The Atlantic Galleria mini mall at 252 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has reached its full height. Insulation and cladding are going on in preparation for the glassy facade, which comes next. Click through for a close-up and updated rendering.

Crafts store Michaels, TD Bank and Blink Fitness are the tenants so far, as reported previously. Renaissance Realty Group is the developer and SBLM Architects is the designer.

After years of no action, the foundation was dug in December and the frame started rising in January. This site has been a long time in development — we reported back in 2007 that it was going to be an apartment building!

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by SBLM Architects


A lot of townhouses in Boerum Hill seem to be on the market lately, and here’s another. It has some very pretty details in the parlor, although we’re underwhelmed by the kitchen and the bedrooms. Still, it all looks to be in very good condition and very liveable. The yard is also nicely landscaped.

It’s set up as a rental apartment over an owner’s duplex. The windows are new.

It’s a little less expensive than some of the Boerum Hill listings we’ve been seeing lately. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,795,000?

213 1/2 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP (more…)

173 Smith St. J. Kurtz, NS, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former J. Kurtz & Sons store, now Wyckoff House Condominium
Address: 169-173 Smith Street
Cross Streets: Corner Wyckoff Street
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: 1901-1902
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Albert Ullrich (often spelled Ulrich)
Other works by architect: Row houses in Park Slope, Clinton Hill, Prospect Lefferts Gardens and elsewhere in Brooklyn. Also churches, houses and other buildings in Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Dallas.
Landmarked: No

The story: Jacob and Gittle Kurtz came to America in 1867, settling in New York and then Brooklyn. In 1870, they opened a small store at 175 Smith Street, selling furniture, rugs and carpets and other home furnishings. They were extremely successful and over the years expanded into the storefronts of 169, 171 and 173 Smith Street.

The company celebrated its 17th anniversary with a large picnic at Ulmer Park in Bath Beach. By this time, J. Kurtz & Sons had added women’s clothing to their line of goods and expanded to a second store, at 773-781 Broadway in Bushwick. Both stores had annexes as well — the Smith Street location had its annex at 82-90 Wyckoff Street, around the corner.

The Kurtzes’ family expanded alongside their company — they had a daughter and six sons, three of whom would go on to work in the family business.

Then in 1901, disaster struck. (more…)

90 Dean Street1

This Italianate in Boerum Hill is a little bigger than most, thanks to an extension on three floors. It has many pretty details with upgraded kitchens and baths, and looks to be in excellent condition, going by the photos.

There are four marble mantels, a triple parlor with elaborate crown molding, new floors, updated mechanicals and central air. It’s set up as a one-family.

It last sold for $2,270,000 in 2006, and looks like it’s been completely overhauled since then. It was an Open House Pick in 2006. Now the ask is $4,500,000. Do you think they’ll get it?

90 Dean Street [Elliman] GMAP
Photos by Elliman (more…)


The end is nigh for Boerum Hill’s mid-19th-century Church of the Redeemer, despite efforts to save it. Yesterday Demolition Depot sent out a notice that the 4th Avenue church’s historic artifacts and architectural details are for sale and that demolition will start “next month.”

Included in the sale are stained glass windows, large amounts of elaborate Victorian encaustic cement tile, neo-Gothic light fixtures, a crucifix, Gothic-style doors, statuary, pews, radiators, and exterior iron fencing. All the items for sale can be seen on Demolition Depot’s website. (more…)

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The scaffolding has come down on the exterior and the first two of seven brand new neo-traditional townhouses at 345-353 State Street in Boerum Hill are on the market. The exteriors are neo-Georgian, and now the listings reveal neo-traditional interiors to match, as well as elevators, green building features, and parking.

The developers are IBEC and Strategic Development Corp. and the architect of record is Steven F. Levine Architect. The townhouse at 349 State Street is a single family configuration asking $4,100,000. The townhouse at 349 A is a two-family and is priced at $4,300,000.

The interiors blend traditional design with contemporary features. (more…)


This single-family house at 300 State Street in Boerum Hill is another remarkable blend of old and new, although very different from last week’s 300 Prospect Place. Built circa-1851 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the red brick house is Italianate with some Greek Revival elements, such as the classical pediments over the the windows and doors on the facade.

The interior is mostly traditional on the top three floors and avant-garde contemporary on the garden floor. In the parlors and bedrooms are original wide-plank pine floors, four marble mantels and other original details such as crown molding.

The garden floor is open plan, with a radiant heat concrete floor. A blackened steel beam separates the dining area from the kitchen, and a floor-to-ceiling window/door pivots to open up the room to the outside. An indoor-outdoor table that seats 40 starts in the dining area and continues out into the garden.

Most unusual is the back of the hall on the parlor level. It’s open to double height windows and the garden floor below, bringing light and a slice of the contemporary design into the parlor level, visible from the formal entry at the top of the stoop.

The renovation is by Dean/Wolf Architects. If you want to read more about it, check out these two stories on 6sqft. Also, more photos after the jump.

The ask is $5,650,000. What do you think of the house and the price? Would you do something like this in your own home?

300 State Street [Corcoran]
Photos by Corcoran



This Boerum Hill one-bedroom garden apartment has quite a few perks — a washer and dryer, space for a home office or den, and a private garden patio as well as shared garden space. It’s got wide plank floors and lots and lots of exposed brick (for those who like exposed brick).

The asking price is $2,750 a month which includes all utilities except for electricity.

What do you think of it?

200 Dean Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

Photo above by Corcoran; photo below by PropertyShark



The laundromat at Atlantic Avenue and Nevins in Boerum Hill has been reduced to rubble, although its parking lot has not yet been touched. As readers may recall, noted Brooklyn architect Morris Adjmi is designing a mixed-use building here at 472 Atlantic Avenue.

We think it will be a big improvement for this suburban strip mall-style corner, as we’ve said before. Click through to see more photos of the corner.

472 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos by Steve Sherman



The scaffolding came down a few weeks ago, revealing the new condo building at 440 Atlantic Avenue that has been in the works for several years. The condos from Barrett Design and Development replaced two greatly altered 19th century row houses. As regular readers may recall, sales launched in April, and there no units left. Click through to see a shot of the building from a different angle, from a tipster. How do you like the way it turned out?

440 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]


98 third avenue boerum hill gmaps

The longtime owner of a Boerum Hill gas station is ready to make some bucks and redevelop his property at 98 3rd Avenue into six stories of apartments with ground-floor retail. New York YIMBY was the first to spot the new building application for the 5,000-square-foot corner lot, which has an alternate address of 300-302 Bergen Street. But the area is zoned for manufacturing and commercial uses, and the application says the owner plans to ask for a zoning variance in order to build apartments there.

If the city greenlights the variance, the building will have 19 units across 18,935 square feet of residential space, as well as 3,310 square feet of commercial space. Newman Design Group is the architect of record. And the owner is Bill Wolf, who’s held onto the property since 1968, as YIMBY noted. 

Boerum Hill Shell Gas Station Wants to Become Apartments: 98 3rd Avenue [NYY] GMAP