144 Covert St. CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former convent, now part of Pilgrim Baptist Church complex
Address: 144 Covert Street
Cross Streets: Evergreen and Central Avenues
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: probably 1890s, early 20th century
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival with Arts and Crafts details
Architect: probably Schickel & Ditmars
Other Buildings by Architect: German Catholic churches, convents and schools throughout Brooklyn and NYC. Also much of Lenox Hill Hospital’s original buildings.
Landmarked: No

The story: Germans began immigrating to the United States after 1848, when civil war among the German city-states caused thousands to flee their homeland. They settled in many different parts of the United States, and a great many came to Manhattan and to Brooklyn. A very large and increasingly successful community settled in the Eastern District, which included Bushwick, parts of Williamsburg and eastern Bedford.

Many of the new Brooklynites were Lutheran, and established many Lutheran churches, but equally large amounts were Catholic. They petitioned the Irish Catholic Church hierarchy to establish parishes in their communities, and the first Bishop of Brooklyn, John McLaughlin, was more than happy to do so. With large Irish, German and Polish communities springing up in Brooklyn in the mid-19th century and later, Catholics were the fastest growing denomination in the city. (more…)


Developer Rabsky Group has chosen ODA Architecture to design the first of at least 10 mixed-use buildings planned for the massive Rheingold Brewery redevelopment in Bushwick, according to the first application for permits, filed yesterday. ODA is known for its designs featuring assemblages of boxes, and is quickly becoming one of the top firms designing in Brooklyn, with numerous projects in Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Crown Heights.

No renderings are out for this project yet, but the permit specifies a seven-story building with 398 units at 10 Montieth Street, as New York YIMBY was the first to report. The building will take up nearly an entire block, with about 270,000 square feet of space, including 265,000 square feet for apartments and 5,000 square feet for retail.

That leads YIMBY to speculate the apartments, with an average of less than 700 square feet each, will be rentals. There will also be parking for 204 bikes and 224 cars, a gym, a screening room, and outdoor space. The Schedule A specifies 26 apartments will be in the cellar, which if it’s not a mistake is certainly unusual.

ODA Project Planned for Rheingold Brewery Site in Bushwick [NYY] GMAP
Bing map via NYY

Saturday Night Live aired an amusing skit this past weekend that shows three guys hanging out on a corner in present day Bushwick, talking about how the neighborhood is “getting crazy.” Kevin Hart, Jay Pharaoh and Keenan Thompson start out acting suspicious of people going by, but then they launch into their newfound hobbies: spin class, brunch and trying out the new artisanal mayo spot.


A group of developers yesterday paid $33,700,000 for the former Schlitz Brewery at 95 Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick. The Commercial Observer first reported the sale of the five-story, 170,000-square-foot brick factory between Melrose and George Streets, across the street from the gigantic Rheingold Brewery redevelopment project.

It was the first sale of the property in more than 30 years. In the past year or so, developers have pounced on property in Bushwick, which is teeming with construction. Somewhat surprisingly, buyers Hornig Capital Partners, Savanna and Chelsea Village Associates have no plans to turn the industrial property into apartments, according to an agent with Berko & Associates, which brokered the deal.

The building is already being used for light manufacturing and distribution by a variety of tenants. The buyers plan to empty it and convert it to “creative loft office space” and retail with a $20,000,000 renovation. The top floor, which has 35-foot ceilings and large windows that let in a lot of light, may become an entertainment venue, said the story.

Schlitz built the factory in 1950 to house its New York canning and bottling operation, but the Milwaukee-based brewer had moved out of the building by the late ’70s. The last owner, Moshe Gotteman, bought it in the early ’80s and has been renting it out ever since. Above, a rendering showing how the factory could be adapted for office and retail space.

Hornig, Savanna Buy Original Schlitz Brewery for $33.7 Million [NYO] GMAP
Rendering by Fogarty Finger Architecture PLLC via NYO

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We spotted this schematic for what appears to be a Fedders-style apartment building at 1119 Broadway, near the corner of Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick. The 2,025-square-foot lot is currently home to a single-story garage, which hasn’t been demolished yet.

The new development will be six stories tall with 10 units and ground floor retail, according to permits posted on the fence. It’s next to the elevated tracks and the entrance to the Kosciuszko J train stop. An LLC bought the property, along with a storefront next door at 1121 Broadway, for $770,000 last year. Click through to see what it looks like now. GMAP


27 dodworth street schematic

Last week, we happened on a drawing posted on the fence at 27 Dodworth Street in Bushwick, where a four-story apartment building with a penthouse is rising. The development will have six units spread across 4,879 square feet of space, according to new building permits approved in July.

