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This three-bedroom co-op at 62 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights needs work but looks promising. It’s located in a 1911 Beax-Arts style building and has a good amount of living space, nine and a half foot ceilings, French doors and other details.

It’s 1,050 square feet, according to the listing. The photos show the original parquet floors need refinishing, and the kitchen and one bathroom are not pictured.

The building has an elevator, live-in super, bike parking and a landscaped garden. (more…)

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This bright one-bedroom has a lot going for it. Sweeping views of the harbor and Manhattan skyline are an obvious selling point, and it’s situated in a lovely prewar building on one of Brooklyn Heights’ choicest blocks. At 700 square feet it’s not huge, but the bedroom and living room are reasonably sized, and the maintenance is a relatively gentle $703 a month. (more…)

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Sales have started at the landmarked Brooklyn Trust Company Building in Brooklyn Heights, where a condo conversion is under way. Three condos at 138 Pierrepont Street have been listed — a four-bedroom duplex and two three-bedroom units. The launch was first reported by Curbed.

The four-bedroom duplex, 5i, is asking $3,760,000. It has 10 foot ceilings and five-inch-wide stained white oak floors. One bedroom is on the main level. The top floor has three more bedrooms, including a master bedroom with an ensuite bath with radiant heated floors. Common charges are $3,801 and taxes are $3,690. (more…)

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Public School 8, now co-op apartments
Address: 65-67 Middagh Street
Cross Streets: Hicks and Henry streets
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Year Built: 1846, with 1860 addition
Architectural Style: Greek Revival with Italianate details
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Heights Historic District (1965)

The story: As the town of Brooklyn grew into a city in the early 19th century, its leaders realized the importance of public education. There have been schools in Brooklyn almost as long as there has been a Brooklyn, but in the beginning they were private and semi-private affairs, with classrooms popping up wherever it was possible to gather. Those places included churches, meeting halls, even back rooms in print shops, groceries and other kinds of stores.

In 1843, the Brooklyn Board of Education was organized. Its mission was to construct dedicated school buildings and, of course, administrate Brooklyn’s system of primary education.

At this point in time, there was no public high school, as teaching children the “three Rs” was considered more than enough to assure a literate workforce and a functioning society. Any child who was being groomed for higher education had to get it from a private institution.

This section of Brooklyn Heights was once part of the holdings of the Hicks family. They were related to the Middagh family by marriage. John Middagh Hicks and his brother Jacob Middagh Hicks once operated the only ferry from Manhattan to Brooklyn. As they sold off their land for Brooklyn Heights’ development, they saw both families honored with street names. (more…)

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Spring house tour season is here again and a number of neighborhoods across Brooklyn will be opening up some of their most stunning houses for anyone to see. Here’s a roundup of the tours coming up over the next month.

The 31st annual Brooklyn Heights house tour will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The self-guided tour, put on by the Brooklyn Heights Association, will showcase five homes. Children under 13 will not be allowed in the houses, except for infants in front packs, and photographs are prohibited. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased here.

The 2015 Park Slope House Tour takes place on Sunday, May 17 from noon to 5:30 pm. Shuttle buses will pick up and drop off at various sites throughout the neighborhood to help people reach all of the homes.

Houses on the tour include two homes designed by architect Charles Pierrepont Henry Gilbert, and an 1875 Neo Grec and many more. (The photo above and the first photo after the jump show two houses on the tour.) After the tour, at 6 pm, local architect-historian Francis Morrone will give a talk titled, “Brooklyn Landscapes: From Green-Wood Cemetery to Brooklyn Bridge Park.” (more…)

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On Friday May 1, the Municipal Art Society is hosting its second walking tour of Brooklyn Heights. This one, which begins at 2 pm, will focus on the blocks south of Montague Street.

Architectural historian Matt Postal will discuss the Greek and Gothic revival row houses here as well a number of historic churches. The walk will include architect A. T. White’s Riverside, an  influential attempt to create affordable housing.  (more…)

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This Neo-Grec brownstone at 154A Hicks Street in the Heights has lots of lovely original details and an updated kitchen. There are pocket doors, wood burning fireplaces with marble mantels, and moldings, as well as quite a bit of exposed brick.

It’s divided into five units, including an owner’s duplex garden apartment, three studios and a one-bedroom apartment. An old floor plan of the duplex we found online shows the building has a center stair, which means the upstairs tenants walk through duplex on the parlor-floor level to get to their units.

It’s narrow but long at 15.33 by 96.42 feet, according to PropertyShark. It’s also five stories, including the garden floor.

In the 1950s, it was an SRO but after that the picture gets murky, with contradictory C of Os and apparently incomplete conversion applications on file. The building has not recently changed hands, but has a lis pendens for $2,117,500 from 2013.

The ask is $6,100,000. What do you think of it?

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Photos by Esquire Realty Strategies (more…)

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For years now, an anonymous Brooklyn Heights resident has been taking his frustration with the U.S. Postal Service to the streets. Graffitied mailboxes outside his front door remained tagged, even after he submitted unfulfilled requests to the department for refurbishment.

All of this led the sort-of street artist to take matters into his own hands and personally restore them. He estimates he’s repainted about 20 pieces of public property in recent years, including mailboxes, lampposts, call boxes, tree guards, and bike racks.

He’s been profiled in local media and is well-known in the Heights for his efforts, which are technically illegal. Here’s a peek at some of his best work, and what some of it looked like before he “tricked out” chosen objects. (more…)

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Community group Save the View Now this week sued developer Toll Brothers and Brooklyn Bridge Park over the height of the Pierhouse hotel and condos, now under construction in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The group alleges the height of the buildings has illegally violated the park’s own General Project Plan. State Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Knipel issued a temporary restraining order preventing construction on a section of the development south of the Squibb Bridge, the group announced Thursday.

The details are complex, but suffice to say at issue is whether or not the three-building condo and hotel development at 60, 90 and 130 Furman Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park is blocking views of the Brooklyn Bridge in violation of any laws.

Brownstoner broke the story in September that the northernmost part of the development, 1Hotel at 60 Furman Street, has angered preservationists because it is, in fact, blocking a view of the Brooklyn Bridge a 2005 agreement between the park and another community group, the Brooklyn Heights Association, sought to protect.

But — whether or not the height of the three buildings violates any laws is another question — and one this lawsuit seeks to answer. (more…)

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Workers were sprucing up the storefront for rent at 112 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights when we walked by yesterday morning. The wood trim around the front door and windows on the lower level have been primed and are being painted green.

The vacant storefront looks a tad more inviting, although inside there is still some trash and construction materials scattered sbout. This prime retail spot has been vacant since Starbucks relocated further down Montague Street to No. 134 way back in 2012. (more…)