AB Architekten, not Karl Fischer, will design the mixed-use luxury building that will replace Clinton Hill’s White Castle drive-in at 531 Myrtle Avenue. We received the first renderings of the planned development, above and after the jump, from TerraCRG, which is marketing the retail space.

In September a family trust sold the property to an LLC for $4,500,000, according to public records. Developer Greystone & Co. has replaced Simon Dushinsky of the Rabsky Group, according to an item published in the Myrtle Avenue Partnership’s blog last week. Construction is expected to start in January.

Although no new building applications have been filed since we last looked at the property, the plans for the building described by TerraCRG sound as if they have not changed substantially. There will be 27 luxury apartments in the building with stores below. (No word yet on whether they will be condos or rentals.) The retail space on the ground floor will measure about 6,000 square feet with 14-foot ceilings and can be divided and built to suit, said TerraCRG. It will be ready for occupancy in early 2016.

“We expect to attract banks, food and beverage, pharmacies, and other uses targeting students and young families,” a spokeswoman told us. The development is across the street from Pratt, and the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Steuben Street will be part of the forthcoming Myrtle Avenue Plaza. The listing has not yet gone up online. Click through for more renderings and floor plans of the commercial space.

What do you think of the building design?

Clinton Hill White Castle Will Become a Karl Fischer-Designed Apartment Building [Brownstoner]
Renderings by AB Architekten (more…)

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We’ve been watching the building at 135 Lefferts Place take shape over the past few months (it’s on our route between home and office) and were just recently thinking that the developer deserved praise for putting up a small new building in this part of town that looks like someone gave a #@$%*!.

Decent ceiling heights, attractive and well-sized aluminum windows and even some plantings outside. Compare this to the atrocity up the block on the corner of Classon and Fulton or the cluster of buildings on Grand from Lexington to Greene and you’ll appreciate the difference.

As for the interiors, the modern doors are nice; the exposed Mitsubishi units not so much. This particular one-bedroom unit is 770 square feet and is asking $675,000, a helluva a lot more than the builder must have pro forma’d when he bought the place! Anyone checked this building out yet?

135 Lefferts Place, #2B [Corcoran] GMAP

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This three-bedroom in Clinton Hill is nicely renovated and pretty reasonably priced. The living room looks fairly spacious, and the kitchen has good counter space and plenty of cabinets. The kitchen and bathroom are both newly renovated. The two front bedrooms are small — big enough to fit a full-size bed and a nightstand — and only one has a closet, according to the broker. The master bedroom is much larger and overlooks a courtyard. What are your thoughts on it for $3,000 a month?

55 Cambridge Place [Custom Brokers] GMAP

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We don’t have many photos to go by, but this new two-bedroom listing at the Clinton Hill Co-ops appears to be in good shape with good exposures and light. The floorplan is also nice, with a big square living/dining area and two bedrooms of equal size in the back. Please note, though, that there’s only one bathroom. Asking price for the 1,000-square-foot pad is $675,000.

201 Clinton Avenue, #4C [Corcoran] GMAP


Gym CrossFit KingsBoro opened two locations last week in Clinton Hill and Crown Heights, as well as a spot in Bushwick in October. A reader sent in the above photo of the chain’s storefront at 920 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, taken when it opened December 1.

The space was formerly home to restaurant Soule. The official grand opening is set for December 14, according to DNAinfo, which was the first to write about it.

In Bushwick, CrossFit opened in early October at 10 Wilson Avenue, close to Flushing, another reader told us. Meanwhile, in Crown Heights, Crow Hill CrossFit had its grand opening at 1010 Dean Street Sunday, a spokesperson said. CrossFit was founded in Santa Cruz in 2000 and there are at least six other locations in Brooklyn. GMAP


The Finch opened Wednesday at 212 Green Avenue, as Fort Greene Focus was the first to report. The menu changes daily. Last week, dishes included trout with squash and cider sauce, poached hake with turnip chowder, and pork loin and belly with smoked bread pudding and swiss chard for $25 to $30 an entree.

