Three contiguous buildings with the same architect but two different owners are going up at the corner of Putnam and Bedford. The furthest along is 1192 Bedford Avenue, at the far left above, a mixed-use building of five stories with six apartments, according to DOB filings.
Next door at 1190 Bedford is what seems to be an identical building, also five stories with six apartments and commercial space. At right is 186 Putnam Avenue, also five stories and mixed use but with twice as many units — 14 in all.
The owner of 1192 Bedford and 186 Putnam is Boaz Gilad of Brookland Capital, according to public records. An individual named Moris Yeroshalmi of Rivka LLC of Great Neck owns 1190 Bedford, in the middle. Suresh Manchanda of L & C Associates LLC is the architect of record on all three buildings.
The site was formerly a parking lot. Click through to the jump for a better look at the corner where 186 Putnam is rising.
Jiajein Highsmith, an actor and the owner of WTF Coffee and Dick and Jane’s Bar, both in Fort Greene, is looking to open a hybrid café/bar at 488 Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy. For the moment, at least, the establishment is going by the name Lifting Spirits NYC.
At a meeting last week, Community Board 3 voted against a letter of support for a liquor license, partly over concerns about his stated plan to operate as a cafe by day and a bar by night. The new business would replace a check cashing service. What would you like to see in this spot? GMAP
This three-story-plus-basement brownstone at 119 Hancock Street is located on a very distinguished Bed Stuy block with houses with scads of amazing detail such as 1880s walnut wood work and marble fireplaces. That’s the good news. The bad news is this house is an SRO and cannot be financed. It has details — under layers of paint and linoleum — but will need work to restore them. Do you think the sellers will get their ask of $1,295,000?
Rents are still increasing in Brooklyn, with the biggest increases happening in formerly affordable areas such as Bed Stuy and Bushwick, according to two reports out today.
In Bed Stuy, average rents were up 15.6 percent to $1,835 in November, vs. $1,587 in the same period last year, according to MNS. Over in Bushwick, average rents increased 13.5 percent in the same period, rising from $1,849 to $2,099.
On a per-square-foot basis, rents increased an average of 9.4 percent in November compared to the same period the year before, according to a report from Douglas Elliman.
Average rents overall in the borough increased 2.5 percent during the year, from $2,553 to $2,617, according to MNS.
As new ice skating rinks pop up all over the city, Bed Stuy will not be left out in the cold. The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and the Bed-Stuy Gateway Business Improvement District said they hope to reopen a rink at Restoration Plaza that has been shut down for more than 20 years, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The city Department of Small Business Services plans to announce today that it has awarded a $50,000 grant to the project, which will probably cost about $300,000 in total. Project organizers said they hope to open the rink in a year.
The rink at Fulton Street and Marcy Avenue was built as part of the area’s 1960s revitalization project spearheaded by then U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The rink closed sometime before 1989, said the story. Above, the recently revamped Restoration Plaza. Click through to the Journal story to see the defunct ice rink.
Name: Originally Elephant Club, now ground floor retail Address: 1409-1411 Fulton Street Cross Streets: Marcy and Tompkins Avenues Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant Year Built: 1888 Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival Architect: 1409 unknown, perhaps Sibell & Miller, who built 1411 Landmarked: No
The story: In September of 1888, the Echo Bowling Club opened a clubhouse with bowling lanes at 1409 Fulton Street, in the fast growing neighborhood of Bedford. The club was located on Fulton Street, the main commercial street in Bedford, convenient for all kinds of banks, businesses, clubs and theaters, as well as shops. Fulton Street, as the main east-west conduit in Brooklyn, also boasted some of the best public transportation available for the day. In 1888, that would have been horse drawn trolleys, which traveled up and down the length of this important street very frequently. It was a perfect place for bowling lanes.
Bowling was very popular in Brooklyn during the last third of the 19th century. It was a sport that could be participated in by just about anyone, fitness-wise, and could easily be played by both men and women. Bowling leagues soon sprang up everywhere, especially within the memberships of the already existing sports and social clubs. The Echo Bowling Club soon became the Elephant Club, for reasons I was unable to find. It did not seem to have anything to do with politics, perhaps the owner just liked the name. The club took up the entire four story building, and included rooms for private gatherings and meetings, as well as the bowling alleys probably on the ground floor, or basement, that made it famous. Many of the bowling leagues that played here made the club their headquarters and had rooms for their meetings here.
The club was owned by a man named T.C. Carruthers, and was sometimes referred to in the newspapers as “Carruthers’s Alleys.” The manager of the alleys was a man named Thomas Curtis, and he soon became quite a figure in local bowling circles. By 1890, the club was so popular they added an addition to it, an adjoining four story building at 1411 Fulton Street, which was taken up entirely by bowling lanes and billiard rooms. The lanes were expanded and opened up to the public. The firm of Sibell & Miller was the architects, and they may have designed the original building as well, although I wasn’t able to find those records. That year, the Elephant Club had six private alleys and eight public alleys. (more…)
This four-story brownstone at 789 Quincy Street has a nice amount of original detail, but looks like it could use a little polishing. The listing says it’s “fully functioning and awaiting your cosmetic upgrades.” It’s in the northeast corner of Bed Stuy near Broadway and the Gates stop. How do you like it and the ask of $895,000?
