Five of the seven neo-Georgian townhouses under construction at 345-353 State Street in Boerum Hill are shrouded in scaffolding and fabric, but the finished brick veneer facade, windows, and cornices can be seen on two peeking out at right. This project was originally skedded to wrap in fall of 2014, according to the sign on the construction site. Click through for a closeup. (more…)

409 State Street, Engine 226, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: FDNY Engine 226, built as Engine Company 26 of the Brooklyn Fire Department
Address: 409 State Street
Cross Streets: Nevins and Bond Streets
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: 1889
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Engine Company 26 of the Brooklyn Fire Department was established in January of 1889, and was given this fine new home on State Street, between Bond and Nevins Street. The station would be responsible for fires within Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill and parts of Carroll Gardens. The house was equipped with the latest equipment of the day, which was a four wheeled wagon with a powerful Amoskeag engine and hose, drawn by four horses.

There were many important buildings in their territory, including Long Island College Hospital, all of the stores in the shopping district, Packer Institute, Polytechnic Institute, the court houses and City Hall, and several other schools, asylums and orphanages, and other civic, commercial and private buildings. They were also responsible for the huge grain elevators on the shores of the Erie Basin. During the company’s earliest years, they were involved with the fire that destroyed the Talmadge Temple for the second time, the fire at Hyde & Behman’s Theater, the burning of the first Smith-Gray Building, and much more. (more…)


The owners of Mile End and Rucola will open an oyster bar in the tiny space at the corner of Hoyt and State in Boerum Hill that has been for rent for ages. When we passed by yesterday, we noticed a sign in the window saying Rucola owner Julian Brizzi intends to open a bar and restaurant and is applying for a liquor license. The space was previously home to a cafe and sandwich shop.

The 18-seat bar will serve craft cocktails, beer and oysters and aims to open in February, according to TimeOut, which first wrote about the plans. Click through to see the sign in the window. GMAP (more…)


The property at 520-528 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, which houses Walgreens, has been sold to a developer for $8,000,000 and the drugstore will close, according to what we are hearing from readers who live nearby. No sale has been recorded and no building plans have been filed for the site.

However, there is no doubt the store is definitely closing: Management recently put up a sign saying it will close Wednesday, January 14.

In keeping with other developments on the street, we’d expect to see a taller, denser mixed-use building replace the store. Thanks to readers for the tip and photo.


The four-story brick building at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street is undergoing a makeover and searching for a new tenant to fill the space vacated by the St. Clair Diner.

Permits filed in 2013 and 2014 show owner Thor Equities is turning the second floor commercial space back into residential and repairing the facade. Since Thor purchased the property at 292-294 Atlantic Avenue for $5,151,250 in 2011, a lot has happened in the area, including luxury condo and hotel development The Boerum breaking ground down the street.

What would you like to see in the retail space here?

294 Atlantic Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


The redesigned (and much improved) mixed-use building rising at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Boerum Place is now up to three stories of steel. As previously reported, the 11-story building at 60 Boerum Place will house 75 apartments on top of a three-story retail mall. Click through for another construction shot and to see a clearer shot of the previously published rendering.

Major Changes, Renderings, Walls Finally Rising at Busy Atlantic Avenue Corner [Brownstoner]  GMAP (more…)


Work has started up again at the long-stalled site at 252 Atlantic Avenue, future home of the Atlantic Galleria, where Pier 1 Imports, Retro Fitness and others planned to set up shop. Crafts and framing shop Michael’s will replace Pier 1 as the anchor commercial tenant, according to new information on the sales site.

Other tenants will be TD Bank and Blink Fitness, according the site, leaving just one small spot of 663 square feet available.

We had noticed work had progressed on the foundation when we passed by a few weeks ago, although no workers were actually present at the time, on a weekday. Then a reader who lives nearby emailed us to say he noticed the site was buzzing with activity Friday.

