04/14/14 11:30am


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

03/12/14 12:15pm

This two-bedroom, two-bath pad at 100 Luquer Street — the building that prompted a downzoning in Carroll Gardens — has big windows and that bright new-condo feeling. The 1,079-square-foot apartment comes with a private balcony, central air, master bath with radiant heat and a large storage/laundry room.

Designed by Karl Fischer (whether that’s a negative or a positive is your call), the high-rise development features a roof deck, fitness room, parking and video intercom. The listing notes the net effective rent is $4,292 per month with one month free on a 13-month lease, which puts the actual rent around $4,649 a month, according to our math. Do you think it’ll rent at that price?

100 Luquer Street, #8A [Corcoran] GMAP

03/12/14 10:00am

For its latest “Living In” column, the New York Times took a look at what it is like to live in Carroll Gardens, from the neighborhood’s Italian roots to today’s expensive brownstones and condo developments. The number of Italian Americans living there declined from 52 percent in 1980 to 22 percent in 2012, as the median household income rose to $95,600 from $40,663.

And the Sackett Union development has altered the low-rise feel of Court Street, bringing a 32-unit condo building to Court and 11 townhouses to Sackett and Union, said the story. The paper interviewed blogger Katia Kelly of Pardon Me For Asking, who noted the neighborhood rallied around downzoning building heights in 2009 to protect Carroll Gardens’ small-town atmosphere.

How do readers living in the area feel about the neighborhood?

Living in: New Roots in Carroll Gardens [NY Times]
Photo by Joseph A

03/11/14 12:15pm

This four-bedroom in Carroll Gardens won’t be winning any design awards, but it’s a bargain for the location. All the bedrooms are true bedrooms, large enough to fit a queen-size bed and with closets and windows, according to the listing.

The apartment has “exclusive roof rights” and there is “laundry in the building,” by which we think they mean the laundromat on the ground floor. You may feel the subway passing under Smith Street, but at least the station is only a block away. What’s your opinion of it for $3,600 a month?

355 Smith Street, #3A [Elliman] GMAP

03/03/14 11:30am


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.

Will the “Hell Building” at 333 Carroll Street Be Torn Down? [Brownstoner]


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.
More renderings after the jump!
Renderings by Lily Barberich

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

02/24/14 3:00pm

335 Union Street, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

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…)