After years of drama and controversy, the rent-regulated apartments at 406 Albee Square downtown stand empty, ready for the bulldozers. They were acquired by the city as part of a bigger package for $40,000,000 and will be turned into a park, as per the downtown rezoning plan established over a decade ago, in 2004.
The tenements, which have seen more than 100 years of humanity pass through its doors, occupy a clearing in the middle of high-rise development downtown. Directly across the street is the City Point mega-project, where towers as high as 60 stories will eventually be built. Behind it, on the next block over, the 35-story Ava DoBro is under construction at 100 Willoughby Street. (more…)
If you’re after the kind of sprawling, standalone, circa-1900 house of the type Ditmas Park is famous for, we’ve got three open houses worth checking out this weekend. None are actually technically in Ditmas Park, but they’re close by.
They all have porches, and one has a turret to boot!
Our fourth pick is different, and the location is rare. It’s on Concord Street in Downtown Brooklyn. It’s one of those now semi-forgotten streets that recall Brooklyn’s past as a sleepy village, now nestled between roaring bridge onramps and giant sprouting hotel towers.
The inside has been modernized, and still retains an original fireplace that looks to be from about the 1840s or ’50s.
824 East 17th Street in Fiske Terrace
Broker: Brooklyn Properties
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We know what happened when the city rezoned the Williamsburg waterfront. But have you seen how a similar rezoning has transformed Hunters Point in Queens?
A former industrial area on the waterfront has become a jewel, aka Gantry State Park. The area is also home to The New York Architectural Terra Cotta Works, although its spectacular terra cotta-adorned building is currently shrouded in netting, as the nearby Silvercup Studios is restoring it.
Above, a former metal foundry covered with ivy has been transformed into a place for magazine and video shoots by DuVal Enterprises.
There’s lots more to see — and even a place to get a bite. And a tour of the area is scheduled for this weekend. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.
The Lefferts Place Mews, a collection of old-school-looking townhomes that are actually condominium apartments, is coming along nicely at 76-88 Lefferts Place in Clinton Hill, we saw when we stopped by recently to snap some photos.
The brownstone and red brick façade has gone up, the windows are in, and workers were just starting on the cornice. The collection of four buildings with a total of 31 units launched sales in October, starting at $625,000, as we reported at the time. (more…)
Boerum Hill is a little less buttoned down now, thanks to the Jerkface street art adorning what will soon be designer Steven Alan’s third shop on the corner of Atlantic and Hoyt Street in Boerum Hill. Steven Alan Optical, the company’s first standalone eyewear store, plans to open Thursday in a former garage at 83 Hoyt Street, behind the Atlantic Avenue women’s store.
Until now, eyewear occupied a corner in some of the clothing shops. (more…)