2840 Atlantic Ave, Borden's Plant, NS, PS

Here’s another entry from the Montrose archives. If you’ve traveled along Atlantic Avenue in East New York, you’ll recognize this building:

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Borden’s Diary Factory
Address: 2840 Atlantic Avenue
Cross Streets: Barbey and Schenck Streets
Neighborhood: East New York
Year Built: 1914-1915
Architectural Style: Very simplified Medieval German-inspired factory building
Architect: Otto Strack
Other Works by Architect: E.W. Browning Company Building, 11 W. 17th St, Manhattan; Pabst Theater, Kalvelage House, both in Milwaukee
Landmarked: No

The story: When we think of important landmarks that should be preserved, we think of buildings like Grand Central Station, or the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, or Gracie Mansion. If we really appreciate architecture, we may expand our list to buildings like the Eagle Warehouse in DUMBO, or the Riverside Apartments in Brooklyn Heights. It’s not very often that we consider factories on these lists, because factories are usually utilitarian, no-nonsense kinds of buildings that aren’t usually known for their architectural or even historical worth. But there are always exceptions to the rule, and East New York’s Borden Dairy Factory is one. (more…)


Trade Wise, the grocery store that opened at 900 Fulton Street earlier this year, appears to have gone out of business, even though the outside is still festooned with bunting and a flag proclaiming its “grand opening.”

A commenter spotted that it was recently shut during business hours, and when we stopped by twice yesterday, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, it was still closed.

Anyone know more?

Trade Wise Supermarket Opening in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP

109 clifton place bed stuy 92014

We are simply amazed by the transformation of this diminutive house, which has a sad back story. The new wood window surrounds, the bathroom and the kitchen are especially impressive. The slate fireplace has been stripped and works. A thorough facade renovation included new black iron windows, a new door, and paint removal.

The current owner bought the property unrenovated in 2012 for $920,000 from a flipper after the city took it from an elderly woman for nonpayment of only $10,092 in taxes, according to property records and a reader who saw the house when it was last for sale.

“It wasn’t a total wreck but it needed a lot of work,” she told us. “It had some original detail remaining.” The one-family house has three bedrooms, one full bath and two half baths. It is only 1,400 square feet, according to PropertyShark.

What do you think of the renovation and the new ask of 1,998,000?

109 Clifton Place [Corcoran] GMAP

230 ashland place fort greene 92014

Another day, another $1,000-a-foot listing. This 16th-floor pad at the Forte in Fort Greene has a couple of bedrooms and bathrooms as well as great views of Manhattan. It’s also full of right angles, unlike many units in the building. The asking price for the 1,007-square-foot condo is $1,050,000.

230 Ashland Place, #16H [Town Residential] GMAP

641 10th street park slope 92014

Here’s a cute garden one-bedroom in South Slope. The kitchen is at one end of the living room and the mudroom off the bedroom can be used as a little den/office. The kitchen has great counter space, plenty of cabinets and a dishwasher, and there’s a washer/dryer. Renters also have access to basement storage and a shared backyard. And it’s only two blocks to the F/G stop at 7th Avenue. What do you think of it for $2,600 a month?

641 10th Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP


The rendering above shows what could rise at 125 3rd Avenue, a development site in Boerum Hill for sale for $6,500,000.

There is a one-story commercial building on the site now, which has a total of 15,785 buildable square feet. If the buyer also purchased air rights from a neighboring property, that figure would increase to 19,631, according to Massey Knakal, which is marketing the site. It changed hands last year for $2,550,000.

No applications for building permits have been filed recently. Thanks to a tipster for forwarding the image.

125 3rd Avenue Listing [Massey Knakal]


One of the three Strong Place townhouses, No. 4, is back on the market and asking $4,850,000. That’s $900,000, or almost a million, more than when it debuted as a pre-construction sale in early 2013 for $3,950,000.

All three properties are still under construction but expected to wrap soon. All three were on the market for a few months in early 2013.

2A entered contract in January this year when it was asking $4,475,000. A new listing for No. 2 is expected to go up shortly.

Designed by CWB Architects and approved by Landmarks, the townhouses have a traditional exterior and modern interiors. They were developed by Brennan Realty, which is also marketing them. Click the listing to see the floor plan and more interior and exterior images.

4 Strong Place Listing [Brennan Realty]

1090 greene avenue bushwick bohack house

We were relieved to see the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted yesterday to landmark 1090 Greene Avenue in Bushwick. It is one of the last well-preserved wood frame houses in the area. Preservation advocate Historic Districts Council called it “a distinctive reminder of 19th-century Bushwick.”

It is rare for the LPC to landmark wood frame houses, perhaps because they are so often altered beyond recognition. (more…)

newtown creek wastewater plant park

The city is building a methane gas recycling facility on land it promised for a park 10 years ago, according to community group The Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee. The group supports the facility but is demanding the city move it elsewhere, Brooklyn Paper reported.

“It does not look like we are going to get any of the open space they promised us,” at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant at 329 Greenpoint Avenue, pictured above, a member told the paper.

The Department of Environmental Protection said they put the gas facility, which includes “an 18-wheeler-sized mechanism” to produce energy from sewage and compost, as close to the plant as possible. The site between North Henry and Humboldt Streets will be a fenced off construction site till 2016. 

Activists: Newtown Creek Gas Plant Squashes Park Promise [BK Paper]
Photo by Google Maps

st gregory the great crown heights 82014

The Crown Heights North 7th Annual House Tour takes place this Saturday. Highlights include the Bedford Central Church on Nostrand and an original Kinko-style home built by the Kings and Westchester Land Company. Altogether there will be eight homes, two churches and the Bergen Community Garden.

The self-guided tour starts at 10:45 am on Saturday with a continental breakfast and opening ceremony at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church (pictured), on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and St. Johns Place. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the tour. They’re available on CHNA’s website, at Barbara’s Flowers at 1096 Bergen Street, or at Yanatiba at 714 Washington Avenue. 

126 St. Felix St. BMS, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Brooklyn Music School
Address: 126 St. Felix Street
Cross Streets: Lafayette Avenue and Hanson Place
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: Original houses- 1850s, but totally reconfigured in 1920-1928
Architectural Style: Vaguely Mediterranean/Spanish Revival
Architect: Original architect unknown, 1920 reconfiguration by Meyer & Mathieu, 1928 addition by John Infanger of Slee & Bryson.
Other buildings by architect: Hans Meyer taught architecture in NYC schools, and is on record for alterations at Tudor City in Manhattan.
Landmarked: Yes, part of BAM HD

The story: Sandwiched in between the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Hanson Place Methodist Church is the Brooklyn Music School. This venerable institution is almost always forgotten when most people think about Fort Greene and its arts institutions, which is really a shame, as it has a long and proud history in the Brooklyn community. Many well-known musicians and performers got their start here, either as children taking lessons, or as emerging young artists taking the professional stage for the first time. This school should be as famous as its much larger next door neighbor. (more…)

542 st marks avenue crown heights 92014

After only a year in business, it looks like Cafe Allegria has closed its doors at 547 St Marks Avenue in Crown Heights. On Saturday morning, we spotted a sign on the front that said the property had been sold and the cafe was closed. Does anyone know what happened? When we interviewed the owners last year, they told us they had bought the house in 2003 and then decided to renovate and move into it three years ago. The public records don’t list any recent sales.

Crown Heights Cafe Opens in a House Just off Franklin Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP