192-194 Bergen St. Scott Bintner, PS, 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former factory, then St. Cyprian’s Protestant Episcopal Church, then Sacred Heart Chapel, now private home.
Address: 192-194 Bergen Street
Cross Streets: Corner Bond Street
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: 1920s
Architectural Style: Simple 19th-early 20th century brick factory
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: Yes, part of Boerum Hill Historic District (1973)

The story: Boerum Hill is one of Brooklyn’s older neighborhoods, with much of its residential housing stock built just before and just after the Civil War. The two houses next door to this building were built in 1860, as were the two similar houses that once stood on this double lot. Sometime in the 1920s, the houses at 192 and 194 Bergen Street were torn down, and this plain, small factory building was constructed. Whatever this factory produced is lost to history, I could find no record of its products or ownership. (more…)

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The Boerum Hill post office’s new home will be located at 594 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, a former warehouse that’s being converted to retail space. The new location, between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues, is about a 10-minute walk away from the old one at 542 Atlantic Avenue, according to Postal Service officials quoted in a story in The Brooklyn Paper. We found the above rendering for the new post office on the construction fence; click through the jump to see the building under construction. (more…)


PS 261 in Boerum Hill has a garbage problem, say local residents who are getting tired of seeing, and, this time of year, smelling, trash strewn in front of the school. According to DNAinfo, the school, at 314 Pacific Street, has been leaving piles of garbage bags out on the sidewalk for years. One 21 year-old woman the reporter spoke to remembers avoiding the stacks of refuse on school’s side of the street when she was just 9 years old. (more…)

560 state street boerum hill 72014

This two-bedroom at 560 State Street, aka Jay-Z’s former building, just hit the market with an asking price of $799,000. The building has some historic charm but the apartment itself has been stripped of anything even referencing its 19th-century roots. All that’s left is a generic white box of an apartment, albeit one located right next to the biggest transportation hub in Brooklyn (and the Barclays Center).The listing recognizes that the finishes are a little less than compelling but that therein lies the buying opportunity. Do you agree?

560 State Street, #7k [Warren Lewis Sotheby's] GMAP


We were shocked to see Circa Antiques will be closing up shop after 40 years in business when we passed by 374 Atlantic Avenue yesterday. The store will continue to sell online, a notice in the store window and on its website says. Circa is selling all its furniture at 20 percent to 50 percent off and plans to close in two or three months or at the end of 2014. Will you miss it? GMAP


A reader sent us this rendering of what looks like four townhouses planned for a Boerum Hill parking lot at 321-325 Pacific Street. The four row houses will technically be two buildings with four units, according to NY YIMBY, which wrote about them last week.

The 75-by-90-foot lot has been a parking lot since at least the 1970s. After a lis pendens filing, it changed hands in 2013 for $2,878,750.

Although the units are brand new construction, they are designed to look like converted 19th-century stables with a modern addition on the top. Each building differs slightly in the cornices and ground-level windows and doors.

The portfolio of the architect of record, Gary Kliesch and Associate Architects, features several new residential developments that look like 19th century buildings that have been updated with modern doors and windows. The developer is Bluerock Real Estate, according to NY YIMBY. A construction permit was filed earlier this month.

The development is located between Hoyt and Smith, outside the historic district. What do you think of the design?

boerum store 312 atlantic avenue boerum hill 62014

Brown paper has gone up in the windows and workers were busy setting up the interior at 312 Atlantic Avenue this morning, where retail mogul Andy Spade and partners are preparing to open a new home goods store later this month. Boerum House & Home will be “laid out like an apartment — albeit a totally fabulous one,” according to New York Magazine, which first reported on the plans.

Spade teamed up with Anthony Sperduti to found a new company, Partners & Spade, which in partnership with architecture and development firm Flank created the store. There will be accessories, tabletop, custom furniture, art, and whimsical objects such as children’s coloring books, said the story.

We’re not surprised by this new direction, considering the bag-upstaging decor at the original Jack Spade store in Soho back when Spade owned it, where there was a ripped-up leather couch, rare books, quirky vintage objects and interesting art on the walls, including paintings from thrift stores.

A Jonathan Adler store down the street closed a few weeks ago, but home goods store Layla Brooklyn, clothing retailer Steven Alan and plenty of other stores are nearby. GMAP

99 butler street boerum hill 62014

This brick townhouse with carriage house in rear was gut renovated by architect and seller Michael Ingui of Baxt Ingui Architects, who lives in the rear carriage house. The front townhouse is fairly traditional in style with three units, each with original wide plank floors, marble mantels and tin ceilings. In the back is a landscaped garden and the carriage house, which has been modernized inside and out. It’s set up as one-family over three floors with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. What do you think of the property and the asking price of $3,300,000?

99 Butler Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP

Located behind the 19th century brick facade of what the listing says was once a carriage house is a light filled modern rustic one-family house. There are exposed beams, painted cabinetry, industrial style subway tile, a hand-forged steel and wood staircase, central air, a rear wall of windows, colorful bathrooms and a landscaped garden.

The whole thing is less than 900 square feet, according to PropertyShark, and so the top floor is a kind of suite, with two bedrooms and a bathroom opening onto each other. Another bedroom is located in the basement, which is partly below grade, but there is a window. What do you think of the style and the ask of $1,950,000?

112 Nevins Street [Corcoran] GMAP