As we mentioned in an earlier story, chef Gabe McMackin previously cooked at Roberta’s, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Gramercy Tavern. Click through to see the full dinner menu from Thursday.

Anyone try it yet?

Finch Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

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The Department of Transportation has released three proposals for the design of Clinton Hill’s Putnam Triangle Plaza. The designs came out of public workshops convened by the Fulton Area Business Alliance.

The green space opened three years ago and is bordered by Fulton Street, Grand Avenue and Putnam Avenue. Neighbors said they wanted space for a green market, a drinking fountain, a concession kiosk, bike racks and plantings that buffered noise from traffic.

Architects Thomas Balsey Associates, the Fulton Area Business Alliance and the DOT presented the first round of designs at a meeting Wednesday.

Fixing up the 15,000-square-foot space will cost roughly $3,750,000, according to the DOT. Take a look at the presentation to learn more about each proposal as well as a FAQ sheet on the project. The rendering above shows the first design option, and you can click through to see layouts and renderings for the other two.

What do you think of the proposals?

Putnam Triangle Plaza Coverage [Brownstoner] 
Renderings via DOT


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A Look at Brooklyn, then and now.

If you are old enough to remember the Beatles, and grew up in New York, chances are you remember John’s Bargain Stores. Long before the dollar stores, and even the job lot stores that used to be everywhere in the city, there was John’s, and their signature red and white signage. The stores were mostly located in working class and lower income neighborhoods, and were popular shopping destinations for generations of people who didn’t have a lot of money, or for those who loved a good bargain. (more…)

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The Fulton Area Business Alliance is hosting its second meeting tonight about redesigning the Putnam Triangle Plaza, currently a makeshift public space surrounded by Putnam Avenue, Fulton Street and Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill. Residents can stop by anytime between 6 and 8 pm to discuss how they want to improve the plaza and to review design concepts created at the last meeting in September. It’ll happen at the Grace Agard Harewood Neighborhood Senior Center, located at 966 Fulton Street between Grand Avenue and Cambridge Place.

Putnam Triangle Plaza Coverage [Brownstoner]

Image via FAB

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Here’s a nicely sized one-bedroom for rent in the Clinton Hill Co-ops. The apartment appears to be in excellent condition, and the updated kitchen has white subway tile, a microwave, dishwasher and plenty of cabinets.

Although these apartments were built during the war to house workers at the Navy Yard, they have an open post-war feel that should appeal to mid-century design enthusiasts.

The building is next to the Clinton-Washington G train station, and the apartment is on the second floor. Do you think the asking rent of $2,600 a month is reasonable?

325 Clinton Avenue, #2A [Bond New York] GMAP

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Arts blog Hyperallergic has published some very cool photos of a Clinton Hill mansion, showing the interiors and decor as they were in the 19th century. The house, 353 Clinton Avenue, is no longer standing.

The photos surfaced as part of an auction at the Swann Galleries that takes place December 11. Lot 47 of Sale 2370 consists of seven albumen prints in a gilt-lettered leather album with marbled endpapers. The date of the album is estimated to be approximately 1876 and the photos show elaborate Aesthetic Movement, Neo-Grec and Japanese influenced interiors with painted ceilings, wallpaper and gas lighting. The spaces include the main hall, a reception room, library, drawing room (pictured above), family room or living room, dining room and a butler’s pantry.

We’re guessing from the type and arrangement of rooms that this house was wider than the average row house. The butler’s pantry is especially elaborate and interesting, with copious room to display plates, bead board backing, and Japanese-influenced cupboards and divided lights that would later become common in early 20th century bungalows. The home belonged to industrialist and chemist W.H. Nichols.

Click through to see all the photos.

19th-Century Photos of a Brooklyn Brownstone [Hyperallergic]
Photos via Hyperallergic


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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