Pacific Street Cobble Hill

Pacific Street from Cobble Hill to Boerum Hill is seeing a remarkable number of record-breaking and high-end sales, in addition to a bevy of luxury construction, the New York Daily News has noticed. While much of the 10-block-long stretch is leafy and landmarked, the areas near commercial corridors are not where one might expect to find Brooklyn’s priciest home sale.

It’s clear that Pacific Street is having a moment. In June, photographer Jay Maisel paid $15,5000,000 for a townhouse there, shattering the record for the highest price paid for a Brooklyn townhouse. Famed singer Norah Jones also purchased a $6,350,000 carriage house on the street earlier this year, and interesting modern buildings designed by Morris Adjmi and Brooklyn local Teresa Byrne Salter are under way. (more…)

Atlantic Antic 2015 -- Brooklyn Street Fair Photos

Thousands of Brooklynites made their way across a mile-long stretch of Atlantic Avenue on Sunday for the 41st annual Atlantic Antic, New York’s largest street fair.

Local shops sold their wares, from vintage finds to bespoke jewelry and art prints, soundtracked by performances from marching bands, jazz acts and more.

There was plenty of typical street-festival fare — grilled corn, arepas, fried Oreos and gyros — as well as booths from local food purveyors like Luke’s Lobster, the Good Batch, Landhaus, Sahadi’s and Damascus Bread & Pastry.

See our photos from the fest below. (more…)

Cannavale Byrne Boerum Hill

More celebrities are migrating to Brooklyn from Manhattan. Actors Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, who had been living in the East Village, paid $2,150,000 earlier this month for a two-family, three-bedroom townhouse at 453 Warren Street in Boerum Hill. The couple starred together in the 2014 remake of Annie.

Byrne and Cannavale’s new pad has both front and rear gardens, and a fireplace. The listing also advertises that the garden-level full-floor apartment could potentially be used as a commercial space, although with Cannavale set to star in HBO’s forthcoming series Vinyl and Byrne tied to the X-Men franchise, it seems unlikely that they’ll need the extra income from a ground-floor dentist.



Before us today is a one-bedroom loft at 423 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, known to some as the Ex-Lax Building. As you’d want from a loft in a converted industrial building, it’s got high ceilings and large open spaces, which can be yours for $845,000.

There’s a single bedroom, generous at 15 by 11 feet. The rest of it is open — a large living/dining space with a wall of built-in shelves and cabinets, and a walk-in storage closet in one corner. Light comes only from one end, but windows are oversized, and we’re partial to those arched ones at the top. (more…)

Affordable Housing NYC Boerum Hill Tenants Fear Market Rate Units Brooklyn

Tenants of Wyckoff Gardens reacted negatively to the city’s announcement last week of plans to build a new half-market-rate, half-affordable apartment building on two parking lots at the Boerum Hill project, reported the Daily News. Though tenants received a prerecorded call from NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye on Wednesday evening in advance of the official announcement, Wyckoff residents felt that the call left out some salient details.

The recording did not explain that a new apartment tower would soon rise on Wyckoff grounds, or that the building would contain roughly 300 market-rate units and an equal number of affordable ones. Tenants learned the details of the development from the media and drew their own conclusions.

“How are you going to have people here paying $200, $300 rent, then you’ve got tenants in a brand new building paying $1,500, $2,000?” one Wyckoff Gardens resident told the Daily News. “I think they’re trying to force us out.”


NYCHA Development Wyckoff Gardens

Boerum Hill’s public housing project Wyckoff Gardens will eventually have market-rate rentals, city officials said Wednesday. The de Blasio administration has selected NYCHA land at 3rd Avenue and Wyckoff Street as the site of the Mayor’s experimental building model that would be half market-rate and half affordable housing, reported Capital New York.

A part of the Mayor’s controversial infill housing plan for NYCHA, the development will be built on public land leased to a private developer. NYCHA plans a 550- to 650-unit building for the site, which, according to NYCHA, has 5.1 acres of underused space — roughly equivalent to seven football fields.

