08/20/14 3:00pm

315 Washington Ave, SW, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Free-standing brick house
Address: 315 Washington Avenue
Cross Streets: DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: late 1860s, new mansard roof added 1894
Architectural Style: now
Architect: Building architect unknown, Roof extension by Parfitt Brothers
Other Buildings by Architect: Parfitt Brothers – in Clinton Hill – 331-335 Wash, just down the block, Cornelius Hoagland House, Clinton Ave and several other row houses and flats buildings. Also row houses, apartment buildings, flats buildings, mansions, office buildings and churches in Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill Historic District (1981)

The story: I would have loved to have seen Clinton Hill just after the Civil War. The neighborhood was already popular with wealthy Brooklynites who enjoyed living on “the Hill,” where the air was clean and two main streets, Clinton and Washington Avenues, were lined with spacious homes on large lots. Many of those homes at that time were large wood framed suburban villas. Today, in the entire neighborhood, there are only a couple left. These wealthy folk were also beginning to build more substantial homes of brick and brownstone, and both Washington and Clinton are dotted with large boxy masonry houses dating from the late 1860s. They add a wonderful gravitas and simple elegance to the neighborhood, and are typical of Victorian style. This house is one of them. (more…)

08/20/14 2:00pm

51 fifth avenue chocolate room park slope 82014

The Chocolate Room’s Park Slope cafe will re-open in a new location at 51 Fifth Avenue this month, according to the the company’s website. Owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher opened their first dessert cafe in 2005, down the block at 81 Fifth Avenue. Eventually, they expanded to a much larger second location at 296 Court Street in Cobble Hill. Their longtime landlord wanted to increase their rent by nearly six times, forcing them to look for new space in January, according to the Daily News. GMAP

08/20/14 1:30pm

54 2nd street carroll gardens 82014

This single family, three-story Carroll Gardens townhouse has plenty of details, some old, some new. It has the deep front yard that Carroll Gardens is known for and appears to have some original moldings and one marble fireplace. But elsewhere, there are lots of new additions. Recessed lighting has been installed throughout. There are new columns, crown molding, Brazilian cherry wood floors and other updates. According to the listing, for some reason the building has steel-reinforced floors and stairs. It also has central air conditioning. It’s asking $2,990,000. What do you think?

54 2nd Street [Ideal Properties] GMAP

08/20/14 12:58pm

110 livingston street downtown brooklyn 82014

It’s getting close to impossible to find anything for less than $1,000 a foot in “prime” Brooklyn. Take this place at 110 Livingston Street. The 540-square-foot pad is very nice as far as studios go–with high ceilings, big windows, good light–and it’s asking $550,000. This is the new normal, people.

110 Livingston, #5J [Halstead] GMAP

08/20/14 12:15pm

473 harman street bushwick 82014

This railroad one-bedroom apartment in Bushwick is pretty barebones, but it offers a nice amount of space for the price. The bedroom and kitchen have windows but the two middle rooms don’t. However, the bedroom is open to one of the living rooms, which allows some natural light to filter through. The kitchen looks decent, but the bathroom isn’t pictured. It’s about five blocks from the Dekalb L stop and eight from the L/M at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues. You’re practically in Ridgewood here. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,362?

473 Harman Street, #2L [Corcoran] GMAP

08/20/14 11:30am

79 quay street rendering greenpoint 82014

Developer Cayuga Capital Management plans to convert a large brick warehouse at 79 Quay Street in Greenpoint into townhouses and build a boxy apartment building behind it, according to New York YIMBY. The cube-filled apartment building will rise six stories tall and wrap over the warehouse-turned-townhouses, which are pictured on the left side of the rendering. All told, the development will be 60,000 square feet. Gowanus-based architects Cycle Cities will design the project. Cayuga and Cycle Cities are also collaborating on a 12-story office and retail development at 87 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, reported by the WSJ on Monday.

The developer purchased the 23,500-square-foot warehouse at Quay and West Streets for $3,800,000 in March, according to public records. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 79 Quay Street [NY YIMBY]

08/20/14 10:45am

ps 138 addition 801 park place crown heights rendering 82014

The city’s School Construction Authority posted this rendering on the fence for an addition coming to a parking lot next to P.S. 138 in Crown Heights. No new building or alt-1 permits have been filed, and the permits on the fence are alteration type-2 permits for “installation of connecting link.” So we don’t have many details, but it looks like the three-story addition will have garages on the ground floor and either offices or classroom above. The architect listed is Macrae-Gibson Architects, who have worked on schools throughout the city.

The main school building is a huge turn of the century structure at 801 Park Place and 760 Prospect Place, because it sits on a lot that spans the whole block between Nostrand and Rogers Avenues. Constructed in 1907, it began its life as the Brooklyn Training School for Teachers. Click through for pictures of the lot and the school.

Building of the Day: 760 Prospect Place [Brownstoner] GMAP

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726 monroe1

A Stop Work Order has been issued at this Bed-Stuy construction site at 726 Monroe Street on Friday because neighbors complained that an excavator had smashed into their building. One neighbor told NY1, “the lady told me that the whole wall shook. She came downstairs and said the building is smashed. So I went upstairs, the whole wall is smashed in. It took the whole sheet rock and pushed it all in.” According to NY1, when authorities arrived the excavator was leaning against the building. (more…)

08/19/14 4:00pm

cadman plaza east brooklyn heights 82014

When we biked down Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn Heights today, Department of Environmental Protection workers were tearing up the road to repair the sewers. Workers onsite told us that they expect the project to take anywhere from three to six months. They also said they’re going to repaint the bike lane that runs next to the courthouse.

Later in the year, they plan on doing work on Red Cross Place and the southbound section of Adams Street, next to the Brooklyn Bridge approach. This section of Cadman Plaza East is closed to traffic. Cyclists who take it to get out of Dumbo will have to find an alternate route for the next few months.

08/19/14 3:00pm

451 Clarkson Ave, KCH, ABC unit, Google Maps 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Nurses Training School, now ABC Building at Kings County Hospital
Address: 451 Clarkson Avenue
Cross Streets: New York and Albany Avenues
Neighborhood: Wingate/East Flatbush
Year Built: 1930-32
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival with strong Art Deco influences
Architect: Leroy P. Ward
Other Buildings by Architect: mostly mansions on Gold Coast of Long Island and Hamptons
Landmarked: No

The story: Kings County Hospital started out as the Kings County Almshouse in 1831. Located at the time, far out on a farm, far away from everyone else, the almshouse was a Dickensian work house and farm for the poor and indigent on 70 acres of Flatbush farming land, with 40 acres dedicated to farmland. As the 19th century progressed, the dormitories and work houses of the Almshouse were joined by the Lunatic Asylum, a place where those with developmental problems, mental illness and other disabilities such as blindness could also be removed from society. Both institutions were early forms of public care, supported not by private charities, but public tax funds. As can be imagined, life here was pretty awful, too. (more…)

08/19/14 2:00pm

162 flatbush avenue park slope 82014

Verizon has closed its Viva Movil cellphone store at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street, only a year after Jennifer Lopez came to Brooklyn for its grand opening. Verizon Wireless and J Lo launched the retail stores in July 2013 “to lure Latino shoppers to the brand,” according to Betabeat. A tipster told us they saw the signage coming down on Friday at 162 Flatbush Avenue. What do you want to see on this corner, which is directly across the street from the Barclays Center? GMAP