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Sales have launched at Brookland Capital’s new condo building at 1094 Madison Street in Bushwick, with three out of eight planned units hitting the market.

The condos, all one-bedrooms, run from $425,000 for a 567-square-foot unit to $479,000 for a 896-square-foot duplex. The finishes and layouts look pretty typical of new-construction luxury rentals, although these are not rentals. They have big windows, open plan layouts, Caesarstone countertops, walnut vanities and custom cabinetry.

With prices under $500,000 and under $1,000 a square foot, they seem like they could appeal to first time buyers.

We think the modern metal exterior looks much nicer than typical new-construction buildings of its size in these parts (which tend to be Fedders three-family rental buildings). We don’t think it’s a bad fit for Bushwick, either, although Bed Stuy residents have objected to modern-style new construction in their mostly brownstone neighborhood just a few blocks from here. (more…)

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A group of three developers purchased a three-acre industrial site in Bushwick for $26,750,000 and plans to turn it into a “creative community” with stores, restaurants and office space, according to real estate firm TerraCRG, which brokered the deal. Buyers Normandy Real Estate Partners, Royalton Capital LLC and Sciame Development will repurpose the existing eight buildings on the site, located at 333 Johnson Avenue, according to a release sent out by the developers.

The development will have more than 100,000 square feet of office and flex space, 60,000 square feet of retail space and 40,000 square feet of outdoor space. The developer plans to include space for “artisanal food production.” No plans have been filed for the site and the renderings are purely conceptual. The building is scheduled to be completed in early 2016 and tenants will have access as soon as late 2015, according to the release from the developers who were represented by real estate firm DTZ. (more…)

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A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

From the Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library comes today’s Past and Present offering. For at least 70 years, the Ibert house stood on the southeast corner of Bushwick and Gates Avenues, at 1054 Bushwick Avenue.

When it was no longer someone’s home, it became a popular gathering hall for organizations and parties. Then it was torn down, replaced by today’s Ridgewood Masonic Temple. And we almost lost that one, too. Here’s the story:

Martin Ibert Sr. was a very successful merchant in Bushwick. His business, called Martin Ibert & Sons, was a flour and feed store operating at 158 Graham Avenue, founded in the 1860s.  He sold hay and feed for horses in addition to milled flour for people.

The Ibert family had another branch that was in the brewery business. Frank Ibert ran a very successful brewery, which was also in Bushwick, on Grove Street between Evergreen and Central Avenues. It was called, simply enough, the Frank Ibert Brewery Company.

At some point, one of these men, or perhaps even an earlier Ibert, built this house and gave it its name, the Ibert Mansion. The house was called that in the caption of this photograph taken in 1911. (more…)

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This is not your average flip for sale in Bushwick. Instead of ripping out all the historic detail, the seller added it back in. He replaced some missing five-panel doors and installed two antique mantels and some vintage chandeliers. He also exposed some brick and, working with the sales team at Elliman, commissioned a local artist to cover the basement level in graffiti and transform it into an art studio.

The house went on the market last week with a party and art exhibit on the second floor, curated by artist Sam Bornstein, who also creates floor plans for Elliman. We have to say, it was one of the better exhibits we have seen in Bushwick, and we’ve seen quite a few. (The other artists were Joshua Johnson, Rachel Youens, James Brittingham and Kevin Swenson.)

The last recorded sale of the house was for $1,125,000 in 2013, which already puts it at the price of most renovated properties in the area. This one, on busy Bushwick Avenue, is wider than most at 25 feet by 55 feet, and is on a corner, so it’s light and spacious. It also has a garage.

It’s in move-in condition, and is 3,800 square feet with two units (one of which is currently occupied). An open house is set for Wednesday, May 13 — and will be followed by another art exhibit, Elliman agent Helen Chee told us.

The new ask is $1,980,000, the highest we can remember seeing in Bushwick. Do you think it will fly?

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First six photos by Cate Corcoran; other photos by Elliman (more…)

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Mixed-use commercial/residential buildings
Address: 905-907 Broadway
Cross Streets: Corner Arion Place
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1884
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: Theobald Engelhardt
Other works by architect: Breweries, factories, warehouses, churches, row houses, flats buildings, free-standing mansions throughout Bushwick, eastern Bed Stuy and parts of Williamsburg. Also factories in Crown Heights, Brooklyn Heights
Landmarked: No, but should be

The story: These two mixed-use storefront and apartments building may look like the hundreds of similar buildings across the brownstone communities of Brooklyn, but these are something more. From the second floor of the corner building, No. 905, architect Theobald Engelhardt established his offices. From his work table came the plans for literally hundreds of buildings; buildings that would create neighborhoods.

