27 schermerhorn street brooklyn heights 82014

We wrote about the fourth-floor apartment at 27 Schermerhorn Street back in 2011 when it was asking $695,000. Now the top floor unit, which has been redone in a much more modern fashion, is on the market for $915,000. The brownstone floor-through co-op is 25 feet wide and 1,000 square feet in total. Monthly maintenance is $1,218. We’re usually not big fans of going modern in a brownstone but this renovation looks pretty successful to us.

27 Schermerhorn Street, #5 [Real Direct] GMAP

Arthur D. Howden Smith, 1918, BEAfter spending a few months as a foreign correspondent in the mountains of Macedonia, Arthur D. Howden Smith would always seek a life of adventure and danger. He travelled to the Balkans to write the story of a lifetime; his adventures as a freedom fighter with a gritty band of Chetniks who were waging a bloody guerrilla war with the Turks. Young Howden Smith came from a family of world travelers, his forbearers were sea-faring men, and close relatives were famously trekking through the wilds of Africa, killing elephants and importing ivory.

Part One of our story introduced us to Arthur Douglas Howden Smith, who spent his youth and young adulthood living in what is now Crown Heights, at 907 Sterling Place. He was the descendant of New England shipping merchants, and in spite of his tony upper class British sounding name, was born in New York City, in 1887, lived as a small child in New Jersey, and grew up in this house in Brooklyn. He would live in Brooklyn for much of his life. He didn’t look like the adventuring type; he was a small man, about 5’7” tall and weighed 160 pounds, soaking wet. He wore round-lensed glasses and looked like someone who would be more at home in the stacks of a library than the mountains of Macedonia. But, he was a lot tougher and more determined than his appearance would warrant. (more…)

146 columbia heights brooklyn heights 82014

The sleeping arrangement won’t be to everyone’s liking but otherwise this co-op at 146 Columbia Heights looks very nice. The junior one bedroom (or is it a studio?) has lots of original details as well as a modernized kitchen and bath. The monthly maintenance is $832 and the asking price is $695,000.

146 Columbia Heights, #3 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

18 Sidney Pl, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally private home, boarding house, girls’ residence, then Brooklyn Law School residence, now private apartments
Address: 18 Sidney Place
Cross Streets: State and Joralemon Streets
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Year Built: 1838, with three story addition added in 1873
Architectural Style: Greek Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Heights HD (1965)

The story:
This house was built in 1838, when Brooklyn Heights was growing by leaps and bounds, as merchant princes made their fortunes below them on the docks of Brooklyn’s piers. This simple Greek Revival house, the prevailing architectural style of the day, was a four story single family home, tucked away on Sidney Place, isolated on this one block street from the hustle and bustle of busy Brooklyn life. The street was named in the early 1830s by a Brooklyn attorney named George Wood, for Sir Philip Sidney, a 16th century British statesman and author. (more…)

cadman plaza east brooklyn heights 82014

When we biked down Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn Heights today, Department of Environmental Protection workers were tearing up the road to repair the sewers. Workers onsite told us that they expect the project to take anywhere from three to six months. They also said they’re going to repaint the bike lane that runs next to the courthouse.

Later in the year, they plan on doing work on Red Cross Place and the southbound section of Adams Street, next to the Brooklyn Bridge approach. This section of Cadman Plaza East is closed to traffic. Cyclists who take it to get out of Dumbo will have to find an alternate route for the next few months.

87 remsen street brooklyn heights 82014

Paging old house lovers! This new listing at 87 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights is dripping with original detail, including an impressive array of woodwork. There’s also a bay window and a private deck. The floor-through pad has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is asking $1,495,000. We’re guessing it’s about 1,200 square feet.

87 Remsen Street, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

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Kushner Companies is just about done renovating three former Brooklyn Law School dorms into market rate apartments, and Curbed took a look at the project. The developer bought six dorm buildings last year for $36,500,000, and is in the process of converting the other three back into single family homes.

The buildings at 144 Willow Street (pictured above), 18 Sidney Place, and 89 Hicks Street have 69 renovated apartments, all studios and one-bedrooms. Eight of them are rent stabilized. Rents run the gamut from $2,500 for a studio to $4,700 for a 1.5-bedroom with a private backyard. (more…)

The building at 70 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights is in contract to be sold, and Brooklyn Heights Cinema will close August 27, theater owner Kenn Lowy told Brooklyn Heights Blog and DNAinfo. He plans to reopen in a new location in Dumbo, and is working on signing a lease there. He said he hopes to reopen in the new location in late September or early October.

The blog published a letter to customers Lowy planned to post last night: (more…)

62 henry street boroklyn heights 82014

This rent-stabilized one-bedroom is cute and seems well priced for the Heights. The place is definitely small (is that a twin bed in the main bedroom?), but it has a nice tin ceiling and seems well cared for. The “kids bedroom” pictured looks tiny, and we’re not sure there’s a window. The main bedroom looks so narrow that you could barely squeeze in a full-size bed and still be able to walk to the closet. It’s located above the Henry Street Alehouse, but seems to be on the third floor, so hopefully is not too noisy. Do you think the rent is fair at $2,200 a month?

62 Henry Street, #3R [Corcoran] GMAP

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The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. has released 14 proposed designs for the two remaining housing developments on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the focus of a controversy over affordable housing in the park. The proposals will be discussed at a board meeting today, reported The Wall Street Journal, and the winner will be chosen around the end of the year. (more…)

Brooklyn Bridge Park is doing better than expected financially, so building affordable housing in the park is now feasible, according to a long story in The New York Times about the controversial proposal and the politics of the groups that oppose it. A jump in housing prices and park use have filled the coffers of the park, which is supported by private development on the park grounds. (more…)

360 furman street brooklyn heights 72014

This new listing at One Brooklyn Bridge Park might be the nicest apartment we’ve seen in the waterfront building. (We’re not forgetting about the $32,000,000 penthouse but that’s sui generis and not really comparable.) This place has it all: four bedrooms, five bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, amazing views. This kind of place doesn’t come cheap though: Asking price is $7,950,000. Get out those checkbooks!

360 Furman Street, #1015 [Corcoran] GMAP