07/23/14 4:00pm

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted to landmark the former Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick yesterday, according to Curbed. The Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts structure at 1054 Bushwick Avenue, a former Building of the Day, was built in 1920 and designed by Koch & Wagner. (more…)

07/22/14 3:00pm

1020 Hancock St. CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Semi-detached wood framed house
Address: 1020 Hancock Street
Cross Streets: Broadway and Bushwick Avenue
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1885
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: Theobald Engelhardt
Other Buildings by Architect: Row houses, free standing mansions, churches, flats buildings, factories, breweries, warehouses and other buildings in Bushwick, Bedford Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, predominantly.
Landmarked: No

The story: This house was not owned by anyone famous, and nothing newsworthy happened here. No scandals, no murders, no wayward children or horrible tragedies. There were no big weddings here, or parties, and no one who lived here made more than the average contribution to their communities or country. It’s a completely ordinary house on an ordinary block in Bushwick. And that’s why it’s so beautiful. (more…)

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A percentage of the huge and hotly debated Rheingold Brewery development site in Bushwick has just sold for $11,250,000, according to public records. The collection of nearly 50 commercial properties includes the former brewery at 930 Flushing, as well as a long list of small adjacent commercial properties on Stanwix Street, Melrose Street, Monteith Street, and Flushing and Bushwick avenues. The buyer is RP Acquisitions LLC, which we’re guessing is an arm of Read Property, the developer that already owns the site. The deed transfers 12.5 percent of the property to this LLC, which explains the low sale price.  (more…)

07/11/14 3:00pm

330 Himrod Street, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Dannenhoffer’s Glass Works
Address: 330 Himrod Street
Cross Streets: Wyckoff and Irving Avenues
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: around 1888
Architectural Style: Victorian factory
Architect: probably Theobald Engelhardt
Other Buildings by Architect: Factories, breweries, warehouses, flats buildings, row houses, churches and free standing houses throughout Bushwick, Williamsburg and eastern Bedford Stuyvesant.
Landmarked: No

The story:
Yesterday’s Brownstoner story about a new building incorporating this old factory in Bushwick led me here. I love stained glass and didn’t know about the Dannenhoffer Opalescent Glass Company. I was determined to find out whatever I could about the building, the company, and the people behind it. It turns out that this forgotten Bushwick factory has quite a history. (more…)

07/10/14 11:30am

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Developer ASH NYC is planning to transform the former Dannenhofer’s Opalescent Glassworks on Himrod Street in Bushwick into a 70,000-square-foot mixed-use development. Wyckoff Heights dug up the renderings for the project at 330 Himrod Street, between Wyckoff and Irving, which will have 80 apartments and retail.

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07/07/14 2:00pm

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After only five months in business, Bushwick restaurant 1 Knickerbocker is closing up shop, to be replaced by older Bushwick bar Kings County. Both have the same owner. 

The restaurant 1 Knickerbocker opened in late January with “Old New American” cuisine inspired by turn-of-the-century New York City restaurant menus and pre-Prohibiton cocktails. But when we stopped by last week, co-owner Aimee Arciuolo was painting the walls of the front bar black, and had already finished repainting the entrance at the intersection of Morgan, Johnson and Knickerbocker Avenues. (more…)

06/26/14 3:00pm

1149-1171 Bushwick Ave,CB, PSBrooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Salvation Army Community Center
Address: 1149-1171 Bushwick Avenue
Cross Streets: Putnam Avenue and Cornelia Street
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: First building – 1971-72. Library and Computer Center – 2007-2008.
Architectural Style: Initial building – Brutalist, Library – Moderne inspired
Architect: First building, unknown. Library and Computer Center – Rodney Leon
Other Buildings by Architect: African Burial Ground site, Lower Manhattan
Landmarked: No

The story: The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London by Catherine and William Booth, who preached in the squalid East End of London. By 1879, they had grown and expanded to the United States, where the first chapter was founded in Philadelphia. A year later, they were in New York City. The Army has always operated under the motto “soup, soap, and salvation.” Besides their well-known disaster relief efforts and their thrift shops, the Army operates thousands of centers where the homeless and indigent can come for relief, and get back on their feet. They also operate community centers where kids can come to a safe environment and get a meal, play and learn in afterschool, summer and weekend programs.