Mr. Engelhardt appears in this column quite often, and with good reason. The man was prolific, he could design anything, and he was good. Bushwick, Williamsburg and eastern Bedford Stuyvesant would not look the same today if not for his talent.

Theobald Engelhardt was born here in Brooklyn, in Williamsburg, the son of Philip Engelhardt, a German builder and carpenter. The family had come to the United States from Baden, fleeing the German revolution that was taking place in 1848 and ’49. Thousands of Germans from many different city-states came to the U.S. during that period and settled everywhere from New York to Texas.

Young Theo was educated at the local Turn Verein, which his father had built. He went on to Brown’s Business School, and finally to Cooper Union, where he received his architectural certificate. He went back home to work with his father and get a lot of practical experience. (more…)

1294 Buswhick Avenue

This three-story brick townhouse on Bushwick Avenue near the Halsey J/Z stop is for sale as a development site asking $1,250,000. The property includes the neighboring vacant lot — more catnip to developers. The combined lots are wide but not very deep, at 32 feet by 50 feet each.

The building and lot at 1294 Bushwick Avenue come with approved plans for two buildings with a total of six units.  (more…)

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Landlords Joel and Aaron Israel were arrested Thursday on criminal charges for allegedly intentionally destroying apartments they own in Greenpoint and Bushwick and lying to the court about it,  the Times and many other outlets reported yesterday. The brothers have been in the news for about two years after reportedly destroying kitchens, baths, gas lines and hot water heaters of longtime tenants at several buildings in Brooklyn to force them out and increase rents to market rate for newcomers.

The cases have been winding through housing court. Criminal charges in such cases are unusual — but then so are the alleged actions of the accused. (more…)

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Arts in Bushwick’s “Making History” pays homage to local artists by featuring exactly 400 of them in a special exhibition at Storefront Ten Eyck. The show will survey the Bushwick arts scene by including diverse artists with studios in Bushwick, who have had studios in Bushwick over the past 10 years, or who have recently participated in Bushwick gallery shows.

The exhibition, which runs from April 19 through May 10, will culminate with a benefit event. Ticket sale proceeds will go towards publishing a book celebrating Arts in Bushwick and commemorating the tenth anniversary of its Bushwick Open Studios.

You can see the full list of artists here. Tickets to the May 10 benefit are $200 and include one piece of work from a local artist. For more information or to buy tickets, go here.

Image by Arts in Bushwick

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The long-empty and neglected Ridgewood Masonic Temple — it’s on Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick, despite the name — is going to become apartments. In January, the developer filed plans for an addition and conversion to 28 apartments at at 1054 Bushwick Avenue, The Brooklyn Eagle reported. Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture and Design is the architect of record. (more…)

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Windows have gone in at a four-story, three-family building at 18 Jefferson Street in Bushwick. When we last passed by in February, workers were finishing up the brown brick facade and the empty window openings were blocked with plywood. (See below for a photo.)

The architect of record is Jinwoo Jang, according the new-building permit.

The new building replaces a three-story house that had been damaged in a fire, according to a demo permit. Next door at 20 Jefferson Street is an empty lot where construction had not yet started.

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Here’s a freshly gutted three-bedroom close to the L and M trains in Bushwick. The combined kitchen-dining-living area is large, and two of the three bedrooms are reasonably sized as well. There are new stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, although it’s wedged into a rather small space.

At first glance, the rent seems affordable at $2,416 a month. But the brokers are advertising a net effective rent with two months free, which means whoever rents this spot will write checks for the much higher $2,900 a month. It’s no fee.

It’s also right under the elevated track, which could be noisy. We know this part of Bushwick is starting to get pricey, but do you think it’s worth $966 a bedroom?

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The long-empty and boarded-up apartment house at 889 Bushwick Avenue — it was built in 1919 and for years has sported a spray-painted “roof off” warning to city workers – is being repaired. When we stopped by Saturday, it looked from the sidewalk as though the interior had been completely gutted.

A permit says the scope of work is “removal and replacement of damaged floor joists, roof joists, and structural stabilization.” It had 24 apartments in the past, and will have 24 apartments again when the work is done.

The owner is David Cohen of Bushwick Realty Holding, which purchased the building and its neighbor at 871 Bushwick Avenue, in April 2014 for $15,000,000. That building, formerly the Menorah Home for Aged and Infirm, is being converted to a “nonprofit/philanthropic” with “sleeping accommodations” for 113 people, according to the alteration permit.

In fact, as far as we can tell, Bushwick Realty Holding purchased the entire block. So more development could be in store for parts of it now used as parking.

The red and white brick building, vaguely neo-Classical, at 889 Bushwick Avenue was designed by architect Louis Berger & Co., according to the Bushwick Wiki. It is part of the proposed Bushwick Avenue Historic District. Click through for more photos.

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