Thaddeus Young Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Nets player Thaddeus Young bought a $5,400,000 condo in Brooklyn Heights’ One Brooklyn Bridge Park earlier this summer. Apparently he’s already learned that the Atlantic Antic doesn’t make for a fast commute and that Brooklyn Bridge Park is a great place to let the kids cut loose.

But there’s more to life in Brooklyn Heights. To help Young get hip with the Heights crowd, we’ve put together a handy guide of five things he needs to know about his new ‘hood right now.


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Brooklyn Nets power forward Thaddeus Young purchased a swanky three-bedroom, three-floor condo in One Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer for $5,399,000, according to the New York Post.

The basketball star is doubtless appreciating the “amazing natural light” and “stunning park, city and water views” of his new digs — the latter perhaps best seen from his balcony made with wood reclaimed from the Coney Island Boardwalk. The renovated triplex sports tall ceilings, oodles of windows and even a fort-like loft bedroom accessed from a spiral staircase on the main level. (more…)

Cannavale Byrne Boerum Hill

More celebrities are migrating to Brooklyn from Manhattan. Actors Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, who had been living in the East Village, paid $2,150,000 earlier this month for a two-family, three-bedroom townhouse at 453 Warren Street in Boerum Hill. The couple starred together in the 2014 remake of Annie.

Byrne and Cannavale’s new pad has both front and rear gardens, and a fireplace. The listing also advertises that the garden-level full-floor apartment could potentially be used as a commercial space, although with Cannavale set to star in HBO’s forthcoming series Vinyl and Byrne tied to the X-Men franchise, it seems unlikely that they’ll need the extra income from a ground-floor dentist.



Singer, actress and Bed Stuy native Norah Jones is the secret buyer of the carriage house at 172 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill, which was featured in the film “Eat, Pray, Love.” She purchased it under the name of an LLC in July for $6,250,000, according to unnamed sources cited by The New York Daily News.

Brownstoner readers will recall Jones was embroiled in a controversy with her neighbors and the Landmarks Preservation Commission over the installation of 10 (later reduced to seven) lot-line windows at her historic house at 166 Amity Street in Cobble Hill. The Cobble Hill Association was “up in arms” over the LPC granting approval for the windows which it deemed “historically inconsistent and structurally dubious,” as we wrote at the time. (She also later installed a backyard swimming pool, as we reported.)



OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder just matched with a Greenpoint townhouse — for $2,120,000, 6sqft reported.

The 3,400-square-foot multi-family at 925 Lorimer Street includes a 850 square-foot private yard. The listing notes it would be easy to convert the three-unit residence into a two- or single-family home.

We’re guessing it’ll become two units — or two units and a recording studio — since property records show that Rudder purchased the townhouse with his Bishop Allen bandmate Michael Tapper. Tapper was previously a member of indie rock bands We Are Scientists and Yellow Ostrich and is a two-time winner of MTV’s “Beard of the Year” award.



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…)