The needs of the poor in Bushwick have been great in the latter part of the 20th century. In 1970, the Salvation Army purchased the blockfront of Bushwick Avenue between Putnam and Cornelia, and tore down all of the houses that were on the block. They began building the next year, and constructed a community center on one side of the block that contained a gymnasium, pool, recreation and meeting rooms, a cafeteria, library, and chapel.

Brutalist style architecture was quite popular then, and that’s what the Army got, a large rectangular concrete bunker that was long on function, but certainly not much to look at. It looked as if the Army truly got a barracks. The center was a welcome addition to the neighborhood, no matter what it looked like, and over the years, hosted many programs for local kids. Comedian Chris Rock was one of those kids. He attended summer camps and other summer programs here when he was a child. (more…)

06/18/14 12:15pm

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This three-bedroom, two-bath townhouse is another rental from Australian investment firm Dixon, with a condo-style renovation that is pretty high end for this part of Bushwick. There are new oak hardwood floors, original mantels, Italian marble in the kitchen, wall-mounted air conditioning units, a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. There is also a deck and backyard.

Potentially the open “recreation area” on the garden level could be used as a fourth bedroom. Rent is $3,995 a month, plus one month free, and there is no broker fee. (And as with all Dixon properties, you can pay your rent with a credit card.) Do you think the price is right for a whole townhouse near the Halsey J train?

50 Eldert Street [Town Real Estate] GMAP

06/16/14 11:30am

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An empty lot in the “triangle” between Flushing, Broadway and Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick is up for sale as a development site. The double-wide lot at 25 Fayette Street has 12,818 buildable square feet and is asking $2,100,000.

It could be a mixed-use building or a boutique hotel, according to TerraCRG, which is marketing the property. What would you like to see here?

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

06/12/14 3:00pm

718 Bushwick Ave, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Wood-framed row house
Address: 718 Bushwick Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner of Hart Street
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1888-89
Architectural Style: Italianate with Queen Anne elements
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed Bushwick HD

The story: Many of the streets of Bushwick and Williamsburg were named after signers of the Declaration of Independence. Hart Street is one of these, named for a farmer from New Jersey named John Hart, who was also one of the delegates to the Continental Congress. Hart Street intersects with Bushwick Avenue only three blocks from the area called Freedom Triangle, where Myrtle, Bushwick and Willoughby Avenues meet.

A majority of the houses here were designed by Theobaldt Engelhardt, and although there are no records available, it would not be inconceivable that he designed these houses as well. This corner house was probably built with the one next door, at 220 Bushwick. Both houses have been muddled with so much, it’s hard to tell, but they do share the same cornice level, foundation height and general fenestration.

718 Bushwick is basically an Italianate frame house on steroids. It would be interesting to see if the house was built like this originally, or if the tower, the bump-out bay on the side, and the rear extension were added on later. Since the entire house has been re-sided and painted, and most of the detail removed, it’s hard to tell, although the cornice brackets are all the same. If the house was added onto, it was done soon after it was built. Unfortunately, online records are scarce here. It is rather amazing that the tall tower roof and finial survived. Many times, these are the largest details to go. (more…)

06/10/14 11:30am

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A 7,600-square-foot property on Broadway in the far reaches of Bushwick under the J,M,Z trains is for sale for $2,650,000. TerraCRG is marketing the property at 1787-1793 Broadway between Pilling and Granite streets, which at one point housed a one-story 99 cent store.

Potentially, a developer could construct a building as large as 22,800 square feet on the site, and the property has 15,600 square feet of air rights. Although property prices in Bushwick are heating up, we’re a little surprised to see something priced this high at the far eastern edge of the nabe.

There are plenty of empty storefronts in the area, and the elevated train is extremely loud. But the property could be much more valuable if the city upzones the area, as de Blasio promised in his affordable housing plan.

Image via LoopNet