04/16/14 10:45am

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This one-story garage at 564 St. Johns Place between Franklin and Classon in Crown Heights will be demolished soon and replaced by a Karl Fischer-designed eight-story apartment building. A demolition application was filed on Monday, but the DOB didn’t approve it because the filing lacked a plan exam. Developer Rabsky Group is behind the development, which will have 172 units spread across 136,373 square feet, as we reported in December. GMAP

Eight-Story Karl Fischer Building Planned for Western Crown Heights [Brownstoner]

04/15/14 9:30am


Community Board 8 is holding an economic development forum to encourage business and jobs in Crown Heights and Weeksville. The forum is free and open to the public.

“The goal is to educate the community about strategies to invest and diversify investment options in CB8, look at what has been done and look ahead to what could be done,” said Atim Annette Oton, chair of board’s Economic Development Committee. “The board is looking to explore ideas to create businesses and jobs not just in retail and food but manufacturing in our M1 zone as well as attract other business types.”

There will be panels on real estate opportunities in the neighborhood, expanding the cultural assets of the area, and local businesses. Local business owners, including from Docklands and Franklin Park, and financial consultants will talk about the challenges and rewards of owning a business as well as offer advice. Representatives of Weeksville Heritage Center, Friends of Brower Park, Five Miles, Haiti Cultural Exchange, and others will talk about cultural development. There will also be speakers from the New York Business Development Corporation, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and Atlantic Avenue Industrial Center/Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center. The latter’s manufacturing space at 1102 Atlantic Avenue, pictured above, is scheduled to open next year. (more…)

04/14/14 10:45am

All the windows are in and the balconies are being installed at 500 Sterling Place in Crown Heights, where this seven-story luxury rental is inching closer to completion. The 77-unit development started construction last summer and will weigh in at 53,086 square feet when it’s finished.

Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture is the architect of record, and the building closely resembles her contrasting light and dark gray rendering. Amenities will include 39 subterranean parking spaces, ground floor recreational space, storage, private roof terraces and a 1050-square-foot common roof deck.

Construction signage says the Silverstone Property development will finish in February 2015, but we think it could be sooner than that.

Check out a side view after the jump.

Size of Luxury Rental Build in Crown Heights Doubles, Rendering Shows Boxy Build [Brownstoner]


04/14/14 10:00am

It’s been quiet recently at the partially demolished Fox Savoy Theater in Crown Heights, where the DOB  issued a full stop work order in late February. The BEST squad (Building Enforcement Safety Team) cited the project at 1515 Bedford Avenue for failing to brace part of the building. The stop work order was partially rescinded so that workers could install the bracing, but a partial stop work order is still in effect.

Once workers finish knocking down the grand old movie theater, a 10-story, 114-unit apartment building will rise in its place. The 90,806-square-foot development will include ground floor community space for a synagogue, bike storage, 30 underground parking spots, laundry and a roof deck, according to a building application that was disapproved in January.

The architect is Issac & Stern, who posted this rendering on their website. And the developer is Realty Within Reach, which manages several other Crown Heights buildings and is developing affordable housing nearby in Bed Stuy.

Click through the jump to see some more exterior renderings.

Huge Apartment Building to Replace Fox Savoy Theater in Crown Heights [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Issac and Stern


04/10/14 2:00pm

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Nostrand Avenue’s newest coffee shop, Tinto, is opening this Saturday afternoon in Crown Heights. There will be coffee, pastries, ice cream and other treats for anyone who stops by 715 Nostrand Avenue from 2 to 8 pm on April 12. NUNU chocolates can be ordered via email ahead of opening day at 10 percent off. Owners Johanna and Oscar are also holding an introductory class on cupping — coffee tasting — from 1 to 2 pm.

The class costs $15, and those interested in attending can register by emailing Johanna or Oscar at tintobrooklyn.com. The shop will serve and sell its own house blend roasted in Brooklyn. All the details on the ground opening are here on Tinto’s facebook page.

Tinto Cafe Opening Soon on Nostrand Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP

04/08/14 4:00pm

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Volunteers who’ve been trying to prevent a developer from demolishing a community garden in Crown Heights are hosting a fundraiser this weekend to raise enough cash for the property. The gardeners want to save Roger That Garden on Rogers Avenue and Park Place, which they’ve been cultivating since 2006. Developer TYC Realty bought the property’s tax lien in December, and garden organizers began raising money to buy the property in January.

One of the garden’s founders told Brooklyn Paper that they estimate the land is worth about $80,000. The group sent a $15,000 offer to the developer last week, but they don’t have that money yet. They hope to raise it through Fundly and a benefit party this weekend. The party will include food, drinks, a DJ and art for sale, as well as raffle prizes from local businesses. It will take place this Saturday from 7 to 11 pm at Shoestring Press, located at 663 Classon Avenue.

