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This yellow clapboard house at 72 Hicks Street is one of the oldest houses in Brooklyn Heights and has been written about on this site umpteen times. It was built in 1825, according to the listing, and has had many updates over the years.

We see what appear to be three original Federal style mantels as well as later 19th century alterations, including a late Victorian screen and wall coverings in a hallway. The house is 25 feet wide.

Recent updates include a new kitchen and baths with stone counters and tile, a media room, exercise room, office and laundry room. There is also a landscaped garden with flowering trees.

The mechanicals are all new and the house has a combination of central air and mini splits (to preserve the details). It’s set up as a triplex over a garden floor apartment.

The house last sold for $2,900,000 in 2009. The new ask is $10,750,000. Do you think that’s a stretch or about right for this historic home?

72 Hicks Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP
Photos by Brooklyn Bridge Realty



Wood and brick Federal-style homes were among the first to be built in Brooklyn Heights, beginning in the 1820s. The oldest houses in the Heights still standing today were built in this decade.

The longest standing Brooklyn Heights houses reside on Willow, Hicks and Middagh streets. One of these is 84 Willow Street, which was listed in the first city directory of 1822, indicating that it is at least that old. A house at 68 Hicks Street was also listed in the 1822 directory.

In 1824, three more houses were built that are still standing today. These are 43 Willow Street, 30 Middagh Street and  24 Middagh Street. Conveniently, a plaque on 30 Middagh Street’s façade displays its year of construction. (more…)


Brooklyn’s priciest condo will soon be back on the market. The 11,000-square-foot triplex apartment at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, aka 360 Furman Street, was originally listed in May but was taken off the market in February without selling. But now the couple who owns it decided to put the sprawling home up for sale again because it was suddenly feeling too big, as the Wall Street Journal first reported.

One recent evening, while the owner, Stuart Leaf, was in his condo, he got a call from his wife asking when he would be home. As it turned out, “we’d both been home for three hours,” he told the Journal, but the space was so massive neither realized it. (more…)

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Former US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has chosen Brooklyn as home base for her campaign for the presidency. Although she has yet to announce her official candidacy, her team just leased two full floors at 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights.

The move, which was first reported by Politico, follows months of speculation about where Clinton would base her campaign.

Her new neighbors include the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York and a branch of Morgan Stanley. Forest City Ratner is the landlord.

Photo by 1 Pierrepont Plaza

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Yesterday, we told you Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was looking into the controversy over the Pierhouse hotel, aka 1Hotel. (To recap: The building at 60 Furman Street, including bulkheads on the roof, is about 30 feet taller than a 2005 community agreement specified and is blocking part of the view of the Brooklyn Bridge that agreement sought to protect, but is NOT blocking the legally protected Brooklyn Heights Special Scenic View District.) Turns out Brooklyn Bridge Park has already responded to his letter.

A spokeswoman for the park also had this to say about our story yesterday and the allegations from community group Save The View Now:

We were happy to respond to Borough President Adams’ questions about the Pier 1 development, which complies with all scenic view protections from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and also with BBP’s General Project Plan. We’re looking forward to completing the project, which will supply critical funding to keep the park safe and well-maintained for millions of visitors for years to come.

Above, the Pierhouse hotel and condos under construction in late January. Click through to see the park’s letter to Eric Adams.

Pierhouse Coverage [Brownstoner]


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Name: Row house
Address: 38 Garden Place
Cross Streets: Joralemon and State Streets
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Year Built: Around 1848, perhaps as early as 1846
Architectural Style: Greek Revival with later alterations
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: Yes, part of Brooklyn Heights Historic District (1965)

Garden Place, a one block enclave of row houses and small apartment buildings between Hicks and Henry Street was originally called Garden Street.

Philip Livingston – a merchant, a gentleman farmer, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence – owned most of the land making up Brooklyn Heights, and Garden Street was where his large formal garden could be found.

As the 19th century progressed, Livingston’s heirs sold off their land and the garden gave way to the streets and buildings we have today, including this one. Parts of the stone wall that separated the garden from the adjacent orchards still form the back fence of some of the houses on the street.


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The New York Landmarks Conservancy and Brooklyn Historical Society are hosting events and tours later this month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law. The law made possible the creation of the city’s first historic district, Brooklyn Heights, in 1965. (Above, row houses in the Heights.) On Monday, March 30, Gregg Pasquarelli, principal of SHoP Architects, will discuss the firm’s plan to transform the landmarked Domino Sugar Factory on the Williamsburg waterfront. Cathleen McGuigan, editor-in-chief of the Architectural Record, will interview Pasquarelli at the Brooklyn Historical Society at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10.

