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A listing has just gone up for one of the three townhouses created out of the landmarked 1902 Dudley Memorial medical building on Amity Street in Cobble Hill. The conversion has been in the works since 2007, and the townhouse at 118 Amity Street is asking $7,795,000.

That princely sum will get you a vertical slice of the French Renaissance palace-style building on its own tax lot, a side yard, and more than 6,000 square feet of interior space. There are five bedrooms, a wine cellar, a roof terrace with a hot tub, and lots of other high end features.

But the timing of the sale may be unfortunate — will the new owners be able to enjoy the hot tub and other amenities while development proceeds on the opposite corner at Long Island College Hospital?

118 Amity Street [Heights Realty Advisors]
118 Amity Street [Official] (more…)

384-406 9th St. NS, PS 4

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Double duplex row houses
Address: 384-406 9th Street
Cross Streets: 6th and 7th Avenues
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1910
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: J. Constantine Schubert
Other Buildings by Architect: Standalone, row, and semi-detached houses in Bay Ridge, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and other southern Brooklyn neighborhoods
Landmarked: No

The story: When I daydream about having a Brooklyn pied-a-terre, I’ve gone through the list of all of the kinds of houses I would ideally want. What style, what era would be best? An entire house, or just an apartment? A loft, maybe, or a studio apartment? Since anything is possible in fantasyland, I’ve come to the conclusion that the ideal house for me would be one of these kinds of homes; the double duplex. They were built as two family homes, and lost nothing in conversion, as far as layout and detail. They each have two floors, and private garden space. One could live in one unit, rent out the other, and have the luxury of someone there while you are not, but the privacy of your own entrance. It would be perfect. It’s a great way to live full time, too, and that’s what the developer of these houses thought, when he and others began building double duplexes in the early part of the 20th century. (more…)

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The Burger King at the corner of Marcy and Fulton across from Restoration Plaza has closed. (In July, a new Burger King was setting up shop at Nostrand and Fulton, as we reported.) This lot at 957 Marcy has not recently traded hands, but an application for a permit to demolish the existing building was filed in August.

A permit to build a one-story bank building with a drive-through and curb cut has been in the works since 2012 but has not yet been granted and is waiting for zoning approval. We think a taller mixed-use building would be a better use of the space here. What do you think?

Thanks to a reader for a tip about the closing. GMAP (more…)

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Here’s a diamond in the rough with lots of interesting details just south of Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. We don’t think we’ve ever seen a teens exterior quite like this one with its tiles of neo-classical relief ornament and patterned brickwork at the top. Even the rear looks nice, with bay windows.

Inside, there is a coffered ceiling, some fun Arts and Crafts mantels with working gas fireplaces, an attractive entry and staircase, some neo-classical bas-relief columns and plasterwork with shells and shield motifs, original early electric light fixtures, and two original claw foot tubs.

The two-family house has one identical apartment per floor, each with two bedrooms, but they are roomier than usual and not railroads. There’s also a finished basement with laundry. The bathrooms and kitchens look like they could use a bit of updating, or rather restoration, but overall the building looks to be in good condition.

There’s an open house this Sunday, November 2, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. What do you think of it and the ask of $1,200,000?

1239 President Street [BH Tal Real Estate] GMAP

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The price of this penthouse unit at the Belltel Lofts in Downtown Brooklyn has come way down since hitting the market in August. It started at $2,250,000 and is now asking $1,850,000. What do you get for your money? Great views of New York Harbor and 1,645 square feet of living space. Unfortunately there’s no outdoor space, something that many other higher-floor units in this building have. Monthly charges are still low — $1,290 a month. What do you think this’ll end up going for?

365 Bridge Street, #23A [Corcoran] GMAP

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Here’s a good-looking three-bedroom in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, right near the Crown Heights border. The living room is on the narrow side but the pad gets good light because it’s a corner building. It also has a dishwasher, washer/dryer and a private roof deck. And it’s only a block from the 2/5 at Sterling Street. What’s your opinion of it for $3,100 a month?

406 Rogers Avenue, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

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We’ve always wondered what would happen to the overgrown and graffiti-covered brick house at 615 St. Johns Place between Franklin and Classon in Crown Heights, and now it looks like a developer has purchased the property and plans to demolish it. Nissan Cohen of First Elite Group LLC paid $1,030,000 for the 2,620-square-foot property in August, according to public records.

Earlier this month, Cohen filed a demolition application to knock down the property’s little 990-square-foot brick structure. No new building permits have been filed yet, but we’re sure a new residential development is in the works. Zoning allows up to 5,240 square feet of residential space on the plot.

