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Here’s a cozy prewar two-bedroom in Carroll Gardens with a few modern updates. The kitchen was renovated a few years ago, and the owner just installed a new bathroom, although from the glimpse in the listing it looks very small. While the two bedrooms appear to be decently sized, the apartment appears to be a three-room railroad. It’s got windows on three sides, but it’s on Hicks Street overlooking the BQE. Do you think $2,350 a month is a reasonable price?

585 Hicks Street, #3 [Elliman] GMAP

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The new-construction townhouse at 259 Hoyt Street whose construction we have been following is now on the market and asking $2,749,000. The interiors strike a nice balance between modern and traditional that seems well suited to the neighborhood, in our opinion.

The overall look is not unusual for new construction, with its modern staircase and rear wall open to the garden, but it looks better executed than most, at least in the photos. The moldings have a little more heft and detail than usual, the modern-style windows and doors look large and substantial, and the kitchens and baths are nicely understated.

It’s set up as an owner’s duplex over a two-bedroom garden rental. Click through to see more interior renderings.

We wish we had an updated photo of the exterior, and will try to get one soon. When we saw it last, it looked like it would fit in nicely with its older surroundings. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, according to permits.

Do you think this is an appealing new-construction townhouse? What do you think of the price?

259 Hoyt Street [Corcoran]
New Three-Story Brick House Going in on Hoyt [Brownstoner]
Photos by Corcoran
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When a tipster passed by Goldenrod this morning, city marshals were in the process of changing the locks and returning possession of the space to the landlord. As far as we can tell, the Carroll Gardens bar was still open for business until today. Before it became Goldenrod in August 2013, the space at 449 Court Street was P.J. Hanley’s, Brooklyn’s oldest bar, open since 1874.

Goldenrod owner James McGown, who has acquired a reputation for strange business dealings after a string of bankruptcies, bought P.J. Hanley’s in 2005, according to Crain’s, then declared bankruptcy in 2013. He opened Goldenrod in the same spot shortly thereafter. He and the landlord were involved in a legal dispute over unauthorized alterations and construction without a permit, said another story in Crain’s. Perhaps the landlord evicted McGown for breaking his lease, which ran through 2020, according to Crain’s.

Thanks to our tipster for the photo. Anyone know more? GMAP

McGown Coverage [Brownstoner]

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When workers started digging a big hole in the backyard of the recently sold house at 391 Union Street in Carroll Gardens, it set off alarm bells with some neighbors. Two calls were made to 311, and one neighbor emailed us expressing fears about whether the apparent swimming pool project was on the up-and-up and what the structural implications for adjacent buildings might be. We checked with the architect who is overseeing the renovation of the house at No. 391, and it turns out that everything is being done by the book.

The pool will be 10 feet by 20 feet, a total of 200 square feet, with a maximum depth of four feet. A pool of this size does not require a permit. Nonetheless, the firm has made it clear in its filings to the DOB that one is planned. (Indeed, we saw it in the Schedule A attached to the Alt-1 permit.)

The hole in the backyard is bigger than the final size of the pool to allow for framing and plumbing. “The pool is set back from the property lines by more than four feet and is more than 10 feet from any foundation,” architect Daniel Alter told us.

While work has started on the pool, the rest of the renovation will wait for the appropriate permit approvals. “As a general matter, I can tell you that the owners are committed to not proceeding with any work that requires a permit until the permits can be pulled,” he said. (more…)

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…)

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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