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This sprawling lower duplex in a Bed Stuy brownstone has been completely gut renovated but offers tons of living space for a family or roommates. The new kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher. The 1,550-square-foot pad also comes with a private backyard and a washer/dryer on the lower floor. Do you think the rent of $3,500 a month is a stretch for this part of Bed Stuy?

613a Hancock Street, #1 [Elliman] GMAP

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We debated whether to ignore or call out The Post’s story on crime in Bed Stuy and Bushwick, which reads like something written by an Internet troll circa 2008. It even has the requisite gentrifier who says “More people like me are moving in and changing the neighborhood. So that’s comforting.” Newsflash: Violent crime is less than half what it was in the early ’90s, thanks to the efforts of people who have been living here all along, including community boards and Neighborhood Watch groups.

Bed Stuy does have a problem with young black men shooting each other, and it’s horrifying and needs to stop — as people in the community recognize all too well. That’s entirely different from saying white gentrifiers will be preyed on by black bogeymen, which is the implication of the story — but not supported by facts.

“There has also been an uptick in burglaries and muggings targeting the gentrifiers who move in,” said the story, but it did not give any evidence to support that. Crime is down across the board. In the 81st Precinct, for example, which covers part of Bed Stuy, violent crime to date this year is down in every category, including burglary and felonious assault, except rape.

We hope violent crime will continue to decrease, including rape, for the sake of everyone who lives here, not just the newcomers.

198-204 Jefferson Avenue, CB, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 198-204 Jefferson Avenue
Cross Streets: Nostrand and Marcy Avenues
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: 1891
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Montrose W. Morris
Other Buildings by Architect: Clinton, Alhambra, Renaissance Apartments in Bed Stuy, Imperial and Bedfordshire Apts in Crown Heights. Also in Bed Stuy – Kelley Mansion and many other houses on Hancock, between Marcy and Tompkins Avenues. Also houses and apartments in Clinton Hill, Crown Heights North and South, Park Slope, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg.
Landmarked: Not yet. Calendared for landmarking in 2012.

The story: By 1891, when this group of four houses was built, Montrose W. Morris was one busy man. He had completed his magnificent Alhambra Apartments, just down the street, on Nostrand Avenue, and was in planning for the Renaissance, Imperial and Bedfordshire Apartments which would begin in 1892. He had also just completed the Hulbert and Arbuckle mansions in Park Slope and Clinton Hill, respectively, and only a few years before had designed the Kelley mansion around the corner on Hancock Street, effectively establishing his reputation as one of the go-to architects for Brooklyn’s wealthy.

He also was working on some speculative row house work on Hancock Street and on DeKalb Avenue in Clinton Hill. Those projects were very different from this group of four houses, designed for Arthur C. Mason. At first glance, these houses are nothing like his other works, and far less impressive, but they still have the Montrose Morris touch, and were home to his favorite kind of people: wealthy and prominent folk. (more…)

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Yesterday the restored war memorial in Saratoga Park was unveiled at a moving ceremony with an honor guard and local politicians. The field behind the statue, draped in a gold cloth until the end, was dotted with flags in memory of the 106 locals who died in World War I. After speeches by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Council Member Darlene Mealy and others, the names of the dead were read out loud and Mealy placed a wreath at the foot of the statue. A bugle played taps and the gold cloth was drawn up to reveal it.

It was so hot in the sun we worried someone would faint of heat stroke, but luckily no one did. (more…)

245-247 Herkimer St. JMHorton Ice Cream, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally J. M. Horton Ice Cream Company, now part of Restoration Plaza
Address: 245-247 Herkimer Street
Cross Streets: New York and Brooklyn avenues
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: 1903. Incorporated into Restoration Plaza in 1974-75
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Gillespie & Cassell. Harley M. Jones was the architect of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, of which this building is now a part
Other Buildings by Architect: G&C – No other buildings listed. Harley M. Jones – Gallery for Studio Museum of Harlem
Landmarked: No

