12/17/14 11:30am


The redesigned (and much improved) mixed-use building rising at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Boerum Place is now up to three stories of steel. As previously reported, the 11-story building at 60 Boerum Place will house 75 apartments on top of a three-story retail mall. Click through for another construction shot and to see a clearer shot of the previously published rendering.

Major Changes, Renderings, Walls Finally Rising at Busy Atlantic Avenue Corner [Brownstoner]  GMAP (more…)

12/17/14 9:30am


Big news — although not unexpected — for Prospect Lefferts Gardens and preservationists: The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday voted to designate Chester Court. The beautifully intact teens Tudor Revival cul-de-sac was first suggested for landmarking back in the 1970s as part of the original historic district in the area.

Also yesterday Landmarks approved the revised plans for the mixed-use development that will replace a gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill. The redesign is similar except the windows look more like those of surrounding buildings: Tall and narrow — but still lots of them. Yay, Landmarks.

You can read more about the votes in New York YIMBY, The New York Daily News and The Brooklyn Eagle. Click through to the Eagle story to see a photo showing the 112 Atlantic Avenue redesign.

Chester Court Coverage [Brownstoner]
112 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]

12/17/14 9:00am


AB Architekten, not Karl Fischer, will design the mixed-use luxury building that will replace Clinton Hill’s White Castle drive-in at 531 Myrtle Avenue. We received the first renderings of the planned development, above and after the jump, from TerraCRG, which is marketing the retail space.

In September a family trust sold the property to an LLC for $4,500,000, according to public records. Developer Greystone & Co. has replaced Simon Dushinsky of the Rabsky Group, according to an item published in the Myrtle Avenue Partnership’s blog last week. Construction is expected to start in January.

Although no new building applications have been filed since we last looked at the property, the plans for the building described by TerraCRG sound as if they have not changed substantially. There will be 27 luxury apartments in the building with stores below. (No word yet on whether they will be condos or rentals.) The retail space on the ground floor will measure about 6,000 square feet with 14-foot ceilings and can be divided and built to suit, said TerraCRG. It will be ready for occupancy in early 2016.

“We expect to attract banks, food and beverage, pharmacies, and other uses targeting students and young families,” a spokeswoman told us. The development is across the street from Pratt, and the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Steuben Street will be part of the forthcoming Myrtle Avenue Plaza. The listing has not yet gone up online. Click through for more renderings and floor plans of the commercial space.

What do you think of the building design?

Clinton Hill White Castle Will Become a Karl Fischer-Designed Apartment Building [Brownstoner]
Renderings by AB Architekten (more…)

12/17/14 8:30am


Recent Commercial Transactions in Red Hook and Bed Stuy [NY Times]
Officials Announce LICH Bill to Give Community a Voice in Hospital Closures [Eagle]
RFP Issued to Help Save Red Hook From Flooding [Curbed]
Permits Filed: Passive House Project at 852 St. John’s Place, Crown Heights [NYY]
Permits Filed: Morris Adjmi-Designed Condos at 138 North 10th Street, Williamsburg [NYY]
Broker Growth in Brooklyn Outpaces That in Manhattan [TRD]
Tea Lounge Regulars in Negotiations to Reopen Beloved Park Slope Cafe [DNA]


The long awaited and highly anticipated remake of the Casablana Cocktail Lounge at 300 Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed Stuy soft opened Friday. The official opening party is Thursday night.

Owners Charles von Herrlich and Jonn Carlson – the artist-owner of Noho’s Von bar and the artist-designer who built Bed-Vyne Brew – kept the Permastone facade but put in new doors and windows (although they’re hard to see under the security bars). Inside, there is a vintage feel and the old Casablanca Lounge sign decorates the bar. Click through for some interior pics we shot through the window this morning.

“Good drinks, tunes and peeps,” according to a neighbor who commented on Facebook.

Anyone been in yet?

Casablanca Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

12/16/14 1:30pm

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Like yesterday’s House of the Day, today’s also appeared in Open House Picks Friday but deserves a closer look. Located just south of Prospect Lefferts Gardens in East Flatbush, this classic Queen Anne wood frame house at 226 Martense Street appears to be in move-in condition, yet is relatively affordable, at least by current Brooklyn standards.

Recently renovated, it still has a fair amount of detail left inside, including wood moldings, plaster details, the staircase, a type of parquet known as a wood “rug,” and wainscotting, though it seems to have lost some pocket doors and mantels.

The exterior needs restoration, but the bigger issue, as we see it, is that the house is not as large as it appears from the outside. The top floor is just one room, so although the top floor apartment is technically a duplex, essentially the house consists of two floor-through apartments.

Given all that, do you think the price of $749,000 is fair?

226 Martense Street [Fillmore] GMAP

12/16/14 9:30am


The condo building at 50 Bridge Street, built in 1894 to house a soap manufacturing company, is wrapping up a $3,500,000, two-and-a-half-year exterior restoration project. The update to the 58-unit luxury building, which went condo in 2004, involved waterproofing and stripping paint off the original brick facade.

