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We caught the demolition of the People’s Pleasure Palace, built sometime around 1900 at 1674 Broadway in Ocean Hill, last week and over the weekend. For decades, this has been a building supply store called Henry Distributors, aka Henry’s, and an important employer in the area.

As we have detailed in previous stories, this large and strangely shaped parcel will become supportive housing, along with the very large empty lot across the street at 1696 Broadway. Owner Stan Henry is one of the developers, along with SUS and Alembic Community Development, and someday the retail space on the ground floor of this building will include another Henry’s hardware store. The two buildings will be known as the Henry Apartments. (more…)

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Three buildings in Downtown Brooklyn, at 8-16 Nevins Street, are being knocked down to make way for a new 28-story tower. The demolition is quite far along, as is apparent from these photos taken on Tuesday. The developer, Bushburg Properties, plans to build a 124,287-square-foot building on the site with 149 apartments as well as some affordable units.

One of the buildings, 16 Nevins Street, a Building of the Day in 2010, gained its whimsical mock Tudor look in the 1920 and housed a restaurant called Joe’s, once a favorite haunt of local civic leaders and politicians.

The new 318 foot-tall tower will be topped by a mesh-clad metal bulkhead that will light up with colored LEDs at night. The building, which was designed by Stephen B. Jacobs Group, will also have 6,440 square feet of ground floor retail.

Click through for more photos of the demolition and for a rendering of the planned tower.

Demolition Planned for Three Downtown Brooklyn Storefronts [Brownstoner]
Building of the Day: 16 Nevins Street [Brownstoner]

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The Carpenter Gothic church at 809 Jefferson Avenue, one of Bed Stuy’s oldest structures, is now a mere shell. Demolition to make way for apartments and a new church started in January.

From the street, it appears the building has been hollowed out. The historic stained glass windows and other features have been removed. The church was standing in 1854, old maps show, and may even date from the 1840s, as we have said.

The photo above was taken last week. All the others were taken yesterday. Click through to see more.

809 Jefferson Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

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The laundromat at Atlantic Avenue and Nevins in Boerum Hill has been reduced to rubble, although its parking lot has not yet been touched. As readers may recall, noted Brooklyn architect Morris Adjmi is designing a mixed-use building here at 472 Atlantic Avenue.

We think it will be a big improvement for this suburban strip mall-style corner, as we’ve said before. Click through to see more photos of the corner.

472 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos by Steve Sherman

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This freestanding wood-frame home on Jefferson Avenue in Bed Stuy traded for an eye-popping price of $1,700,000 in January and is slated for demolition. The house at  827 Jefferson Avenue has been greatly altered over the years, but is an Italianate likely dating from the 1860s or so.

This house recently flipped between developers. An LLC, 827 Jefferson Ave, bought the property for $1,200,000 at the end of August — a high price for this part of the neighborhood. At the end of January, the company turned around and sold the house to the similarly named 827 Jefferson LLC and 829 Jefferson LLC for $1,700,000 — a price that is likely a record for this area.

A new development is in the works. (more…)

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The Building Department Monday approved a demolition permit for a wood frame house at 123 Franklin Avenue in the northwestern corner of Bed Stuy. The freestanding three-family house sits on an oversized lot. The developer also owns the neighboring empty lot at 125 Franklin Avenue. (more…)

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Yet another East Flatbush townhouse will meet the wrecking ball for an apartment building, and this time it’s an eight-story development at 733 Rogers Avenue, between Lenox Road and Linden Boulevard. The project will have 16 apartments spread across 15,045 square feet of space, as well as a roof deck, according to plans filed last week.

The architect of record is Willy Zambrano, and Palladium Equities will develop the building. The 138-foot-deep lot is currently home to a two-story house, which sold for $1,200,000 in December. Demolition applications have been filed for the recently renovated home, but the DOB hasn’t approved them yet. GMAP

Photo by Vladimir Khaimov for PropertyShark

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The block-long parking lot with shops at 300 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn has been completely demolished. As readers may recall, developer TF Cornerstone is planning a 25-story apartment building here.

