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A French bistro is planned for the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and Hancock in Bed Stuy. We hear it will be called The Antagonist. When we stopped by 238 Malcolm X earlier today, workers said it would open in about two months. As you can see in the photo below, an area for dining in the backyard is under construction. GMAP (more…)

07/24/14 10:45am

LIAC, Union St. 1909, NY Daily Trib 1

After nine years in five other locations, the Long Island Automobile Club finally got their headquarters near “The Gateway of Long Island;” Grand Army Plaza. As Brooklyn’s first, and most elite automobile club, with members of such social standing as William “Willy” Vanderbilt, they were now located in a building that was worthy of their wealth and prestige. Yes, it was another garage, but what a garage!

This building was something out of Europe, with a façade reminiscent of the Austrian Art Nouveau Movement, called the Vienna Secession. It was a four story building built in 1904 as the Plaza Garage. Art Nouveau architecture is very rare in New York City, and rarer still in Brooklyn, but this garage definitely qualified, with sinuous arches over the main entrance and flanking windows, and some rather overdone Germanic –style Roman eagles at the top. It was designed by an architect named Oscar Lowinson. (Thank you, Christopher Gray.) (more…)

71 stuyvesant avenue bed stuy

A tipster tells us that a three-story multifamily at 71 Stuyvesant Avenue in Bed Stuy has sold for $3,800,000, setting a new record for multifamily buildings in the neighborhood. The property last changed hands for $540,000 in 2010, after selling at a foreclosure auction a few months before, according to public records. The 6,200-square-foot apartment house has 12 units and sits near the corner of Stuyvesant and Dekalb Avenues. Until now, the most expensive multifamily sale was 281 Tompkins Avenue, which sold for $3,300,000 in January 2013.

Photo by Christopher for PropertyShark

07/18/14 3:00pm

531-545 Lexington Ave, NS, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row Houses
Address: 531-545 Lexington Avenue
Cross Streets: Throop Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: between 1885 and 1888
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: This row was once a group of twelve houses. They were built sometime between 1885 and 1888, and by 1888, made up the longest row on the block. For that matter, at the time; they were just about the only houses on this side of the block. They are an attractive and unique group, and were built as single family homes. Remarkably, most of them still are.

In 1885, the elevated train came to this part of Lexington Avenue. It was part of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, and ran from Washington Street near the Brooklyn Bridge, to Broadway and Gates Avenue, where it connected to other lines. The elevated train line here helped spur development of this area, part of the newly established 25th Ward. (more…)

nostrand and fulton burger king construction 72014

The fast food hub at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Fulton in Bed Stuy is getting a Burger King. The little storefront at 1297 Fulton sits between a Metro PCS and a supermarket. It used to be a home goods store. This corner is already home to Checkers, Golden Krust and KFC. Click through to see a drawing of the future Burger King storefront. GMAP

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07/17/14 12:15pm

36 thomas s boyland street bed stuy 72014

As rents in Bed Stuy skyrocket, it’s easy to forget you can still find deals like this three-bedroom, particularly in eastern Bed Stuy and Ocean Hill. The living room seems nicely sized, and the kitchen and bathroom are both recently updated.

There are two large bedrooms and one smaller one, according to the listing. You could also use it as a two-bedroom and keep the third one as an office or nursery. The location is close to the Bushwick border and two or three blocks from the J at Halsey or the J/Z at Chauncey. Do you think it’s reasonable at $1,800 a month?

36 Thomas S. Boyland Street [Halstead] GMAP

07/16/14 9:30am

1010 bedford avenue bed stuy 72014

We spotted this schematic on the fence at the church at 1010 Bedford Avenue, where work has restarted to convert the building to apartments. The former Evangelical Church will become six stories and house 36 apartments, according to alteration permits reissued in December. (more…)