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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…)

07/18/14 1:00pm

475 1st street park slopePark Slope
475 1st Street
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,000,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30
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8 4th Place
Broker: Elliman
Price: $2,999,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30
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394 vanderbilt avenue fort greeneFort Greene
394 Vanderbilt Avenue
Broker: Fillmore
Price: $2,500,000
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30
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127 halsey street bed stuyBed Stuy
127 Halsey Street
Broker: Sharon Scott
Price: $2,000,000
Sunday 1:00 – 4:00
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06/04/14 3:00pm

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…)

06/04/14 12:58pm

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

05/01/14 3:00pm

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I’ll be back with new posts tomorrow. If you live in or walk around Carroll Gardens, and ever wondered about this building, here’s the story, once again:

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Pilgrim Chapel, now Met Supermarket
Address: 486 Henry Street
Cross Streets: Corner of Degraw Street
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens
Year Built: 1878
Architectural Style: Italian Renaissance
Architect: J. Cleveland Cady
Other Buildings by Architect: Union United Methodist Church in Crown Heights, St. Paul’s Evengelical Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Wing of Museum of Natural History, Manhattan, old Metropolitan Opera House (demolished), Manhattan
Landmarked: No

The story: I love a good architectural mystery, and I hate bad repurposing of a great building, and here we have a case of both. The Pilgrim Chapel began as the Columbia Mission, organized as early as 1845 or 1846. At that time, this part of South Brooklyn was just being settled, with a lot of immigrants in the area, mostly Irish Catholics. The Mission was located at the corner of Amity and Columbia, and was sponsored by the Congregational Church.

Three large lots were purchased on Warren Street, and a chapel was planned, one that would house 400 to 500 people. That was built in 1852. Over the years, membership continued to grow, and the mission became a church, aided in part by financial support from Plymouth Church and Church of the Pilgrims, both Congregational churches in wealthy Brooklyn Heights. (more…)

05/01/14 10:00am

Some new renderings and details have emerged from what is known as the Carroll Gardens Hell Building at 335 Carroll Street, which will begin leasing soon. BuzzBuzzHome spotted the renderings yesterday, but listings aren’t up yet. Above, the lounge area features a brick fireplace filled with wood, turquoise bookshelves and a pool table with matching turquoise felt.

The bathrooms are modern looking and feature shades of white and brown. A kitchen is lighter toned with industrial style subway tile, painted cupboards and what looks like a glass-fronted island. There is a mural in a common hallway.

MySpace NYC is marketing the Scarano-designed apartments, which include studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms. Most of the units have outdoor space, ranging from a 30-square-foot balcony with a studio to a 375-square-foot patio with a ground floor duplex. The building also has a lounge, roof deck and gym, according to the building website.

The decade-long warehouse conversion is supposed to wrap up construction soon, according to construction signage we spotted in March. See more renderings after the jump. What do you think of the look?

335 Carroll Street Website [335 Carroll]
Hell Building Coverage [Brownstoner]

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04/14/14 11:30am

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Store owners on Court and Smith streets in Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens are banding together to create a Business Improvement District, or BID. They have also launched an online survey.

The purpose of the proposed merchants association would be to strengthen local mom and pops, who are facing escalating rents in the area due to recent lease signings from retailers such as J.Crew, Splendid and Rag & Bone, according to DNAinfo. “Merchants on Court and Smith streets are banding together to draw more business to the area so that they can afford the neighborhood’s rapidly rising rents,” said the story.

Like all BIDs, the group would take on sanitation, greening, safety and marketing to help businesses in the area thrive. They’ve also launched an online campaign to raise $10,000 for the BID.

Steering Committe members include D’Amico Coffee, Carroll Gardens Realty, Diane T., Stinky BKLYN, Viceroy Properties and Mazzone Hardware. Pictured above is a lower stretch of Court Street near the BQE.

03/24/14 12:15pm

This 1.5-bedroom apartment in Carroll Gardens seems perfect for a couple. The 1,100-square-foot pad has one bedroom plus a den, as well as new appliances and a washer/dryer (unfortunately shoehorned into an already narrow kitchen).

And there’s a dishwasher, central air and access to a private rooftop garden. The apartment is in a 70-foot-deep, 25-foot-wide townhouse, which explains its square footage and the long living room. What’s your opinion of it for $3,500 a month?

152 Carroll Street, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

03/20/14 4:00pm

Despite the weather, spring is officially here, and Brooklyn Brainery is offering classes on how to identify trees based on their bark, buds and shape in Greenpoint, Carroll Gardens and Prospect Heights. Taught by former forestry major Lisa McNett, the courses will begin with an overview of tree terminology and then move out onto the streets.

The Prospect Heights and Greenpoint walks seem to be full, but there are two Carroll Gardens classes on April 5, by which time hopefully some buds will have started to appear. The two-hour classes begin at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm on April 5, and the group will meet at Carroll Park. If you want to go, tickets are $13 and can be purchased through Brooklyn Brainery.

Photo by Eric Konon