Burly Cafe (or Burly Coffee, depending on where you’re looking) is planning to open next Monday at 832 Dekalb Avenue near the corner of Throop in Bed Stuy. According to its Facebook page, the cafe will be brewing and retailing Colectivo Coffee, roasted in Milwaukee.

Burly joins a few other new businesses that have sprung up on this corner. Vin de Table wine shop opened nearby at 354 Throop Avenue and Simple Pleasures Cafe opened last week across the street at 833 Dekalb Avenue.

Thanks to a tipster for alerting us to the October 27 opening. Click through to see a photo of the interior nearing completion.

Vin de Table Wine Shop Coming to Throop [Brownstoner]
Simple Pleasures Cafe Opened Monday on Dekalb and Throop in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner]
Lots of Development for Dekalb and Throop Corner
[Brownstoner] GMAP
Second photo by Burly Cafe


The walls are rising fast at 785 Dekalb Avenue, where SSJ Development is planning a 70-unit apartment building.

The mad, mod building design looks to us like a space age City Hall for sea monkeys with its slanted porthole in the front and gold dome on the top. When it’s complete, it will be one of Bed Stuy’s most architecturally distinctive buildings – and the bar is high in Bed Stuy, which has some of the borough’s best 19th century architecture.

Julien Flander is the architect of record. Click through to see a new photo of the rendering on the construction site.

785 Dekalb Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP



The John C. Kelley House, site of a Sharon Stone film shoot and a visit from President Cleveland, is now officially on the market for $6,000,000 and photos went up on the listing Friday afternoon.

As we reported in July, the longtime owner, a retired advertising executive, bought it when it was an illegal SRO and meticulously restored it. The double-wide house at 247 Hancock Street is 41 feet wide by 60 feet deep, according to the listing, and sits on an even bigger 81-by-100 square foot lot. The Neo-Renaissance house with Romanesque Revival features was designed in the 1880s by architect Montrose Morris, who lived across the street. The block, between Marcy and Tompkins, is one of the most architecturally distinguished in Bed Stuy, but is not yet landmarked.

It’s set up as a rental apartment over a grand owner’s triplex, complete with bar and ballroom in the basement. It also has an extensive landscaped garden with koi pond and roses. It is Bed Stuy’s most expensive listing and will set a record when it sells.

Click through for more photos and a floor plan. What do you think of the price?

247 Hancock Street Listing [Halstead] GMAP
Bed Stuy Mansion to Ask $6 Million [Brownstoner]
Photos by Halstead (more…)

102 Gates AveClinton Hill
102 Gates Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,350,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00

396 Vanderbilt Ave

Fort Greene
396 Vanderbilt Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $2,300,000
Sunday 1:30 – 3:00

470 MacDonoughBed Stuy
470 MacDonough Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,425,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30

67 East 2nd StWindsor Terrace
67 East 2nd Street
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $989,000
Saturday 1:00 – 2:30


Work is progressing slowly at 472 Marcus Garvey near Fulton in Bed Stuy, where a four-story mixed-use building has been in the works since 2011. The building will have 10 apartments and one store, according to a new building permit. The site has received a number of stop work orders over the years, mostly for construction impact on neighboring properties. Click through to see a rendering of the finished design. (more…)


A new wine shop, Vin de Table, is setting up shop in Bed Stuy at 354 Throop Avenue. The “soft” opening is today, but the store plans to officially open for business next week, according to its Facebook page. The store is located in a new building at the corner of Dekalb.

Vin de Table will carry a mix of international and local wines, with an emphasis on quality wines for $10 and less a bottle. “Our mission to find great affordable wines,” according to its website.

Thanks to a tipster for the photo and intel. Do you think a wine store will be an asset in this location? GMAP

733 Greene Combo

Here’s an interesting new-construction townhouse at 733 Greene Avenue in Bed Stuy. Check out the patchwork wallpaper in the living room and the jagged-edge (ombre or fade effect?) lawn in the back yard. The front facade isn’t perfect, but we like the mix of materials.

