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Brooklyn’s image has evolved drastically over the years, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its portrayal on celluloid. Manhattan can have its Breakfast at Tiffany’s glamour—Kings County is the site of gritty urban classics, many shot right here on the mean streets (that aren’t so mean anymore). Here are some classic local filming locations you can pay a visit to yourself.

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Who can forget a young John Travolta’s strut down the sidewalk to the groovy beat of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive?” That iconic opening shot was filmed on 86th Street in Bensonhurst, a South Brooklyn neighborhood that has retained much of its Italian-American character. You can even grab a slice at the same spot Tony Manero did, Lenny’s Pizza. Just be careful not to drop any tomato sauce on your disco boots.
Where to go: Lenny’s Pizza, 86th St. at 20th Ave. (more…)

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7 Arlington Place | via PropertyShark

No image of Brooklyn is more iconic than that of a family or a group of friends hanging out on their front stoop on a sunny day. In a borough full of front stoops, here are five of the most historic.

7 Arlington Place, Bedford Stuyvesant
7 Arlington Place is the famed Bed Stuy townhouse where Spike Lee shot Crooklyn in 1994. The film takes place during the summer of 1974 and centers around a family living in the neighborhood. The theatrical release poster features the family all gathered on the brownstone stoop. But the neighborhood has dramatically changed since Spike Lee lived here: this Bed Stuy brownstone last sold for $1,700,000. (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


Next on the chopping block, as a tipster put it, is the boyhood home of Lenny Kravitz, a small wood frame house on a large lot at 368 Throop Avenue in Bed Stuy. Technically, the house will not be demolished but just altered. But plans, which call for a third story addition, extensions to the front and rear of the building, and six units rather than two, will probably render it unrecognizable inside and out. An application for an Alt-1 permit was disapproved in February.

The two-family frame house looks Italianate, which means it was likely built sometime between 1850 and 1880. It belonged to Al and Bessie Roker, the parents of Roxie Roker, a journalist and actress best known for playing Helen Willis on the sitcom The Jeffersons. She was the mother of musician Lenny Kravitz, who was born in New York City and lived at the house on weekends until his family moved to Los Angeles in 1974 when he was 10, according to The New York Times and IMDB. The senior Rokers sold the house in 1987, according to public records.

“This is so sad. We are losing our neighborhood building by building,” said another reader. Click through to the jump to see the side of the house. (more…)


Girls star Zosia Mamet and her boyfriend bought a townhouse in Bushwick for $1,037,500, The Daily Mail reported. As far as we know, she’s the first celebrity to buy in the neighborhood. The paper did not reveal the address, and we won’t either, although it’s easy enough to look up.

Suffice to say it’s on an extremely busy commercial street with lots of bars in the center of the action in the most gentrified part of Bushwick. The house, pictured above, is also close enough to the forthcoming giant development at the old Rheingold Brewery site to worry about noise and construction dust.

Seems like a strange choice to us, unless they’re planning to open an art gallery or restaurant. Interior photos show a fairly recent, utterly banal renovation with not a shred of original detail left. We’re shocked by the price: Similar renovated houses in the area typically sell for about $600,000. However, even though it’s a three-story house, it’s classified as a five- to six-family, which cost more.

One nice thing about it is that it’s 22 feet wide. The Daily Mail said they’re gut renovating it, although no permits have been filed. We’re sure it will look very nice when they’re done. Can’t wait to see what they do with the exterior.

Girls Star Zosia Mamet Buys $1 Million Bushwick Home [Daily Mail]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark


When the listing for the Park Slope home of literary couple Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss went up in November, the one interior photo showed the breakfast room conservatory with Tiffany stained glass windows. Any photos you may have seen of the living room or other areas were from the previous sellers’ listing and reflected their taste. Now Sotheby’s has added views of the living room, kitchen, and bedroom.

Foer and Krauss have replaced the previous owners’ gilding and statues with more tailored mid-century and modern furniture. The expansive kitchen appears to be unchanged. As previously noted, the 7,670-square-foot house sits on a double lot that goes through to the next block and has parking.

Click through to the jump for more. What do you think? Is the $14,500,000 price tag — one of the highest in Brooklyn — realistic?

646 2nd Street Listing [Sotheby's]
Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss Offer Their Park Slope House for $14.5 Million [Brownstoner]
Photos by Sotheby’s (more…)


There was a little mention in Town and Country that actress Chloe Sevigny has bought a “classic six” overlooking Prospect Park, after selling her East Village apartment. Curbed commenters immediately guessed the apartment in question is 9 Prospect Park West, 2C. If true, that makes her officially a Park Slope resident, as is actor Patrick Stewart. Click through to the jump to check out the floor plan.

Chloe Sevigny Buys Classic Six Overlooking Prospect Park [Town and Country]
9 Prospect Park West, 2C [Douglas Elliman]



Interior designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke plan to put their Prospect Lefferts Garden house up for sale this month, Nixon announced in a recent Facebook post. Prospect Lefferts Gardens hounds and longtime readers of this blog will remember unforgettable 17 Chester Court, where the Madcap Cottage (formerly John Loecke Inc.) duo took out the dining room paneling, painted the floors, and covered every surface of the English Tudor teens house with wallpaper and pattern. (Apartment Therapy has some great photos; New York Magazine covered it too.) Corcoran broker Joy Weiner gets the listing, which will go up sometime this month. As you may recall, 30 Chester Court, a HOTD last week, is also available, and a commenter tells us another house on the block is coming to market soon. Would you pay a premium for the already decorated space?

Building of the Day: 16-32 Chester Court [Brownstoner]
House of the Day: 30 Chester Court [Brownstoner]
Photo by Jill Slater for Apartment Therapy (more…)