off its ass and create some historic districts pronto. Here’s the poster child for the cause: The addition to this house at 3rd Place and Clinton Street, made all the worse by its corner location, has to be one of the greatest bastardizations of a beautiful old brownstone we’ve ever seen. May their condos languish on the market indefinitely. Do you think it would be possible to organize a buying strike against this place? Picket the open houses?

The actual addition turned out to be even worse than the rendering. Here’s what eventually happened to it, from our final post, in October 2012: (more…)

10/17/14 10:00am

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Work is progressing slowly at 472 Marcus Garvey near Fulton in Bed Stuy, where a four-story mixed-use building has been in the works since 2011. The building will have 10 apartments and one store, according to a new building permit. The site has received a number of stop work orders over the years, mostly for construction impact on neighboring properties. Click through to see a rendering of the finished design. (more…)

10/17/14 9:00am

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A new small building at 51 Troutman Street in Bushwick officially launched leasing yesterday, starting at $2,076 for a 526-square-foot one bedroom, rental agent Modern Spaces announced. There are eight units in the four story building, which is located near Silent Barn and the Myrtle Broadway JMZ stop. The most expensive unit in the building is a three-bedroom duplex, renting for $3,323 a month. One month of rent is free.

Finishes include hardwood floors, oversize windows, and Ceasarstone counters. There are hookups for washers and dryers but no actual appliances. BuzzBuzzHome was the first to spot the listings.

Two years ago the site was an empty lot. The property changed hands for $450,000 in 2013, and the owner uses a mail drop on Lee Avenue in South Williamsburg.

Click through for more photos. What do you think of the design, location and pricing?

51 Troutman Listings [Modern Spaces] GMAP
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