“We are thrilled by these significant renovations that have resulted in the restoration of much of our building’s original character,” said the condo’s board in a press release. “The building is a beautiful example of 19th century industrial architecture and we have worked closely with Landmarks throughout this project.” Cowley Engineering and Flag Waterproofing and Restoration did the work.

We presume this fixes all the construction problems that were the subject of a 2007 lawsuit against developer Joshua Guttman. The condo owners received an undisclosed settlement in 2012 from Guttman over construction defects such as a “defective roof and other waterproofing issues,” a press release noted at the time. Click through to see a photo of the building in 2012, before the restoration.

50 Bridge Street Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo above by 50 Bridge Street; photo below by Sunita Mungol for PropertyShark (more…)

12/16/14 9:00am


Work has started up again at the long-stalled site at 252 Atlantic Avenue, future home of the Atlantic Galleria, where Pier 1 Imports, Retro Fitness and others planned to set up shop. Crafts and framing shop Michael’s will replace Pier 1 as the anchor commercial tenant, according to new information on the sales site.

Other tenants will be TD Bank and Blink Fitness, according the site, leaving just one small spot of 663 square feet available.

We had noticed work had progressed on the foundation when we passed by a few weeks ago, although no workers were actually present at the time, on a weekday. Then a reader who lives nearby emailed us to say he noticed the site was buzzing with activity Friday.

The site has not been recently sold, according to public records, but the delay may have had something to do with financing. Last month, developer and owner Renaissance Realty Group took out a mortgage from Peoples United Bank for $15,100,000, according to public records.

Our tipster said he thought the foundation work was recent. “They are making a lot of progress quickly,” he said. He wasn’t as thrilled about the change of retailers, however. “Personally, I was more excited about Pier 1,” he told us.

Click through to see a shot from the street and the old rendering still posted on the construction fence.

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]


12/16/14 8:30am


Instead of Tenants, It’s Cats, Trash and Little Progress for Brooklyn Project [NY Times]
De Blasio Hails “Affordable Housing” Complex in Brooklyn With $3,500 Apartments [NY Daily News]
Second Apartment Tower Near Barclays Center Breaks Ground [WSJ]
Nurses at New York Methodist Hospital Rally for “Safe Staffing” [Eagle]
New Location Selected for Brooklyn Housing Court [Eagle]
Project Formerly Known as Atlantic Yards Restarts [Crain's]
Another Rendering for Futuristic Williamsburg Office Tower at 87 Wythe [NYY]
At Tower Groundbreaking, Officials Avoid Pesky Details About Cost [AYR]
TF Cornerstone Gets $250 Million Financing for DoBro Resi Development [TRD]
Bed Stuy’s Brooklyn Swirl Owners Publish Guide to Relationships [DNA]
Police Looking for Six Protesters in Brooklyn Bridge Assault on Officers [DNA]
State Politicians Plan to Use Eminent Domain to Save Community Center [DNA]

12/15/14 2:00pm


A long-shuttered storefront at 1381-1385 Bushwick Avenue is for rent. The space is about 2,000 square feet and asking rent is $28 a square foot, according to a listing from Core Realty.

The other storefronts have signs advertising various social services of the Bushwick Development Corp., but we can’t recall any of them ever being open in the six years we’ve lived in the area. The building was at one time owned by Bushwick Development Corp. but now belongs to an LLC.

The whole property is big enough for a full-service grocery store, but there are already plenty on Broadway, and much better foot traffic there. We think it would make an ideal location for a taller building with affordable housing.

What would you like to see in this space? GMAP

12/15/14 1:30pm

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This Romanesque Revival house at 268 Prospect Place was an Open House Pick last week, but too good to pass up. It has most of its original details and is just a very pretty house. In the same family for 44 years, it seems to be in very good shape although we expect the kitchens and baths could use refreshing or restoration.

The main rooms appear unaltered, including the dining room with wainscotting and big front bedroom. We like the mantels with their various colored tiles, the elaborate plaster details on the ceilings, the stained glass and the floors. There is also early electric lighting.

Designed by William L. Beers, the 1889 house is in the Prospect Heights Historic District. The ask is $2,499,000. Did anyone see it in person this weekend?

268 Prospect Place [Stribling] GMAP

12/15/14 11:30am


When we happened by 880-882 Macon Street Sunday, we were surprised to see the building is looking just about finished — and it looks much better than we expected. We had no idea from the sketch on the fence that it would be all black or even brick. Although it replaced a tiny 19th century brick row house and empty lot, it fits in quite nicely with its surroundings, we think, since there are apartment buildings of the same height just two doors away.

This was one of the first for-profit developments in Ocean Hill in perhaps a decade, and now there are buildings going up on empty lots all around. Click through to see more photos. What do you think of the look?

Rendering Posted for Small Apartment House in Ocean Hill Near Broadway and Saratoga [Brownstoner] GMAP
Development to Boom in Ocean Hill? [Brownstoner]