The front gate has been torn down, and for the first time, we can see inside the house, which appears to have little remaining besides a back wall and a decayed hallway with one or two rooms. The roof appears to have collapsed right inside the front door.

The house, a former Building of the Day, was built as a garage in the early 20th century and later converted to a house by adding an extension.

Building of the Day: 615 St. Johns Place [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Developer Walter L. Johnson was a powerhouse. When he began building his Dyker Heights suburban community, he went with the best of the best. First of all, he had one of the best locations in Brooklyn to work with. His father had purchased the old DeRussy estate back in 1888 with the idea to develop it into an upscale suburban community. The estate was on high ground, with magnificent views of the New York harbor. You could see from the Narrows all the way out to Sandy Hook and beyond. The air was clean and cooling, and living here would be the best of both worlds; a seaside house with easy access to the big city. (more…)

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A stucco’d and stripped but historic Heights home at 48 Hicks Street will be getting a new and more historically appropriate facade. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a proposal to replace the building’s mid-20th century facade with wood siding and an old-fashioned storefront, the Brooklyn Heights Blog reported.

The Federal wood frame house was built in 1829. Sometime later in the century a storefront was added to the bottom floor. The renovation proposes Federal style upper floors with wood siding, shutters and window surrounds. The windows on the second and third floors will be enlarged.

The residential entrance to the left of the storefront will also be redone in an early 19th century style with paneling, a four-panel door, and a lantern-style light over the door. The existing metal and glass storefront will be replaced with a late 19th century style wood and glass storefront. The Brooklyn Heights Association and the Historic Districts Council spoke in favor of the renovation, which is being undertaken because the existing stucco is leaking.

Click through to see photos of the presentation by architect Richard Somerby.

Landmarks Commission Approves New Façade for 48 Hicks Street [BHB]
Photo above by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark; photos below by Evan Bindelglass for BHB

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Italian developer Est4te Four — the same folks behind gorgeous and fast-selling 160 Imlay — closed on $33,000,000 worth of Red Hook properties last month, and now we have renderings of what they plan to do with it, courtesy of New York YIMBY. They intend to convert the large brick warehouses on Coffey and Ferris Streets to offices and build new five- and six-story buildings with brick on the bottom and glassy top floors, according to the rendering.

They want to demolish the site’s “less attractive” warehouses, such as the Daily News’ old printing press building. NBBJ is designing the project, which is bounded by Coffey, Ferris and Wolcott Streets and the waterfront. It will also include a waterfront promenade. Altogether it will have 1.1 million square feet of office space.

Click through to see more renderings of the office development. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: Est4te Four’s 1.1 Million Square Foot Red Hook Office Redevelopment [NYY]
Est4te Four Buys up More Red Hook Warehouses, Plans Office Conversions [Brownstoner]
Renderings by NBBJ via New York YIMBY

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Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams wants to revive the affordable housing development on a 30-acre piece of land known as the Broadway Triangle. Sandwiched between Bed Stuy, Williamsburg and Bushwick along Broadway near Flushing, the controversial development was halted by a judge’s injunction following a lawsuit by community groups arguing the plans and a rezoning of the area favored Hasidic families and discriminated against blacks and Latinos. In a written review of an unrelated project at 695 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Adams called on the de Blasio administration to resolve the legal dispute so housing can be built, Crain’s reported.

He also called on HPD to get on with the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site at 300 Skillman Avenue in East Williamsburg, which stalled in 2012 after the developer dropped out. The city planned to create about 250 affordable apartments at the site, which has been shuttered since 1982. The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition told Crain’s it has recently been talking with the city about the rezoning. The Triangle project could add another 600 affordable units, according to Crain’s.

One thing that has changed: Former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the king of affordable housing in the area, was heavily involved in the Triangle project, but is no longer in office. The nonprofit group he created to deliver services to constituents, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen’s Council, which still exists and continues to be a big landlord and developer in Latino-heavy Bushwick, was one of two developers in the Triangle project, along with nonprofit partner United Jewish Organizations.

Do you think it’s a coincidence that Adams is calling for development of Broadway Triangle now that Lopez is out of the picture?

Brooklyn BP Acts to Restart Two Rez Projects [Crain's]
Broadway Triangle Coverage [Brownstoner]
Image via Urban Omnibus

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday calendared the 18 Tudor Revival homes on Chester Court in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, a spokeswoman for the LPC told us. Calendaring means the LPC will eventually vote on whether or not to designate the proposed Chester Court Historic District. Architect Peter J. Collins designed the houses in 1914 and 1915, according to the notice of yesterday’s hearing. The block is a cul-de-sac off Flatbush, next to the 23-story apartment tower rising at 626 Flatbush Avenue.