04/23/14 12:15pm

This three-bedroom condo for rent in Crown Heights seems perfect for a small family or roommates. It’s in a classic Art Deco apartment building, the Woodrow Wilson at 255 Eastern Parkway, that features storage, bike parking, landscaped gardens, a doorman and a live-in super.

The kitchen has some attractive features like a dishwasher, wine glass rack, wine fridge and a breakfast bar, and it’s separate from the dining area. The apartment has 1,350 feet of space, including a large living area that’s been sectioned off by a gigantic barn door, which could be taken down to give the place a roomier feel. What’s your opinion of it for $3,950 a month?

255 Eastern Parkway, #F-11 [Citi Habitats] GMAP

04/18/14 3:00pm

1635 Bergen St. GS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Berean Missionary Baptist Church
Address: 1635 Bergen Street
Cross Streets: Utica and Rochester Avenues
Neighborhood: Crown Heights/Weeksville
Year Built: 1894
Architectural Style: English Gothic
Architect: Benjamin Wright
Landmarked: No, but should be

The story: On August 11th, 1850, a group of Brooklyn abolitionists got together to found a great experiment; a fully integrated Baptist church congregation. Many of Brooklyn’s churches were nominally integrated, that is black people could attend many white churches. The black congregants were usually relegated to the back pews or the balcony, and did not participate in the social and fellowship activities of the church. They certainly did not become deacons or trustees, choir members or ministers. Although many white churches were bastions of anti-slavery activity, and lauded the fact that they hosted speakers like Frederick Douglass, and other black anti-slavery heroes, it was a fact of life that true social equality was a long time in coming, even in God’s house.

This new church was called Berean Baptist, and was originally a small wood-framed church in the vicinity of Prospect Place and Utica Avenue, a couple of blocks south of the present location. This part of Brooklyn was still largely unsettled land, except for the growing African American communities of Weeksville and Carrsville, which were settled by black folks beginning in the late 1830s. These were independent towns where black people could live on their own terms, with their own homes, businesses and institutions. (more…)

Kings County Penitentiary, 1906

On a chilly day in late November, 1905, thirty-six year old Benjamin F. Chadsey was taken to the Raymond Street Jail in Brooklyn. He had been brought back to New York from Indiana after being on the run for two years. In 1903, he faked his suicide, and disappeared on the evening before he was to go to trial on a charge of grand larceny. Chadsey had been one of Brooklyn’s up and coming legal talents, an aggressive and arrogant pitbull of a lawyer who loved his fancy clothes and his diamond jewelry. That was all showmanship, because he was also highly efficient and had a large private practice with a lot of clients. He was also a rising star in the jungle of Brooklyn politics, and was called upon often to stir up the Republican faithful with his gifts of oratory and persuasion. Benjamin Chadsey was the last person anyone would expect to be dishonest, or to run from his troubles. But here he was.

The man who had once sported bespoke suits with diamond stickpins and fingers glittering with diamond rings was now standing in handcuffs before a judge, surrounded by the police and District Attorneys who had to go out to the suburbs of South Bend Indiana to get him. The private detective, J. Edward Orr, who had tracked Chadsey down once before in San Francisco had found him again. But this was not the old Chadsey they knew. The man standing before them was sickly looking, emaciated and gaunt. He had shaved his signature moustache and would have looked years younger, had he not been looking over his shoulder for the last two years.

The judge stared down on him without a lot of pity. The charges against Chadsey were serious, but had he not skipped bail and disappeared, he probably would have been let off easy. Wealthy and well-connected men convicted of much larger thefts usually did not suffer the same consequences as those of lesser breeding. But faking your death, and thumbing your nose at the same authorities you once ate dinner with and invited to your home makes for bad feelings, and Brooklyn’s legal world was more than happy to throw the book at Chadsey. For the time being, though, they tossed him back in jail. (more…)

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

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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]

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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

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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]

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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

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