Coincidentally, the developer is the same as the one in our 11:30 am post today about 797-799 Herkimer Street, Nir Sapir of Bed Stuy’s East Coast Real Estate Development Group LLC. The applicant of record for both is an engineer, not an architect, so perhaps the developer does his own design.

It’s set up as an owner’s duplex over a garden rental. It’s a bit of a hike to the trains and the shops in Stuy Heights, so we think if they dropped a few numbers off the ask it’d be a pretty sweet deal. What do you think of it for $1,549,000?

733 Greene Avenue [Elliman] GMAP

797 Herkimer1

A four-story, four-family building is looking close to completion at 797-799 Herkimer Street in Bed Stuy, at least on the outside, although it’s not supposed to wrap until a year from now, according to the sign on the construction site.

Technically, it’s two buildings on two lots with, surprisingly, only two units each. Each building is 6,632 square feet, and each unit will be a duplex, according to the Schedule A. Potentially each duplex could be extremely spacious with about 3,316 square feet each. We’re guessing based on the size the developer could be planning condos.

The building is between Rochester Avenue and Suydam Place. For a block that has a mix of housing — Fedders buildings, apartment buildings with poorly maintained facades and a few nicely preserved brick row houses — this new building doesn’t seem to be such a bad addition.

The developer, Nir Sapir of Bed Stuy’s East Coast Real Estate Development Group LLC, bought the lots in August of 2013 for $350,000. Both lots had a lis pendens recently. The firm has recently developed or is developing four other projects in the immediate area.

Thanks to a reader for the photos and tip. Click through to see a schematic on the construction fence. What do you think of the development? GMAP


321A Jefferson Ave, CB, PS

Brooklyn in 1983 was certainly not the Brooklyn of today. That’s a mixed blessing, if you ask me. My mother and I found a one family brownstone for rent in Bedford Stuyvesant through the Amsterdam News. We ran out from the Bronx to see it, and impressed the landlady and got the place. The house had only been purchased by the owner a few months before, and had belonged to the last little old white lady on the block.

We loved the house. It was a three and a half story Neo-Grec brownstone. Our house was one of a group of five smaller houses amidst larger four story buildings. The house was an old house lover’s dream come true – an untouched one family house, complete with just all of the original features. About the only thing that had been done to the house since it was built had been the installation of electricity and central heat. Even that was pretty old. Some of the wiring was still cloth covered cording, and the pan and glass fixtures from the early 20th century were all either on pull chains or operated with push button switches. There were only two outlets in each room. (more…)


We are delighted to report that after a hiatus of almost two years, Manny’s reopened Monday at 212 Patchen Avenue with a full working kitchen and greatly expanded menu.

On the menu are four kinds of burgers and a variety of paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads and soup. There are also prepared foods at the counter, including hanger steaks, salmon, rotisserie chicken, and beef empanadas. Also at the counter are Dough donuts and Choice pastries and cookies. There will also be daily specials, a worker told us. They are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will be open until 9 pm.

Manny’s opened as a cafe in 2012 serving items from Choice and Dough, but always intended to open as a restaurant. It shut a few months later, and has been greatly missed by neighbors. Click through to see the menu and lots more photos.

Manny’s Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

Update: Manny’s will close at 5 pm tonight and tomorrow, then be open from 7 am to 9 pm starting Friday. Also, a reader stopped by for lunch today and said it was packed!


336 Hancock Combo

If you’re in the market for tons of Victorian detail but can’t splash out $2,000,000 or more, this two-family at 336 Hancock Street might fit the bill. It has an elaborate entrance hall, entry mirror and coat hooks, two fretwork screens, stained glass, and other original finishes.

Set up as a rental unit over an owner’s duplex, the house is 18.75 feet wide and three stories. The bedrooms are on the parlor floor, which also has a full bathroom, and laundry is in the basement. The owner’s kitchen is large and luxurious, and the house appears to be in move-in condition.

Do you think the ask of $1,500,000 sounds right for the location and style of house?

336 Hancock Street [Halstead] GMAP