1024 Fulton St. BUG CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Brooklyn Union Gas Showroom
Address: 1024 Fulton Street
Cross Streets: Grand and Classon Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1912
Architectural Style: Early 20th century warehouse
Architect: Unnamed staff architect at Brooklyn Union Gas
Landmarked: No

The story: Brooklyn Union Gas was organized in the last decade of the 19th century, the merger of seven of the largest gas companies operating in Brooklyn. The new company was incorporated in 1895, and James Jourdan, a former military officer was named the president.

By 1910, business was booming, and they needed a much larger headquarters. The Frank Freeman designed Brooklyn Union Gas Building was completed at 176 Remsen Street in 1912.

About the same time, James H. Jourdan, the son of the first president, and now current president, realized that the utility’s greatest growth was in getting new customers for domestic as well as industrial gas use. People needed to see what gas could do. The company began partnering with appliance companies and industrial manufacturers to develop new gas-powered gadgets, appliances and machinery. (more…)

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Once the home of the owner of Gage & Tollner, this 25-foot-wide wood frame house at 435 Clinton Avenue has a spectacular interior. An Italianate with later 19th century additions as well as recent updates, it has many beautiful old details and graciously proportioned rooms, as well an attractive vintage-style marble bathroom with claw foot tub.

The exterior, however, is clad in Permastone and would benefit from restoration. (Perhaps another Passive House opportunity!?) Another quirk that might put off some buyers is that the boiler, oil tank and hot water heater are located on the garden floor.

It’s set up as a rental over an owner’s triplex. What do you think of it and the ask of $3,775,000?

435 Clinton Avenue [Halstead] GMAP


1055 Fulton St. NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Commercial building
Address: 1055 Fulton Street
Cross Streets: Corner Irving Place
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1904
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Today’s Fulton Street runs along a much older road called at different times the Ferry Road, the Brooklyn Ferry Road, or the Jamaica Plank Road. It ran along an ancient Native American trail that stretched from what is now Fulton Ferry across the length of Brooklyn, into Queens, and eventually out to Montauk.

The trail was taken up by the Dutch and later settlers to Long Island, and was invaluable to the development of Brooklyn and Queens. Goods travelled from the farms of Long Island to the markets and piers of Brooklyn, and then on to Manhattan. The Brooklyn part of the trail eventually became Fulton Street, while the Queens road became Jamaica Avenue.

Since Fulton Street ran its own way first, the street grid developed for much of Brooklyn in the 1830s had to adapt, resulting in many different triangular lots marking where streets intersected with Fulton Street. Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant all have these triangular pointed intersections. Some are more prominent, but all offer interesting opportunities for architecture. (more…)


A rundown and altered Second Empire-style wood frame house at 40 Cambridge Place in Clinton Hill is getting a total redo using Passive House technology. The exterior will be restored to match its twin next door, including windows that appear to be double hung, because it is in the Clinton Hill Historic District.

The missing porch and altered bay window will be restored. The inside will be retrofitted according to Passive House standards, according to DOB permits.

Right now, the whole thing is shrouded in scaffolding — as is the house next door at 46 Cambridge Place. (That may be to protect it. The house did recently have some work going on inside, but apparently it’s not related to this project.)

When 40 Cambridge was a House of the Day in 2011, we said it had lots of details in and out but appeared to need work. Click through the jump below to see what the exterior looked like in 2012 and to see the house under construction now.

The house last changed hands for $740,00 in 2011. The owner plans to obtain a new certificate of occupancy but will keep it as a two-family, according to permits.

This should be an interesting one to watch.

House of the Day: 40 Cambridge Place [Brownstoner] GMAP
Last photo below by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


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The developer of Navy Green, the big multi-building, multi-phase mixed-income development on the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill border, has started taking lottery applications for affordable condos. Qualified applicants will get to live in a 12-story, 99-unit building under construction at 8 Vanderbilt Avenue, on the corner of Flushing. There are 74 income-restricted condos ranging from one to three bedrooms, as well as a courtyard, playground, storage units, bike parking and roof terrace, according to the building’s website.

One-bedrooms will start at $230,000, two-bedrooms at $330,000 and three-bedrooms at $410,000. Income ranges set by the HPD start at $54,000 for a single person and go all the way up to $175,350 for a family of six. Fill out an application and mail it in by May 26. Anyone who wants to apply can attend informational seminars on April 2 and 15 from 6 to 8 pm, at Founder’s Hall at Francis College, located at 180 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights. (more…)

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It doesn’t get much swankier than this two-bedroom, two-bath garden duplex in a Clinton Hill Italianate brownstone. The 1,700-square-foot pad has a private garden with a fountain, all kinds of moldings and wood details, marble mantels, stained glass windows, pocket doors and a semi-finished basement. In the parlor floor kitchen, the stove is built into a recess tiled in yellows and reds. The dining area includes a mantel with colorful Moroccan tiles. And one of the bathrooms has a mural of an underwater scene. Do you think the ask of $6,200 a month is reasonable, considering the digs?

