Prospect Heights Bank

Architect’s illustration via Brooklyn Public Library

To the woe of local preservationists, the Landmark Preservation Commission has announced that, following review, they did not find a former bank in Prospect Heights to be worthy of landmarking. The neoclassical property at 856 Washington Avenue has been approved for demolition, with permits filed to replace it with a 14-story condo building. (more…)

Brooklyn Paramount Theater -- History & Restoration

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

The Brooklyn Paramount Theatre was one of Brooklyn’s famed movie palaces. Like most of the great movie palaces built in the 1920s and ’30s, the Paramount was ornate and over the top. It’s now on its way to being restored, but it was almost lost forever. Here’s a look at its early days. (more…)


The Lady Moody house in Gravesend. Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

If the Landmarks Preservation Commission took a vote this minute on what to landmark based entirely on oral public testimony Thursday morning at the first of its unprecedented series of backlog hearings at its downtown Manhattan headquarters, the Coney Island Pumping Station would be designated and Green-Wood Cemetery would not. (more…)


A rendering of the proposed restoration. Rendering via LPC

The Landmarks Preservation Commission Tuesday rejected a proposal to save Crown Heights’ oldest home, the badly deteriorated and individually landmarked Elkins House at 1375 Dean Street. The proposal would have turned the freestanding wood frame home — the only one dating from when the area was rural — into an attached row house with side extensions made of glass, destroying its unique character, The Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The owner of the house, Amber Mazor of Perfect Renovation, who has renovated other historic properties in the area, is caught between a rock and a hard place. For the project to be economically feasible, he must convert the house into at least four units, he told the LPC. (more…)

Brooklyn Heights Hotel -- Bossert Plans to Reopen by Winter

Brooklyn Heights’ historic Bossert Hotel may finally reopen this winter under the operation of Argentinian hotelier Fën Hotels, the Brooklyn Paper reported.

The Bossert will not be Fën Hoteles’ first venture in Brooklyn, as they recently opened the Dazzler Brooklyn downtown, on Flatbush Avenue Extension and Tillary Street. UnderFën’s discretion, the Bossert Hotel will be transformed into the “Esplendor Bossert.”



A highly controversial bill that would regulate the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Intro 775, did not come to a vote Wednesday as expected but rather was “held over in committee,” the City Council website reveals. But the hearing was epic: It went on for six hours and was mobbed, mostly by opponents of the bill.

Opponents said the legislation would “strip the LPC of power to preserve our city’s landmarks,” in the words of one such opponent, preservation nonprofit Landmarks West, in an email Thursday. The LPC itself came out against the legislation during the hearing — an unexpected development. (more…)


The Landmarks Preservation Commission Tuesday approved Fortis Property Group’s exterior design for the historic Polhemus Memorial Clinic at 350 Henry Street in Cobble Hill, part of its recent acquisition of the former Long Island College Hospital development site. However, Landmarks did request one change: No new balconies, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.

Residents and LPC commissioners alike were vehement about the need to remove proposed balconies from the plan. They did not mince words, calling them “inappropriate,” “eyesores,” and “ugly, cheap appendages,” according to the Eagle.

Brooklyn Borough Hall Pavement

The much-needed repaving of Borough Hall Plaza is well under way. Brownstoner just paid a visit to the site, where workers are replacing hazardous and crumbling bluestone with more-sturdy “Jet Mist” granite.

A number of people have fallen on the plaza in recent years, including a septuagenarian who broke her hip in 2010 in a tumble caused by the broken bluestone, the Eagle noted at the time.

The main plaza area immediately to the West of Borough Hall  towards the fountain appear to be nearly complete. But will the plaza be finished in time for the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 20? They’re cutting it close.



Perhaps nothing is as emblematic of both the old and new Brooklyn as the newly restored Kings Theatre in Flatbush. After a $93 million restoration, it opened in February for the first time in 40 years and has gone on to win a preservation award and kindle renewed interest in the area.

And now it will be acquired by Ambassador, a vertically integrated theater chain, which produces shows, sells tickets and runs theaters. The iconic theater was not an acquisition target on its own but is part of another theater group, ACE Theatrical Group, that Ambassador is acquiring, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. (more…)


Clockwise from top left: Pavilion Theater and renderings of the proposed redesign via Hidrock Realty, photo by Nitehawk

Its redesign might not be a blockbuster hit, but Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater at 188 Prospect Park West has already caught the eye of a hip Williamsburg Cinema operator, reported DNAinfo. Matthew Viragh, owner of Nitehawk Cinema on Metropolitan Avenue, told DNA he’d like to take over the Pavilion once its renovation is complete.

Nitehawk is known for its hipster atmosphere and for serving cocktails and dinner during films. Nitehawk would be a catch for the Pavilion — in previous years, the theater was plagued by complaints of trash, poor heating and bedbugs.