An over-the-top Park Slope mansion actress Jennifer Connelly once called home is back in the news again.

Park Slope’s 17 Prospect Park West, built by architect Montrose Morris in 1899, was big news in 2003 when Connelly and fellow actor Paul Bettany bought it for $3,700,000 — a shocking price until five years later when they sold it to to a Google engineer for $8,450,000. And now, according to The Real Deal, the mansion has sold again, for $12,400,000.

The sale, for those of you who are keeping track, doesn’t break any records. First prize for the most expensive Brooklyn townhouse sale goes to the Cobble Hill townhouse sold in June for $15,500,000. (And, to put things in perspective, that doesn’t come close to the $32,000,000 ask for this penthouse at One Brooklyn Bridge Park.) (more…)


Born on July 6, 1899, Susannah Mushatt Jones celebrates her 116th birthday today. Jones holds the record for being the world’s oldest living person.

The Alabama native moved to New York City in 1923, the year that the first Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx. In the late 1950’s, she met Dr. Martin Luther King in Harlem when he was promoting his book Stride Toward Freedom at Blumstein’s Department Store. (more…)


Malia Obama and Lena Dunham. Photos by The White House and Maryland Film Festival via Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, The New York Post’s Page Six published pictures of First Daughter Malia Obama hanging out on the set of HBO’s “Girls” at a Williamsburg restaurant. Though it appears that the First Daughter was doing nothing but sipping on some kind of blue drink, rumor has it she is an intern on the show. (more…)


Photo of Jay Z by Joella Marano via Wikipedia; photo of Beyoncé by Johnny Wilbank via Wikipedia; photo of Solange Knowles by Jon Gurinsky via Flickr

The king and queen of hip-hop, Jay Z and Beyoncé, have been spotted twice at Bed Stuy bar Casablanca in the past month. Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s sister, Solange pops into popular Bed Stuy restaurant Saraghina for dinner as often as twice a week. (more…)


Photo at left by Gage Skidmore for Wikipedia Commons; photo at right by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

Golden Globe-winning actress Michelle Williams is the buyer of Prospect Park South’s most prominent house — a move we would not have predicted for such a famous actress. The gigantic Colonial Revival mansion at 1440 Albemarle Road has been on the market for about a year, most recently asking $2,450,000.

It’s a surprising choice of neighborhoods for a celebrity, but clearly Williams loves Brooklyn and has an independent streak when it comes to real estate. Brooklyn was largely unexplored territory for celebrities when Williams moved to Boerum Hill with then-partner Heath Ledger a decade ago.

She helped draw other boldface names to the borough, and recently sold that row house for $8,800,000, as we reported at the time. (more…)


Actress Christina Ricci is moving to Fort Greene. She and her husband, James Heerdegen, bought a townhouse at 67 Adelphi Street, The New York Post reported. The sale has not yet closed, so we don’t know the amount, but it was most recently asking $1,995,000.

The house is a wood frame and is 25 feet wide and semi-detached. It likely dates from the mid-19th century, but in other respects doesn’t seem especially distinguished inside or out. (more…)

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Entourage star Adrian Grenier and his real estate broker mom recently bought a second Clinton Hill townhouse, a four-family, five-story brownstone at 112 Gates Avenue. 6sqft was the first to write about the sale, which closed for $2,085,000 in December. We couldn’t find any listings for the house, which 6sqft claims was an estate sale with lots of details, including high ceilings, ornate plaster details on the ceiling, and parquet floors.

It’s not far from the wood-frame home at 430 Grand Avenue the duo renovated with solar panels and recycled denim insulation back in 2006. Grenier also owns a townhouse in Prospect Lefferts Gardens at 239 Lincoln Road, which he purchased solo in 2010 for $899,000.

It’s unclear whether the actor or Brown Harris Stevens broker Karesse Grenier plan to live in the Gates Avenue house or use it as an investment property. Both also share an address at a rental building designed by Rosario Candela in Morningside Heights. Click through for shots of some ceiling detail at Gates Avenue.

Adrian Grenier Buys Five-Story Clinton Hill Townhouse for $2.1 Million [6sqft]
Grenier Really Is Going Green [Brownstoner]
Photos via CityRealty via 6sqft



Actress Anne Hathaway has sold her ninth-floor condo in Dumbo’s Clocktower building for $4,330,000. The buyer is a film producer who already lived in the building and just sold a smaller apartment on a lower floor for $1,900,000 to an LLC two weeks earlier, The New York Post reported. (She still owns another apartment in the building, No. 12A.)

The most recent asking price for Hathaway’s unit, 9B, at 1 Main Street was $4,250,000; at one time the condo was asking $4,500,000. Hathaway purchased the apartment through an LLC in 2013 for $4,100,000, city records show.

Anne Hathaway Sells Clocktower Apartment for $4.33 Million [NY Post]


Nine-year residents of Cobble Hill and ex-Housewives of New York stars Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen are selling their townhouse at 56 Butler Street and moving to Australia “to be with family,” a spokeswoman for Stribling & Associates, which is handling the sale, told us.

Longtime readers will remember Simon, a Brownstoner commenter, and Alex from Brownstoner parties and this story about their renovation. The three-family, six bedroom house is asking $2,695,000. (If you are curious, they paid $1,275,000 in 2005.) The living room is still painted its controversial shade of red!

56 Butler Street Listing [Stribling]
Photo by Stribling


Artist Matthew Barney has purchased a town house in Fort Greene, 67 South Elliott Place, according to the New York Observer. That makes perfect sense to us, since we heard a rumor last week that he and Bjork had split up. Perhaps she’s keeping the apartment in Brooklyn Heights. Or maybe he’s just buying a place to use as an artist studio. There have been rumors for years that the two had broken up, so who knows.

The wood frame Italianate house has a porch and was built around 1854. It is landmarked. The top half of the exterior is covered in Permastone, and the inside could probably use a bit of work. The listing can still be seen on Corcoran. The house next door at 65 South Elliott Place was recently restored. Barney paid $1,990,000, a smidge above the asking price of $1,995,000. Perhaps Barney intends to restore it. We hope so.

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark