We’ve featured a number of units in the old school building at 44 Cheever Place in Cobble Hill over the years and this one has to be the most tricked out of them all. The two-bedroom condo has double-height ceilings in the living room and a sleek, modern kitchen that looks like it belongs in a Richard Meier building. Asking price: $1,500,000.
You might be surprised to hear what’s going to replace Downtown Bar & Grill on the corner of Court and Amity in Cobble Hill: Rag & Bone, according to a well-placed source who tipped off Racked. Wow, this area is seeming more and more like downtown Manhattan every day. GMAP
We’re digging the clean look and the tin ceiling in this cute Cobble Hill one-bedroom. The white renovations in the kitchen and bathroom seem modern without looking sterile, and the kitchen is extra large, with a dishwasher and enough room for a small dining table. At this price point, laundry in the building would be nice, but Cobble Hill doesn’t come cheap these days.
We do wonder, though, about the size of the bedroom and the location. The bedroom is not pictured but looks to be on the side, which means there may not be space for more than a single or full size bed. Also, the building is located in the block next to the BQE and it’s far from the subway — about eight or nine blocks to the F train at Bergen. Given all this, do you think it’ll rent for $2,850 a month?
Name: Dr. Joseph E. Clark house Address: 340 Clinton Street Cross Streets: Kane and DeGraw Streets Neighborhood: Cobble Hill Year Built: Early 1860s Architectural Style: Greek Revival Architect: Unknown Landmarked: Yes, part of Cobble Hill HD (1969)
The story: The 42 foot wide single family mansion was built for Dr. Joseph E. Clark in the early 1860s. It’s the widest house in Cobble Hill. It was built at a time when Brooklyn was expanding outward away from its core at its harbors, and Cobble Hill, which was South Brooklyn at the time, was a quiet, well-to-do suburban retreat, with large houses on streets that were still largely undeveloped. In the decades that followed those houses would be surrounded by speculative row housing and fine churches and storefront blocks. The final addition of flats buildings and the tenement housing of Alfred Tredway White, on Warren Street, would complete the neighborhood’s building stock for a century.
Dr. Clark was a prominent physician, and well-known and respected. He was the president of St. Peter’s Hospital in Cobble Hill, and was often consulted by the police in their investigations. But his life in this house was not always happy. On August 18th, 1871, his young son fell over the bannister of the stairway, and fell two flights to the floor. He was killed instantly. A week later, his beloved wife Frances followed her son to the grave, perhaps of a broken heart. She died here at the age of 43, on August 26th, leaving Dr. Clark and his daughter, Grace. (more…)
Confused about the many proposals to save or develop Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital? ”In an effort to promote transparency and community engagement in the process determining the hospital’s future,” Curbed reported, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be presenting at least five of the proposals on TV and online tonight and tomorrow. Members of the public can ask questions via email or tweet. It airs at 9:30 pm tonight on the Brooklyn Public Network and several times tomorrow. It’s also going to be streamed online.
The Downtown Bar & Grill at 160 Court Street will be closing soon after eight years in business, according to a sign posted in the window. Nachos, caesar salad, and wings are among the items on the menu, as well as a large selection of beers and a full bar. Click through to the jump to see the letter from management. Thanks to a reader for sending in the tip and photo. GMAP
This new listing at 174 Pacific sure is a handsome specimen. The high ceilings of the old school house’s ground floor are the defining feature of the two-bedroom co-op. This accommodates a huge wall of built-in shelving as well as a mezzanine sleeping area. We like how the kitchen was renovated too. Asking price is $1,500,000.
The drama at Cobble Hill’s zombie hospital Long Island College Hospital continues. On Monday the board heard about a revised proposal submitted by Fortis Property Group. It has been altered so instead of a “medical mall” plus condos, Fortis would partner with NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center to provide an urgent care center; six specialty centers, including cancer; and primary care, behavioral health and dental care, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported.
SUNY said it will not even consider a last-minute bid from nearby Brooklyn Hospital because it came in after the due date. That proposal suggested rentals instead of condos and a 24-hour emergency facility with outpatient facilities, said The New York Daily News.
Critics have dismissed the Fortis plan because it does not include a hospital. They also said SUNY created its own financial problems by refusing patients at LICH.
Long Island College Hospital operator SUNY said Monday it has found a developer to buy the medical center’s hostly contested property, turn some of it into condos, and lease back part of it to health care providers for an urgent care center. It would not “receive ambulance calls,” said The New York Times.
LICH critics have said all along they suspected SUNY wanted to shut the medical facility so it could sell to a private developer who would put up housing on the valuable land, which is located in prime Cobble Hill with waterfront views. The hospital has been embroiled in legal battles for months, as judges ordered it to stay open and officials kept shutting it down. Neighborhood activists, unions, doctors and pols such as Bill de Blasio say the area, particularly nearby Red Hook, needs an emergency room.
The hospital is one of several in Brooklyn having financial troubles because its patient population relies on Medicare and Medicaid. However, a sale would not put the hospital into the black, said the Times. “The hospital has $500 million in liabilities, but is expected to realize less than $300 million from the sale,” the story said.
Just up the hill, the Brooklyn Public Library is pursuing a similar plan with the Brooklyn Heights branch, which it plans to sell to developers in exchange for owning a condo space in the building.
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…)