The story: Fruits and flavorings mixed with crushed ice have been with us since the ancient Sumerians. Ancient Arab cultures and the Chinese served frozen dishes with a milk base and fruits and flavorings. Sorbets have been served in Europe since 1500s, but ice cream, the frozen dairy product we know today, with a cream base, chilled and churned with an ice and salt mixture, has only been around since the early 1700s. Here in America, ice cream arrived with the Quaker colonists who settled here from England. By midcentury, people such as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Ben Franklin were enjoying this frozen treat. Dolly Madison, the wife of President James Madison, served ice cream at her husband’s inaugural ball in 1813. (more…)

107a halsey street bed stuy 92014

The parlor floor of this new listing at 107A Halsey Street is spectacular, with extra special low carved wood fireplaces and original tile surrounds, elaborate wood work, plaster moldings, original shutters, diagonal parquet floors, and a beautiful entry with the original front doors. The other floors are not shown, but presumably have less detail, since the listing mentions open layouts and exposed brick.

Unfortunately for a potential owner-occupant, it’s been divided into four floor-through units. As the listing says, it has “potential for a single family conversion or investor friendly development.” Considering the detail and the ask of $2,000,000 — think it’s worth restoring?

107A Halsey Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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Developer Bawabeh Brothers is planning to remake a six-shop stretch of Fulton Street into a destination spot for upscale retail, including boutiques, restaurants and bars aimed at “Bed Stuy’s growing creative community,” according to an elaborate online marketing brochure forwarded to us by a tipster over the weekend. “Somewhere between the tough streets immortalized in the hip-hop genre and the chatter of gentrification and hipster invasion, Bed Stuy offers an interesting mix of transition and history in one of Brooklyn’s most fascinating neighborhoods,” continues the brochure, which is aimed at prospective retail tenants. (more…)

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The dedication ceremony for the newly restored Victory and Peace World War I memorial in Saratoga Park — now draped in a blue plastic tarp behind a fence so it is not visible — will take place at noon on Wednesday, September 10. Speakers and attendees will include veterans, service members and residents of the community.

Bed Stuy resident and former marine Brian Hartig of Brownstone Detectives, who let us know about the date, has researched the lives of some of the 106 men honored on the statue and contacted the descendants of 22 of them. So far, a great-niece and a great-great niece and nephew of one of them plan to attend the event. “As a Marine who’s fought in a war, myself, this is another passion of mine,” he told us.

All the servicemen honored on the statue were born and raised in the neighborhood. World War I was “a devastating event for Stuyvesant Heights,” said Hartig in a statement he prepared about the unveiling. (more…)

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Back in July, we wondered what was in store for the former Unity Democratic Club at 203 Ralph Avenue in Bed Stuy. We hadn’t seen any signs of life there in years. In July, the old sign came down and the landlord appeared to be sprucing up the place for a new tenant, or perhaps to advertise the space for lease.

Well, now we know: The building is actually the one at the center of the dispute between City Council Member Darlene Mealy and her office landlord. To recap in case you have not been following: She is months behind on her rent, and owes $7,500, according to her landlord quoted in the Post. The landlord changed the locks, and she had him arrested. He retaliated by draping three banners on the building’s fire escape proclaiming her to be a deadbeat tenant.

The banners read: “Councilwoman Darlene Mealy is a deadbeat tenant. She owes five months rent for 203 Ralph and refuses to pay. Her monthly rent is $1,250. She offered me $1,000. This is another prime example of one local elected official who has failed me, you and this community.” (more…)

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Eugene & Co., a farm-to-table restaurant serving New American fare, plans to open later this fall at 397 Tompkins Avenue in Bed Stuy in the old CasaBAN spot. The bar and restaurant will seat 44 and serve continental breakfast on weekdays, brunch on the weekends, lunch and dinner.

There will be cheese and charcuterie from Murray’s Cheese and salmon rillettes for lunch, among a changing menu of dishes created by the chef, who previously worked at Le Bernardin and Mary’s Fish Camp. The owner, Tara Oxley, is design director for BR Guest Hospitality, which owns Dos Caminos and Ruby Foo’s, and has lived in the neighborhood for almost five years, she told us. The restaurant is named after her grandfather.

We’re excited to see the new space and taste the food. GMAP