04/21/15 8:30am


Block by Block: Carroll Gardens [NY Times]
Finally! City to Replace Crumbling, Dangerous Pavement at Brooklyn Borough Hall [Eagle]
East Williamsburg Condo Building Forty2East Set to Launch [Curbed]
Did You Get a Letter From FEMA Regarding Updated Maps and Your Property? [PMFA]
16 Residential Units Replacing Two-Family Structure In Crown Heights [NYY]
Revealed: 629 Grand Street, Condo Conversion and Expansion In Williamsburg [NYY]
Construction Update on Two Downtown Buildings [NYY]

A tree blooms in Williamsburg.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

04/20/15 1:30pm


This brick home at 213 13th Street in South Slope has plenty of stately original Italianate-slash-Neo Grec details on the parlor and bedroom floors, including three carved marble mantels.

It’s set up as a one-family, with kitchen and dining on the parlor floor. The ground floor is currently an open-plan “recreation room,” but there’s room for an additional bedroom or two, as the alternate floor plan on the listing suggests.

It’s 17.67 feet wide and 35 deep, according to PropertyShark, or about 1,855 square feet. It was an Open House Pick in 2007, but last sold for $798,250 in 2004.

With an ask of $1,795,000, do you think it’s attractive?

213 13th Street [Corcoran] GMAP
Photos by Corcoran


04/20/15 9:30am


We witnessed a group of about 10 activists for safer streets wheatpasting a public art installation on the construction fence at Domino Site E at 325 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg Saturday afternoon.

Incredibly, after we left, a truck crashed into the very same fence, according to an article in the Daily News — an ironic turn of events that sounds like it might be a prank, April Fool’s Joke, or Onion article. (more…)

04/20/15 9:00am


Development has hit this ramshackle corner of south Williamsburg a stone’s throw from the Williamsburg Bridge overpass. A shiny new apartment building is being grafted onto an existing 19th century brick building at 95 South 5th Street right next door to a 19th century wood frame house.

When we stopped by Saturday, workers were hoisting building materials over the construction fence with a crane. They were also building what looked like a platform on the roof of the wood frame house next door, whose address is 345 Berry Street, perhaps to protect the roof.

We’ve been curious about the latter building, whose address is 345 Berry Street, for years. It’s not pretty but its size and shape (25 feet wide with a peaked roof) signal it could be very old indeed, potentially early or mid 19th century. (more…)

04/20/15 8:30am


Housing Project Still Waiting for Navy Yard Supermarket [NY Times]
Banjo Toss: A Different Kind of Heavy Metal in the Gowanus [NY Times]
A Little off the Sides, Camaraderie on Top in Downtown Brooklyn [NY Times]
Participatory Budgeting Opens up Voting to the Disenfranchised in Brooklyn and Beyond [NY Times]
50 Years of Preservation in New York [WSJ]
Brooklyn Historical Society’s Library Dinner Raises More Than $290K [Eagle]
Ninth Incarnation of Trade Brooklyn Is the Largest Ever [Eagle]
Tucker Reed: Make Brooklyn a College Town [Crain's]
De Blasio’s Fave Landmark Is Prospect Park [Curbed]
Vitagraph Studios, Early Film Industry Pioneer, Is Being Demolished in Midwood [Untapped Cities]
Photos: Inside Williamsburg’s Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Museum [Gothamist]
L-Pocalypse Now: Mankind Weeps in the Face of the L Shutdown [Gothamist]
First Look: 434 Manhattan Avenue, Williamsburg [NYY]
Nineteen Residential Units Coming to 195 Sullivan Place in Crown Heights [NYY]
Four-Story, 10-Unit Residential Building Coming to 185 Schaefer in Bushwick [NYY]
Carroll Street Condos With Bocce Court and Vegetable Garden Is 75 Percent Sold [DNA]
Boro Prez Backs Liquor Permit for Historic Williamsburgh Bank Event Space Despite Concerns [DNA]

Williamsburg Bridge.
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By Cate Corcoran

04/20/15 8:15am

Brownstoner is looking for a writer and editor obsessed with real estate and lifestyle in Brooklyn. The Regional Editor and Brooklyn Reporter will report, write and edit news and features on topics such as history, architecture, real estate and lifestyle in Brooklyn and beyond, attend occasional evening events such as community board meetings, and take photos as needed several times a week. (more…)

04/17/15 1:00pm

All our picks today are renovated with details, and the prices show “emerging” and “prime” Brooklyn converging again. Nothing is under a million, with three just under $2,000,000 and one just under $3,000,000.

The most expensive listing, in Park Slope, is relatively affordable for the area and has charm to spare. Our first Crown Heights pick has particularly lavish wood work and mantels.

291-8th-street-s-041715Park Slope
291 8th Street
Broker: Brooklyn Properties
Price: $2,700,000
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00

1134-bergen-041715Crown Heights
1134 Bergen Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,895,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

633-st-johns-place-041715Crown Heights
633 St. Johns Place
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,770,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

354a-20th-street-041715Greenwood Heights
354a 20th Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,689,000
Sunday 12:30 – 2:00

04/17/15 9:00am

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Landlords Joel and Aaron Israel were arrested Thursday on criminal charges for allegedly intentionally destroying apartments they own in Greenpoint and Bushwick and lying to the court about it,  the Times and many other outlets reported yesterday. The brothers have been in the news for about two years after reportedly destroying kitchens, baths, gas lines and hot water heaters of longtime tenants at several buildings in Brooklyn to force them out and increase rents to market rate for newcomers.

The cases have been winding through housing court. Criminal charges in such cases are unusual — but then so are the alleged actions of the accused. (more…)

04/17/15 8:30am


Celebrating 50 Years of New York’s Landmarks Law (at a Landmark, of Course) [NY Times]
Ten Galleries to Visit in Brooklyn and Queens [NY Times]
Gunman Who Fired Shot in Usually Tranquil Brooklyn Bridge Park Arrested: Officials [NY Daily News]
Photos: Bringing Community, and Nature, Back to the Banks of Newtown Creek [Curbed]
Newtown Creek Shows Signs of Poop-Fueled “Superfood” [Gothamist]
Brooklyn Bowl Warehouse Expected to Fetch $50 Million, Tenants Will Stay [Crain's]
Revealed: 137 Bayard Street, Greenpoint [NYY]
Revealed: 81 Ten Eyck Street, Williamsburg Church Conversion [NYY]
WeWork Takes a Second Large Space at Dumbo Heights [TRD]
Prospect Heights Dessert Speakeasy Closes After One Year Due to Building Sale [DNA]

Strolling on Tompkins.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran