Pacific Street Cobble Hill

Pacific Street from Cobble Hill to Boerum Hill is seeing a remarkable number of record-breaking and high-end sales, in addition to a bevy of luxury construction, the New York Daily News has noticed. While much of the 10-block-long stretch is leafy and landmarked, the areas near commercial corridors are not where one might expect to find Brooklyn’s priciest home sale.

It’s clear that Pacific Street is having a moment. In June, photographer Jay Maisel paid $15,5000,000 for a townhouse there, shattering the record for the highest price paid for a Brooklyn townhouse. Famed singer Norah Jones also purchased a $6,350,000 carriage house on the street earlier this year, and interesting modern buildings designed by Morris Adjmi and Brooklyn local Teresa Byrne Salter are under way. (more…)

Cobble Hill House for Rent -- 6 Verandah Place

If you’ve ever coveted living on a mews — and who among us hasn’t? — today’s pick ought to be of interest. It’s an entire mews house for rent on Verandah Place in Cobble Hill, the charming alley opposite Cobble Hill Park.

This particular mews house belongs to our own Cara Greenberg, Brownstoner’s Insider columnist and a longtime presence on the site. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because the house was a rental of the day once before, in April of 2013.

Now as then, it’s a four-story house, 22 feet wide and 32 feet deep. (If you’re eyeing the facade photo and thinking that width figure is a mistake, note that the downspout runs down the middle of the house front.) (more…)

LICH Site Closing First Installment Complete

It turns out reports last week that developer Fortis Property Group had finally closed on the sale of the former Long Island College Hospital site in Cobble Hill were not entirely accurate. The complete sale will come in three parts, and may take years to complete. Fortis closed on the first of the three parts Friday, Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The “trifurcated closing schedule,” to use the legalese, consists of an “Initial Closing” portion, now complete. Yet to come are the “New Medical Site Closing” and the “Final Closing.”



Singer, actress and Bed Stuy native Norah Jones is the secret buyer of the carriage house at 172 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill, which was featured in the film “Eat, Pray, Love.” She purchased it under the name of an LLC in July for $6,250,000, according to unnamed sources cited by The New York Daily News.

Brownstoner readers will recall Jones was embroiled in a controversy with her neighbors and the Landmarks Preservation Commission over the installation of 10 (later reduced to seven) lot-line windows at her historic house at 166 Amity Street in Cobble Hill. The Cobble Hill Association was “up in arms” over the LPC granting approval for the windows which it deemed “historically inconsistent and structurally dubious,” as we wrote at the time. (She also later installed a backyard swimming pool, as we reported.)



Today’s pick is a Cobble Hill co-op that comprises two combined apartments. Located at 220 Congress Street, in a 1952 building, the resulting unit has two bedrooms and two baths.

If if’s prewar charm you’re after, you won’t find it here. But the place has a fair number of pluses. It’s got exposures on three sides, for starters, and is on the top and sixth floor, so we’d expect views and light. The kitchen is attractive and recently renovated, and in general the whole place looks to be in top shape.

The unit also has a lot of built in shelving, a plus for many, and tons of closet space, including a wall of pantry storage in the kitchen. The bedrooms are ample sized, and the master has both a dressing area and a sitting area with a wet bar (aka the former site of that unit’s kitchen). (more…)


Roy Sloane, the controversial first vice president and acting president of the Cobble Hill Association, today announced that he is stepping down from the neighborhood organization. Two dozen Cobble Hill residents called for Sloane’s ousting last week and organized a special meeting for September 10 to discuss his departure.

The Cobble Hill Association is in the midst of fighting a plan by Fortis Property Group to built two high-rise residential towers in the neighborhood on the site of the former Long Island College Hospital. Sloane had been representing the CHA in talks with Fortis,  but several members did not believe that he was fighting the development as strongly as he should be.


Original California Taqueria accused of rent nonpayment

Cobble Hill’s Original California Taqueria is known by locals for its nachos and namesake California-style burritos — and for allegedly not paying rent in seven years. Landlord Ramon Palermo claimed in 2013 the eatery at 187 Court Street owed him $312,000 in back rent, a sum which Palermo advertised on a sign attached to the top of his blue Subaru Forester.

“CALIFORNIA TAQUERIA Continues to ABUSE the Landlord: ‘WWII VET.’ REFUSES TO PAY RENT…OWES $312,000,” the sign read, according to an article in the New York Daily News at the time.

While business remains active at the 25-year-old Mexican restaurant, its future is in question. As it happens, the building was recently listed for sale. Asking $3,850,000, the 2,318-square-foot mixed-use building lists two first-floor retail units and one second-floor, three-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a terrace.



The health care facility New York University is building as part of the redevelopment of Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill will have big, pedestrian-friendly windows on the ground floor and be “flush with its prewar neighbors,” NY YIMBY reported. The Langone Ambulatory Care Clinic will replace a decidedly less attractive (and taller) LICH building at 339 Hicks Street.

It will have a new address: 70 Atlantic Avenue. Perkins Eastman is designing. (more…)


More than 100 Cobble Hill residents packed a standing room-only meeting Thursday about the controversial redevelopment of the Long Island College Hospital site in Cobble Hill. News reports said the presentation by developer Fortis and architect Dan Kaplan of FXFOWLE was mostly a rehash of previously revealed plans, but two surprising things were said:

  • Fortis has still not closed on the sale. It expects the sale will go through in August, the developer told the Brooklyn Eagle.
  • Fortis said it would offer 20 percent affordable housing in exchange for a rezoning.



If you’ve lived in Brooklyn for a while and spent enough time in Park Slope and Cobble Hill, you probably noticed the two very different places called the Community Bookstore. The one on 7th Avenue in Park Slope is orderly and cozy, with warm lighting and an impeccably curated selection of books.

Then there’s the one at 212 Court Street in Cobble Hill, which looks as if the books were pushed in with a bulldozer. You never know what you’ll find in this other Community Bookstore, though the owner, John Scioli, might be able to lead you through the precarious piles to find your buried treasure.

For years, this charming eyesore has been a staple of Cobble Hill life, but if you didnt know Scioli’s story, you couldn’t help but wonder how long it would be before Scioli was forced to close — if not by the health department, then certainly by a rent hike.

According to today’s story in the New York Times, your prediction would have been half right. After 30 years, the Community Bookstore will soon be closing, because Scioli sold the brownstone for $5,500,000. (more…)


OUT OF A 1930s WAREHOUSE on a commercial block between Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, architect Ben Herzog and Brooklyn-based interior designer Kiki Dennis conjured a family home that’s both fun and functional.

The homeowners, a couple with three young kids, had lived in the 25-foot-wide, three-story building for years. However, the “functional lifestyle things were not working for them,” Dennis recalled. The answer was a total renovation. (more…)

148 Baltic Street1

This Cobble Hill townhouse at 148 Baltic Street belongs to Beastie Boy Mike D, who in addition to his musical chops is known for his flair with interior decoration and wallpaper design.

There are several examples of the latter scattered about (one of which he designed), plus two notable modern kitchens with marble counters and brass shelving, as well as tons of detail original to the 1854 Italianate house.

The Italianate brick and brownstone exterior is impeccable, with floor to ceiling parlor windows. (The white moped in front adds a nice touch, but presumably is not included in the sale.) (more…)