Five apartments will have balconies, and two duplexes will occupy the top two floors. It seems like the facade will be covered with brick on the upper floors and some other material on the ground level. The architect is Wu Chen of InFocus Design and Planning.  

So far, the first floor has gone up. Click through for a peek behind the fence. GMAP


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The city has just started taking applications for two affordable housing developments at 25 Woodbine Street and 1238 Decatur Street in Bushwick. The four-story, eight-unit building on Woodbine Street has two one-bedrooms up for rent, asking $1,004 a month. Income requirements range from $34,423 – $40,320 for either one or two people. It’s also only three blocks from the J and Z trains at Gates Avenue. Applications close December 23.

And over by the Wilson Avenue L train station, a one-bedroom and two two-bedrooms in a 15-unit building are looking for tenants. You’ll pay only $918 for the one-bedroom or $1,034 for the two-bedroom, and income caps start at $35,280 (for a single person) and go up to $50,340 (for a family of four). You’ll need to apply for 1238 Decatur Street (pictured) by January 7. Head over to NYC Housing Connect to start the application process.

Screenshot via Google Maps


A socioeconomic shift has led to Brooklyn becoming “Manhattanized,” according to a Massey Knakal third quarter recap and two reports we received in our inbox last night. This is not the first time the real estate firm has used that word, but now it goes into much more detail about it and forecasts the trend will continue.

The firm doesn’t see any slack coming at the end of the year. “We expect dollar volume in 4Q14 to exceed 3Q14,” and rents and prices to continue to increase, said one of the reports.

The reports outlined three reasons for the continued “Manhattanization” of Brooklyn:

• Big time institutional investors jumping into the market
* New, higher quality, bigger building stock
* Price appreciation in Williamsburg and other areas has closed or exceeded the Manhattan gap (more…)

697-703 Bushwick Ave, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Tenement buildings
Address: 697-703 Bushwick Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner Suydam Street
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1889
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Theobald Engelhardt
Other Buildings by Architect: In Bushwick – Ulmer Office and Brewery, Arion Hall, St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Frederick Cook house, Bossert house, and many more row houses, churches, tenements, mansions, breweries, banks, hospitals, factories and warehouses in the old Eastern District and elsewhere in Brooklyn
Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed Bushwick Avenue Historic District

The story: By definition, a tenement is a building with multiple tenancy, nothing more sinister that that. In 1867, the New York State defined it as “any house, building, or portion thereof, which is rented, leased, let, or hired out to be occupied or is occupied, as the home or residence of more than three families living independently of one another and doing their own cooking upon the premises, or by more than two families upon a floor, so living and cooking and having a common right in the halls, stairways, yards, water-closets, or privies.” The term became forever attached to horrible, crowded and substandard slums populated by the poorest of the poor, giving a stigma to all multiple unit dwellings that wouldn’t disappear until the first quarter of the 20th century. (more…)


A long-shuttered storefront at 1381-1385 Bushwick Avenue is for rent. The space is about 2,000 square feet and asking rent is $28 a square foot, according to a listing from Core Realty.

The other storefronts have signs advertising various social services of the Bushwick Development Corp., but we can’t recall any of them ever being open in the six years we’ve lived in the area. The building was at one time owned by Bushwick Development Corp. but now belongs to an LLC.

The whole property is big enough for a full-service grocery store, but there are already plenty on Broadway, and much better foot traffic there. We think it would make an ideal location for a taller building with affordable housing.

What would you like to see in this space? GMAP

112 suydam street bushwick

The developer who paid $2,980,000 for a Bushwick church and related properties last week plans to include affordable housing and a large amount of space for the church in the new building. A representative from Manatus Development Group told us the development will be rentals, with 80 percent market rate and 20 percent affordable units.

The church will get 22,000 square feet of space on the first two floors, and Manatus will pay the church’s operating expenses. The addresses are 112-116 Suydam Street, 118-120 Suydam and 605, 609 and 611 Hart Street.

Bushwick Church Sells off Its Properties for $2.98 Million [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


Gym CrossFit KingsBoro opened two locations last week in Clinton Hill and Crown Heights, as well as a spot in Bushwick in October. A reader sent in the above photo of the chain’s storefront at 920 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, taken when it opened December 1.

The space was formerly home to restaurant Soule. The official grand opening is set for December 14, according to DNAinfo, which was the first to write about it.

In Bushwick, CrossFit opened in early October at 10 Wilson Avenue, close to Flushing, another reader told us. Meanwhile, in Crown Heights, Crow Hill CrossFit had its grand opening at 1010 Dean Street Sunday, a spokesperson said. CrossFit was founded in Santa Cruz in 2000 and there are at least six other locations in Brooklyn. GMAP