1024 Fulton St. BUG CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Brooklyn Union Gas Showroom
Address: 1024 Fulton Street
Cross Streets: Grand and Classon Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1912
Architectural Style: Early 20th century warehouse
Architect: Unnamed staff architect at Brooklyn Union Gas
Landmarked: No

The story: Brooklyn Union Gas was organized in the last decade of the 19th century, the merger of seven of the largest gas companies operating in Brooklyn. The new company was incorporated in 1895, and James Jourdan, a former military officer was named the president.

By 1910, business was booming, and they needed a much larger headquarters. The Frank Freeman designed Brooklyn Union Gas Building was completed at 176 Remsen Street in 1912.

About the same time, James H. Jourdan, the son of the first president, and now current president, realized that the utility’s greatest growth was in getting new customers for domestic as well as industrial gas use. People needed to see what gas could do. The company began partnering with appliance companies and industrial manufacturers to develop new gas-powered gadgets, appliances and machinery. (more…)

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Once the home of the owner of Gage & Tollner, this 25-foot-wide wood frame house at 435 Clinton Avenue has a spectacular interior. An Italianate with later 19th century additions as well as recent updates, it has many beautiful old details and graciously proportioned rooms, as well an attractive vintage-style marble bathroom with claw foot tub.

The exterior, however, is clad in Permastone and would benefit from restoration. (Perhaps another Passive House opportunity!?) Another quirk that might put off some buyers is that the boiler, oil tank and hot water heater are located on the garden floor.

It’s set up as a rental over an owner’s triplex. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,775,000?

435 Clinton Avenue [Halstead] GMAP


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This two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent in Prospect Heights is modern, spacious and close to Barclays Center. There’s a wine cooler, a dishwasher, a washer/dryer and a balcony off one of the bedrooms.

The unit is pretty large at 1,081 square feet, according to the listing. Do you think the rent of $4,500 a month is reasonable for the location?

660 Dean Street, #4 [Elliman] GMAP



Windows have gone in at a four-story, three-family building at 18 Jefferson Street in Bushwick. When we last passed by in February, workers were finishing up the brown brick facade and the empty window openings were blocked with plywood. (See below for a photo.)

The architect of record is Jinwoo Jang, according the new-building permit.

The new building replaces a three-story house that had been damaged in a fire, according to a demo permit. Next door at 20 Jefferson Street is an empty lot where construction had not yet started.



Another apartment building is going up near Saratoga Park in the eastern part of Bed Stuy. This one, at 92 Howard Avenue, is not actually facing the park but is about halfway down the next block. It will have five units, according to the new-building permit, and a modern look with balconies.

The rendering shows a mix of red and gray brick, the latter on what is presumably the rear elevation. Other materials are unspecified but might be metal and gray stucco.

A look through the construction fence revealed side walls and one floor have gone up so far. The lot is 25 feet wide and 100 feet deep. It last changed hands in 2014 for $455,000. 

A cute but altered brick building that was probably originally a stable was recently demolished here. Click through for more photos. GMAP


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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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This new townhouse development in South Slope has put its first three units on the market — all two bedroom apartments. The most expensive unit in the building at 289 13th Street is a duplex consisting of the garden level and finished cellar with a back yard for $1,599,000.

The parlor floor unit, which has a rear balcony and access to its own roof deck, is asking $999,000. The top floor apartment, which also has a rear balcony and a roof deck, is asking $1,029,000.

While the building is a story taller than those of the adjacent houses, the architect, Ben Ellis of Ellis + Donnelly  Studio managed to create a design that, for the most part, fits in well with its neighbors by incorporating  red brick, stone lintels and a cornice. The interiors, however, are modern.

Curbed, which first reported on the development, took issue with the kitchens — which are a far cry from the typical subway tile and slab of marble — calling them “some of the ugliest kitchens in the world.”

What do you think about them, and the rest of the project? Click through for images of the kitchens and more.

New Park Slope Condos Masquerade as an Old Townhouse [Curbed]
289 13th Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP (more…)


The Henry Apartments, a huge affordable and supportive housing complex in Ocean Hill, has officially kicked off construction at 1696-1712 Broadway. City officials and pols such as Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna and local City Council Member Darlene Mealy were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place Friday, March 20, a spokesperson for the project let us know. (Check out the press release and photos here.)

Workers have been putting up a construction fence around the very large site for several weeks, and when we peeked through yesterday we could see the ground had been cleared and a hole had appeared close to the corner of Broadway and Rockaway. The site runs along Broadway between Rockaway and Decatur. Years ago there were apartments and stores here, but the property has been an empty lot for decades. (more…)

a taste of fifth

Forty of Park Slope’s best bars and restaurants will once again set up shop tomorrow at Grand Prospect Hall for A Taste of Fifth, which benefits 15 neighborhood charities. Participating restaurants include Stone Park Café, Taco Santo, Luke’s Lobster, Bricolage, Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn, Beygl, Jakes’s Handcrafted, Bogota Latin Bistro, Freddy’s Bar, M & S Prime Meats and The Chocolate Room. (more…)

1055 Fulton St. NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Commercial building
Address: 1055 Fulton Street
Cross Streets: Corner Irving Place
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1904
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Today’s Fulton Street runs along a much older road called at different times the Ferry Road, the Brooklyn Ferry Road, or the Jamaica Plank Road. It ran along an ancient Native American trail that stretched from what is now Fulton Ferry across the length of Brooklyn, into Queens, and eventually out to Montauk.

The trail was taken up by the Dutch and later settlers to Long Island, and was invaluable to the development of Brooklyn and Queens. Goods travelled from the farms of Long Island to the markets and piers of Brooklyn, and then on to Manhattan. The Brooklyn part of the trail eventually became Fulton Street, while the Queens road became Jamaica Avenue.

Since Fulton Street ran its own way first, the street grid developed for much of Brooklyn in the 1830s had to adapt, resulting in many different triangular lots marking where streets intersected with Fulton Street. Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant all have these triangular pointed intersections. Some are more prominent, but all offer interesting opportunities for architecture. (more…)

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This notable Romansque Revival beauty has a broker and has come down in price since it was listed for sale by owner in September. The anchor end house in a row designed by architect/builders Allan Brothers in 1892, the exterior is particularly striking, with its unusual turret bay with polygonal roof and finial, Mediterranean tile roofing, balcony and elaborate carved details.

It was a Building of the Day in 2010. Inside there are all sorts of original details as well as a renovated kitchen, baths and ipe wood deck. It’s configured as a triplex over a garden-floor rental.

It was previously asking $4,650,000. Now the new ask is $3,995,000. What do you think of it?

513 4th Street [Brooklyn Heights Real Estate] GMAP


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Here’s a freshly gutted three-bedroom close to the L and M trains in Bushwick. The combined kitchen-dining-living area is large, and two of the three bedrooms are reasonably sized as well. There are new stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, although it’s wedged into a rather small space.

At first glance, the rent seems affordable at $2,416 a month. But the brokers are advertising a net effective rent with two months free, which means whoever rents this spot will write checks for the much higher $2,900 a month. It’s no fee.

It’s also right under the elevated track, which could be noisy. We know this part of Bushwick is starting to get pricey, but do you think it’s worth $966 a bedroom?

1446 Myrtle Avenue, #1 [Elliman] GMAP