04/18/14 9:30am

Construction continues on the corner of Strong Place and Kane Street in Cobble Hill, where Brennan Realty is building three Landmarks-approved neo-traditional townhouses. The first of the townhouses, 2A Strong Place, is a 3,720-square-foot five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home that’s entered contract after an asking price of $4,475,000. This house first hit the market last spring at $4,150,000, and the other two will be listed for sale in the fall, a spokewoman for Brennan Realty told us.

Designed by CWB Architects, the homes in the Cobble Hill Historic District are meant to resemble classic brick Brooklyn townhouses. Pictured above are the three townhouses at the corner of Kane Street and Strong Place. All three will have yards and there will be a carriage house in back on Kane Street with a studio and garage. Click through to the jump to see that part of the construction site.

Second Strong Place Townhouse Debuts [Brownstoner]


04/14/14 11:30am


Store owners on Court and Smith streets in Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens are banding together to create a Business Improvement District, or BID. They have also launched an online survey.

The purpose of the proposed merchants association would be to strengthen local mom and pops, who are facing escalating rents in the area due to recent lease signings from retailers such as J.Crew, Splendid and Rag & Bone, according to DNAinfo. “Merchants on Court and Smith streets are banding together to draw more business to the area so that they can afford the neighborhood’s rapidly rising rents,” said the story.

Like all BIDs, the group would take on sanitation, greening, safety and marketing to help businesses in the area thrive. They’ve also launched an online campaign to raise $10,000 for the BID.

Steering Committe members include D’Amico Coffee, Carroll Gardens Realty, Diane T., Stinky BKLYN, Viceroy Properties and Mazzone Hardware. Pictured above is a lower stretch of Court Street near the BQE.

04/11/14 12:00pm

Street artists Chris Stain and Billy Mode collaborated with a local youth organization to create a mural for the side of the six-story rental building rising at 267 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill. Instead of leaving an 80-foot-tall blank wall facing Smith Street, developer Tim Quinlan of Quinlan Development Group and Lonicera Partners invited youth arts group Cre8tive YouTH*ink to design an evocative, community-based work to fill the space. Stain and Mode helped 12 young, aspiring artists design and execute the 50′ by 50′ mural at the organization’s Industry City headquarters.

The result, “Sign Language,” depicts a little boy climbing on top of the street sign at Pacific and Smith. The spray painted and stenciled mural is based on a photograph taken by famous street photographer Martha Cooper as part of her “Street Play” series. It’s gradually being installed while the building finishes construction.

Click through the jump to see a rendering of what the piece will look like when it’s completed.


04/11/14 9:30am

There’s a four-story residential development coming to replace this car repair shop at the corner of Pacific Street and Boerum Place in Cobble Hill. New building permits show the apartment building at 237 Pacific will have three floor-through units spread across 3,897 square feet of residential space, plus ground floor commercial space for 5,511 square feet total.

Architect Teresa Byrne Salter will design the building. The property hasn’t changed hands since 1974, and the owner is a private individual, not a developer. Demolition permits have not yet been filed for the one-story shop. GMAP

04/10/14 10:00am

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The former MTA bunker and eyesore turned high-end rental building at 166 Smith Street is fully leased, according to a broker marketing the units. The apartments range from one-bedrooms to three-bedroom duplexes, and each one comes with private outdoor space equipped with lights, outlets and running water.

Dena Driver of Stribling tells us the building’s second duplex rented last week for $6,395 a month — down from its initial ask of $7,995. The Cobble Hill conversion hit the market last summer with asking rents from $4,750 for a one-bedroom to $7,995 a month for a three-bedroom.

Boerum Hill’s 166 Smith Street Officially Launches With Eight Units for Rent [Brownstoner]

04/09/14 12:15pm

This garden-level studio in Cobble Hill is nicely renovated, with a large kitchen and bathroom with subway tile. It’s an open plan floor-through with space in the middle that could be used for dining or sleeping. The decorative marble mantel is a nice touch too. And, of course, there’s the backyard. What do you think of it for $2,150 a month?

347 Clinton Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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Retail rents have tripled on Court Street in the last five years, according to Crain’s, kicked off when Trader’s Joes moving into the old Savings Bank building at the corner of Court and Atlantic.

Rents are now $150 to $180 per square foot, “comparable to many streets in Manhattan,” vs. $35 to $50 a square foot five years ago, according to a CPEX study cited in the story. Private school LePort Schools recently leased 292 Court Street, a 16,000-square-foot building, for $500,000 a year.

The story says rents increased even more when J.Crew took space down the block at 151 Court Street. Except it hasn’t yet — which the story does not mention. Grocer Pacific Green is still in the space, and recently said it plans to shut its new location at 303 Court Street, leading to speculation J.Crew is looking elsewhere.

Rents Go Big-Time in Cobble Hill [Crain's]

04/04/14 9:00am


After more than a year of drama, bidder Brooklyn Health Partners has been chosen to buy Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital for $250,000,000. The firm will operate a full service hospital and also turn parts of the prime property into apartments and retail, The New York Times and many other outlets reported.

The hospital will reopen in about three years with 300 to 400 beds (LICH had 500), said The Wall Street Journal. It will employ 2,000 people, and Brooklyn Health Partners says it plans to bring in former LICH employees. The group will build 1,000 apartments and 30 percent of them will be affordable.

SUNY will bow out May 22, and a “bridge facility” with 150 beds, an emergency room and at least 300 employees will open immediately, said the Brooklyn Eagle.

04/01/14 11:30am


A reader spotted this rendering on the construction fence at 99 Boerum Place on the corner of Pacific Street (although the address on the sign is 101 Boerum Place). Construction permits call for a single-family house of four stories on a 20-by-60-foot lot.

The rendering appears to show the side of 99 Boerum Place fronting Pacific Street, with parking in the rear. Next door at 101 and 103 Boerum Place are two other modern-style brick four-story single-family townhouses built by the same owner.

At one time, Sotheby’s had a listing for the townhouse at 101 Boerum Place, asking $4,250,000, but the listing was taken off the market in July, according to PropertyShark. The townhouse at 103 Boerum Place sold for $2,250,000 in 2011.


03/27/14 9:00am

Construction is chugging along at 267 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill, where we found this rendering on the fence. The seven-story rental building will have 60 apartments, 30 subterranean parking spaces, ground-floor retail and a roof terrace, as we’ve previously reported.

When we stopped by this week, it looked like the brick-colored facade was being installed on the Pacific Street side. We’ve included a picture after the jump. Construction started in January 2013 and is scheduled to finish in June. The architect of record is GF55 Partners and the developer is Quinlan Development.

What do you think of the building design?

Walls Rising at 267 Pacific Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
An Update on a Rental Going up in Cobble Hill [Brownstoner]


03/26/14 2:00pm


Brown paper has gone up in the windows at Mexicali restaurant at 141 Court Street in Cobble Hill and their number is no longer in service.

“It’s across the street from Trader Joe’s and a way busy location that now feels like 86th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan (and not in a good way),” emailed a reader who passed on the tip. “Maybe that’s the new location of J. Crew since the nearby fruit stand doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere,” he speculated, referring to Pacific Green at 151 Court Street.

The retail space at 141 Court Street is slightly less than 1,000 square feet, although there are two floors of residential space above it, according to PropertyShark. Splendid is across the street at 142 Court in a 1,100-square-foot space. When J. Crew signed a 10-year lease for 151 Court Street last year, it was for more than 5,700 square feet of space over three floors, including the cellar, The Real Deal reported at the time.

In Court Street Grocer Musical Chairs, Big Apple Gourmet to Close Soon? [Brownstoner] GMAP