It looks like the foundation is going in for a five-story building at 588 Myrtle on the corner of Classon. The lot has been empty since the previous owners demolished a three-story house in 2007. We first reported on potential development here way back in 2008, and there have been a few aborted development plans since then. New building permits issued in May call for a five-story residential building with 16 units and 11,065 square feet. The property was sold to an LLC in August 2012 for $1,270,000, according to public records. The developer is called Velocity Framers, and the architect is De-Jan Lu. GMAP
Small real estate brokerages are doing well in brownstone neighborhoods in Brooklyn, according to the Times, where buyers seek their local expertise and deep connections. In Bed Stuy, Evans & Nye is becoming known for having sold some of the most beautifully appointed and highest priced brownstones in the neighborhood, many just under $2,000,000. In April, the firm sold a limestone by Magnus Dahlander at 242 Decatur Street, above, for $1,700,000.
Firm co-founder Ban Leow is a long-time resident and owns the furniture and antique store CasaBAN across the street from his real estate office on Tompkins. It also helps that one of the firm’s agents, Morgan Munsey, is a walking encyclopedia of Bed Stuy architecture and seems to know every resident of the area. Over in Victorian Flatbush, the 93-year-old Mary Kay Gallagher has flourished for almost 50 years by charting a similar path. She is famous for her deep knowledge of the area, where she also lives. Her three-person family firm sold a colonial on Westminister Road for $2,000,000 this past fall, a record.
If you are buying or selling, do you look for a big name or a small one?
We saw this limestone on the house tour a few years back when it was under construction by the contractor who has owned it since 2002. Now it’s on the market for $3,000,000, which would certainly set a record for a townhouse in Bed Stuy, as BK to the Fullest was the first to point out.
It’s in Stuyvesant Heights and it has five units, including a large owner’s duplex with a 20-foot extension on both floors, as well as a parking space. It’s 4,000 square feet and was designed by Axel Hedman, according to BK to the Fullest. There is a catch, however. It’s not finished.
The top floor of the extension is “framed out” for a kitchen, dining room, and master bath. There are two working fireplaces and a jacuzzi, but otherwise it’s just studs, no walls. DOB shows a stop work order and open violation from 2004 for construction without a permit.
There might be another catch too. It was an SRO at one time. HPD says the building has six “B” class apartments, although the BOD shows two prior owners filed to change the certificate of occupancy. It will be delivered vacant, according to the listing.
Beer helped make Brooklyn. Beer also enabled the German American community in Bushwick, Williamsburg and beyond become the most successful immigrant group in New York. At its peak, at the turn of the 20th century, Brooklyn was called the beer brewing capital of the country, with over fifty breweries in the borough, half of them in Bushwick alone. The two by seven block stretch of Bushwick, between Scholes and Meserole Streets and Bushwick Place to Lorimer Street was called “Brewer’s Row,” with twelve breweries on that stretch of land alone. As Bushwick’s blocks filled up with buildings, later breweries began appearing in other neighborhoods, in part because they couldn’t fit in Bushwick, but mostly because outlying neighborhoods presented more space for growth, and for some, new local customers.
The brew of choice in Brooklyn was lager beer. The Germans introduced lager to America in the 1840s and 50s, when they began immigrating here in large numbers, and the frothy brew was welcomed like water to parched throats. Lager beers are bottom fermented. The yeast sits on the bottom of the tanks and does its magic at lower temperatures, in a process that takes about six to ten days. Before lagers came to the US, beer had been top fermented, in the English manner, which did not depend on cold. The yeast rose to the top of the barrel in a process that took about five to seven days, and produced stouts, ales and porters. Lagers are a lighter beer, with a very different taste, and in no time, they became the most popular beers in the city, as popular with non-Germans as with German Americans.
The Excelsior Brewing Company was one of the later breweries to come out of this tradition. The first Bushwick breweries were built in the 1850s, this brewery, as shown in the older photographs, wasn’t built until the 1890s. The company was founded, at least in part, by John Reisenweber, a well-known restaurateur and hotel man. In 1856 he opened Reisenweber’s at Columbus Circle in Manhattan, a restaurant that soon became one of the city’s best known popular dining institutions. He followed that up by establishing the Hotel Shelbourne, one of the great giant resort hotels on Brighton Beach, and then the Excelsior Brewing Company. The brewery went public by the late 1890s, and was offering stock. Reisenweber was president for many years, then handed it over to others. (more…)
This house has some amazing architectural details, although it’s going to take a bit of polishing to restore it to its former glory. A buyer might want to undo some unfortunate alterations, such as exposed brick, popcorn ceilings, and a modern tile floor in one of the bathrooms.
We think it’ll be worth it: The house has some exuberant Aesthetic Movement details you don’t see every day, including kicky fireplace tile, elaborate crown moldings over the doors and windows, mahogany inlay floors, impressive geometric ceiling medallions, seven original light fixtures, and scenic stained glass in the bathrooms.
Happily, it also has a relatively new roof, boiler, windows and hot water heater. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,200,000?