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Did the developer of 190 President Street cover over the building’s marble facade with brownstone slurry when they renovated the interior? Why? Yesterday, we wrote about the building now leasing apartments, and one of our commenters pointed out that the building appeared to have lost its marble facade. As a facade material, marble is both more expensive and durable than actual brownstone. There are only a handful of marble-clad residential buildings in New York City. Now there is apparently one fewer. Click through to the jump to see the previous facade.

After photo by Aptsandlofts.com
Before photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark (more…)

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Perhaps you’ve been wondering whatever happened to the Carroll Gardens Atrocity, that unfortunate architectural collision at 45 3rd Place we called “the poster child for inconsiderate and non-contextual design in Brownstone Brooklyn.” Well, after lingering on the market for more than five years (first as separate units, then as one building), the entire thing finally sold for $2,440,000 in September, earning second place in our Last Week’s Biggest Sales post yesterday. Was there any discount for ugliness? (more…)

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HPD sent out a press release yesterday about its “list of 200 residential buildings that have been placed into the agency’s fourth round of the Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP). The AEP…is aimed at increasing the pressure on the owners of the City’s most distressed residential buildings to bring the properties up to code so that the residents are not forced to live in substandard and hazardous conditions.” Anyhow, Brooklyn had far and away the most buildings on the list (click through to see all the ones from Kings County) with a count of 99. The Bronx got dubious second-place honors with 70 properties; Manhattan had 23, Queens had seven, and S.I. had but one. To make the cut, a building has to meet crappiness criteria such as having “three or more open hazardous or immediately hazardous violations per unit issued in the past two years, and Emergency Repair Program (ERP) charges of $5,000 or more for the same time period to qualify. ERP charges are money owed by the owners to the City for repairs done by HPD to correct immediately hazardous violations that the owner failed to address. Residential buildings with between three and 20 units qualified if the building had five or more open hazardous or immediately hazardous violations per unit issued in the past two years, and emergency repair charges of $2,500 or more for the same time period. In this AEP round, the buildings with the highest ERP paid and unpaid in the last two years were selected.” The biggest of Brooklyn’s baddest in terms of number of units is 209 East 34th Street, pictured above, which has 70 apartments.
Photo via PropertyShark. (more…)