Name: Row houses Address: 123-127 Lefferts Place Cross Streets: Classon and Grand Avenues (corner Classon) Neighborhood: Clinton Hill Year Built: 1882 Architectural Style: Neo-Grec Architect: Amzi Hill Other work by architect: Hundreds of houses and flats buildings in Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Heights, Crown Heights North, Park Slope, Fort Greene. Landmarked: No, but part of Clinton Hill South HD on National Register of Historic Places (1986)
The story: The corner house in this group, 127 Lefferts Place, was up until recently, the notorious Lefferts Hotel, a long time haven of drug dealing, prostitution and misery. Now it looks like it will have a new, and very much more upscale life. But before the squalor, there has to be a history behind this group of very attractive row houses. Before 127 was the Lefferts Hotel, it was a long-time boarding house with similar neighbors. Before that? Let’s see:
The group of three five story houses was built in 1882, designed by the prolific Central Brooklyn-based architect Amzi Hill. He designed other houses on this block, as well as all over Central Brooklyn, and was one of the most popular go-to Brooklyn row house architects of his day, especially active as this part of Brooklyn began rapid development in anticipation of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, which occurred in 1883.
Lefferts place was an upper-middle class enclave, sandwiched between the busy-ness of Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue, which also made it very convenient for public transportation via the omnibuses and trolleys on Fulton Street, and the LIRR on Atlantic Avenue. One could easily commute to lower Manhattan from here in under an hour, and when the bridge opened? Well, this was a great location, and these were large houses, with plenty of room for growing families and live-in servants. (more…)
It looks like a very high end renovation of 115 St. James Place is in the works, and the listing promises it will be completed “shortly.” Could this be the same renovation we wrote about in 2008?
There’s a kitchen with carrara marble and walls of windows, custom cherry cabinets in the dining room, and more walls of windows in the master bedroom. It could be cold, though, and the split level parlor floor with a column in the middle looks awkward to us.
It’s set up as an owner’s duplex (the “triplex” mentioned in the listing includes the cellar) with two large, potentially high-income rental units above, including a duplex whose top floor is set back and not visible from the street.
In 2007, the owner filed to convert the house from an SRO to a four-family; the permit was issued in December. We could not find a new C of O, but perhaps it’s coming.
After years in the works, luxury rental building 97 Grand Avenue near the Navy Yard in Clinton Hill has just begun leasing. Apartments start at $2,300, Curbed reported. The 27 one-, two- and three-bedroom units are asking as much as $5,460. They range in size from 624 to 1,415 square feet. MNS put 11 units on the market; four have terraces.
Designed by Garth Hayden, the building includes on-site parking, a furnished roof deck, a common courtyard and a storage room. Each unit also has stainless steel appliances and a washer and dryer. The first open house took place yesterday, and move-ins are scheduled to start next month. What do you think of the prices and look?
Brooklyn is transforming from the borough of churches into the borough of condos. Yet another church property is up for sale as a development site, this one at 519 Vanderbilt Avenue, BuzzBuzzHome reported.
The prominent Clinton Hill Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, where Tish James has been known to attend services, is asking $8,600,000 for its excess FAR. It’s not clear if the offer includes the church or not, but it does include a parking lot and rectory that wrap around the church. The Halstead listing says: “The Church itself is landmarked and will NOT be demolished. Can be sold for development or as transferable air rights.”
The Romanesque Revival church was built in 1891 and designed by John Welch, according to Wikipedia. Its address is 520 Clinton Avenue. In 2012, an arson fire damaged the church, which was used as a homeless shelter and hub for Occupy Sandy relief efforts.
The development property, just down the street from Atlantic Avenue and the Atlantic Yards rail site, has 100 feet of frontage on Vanderbilt and a total of 43,000 buildable square feet.
Update: We heard from the agent, who said the church “is absolutely NOT for sale. The church remains in place and the active congregation remains.” They are looking to sell their FAR, which can be sold as air rights and transferred to a nearby site. Or the FAR can be sold in the form of land on the Vanderbilt side of the site, she told us. (more…)
The sign came down a few weeks ago. Then signs announcing a “close-out sale” with 50 percent off “shelf items” went up. But when we stopped by this morning, grocery store Choice Greene was open for business as usual.
The man behind the counter told us they’re not closing, simply getting rid of the current inventory. Future plans are not certain, but will focus on Choice’s own prepared foods rather than grocery items, he said. Owner Thierry Cabigeos did not immediately return our call asking for more information.
