Landmarks praised BKSK Architects for its “contextual” design for a mixed-use building to replace a gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, but asked the architects to scale down the windows, particularly on the side of the building on Henry Street, and reduce the bulkhead on the roof. Only one attendee at the meeting Tuesday spoke in favor of the building as it was, and the Cobble Heights Association and others spoke against it, New York YIMBY and The Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The building’s “large, industrial-looking windows…might be more appropriate in Red Hook,” said Barbara Zay of the Historic Districts Council, according to YIMBY. Click through to YIMBY to see the full presentation.

As you may recall, Community Board 6 rejected the proposal last month.

Apartment Design for Atlantic Avenue Gas Station Site Needs a Tuneup, Landmarks Decides [Eagle]
Landmarks Commission Not Ready to Approve New Building at 112 Atlantic Avenue [NYY]
112 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by BKSK Architects via NYY


Developer Lonicera Partners and PKSB Architects are planning to build a modern-style two-story retail building in a landmarked area of Cobble Hill. The architects will reveal the design for 178 Court Street at a community board meeting December 4, DNAinfo reported.

Plans filed with the DOB call for a 30-foot-high building with 5,454 square feet of space. The building will entirely cover the lot, which is approximately 50 feet by 56 feet.

Lonicera Partners bought the empty lot in August for $1,733,334. If plans are approved quickly, the developers hope to start construction early next year and finish in nine months, an exec with the developer told DNA.

What would you like to see go in here?

Two-Story Retail Center Proposed for Court Street in Cobble Hill [DNA]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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We get pretty excited whenever one of these adorable but tiny Warren Mews cottages comes up for sale, since it doesn’t happen often. Unfortunately, this one has lost its original staircase, floors and baseboards, but the floor plan is well designed.

Space is always a challenge in these workingmen’s cottages, built in 1878 by visionary philanthropist Alfred Tredway White, because they have only two small rooms on each floor. This house has rather cleverly turned the bottom and top floors into bedroom floors, each with one bedroom and one bathroom. (The open top floor is currently being used as a sewing studio.) The rear room of the garden floor functions as a mudroom-slash-laundry room, and the kitchen is on the parlor floor.

We could do without the exposed brick and beams, which belong in a loft, but those can be fixed. There’s an open house Sunday, November 9, from 1 to 3 pm.

The ask is $1,400,000. Do you think they’ll get it?

8 Warren Place [Corcoran] GMAP


A listing has just gone up for one of the three townhouses created out of the landmarked 1902 Dudley Memorial medical building on Amity Street in Cobble Hill. The conversion has been in the works since 2007, and the townhouse at 118 Amity Street is asking $7,795,000.

That princely sum will get you a vertical slice of the French Renaissance palace-style building on its own tax lot, a side yard, and more than 6,000 square feet of interior space. There are five bedrooms, a wine cellar, a roof terrace with a hot tub, and lots of other high end features.

In 2012, Brown Harris Stevens put up a listing for a townhouse in the building with the price of $3,850,000 and the address of 355 Henry. We published the renderings for that sale and they look quite different. As far as we know, it is not in contract.

But the timing of this sale may be unfortunate — will the new owners be able to enjoy the hot tub and other amenities while development proceeds on the opposite corner at Long Island College Hospital?

118 Amity Street [Heights Realty Advisors]
118 Amity Street Listing [Official]
A Peek at Interior Plans for Amity Street Mansion [Brownstoner] (more…)


Yesterday the State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli signed off on SUNY’s plan to sell Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital to developer Fortis Property Group, Brooklyn Heights Blog reported. The approval came two days after a march during which local politicians and community groups called on the attorney general and the comptroller to investigate the deal, which they said appeared to be rigged.

“What happened to the Othmer Endowment money? Was the bidding process legal and appropriate? At so many points it appeared rigged, there’s no other word for it,” Brooklyn Eagle quoted City Council Member Brad Lander as saying. “Officials have written to Attorney General Schneiderman and Comptroller DiNapoli. We’re asking the Attorney General and the Comptroller to thoroughly investigate these questions.”

Many questions about the deal remain, said the Eagle.

State Officials Approve LICH Sale to Fortis [BHB]
State AG and Comptroller Sign off on LICH Sale to Fortis [Eagle]


A rendering has been revealed for the mixed-use development planned for what is now a gas station on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Henry Street in Cobble Hill — but Community Board 6 has already rejected it. The look of the building for 112 Atlantic Avenue is “too glassy” and it “destroys the gateway entrance into the Cobble Hill Historic District,” DNAinfo reported members of the board said.

We have to admit we’re a little surprised – the design looks mostly brick to us and vaguely reminiscent of an early 20th century factory. It doesn’t look particularly offensive, nor does it look like a modern office building, as new developments so often do. (Although one board member said he thinks it does look like a modern office building.) Landmarks will take a look November 18.

