325 Lafayette Avenue Clinton Hill

A new rendering has been released for an eight-story residential building set to rise on the site of a single-story Key Food at 325 Lafayette Avenue.

In response to local upset over the removal of the grocery store, Slate Property Group principal David Schwartz negotiated a new lease with the supermarket, YIMBY reported. The new rendering shows the grocer returning to the building’s ground floor.


Affordable Housing Fort Greene

City Planning is holding a public information session in Clinton Hill Monday, at the request of locals, to let people know about Mayor de Blasio’s plans for zoning and affordable housing. The formal public review process for the three proposals that comprise the plan kicked off Monday.

Two of the proposals, mandatory inclusionary housing and a text change amendment of the zoning code, will affect every neighborhood in the city, and require consideration of all community boards. The first requires developers to include 25 to 30 percent affordable housing in exchange for a rezoning. The second would allow slight increases in height and density in certain areas to facilitate senior affordable housing. (more…)


Today’s condo sits within the former Graham Home for the Old Ladies at 320 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill. We favor the 1851 building both for that irresistible name and for its Romanesque Revival splendor. The unit is a two-bedroom on the ground floor, priced at $1,185,000.

The interiors of the building, which went condo in 2001, don’t match the exterior for character and detail. But this apartment is perfectly pleasant, with a sensible layout and ceilings of decent height.

The bedrooms are both amply sized, closets are generous, and there’s a stackable washer and dryer in a closet off the foyer. The kitchen is small but nice and well arranged, with black granite countertops and a breakfast bar that opens into the living/dining space. (more…)


A boarded-up wreck for decades, this once-spectacular, landmarked 1890s Romanesque Revival brick and brownstone row house, at 245 Greene Avenue, was a Brownstoner House of the Day in 2014. It was asking $1,995,000, the longtime owner having just sold to a would-be flipper for $950,000 in April 2014.

Commenters at the time said the price was outrageous, given what it would cost to renovate. And sure enough, it didn’t sell. Instead the flipper opted to renovate it, and now it’s back on the market.

It’s been redone top to bottom and, generally speaking, it looks more like new construction than faded glory restored. (more…)


The object of our attention today is an elegant four-story, four-bedroom brownstone, at 66 Clifton Place in Clinton Hill, that’s outfitted as a one-family. With original details and a thoughtful renovation, it’s got a fair amount to offer the buyer who can float the price tag without rental income.

Among those things is a master suite that takes up a full floor. It’s got a large bedroom in the front, a walk-in closet, and a bathroom large so large you could get exercise walking from the double sinks to the Jacuzzi tub. (more…)


Brownstoner happened across this apparently finished installation by artist Tom Fruin on the top of the former Broken Angel building at 4-8 Downing Street in Clinton Hill. As readers may recall, developer and architect Alex Barrett of Barrett Design, who is converting the building to condos, told Brownstoner in April the piece was in the works.

The condos are still under construction, but sold out in less than a month when they went on the market in April. Longtime Brooklyn residents and Brownstoner readers will recall the sad story of this building, which could be read as a metaphor for the history of Brooklyn in recent years. It has gone from tenement to empty shell to art project to condos, as property values have fluctuated. (more…)

10 Lexington Ave Clinton Hill Apartment Development

An old one-story factory that occupied most of its large lot at 10 Lexington Avenue in Clinton Hill was torn down last year to make way for a five story building with 81 apartments. Construction on the new building started this year, and now the walls are up to the second story, Brownstoner saw on a recent visit.

The apartments will average 683 square feet each, suggesting they will be rentals. A graffiti-covered drawing of the building shows a plain facade with symmetrical windows and balconies. There is no indication of the facade materials. (more…)

410-418 Myrtle Ave, NS, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

A local entrepreneur and developer built these buildings on Clinton Hill’s only commercial corridor, and then put his brother’s bank on the corner lot.

Name: Storefronts with flats above
Address: 410-418 Myrtle Avenue
Cross Streets: Clinton and Vanderbilt Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1887-1888
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: George Walgrove
Other works by architect: 287-293 DeKalb Avenue, Clinton Hill; row houses in Manhattan; several buildings on Riker’s Island
Landmarked: No

A Commercial Hub

This set of storefront and apartment buildings was built on one of Clinton Hill’s busiest corners. The Queen Anne style of architecture was a mixture of materials, shapes and textures, and these buildings fit the bill.

The architect, George Walgrove, mixed brownstone, brick, pressed metal, and terra cotta, with arched Romanesque Revival windows, a nice corner turret and expansive windows on the ground floor commercial spaces.

Built for the Family Bank

John Englis was the son of a Greenpoint shipbuilder. His father’s company built many of the sailing ships that plied the China route. After his father’s death, he and his sons renamed the company John Englis & Sons. They produced some of the finest steam ships that sailed up and down the Hudson River. (more…)

457, 461 Vanderbilt, BeyondMyKen for Wiki Commons 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Carriage houses and other service buildings were as important to the development of a neighborhood as the houses themselves. This is a particularly elegant example.

Name: Former carriage houses
Address:457 and 461 Vanderbilt Avenue
Cross Streets: Gates and Greene Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: between 1880 and 1887
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

Soaring Arches and Room for Horses, Too

These Clinton Hill carriage houses are among my favorite in the neighborhood. It’s too bad we know so little about who built or owned them. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they were designed by one of the well-known architects working in the area. They are really good, especially for service buildings.

First of all, the overall brickwork here is first rate. Late 19th century Brooklyn had excellent bricklayers.

There’s some Rundbogenstil styling going on here — soaring round arches which are typical of this German progenitor of American Romanesque Revival styles. It’s almost ecclesiastical, the arches stretching three stories high, with two upper stories of windows. (more…)


The 88th Precinct does not have enough resources to fight crime in Clinton Hill, according to pols and police who spoke at a town hall meeting Wednesday convened by Public Advocate (and Clinton Hill resident) Letitia James. Specifically, it has only 112 officers and three or four squad cars to patrol the area at night.

“The 88th precinct is under-resourced,” a story in DNAinfo quoted James as saying at the meeting at Emmanuel Baptist Church, above. “I’ve discovered recently we only have three or four patrol cars to turn out at night. That’s unacceptable.” (more…)

First Nat Bank, Chicago, 1883, officemuseum.com 1

Bryce Arthur Whyte was as English as Queen Victoria. He had a plummy upper-crust sounding name. He was handsome, with a slight blonde mustache and carefree air, well-mannered and, apparently wealthy.

Whyte came to America in 1888, the son of a Liverpool merchant who had made a great deal of money in the East India trade. He decided to make money — so that he wouldn’t be bored, as he told friends — and got connected with the founders of the Wallabout Bank.

When the Bank opened its doors on the corner of Clinton and Myrtle Avenues later that year, Bryce A. Whyte was an assistant clerk, responsible for taking in and recording deposits.

Bankers are not by nature a trusting people. The bank had asked for and received a guarantee of trustworthiness for young Whyte. The Guarantee Corporation of North America, located in Manhattan, put up a $10,000 bond as security for his honesty.

But unbeknownst to everyone in his new American home, all was not well in Whyte’s well-presented life. (more…)


Prolific Brooklyn developer Brookland Capital has moved into Clinton Hill with an $8,800,000 purchase of St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. What’s next for the former house of worship at 259 Washington Avenue? Condos, of course, according to the Commercial Observer, which first reported the sale.

However, the church is landmarked, according to city records, which could severely limit what Brookland Capital is able to do with the property. The Observer said Brookland Capital plans to restore “part of the exterior” and “extend the building in the back.” (more…)