Ubiquitous Brookland Capital has picked up the vacant lot at 207 Wyckoff Street, where it plans to build a three-unit, four-story apartment building, according to permits filed in November. Sounds like it has some swank potential.
In 2006, bricks from a long-neglected and vacant apartment building on the property crashed through neighboring roofs and cars, said a reader who tipped us off to the sale.
Brookland paid $1,325,000 for the lot, which is extra wide at 25 feet by 100 feet. Photos show the lot empty in 2007. The property is outside the Boerum Hill historic district.
Brookland cleared the lot, but hadn’t yet started construction when we stopped by recently. GMAP
Atlantic Avenue used to be Atlantic Street. Between the river and Flatbush Avenue, the avenue is a busy, bustling thoroughfare with snarled traffic, honking horns, and double parked vehicles that make it difficult to get around. Much of it is lined with mid to late 19th century storefront tenements, mingled with a combination of modern apartment buildings, civic buildings, former hotels and factories. When I think of the old Atlantic Street, I picture buildings like the ones in this 1922 photograph, a mixture of the old wood framed storefronts that have long lined the street, and the more modern four story storefront tenements.
This two story rambling wood framed storefront building stood on the south side of the street, between Hoyt and Smith streets. The building on the right of it still stands, which helped correctly place it in today’s world. A map of Brooklyn from 1869 is the earliest map I have access to that shows buildings on the streets, and in that map, most of Atlantic is quite built up by that point, and this building, as well as other wide storefront buildings like it, stretch along its length. I would imagine this building dates from the early 1850s, at least.
The first floor, at least when the photo was taken, is broken up into four storefronts. The upstairs apartments appear to have two entrances, one between the two storefronts on the left, and the other at the far right of the building. There were probably three or four apartments above, if it was a typical tenement. The shuttered windows are a nice touch, but the ceilings certainly look quite low up there. (more…)
Located in a prime Boerum Hill block of Greek Revival, Gothic and Italianate brownstones, 398 Pacific Street and its adjacent empty lot are being marketed as a development site. Luckily, the block is landmarked, so we imagine any development would preserve the facade of the existing building and create something harmonious next door, even if on the inside the buyer opts to turn the whole thing into one multi-unit apartment building.
The interior of 398 Pacific, an Italianate, doesn’t look all that bad in the photos, though some fresh paint wouldn’t hurt. It’s currently set up as a duplex with triple parlor and marble fireplaces, with two 2.5-bedroom floor-through apartments above.
But on to the technical details of the development potential of the site: The two lots together are 44 feet wide. The empty lot has a curb cut, and the 4,400-square-foot three-family brownstone could be enlarged to a total of 8,800 square feet, according to PropertyShark. The listing notes that an additional 1,280 square feet would potentially be allowed under R6 zoning. (We have no idea if Landmarks would approve such an enlargement, but there is a 50-foot-long backyard.)
The property will be “delivered as is,” said the listing, which didn’t specify if that also includes tenants. Do you think the asking price of $4,250,000 makes sense for a developer or an owner occupant?
Here’s a recently renovated owner’s duplex with original details and outdoor space in Boerum Hill. Although it’s narrow at 18 feet wide, the four-bedroom, three-bath apartment looks spacious and bright.
The listing says the whole place was gut renovated three years ago, and the kitchen reno seems to have turned out well with its granite countertops and dark wood cabinets. There are pretty plaster details, exposed brick, and a wood burning fireplace with a marble mantel in the living room.
There’s a garden and deck, and the basement is available for storage. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s two blocks from the Barclays Center. What are your thoughts on it for $7,500 a month?
It appears the townhouse at 149 Bergen — the one with the controversial backyard addition that helped introduce the term “green doughnut” — didn’t sell last year and now it’s back on the market. The price is slightly higher and the interior has been reconfigured, according to the listing.
The listing mentions the extension and now has a floor plan on which it is clearly shown. Besides doubling the space of the formerly tiny house, the remodel brought light into the first floor with a skylight over the stair, and the owner’s triplex has a double height living room.
The broker is one of the owners. The ask is $4,600,000. Think they’ll get it now? If they do, it could set a record for Boerum Hill.
In 1855 a group of twelve Bavarian, Dutch and Portuguese Jews gathered in a Brooklyn home to found the United Brethren Society, a mutual benefit society that pooled its resources to aid its members with medical and burial expenses. A year later, that same group came together to form a congregation. These were men who had settled near Atlantic Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, and were engaged in all kinds of professions: a hatter, furrier, carpenter, attorney, tailor, barroom owner, pawn broker, a rabbi and more.
Most of them had been members of Manhattan synagogues, and still took the ferry ride across the river for Shabbat services on Friday night. Local legends say they rowed themselves across on rowboats, and founded a Brooklyn synagogue because they got tired of the trip. However dedicated that sounds, all authorities chalk that one up to urban legend, similar to walking two miles to school uphill, in snow, both ways. The ferry was right there.
