This one-bedroom co-op at 202 Baltic Street in Cobble Hill hit the market in September with an asking price of $625,000 and was reduced to $599,000 in October. The top-floor pad is attractive but lacks any particular wow factor other than the private roof deck, which looks great. The 660-square-foot unit comes with a monthly maintenance of $654. Like it?
This lofty duplex at 174 Pacific Street isn’t as cool as the one in Williamsburg we highlighted yesterday but the former schoolhouse has a nice vibe to it for sure. The size of the windows is the biggest selling point for us followed by ceiling heights and great original floorboards. We’re not really feeling the cabinetry — in both the kitchen and the living room — but that’s easily remedied. Asking price is $1,500,000.
Even if you don’t smoke, it’s hard to imagine a world where cigarettes were not the nicotine delivery method of choice. But in the mid-19th century, before cigarettes were very popular, the cigar was king. The last two chapters of our story have been a short history of the cigar industry, and a look at the kinds of operations that made up the thousands of cigar factories that stretched across the United States. Many of the larger tobacco companies that also made processed and packaged snuff and pipe tobacco, as well as cigarettes, also made cigars.
In 1862, in Brooklyn, one of those companies was Lorillard Tobacco, with a factory on Sedgwick Street, between DeGraw and Harrison (Kane) Streets, in what is now Cobble Hill. Although many of the companies I speak of in these articles are long gone, Lorillard Tobacco is still in business. They manufacture Kents and Newports, among other products. Right next door to Lorillard’s was Watson’s Tobacco Company. Today, Sedgwick Street no longer exists, and the factories are long gone.
Both businesses made cigars, as well as other kinds of tobacco products. Both companies also employed black people, one of the few industries in Brooklyn that did at the time. In a rare case of slavery producing a skill that could be marketable in the North, many of both companies’ black workers had experience working with tobacco, and knew the cigar production business. They worked side by side with their white co-workers, but because of their experience, were actually paid more than those white male counterparts. (more…)
This quaint garden-level duplex in Cobble Hill has three bedrooms and two baths just two blocks from the waterfront. The parlor floor has high ceilings, original ceiling moldings and a working fireplace in the living room. The broker tells us there are two large bedrooms and the third bedroom is actually a small extension on the back of the house, and you have to walk through a bathroom and one of the bedrooms to get to it. The apartment also has a patio and private backyard, and it’s not far from Van Voorhees and Brooklyn Bridge Parks. What do you think of it for $6,495?
Atlantic Avenue BID is hosting a pub crawl tomorrow at 15 bars on Atlantic Avenue from the Heights to Cobble and Boerum Hill, and you can check in at one of four venues to get a wristband that entitles you to drink specials and giveaways at each bar on the route. You can get all the info here, but the four check-in spots are the historic Montero’s, The Brazen Head, Bijan’s Brooklyn and St Gambrinus Beer Shoppe. You can sign up online for free or register at the door for $2 to get a wristband. It lasts from 6 pm to 12 am on Saturday. Costumes are encouraged!
A 10,000-square foot carriage house in Cobble Hill is on the market for $16,000,000, as The Real Deal was the first to report. If it sells for ask, it will set a record for a single-family home in Brooklyn, which is now held by Truman Capote’s old digs at 70 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights.
An LLC owns the building now, which contains an elevator, a screening room that seats 20 people, a 2,600-square-foot roof garden, an outdoor kitchen, gym, wine cellar and bar. The listing shows only a floor plan and no interior photos. The owner “spent close to $5,000,000 renovating the property,” according to the listing agent quoted in The Real Deal.
The iconic Long Island Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue is finally reopening this week, according to The Brooklyn Paper. The Cobble Hill joint recently got its neon sign restored and has a fully renovated interior that “looks good as new,” said Brooklyn Paper. Vanishing New York spotted Craigslist ads seeking a general manager and head chef back in April, and rumor has it that Toby Cecchini, former Odeon bartender and supposed inventor of the cosmopolitan cocktail, is involved. The restaurant, which has an Art Deco-style bar, closed its doors in 2007, after 56 years in business.
A building is on fire on Atlantic Avenue between Court Street and Clinton Streets, according to a tipster who sent in these photos. It looks like the blaze is coming from 172 or 174 Atlantic, a few doors down from the old sail makers’ building that houses an Urban Outfitters on the ground floor. The fire department is at the scene and battling the flames right now. Please let us know in the comments if you know more. Click through to the jump for another photo. (more…)
This seems like a pretty sweet rental if you and your family (or four of your friends) can afford to drop $10,000 a month on a five-bedroom triplex in Cobble Hill. The recently renovated apartment has 2.5 baths, 11-foot ceilings, a washer and dryer, and a deck in the back. The living room has some ornate crown molding and a working fireplace, and there’s another working fireplace in one of the upstairs bedrooms. The large kitchen can fit a long dining room table, has a vintage stove, an additional freezer, and more cabinet space than most New Yorkers would know what to do with (but there’s plenty of room if everyone moves in with their own set of dishes). Do you think the size and location is worth the price?
This new co-op listing at 242 Baltic Street in Cobble Hill looks quite charming in the photos — and we’re sure the original wide floorboards and plaster moldings look just as good in person. The catch with this place in reality however is that it’s got a railroad layout; not only that, but the kitchen is at the opposite end of the apartment from the dining room, meaning you have to carry your food through the bedroom and the study to get to the dining room. Then again, you could try to move the rooms around but the lack of windows in the middle of the apartment make that challenging. Still, it’s a lovely apartment in a great area so in this market buyers might be forgiving. Asking price: $615,000.
Name: Built as the Lido Theater, then the Rex Cinema, now Cobble Hill Cinemas Address: 265 Court Street Cross Streets: Corner Butler Street Neighborhood: Cobble Hill Year Built: 1925 Architectural Style: Not sure what you’d call this Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: Back in the 1920s and early ‘30s, it seemed every neighborhood had not just one, but several movie theaters. In those days before many people had radios, and before television, the movies were the place to escape from reality, and live in the world of glamorous, exciting and often dangerous people. Like today, they enjoyed movies in genres high and low. Science fiction and westerns were as popular as detectives and star crossed lovers. Not all of these neighborhood theaters were huge, some, like this one, were rather small, but still showed the good stuff. In 1926, this movie house opened as the Lido Theater.
The Lido had a small lobby, but it held 600 people. The façade once had elegant arches around the entrance which were complimented by the Gothic arched running trim up by the roofline. Other than that, this theater was purely practical and down to business. In 1934, some alterations were made, resulting in the theater on the ground floor, a private gentlemen’s club, which had twenty members, on the second floor, and an apartment on the top floor. (more…)
This listing wins the prize for our favorite of all the Warren Place townhouses we’ve seen because of its wealth of original detail, mostly original layout, and a very nicely updated kitchen. The built-ins are great too. But as is the case with all these quaint yet teensy tiny one-time workers’ cottages (similar to a Philadelphia trinity), where to place the indoor plumbing presents a conundrum. We think they’ve made the best of a tight situation by locating a bath with shower on the ground floor and a toilet in an upstairs closet with a tiny sink just outside. The setup is not ideal for kids or roommates, but for a single person or a couple, it could work perfectly. The last time the townhouse sold was in 1977, according to PropertyShark. Now the ask is $1,400,000. Think it’s worth it?