Two other Brooklyn NYCHA sites — the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene and the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville — are also slated to get infill construction, as we have reported. But where the new buildings at Ingersoll Houses and Van Dyke Houses will be 100 percent affordable housing, only 50 percent of the units at Wyckoff Gardens will be.



The four-story, mixed-use building coming to 237 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill will be modern with rustic materials such as brick and wood cladding, a rendering Brownstoner found on the fence shows. It should tip the balance of aesthetics on this once scruffy, ramshackle corner for the better.

Across the street on the opposite corner at 242 Pacific Street is a townhouse of compatible modern design by Brooklyn-based architects John and Jill Bouratoglou with interiors by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond. Two more apartment buildings by the same architects stand next to it. (more…)


Today’s rental is a garden apartment in a Boerum Hill brownstone, with some charm and a nice landscaped garden out back. Listed by James Stubbs at Brooklyn Bridge Realty, the place is at 178 Bergen Street.

There’s no floor plan and photos are few, so we’re not sure of the exact layout, but it looks to be two rooms. The kitchen is in the back and off to the side, so there is room for a dining room table next to it and, presumably, a couch as well. (more…)


The now-shuttered Walgreens on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill is likely to become a six-story, 29-unit condo building with stores on the ground floor. Architect Beyer Blinder Belle filed a new-bulding permit application Wednesday, NY YIMBY reported, that confirmed plans described by unnamed sources to The Real Deal in April.

The new-building application, filed under the address 505 Pacific Street, calls for a 71,742-square-foot building with 55,449 square feet of residential space and 16,293 of commercial. It will be 80 feet high.

There will be 12,725 square feet of underground parking for an unspecified number of cars as well as a fitness room for residents in a sub cellar. The cellar and ground floor will be given over to retail, as well as a lobby. (more…)


No one in the world has a kitchen like this, except the owners of the wide, five-story brownstone holding these stunning faceted beechwood cabinets. They’re the handiwork of Workstead, a design studio with offices at the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus.

Functional considerations came first — how to create cabinet handles without hardware? — but aesthetics were never far behind. “We got to thinking about carving out material in order to create utility,” said Ryan Mahoney, one of three Rhode Island School of Design architecture school alumni, along with Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler, who comprise the small firm.

“We had the idea that instead of adding something, we would subtract wood to create handles for the cabinetry. Once we had this rule of thumb to go by and began to work with the material, we came up with this wedge-shaped profile for the cabinet faces and started getting interesting forms and patterns,” he said.

The designers lined up the sink countertop against the existing bank of windows at the rear of the house, eliminating the typical backsplash, to maximize the experience of looking out into the garden. The generous light that pours in through those windows makes the carved faces of the cabinets appear ever-changing, Mahoney said. “They can be subtle or dramatic, depending on time of day.”


333-337 State Street, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

These three flats buildings represent a change in the development of Boerum Hill. But their colorful and criminal tenants (in the past!) are what really sets them apart.

Name: Flats buildings
Address: 333-337 State Street
Cross Streets: Hoyt and Bond Streets
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: Sometime between 1887 and 1895
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

Apartments a la Chateau

333-337 State Street consists of three five-story flats buildings designed to look like one large chateau. The unknown architect of this project designed impressive entryways which originally had ashlar (rough cut) stone, and no doubt, stained glass and other decorative elements underneath the arches.

Since the building dates to the last decade of the 19th century, there may have always been elevators. The extra stories on the towers and center are now sealed off, but may have once been public spaces, or simply servant’s quarters.

The flats first show up on the 1903 city maps. They show three flats buildings built with air shafts in the middle and back, allowing every room in the flat to have a window and ventilation. Each building also had a center skylight.

The buildings would have originally had two apartments per floor, or ten apartments per building, 30, in all. Today, there are four apartments per floor, and the building now has 60 units. It is called the Manor House Apartments. (more…)