04/27/15 2:00pm


Swallow Cafe will open its third outpost this week, this time in Cobble Hill, at 156 Atlantic Avenue, where the Lebanese restaurant Tripoli has been for decades. Tripoli is not closing; the two businesses will share the space, according to the signage in the window.

Swallow Cafe will serve breakfast and lunch in addition to coffee and other drinks. The cafe’s owner, Mike Saleh, anticipates opening Tuesday or Wednesday. In time, he hopes to start serving weekend brunch, he said.

Saleh was born and raised on Atlantic Avenue, and had always dreamed of operating a business near where he grew up, he told us. (more…)

04/27/15 12:00pm


This new-to-the-market Prospect Heights condop borders Park Slope and has an irregular, triangular floor plan that creates interesting, angular living spaces. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, an open plan kitchen, and three bedrooms.

The master bedroom is large (16 by 17.2 feet) and includes an en suite bath and double closets. Another has its own twin sink bathroom. The third is smaller and could be turned into a nursery.


04/27/15 10:00am


More units at Two Trees’ rental building at 60 Water Street in Dumbo are hitting the market this week. We toured the glassy building Friday and got an eyeful of its incredible views of the Brooklyn Bridge as well as a look at the garden being built on the roof, above, and one of the new units.

Click through for a new rendering of the garden and its water feature. The unit we toured is a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment on the 16th floor.

Coming this week are studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms on the 16th, 17th and 18th floors. Also, there is a deal: Two months’ rent will be free the first year. (more…)

04/24/15 4:30pm


Park Slope’s Tracy Mansion, Once Brooklyn’s Priciest Single-Family, Set for Conversion [TRD]
Bed Stuy Maintenance Workers Say “Hip” Luxury Developer Is Trying to Force Them Out [Gothamist]
Rockfeld Group to Buy Retail Condo in Former Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower [TRD]
Six-Story, 30-Unit Mixed-Use Building Will Rise at 528 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill [NYY]
Prospect Park Adds a New Grilling Area [Ditmas Park Corner]

In full bloom.
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Photo by Megan Cerullo


Tour group Jane’s Walk will explore the architecture of Prospect Lefferts Gardens next month. “Must See PLG: The Prospect Lefferts Gardens Landmarked District in a Nutshell,” will focus on the landmark district, where neo-Renaissance, Romanesque Revival, neo-Federal and Tudor architecture abounds.

Local resident and tour leader Laura Charelian will also discuss controversial new construction, height limits, and new housing options as well.  (more…)

04/24/15 12:00pm

All four of our open house picks sold within six months. 102 Gates Avenue in Clinton Hill closed for more than $150,000 above ask.

The buyer of 396 Vanderbilt got a $100,000 discount in November. The buyer of 470 Macdonough street paid slightly below ask, and the sellers of 67 East 2nd Street in Windsor Terrace got the biggest bump of all when their house closed for $187,000 more than its list price.


Open House Picks 10/17/14 [Brownstoner]

04/24/15 10:00am


For years now, an anonymous Brooklyn Heights resident has been taking his frustration with the U.S. Postal Service to the streets. Graffitied mailboxes outside his front door remained tagged, even after he submitted unfulfilled requests to the department for refurbishment.

All of this led the sort-of street artist to take matters into his own hands and personally restore them. He estimates he’s repainted about 20 pieces of public property in recent years, including mailboxes, lampposts, call boxes, tree guards, and bike racks.

He’s been profiled in local media and is well-known in the Heights for his efforts, which are technically illegal. Here’s a peek at some of his best work, and what some of it looked like before he “tricked out” chosen objects. (more…)

04/23/15 4:28pm


Sleep Beneath Brooklyn’s Water Tower Bar From $250 a Night [Curbed]
18-Unit Mixed-Use Project Planned for 577 Hart Street in Bushwick [NYY]
The Gowanus Tastes Like Mud, Poop, Grass and Gas, Canal Swimmer Reports [Gothamist]
A Peep Inside Cacao Market: A Place Where Chocolate Dreams Come True [Greenpointers]
Flea Market With Vintage Airstreams Opens on Fulton Street [DNA]
Sinkhole Opens on Bed Stuy Street, FDNY Says [DNA]

Copper bay windows on Pierrepont Street.
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Photo by Megan Cerullo

04/23/15 4:00pm


The countdown to the Red Hook Criterium has literally begun: A timer on the event’s site lets visitors know exactly how many days, hours and minutes are left before the race kicks off this Saturday. The grueling and competitive track bike crit will draw entrants who run the gamut from professional road racers to bike messengers, all of whom will test their handling skills and fitness levels on fixed gear track bicycles.

“It’s the most exciting cycling event I’ve witnessed,” four-time champion Neil Bezdek told us. “It cuts across cycling subcultures by attracting all types of athletes and transcends cycling culture by appealing to a mainstream audience.” (more…)

04/23/15 12:15pm


Just listed is this two-bedroom parlor and garden level duplex in an 1890s Neo-Grec townhouse in Bed Stuy. Many original details remain, including wood work, window shutters, decorative fireplaces with colorful tile, and ornate plaster work.

In addition to 1,900 square feet of interior living space, there is a private garden and a deck. The one bathroom is located on the garden floor, in the extension.

What do you think of the $4,000 ask for this Bed Stuy location?

191 Hancock Street, #1 [Park Property Advisors] GMAP
Photos by Park Property Advisors (more…)


Workers were sprucing up the storefront for rent at 112 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights when we walked by yesterday morning. The wood trim around the front door and windows on the lower level have been primed and are being painted green.

The vacant storefront looks a tad more inviting, although inside there is still some trash and construction materials scattered sbout. This prime retail spot has been vacant since Starbucks relocated further down Montague Street to No. 134 way back in 2012. (more…)