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We were relieved to see the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted yesterday to landmark 1090 Greene Avenue in Bushwick. It is one of the last well-preserved wood frame houses in the area. Preservation advocate Historic Districts Council called it “a distinctive reminder of 19th-century Bushwick.”

It is rare for the LPC to landmark wood frame houses, perhaps because they are so often altered beyond recognition. (more…)

984 Bushwick Ave, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Freestanding house
Address: 984 Bushwick Avenue
Cross Streets: Grove Street and Greene Avenue
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: Unknown
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed Bushwick Historic District

The story: Bushwick Avenue began being developed in the 1850s. Formerly farmland, mostly owned by Dutch farmers, Bushwick saw its first significant residential development coinciding with the large numbers of German immigrants who came here, beginning in 1848. They were fleeing the political upheavals tearing the country up as the city-states of Germany, Austria and Hungary tried to sort themselves out. The industrial center of Bushwick Avenue was north of Myrtle, and on the southern side, individuals and developers began building homes and churches. (more…)

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Considering the way prices have risen closer in to Williamsburg, you could do worse than this recently renovated four-bedroom, two-bath upper duplex in the outer reaches of Bushwick. There is quite a bit of original detail left, including decorative fireplaces, moldings and a nice wooden staircase. The 1,750-square-foot apartment has new hardwood floors, updated bathrooms, a new kitchen with a dishwasher, and separate living and dining rooms. There’s also shared laundry and a backyard. It’s about two blocks from the Halsey J stop. Do you think it’s a good deal for $3,000 a month?

1174 Jefferson Avenue, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP

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We were astounded to pass by and see the falling-down house at 1260 Bushwick Avenue has been fixed up. If anyone’s wandered these parts, they’ve surely noticed the row house next to an empty lot with its front facade peeling off, porch roof crumbling and, most remarkable and eye-catching of all, huge side wall sheathed in pieces of thin plywood — and some of those coming loose as well. It’s been like this at least since 2007, based on PropertyShark photos and our own visits to the area. Sometimes it looked as though people were living in it, too, although we were never sure. Or perhaps they were squatters.

There had been signs, over the months, that some kind of construction might be imminent, but we didn’t really believe it. In any case, now here it is, with a completely new stucco facade, looking as if it were never abandoned or a likely candidate for a tear-down.

After years of stagnation, there is a frenzy of construction in Bushwick. It’s impossible to walk down the street in Bushwick without seeing new buildings rising and old ones being renovated — generally by investors, not owner occupants. We’ll be showing you more projects over the next week or two.

In the meantime, click through to see more photos of 1260 Bushwick as well as other houses being spruced up — or horribly altered, depending on your point of view. The stucco-over-wood-frame treatment is very popular these days. We saw two more up the avenue. (more…)

1160 Bushwick Avenue,CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Rectory for Bethesda Baptist Church, originally United Bushwick Avenue Congregational Church
Address: 1160 Bushwick Avenue
Cross Streets: Cornelia Street and Putnam Avenue
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1894-1896
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Fowler & Hough
Other Buildings by Architect: United Bushwick Avenue Congregational Church, next door; 23rd Regiment Armory (Bedford & Atlantic Aves); Dudley Memorial Building, Amity Street, Cobble Hill, and other buildings in New York City
Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed Bushwick Avenue Historic District

The story: This is a fine looking house attached to an equally impressive church. It was originally the parsonage for the United Bushwick Avenue Congregational Church, also designed by Fowler & Hough, between 1894 and 1896. That building is a former BOTD. The church and rectory were built on land donated by wealthy landowner Adrian M. Suydam, who was a devoted member of the congregation founded in 1887. He had also given the money to build the chapel that was in this location before they tore it down to build the church. The congregation’s building committee hired the firm of Fowler & Hough to design this mighty fortress of a church. They picked the right firm for designing fortresses. (more…)

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You couldn’t give away a new-construction condo in Bushwick in 2009, but now new ones are starting to appear – along with Miley Cyrus twerking at parties there, apparently, as a story in The New York Times makes official. Brookland Capital has just launched sales at 13 Melrose Place, which is well located on the north side of Bushwick close to Flushing.

They weren’t aiming to attract families, because all the eight units in the building there are one-bedrooms. The condos are aimed at the first time buyer and intended to equal the cost of renting, Brookland Capital’s Boaz Gilad told the Times. “If they’re renting an apartment now for, let’s say, $2,400 a month, we price our units between $2,400 to $2,700 a month for mortgage, taxes and maintenance — but now they own the unit.” Asking prices for the units range from $389,000 to $733,000 (the latter for a one-bedroom duplex with windowless storage space).

Other developments are pushing into still marginal areas by the last Bushwick stops on the J train and L train. A condo development at 1300 Decatur Street, for example, is two blocks from the cemetery and a Superfund site in Ridgewood, Queens.

Much more common are new rental developments in the area. Construction is nowhere near started on the huge Rheingold Brewery development. Above, construction is well along at the block-long development of a church and school at 616 Bushwick Avenue, a rental development not mentioned in the Times article.

The rest of the article describes well-traveled territory such as how trendy Bushwick has become, displacement and rising rents. Interestingly, a new anti-gentrification group, Northwest Bushwick Community Group, which is helping residents stay in their homes, is asking the city to start tracking displacement of residents. What do you think of that idea?

Bushwick Takes the Spotlight [NY Times]

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Steel is rising quickly on an empty lot next to the former St. Mark’s St. Mark’s Lutheran School and Evangelical Church at 626-628 Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick. Developer Cayuga Capital is developing the church, the old school building, and this corner lot into a total of 99 apartments, as previously reported. The new address for the project seems to be 616 Bushwick Avenue, according to permits on the corner. (more…)

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An auto repair garage and artist studio in Bushwick faces the inevitable fate of every large industrial building in north Brooklyn: it’s going to be converted to apartments. This building will also include retail and community space. The two-story, blue, brick building at 600 Bushwick Avenue, which also housed a Napa Auto and Truck Parts store, will get four extra stories and 66 apartments, according to representatives from the developer Cayuga Capital. The resulting structure will also have 10,000 square feet of retail, 2,000 square feet of community space and 33 parking spots. (more…)

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This railroad one-bedroom apartment in Bushwick is pretty barebones, but it offers a nice amount of space for the price. The bedroom and kitchen have windows but the two middle rooms don’t. However, the bedroom is open to one of the living rooms, which allows some natural light to filter through. The kitchen looks decent, but the bathroom isn’t pictured. It’s about five blocks from the Dekalb L stop and eight from the L/M at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues. You’re practically in Ridgewood here. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,362?

473 Harman Street, #2L [Corcoran] GMAP

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The dining options in this part of town are pretty much limited to fast food and takeout, so we were surprised to come across this full-service restaurant and bar tucked away on the corner of Bushwick Avenue and Schaefer, not too far from the graveyard end of the neighborhood. Andalucia Bar Lounge opened two weeks ago at 1336 Bushwick Avenue, the cook and owner standing outside told us when we passed by Thursday.

Despite its Spanish name, the restaurant serves French and Italian dishes. Menu items on the chalkboard in the window included black mussels, baked clams, grilled chicken salad, grilled branzino, penne vodka with diced chicken, grilled rib eye steak with fries, and sauteed squid. It sounds promising, and entree prices are a reasonable $8 to $14. So far, it has one review in Yelp — a positive one. Has anyone tried it? GMAP