The site has not been recently sold, according to public records, but the delay may have had something to do with financing. Last month, developer and owner Renaissance Realty Group took out a mortgage from Peoples United Bank for $15,100,000, according to public records.

Our tipster said he thought the foundation work was recent. “They are making a lot of progress quickly,” he said. He wasn’t as thrilled about the change of retailers, however. “Personally, I was more excited about Pier 1,” he told us.

Click through to see a shot from the street and the old rendering still posted on the construction fence.

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]



When we stopped by 265 State Street last week, workers were very busy putting in the rebar for the foundation for the forthcoming The Boerum hotel and condo. The big pit fronts Smith, State Street and Atlantic Schermerhorn Street in Boerum Hill. The name of the complex was all over the construction fence and the side of a neighboring building. Sales for the Flank-designed luxury condos launched last week, as we noted. Click through to see more construction shots. GMAP

265 State Street Coverage [Brownstoner]


472 atlantic avenue rendering 122014

Noted Brooklyn architect Morris Adjmi will design a seven-story mixed-use condo building, above, to replace the one-story laundromat at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Nevins Street in Boerum Hill, as New York YIMBY was the first to report.

The building at 472 Atlantic Avenue will have 31 apartments and a total of 63,629 square feet, including 6,982 square feet of ground floor commercial space, according to a new-building application filed yesterday. The building will have north and south sections with their own entrances. Retail will occupy the north side along Atlantic Avenue, according to the Schedule A. Residents will enter on the south side of the building, from Pacific Street.

Avery Hall Investments and Aria Development Group are the developers. Morris Adjmi’s other projects include the Wythe Hotel and 70 Henry.

The residential portion will have 16 parking spaces, 60 bike parking spots, a fitness room and storage spaces. The L-shaped property, which extends through the block from Atlantic to Pacific between Nevins and 3rd Avenue, sold for $18,025,000 in July, according to public records.

The brick and dark metal, the stepped facade with the first three floors mirroring the proportions of the surrounding brownstones, and the tall and narrow windows seem like a good fit for the neighborhood. We think it’s a big improvement over what is there now.

Revealed: Morris Adjmi-Designed Condos at 472 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill [NYY]
Laundromat on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill Will Become Apartments [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Morris Adjmi via NYY 


Listings with interior renderings and floor plans have gone up for condos at the under-construction luxury building designed by Flank, The Boereum, on Smith Street in Boerum Hill, a spokesperson told us. Opening prices are slightly less than we expected. The 20-story, 128-unit building, whose official address is 265 State Street, will have large apartments with as many as five bedrooms, but no studios. Asking prices range from $800,000 to $4,250,000.

The floor plans aren’t quite as “prewar inspired” as we anticipated. Instead of separate kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms, there are strip kitchens in a great room like a lot of new developments. On the plus side, the great rooms do have two banks of windows on the long wall, a typical feature of teens and 1920s apartments. There are also proper foyers with coat closets. The kitchen design is completely modern and minimalist (we like it) and the bathrooms are more vintage-inspired in style, with white subway tile, marble, vintage industrial style light fixtures, and dark grout.

As already reported, a hotel will occupy the first six floors of the building. Curbed was the first to write about the listings.

Click through to see more interior renderings. What do you think of the design?

The Boerum [The Boerum]
265 State Street Listings [Corcoran]


162 bergen street boerum hill 112014

The original details are a little too rococo for our tastes, and we don’t think the lovely and somewhat Japanese feeling kitchen works in this context, but we’re sure someone will go for this grand Italianate in move-in condition.

The 22-foot-wide house is set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden rental. It was gut renovated in 2009, according to the listing, and has all new mechanicals, a finished basement, original wide plank floors, radiant heat in the bathrooms, and zoned central air. Most unusually, it has an elevator.

It was a House of the Day in 2008 and sold for $2,400,000. Now the ask is $4,650,000. Do you think they will get it?

162 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP