With a lawsuit over the inclusion of affordable housing at a residential development site at Pier 6 still pending, another tempest (you decide if it’s in a teacup) is emerging at the northern end of Brooklyn Bridge Park where Toll Brothers’ condo and hotel project known as Pierhouse has recently topped out. At issue: the height of the new building and whether it violates either the spirit or the letter of a 2005 agreement that sought to preserve views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. In the opinion of preservationist Otis Pratt Pearsall and the Brooklyn Heights Association, it does. Park management has another take. (more…)
Long-time readers of this blog may recall that we’re generally not fans of recessed lighting in a prewar setting. This co-op at 60 Pineapple Street in Brooklyn Heights is no exception to the rule. It’s a lovely corner apartment with 1,475 square feet and a very generous, almost loft-like, living area along with the three bedrooms and two bathrooms — but it’s got recessed lighting galore. No matter. If you’ve got the $1,775,000 to buy the place you can always tweak the lighting.
Yesterday evening the board of the Brooklyn Public Library voted to go ahead with its plan to sell the Cadman Plaza branch to raise $40,000,000 for upkeep of other branches. Hudson Companies Inc. has been chosen as the developer of the new mixed-use building at 280 Cadman Plaza West. There will be space for a 21,000-square-foot library at its base and 132 market rate units, the library announced last night. Hudson will pay $52,000,000 to buy the site and construct 114 affordable units offsite, which will open at the same time as the building (about 2019 or 2020).
Built around 1850 or so, according to the listing, 16 Willow Place appears to be a Greek Revival brick row house with an interesting minimalist renovation from the ’80s. The single-family house has original wide plank floors and a black marble mantel, as well as some exposed beams and bricks. While some of the rooms are traditional, the parlor, kitchen and bath have been remade into sleek contemporary spaces and the staircase has been moved so it is perpendicular to the side walls. Normally we’re not enthusiastic about modern “interventions,” but we like this one. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,800,000?
We’re pretty sure that this new listing at 42 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights has the highest asking price of any half-brownstone to date. Located in a 26-foot-wide house, it’s a good-sized pad and has a lovely garden to boot. The parlor floor has some striking original details (hello, coffered ceilings!) but we’re not wild about how the kitchen integrates with the main parlor. The maintenance is $3,475 a month and the asking price is, hold onto your hats, $4,500,000.
The new $5 million pedestrian bridge that links Brooklyn Bridge Park with the Brooklyn Heights Promenade has been closed since August 11, but it’s expected to reopen by the end of the month. Gothamist and the Daily News reported that the bridge’s wooden walkway had started to warp, and engineers need to adjust the cable tensions. Structural engineer Ted Zoli designed Squibb Park Bridge, which is made out of 100,000 pounds of black locust timber, bronze and galvanized steel. It first opened in March 2013.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. had originally claimed it closed the bridge because of excavation at the Pierhouse condos underneath. Until it reopens, pedestrians have to walk through the whole park to get to Brooklyn Heights. Squibb Park, which sits underneath the bridge, is closed as well.
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.
After 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…)
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.
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…)
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.
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.