Developers are Avery Hall Investments and On the Level Enterprises; the architect is BKSK Architects. Click through for a recent shot of the site. What do you think would work on this corner?

Proposed Luxury Building in Cobble Hill Called “Too Glassy” [DNA]
Rendering via DNAinfo


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The last and biggest of the three neo-traditional townhouses at Strong Place and Kane Street has just hit the market and the price will set a record for Cobble Hill if the developer can get it: $7,500,000.

The high price of No. 2 Strong Place may reflect that the property is not just one house, but two: There is an 800-square-foot carriage house in the back with parking on the lower level and a studio apartment with kitchenette above.

All three townhouses are in a landmarked area and were designed by CWB Architects with Landmark’s approval. The exteriors were modeled on the neighborhood’s historic row houses but the interiors are modern. The developer is Brennan Realty, which is also marketing them. The townhouses were briefly on the market pre-construction in early 2013. No. 2A entered contract in January this year when it was asking $4,475,000. No. 4 was listed earlier this month. 

The townhouse at No. 2 Strong Place is about 4,000 square feet over five levels. The garden level has the kitchen and dining area that looks out through double height windows onto the garden. The parlor level has two living rooms and a wet bar. The master bath and second bedroom are on the next floor up, and two more bedrooms are above. The top level can be used as a home office or study, according to the listing.

To put the price in perspective, the current Cobble Hill record holder is 305 Degraw Street, the 6,000-square-foot carriage house with a modern renovation and green wall that recently closed for $7,000,000. A double-width Greek Revival mansion at 491 Henry Street sold for $6,750,000 in 2013, and a beautifully renovated and grand Italianate at 233 Warren Street on a double lot with a carriage house went for $6,050,000 in 2012.

Click through to see a new rendering of the kitchen as well as other renderings that came out in August. Do you think they’ll get their ask?

2 Strong Place [Brennan Realty]
Strong Place Townhouses Coverage
[Brownstoner] GMAP


119 Pacific Street Combo

This floor-through apartment at 119 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill slips in under the million-dollar mark with an asking price of $995,000. The layout is exactly what you’d expect from a townhouse apartment: living room in front, kitchen and bathroom in the middle and two bedrooms (one big, one small) in the back.

This one’s in nice shape with original details and a nicely modern kitchen. Monthly maintenance is $795.

119 Pacific Street, #3 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP


The 6,000-square foot Cobble Hill townhouse with a modern renovation and a green wall at 305 Degraw Street that has been on the market for over a year has finally sold for $7,000,000, according to Curbed. The sale surpasses the previous record holder for Cobble Hill, a renovated Italianate at 233 Warren Street on a double lot with a garage, which sold for $6,050,000 in 2012. 491 Henry Street, a Greek Revival mansion purchased by Rag & Bone co-founder Marcus Wainwright and model Glenna Neece for $6,750,000 in 2013.

The house at 305 Degraw Street was initially asking $8,000,000, so the house sold for $1,000,000 off ask. It was also one of Brooklyn’s most expensive rentals for a while, with a price tag of $25,000 a month. It has a garage, a glass suspension skywalk, a dishwasher with a 14-minute cycle, and an elevator. Michael Ingui of Baxt Ingui Architects designed it. The sale has not yet hit pubic records.

Cobble Hill House With Huge Plant Wall Finds a Buyer for $7 Million [Curbed]

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Stribling has launched sales for eight new condos at 173 Amity Street in Cobble Hill, a limestone multi-family built in the late 19th century. Developer Lonicera Partners is gut renovating the nine existing apartments into eight two- and three-bedrooms, with two units occupying each floor of the four-story building. Four listings are up so far, with three two-bedrooms priced from $1,725,000 and a three-bedroom priced at $2,245,000.

Designed by PKSB Architects, units feature Bosch appliances, walnut and white lacquer cabinets, white ash hardwood floors, bay windows and marble bathrooms. One of the top floor apartments features a roof deck, and each unit has private storage, central A/C and a washer/dryer. A three-bedroom is already in contract, and closings are expected to start in late 2014.

The entire building last sold in 2012 for $4,525,000. Click through for interior renderings.

What do you think of the design and prices?

173 Amity Street [Official] GMAP
173 Amity Street Listings [Stribling]



One of the three Strong Place townhouses, No. 4, is back on the market and asking $4,850,000. That’s $900,000, or almost a million, more than when it debuted as a pre-construction sale in early 2013 for $3,950,000.

All three properties are still under construction but expected to wrap soon. All three were on the market for a few months in early 2013.

2A entered contract in January this year when it was asking $4,475,000. A new listing for No. 2 is expected to go up shortly.

Designed by CWB Architects and approved by Landmarks, the townhouses have a traditional exterior and modern interiors. They were developed by Brennan Realty, which is also marketing them. Click the listing to see the floor plan and more interior and exterior images.

4 Strong Place Listing [Brennan Realty]