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Today’s house, at 772 Quincy Street in Bedford Stuyvesant, has lots of lovely original details. The photos reveal that much. They don’t reveal a whole lot else though, leaving open some questions about what else we’re dealing with here and what kind of shape it’s in.

The details in question include wall moldings, elaborate plaster decorations, ceiling medallions, original window and door moldings, pocket doors, slate mantels with their rare original faux painting intact, and a pier mirror on the parlor floor. Much of it looks to be in good shape. (more…)

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A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

While this may look like the world’s fanciest traffic-court building, it started out with a calling more sacred than the adjudication of parking tickets. 1005 Bedford Avenue — at the corner of Lafayette Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant — was the home of Temple Israel, one of Brooklyn’s oldest Jewish congregations.

Temple Israel, established in 1869, was a place of worship and community for Brooklyn’s German Jewish residents. It held its first services in the old YMCA, located downtown at Fulton Street and Gallatin Place.

In 1872 the congregation purchased its own building, a now-landmarked church on Greene Avenue, where the community grew. By the time it had to move again after a number of years, many members of this German Jewish community were doing quite well.

Membership included wealthy merchants such as Abraham Abraham — one of the founders of Abraham & Straus — and the congregation was able to afford to commission one of the city’s best architectural firms to design a new temple. (more…)

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A Caribbean-themed bar with all sorts of inventive cocktails opened in late July at 419 Tompkins Avenue in Bed Stuy.

Lovers Rock is across the street from BBQ joint Peaches Hothouse and around the corner from Bed Vyne Cocktail but its immediate block is mostly residential and, at the moment, teaming with the construction of big apartment buildings at 410 Tompkins and 420 Tompkins.

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Today’s pick is a Bed Stuy brownstone that’s been newly overhauled, and is on the market for $1,499,000. Located at 192 Hart Street, it features some modern finishes that will be a lure for some and a repellent for others.

The home is set up as a triplex over a garden rental. The triplex has four bedrooms and three and a half baths, with, you guessed it, an open plan living room/kitchen on the parlor floor, with an open staircase.

One unusual element is a third-floor master bedroom with a double-height ceiling that opens up to the top floor. Or not quite double-height — the top floor appears to be a “cheater” story, only a few feet high in front, with a pair of tiny windows set into the building’s cornice. (more…)

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Workers at Broadway and Whipple in Williamsburg Friday

Citi Bike Friday moved on to installing stations in Bed Stuy, having finished installing new stations in Greenpoint and Williamsurg over the last two weeks. Workers Friday started on a station at Tompkins and Willoughby in Bed Stuy.

Williamsburg also got a new station Friday at Broadway and Whipple, close to the border of Bushwick and Bed Stuy. Citi Bike installed at least five new stations in Bed Stuy over the last few days, according to its own map. New locations are:

  • Myrtle Avenue and Marcy Avenue
  • Myrtle Avenue and Lewis Avenue
  • Park Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard
  • Nostrand Avenue and Myrtle Avenue
  • Willoughby Avenue and Tompkins Avenue

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The foundation is finished, and the steel structure has just passed the first floor at the big build replacing the old Weinstein hardware store on the corner of Tompkins and Halsey, Brownstoner saw on a recent visit. As readers will recall, a six-story building with 44 apartments is planned here at 420 Tompkins Avenue.

Weinstein’s had been closed for a few years, and the low-slung building occupied a large lot with unused FAR. Many such properties are now under construction in Bed Stuy, which is booming with development. (more…)

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The folks who live on Macon Street between Howard and Ralph in Bed Stuy have the most creative block parties. They go way beyond the ordinary bounce house rental. (The same block won Greenest Block in 2014, BTW.)

A Brownstoner reader who lives on the block filled us in:

We had our block party this Saturday and it took a lot of planning and work. We’re just seeing a last house guest off.

Last year we had a rock wall, which was a huge success. This year we had a wrestling ring that was put up along with three wrestlers, one named Spyder. It was WWE writ small. :) And it was another hugely successful event!

Anyhow, as you can see I am still coming down from the block party high. :)

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As Bed Stuy booms with construction, three small apartment buildings are filling in three empty lots that have been vacant for decades here on Halsey Street between Patchen Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard. The projects appear to be related and share an architect although the owners are different. Altogether they will bring 19 more units to this busy street.

Furthest along is the building at the far left, 672 Halsey. It will have eight units, according to the new-building permit.

The exterior appears to be nearly finished, and work continues on the inside. It has not yet received its certificate of occupancy. (more…)

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Today’s pick is a fetching 1889 Bed Stuy brownstone that offers an interesting mix of original details and modern updating. Located at 429 Hancock Street, it’s on the market for $1,999,000.

The four-story house has an owner-friendly setup, with a duplex on the bottom two floors. It offers two bedrooms and an office on the garden level and a living room and dining room/open kitchen above. (Atypically, the dining room and kitchen are in the front.) (more…)

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After a spate of gun violence in Bed Stuy and Clinton Hill, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James has called for a meeting this week:

“All,
As I am sure you aware, our neighborhood has seen an increase in gang and gun violence these past few weeks. We have felt the pain in our hearts as too many members of our community have been shot and killed by such shootings. This needs to be stopped and needs to be stopped now.

In light of these recent shootings, I am calling an emergency meeting between all levels of government and the community. We cannot stand idly while such wanton acts of violence happen within a community that has so much life. With the help of our local police the 79th and 88th Police Precincts, lead by Deputy Inspector John Chell and Captain Peter Fiorillo, as well as the P.B.B.N. and P.S.A 3, lead by Deputy Chief Jeffrey Maddrey and Captain Peter Fiorillo, I am certain we can work together to find a way to bring a stop to the gang violence that continues to plague our neighbors, our friends, and our families.

But none can fight this alone. We will need to come together, not with blame, but with a proactive solution that we will then work together to achieve. I need your help to make out community safe again. Please join me from 6-​8 ​pm on Wednesday August 19th at 279 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, the Emmanuel Baptist Church where we can start our work on a path to heal this community.”

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Just a month after Stuy Heights’ first Mexican restaurant opened, Oaxaca Taqueria is prepping its 10th location a block away. When we passed by the corner of Halsey and Lewis recently, we saw the mini chain is putting in a colorful storefront at 478 Halsey Street.

The last we checked in, in January, one of the agents in the deal let us know the taqueria was in talks for the space, but had not yet signed a lease. The restaurant will open “in a couple of weeks,” he told us — late this month or in September. (more…)

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Our pick today is a large one-bedroom apartment on the garden floor of a Stuyvesant Heights brownstone, at 282 Stuyvesant Avenue. At $1,850 a month, it seems a decent deal in these frenzied times.

In addition to hardwood floors throughout, it’s got some nice original details, including wainscoting, moldings, pocket shutters and a mantel with a mirror in the living room. The ceiling there appears to have a popcorn texture, which is a bit of a downer.

There’s no floor plan, so it’s hard to tell exactly how it’s laid out, but there’s a large living room in the front, which has an open kitchen at the back. This being a corner building, the living room has a window on the side as well as two looking out onto Stuyvesant Avenue, which is nice for light as well as views of the world passing by — though less good for privacy and street noise. (more…)