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…)

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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…)


A glitzy 10,000-square-foot town house with parking in a former stable at 177 Pacific in Cobble Hill has set a new record for Brooklyn, closing for $15,500,000, The New York Daily News reported. That works out to about $1,550 per square foot, also very high for the area.

The property seemed an unlikely candidate to beat out the previous record holder, the landmarked Greek Revival mansion at 70 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights, where Truman Capote once lived, and which sold for $12,500,000 in 2012.

The building at 177 Pacific went on the market in October of 2013 while it was mid-construction with an ask of $16,000,000. “This property is in the final stage of a custom renovation so no photos yet,” said the listing at the time. Only three stories, it looks ordinary from the outside, although it is 27 feet wide.

Inside, the amenities seem likely to appeal to a celebrity. No information was revealed about the buyer. (more…)

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THE TRIBECA TRANSPLANTS who bought the wide brick row house in the heart of Cobble Hill knew from the outset there was no chance of a historical renovation. The four-story house had been broken up into three apartments and shoddily renovated in the 1970s.

“Almost nothing was original,” said Hope Dana of Platt Dana, the architecture team brought in to create a one-family dwelling and update the house from top to bottom. “There was no connection between the garden level and the parlor floor, all the brick was exposed, none of the fireplaces were working, and there was no original molding.” (The one exception was the molding around the arched entry doors at parlor level, which happily also remained.)

The parlor floor was one big room, with a tiny kitchen at the back. Yet the new homeowners “wanted to live in a traditional brownstone way,” said Dana, with two rooms on the parlor floor separated by pocket doors, and a kitchen on the garden level. (more…)

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This brick townhouse at 273 Warren Street in Cobble Hill is only 13.25 feet wide, but it’s opened up inside, and the rooms don’t look unusually narrow in the photos. It also benefits from having some nice historic details and an attractive renovation.

There’s a wood burning fireplace and built-ins, pretty patterned tile in the galley kitchen in an extension, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. It’s set up as a triplex over a garden floor rental, currently used as a playroom, according to the listing. (more…)


At a contentious meeting of the Cobble Hill Association Monday night, LICH developer Fortis presented plans for an as-of-right 44-story tower and other high-rise apartment buildings that would tower over Cobble Hill. Much of the area is landmarked and no more than four stories high.

Fortis also presented a second plan that would have slightly lower buildings but require a special zoning variance and formal public review, the Brooklyn Paper reported.

Curiously, the $240,000,000 sale has not yet closed, although it was supposed to April 30. A Fortis spokesman said the company expects the sale to go through in the next few weeks but did not explain the delay, said Brooklyn Paper. (more…)


Swallow Cafe will open its third outpost this week, this time in Cobble Hill, at 156 Atlantic Avenue, where the Lebanese restaurant Tripoli has been for decades. Tripoli is not closing; the two businesses will share the space, according to the signage in the window.

Swallow Cafe will serve breakfast and lunch in addition to coffee and other drinks. The cafe’s owner, Mike Saleh, anticipates opening Tuesday or Wednesday. In time, he hopes to start serving weekend brunch, he said.

Saleh was born and raised on Atlantic Avenue, and had always dreamed of operating a business near where he grew up, he told us. (more…)


This two-bedroom, one-bath co-op occupies the entire fourth floor of a Cobble Hill brownstone and has many charming details to boot. There are parquet floors, original shutters, a wood-burning fireplace, and a dining room.

The kitchen is new and features modern, high end appliances. It is distinct from the living room but not enclosed, and is quite spacious.

One possible deal breaker: The bathroom and second bedroom can be accessed only through the master bedroom. Perhaps the latter would work best as a home office or baby room.

What do you think of the apartment and its ask of $1,250,000?

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Interior photos by Corcoran; exterior photo by PropertyShark (more…)


Gardeners take note: The Cobble Hill Tree Fund is getting ready to host its annual plant sale next month. There will be perennials and plenty of annuals for both sun and shade, as well as herbs and vegetables.

Hanging baskets will also be available (hint: Mother’s Day is the weekend after the sale). And there will be a plant identification game for kids. (more…)