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The original details are the main attraction at 29 Tiffany Place in the Columbia Waterfront District. This fifth-floor pad sports beautiful wood columns and ceilings (which are 11 feet high). The kitchen has also been well renovated recently. One drawback of the 862-square-foot unit is the fact that it has only one bathroom. The common charges are fairly low though — and it’s just around the corner from Pok Pok.

29 Tiffany Place, #5I [Halstead] GMAP

96-98 degraw street

A waterfront site at 96-98 Degraw Street has just sold for $2,100,000, according to TerraCRG, the agent on the deal. The property between Columbia and Van Brunt streets is 3,500 square feet, and the sale price works out to $326 per buildable square foot.

There are already plans for two three-story single-family homes clocking in at 3,000 square feet each, which were filed and disapproved in October 2012. “Townhouses in the neighborhood are in high demand, with sales in the area achieving well over $1,000 per square foot,” TerraCRG Senior Vice President Melissa DiBella said in a press release.

Photo via Google Maps

74-76 Union Street, KL, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 74-76 Union Street
Cross Streets: Van Brunt and Columbia streets
Neighborhood: Columbia Waterfront District
Year Built: 1850s
Architectural Style: Gothic Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: The Atlantic and Erie Basin docks, less than a block from these houses, brought prosperity and jobs to what was then called “South Brooklyn.” Goods came overseas and down the Hudson from the Erie Canal to Brooklyn’s piers, making this one of the busiest seaports in North America. The size and scope of Brooklyn’s waterfront activity cannot be emphasized enough – it was the fuel that made Brooklyn one of the largest and richest cities in America.

While the piers and ports were still relatively new, some of those who owned businesses on or near the water wanted to live close to work. The lower end of Union Street, which was named for the Union Stores, a warehouse complex near the docks, was developed initially as homes. The first houses were built in the late 1840s and early 1850s, and include these two houses. By 1887, city maps show masonry row houses stretching along this side of the street in one uninterrupted line from one end of the block to the other. Today, these houses are almost lone survivors. (more…)

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This garden two-bedroom in the Columbia Street Waterfront is newly gut renovated and comes with outdoor space. The rent seems kind of high, but it’s probably around market rate for the ‘hood. The kitchen has new stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, and the apartment has a washer/dryer and through-the-wall air conditioners installed in the bedrooms. There’s also a 200-square-foot private patio in the back, as well as a bike rack. Do you think $3,500 a month is fair?

142 Degraw Street, #Garden [Corcoran] GMAP

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The eco-friendly and pricey condo building at 255 Columbia Street seemed just about finished when we stopped by earlier this week. And unlike some new construction, it looks exactly like the rendering! The six-story, 13-unit Passive House building even features plant-filled window boxes on the balconies.

Designed by Loadingdock5 and developed by HPI Development, the energy-efficient development has triple-paned windows and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. Amenities include a landscaped common garden, a bike room and private storage for each unit.

Sales launched in September with prices ranging from $900,000 to $2,000,000, and only one is left — a two-bedroom, two-bath asking $995,000. The other 12 are in contract, according to brokers from Stribling. How do you like the look?

Sales Launch at Forthcoming Green “Boutique” Condo Building on Waterfront [Brownstoner]

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The sleepy Columbia Street Waterfront is getting a new casual dining option with Orchard Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant opening a week from Friday. The spot at 257 Columbia Street doesn’t have a finalized menu yet, but they plan to focus on locally sourced veggies, whole fish, lean meats and freshly squeezed juices.

Owner Julie Solovyeva also wants to serve beer, wine and spirits from Brooklyn and elsewhere in New York, as soon as the cafe’s liquor license is approved. Orchard will open next Friday, July 11, and plans to operate seven days a week from 7 am to 11:30 pm.

Click through to see what the interior looks like!

Orchard Cafe Coming to Columbia Street Waterfront Soon [Brownstoner] GMAP


This two-bedroom, two-bath in the Columbia Street Waterfront district is newly renovated on top of being in a fairly recently constructed building, according to the listing. The pad doesn’t look huge but comes with sliding doors that open onto a fancy wrought iron balcony with views of Manhattan.

There’s also a deck on the other side of the apartment, according to the listing. The fourth-floor unit has central air, a jacuzzi tub, and new kitchen and baths. What do you think of it for $3,500 a month?

295 Columbia Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

The Brooklyn Greenway is expanding to Columbia Street between Degraw and Kane, and a desolate stretch of waterfront is about to get much greener. There’s already a protected bike lane on Columbia Street, but the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is going to begin landscaping the first part of the Columbia Waterfront Park.