Several chains in the building — including IHOP, Subway and Papa Johns — shut their doors last summer before scaffolding went up around the garage in the fall. (IHOP plans to reopen across the street at 276 Livingston.) (more…)

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We were surprised to see a big empty lot where the old Weinstein hardware store stood when we drove by 420 Tompkins Avenue over the weekend. Of course we knew demo was coming, and we won’t miss the old building, but still, it’s a big change for this prominent corner in Bed Stuy.

Weinstein, although it closed a few years ago, stood here for decades and was an important store in the community. Click through to see inside the fence. 

420 Tompkins Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

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Three adorable wood frame Victorians are being torn down on Bedford Avenue between Lenox and Caton Avenues in Flatbush, according to a Brooklynian poster who snapped this photo. They’re coming down to make way for an eight-story Karl Fischer-designed building at 2100 Bedford Avenue, according to permits filed in December. The new development will have 78 units spread across 60,074 square feet, as well as 40 parking spaces on the cellar and first floor. 

The properties at 2100-2110 Bedford Avenue sold for a combined $4,600,000 last year, public records show. Each of the homes sits on a lot that’s 40 feet wide and at least 100 feet deep, which means that a developer will have a 15,000-square-foot plot once the houses have bitten the dust.

Wood frame houses are falling prey to development all over the borough, and activity is especially intense in PLG and Flatbush right now. GMAP

Photo via Brooklynian

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The wrecking ball is coming for a five-story apartment building and a nine-story office building on adjacent properties on Pierrepont and Montague Streets in Brooklyn Heights. Developer Jonathan Rose Companies filed demolition applications last month to take down 189 Montague Street and 146 Pierrepont Street (pictured above). Situated between between Cadman Plaza West and Clinton Street, the buildings are some of the few in the Heights that are not landmarked.

A hotel may be in the works, but no new-building applications have been filed under these or any other addresses that we could find. Last year, the Eagle wrote there was talk of a hotel coming at 189 Montague, pictured after the jump.

146 Pierrepont currently houses seven apartments and ground floor commercial space, which used to be a Quest Diagnostics lab. The building is only 6,775 square feet, but zoning allows up to 24,830 square feet of development on the site. Jonathan Rose snapped up the site in January for $5,750,000, public records show.

Meanwhile, 189 Montague is a 75,000-square-foot office building that stretches all the way through the block to Pierrepont Street, and it has 25,000 square feet of unused development rights, according to PropertyShark.

Air rights from 146 Pierrepont were transferred to 189 Montague back in 2000, according to public records, as the Eagle also noted. Tenants in the two buildings were asked to move or their leases were not renewed last year, said the Eagle.

We reached out to the developer for comment but have not yet heard back.

Photos by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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Longtime residents of East New York care about the historic bank building at 91 Pennsylvania Avenue and want to save it. A group of about eight stood in the bitter cold Tuesday to protest its planned demolition, the Village Voice reported. As it happens, the protest was sparked by our story, we were surprised to read. Residents had seen the scaffolding and netting shrouding the building but assumed it was being repaired, not demolished.

We spoke last night to one of the organizers of the protest, Chris Banks, who is the director of local community group East New York United Concerned Citizens and a member of Community Board 5. He said the owner of the building has been in touch and they plan to meet, as he also told the Voice. Banks has also reached out to local Council Member Rafael Espinal and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries for help.

We hope a new use for the building can be found that will benefit both the owner and the community. Click through to the Voice story to read what the protesters said about the building.

Residents Brave (Seriously) Bitter Cold to Fight to Preserve Historic Brooklyn Bank Building [Voice]
Historic East New York Bank Building Will Be Torn Down [Brownstoner]
Demo Has Started at Historic Bank Building in East New York [Brownstoner]