37 3rd Place Combo

The best thing about this garden apartment in Carroll Gardens is that it’s in an impressive Second Empire townhouse (the one on the left). Unfortunately, with the exception of the tin ceiling in the bedroom, it lacks the details one would hope for in a building like this. And it is narrow — the building is only 16.5 feet wide.

Nonetheless, the unit has wood floors throughout and central A/C. The railroad layout is a little awkward — the kitchen is off the bedroom rather than near the living room or the den. Small pets are allowed. It’s not clear if tenants have access to the garden just outside the kitchen window. The building was a House of the Day back in March of 2013 when it was on the market for $2,995,000.

These days $2,400 a month for a place like this doesn’t seem outrageous for Carroll Gardens. What do you think?

37 3rd Place, Garden Unit [Patricia Mones] GMAP

413 Degraw Street, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former stable/carriage house
Address: 413 Degraw Street
Cross Streets: Hoyt and Bond streets
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens
Year Built: 1892, maybe
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival, possibly with later alterations
Architect: J. J. Gallagher, mason
Landmarked: No

The story: In December of 1892, James Lumas applied for and received a permit to build a two story stable here at 413 Degraw Street. Mr. Lumas must have been local, but his name never appears in the Brooklyn papers again. No. 413 is listed as his address on the permit. Whoever he was, and wherever he lived, he paid for a really nice stable and carriage house. The mason used on the job is also listed on the permit: J. J. Gallagher. We’ll probably never know if Gallagher designed the stable, or used a plan from a book, but wherever the design came from, it’s a nice piece of work. The stable has an apartment above it.

The building is a Romanesque Revival style building, with Colonial Revival details. It has the arched Romanesque windows and door, but the brick cornice and other brick trim make it much more Colonial Revival looking. According to the permit the building was to be constructed with a wooden cornice, but that is either gone, or never happened. It looks like the entire building got a Colonial Revival facelift in the first third of the 20th century, and lost the cornice to decorative brickwork, which also surrounds the arched windows and door. But then again, this could all be original. Because this building’s construction date is a mystery. (more…)


We’ve received a ton of tips that a Ricky’s NYC is moving into 209 Smith Street, a prominent corner where Carroll Gardens meets Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. (This is the old Faan space — more recently, Burger on Smith.) Apparently people really care about Ricky’s!

It could be a Halloween popup, but the signage looks like regular Ricky’s. They already have two locations in Brooklyn, one in the Heights and one in Park Slope. So this seems like a logical addition.

Thanks for a tipster for sending in the photo. Anyone know more? GMAP

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This single family, three-story Carroll Gardens townhouse has plenty of details, some old, some new. It has the deep front yard that Carroll Gardens is known for and appears to have some original moldings and one marble fireplace. But elsewhere, there are lots of new additions. Recessed lighting has been installed throughout. There are new columns, crown molding, Brazilian cherry wood floors and other updates. According to the listing, for some reason the building has steel-reinforced floors and stairs. It also has central air conditioning. It’s asking $2,990,000. What do you think?

54 2nd Street [Ideal Properties] GMAP

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Here’s another Carroll Gardens Place block brownstone for sale with a deep front yard. This Italianate at 46 4th Place has been nicely remodeled over the years, and has attractive French doors opening up in an enfilade, as well as circa-1900 plaster moldings on some walls and an original marble mantel or two.

The kitchen is pretty standard but it all looks clean and in move-in condition.

It’s configured as two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,250,000?

 46 4th Place [brooklyn-real] GMAP


The problem-plagued building designed by architect Robert Scarano at 165 West 9th Street in Carroll Gardens is still empty and its future uncertain. The last we reported on the matter, back in October, it seemed the city was on the verge of awarding a contract to shelter operator Aguila Inc. to turn the 10-unit apartment building into housing for 170 homeless men. The plan had been vehemently opposed by the community and local politicians who, after numerous meetings, rallies and a lawsuit, signed a petition, sent in written statements, and testified in person against the shelter at a routine city contract hearing October 17.

Then we heard nothing more. We happened to pass by the building recently and saw a vacate order tacked to the door, dated November 7. (more…)

475 1st street park slopePark Slope
475 1st Street
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,000,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

8 4th place carroll gardens 72014Carroll Gardens
8 4th Place
Broker: Elliman
Price: $2,999,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

394 vanderbilt avenue fort greeneFort Greene
394 Vanderbilt Avenue
Broker: Fillmore
Price: $2,500,000
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30

127 halsey street bed stuyBed Stuy
127 Halsey Street
Broker: Sharon Scott
Price: $2,000,000
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00

327-333 Hoyt St. KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 327-333 Hoyt Street
Cross Streets: President and Carroll streets
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens
Year Built: 1869
Architectural Style: Greek Revival with some early Italianate trim
Architect: Most probably a builder named Sheldon
Landmarked: Yes, part of Carroll Gardens HD (1973)

The story: These groups of four houses, as well as 356 President Street around the corner, are the earliest houses in the small Carroll Gardens Historic District. They were built in 1869 for Mary E. Sheldon. Her husband, whose first name is unknown, was a builder, and it is probable that these houses were designed and constructed by him. It was very common for women to act as fronts for their husbands to avoid lawsuits and liability. In the case of Mary Sheldon, it landed her in a bit of trouble in a mortgage case, but that is the only record of her appearing in a real estate case, or definitively, in the newspapers.

At any rate, the Sheldons were at the forefront of building in Carroll Gardens. The community was still known as South Brooklyn at the time, being that it lay near the southern boundary of the town of Brooklyn. It was also referred to as Red Hook, which encompassed today’s Red Hook as well as Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens.

The neighborhood was conceived as a middle class area, home to merchants of all kinds, many of whom conducted business nearby at the Red Hook and Brooklyn Heights piers, or in Gowanus. There were also lawyers, doctors and other professionals, as well as many of the developers and builders who created the neighborhood. Much of Carroll Gardens was laid out in the late 1830s, and the street names reflect local people, such as Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Brooklyn Mayor Samuel Smith, and local real estate developer Charles Hoyt. (more…)

Ground-floor living isn’t for everyone but if you don’t mind the occasional peeping tom then this two-bedroom duplex at 391 Clinton Street might be worth a look. The main floor of the 1,192-square-foot pad has a large open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Downstairs, the bedrooms actually get a lot more light than you might expect and are decently sized as well. Asking price: $985,000.

391 Clinton Street, #1A [Corcoran] GMAP