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Another Brooklyn gas station has been snapped up for development, this one in Clinton Hill. A developer, The Daten Group, bought 840 Fulton Street, at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue, for $7,400,000 on September 30, according to the Commercial Observer.

The firm plans to build a seven-story mixed-income rental building. The 40,000-square-foot development will have 38 apartments, 20 percent of which will be affordable. There will be 5,000 square feet of retail in the project, which is scheduled to begin construction in March 2015 and finish two years later. KBA Architects will design the building, which will cost approximately $20,000,000 to build, said the story. The Daten Group’s management company, Vibe Living, will manage and market the rentals, and Douglas Elliman will handle the initial leasing campaign.

The deal included 3,464 square feet of air rights from a neighboring property at 848 Fulton Street, which is a four-story building with apartments and a Thai restaurant on the ground floor. The sale has not yet hit public records. The developer hasn’t filed any demolition or new building applications yet either.

Daten Group Buys Vacant Clinton Hill Gas Station for $7.4 Million [NYO] GMAP
Rendering via NYO

76 Lefferts Place

Though construction is still in full swing, apartments at the large development on Lefferts Place between Grand Avenue and Classon Avenue are now on the market. The project, called Lefferts Mews, at 76, 80, 84 and 88 Lefferts Place, will have 31 condominium units. Corcoran, which is handling sales, has put five units on the market, BuzzBuzzHome noticed Friday. They range from a 724-square-foot one-bedroom apartment for $625,000 to a 1,525-square-foot two-bedroom apartment for $1,495,000 — that’s $980 a square foot for the two-bedroom.

The units in the townhouse-style development include duplex garden apartments, duplexes with a roof deck and floor-through units. The units feature Siberian oak floors, large windows. Paul Davis designed both the interiors and the exteriors.

The original developer, an LLC, bought the site in June of 2012 for $3,400,000 and planned to build seven, four-story townhouses, each with three units. In July of 2013 the owner sold the property for $7,850,000 to another LLC. The new owner began construction on this project a month later.

Click through for renderings of the project and interiors. What do you think of the design?

76-88 Lefferts Place Listings [Corcoran]
76 Lefferts Place in Clinton Hill Starts at $625,000 [BBH]
More Units Planned, Foundation Going in at Huge Lefferts Place Build in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]
Development Finally Coming to Large Lefferts Place Lot [Brownstoner]
Huge Empty Lot on Lefferts Place for Sale Again [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

199 Ryerson Walk, Memorial Hall, Pratt, SSpellen 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Memorial Hall, Pratt Institute
Address: 199 Ryerson Walk
Cross Streets: Willoughby and DeKalb Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1926-27
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Architect: John Mead Howells
Other Buildings by Architect: On Pratt Campus – Engineering Quadrangle, Willoughby Hall. Also with partner William Hood -Daily News Building, Manhattan, Tribune Tower, Chicago.
Landmarked: No, but on the National Register of Historic Places

The story: John Mead Howells was the son of 19th century author and editor William Dean Howells. He spent his undergraduate days at Harvard, before going on to graduate school there for architecture. In the mid-1890s, he went to Paris and attended the prestigious L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he completed his architectural education. When he came back to New York, he opened up a firm with fellow Paris student, Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, the eldest son of millionaire Anson Phelps Stokes.

While partners, Stokes designed St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, while Howell designed Stormfield, a vacation home for Samuel Clemens, who was a close friend of Howell’s father. Both the chapel and the home were very different from the work both would do later in their careers, but showed that they had a mastery of traditional form, and a knack for tweaking that form to a present-day, and very modern result. (more…)

102 Gates Ave combo

The parlor and entry of this renovated Clinton Hill townhouse look amazing, as does the bathroom. We love the tile floor, green claw foot tub, sink, lighting — everything, really. The backyard has also been beautifully and creatively landscaped.

We featured 102 Gates Avenue as a House of the Day when it was for sale pre-renovation in 2013 (and attracted 350 people to the open house) and wrote about it again as it was under construction. It was also an Open House Pick last week.

We really wish there were more than two interior shots on the listing. Has anyone see it in person? Is the rest of the renovation as good as the rooms pictured?

The property last sold to developer Austen Colgate LLC for $1,555,000 in 2013 (it was unrenovated). Now the ask is $3,350,000.

102 Gates Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
House of the Day: 102 Gates Avenue [Brownstoner]
Clinton Hill Estate Sale With Packed Open House Restored [Brownstoner]

102 Gates AveClinton Hill
102 Gates Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,350,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00

396 Vanderbilt Ave

Fort Greene
396 Vanderbilt Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $2,300,000
Sunday 1:30 – 3:00

470 MacDonoughBed Stuy
470 MacDonough Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,425,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30

67 East 2nd StWindsor Terrace
67 East 2nd Street
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $989,000
Saturday 1:00 – 2:30


When last we stopped by 212 Greene Avenue, Finch’s exterior was just some pieces of plywood. Now a classy affair with panelling and big windows, it has received what looks to be a final coat of navy paint and a globe sconce. The inside is built out too, as you can see from the construction photos on the restaurant’s website.