227 Washington Avenue, #1 [Elliman] GMAP

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During a public meeting last night, developer Hudson Companies revealed the locations of two affordable rental buildings that will be built along with market-rate units at the new Brooklyn Heights Library branch. Hudson will construct 114 units of affordable housing at 911-917 Atlantic Avenue (above) and 1041-1047 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. The affordable units will be 100 percent privately financed, according to a press release from the Brooklyn Public Library.

On Fulton Street, it looks like Hudson will take over existing plans for a six-story, 28-unit building at 1045 Fulton. Karl Fischer first filed those plans under a different developer in 2013, and a funeral home and two neighboring buildings have already been demolished.

BPL also announced that the community will be involved the design process for the new library, which will include an online and paper survey, interactive exhibit and a series of workshops. Marvel Architects will lead the first workshop on March 23 at 6:30 pm at the Brooklyn Heights Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West. A second workshop will take place April 20. 

Brooklyn Heights Library Coverage [Brownstoner]
Image via Google Maps

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After nearly a decade in the works, this five-story building at 474 Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill is finally finished and offering eight two- and three-bedrooms priced from $3,475 a month. We spotted its angular, Tetris-like patterned facade last year while it was still under construction, and the finished product looks the same.

There are six apartments listed so far — two-bedroom, two-baths asking as much as $3,975 and a three-bedroom, two-bath duplex penthouse for $6,500. The interiors are very modern, with a mix of white lacquer and mahogany cabinets and glass-tiled backsplashes in the kitchen. We’re not sure what’s going on with those patterned, irregularly shaped showers in the master baths, but it kind of fits with the building’s quirky facade and randomly spaced windows.

Click through for more photos and a floor plan. What do you think of how these turned out?

474 Grand Avenue Listings [StreetEasy]
Surprising Look for Apartment Building Rising on Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]


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Developer Slate Property Group plans to demolish the Key Food at 325 Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill to build an eight-story, 115-unit rental building, as Crain’s was the first to report. The 120,000-square-foot building will include 15,000 square feet of retail, which will likely be a supermarket, and 3,500 square feet of amenity space. Twenty percent of the apartments will be affordable.

Aufgang Architects is designing the building, which won’t be the first supermarket-replacing development the firm has designed in Clinton Hill. It also designed the seven-story, 232-unit rental building rising at 490 Myrtle Avenue, where the Associated Supermarket used to be.

Instead of buying the property outright, Slate decided to partner with its longtime owners, Dan’s Supreme Supermarkets.

Developer Does End Run Around Land Costs [Crain's] GMAP
Photo by Janet Upadhye for DNAinfo

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The Pratt Station post office reopened today in its new location at 609 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, on the ground floor of a five-story condo building. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership‘s blog was the first to write about today’s opening.

As you may recall, the postal service closed its old location at 504 Myrtle Avenue (five blocks away) last October, to make way for a planned six-story apartment building on the site. The post office serves the 11205 zip code.

Pratt Station Post Office Reopening Today [Myrtle Avenue]
Pratt Post Office Coverage [Brownstoner]
609 Myrtle Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo by Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

64-66 St. James Pl. SSPellen 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Flats buildings
Address: 64-66 St. James Place
Cross Streets: Lafayette and Greene Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1907
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival, with Colonial Revival details
Architect: George Roosen
Other Buildings by Architect: Row houses and flats buildings in Crown Heights North, Sunset Park, Park Slope and Prospect Heights. Specifically 1280-1288, 1285-1289 Dean Street, in Crown Heights North
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill Historic District (1981)

The story: Four story flats buildings and three and four story row houses went hand in hand on the brownstone blocks of our later row house neighborhoods, like Crown Heights North, Park Slope, Prospect Heights and Sunset Park. Developers could see that small multiple unit buildings could be placed on row house blocks and look quite nice together. Not surprising, really, as the same architects were quite adept at designing both kinds of buildings.

In Clinton Hill, the demand for smaller apartment buildings came as the Hill was still at its peak as one of Brooklyn’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Very often, if an apartment building was going to be built, it came at the expense of one of the many older single family mansions still standing on the major streets. This corner of St. James and Lafayette was a very nice location, so quality buildings had to go here and keep up appearances.

Both of the northern sides of the intersection were taken up by churches: Emmanuel Baptist and St. James Episcopal Churches. The corner opposite St. James was taken up by the buildings of the Adelphi Academy, and the fourth corner, just down the street from these flats, was a row of brownstones. When one turned the corner onto St. James, it was quite visually pleasing to see these two flats buildings. (more…)