A sign just went up last week at 335 Carroll Street, aka the Carroll Gardens “Hell Building,” that says “coming spring 2014.” A check of broker MySpaceNYC’s site reveals, as rumored earlier, they are likely to be rentals. The site doesn’t have any details, but the address is listed under the “rentals” section.
The warehouse conversion has dragged on for years. The construction site sign says it’s is scheduled to finish by May 1. Last we heard, Sterling Equities was considering buying and demolishing the Hell Building after acquiring the Regency Carts site next door for $12,500,000. No sales have hit the public records, and as far as we know developer Isaac Fishman still owns the property.
We’ve included a photo of the building after the jump.
Development and architectural firm The Brooklyn Home Company has seven projects under construction in various Brooklyn neighborhoods, including brownstone condo conversions, new condo developments and townhouse renovations. Brooklyn Home principal and developer Bill Caleo sent us a full list of the developments, their progress and renderings for four of them:
256 Cumberland Street, a condo project (gut renovation with addition) will be complete in the next two weeks to a month. The brownstone facade has been fully restored. Attorney General approval is in process/imminent.
77 Douglass Street, a condo project (gut renovation) will be complete around May 1. AG approval is in process.
27 Lincoln Place, a luxury two-family townhouse (gut renovation and addition) will be complete around April 15.
27 7th Avenue is a luxury two-family townhouse with garden rental and owner’s triplex (pictured above). The partial gut renovation will be complete around May 1. The front facade, which has details featured in the Landmark Preservation Commission handbook, has been restored. The unusual building was designed by the same architect who built the church on Lincoln Place and 6th Avenue in Park Slope. There is lots of original detail on the interior as well, which has been restored.
340 Dean Street, a condo project, broke ground recently. Brooklyn Home is currently building the foundation and estimates 11 to 14 months to completion.
559-563 Carroll Street, a condo project broke ground recently. They are finishing up the foundation. Will finish up in 11 to 14 months.
84 Congress Street, a condo project (and a joint venture between The Brooklyn Home Company and MESH Architectures) has broken ground. Will take nine months to a year to complete.
A restaurant named Aperture is in the works to replace Luna Rossa at 552 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. While the two restaurants are totally unrelated, the new one, like the old one, will also be an Italian restaurant serving pizza. Other items will include pasta, fresh seafood, soups and salads — reasonably priced and filling Italian peasant food, owner Alfred Varricchio told us.
The space will seat 30 people inside and 40 in the backyard. After renovations finish, the restaurant will have a “funky” black and white theme, he said. Community Board Six already approved a full liquor license for Aperture on Monday, and Varricchio is ready to sign the lease.
The spot will be open from 11 am to midnight Monday through Saturday and from noon to 10 pm on Sundays. Varricchio said he hopes to open by June. Luna Rossa closed last fall, according to Yelp. GMAP
Name: Former private house, now apartments Address: 335 Union Street Cross Streets: Court and Smith streets Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens Year Built: Unknown, probably 1840s, early 50s Architectural Style: Gothic Revival Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: There used to be two of these houses; Gothic Revival homes on large lots with carriage houses in the back. The 1880 and 1886 maps of the area show this well, especially the 1886 map. The two mirror image houses sat on either end of a wide 100-foot lot, with grounds between the houses and adjoining carriage houses to the rear. This was an unusual arrangement, even for the time, and I’m sorry that more definitive information about the earliest days of the houses is not easily available. The house has very attractive drip moldings on the windows and doorway, and is finely proportioned, and was originally a story or two taller.
Union Street is named for the Union Stores warehouses that lined the Red Hook waterfront. This area was known for many years as South Brooklyn, because it was at the southern edge of the town of Brooklyn, an ironic designation today considering how much farther south Brooklyn would continue. Carroll Gardens began to be laid out in the late 1840s, and was well served by the public transportation of the day, and Union Street was one of the main thoroughfares.
The owner of this house when the 1886 map was made was William E. Gladwish. He was for many years associated with the Eastern Transportation Line, and was Vice President at his death in 1884. Eastern was a shipping company with schooners and tugs that operated along the East Coast. After his death, a steam tugboat was named after him. It was involved in a liability law suit that ended in the Court of Appeals in 1912. His widow, Susan Gladwish, lived here until her death in 1899. (more…)
Over the weekend, we happened to stumble upon Henry’s Local Cafe on Henry Street near 1st Place in Carroll Gardens, which just opened last Monday. The cute shop at 570 Henry Street serves coffee, tea, sandwiches and pastries, and plans to apply for a beer and wine liquor license. Its owner previously ran Cafe 474 on 4th Avenue in Park Slope, but he closed down the cafe a year ago, after a developer bought up much of the block.
