07/25/14 9:00am


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…)

07/22/14 12:58pm

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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

06/26/14 2:00pm


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

06/23/14 10:45am


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?

06/18/14 2:00pm

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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

06/11/14 1:30pm

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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

06/02/14 1:30pm

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

05/30/14 2:00pm


While everyone else seems to be moving to Brooklyn these days, Jonathan Adler is moving out. A reader spotted employees cleaning out the store at 378 Atlantic Avenue yesterday afternoon, and a note on the Jonathan Adler website confirms the closing. The photo shows the shuttered store this morning.

Anyone care to speculate what this means for this stretch of Atlantic Avenue? 

Jonathan Adler Stealth-Opens on Atlantic [Brownstoner] GMAP
Jonathan Adler Coming to Atlantic Avenue! [Brownstoner]

05/29/14 4:00pm


Add the Boerum Hill house tour to your to-do list this weekend, along with the Prospect Lefferts Garden house tour we wrote about earlier this month. Both take place this Sunday.

The Boerum Hill tour begins and ends at the Invisible Dog Art Center at 51 Bergen Street and takes place from 1 to 5 pm. It includes six houses and two gardens. For more information, check the website of the Boerum Hill Association.

The first Prospect Lefferts Garden house tour took place in 1970 1969 to show the diversity of the neighborhood. This year is the 100th anniversary of Chester Court, the well known cul-de-sac with Tudor style row houses, and one of them will be on the tour. The tour takes place from 12 to 5 pm. For more information, see the website of the Prospect Lefferts Manor Association.

Both tours offer a discount on tickets purchased in advance; tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Tour takers who present a PLG tour brochure at the Boerum Hill tour will get in for $10.

05/27/14 10:00am

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A five-story building is planned to replace the three-story building on the corner of Smith and Wyckoff streets where Smith Hanten Real Estate has operated for decades. A new-building permit for 165 Smith Street specifies eight apartments with 10,933 square feet of residential space, 3,163 square feet of ground-floor retail, and a two-car garage.

Grasso Menziuso Architects is the architect of record. We heard about demolition plans in March, and a month later, demo applications were filed but not approved. Property owner Michael Affronti asked Smith Hanten Real Estate to move earlier this spring. The Affronti family also owns 162 Smith Street, where they’ve operated Paisano’s Meat Market for nearly half a century.

Demolition Planned for 165 Smith Street [Brownstoner] GMAP