Clinton Hill House for Sale -- 106 Cambridge Place

This two-family home on Cambridge Place in Clinton Hill has several points of distinction. It’s a wood-framer that dates back to the Civil War. It’s landmarked, sitting within the Clinton Hill historic district. And it will look familiar to fans of White Collar, on which it was featured as the home of federal agent Peter Burke. (more…)

Brooklyn Interior Design Art Clinton Hill

The Clinton Hill apartment of designers Kasia Wisniewski and Nick Foley is filled with the creative oddities and DIY projects one would expect from a pair of aesthetically minded makers.

The collection includes everything from antique glitter and a paper kaleidoscope from Foley’s mother (a vintage wholesaler), to a chunk of crystalized honey from a manufacturing trip to China, handmade paper flowers from their June wedding, and a slab of white marble pulled from a dumpster in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (more…)

Clinton Hill Brooklyn -- 315 Clinton Ave John Arbuckle History

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

This grand mansion was built for Coffee King John Arbuckle. It was one of architect Montrose W. Morris’s first large mansion commissions.

Name: John Arbuckle House, now condominiums
Address: 315 Clinton Avenue
Cross Streets: DeKalb and Lafayette avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: 1888
Architectural Style: Romanesque revival
Architect: Montrose W. Morris
Other Works by Architect: Nearby houses/apartment buildings at 184-188 Clinton Avenue, 282-290 and 185-189 DeKalb Avenue, 515 Clinton Avenue, Roanoke Apartments and 24-26 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene. Many other buildings in Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill Historic District (1981)

John Arbuckle’s immense fortune came from the coffee business. He was a perfect client for the young Montrose W. Morris, who was just beginning to get those lucrative commissions from his desired demographic: rich people.

Brownstoner’s recent Walkabout columns have been about Mr. Arbuckle and his coffee business. As noted in this last chapter, Arbuckle moved to New York in 1871, opening an outpost of his Pittsburgh-based coffee and wholesale grocery business, Arbuckle & Co. (more…)

Dumbo Clinton Hill Brooklyn John Arbuckle Coffee History

Read Part One of the Brooklyn coffee history series.

Coffee came to America as early as the late 1600s. By the mid-19th century, Manhattan was the green coffee capital of America, home to dozens of wholesale coffee brokers and coffee roasters.

Soon after the Civil War, the beans spilled across the river into Brooklyn, due to this city’s huge capacity for storage and processing. Brooklyn’s vast waterfront piers became the landing place for the coffees of the world.

Brooklyn’s largest coffee company belonged to brothers John and Charles Arbuckle, originally from Pittsburgh. They also left us several great additions to Brooklyn’s architectural legacy. (more…)

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…)