Brownstoner reader brooklynverni snapped these dramatic photos Thursday of an excavator demolishing one of Bed Stuy’s oldest buildings, the pre-Civil War Carpenter Gothic church at 809 Jefferson Avenue. Demo for the St. Stephen and St. Martin Episcopal Church started in January.

Features such as the building’s stained glass and pews were removed, the interior was stripped bare, and then nothing much seemed to be happening for a couple of months. (more…)


The end is nigh for Boerum Hill’s mid-19th-century Church of the Redeemer, despite efforts to save it. Yesterday Demolition Depot sent out a notice that the 4th Avenue church’s historic artifacts and architectural details are for sale and that demolition will start “next month.”

Included in the sale are stained glass windows, large amounts of elaborate Victorian encaustic cement tile, neo-Gothic light fixtures, a crucifix, Gothic-style doors, statuary, pews, radiators, and exterior iron fencing. All the items for sale can be seen on Demolition Depot’s website. (more…)

977 Manhattan Avenue

Demolition permits were just approved on Friday for a three-story brick building at 977 Manhattan Avenue, home to Goldsholle and Garfinkel Hardware for decades. The building is like most that line Greenpoint’s main thoroughfare — retail at street level and a few modest apartments above.

The developer filed plans for an eight-story building with 14 apartments and ground-floor retail space last month. They were disapproved, but if the developer is able to get approval for its plans, the building will rise high above its neighbors on this thoroughfare of mostly three- and four-story buildings. (more…)


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…)


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]



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…)


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



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…)

123 franklin ave

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…)


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…)