The next day, the Landmarks Conservancy will host a series of free panels and tours at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in Foley Square, in Manhattan. There will be tours of the courthouse from 5 to 5:45 pm, followed by a panel discussion with Kent Barwick, former LPC Chair and President Emeritus of Municipal Art Society; Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation; Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy; Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic; Phillip Lopate, author and essayist; Gene A. Norman, former NYC LPC Chair and Principal of Architecture Plus!. See the full schedule for the events, which will happen Tuesday, March 31, from 5 to 8:30 pm at 40 Foley Square.

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After a year of community workshops, architecture firm WXY Studio has presented its recommendations to link the waterfront, courthouses and the Navy Yard with a series of green spaces — an effort known as the Brooklyn Strand. The Strand would create more public space and easier walking around areas that have been neglected by the Parks Department or made inaccessible by the BQE. During a Community Board 2 meeting on Monday, which we attended, WXY principal Claire Weisz offered improvements and renderings for Borough Hall Park, Cadman Plaza Park, Commodore Barry Park and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Here are the recommendations:

The parking lot next to Borough Hall could be moved underground, freeing up space to build a covered cafe with seating and space for events. Another plan calls for renovating the Brooklyn War Memorial and transforming it into a visitors center. Weisz also suggested adding bike lanes around Cadman Plaza Park, making it more accessible and establishing a better link with the Brooklyn Bridge.


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During a public meeting last night, developer Hudson Companies revealed the locations of two affordable rental buildings that will be built along with market-rate units at the new Brooklyn Heights Library branch. Hudson will construct 114 units of affordable housing at 911-917 Atlantic Avenue (above) and 1041-1047 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. The affordable units will be 100 percent privately financed, according to a press release from the Brooklyn Public Library.

On Fulton Street, it looks like Hudson will take over existing plans for a six-story, 28-unit building at 1045 Fulton. Karl Fischer first filed those plans under a different developer in 2013, and a funeral home and two neighboring buildings have already been demolished.

BPL also announced that the community will be involved the design process for the new library, which will include an online and paper survey, interactive exhibit and a series of workshops. Marvel Architects will lead the first workshop on March 23 at 6:30 pm at the Brooklyn Heights Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West. A second workshop will take place April 20. 

Brooklyn Heights Library Coverage [Brownstoner]
Image via Google Maps


The architects and developers working on the new Brooklyn Heights Library branch at 280 Cadman Plaza West will discuss their progress tonight at a public meeting in the library’s auditorium. David Kramer of developer Hudson Companies will give an update on the project, which will include 132 market-rate units and a 21,000-square-foot library at its base. Hudson will also build 114 affordable units off site. Jonathan Marvel of Marvel Architects will discuss the library’s existing layout, and describe the design and programming process for the new branch. The process will be community driven, and anyone interested can keep track of the project through the library’s page. The meeting will take place tonight at 6:30 pm at 280 Cadman Plaza West.

Brooklyn Heights Library Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Marvel Architects

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We suspect plenty of potential buyers will appreciate the good light in this corner property and its gut-renovated-to-the-nth-degree interior, although we’re wondering why the parlor is split level and the rear fireplace is up against the back wall. The house is not huge — just under 3,000 square feet, according to PropertyShark — but the price is on the lower end for the Heights. Also, there’s parking!

What do you think of it for $4,200,000?

40 Orange Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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The wrecking ball is coming for a five-story apartment building and a nine-story office building on adjacent properties on Pierrepont and Montague Streets in Brooklyn Heights. Developer Jonathan Rose Companies filed demolition applications last month to take down 189 Montague Street and 146 Pierrepont Street (pictured above). Situated between between Cadman Plaza West and Clinton Street, the buildings are some of the few in the Heights that are not landmarked.

A hotel may be in the works, but no new-building applications have been filed under these or any other addresses that we could find. Last year, the Eagle wrote there was talk of a hotel coming at 189 Montague, pictured after the jump.

146 Pierrepont currently houses seven apartments and ground floor commercial space, which used to be a Quest Diagnostics lab. The building is only 6,775 square feet, but zoning allows up to 24,830 square feet of development on the site. Jonathan Rose snapped up the site in January for $5,750,000, public records show.

Meanwhile, 189 Montague is a 75,000-square-foot office building that stretches all the way through the block to Pierrepont Street, and it has 25,000 square feet of unused development rights, according to PropertyShark.

Air rights from 146 Pierrepont were transferred to 189 Montague back in 2000, according to public records, as the Eagle also noted. Tenants in the two buildings were asked to move or their leases were not renewed last year, said the Eagle.

We reached out to the developer for comment but have not yet heard back.

Photos by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark