This yellow brick corner building at 240 St. Nicholas Avenue has been renovated with reclaimed wood paneling, oak floors, and stainless steel appliances and is for sale for $2,295,000. There is an owner’s duplex — unusual for a multi-family in Bushwick — four rental apartments and a two-car garage.
There’s also lots of FAR and the lot is 90 feet deep. At one point the building was a two-family with a doctor’s office. We couldn’t find a new C of O but permits indicate one for a five-family is in the works.
The building is located in a desirable part of Bushwick near the Dekalb L stop, close to bustling Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff Hospital and near the Ridgewood border. The current owners picked it up for $680,000 in January 2013. The configuration and size of the building is unusual, but if it sells near ask, it will be quite a jump for this type of building in the area.
Click through to the jump for more photos. What do you think of the renovations?
Name: Factory Address: 261-267 Meserole Street Cross Streets: Bushwick Avenue and Waterbury Street Neighborhood: Bushwick Year Built: Sometime before 1919 Architectural Style: Turn of the 20th century brick factory Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: Today’s BOTD is not really an architectural treatise, because let’s face it, this is a utilitarian turn of the 20th century factory building that got a new façade recently, and it’s pretty unremarkable. But I chose it for a reason, because even the most nondescript buildings sometimes have a story to tell. I was looking for something else in this neighborhood, which I’ll write about at another time, and I thought of this building, and went to look for it, via Google Maps. I must have gone up and down the street between Newtown Creek and Bushwick Avenue 10 times, virtually, before realizing that the building I was looking for had been radically changed.
Unfortunately, there are no “before” pictures, but it didn’t look all that impressive before, and was just another one factory building on a street of factory buildings, both large and small. It was old red brick, had very few windows, and was really dark inside. It’s a long building, and stretches back for quite a few feet. There used to be a roll-up loading dock on the left, in the part of the building that’s only one story, and then there was only one other door to the other part of the building.
For many years, this was home to Just Lace, a fabric and trim dyeing company. Back when I was working in the garment and home furnishings industry, one of the companies I worked for used their services to dye fabric. We had our own specially dyed colors for a line of terry beach towels. We also used them to wash and roll fabrics that we imported. The goods were manufactured with a heavy coating of sizing pressed into it, making the fabric as stiff as a starched collar. Just Lace would wash the sizing out, dry and roll the goods into bolts. I used to have to drive our company vehicle out here from our Manhattan studio, bringing goods back and forth, and working with the dyer and washers.
This was my first foray into Brooklyn industry, and that’s why I’m strolling down Memory Lane today. (more…)
Prolific Williamsburg architect Gene Kaufman is designing a new six-story building at 100 Bogart Street in Bushwick with artist studios and retail, according to a new building application filed Monday. The commercial project will include ground-floor retail and five artist studios (one per floor) spread across 46,900 square feet.
The site at the corner of Bogart Street and Johnson Avenue is currently a 9,375-square-foot warehouse. No demolition permits have been filed. The developer behind the project is IBK Construction, which purchased the property last February for $3,472,000. GMAP
In an interview with the Observer, newly elected District 34 Councilman Antonio Reynoso called Williamsburg development “irresponsible.” He grew up in Williamsburg in Section 8 housing and still lives in the neighborhood, although he’s currently house hunting. District 34 covers Williamsburg and parts of Bushwick and Ridgewood, Queens. Reynoso has previously said he plans to rezone Bushwick so it will avoid the same fate as Williamsburg. He told the Observer:
I’m looking to rezone Bushwick, but we’re going to look at it comprehensively. We’re going to sit with community groups, scholars, government [representatives] and residents and talk about how we are going to preserve the character—I mean physical character. Some people thought I meant I wanted to keep the Latinos in Bushwick, and that’s not what it’s about. Bushwick is a beautiful, beautiful neighborhood. Right now, there are small mansions in Bushwick that are gorgeous, and none of them are protected. Rezoning would state that a developer can’t knock down one of these mansions and build a six-story building, for example.
He also denounced Williamsburg developers for putting up condos rather than rentals — apparently unaware most development in Williamsburg and in Brooklyn generally is, in fact, rentals. Developers “promise you the world, but once they build, they’re gone,” he said. “There’s no accountability to anyone in the community. The Edge may be the worst affordable housing project that I’ve seen in my time as a liaison and as a councilmember. The poor [were put in a separate building] on one side. They also did a terrible job with marketing, which is insane,” he said, meaning the availability of affordable units was not well advertised to those who could use them.
This top-story three-bedroom apartment, a typical floorthrough in a Bushwick two-family limestone, has most of its original details, including a pier mirror and moldings. There is also a bit of exposed brick, and the eat-in kitchen and bathroom have both been updated, though we’re not sure we love the restaurant-style kitchen backsplash.
And the layout offers some decent living space, with a bay window in the living room, two nicely sized bedrooms and a third smaller one over the front door. Plus it’s not unreasonably far from the L train at Myrtle. What’s your opinion of it for $2,200 a month?
If you’re ever wondered what the interior of Bushwick’s landmarked Cook Mansion looks like, we have the answer. Bushwick Daily spotted this one-bedroom for rent on Craigslist last week and surprisingly, the ad is still up.
Well, the 546-square-foot pad at 670 Bushwick Avenue (on the corner of Willoughby) has been completely gutted and looks like any new (or not so new) rental. It’s on the second floor with a balcony — presumably the one over the front door. There is baseboard heating, replacement floors, vinyl flooring in the kitchen, and what looks to be plenty of drywall. On the plus side, the replacement doors are solid wood and there seems to be tons of windows and light all around.
Also known as the Catherina Lipsius House, the American Round Arch style mansion was completed in 1890 and commissioned by Catherina, who owned the Claus Lipsius Brewing Company. It’s right next to KFC and the elevated track, and down the street from two apartment buildings under construction. Wonder how loud the train is.
Click through the jump to see a few more photos of the apartment.
This small church at 1485 Gates Avenue near Irving in Bushwick will meet the wrecking ball soon so that a developer can build a five-story, 10-unit building. A plan exam application was filed last week for the apartment building, which will be 9,144 square feet.
While overall Brooklyn rents dipped slightly in the last year, average Bushwick rents jumped from $1,853 to $2,005 since December 2012, the largest change of any Brooklyn neighborhood and an indication of high prices in Williamsburg pushing up rents nearby, according to a December report from MNS. In the same vein, Greenpoint saw the most new development sales in Brooklyn, with median price-per-foot jumping 20 percent to $814 in the last month. Average Greenpoint rents also rose 1.5 percent to $2,809 in the last year. And Bed Stuy and Crown Heights rents saw big rent increases of 6.5 percent and 10.8 percent, respectively, in the last year.
Meanwhile, 1,388 commercial properties changed hands last year for a total dollar volume of $4,050,000,000, which was a 31 pecent increase in the number of transactions, Ariel Property Advisors noted in their year-end report. Last year’s most expensive commercial sales included the Jehovah’s Witnesses iconic Watchtower buildings in Dumbo, which sold for $240,000,000, an apartment building at 110 Green Street in Greenpoint ($72,000,000), a 690,000-square-foot industrial site in Sunset Park ($91,500,000), and a massive commercial site and garage at 49 Bond Street in downtown Brooklyn ($70,000,000).
The cluster of new buildings at 1099 Willoughby Avenue in Bushwick received its final certificate of occupancy January 15. It’s been years since we stopped by and we are pleasantly surprised by how the cinderblock buildings turned out.
They are simple and classic in red brick with cement window lintels, black cornice and black doors. We wish every new building could look at least as decent. The interiors, still visible on an old rental listing, look super nice too.
Click through to the jump to see a close-up of two of the entrances and a “before” photo, back when this was 119 Wilson Avenue.
New permits have been issued at 626-628 Bushwick Avenue, the former St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and school, pictured above, to convert the property into 99 rental apartments by developer Cayuga Capital. An Alt-1 permit to convert it to residential apartments was filed in February 2012 and disapproved the following month. There is a partial vacate order in effect on the property.
But a new permit using the address 616 Bushwick Avenue was granted in November. The three-story church will be turned into a four-story one, although the height will remain the same. There will also be horizontal additions, according to the permit.
A one-story scaffold that had covered the front of the buildings for years came down in 2012. In August, a new permit to erect scaffolding was granted, and now netting and pipe scaffolding covers the church all the way to the top of the steeple.
In October, Cayuga put a 90 percent interest stake in seven Bushwick properties on the market for $14,000,000 through MNS to raise funds to complete the Bushwick Avenue conversion, as we reported at the time. The school and church were designed by architect Theobald M. Engelhardt and completed in 1885 and 1892, respectively. The church space has also been used for parties and a movie set. Click through to the jump to see the church in its scaffolding shroud.
Name: Former Peter Paul Huberty mansion Address: 1019 Bushwick Avenue Cross Streets: Grove and Linden Streets Neighborhood: Bushwick Year Built: 1900 Architectural Style: Colonial Revival Architect: Ulrich J. Huberty, with later alterations by L.M. Kaufman Other buildings by architect: Prospect Hall, in Park Slope. With Frank Helmle and Wm Hudswell, designed St. Barbara’s Church in Bushwick, the Boathouse in Prospect Park, Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn Heights, and other buildings Landmarked: Calendared. Bushwick Avenue and much of the surrounding blocks should be. The house was up for designation as an individual landmark in 2013
The story: Way back in 2009, when I first started this column, I wrote about this house. At the time, I didn’t know who designed it, or who first lived in it. I didn’t know much about it at all, except it was interesting and cool. So I thought I’d revisit the house, this time with some real information. It’s still as intriguing as it was the first time I walked down this street and took pictures of this very historic neighborhood.
As we all know, hopefully, Bushwick’s first European settlers were the Dutch, who established farms and homesteads here. The great Dutch Reformed Church on Bushwick Avenue is a legacy of their presence. But by the 1850s, Bushwick and parts of Williamsburg were transformed into a German community, due to the large number of Germans who came here from several different German states, all fleeing a failed revolution to unite these separate nation-states as one German nation.
Many of these German immigrants were professional and educated people, and it didn’t take long before they became successful brewers, businessmen, merchants, and factory owners. By the late 1800s, mansions were popping up all along Bushwick Avenue, home to these now wealthy people. Scores of builders and architects of German descent began building up the neighborhood with all kinds of buildings. The most successful and prolific was Theobald Englehardt, American-born, but the son of a German builder who specialized in breweries. He was certainly not the only one.
Peter Huberty was one of those successful German immigrants. He came here in 1867, trained as a teacher. After a number of years here, he became a lawyer, with a successful private practice. He later became the chief clerk in the Brooklyn Police Department, a job he held for eight years. He was very active as a Democrat in Bushwick and Brooklyn politics, and ran for Chief Justice of the Peace in 1895, a race he lost. In 1899, he was elected County Clerk. (more…)