As the hype about Bed Stuy grows, the backlash is growing too. That’s fine with us. But we take issue with the accuracy of the latest example in this genre, Brick Underground’s “Why I’m Leaving Bed Stuy for Good,” a list of nine reasons to leave the neighborhood. First, the anonymous author mentions the good things about Bed Stuy: Friendly neighbors and beautiful architecture. Agreed. Now for the list of reasons to move: (more…)


When we passed by Brooklyn Wine Yard at 1114 Fulton Street Thursday, we thought it was a wine store. Turns out it’s a bar serving small plates. They hope to open this week, they told us.

They are waiting on city permits, according to their Facebook page. It looks like a lobster salad, lobster roll, and Buffalo Chicken on greens may be on the menu, if Facebook photos are any indication.

The spot was previously home to a jewelry store and cafe. It’s three avenues away from where developer Bawabeh Brothers is planning an upscaling of six storefronts. Click through for a closeup. GMAP (more…)

328 greene avenue bed stuy 92014

The interior of this two-family brownstone at 328 Greene Avenue in Bed Stuy has been completely redone in a modern-organic style with rustic touches such as exposed brick. But as far as we’re concerned, the most interesting thing about it is the price.

They’re asking $2,650,000, which is $400,000 more than the current record holder, 22 Arlington. An 1886 Amzi Hill house dripping with detail and newly renovated, that house sold for $2,250,000 in June.

Admittedly, it was narrow at less than 16 feet wide, but this one is only a couple inches wider. It traded for $850,000 last year. Think it will break the record?

328 Greene Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

666 putnam avenue bed stuy 92014

Devilish associations with the address aside, here’s a cozy little 1.5-bedroom, two-bath apartment in the heart of Bed Stuy. It’s got a pleasant prewar feel with original plank hardwood floors, interesting arched doorways, decorative mantels and a dressing area with closet space off the larger bedroom. At 900 square feet, the apartment has a decently sized living room and a rather small second (half) bedroom. Seems reasonable for $1,900 a month, but that nine-block walk to the A/C at Utica is a hike.

666 Putnam Avenue, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP

609 myrtle avenue clinton hill 92014
You gotta love the wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows that define this new listing at 609 Myrtle Avenue in Bed Stuy. (Sorry, border stretchers, this is east of Classon.) The two-bedroom pad is in a newish building (built during the previous boom) and has a nice layout. It’s open plan with decent-sized bedrooms and two bathrooms. Asking price for the 1,073-square-foot apartment is $759,000.

609 Myrtle Avenue, #4C [Corcoran] GMAP

196 macon street bed stuy 92014

The new five-story rental building that’s risen on former United Order of Tents property in Bed Stuy began leasing a few weeks ago with studios starting at $2,000 a month. The 28-unit development at 196 Macon Street is named “The Brownstone” and currently lists 10 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, many of which have a terrace or private balcony.

One-bedrooms are priced from $2,200, two-bedrooms from $2,566, and three-bedrooms from $3,300. Some of the listings note that the rent advertised is the net effective rent, meaning that prospective tenants should prepare to pay a couple hundred bucks more each month than what’s on the listing. The building also has a laundry room, bike parking, 15 parking spaces, a gym and roof deck.

We’ve been following this development for some time now, which was built on subdivided land once owned by the African-American fraternal organization United Order of Tents. By the way, you can catch an exhibit about the Tents this month at 375 Stuyvesant, part of Weeksville’s and Creative Time’s “Black Radical Brooklyn.”

What do you think of the development and its brownstone-inspired design? Click through for lots of interior shots.

196 Macon Street Listings [Streeteasy] GMAP
Images by Nevo Realty Group


169 tompkins avenue bed stuy 92014

If you’re looking for reasonably priced new construction, this four-bedroom, two-bath duplex in Bed Stuy might fit the bill. There’s a washer/dryer, dishwasher and, yes, through-the-wall A/C units installed in the bedrooms and living area. The bedrooms are nicely sized too. Amenity-wise, the building has a shared roof deck and garden. It’s about two blocks from the G at Myrtle-Willoughby and seven blocks from the J/M/Z at Myrtle Avenue. What do you think of it and the asking rent of $3,950 a month?

