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Developer David Kramer’s Hudson Companies has released renderings of the Clinton Hill affordable housing it plans at 1041-1047 Fulton Street and 911-917 Atlantic Avenue. As readers will recall, both buildings are part of a deal struck to redevelop the Brooklyn Heights Cadman Plaza branch library at 280 Cadman Plaza West, next door to 1 Pierrepont Plaza, where Hillary Clinton has her campaign headquarters.

The renderings, more details of the project, and additional renderings of the condo building were revealed on a new website about the project last week. (more…)

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission is moving quickly through its Brooklyn backlog. In a highly anticipated vote yesterday, the LPC approved a design for a long-in-the-works proposal to convert the Brooklyn Heights Cinema building at 70 Henry Street into condos. It also designated the M.H. Renken Dairy building on Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, also in the works for years, and the Henry and Susan McDonald House in Wallabout.

The plan to add a three-story condo building on top of the existing building at 70 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights comes after similar plans for the building were rejected twice before by the commission. This design by Morris Adjmi Architects (designer of the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg) creates a 50 foot tall building — the maximum allowed on that site. (more…)

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Hudson Companies today released new renderings showing a different, less glassy look for the wedge-shaped mixed-use tower it plans to build on the site of the Brooklyn Heights public library at 320 Cadman Plaza West.

The release of the renderings comes just before Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee plans to hold a public hearing on the redevelopment of the site Wednesday as part of the formal land-use review process the proposal must go through.

As readers will recall, Marvel Architects is designing a new 36-story building with 139 apartments at 280 Cadman Plaza West, the current location of the library’s Cadman Plaza branch. Hudson Companies is in contract to buy the site for $52,000,000 and the library will own a condo on the ground floor. The library will relocate during construction.

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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…)

65-67 Middagh Street, PS 8, NS, PS

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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