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Brookland Capital’s Clinton Hill condo project has hit the market, and prices are well under a million bucks. The 18-unit building has studios, one- and two-bedrooms priced from $399,000 to $594,000, marketing reps from Aptsandlofts told us.

The building, at 531 Vanderbilt Avenue, is close to Atlantic Avenue, and as Curbed pointed out, the apartments are relatively small, sized from 411 to 564 square feet. Some units will have private terraces or ground-floor outdoor space, and interiors feature herringbone oak floors, granite countertops, radiant heated floors in the bathrooms and deep soaking tubs.

Issac and Stern designed the seven-story project, which broke ground earlier this year. Click through for more photos.

We like the simple cabinetry and the herringbone floors. What do you think of the design, location and pricing?

531 Vanderbilt Avenue Listings [Aptsandlofts] GMAP
Renderings via Aptsandlofts



Plans for the building to replace the Pratt Station Post Office and other storefronts at 504 Myrtle Avenue, below, have changed. An application for a permit filed today shows the building will be six stories, not an eight-story building, as previously reported. It will have 92 apartments as well as 35,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. All the buildings are still standing, we observed this morning.

Meanwhile, the related development next door at 490 Myrtle Avenue, pictured above, has made immense progress since we last visited in May. The exterior looks just about complete and some of the scaffolding has come down so the building is visible. It’s supposed to wrap summer 2015.

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership was the first to report on all these developments on its blog. Click through for more photos of both sites.

Scaffolding Comes Down at 490 Myrtle Avenue [Myrtle Avenue]  GMAP


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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former James Parson & Co. factory, now loft apartments and the Callidus Guild
Address: 20-22 Lexington Avenue
Cross Streets: Classon and Grand Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: perhaps 1887, with later alterations.
Architectural Style: 19th century brick factory
Architect: Maybe DeMeuron & Smith
Landmarked: No

The story: Manhattan has, or should I more correctly say, HAD, different areas of midtown that became synonymous for different industries. The 20’s west of 6th Avenue used to be the Flower District, between 35th and 40th Street west of 7th Ave. was the Garment District, and east of there, between the same blocks, was the Millinery and Trims District. There was the Meat Packing District, Tin Pan Alley, where the composers and musical publishers were concentrated, and of course, the Theater District. Brooklyn wasn’t quite as compact, especially after it became a part of New York City, but even here, we had certain areas that had a concentration of certain industries. Wallabout was a food and candy manufacturing district, for example. This part of Clinton Hill was our own shoe manufacturing district. (more…)

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This landmarked house at 210 St. James Place in Clinton Hill is one of the nicest and best preserved we have seen in a while. The wood work and mantels are really over the top, and look to be in top-notch condition. Architect Benjamin Wright designed it in the Romanesque Revival style for Charles Pratt’s Morris Building Company in 1890 and it belonged to Pratt Institute, according to the designation report.

Although technically a two-family according to PropertyShark, it’s set up as a one-family in the original configuration. Considering it’s narrow at 16.83 feet and has a center hall stair, we think this is the best use of the property.

It looks like just about every original detail is present, but the kitchen and baths could probably use updating (or restoration). There is a butler’s pantry, a second staircase leading to it, and the original passthrough with the marble sinks between the bedrooms. There are also eight working fireplaces with original mantels and gas light fixtures that look as if they could plausibly be original to the house.

The original bathroom in the extension on the third floor could be restored with a claw foot tub — as opposed to just the shower it has now — and plumbing from the passthroughs could easily be extended to turn the storage room in the center of the top floor into a second full bathroom. (There is also a shower in a pantry on the first floor, as well as a toilet off the mudroom.) You can check out a photo of the bathroom on BK to the Fullest, which wrote about the house before it was listed. The roof, hot water heater and heating system (forced air, gas) are new, according to the post.

An open house is set for Sunday from 2 to 3:30 pm. Considering the abundance of details but also that it may need some work (about $200,000, we’d estimate), what do you think of the ask of $2,600,000?