In addition to this location at 214 Greene, which is always busy whenever we stop by, Cabigeos runs a popular restaurant and takeout spot, Choice Market, at 318 Lafayette Avenue. And, of course, Dough. GMAP
A reader sent in this snapshot of the design for the single-family townhouse going up on a Clinton Hill corner near Pratt. It looks another neo-Georgian special. In our opinion, this style would be more at home in a Las Vegas re-creation of London or a Thomas Kinkade painting (if he painted urban landscapes) than brownstone Brooklyn.
Click through to the jump for a shot of the construction site last week and another from December.
The three copper-detailed buildings at 260-264 Greene Avenue in Clinton Hill are finished. They will be condos, developer Brookland Capital told us. Each building has three units, for a total of nine condos altogether. The buildings are waiting for their certificates of occupancy. Click through to the jump for a closeup. How do you like the way they turned out?
The house at 582 Washington Avenue is one of those stunning Clinton Hill Italianates with grand proportions and details. In this case, that includes elaborate ceilings, arched pocket doors with etched glass, marble mantels and inlaid and parquet floors.
Everything looks to be in wonderful condition, but there are no photos of kitchens and baths and the listing says nothing about mechanicals. It’s currently set up as two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex. The ask is $2,495,000.
Anyone go to the open house this past weekend? Do you think they’ll get their price?
A Trade Wise grocery store is gearing up to open at 900 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, close to the corner of Washington. Signage is up and they are busy building out the inside.
Yelp reviews of the nearby Bed Stuy location say the store is clean and has good prices as well as a small organic section but quality is sometimes erratic. Do you think it will be a useful addition to the neighborhood? GMAP
Bed Stuy Fish Fry is expanding to Clinton Hill. Signage just went up at 940 Fulton Street between St. James Place and Cambridge Place in the old Ramagi pizza spot. And yes, the name is the same despite the new neighborhood.
They will be serving up the same enormous menu as well, with fried whiting and other fish, fried shrimp, fish and chips, mac and cheese, collard greens, jerk chicken and 11 other kinds of chicken, sweet tea, red velvet cake, carrot cake and lots more.
In addition to the namesake restaurant at 801 Halsey Street, they also have a location downtown at 193 Schermerhorn Street. They expect to open next week, they told us. GMAP
This extra-big one-bedroom loft next to the Navy Yard in the Chocolate Factory is the real thing but pricey. The 1,300-square-foot pad has original wood beams, columns, iron work and part of the original wood ceiling, and there’s plenty of closet space. And the kitchen is getting new floors and stainless steel appliances. Building amenities include laundry, 24-hour doorman, storage, parking garage, an organic market, spa and roof deck.
It’s large enough to build out one more bedroom, but the rent still seems steep for being so far from a decent subway line. However, there are free buses to Dumbo and downtown Brooklyn and a Citi Bike station close by. What’s your opinion of it for $3,300 a month?
Name: Originally Golden Anchor Emporium, now supermarket and apartments Address: 991-993 Fulton Street Cross Streets: St. James Street and Cambridge Place Neighborhood: Clinton Hill Year Built: 1872 Architectural Style: Italianate Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: Cast iron facades are a pretty rare sight in Brooklyn, especially outside the retail and manufacturing centers of downtown Fulton Street or Williamsburg, where most of the other examples of these buildings can be found in the borough. Over in Manhattan, in what is now Soho, cast iron-fronted buildings make up the bulk of the commercial structures, all built between the late 1850s and the early 1890s. Like masonry architecture, cast iron facades went through different periods and styles, and their diversity reflects the stylistic changes in those 40 years.
Commercial buildings like stores, offices and warehouses were perfect for cast iron. The material became popular because, first of all, it was fire resistant, and second, much cheaper than masonry. One could achieve the look of a fine Italian Renaissance style palazzo for your business for a fraction of the cost of all those decorative elements in carved or cast stone. The cast iron facades also allowed for more fenestration and light, including large ground floor display windows in storefronts.
As cast iron-fronted buildings go, this one is very small. But it’s been home to many businesses over the years, reflecting the growth and changes in the neighborhood of Clinton Hill. The building was designed by an unknown architect or builder for Samuel B. Massa, the owner of the Golden Anchor House Furnishing Emporium. Founded in 1868, the Golden Anchor started in a shop further down at 973 Fulton Street, near Washington Avenue. That shop was in a brownstone building, and this, his new store, would be more than twice as large. (more…)