2820-2900 Snyder Ave, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: NYPD 67th Precinct, FDNY Engine 248-Battalion 41
Address: 2820-2900 Snyder Avenue
Cross Streets: Nostrand and Rogers avenues
Neighborhood: Flatbush
Year Built: 1971
Architectural Style: Brutalist
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, both Brooklyn and New York City accorded their fire and police departments fine buildings. The philosophy was that these vital services reflected on the cities themselves, and should be architectural structures that did those cities proud. When visitors came here, any citizen, whether great or humble, could point to a police station or fire house and say, “This is what our city built for my safety and well-being. Aren’t they beautiful and impressive?”

When Brooklyn became part of Greater NYC, that tradition continued. Some of our finest architects vied for the privilege of designing stations that are today beloved and protected landmarks. These stations were so valued that despite changes in policing or firefighting, many of them were remodeled and are still in use. (more…)

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Half the apartments at the converted Caledonian Hospital at 123 Parkside Avenue in Flatbush have been leased, according to PR reps for the development. 123 on the Park, as it is known, kicked off leasing in early June with studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms priced between $2,200 and $3,800.

The seven-story, 119-unit building features a roof deck, courtyard, yoga room, gym, media room and doorman. Apartments have stone countertops, hardwood floors, washer/dryers, central air and stainless steel appliances. Developers are The Chetrit Group and Clipper Equity.

Flatbush’s 123 on the Park Starts Leasing [Brownstoner] GMAP
123 on the Park [Aptsandlofts.com]

2835 bedford avenue flatbush 82014

For apartment hunters looking for value, they could do a lot worse than to explore the part of Flatbush around Brooklyn College. There are lots and lots of prewar buildings and houses — and the campus itself is beautiful. This new listing at 2835 Bedford Avenue, for example, has 1,100 square feet of space and lots of original details. It’s only got one bathroom and a pretty unsexy kitchen but for $299,000, this appears to qualify as a good deal these days.

2835 Bedford Avenue, #4B [Corcoran] GMAP

kings theater restored ceiling matt lambros

After forty years of abandonment, the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush will re-open in January 2015 with newly restored interiors and 3,000 seats, according to a press release spotted by Gothamist. The theater will host more than 200 performances a year across a variety of genres, including comedy, theater, dance, and popular music. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the theater opened in 1929 and featured high curved ceilings, ornate plater walls, gold-leaf ornament and crystal chandeliers, all of which have been restored or faithfully recreated.

Martinez+Johnson Architecture, who have restored historic theaters across the country, are leading the two-year-long restoration project. The theater closed its doors in 1977, was acquired by the city in 1983, and sat collecting dust at 1027 Flatbush Avenue until restoration work began last year. GMAP

Loew’s Kings Theatre In Brooklyn Will Reopen Next Year [Gothamist]

Photo by Matt Lambros of After the Final Curtain via Facebook


A little gray wood frame house sandwiched between tall apartment buildings at 1191 Ocean Avenue in Flatbush has sold as a development site for $2,250,000. The 42.5-by-100-foot lot was on the market for less than four months and went $300,000 above ask, according to real estate firm TerraCRG, which brokered the sale.

Plans to replace the turn-of-the-last-century two-story house with a seven-story, 26-unit building have already been approved. A schematic can be seen on TerraCRG’s website. The property is located between Farragut Road and Glenwood Road close to Brooklyn College. It was delivered vacant. A demo permit was approved in May.

Photo by Google Maps

flatbush trees

Local blogger Tim Thomas, who writes the Q at Parkside, is raising money to refurbish the dented and aging “Flatbush Trees” at the corner of Flatbush Avenue, Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard. Thomas and the artist behind the sculpture, David Eppley, are seeking $10,000 for materials and equipment to build the project, which is called “Spring Comes to the Flatbush Trees.” (more…)

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The wraparound porch and the half-timbered dining room and halls in this standalone Midwood Park house are really striking. There are also other Tudor touches, such as diamond-paned windows on the upper floor and built-in window seats around the Arts and Crafts style brick fireplace, as well as neo-Classical columns in this late Victorian transitional house.

It’s also huge, with seven bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The kitchen has been renovated and has granite counters. The finished basement has a bar and laundry room. There’s also a big backyard. The listing says “needs TLC,” but the photos don’t show it. How do you like it and the ask of $1,445,000?

1709 Glenwood Road [Mary Kay Gallagher] GMAP

2549 Church Ave, GoogleMaps

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally John T. Gallagher Funeral Home, now Eglise Baptiste
Address: 2549 Church Avenue
Cross Streets: Bedford and Rogers avenues
Neighborhood: Flatbush
Year Built: 1931
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Architect: George J. Lobenstein
Other Buildings by Architect: Masonic Lodges and funeral homes in Brooklyn and Long Island
Landmarked: No

The story: Up until the 20th century, when you died, which was usually at home, you had your funeral in your parlor, and then the undertakers took your coffin to the cemetery, buried you, and that was that. This was the natural order of things for everyone, from the very rich to the working poor. Only the very destitute could not afford a home funeral, and were buried rather unceremoniously in Potter’s Field.

By the end of the 19th century, undertakers had become morticians, and more and more people were being embalmed before burial. This was the direct result of the Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. But unless you were famous or really important, the funeral was still at home. The undertakers took your body to their facilities, embalmed you, and then brought you back home for the viewing and funeral. They stood on hand to take the body to the cemetery later.

It really wasn’t until the 20th century that the modern funeral parlor and the “death industry” gained strength. As more and more people in cities moved from homes with large-ish parlors to smaller homes and apartments, it was more practical for people to have a funeral for a loved on somewhere else. Somewhere with more room, and out of the house. The funeral home was born, a one stop facility where a casket could be picked out, the body embalmed and gussied up for the funeral, a place to have the funeral or the wake, and a convenient area for the funeral directors to load the body into the hearse, and head on out for the funeral. (more…)

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Here’s a yellow-brick Renaissance Revival row house that seems relatively affordable in Flatbush. There seems to be some detail remaining on the parlor floor, including the staircase and a built-in in a niche in the dining room, although the photos are so small it’s hard to see.

There are no photos of kitchens or baths. It’s currently set up as an owner’s duplex over a rental in the English basement. Do you think the ask of $630,000 seems reasonable?

17 Fairview Place [Citi Habitats] GMAP

333 lenox road flatbush

Developer Self Help Community Services is going to build  a 13-story residential complex for low-income seniors next to SUNY Downstate Hospital in Flatbush. New building applications were filed last week for the non-profit development at 333 Lenox Road, which will have 58 units.

IBI Group is designing the 49,793-square-foot building. The development will also include 12 outdoor parking spaces, a roof deck, a computer room and community space. The lot currently has two small houses, and demolition permits have not yet been filed. Self Help bought the property for $999,995 in December 2012, according to public records.

As the Park Slope assisted living center Prospect Park Residence is in litigation over its planned closing, it’s encouraging to see more senior housing being built. GMAP

Photo by Google Maps