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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

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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

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A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

By the 1850s, Brooklyn was not just a growing town; it was a fast growing city. Among the necessary amenities for any city is a good hotel. Montague Street was at the center of cultural activity in Brooklyn Heights at the time, and was a perfect place for a large hotel. The plot on the corner of Hicks and Montague Streets was purchased by the partnership of builders Litchfield and Metchum, and in May of 1854, a fine looking six story Italianate-style hotel opened on the site. It was called the Pierrepont Hotel, and was modeled on the Prescott House in Manhattan.

The builders immediately turned around and sold the hotel. One of the first owners, Hamlin Blake, only owned the hotel for a day. Several other owners had the hotel thereafter, but one thing stayed consistent; their reputation for offering family-style comfort and an exceptionally fine meal. It was soon Brooklyn’s finest hotel during the Civil War years and just beyond.

The Pierrepont Hotel was both a residential and transient hotel, catering to businessmen and travelers to the city, mostly gentlemen, but they also accommodated families, especially those of Navy officers with business at the Navy Yard. During the Civil War, the hotel was popular with other military officers, as well. The hotel also had a collection of regulars who lived there, including many older single men. It was said that in the evening, one could see them all back in the rear in the bar and on the wide verandah behind it, in their chairs, smoking and telling each other tall tales and stories of past exploits. (more…)

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Robust, handsome and strapping are the words that come to mind to describe this 1870s Italianate with Neo-Grec details. The front door is memorable, and the proportions and details grand. There are 12-foot ceilings in the parlor and big-shouldered marble mantels. It’s 24 feet wide and 50 feet deep on a 125 foot lot.

Still, some potential buyers might not like the configuration of the owner’s triplex — sandwiched between top-floor and garden-floor rentals — or the side galley kitchen.

What do you think of it and the ask of $7,900,000?

34 Grace Court [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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Construction can resume at the southernmost Pierhouse building, the condo complex going up south of the Squibb Bridge at 130 Furman Street, now that the partial stop work order has been lifted. Minor adjustments have been made to the specs so the building does not interfere with the legally protected Brooklyn Heights Scenic View District.

These include removing two parapet walls on the roof and reducing the height of the building by 1.5 feet, a spokesperson told New York YIMBY. The snow-covered site, where workers have poured part of the first floor, can be seen at the bottom left of the photo above, taken in late January. The partial stop work order was rescinded Tuesday.

“We take our responsibilities to safeguard the scenic view district very seriously,” Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer told YIMBY in an emailed statement. “The changes made here will ensure the promenade’s view plane will be protected by reducing rooftop elements and adjusting the building’s height.”

Work Set to Resume at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 Building After Minor Height Adjustment [NYY]
Pierhouse Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Whoa boy! Check out this monster pad that just became available at One Brooklyn Bridge Park. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom condo weighs in just a hair shy of 4,000 square feet and features 12-foot ceilings and expansive views in three directions. Even if you can’t come close to affording the $7,500,000 price tag, this listing’s worth checking out for voyeuristic reasons alone.

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