They’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with spreading compost, laying seed, and covering the seeded area with jute mats. Volunteers will work under the direction of landscape architect and ecologist Bryan Quinn.

The park is part of the Initiative’s effort to restore native plant communities and the ecosystems they support. Interested volunteers can find RSVP details here on BGI’s website. Gardeners will meet Sunday morning at 10 am at the BGI offices at 153 Columbia Street. To see what the Columbia Street part of the Greenway looks like now, click through the jump.

Rendering by Rogers Marvel Architects for Brooklyn Greenway Initiative


The Brooklyn Home Company broke ground recently on a four-unit condo building at 84 Congress Street in the Columbia Street Waterfront District. A joint venture with MESH Architectures, this project looks nothing like Brooklyn Home Company’s conversions in historic buildings we wrote about last week, as a rendering on the fence shows.

Designed by Mesh Architecture, the 6,720-square-foot building between Columbia and Hicks Streets will have four duplexes, basement storage, a one-car garage and a private roof terrace for the penthouse. Although the rendering shows six stories, including a set back, the permit specifies five.

A new building application was filed over a year ago, but the DOB didn’t issue permits until January 24. Brooklyn Home snapped up the small property for $1,550,000 in October 2012, public records show, with a one-story factory on the lot, now demolished.

A few blocks away there is a green condo building under construction. The building at 84 Congress will take nine months to a year to complete. Thanks to a tipster for sending in the rendering. What do you think of the design? GMAP

Development and architectural firm The Brooklyn Home Company has seven projects under construction in various Brooklyn neighborhoods, including brownstone condo conversions, new condo developments and townhouse renovations. Brooklyn Home principal and developer Bill Caleo sent us a full list of the developments, their progress and renderings for four of them:

  • 256 Cumberland Street, a condo project (gut renovation with addition) will be complete in the next two weeks to a month. The brownstone facade has been fully restored. Attorney General approval is in process/imminent.
  • 77 Douglass Street, a condo project (gut renovation) will be complete around May 1. AG approval is in process.
  • 27 Lincoln Place, a luxury two-family townhouse (gut renovation and addition) will be complete around April 15.
  • 27 7th Avenue is a luxury two-family townhouse with garden rental and owner’s triplex (pictured above). The partial gut renovation will be complete around May 1. The front facade, which has details featured in the Landmark Preservation Commission handbook, has been restored.  The unusual building was designed by the same architect who built the church on Lincoln Place and 6th Avenue in Park Slope. There is lots of original detail on the interior as well, which has been restored.
  • 340 Dean Street, a condo project, broke ground recently. Brooklyn Home is currently building the foundation and estimates 11 to 14 months to completion.
  • 559-563 Carroll Street, a condo project broke ground recently. They are finishing up the foundation. Will finish up in 11 to 14 months.
  • 84 Congress Street, a condo project (and a joint venture between The Brooklyn Home Company and MESH Architectures) has broken ground. Will take nine months to a year to complete.
More renderings after the jump!
Renderings by Lily Barberich

Construction is chugging along at 255 Columbia Street, a Passive House boutique condo development with 13 units in the Columbia Street Waterfront neighborhood. Six of the building’s planned seven stories have risen so far, and alteration permits indicate the finished product will be 19,700 square feet.

HPI Development began marketing four of the units in October, and prices will range from $900,000 to $2,000,000. Designed by Loadingdock5, the super-insulated building will feature triple-paned windows and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.

Each condo has its own balcony. High-end details include 4-inch-wide American walnut flooring, honed white Carrara marble mosaic tile floors and Calacatta marble counters in the master baths.

255 Columbia [Building Site]
Sales Launch at Forthcoming Green “Boutique” Condo Building on Waterfront [Brownstoner]
Sokol Brothers Building on Columbia Street Leveled [Brownstoner] GMAP

A new farm to table cafe called Orchard is opening this spring at 257 Columbia Street in the Columbia Street Waterfront area. Owner Julie Solovyeva says the cafe will sell farm fresh produce,  locally sourced and homemade products and a selection of publications focusing on food, art and culture.

And to engage its neighbors in food policy discussion, the cafe will host a workshop program addressing issues like food sustainability and urban farming. Community Board Six has already green lighted the cafe’s liquor license application, which awaits approval from the state. Although Solovyeva had originally planned to open in March, she expects to open later in the spring. GMAP