Name: Former Meserole Theater, now Rite Aid Pharmacy Address: 723 Manhattan Avenue Cross Streets: Norman and Meserole Avenues Neighborhood: Greenpoint Year Built: 1921 Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Georgian Architect: Eugene DeRosa Other Buildings by Architect: Brooklyn — Terminal Theater, Park Slope, Kenmore Theater, Flatbush. Manhattan — 8th Street Playhouse, Times Square Theater, Broadway Theater, Apollo Theater (42nd Street).. Also St. George Theater on Staten Island, and other theaters in NYC and around the country Landmarked: No
The story: The Meserole family was one of the five founding families of Greenpoint. Jan Meserole came to this area in 1663 and settled in. The family homestead was centered here, and the family mansion stood on the site of this former theater. In 1919, when plans for this building were announced, the old mansion house was home to the Young Women’s Hebrew Association. It was quickly torn down, and Sol Brill, a well-known theater and amusement park impresario had this theater built.
It’s a deceptive building, at least the entrance is. The narrow lot on Manhattan Avenue would lead one to believe that this is a very small building. It’s only got a 25 foot width on the Manhattan side, in what looks like a one story building scarcely big enough for any kind of theater. But walk down the length of the lobby, and the building opens up to a huge theater space, all of which faces out onto Lorimer Street. When the Meserole Theater opened in 1921, it had seating for two thousand people. (more…)
The hotly anticipated Crabby Shack is hosting its grand opening tonight at 613 Franklin Avenue near Dean Street in Crown Heights. Expect a full roster of crab items that includes crab tacos, crab rolls, crab cake sliders, crab dumplings and crab mac and cheese, as well as steamed Alaskan snow crab or blue crab. (more…)
This landmarked house in Stuyvesant Heights, one of a pair, has some sick original detail, including elaborate Queen Anne wood work, stained glass and a huge original kitchen range. It also has some unfortunate later alterations — jacuzzi tub, we’re looking at you — but most of them look relatively easy to undo. (more…)
This three-bedroom in a detached house in Kensington is large and comes with a fresh paint job and newly stripped hardwood floors. The spacious living/dining room has nice bay windows and a chandelier, and two of the three bedrooms can fit a king or queen size bed, according to the listing. (more…)
We stumbled across another single-family townhouse going up in Brooklyn, at 181 President Street in Carroll Gardens. The four-story renovation will replace a nondescript one-story garage, according to an alt-1 permit. (more…)
This interesting addition is rising on top of a townhouse at 1 Woodrow Court in Greenwood Heights, at the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th Street. The little two-story brick townhouse is being enlarged with a third floor and 836 more square feet, according to alteration permits. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, and his website includes more construction photos and a schematic, which we’ve included after the jump. (more…)
After years of getting the brush off on requests to limit building heights in Prospect Lefferts Gardens to six stories, PLG residents, activists and community board members are now meeting with City Planning to consider how the neighborhood should be rezoned.
In addition to supporting a rezoning of Flatbush Avenue, pictured above during this past winter, that would limit building heights there to six stories, neighborhood group The Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP) opposes a brand-new move to rezone commercial district Empire Boulevard to allow residential, MTOPP President and PLG homeowner Alicia Boyd told us. (more…)
This new building at the corner of Lorimer and Montrose hit the market earlier this month with 20 rentals and bizarre design choices that would not be out of place in a club. Prices at 49 Montrose Avenue (or 334 Lorimer Street) range from $2,750 for a 1.5 bedroom to $3,295 a month for a two bedroom. (more…)
Berg’n Beer Hall will open its doors in a former garage in Crown Heights on August 27, as Grub Street first reported. The 9,000-square-foot space at 899 Bergen Street will offer food from Mighty Quinn’s, Pizza Moto Slice Shop, Asia Dog, and Ramen Burger for lunch and dinner, and locally roasted Parlor coffee and Dough doughnuts for breakfast. Berg’n will also have a 40-foot antique bar that serves locally brewed beer and pints of Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale. The beer hall is connected to 1000 Dean Street, a 150,000-square-foot former Studebaker service station that’s been converted to office space.
Name: Originally row houses, then Our Saviour’s Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church, now American Legion Post 1636 Address: 193-195 9th Street Cross Streets: 3rd and 4th avenues Neighborhood: Gowanus Year Built: 1860s, remodeled as a church in 1885, more alterations, 1928 Architectural Style: Italianate under it all Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: As Gowanus grew as an industrial area, the thousands of workers who worked in the factories, warehouses and piers needed homes for themselves and their families. By the dawn of the Civil War, in 1860, a row of small two story Italianate row houses was built here on the eastern side of 9th Street, part of the effort to meet local housing needs. They weren’t fancy or grand; they were utilitarian houses for the working class. Most of them were probably subdivided into apartments or rented out as boarding house rooms. There were not too many people here who could afford an entire house.
As the war began in earnest, most people here were probably not aware that they lived on top of a battlefield themselves. This entire area was the site of the Battle of Brooklyn, where the newly minted Continental Army was almost destroyed at the very beginning of the Revolutionary War, in 1776. The British had far superior forces, training and guns, and the Americans soon found themselves retreating towards the harbor. (more…)
We had wondered if the Unity Democratic Club at the corner of Ralph and Howard was still active, but hadn’t seen any signs of life since Obama’s first election. Now it looks like the old sign at 203 Ralph Avenue is coming down, perhaps for a new tenant or repairs. What would you like to see go into this space? GMAP
If you’re buying in east Bed Stuy, the 600 block of MacDonough is certainly an attractive one. This particular house at No. 636 appears reasonably well maintained and has plenty of cute original details, though a buyer may want to customize the kitchens and baths.
It has not changed hands recently, and appears to have passed to a family member from an estate in 2007. Do you think it is appealing for $1,200,000?