210 St. James Place [MNS] GMAP


Madison Realty Capital has filed permits for the building that will replace the commercial bakery at 551 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill. Our suspicions that it would be apartments is correct: It will be five stories with 122 rentals — and 20 percent of them will be affordable, New York YIMBY reported.

HTO Architect is the designer. The building, whose official address will be 555 Waverly, will have 122,000 square feet of space, including 7,700 square feet for retail. What do you think of the plans?

Permits Filed: 555 Waverly Avenue in Clinton Hill [NYY] GMAP
Clinton Hill Factory Near Hot Bird Trades for $23.5 Million, Apartments Possible [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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This garden floor one-bedroom in Clinton Hill has some nice details, like the inlaid hardwood floors, a faux-marble painted mantel and original moldings. The white subway tile gives the kitchen a clean feel, and the bedroom has an en-suite bath. Renters also have access to the shared backyard. And it’s only about two and a half blocks from the C train. The rent is $2,400 a month. Does that sound like the going rate for this part of Clinton Hill?

119 Gates Avenue, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

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This new listing at 135 Clinton Avenue is worth a look. The two-bedroom co-op takes up the top floor of a 25-foot-wide townhouse in Clinton Hill and comes with its own private roof deck. The interiors have lots of historic detail and the monthly maintenance of $1,056 shouldn’t break the bank. The asking price is $750,000. We bet they’ll get it.

135 Clinton Avenue, #4 [Corcoran] GMAP


At last we have a rendering for the long-stalled Scarano-designed building planned for 538 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill. We think it looks really good. We like the way the facade relates to the street with lots of windows, colors and different materials. It looks like there will be a copper-colored metal screen — with window-sized openings — covering balconies and hiding the massiveness of the building behind it.

After having been stalled for years, construction is moving quickly since we last checked in August. As reported, developer Sam Boymelgreen bought the site last year. We couldn’t see behind part of the construction fence, but it looks like the five-story, eight-unit building is close to topping out.

Click through for a photo of the construction site. What do you think of the design?



Developer Madison Realty Capital has snapped up a factory in Clinton Hill for $23,500,000, and may be planning rentals or condos. Although the building at 551 Waverly Avenue is on one of those industrial looking blocks between Fulton and Atlantic near Hot Bird, it’s zoned for residential. The firm hasn’t yet revealed its plans, according to The Real Deal and The New York Daily News, which both wrote about the sale. The current tenant is a 68-year-old kosher bakery that has occupied the building for more than a decade, said the Daily News.

The three-story building (which looks like two) has about 43,000 square feet, but more than 90,000 square feet would be allowed. It dates from 1915, according to city records. It has 90 feet of frontage on the street, so we could imagine stores on the ground floor would work.

Do you think this sale will start a transformation of this corner of Clinton Hill into apartment buildings?

Real Estate Developer Buys Beloved Clinton Hill Kosher Bakery for $23.5 Million [NY Daily News]
Madison Realty Capital Buys Brooklyn Factory Site for $23.5 Million [TRD] GMAP
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark


Flatbush Farm’s Clinton Hill spinoff, Sisters, opens Friday at 900 Fulton Street in the old Sister’s Hardware spot, a spokeswoman told us. In the works for at least a year, the new space will be a cafe by day and a restaurant and bar by night with live music. Menu items include fried artichoke hearts, soup, salad, oysters, burgers and duck cassoulet. The interior has marble tile and reclaimed wood. There will be a small stage in the rear and DJ booth with a turntable.

900 Fulton Coverage [Brownstoner]  GMAP


Former District Leader Renee Collymore has organized an emergency town hall meeting with school principals, residents and business owners to discuss safety in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill after an incident last month when 20 or 30 “unsupervised students from local schools began a terrifying brawl outside a quiet coffee shop,” on Vanderbilt between Dekalb and Lafayette, according to a flyer we spotted in the neighborhood. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Laurie Cumbo are expected to attend.

Collymore witnessed the fight on October 9, and said police did not show up when called to break up an earlier fight on October 5, according to a story in DNAinfo. The meeting is set for Wednesday, November 19 from 6:30 to 8 pm at P.S. 20 at 225 Adelphi Street.