The farm-to-table menu will include deviled eggs, raw fluke with sea urchin, pastured chicken and vegetable cassoulet. The chef, Gabe McMackin, formerly cooked at Roberta’s, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Gramercy Tavern. Given those credentials, we are pretty excited about this opening.

Farm-to-Table Restaurant Finch to Open in August on Greene in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]

Myrtle Plaza1

Officials will break ground on the long-delayed Myrtle Avenue Pedestrian Plaza on Thursday. The project will create a 25,000 square foot plaza on Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place.

The plan has been in the works for many years; community meetings to develop the design began in 2010. This stretch of Myrtle has two lanes, one for regular traffic and a service road on the east-bound side. The revamp will shorten the service road from four blocks to two (a narrower road will remain between Hall Street and Grand Street Avenue) and will create a plaza with trees, plantings, public art, a water fountain and programming space.

Once completed, the space will be maintained by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, which will coordinate with local groups to organize events there. Construction should last between 12 and 18 months. More renderings after the jump.

Myrtle Plaza Design Is Finally a Go [Brownstoner]
Delays for the Myrtle Avenue Pedestrian Plaza [Brownstoner]
Inventing the Myrtle Avenue Pedestrian Plaza [Brownstoner]
Renderings via Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership


13-17 Lexington Ave, Pincus and Tobias factory , SSPellen 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Pincus & Tobias Shoe Factory
Address: 13-23 Lexington Avenue
Cross Streets: Grand and Classon Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1911, rebuilt around 1922
Architectural Style: Early 20th century brick factory building
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Brooklyn was once home to a large and profitable shoe manufacturing industry. Yes, shoes were once made in Brooklyn; all kinds of shoes. We had factories that made shoes and boots for men, women and children. There were factories that made lower end products, mid-priced products and high end and fashionable shoes and boots. The companies were scattered all over the manufacturing ends of Brooklyn, but by the beginning of the 20th century, were mainly centered in the eastern Clinton Hill/Western Bedford/southern Wallabout corridor.

Back then, the Myrtle and Lexington Avenue el trains rumbled overhead, and frequent trolley service ran along the north/south avenues, making this area perfect for workers to commute to easily. Factory and other industrial buildings sprang up here, and for the most part, still stand. One of the largest shoe factories in the area was that of Pincus & Tobias Inc., the makers of fine women’s shoes and boots. (more…)

929 atlantic avenue screenshot

One of Brooklyn’s most prolific developers, Boaz Gilad’s Brookland Capital, has just filed new building applications for an eight-story residential project on the Clinton Hill side of Atlantic Avenue, at No. 929. The building will have 20 apartments spread across 17,077 square feet, as well as bike storage and a roof deck. Feingold and Gregory Architects are the architects of record.

The building is likely to be condos, since that is what Brookland Capital typically develops. This stretch of Atlantic has been floated as a possible candidate for rezoning as part of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan.

An auto glass repair shop currently occupies the lot near Grand Avenue, and demolition applications have already been filed to knock it down. Gilad bought the repair shop’s three adjacent plots at 929-931 Atlantic for $3,000,000 in July, according to public recordsGMAP

Photo by Google Maps


A restaurant called Brooklyn Eats plans to open at 474 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, according to a sign draped over the front window. We couldn’t find any info about the food except that it will be reasonably priced, offering “good solid eats for $8 to $12,” according to the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.

A sign on the door noted the restaurant is applying for a liquor license. It’s a spinoff of Chance 11 Bar and Grill on Fulton between Vanderbilt and Clinton, according to Fort Greene Focus. It will have eight tables and hopes to open later this month, said the story.

The new restaurant replaces Cielo bar and El Patron restaurant. GMAP

86 Camrdge Ft web

In a remarkable turnaround, this freestanding house at 86 Cambridge Place has set a record for Clinton Hill, closing at $4,100,000 Thursday. In July of 2013, Corcoran listed it with an ambitious ask of $4,495,000. By September, the price dropped to $3,295,000, and then it was taken off the market in November. In February, lender Deutsche Bank filed a lis pendens for $942,500 against the property. In April, Realty on the Greene put up a new listing asking $3,875,000. (more…)


When we passed by Trade Wise earlier this week, it looked like Sisters restaurant next door is getting ready to open any day now. As we’ve written beforeFlatbush Farm owner Damon Gorton has remade the old Sister’s Hardware store with the help of design firm hOmE, which also worked on beer bar Torst in Greenpoint. The signage on the front promises breakfast, lunch, dinner and music. The clock above seems also displays the address of the building, 900 Fulton. Cute. GMAP