NYC Housing Connect is now accepting affordable housing applications for the new building finishing up at 490 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill. As you may recall, this is where the Associated Supermarket used to be, between Hall and Emerson.

Affordable units make up 20 percent of the seven-story, 93-unit building. The 19 affordable units start at $816 a month for a studio. (more…)

395 Washington Ave, NS, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Free-standing mansion
Address: 395 Washington Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner Greene Avenue
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1872
Architectural Style: Second Empire
Architect: Thomas Norris
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill Historic District (1981)

The story: This handsome Second Empire brick mansion has a commanding spot here on the corner of Washington and Greene Avenues. It’s also one of a small number of surviving free-standing homes on this important street in Clinton Hill.

The three story house was built in the early 1870s. A newspaper ad in 1872 mentions this address. It was probably built for the family of Freeborn G. Smith, one of the great characters of 19th century Brooklyn.

Freeborn Smith was a wealthy piano manufacturer. He was born in Baltimore, where he started his career, apprenticed to a piano maker. He quickly learned piano construction, and rose to become a master. Baltimore wasn’t able to help him rise any further, so he came to New York City. (more…)


We found a drawing on the fence showing the unusual-looking 48-unit condo building going in at 502 Waverly Avenue near Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. Workers were digging the foundation when we passed by.

A previously published rendering, below, shows a glassy facade with a Deco-style curved edge and a color-blocked gray and white facade consisting of narrow divisions between the large expanses of glass. It looks more like an office building than residential, to our way of thinking. In any case, we expect potential buyers will be happy to see more condos (as opposed to rentals) going up in the area.  (more…)


Forget the renderings. The condos at 4 Downing Street, in the building formerly known as the Broken Angel, are very beautiful in person.

The design and finishes are restrained, carefully considered, and meticulously constructed. We toured one finished model apartment as well as several others under construction Thursday.

A few artifacts from Arthur Wood’s Broken Angel remain. (more…)


Salvation Army is selling off another Brooklyn building. The former warehouse and stable at 22 Quincy Street is in contract as of yesterday, for an amount around $30,000,000, we hear. The ask was about that, and there were multiple bidders.

As far as we know, it is an off-market transaction. The buyer was not revealed.

Given the price, it will likely be made over into a residential building, our source speculated, despite its enormous footprint and relative lack of windows. The building is 70,158 square feet and is over FAR, so demolition is unlikely. It is not landmarked. (more…)


Listings went up Monday for six units on the site of what was formerly Broken Angel, the otherworldly art project that was once a well-known Clinton Hill landmark. Developed by Barrett Design, the property at 4-8 Downing Street contains 10 units altogether in a 19th century former tenement building and an under-construction new two-family townhouse.

The six apartments range in price from $1,125,000 for a two-bedroom, two bath to a three-bedroom, two-plus bath for $2,375,000. Renderings and floor plans show spacious units with modern finishes inside and views. Bathrooms in the four-story 19th century building have “original architectural details,” according to the listings.

There are Bosch appliances, white oak floors, an elevator, common roof deck with views of Manhattan. Some units also have private outdoor space.

The least expensive unit, No. 1B on the ground floor, is priced at $847 a square foot with 1,888 square feet total and common charges of $498 a month. The units are still under construction. The apartment building is scheduled to wrap this summer and the townhouse this fall.

Click through for renderings and floor plans. What do you think of the design and prices?

4-8 Downing Street Listings [Compass]
4Downing [Official]
Broken Angel Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings via Compass


1016 Fulton St. SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Irving Theater, now St. John Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God
Address: 1016 Fulton Street
Cross Streets: Grand and Classon avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1912
Architectural Style: Vaguely neo-Classical
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: This is the final building in my little mini-series of buildings on this particular block of Fulton Street on the Clinton Hill/Bed Stuy border. This part of town is undergoing rapid change, Big Change, as in large construction, so I thought before everything is swept away, we’d look at what we are losing. It turns out it’s pretty interesting.

Yesterday’s BOTD, the former Brooklyn Union Gas Building, and this former theater were once part of a large estate, one of two on this block in the mid-19th century. The other estate became the land now used for Crispus Attucks Park, and I definitely want to find out more about that one.

I haven’t yet tracked down the original owner of this estate, which originally covered about 20 lots; 10 on Fulton, and 10 on Lefferts Place. I hope I can find a photograph or drawing, too. But whatever its provenance, by 1889, it was home to the Brooklyn Training School and Home for Young Girls. (more…)

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…)

435 Clinton Ave-Parlor Den-NYC

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