169 Tompkins Avenue, #B [Corcoran] GMAP


The summer has been incredibly busy. The house is about 90 percent complete. Due to budget constraints the garden will have to wait until next year. But the good news is that the kitchen is finished! Last we left off, I had picked out a marble countertop. I’ve been living with the marble for almost a month now and so far so good. Two dinner parties with lots of red wine and accidental lemon spills and the marble is still going strong.

The marble countertop was installed by the fabricator and the entire process took about an hour. At the end of the installation the team applied a professional grade sealant on the marble. Sealant is key to keeping marble mostly stain free. It has also helped that I picked a slab of marble with lots of imperfections. My slab was already flawed, what’s a few stains here and there? Plus it was much cheaper!

The cabinets are Ikea, which I’m less than thrilled with at the moment. I already need to replace one of the drawers due to poor alignment. The dishwasher and refrigerator are both Fisher Paykel and are floor models purchased on eBay at about 60 percent off retail. The stove is NXR and was purchased at Costco. The wood floating shelves were custom made.

Editor’s note: We’re impressed with how the kitchen turned out, especially considering this is a budget renovation financed with a 203K loan. Click through for lots more photos. (more…)

464 marion street bed stuy 92014

This two-family for sale at 464 Marion Street is a perfect example of what we wish more flippers would do. Instead of ripping out all the detail and making it look like a new condo, these sellers have simply refinished what is there and updated the kitchens and baths as well as some of the mechanicals.

Going by the photos, it’s in great condition with plenty of original details such as wedding cake plaster, moldings, stained glass and mantels. We especially like what they’ve done with the bathrooms, since we know from personal experience these tiny rooms work best when left mostly as is. They’ve left the old claw foot tubs but added new sinks, toilets, and tile going up to the original window.

The price of $1,150,000 is unheard of for the area (perhaps they’ll use comps from east Bed Stuy). Indeed, the house traded for $325,000 last year. (Another agent also has it listed for $995,000.) But we wouldn’t be surprised if they get it, since this is just what buyers say they are always looking for. If they do, it will surely set a record for Ocean Hill.

464 Marion Street [Keller Williams] GMAP

68 Macon St. CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Semi-detached private house
Address: 68 Macon Street
Cross Streets: Nostrand and Verona Place
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: 1886
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival/Queen Anne
Architect: Montrose W. Morris
Other Buildings by Architect: Alhambra, Renaissance, Clinton Apartments, Kelley mansion, plus row houses on Hancock Street and Jefferson Avenue, all Bed Stuy. Also Imperial, Bedfordshire Apts and rowhouses in Crown Heights, plus buildings in Clinton Hill, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights
Landmarked: No, but calendared to be landmarked as the Bedford Historic District. (2012) Waiting for vote by LPC and City Council. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

The story: Everyone who loves houses has “their” house. The ones you walk or drive by every day, the ones you wonder what they look like inside, and the ones you can picture yourself in. Everyone has those houses, and for many years, this was mine. I used to walk past this house just about every day for 17 years. Over those years, I saw the house go from a rooming house with shady tenants, to an empty building, to the home of the current owner. All during that time, I would walk past, look at it longingly, touch the brick wall, and send a prayer skyward: “Mine.” Well, the universe didn’t think so, but no matter, it’s still a special piece of property, and one of my favorite houses in Bedford Stuyvesant. (more…)


Pilar Cuban Eatery is moving to 397 Greene Avenue, above. The new location is two blocks down the street from its original location at 393 Classon Avenue at the corner of the Greene.

They plan to open in two months, workers told us when we stopped by. As far as we know, the old location will remain open until the switch.

The original spot is very small so we’re guessing they’re making the move to add more tables. Pilar serves updated Cuban comfort food. Anyone a fan? GMAP