05/22/15 2:37pm

Commenter Pig Three has started an interesting discussion in the Forum about a supposed new NYPD policy to give drug dealers over 40 a free pass.

A New York Post story about the policy doesn’t say a word about the Mayor, but Pig Three blames the administration. Replies in the Forum evaluate de Blasio’s record on everything from universal pre-K to Vision Zero. Here’s the question:

Relief for drug dealers over 40?

Could this possibly be true? (more…)

05/22/15 1:11pm

With the Memorial Day holiday coming up Monday, there aren’t a whole lot of open houses happening this weekend. But we did find a few worth a look that we haven’t covered before.

All of them are renovated and appear to be in move-in condition, going by the photos.

The neighborhoods they represent are more varied than usual and include a rare listing in Kensington as well as property in Greenpoint, both with a few original details. There’s also a Colonial Revival in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and a better-than-average flip in Bushwick.

Which one do you think offers the best value?

1111 Jefferson Avenue

1111 Jefferson Avenue in Bushwick
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,200,000
Sunday 2:00-3:00
Photo by Corcoran


05/22/15 10:02am


This little wood frame house at 1091 Madison Street in Bushwick has had a major overhaul! It now sports a Tetris mural on a stucco facade.

In March, the house was draped in scaffolding. Before that, it was covered in white vinyl siding. Click through to see lots of before and after photos.

Photos by Steve Sherman; “before” photos by Chritopher Bride for PropertyShark (more…)

05/22/15 8:31am


A Makeover for Brooklyn Marriott [NY Times]
Top Outdoor Concerts in Brooklyn This Summer [BK Paper]
First Look: New Williamsburg Condos Set to Start at $590,000 [Curbed]
Construction Update: City Point [Field Condition]
Forest City: 550 Vanderbilt Condo Sales Office to Launch in June at Barclays Center Space [AYR]
Four-Unit Building Replacing Small Townhouse at 93 Douglass Street in Carroll Gardens [NYY]
Renderings Revealed for 18-Unit Mixed-Use Building at 557 Hart Street in Bushwick [NYY]

Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Brownstoner on Instagram
Photo by Cate Corcoran

05/21/15 2:55pm

273 Warren Street1

This brick townhouse at 273 Warren Street in Cobble Hill is only 13.25 feet wide, but it’s opened up inside, and the rooms don’t look unusually narrow in the photos. It also benefits from having some nice historic details and an attractive renovation.

There’s a wood burning fireplace and built-ins, pretty patterned tile in the galley kitchen in an extension, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It’s set up as a triplex over a garden floor rental, currently used as a playroom, according to the listing. (more…)

05/21/15 11:57am


The Atlantic Galleria mini mall at 252 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has reached its full height. Insulation and cladding are going on in preparation for the glassy facade, which comes next. Click through for a close-up and updated rendering.

Crafts store Michaels, TD Bank and Blink Fitness are the tenants so far, as reported previously. Renaissance Realty Group is the developer and SBLM Architects is the designer.

After years of no action, the foundation was dug in December and the frame started rising in January. This site has been a long time in development — we reported back in 2007 that it was going to be an apartment building!

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by SBLM Architects


Mayor de Blasio intends to lease unused land at public housing projects to private developers to build towers with 50-50 market rate and subsidized rentals, he announced Tuesday. Van Dyke and Ingersoll Houses as well as one complex in the Bronx will be the first in the project, which aims to raise $200,000,000 in fees from developers over 10 years as well as create 10,000 affordable units, The New York Times reported.

The money will go toward maintaining existing NYCHA housing, to make up for losing more than $1 billion in federal subsidies since 2001. Separately, an advocacy group for the elderly today recommended in a report that 39 parking lots at low-income senior housing be transformed into housing for seniors, The Wall Street Journal reported. (more…)

05/21/15 8:40am


Brooklyn and Queens to Gain Views of July 4th Fireworks [NY Times]
The Future Maestros of Brooklyn at Youth Chorus [WSJ]
Judge Extends TRO on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pierhouse Project [Eagle]
$8 Million Brighton Beach Mansion Wants to Host Your Hippie Wedding [Curbed]
Revealed: 7 Stagg Street, Williamsburg [NYY]
William Vale Hotel Developers Planning 140-Key Bushwick Hotel [TRD]
RJ Hospitality Looks to Sell 113-Key Marriott Hotel Under Construction in Gowanus [TRD]
Brooklyn Hospital Plans to Sell Maynard Building and Develop New Facility [DNA]
Video: Activist Arrested Amid Subcommittee Vote on Controversial PLG Rezoning [DNA]

Mustang on Grand Street.
Brownstoner on Instagram
Photo by Cate Corcoran

05/20/15 2:43pm


Amendment to DOB approved plans necessary?

We are gut renovating a two-family townhouse. Renovation work is currently in progress and is being carried out in accordance with the DOB approved plans.

At the time our architect filed the plans, we were set on going with a split system A/C heating unit and keeping our current steam heat. Subsequent to the filing and approval by the DOB of the plans, we decided to go 1) with a central air system and 2) add a second hot water heater to supply hot water to the tenant’s unit with us using the coil in the existing boiler. (more…)

05/20/15 1:55pm

234 St. Johns Place

This Neo-Grec brownstone at 234 St. Johns Place in Park Slope is surprisingly similar to yesterday’s House of the Day, another Neo-Grec brownstone. It too has lavish original details and renovated kitchens and baths, although they are not as recent.

But this one has many more original and rare Neo-Grec details. The stunning burl-wood doors and several unusual mantels are rare and notable. The carved white marble fireplace is quite amazing and unlike any other we have seen before. (more…)

05/20/15 11:55am


We were interested to see this renovation in progress at 66 South 3rd Street in Williamsburg when we passed by a few weeks ago. The Italianate row house has been peeled and stripped back to its elemental parts, revealing layers and the structure underneath.

There is brick (which looks like it might be missing some mortar), brownstone details around the windows, and a carved wood door surround. An addition with a setback is rising on the roof.

Most interesting of all, the back wall was completely gone when we stopped by. You could see straight through the house from the front windows to the yard behind. (more…)