The tin ceiling and dark wooden bar and seats give it an interesting, old-fashioned vibe. The space was previously home to Crave Wine Bar. We’ve included interior photos after the jump! GMAP
This new two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent on the border of Carroll Gardens and Gowanus is spacious and comes with a roof deck. The 1,155-square-foot pad has a large open plan living room and kitchen with a garbage disposal, dishwasher and Nespresso machine.
And the master bedroom has two closets, an en-suite bathroom and access to the roof deck. It’s also just across the bridge from the new Whole Foods and three blocks from the Carroll Street F/G. What do you think of it for $4,400 a month?
Kimchi Taco, the successful Mexican and Korean fusion joint that began as a food truck and then opened a storefront in Prospect Heights, is opening a second location on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, DNAinfo reported. Founder Philip Lee will soon be serving up Korean barbeque tacos and kimchi at Kimchi Grill at 478 Smith Street. Just like the Prospect Heights restaurant, the new outpost will be small and cater mostly to take-out orders, but still serve Bloody Marys, mimosas, margaritas, soju and beer to customers while they wait.
The little spot at the corner of Smith and 9th streets, shown above in 2012, will serve a similar menu to the Washington Avenue location, including beef short ribs, spicy pork, tofu edamame falafel and vegan kimchi. Community Board Six’s permits and licenses committee recommended approving a full liquor license for the venue Monday night, and Lee expects to open in the next two months.
We’ve seen very few Carroll Gardens brownstones whose mid-19th century Italianate details have survived being chopped up into apartments in the 20th century, but 376 Union Street appears to be one of them. It’s not one of the grander Italianates with gigantic proportions and elaborate plasterwork, but all the details appear to be intact, including shutters, wood work, marble mantels and a matching pair of Neo-Grec-style mirrors in the parlor.
The owner’s kitchen looks dated and there are no bathroom photos, but everything (save two cracks on a bedroom wall) appears to be in very good condition. It’s set up as a rental over an owner’s triplex. It’s also centrally located on Union between Hoyt and Smith.
For $2,500,000, it seems like this ought to fly off the shelves. What do you think?
This two-bedroom duplex in Carroll Gardens is pricey but loaded with interesting prewar details. The 1,200-square-foot apartment sports crown moldings, ceiling medallions, two marble mantels, pocket doors, original plank floors and tin ceilings, as well as what looks like an old cast iron stove insert in one of the fireplaces. The kitchen looks renovated, except for the large vintage range, and has a dishwasher.
Both bedrooms are on the garden level, which leads to a private back yard. And the deck on the parlor floor adds some additional outdoor space. Plus there’s a washer and dryer in the basement. What are your thoughts on it for $4,900 a month?
The Daily News has more details on the manhole explosion at Court and Union streets in Carroll Gardens we told you about yesterday. The manhole exploded around 1:40 pm Wednesday afternoon with a lick of flame and copious smoke, shocking residents and businesses, and leaving the block without power until Thursday afternoon. A reader sent in this photo showing the fire.
The marketing manager at Body Elite Gym, which sits right on the corner at 348 Court Street, told the Daily News he heard the big explosion and then two smaller ones. Fire officials evacuated nearby buildings so they could investigate the source of the blast, which was apparently caused by a defective cable. Con Ed shut down Court Street between Union and President streets for several hours afterward while they repaired the faulty line.
A reader sent us these photos of a manhole explosion yesterday afternoon at Court and Union Streets in Carroll Gardens. Can anyone give us any more details about what happened? More pictures after the jump.
The look of the four new-construction but traditionally styled townhouses going up on Degraw Street has changed. Also, it turns out that each one will in fact be a single-family house, not apartments, according to a teaser site that went up recently on Corcoran. Thanks to a commenter for pointing us to the new site.
Now the buildings are all red brick, with what looks like brownstone details, including Neo-Grec-Italianate style doorways.
Other details: There will be two fireplaces in each approximately 3,800-square-foot home. If we read the copy correctly, there will be four bedrooms and 3.5 baths. They will have energy saving tankless water heaters, central air, high-end appliances, and “designer” lighting.
The addresses of the four town homes are 449, 451, 451a and 453 Degraw, between Hoyt and Bond. Construction is supposed to wrap in the fall.
Click through to the jump to see the previous rendering. We think the redesigned exteriors are a big improvement. Do you agree?