They first held services at a rented space at 155 Atlantic Street, now Atlantic Avenue. Within five years, the congregation had grown to 35 families, and the decision was made to build their own house of worship. A plot on the corner of Smith Street and Boerum Place, next to a stable, was purchased for $3,000, and the cornerstone of Baith Israel was laid in January of 1862, and the synagogue was dedicated that same year, in August. It was the first Jewish synagogue to be built specifically as a synagogue in all of Long Island. Williamsburg’s Kahal Kodesh, the oldest Brooklyn congregation, did not build its own building on Keap Street until 1867. (more…)
A new business named White Oak will replace Apartment 138 on Smith Street in Boerum Hill, the blog Pardon Me For Asking reported. Apartment 138 was a bar and restaurant serving American food. It closed in November. The nature of the new venue is unknown but likely to be a restaurant too, said PMFA. Anyone know more?
A three-story mini-mall is planned for 66 Boerum Place at the corner of State Street Atlantic Avenue, but construction seems to be stuck in DOB permit limbo. When we walked by, we found this schematic pinned to the fence. New building applications were disapproved in April and then re-filed in October, but the DOB still has not approved one. The mall will be 46,428 square feet of commercial space and 50 feet tall with a cellar, according to building applications. Meanwhile, developer ACHS management has an alteration permit to work on the foundation. We dug up a rendering last year for the development, and it looks like the schematic could match. When we looked inside the construction fence, we could see foundation work under way. Click through the jump to see a photo.
When we walked by the Neo-Georgian townhouses going up on State Street in Boerum Hill, this is what we saw. We’re not sure what these facade materials are, but you can see the stories rising and the alternately flat and rounded bay fronts taking shape.
Permits filed last summer for the seven State Renaissance Townhomes at 345-353 State Street call for four two-family homes and three one-family homes, totaling 168,468 square feet of residential space. Six townhouses were planned at the site way back in 2009, and then plans were revised and filed in 2011. Construction began last August and is supposed to wrap up in the fall.
Architect Steven F. Levine designed the project; Scarano’s name is on the original round of permits from three years ago. Some very modern interior renderings by Durukan Designs were released in early 2012, but it’s unclear whether they still apply. While public records say the developer is State Renaissance Townhomes II, DOB permits list the owner as Hesky Brahimy, a partner at IBEC Living.
Click through the jump to see the rendering of the townhouses, which we published last October.
Before there was Drimmer’s, or A.J. Madison, Best Buy, Crazy Eddie or Home Depot and Lowe’s, there was Rex Cole. Of all our local appliance retailers, both individual and chains, only P.C. Richards, which was founded in 1910, is older. During the 1930s, Rex Cole ruled the world of electric appliances, presiding over an empire of over 15 branches in New York City, Westchester and Rockland Counties, Long Island and Connecticut. Today, no one has ever heard of Rex Cole, but in his day, he was as well known as the stores that bore his name. And it was all because of the refrigerator.
Rex Cole, which sounds like a made-up Madison Avenue name if there ever was one, was a real person, and that was his given name. He was born in 1881, in Port Huron, Michigan. Young Rex had an affinity with machines and electronics, and at the age of 16 became an electrician. Even at this young age, he soon developed a reputation as a troubleshooter at his electric contracting workplace. Ten years later, as World War I was breaking out, he already had his own lighting fixture company in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Winnipeg was getting a new railway station called Union Station, so when the lighting contract for the station was announced, Rex got on a train and came to New York City to meet the architects at their offices. He was a persuasive and exceptionally good salesman, and convinced them to give him the contract. It wasn’t until later that they learned he didn’t have the experience, or the money and equipment to build the lighting needed for the building. It didn’t matter; the lighting company executives at the meeting were so impressed with his personality and sales ability that they hired him to be their permanent salesman. He soon closed down his Manitoba operation and moved with his wife to New York City.
Cole was still enamored with lighting design. During World War I, he started another company and won a government contract to produce a lamp he had designed, one of the first electric lamps to give indirect lighting. General Electric took over the lamp and made Cole the president of their lamp subsidiary, the Miller Lamp Company. His connection with GE was born. (more…)
Councilmember Stephen Levin and several community groups are organizing a forum on improving street safety in Boerum Hill next Tuesday evening. A variety of speakers will present, then the meeting will break into small groups for attendees to discuss their ideas for creating safer streets.
The Boerum Hill Association, Transportation Alternatives, Atlantic Avenue BID, Community Board Six and Park Slope Civic Council will attend the meeting, which will take place February 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Belarusan Autocephalic Orthodox Church at 401 Atlantic Avenue.
The former ruin and Gothic Revival beauty at 374 Pacific Street that was asking a staggering $7,900,000 is in contract. A deal was reportedly struck for less than $5,950,000, according to the blog BK to the Fullest. About a month ago, the asking price dropped to $6,950,000, said Streeteasy.
The badly deteriorated building was not even a full shell when it sold for $1,335,000 in 2010. The 26-foot-wide, 7,000-square-foot property has been extensively and lavishly rebuilt. If it closes for more than $5,000,000, it will set a record for Boerum Hill.