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Workers were digging the foundation at 1320-1328 Fulton Street, the big affordable development near Applebee’s in Bed Stuy, when we passed by recently. As Curbed reported in August, the building will have 57 units and 10 stories.

The architect is Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and the developer is Fulton Street South Redevelopment Company, which owns the Section 8 building next door at 1330 Fulton Street. Click through for lots more photos of the construction site and to see the rendering on the construction fence. GMAP (more…)

267-269 Jefferson Ave, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Private house
Address: 267-269 Jefferson Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner Marcy Avenue
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: 1890
Architectural Style: Queen Anne, with later additions
Architect: Frederick D. Vrooman
Other Buildings by Architect: row houses in Bedford, Stuyvesant Heights, Crown Heights and other brownstone neighborhoods.
Landmarked: Not yet, part of calendared Bedford Historic District (calendared 2013)

The story: I used to live on Jefferson, between Marcy and Tompkins, and walked past this house just about every day for more than 17 years. I remember the first time I saw it, on my first trip to my soon-to-be-home, and thought, even then, “What happened to this poor house?” Underneath the added brick porch and parapet, behind the strange top floor dormer window, and the yellow paint job, it was pretty easy to see that there was a nice brick and stone Queen Anne under here, what was once a showpiece of a house, here on one of the nicest streets in the Bedford neighborhood. (more…)

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The renovation isn’t going to win any design awards — and those shiny floors are hurting our eyes — but this three-bedroom, 1.5-bath seems livable for the price. It has new bathrooms and new hardwood floors, and plenty of cabinets in the kitchen. The decorative mantel adds a little character too. The location is about four and a half blocks from the G train at Bedford-Nostrand and nine blocks from the A/C at Nostrand. Overall, it’s not a bad deal for $933 a bedroom. What are your thoughts on it for $2,800 a month?

1120 Bedford Avenue, #3 [Town Residential] GMAP

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Five or six stories have risen at 376 Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy, where a six-story apartment building is replacing a decrepit wood frame between Quincy and Gates. The development will have 20 units spread across 14,241 square feet of residential space, as well as 10 underground parking spaces and 10 bike storage spots, as we reported in January. The developer is Tomer Development, and the architect of record is Olabanji B Awosika. The little white frame house that used to occupy the lot sold for $800,000 two years ago and was later torn down.

376 Franklin Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

291-293 Stuyvesant Avenue, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Flats buildings
Address: 291-293 Stuyvesant Avenue
Cross Streets: Halsey and Hancock Streets
Neighborhood: Stuyvesant Heights
Year Built: 1898
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Axel Hedman
Other Buildings by Architect: in Stuy Hts – row houses on Stuyvesant Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Immanuel Baptist Church, now Union Baptist, on Decatur St. Also row houses, flats buildings and apartment buildings all over brownstone Brooklyn.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Stuyvesant Heights Expansion Historic District (2013)

The story: When most people think of the housing stock in Brooklyn, they probably think of row houses. The second most popular kinds of buildings in those same row house neighborhoods would have to be flats buildings, especially in the later brownstone neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Park Slope, Bedford and Bedford Stuyvesant, Prospect Heights and parts of Clinton Hill. In my old neighborhood of Crown Heights North, you couldn’t walk down very many blocks that didn’t have one or two flats buildings, and my block in particular, on Pacific Street, there were twelve. Ironically enough, most of the twelve were designed by this guy – Axel Hedman.

Axel was the king of late 19th century flats buildings. Other architects designed them as well, but Axel probably did more of them, and arguably did them better. This duo was built in 1898. Hedman really came into his own after the 1893 Chicago Worlds Exhibition which brought us the White Cities Movement. Most of his row houses and flats were designed in the Renaissance Revival style, as were these, with classical motifs in limestone and light colored brick. He had a signature style, and although others may have copied him, I can generally spot a Hedman flat in a minute. (more…)

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Bed Stuy
247 Hancock Street
Broker: Halstead
Price: $6,000,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30
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192 Park Place
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,475,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30
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Bed Stuy
101 Hancock Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $2,450,000
Sunday 1:30 – 2:30
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952 Putnam Avenue
Broker: Halstead
Price: $1,075,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30
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More than 70 agents attended a broker open house Thursday night for the John C. Kelley Mansion at 247 Hancock Street, Bed Stuy’s biggest and priciest listing, asking $6,000,000. Among the distinguished guests were State Senator Kevin Parker of Flatbush and Mipam Thurman, Uma Thurman’s brother.

Thurman is switching professions and plans to become a real estate agent. He took his tests last week and is talking to Ban Leow about working in Halstead’s Bed Stuy office. After a grueling two and a half year search for a house, he and his wife landed in East Flatbush, where they have a two-month-old and are renovating. He would like to help other buyers, he said. Previously, he worked in digital advertising and planning for well-known Apple reseller Tekserve.

The champagne flowed freely, as did the live piano music and hor d’oeuvres from nearby restaurant Beso.

We hear the house already has several offers near ask and owner Claudia Moran would prefer to sell to an “end user,” not a developer. As a partygoer pointed out, the house is one of two Montrose Morris mansions currently on the market — the other being the former house of Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany at 17 Prospect Park West in Park Slope that is on the market for more than twice the price, or $14,000,000.

If you would like to see the John C. Kelley mansion yourself, there will also be an open house for non-brokers, this Sunday, November 16, from noon to 1:30 pm.

By the way, the house looked to be in very good condition!!

Click through for more photos (and please excuse our dark and grainy photos — our flash is not up to par.)

247 Hancock Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
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257 Macon St. Throop Ave Pres. CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Formerly Throop Avenue Presbyterian Church, now Newman Memorial Methodist Church
Address: 257 Macon Street
Cross Streets: Corner of Throop Avenue
Neighborhood: Stuyvesant Heights
Year Built: 1911-1912
Architectural Style: Modernized English Gothic Revival
Architect: Jackson & Rosencrans
Other Work by Architect: John Jackson designed Bedford and Prospect Park YMCAs, as well as others across the country. Also Downtown Community House, Manhattan, churches and suburban homes in N.J.
Landmarked: No

The story: As told early in today’s Walkabout, the Throop Avenue Presbyterian Church, which stood on the corner of Throop and Willoughby, burned down in 1910. The church was eager to rebuild, and under the leadership of their relatively new pastor, Dr. Allan Douglas Carlile, they purchased this plot, and began raising money to build themselves a new church. When the old church was destroyed, the congregation was aided by neighborhood churches which provided worship space for services, but after a while, they wanted to relocate to someplace where they wouldn’t be in the way. They found that space right down the street from the new location. For the year it took to build the new church, the congregation worshipped and headquartered itself in a meeting space at the Telephone Company Building complex at Throop Avenue and MacDougal Street. (more…)

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A coffee spot called Marcy and Myrtle opened early last month at 574 Marcy Avenue in Bed Stuy, according to a tipster who sent along these photos. Design and architecture firm Harbor Projects transformed the space, formerly a tire store, into a cozy coffee shop using salvaged wood, doors and sinks, and hand-painted concrete tile, according to a profile of the shop in Cool Hunting. 

“There hasn’t been anything like it in the immediate area for the nine-plus years that I’ve lived here,” said our tipster. “This cafe was really needed! I like grabbing a drink on the way to work.”

Beverages include iced chai latte. Click through to see shots of the interior. GMAP

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348 putnam avenue bed stuy 112014

This is a beautiful apartment, but it’s not often we see a duplex rental in a brownstone priced this high in Bed Stuy. It’s got everything: Space, details, three bedrooms, a den, two nicely renovated bathrooms with white subway tile, a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and access to a shared backyard. The strip kitchen in the dining room looks a little awkward – too bad they didn’t just leave the original floor – but at least it has an actual vented stove! The asking rent is $3,800, up from $3,600 when it was first listed in our marketplace. Given all this, do you think the price is reasonable?

348 Putnam Avenue, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

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A really big mixed-use development is coming to Fulton Street near Tompkins in Bed Stuy. Architect Karl Fischer will design two six- and seven-story apartment buildings with ground floor retail there. The seven-story development at 1428-1430 Fulton Street will have 74 units and 11,744 square feet of ground floor commercial space, according to new building applications filed today. On the second floor, there will be 1,137 square feet of indoor recreation space and a 4,400-square-foot outdoor terrace, per Schedule A filings. There will also be 49 subterranean parking spaces and 22 bike storage spots.

The property, pictured above, is currently home to a three-story building for “public assembly,” or banquet hall, according to PropertyShark.

The second, six-story building will rise on the other side of the block at 293 Herkimer Street. That building will include 10 units spread across 11,965 square feet, along with an outdoor courtyard, indoor recreation space and 17 bike storage spaces.

Permits show that the owner is Moses Strulowitz of CS Real Estate (incidentally, he’s the brother-in-law of murdered developer Menachem Stark). He also purchased two neighboring properties at 1426 and 1432-1438 Fulton Street for $11,000,000 last February, according to public records. No. 1426 is home to a storefront with two floors of apartments over it. The other property is the empty lot pictured above, which goes all the way through to the other side of the block.

No demolition permits have been filed yet. GMAP

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

Throop Ave. Presbyterian Church, BE, 1890

In the early morning of January 9, 1895, a fierce windstorm rushed down the Hudson Valley and vented its fury on New York City. Gale force winds knocked down trees and power lines, and blew away anything that was not secured. Out on Fire Island, the roof was torn right off a hotel. In Brooklyn two buildings came crashing down. One was in East New York; a theater that was in construction on the corner of Atlantic and Alabama Avenues. The wind cyclone around the walls of the building and knocked them down. One wall fell onto Atlantic Avenue, the other on top of a house. The occupants of the house were injured, but no one was killed. On the edge of the Eastern District, on the corner of Willoughby and Throop Avenues, a similar scene played out. But in this case, two people died. (more…)