Volunteers Try to Save Crown Heights Garden From Demolition [Brownstoner]

04/08/14 12:15pm

This one-bedroom in Crown Heights might suit someone looking for a live/work space. There’s a brand new stove and oven, and we hope they’ll put in a fridge. The listing claims there’s a mezzanine, but we don’t see it in the photos.

It’s in a former mixed-use building with no residential C of O that appears to have been given residential status through the loft law, according to DOB records. No doubt you’ll hear the traffic and the LIRR rattling by outside, but it’s only half a block from the LIRR station and two blocks from the A/C at Nostrand. Do you think it’ll rent for $1,700 a month?

1236 Atlantic Avenue, #311 [Corcoran] GMAP

04/08/14 9:00am

Developer Brookland Capital gut renovated a castle-like multifamily building with turrets at 875 St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights, and transformed it into six condos that hit the market yesterday, according to Curbed. Inside, most of the house’s original detail is gone, but the condos have a bit of old-fashioned charm in restored stained glass windows, exposed brick, bay window dining nooks and new herringbone floors.

Asking prices start at $449,000 for a 560-square-foot one-bedroom and go as high as $659,000 for a 1,327-square-foot one-bedroom, two-bath duplex. Three of the units also have terraces.

Brookland bought the seven-unit apartment house last February for $1,400,000. Designed by Langston & Dahlander, the 3,872-square-foot building was constructed in 1891.

To see what the house looked like before the gut, click through to this old listing. And check out more interior photos after the jump. How do you like the way they turned out?

Crown Heights Castle-Turned-Condos Debuts From $449K [Curbed] GMAP
875 St. Marks Avenue Listings [Aptsandlofts.com]


04/03/14 10:00am

This rendering on the fence at 954 Bergen Street in Crown Heights shows the future of yet another Boaz Gilad development that recently started construction. Brookland Capital’s go-to architects, Issac and Stern, filed plans last year for a six-story, 38-unit building with 19 enclosed parking spaces on the first floor.

The DOB approved new building permits in late January, and two stories of the frame have risen so far between Bedford and Franklin Avenues. Construction photo after the jump. What do you think of the design?

Demo at 954 Bergen Street, Six-Story Apartment Building Coming [Brownstoner] GMAP


04/03/14 9:00am


Prices are up, crime is down, and business is booming in Crown Heights, according to an article in The New York Post. “Crown Heights’ reputation has greatly improved in the past two years, but it always boasted great housing stock,” said the Post.

The paper recounts the story of an artist, whom it calls a “pioneer,” who bought a brownstone in the neighborhood 12 years ago as a studio and investment property while living in Park Slope. Eleven years later, he and his family bought another townhouse and moved. They paid $400,000 for the first house, $840,000 for the second, and now “recently comparable brownstones have sold in the $1,200,000 to $1,600,000 million range,” said the story. As the years went by “there was a lot less crime, walking down the street was more comfortable. There were more shops opening. It just felt better,” he said.

Investors and developers are also doing more in the area, and land prices are up. More than 15 condo developments are currently in the works, with a seven-unit building at 875 St. Marks Avenue slated to open in the next two months with prices starting at $449,000 for a one-bedroom.

The story also notes that Brownstoner’s 1000 Dean Street office space will open this month, and Brooklyn Flea’s Berg’n beer hall and restaurant will open in May.

But, with brownstones in Fort Greene and elsewhere going for $3,000,000 and up, the neighborhood is still relatively affordable. “If you want a really classic Brooklyn brownstone, it’s one of the last affordable neighborhoods where you can get it,” the story quoted Douglas Elliman broker Alex Maroni as saying.

Brooklyn Neighborhood With a Bad Rap Finally Makes Good [NY Post]

04/01/14 10:00am

This three-story brick apartment building in western Crown Heights is getting an extra story, a side addition and a reworked facade, according to this schematic we found on the fence. Altogether, the building at 609 St. Johns Place between Franklin and Classon Avenues will get an additional 4,700 square feet of residential space and 13 units total, according to alteration permits filed last month.

When the renovation finishes, it will also have six enclosed parking spaces, a laundry room, 10 bike storage spots and a roof deck. The property last changed hands in December 2012 for $1,200,000, public records show. Check out a picture of the current building after the jump. GMAP


04/01/14 9:30am

The St. Ignatius Church and its community hall are in the process of being demolished at 267 Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights, where Curbed found this rendering on the fence. Building applications were filed last November to construct a five story, 165-unit apartment building, but they weren’t approved until last week.

Heights Advisors are the developers behind the 112,155-square-foot project, which will have 35 underground parking spaces and 48 open ones, a fitness room, laundry, rec room and roof terrace. The architects of record are Think Design and Architecture. Demolition photo after the jump.

What do you think of the building’s design?

Crown Heights Church-Replacing Apartment Building Revealed [Curbed] GMAP
Big Apartment Building Planned for Crown Heights South on Church Lot [Brownstoner]
Photos by Curbed