08/22/14 4:00pm

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

08/11/14 11:30am


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

08/05/14 4:00pm

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…)

07/03/14 1:30pm

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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

07/01/14 3:00pm

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…)

06/30/14 1:30pm

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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

06/16/14 9:30am

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

06/06/14 9:30am

Flatbush’s Caledonian Hospital has finally been reborn as rentals, and leasing began this week with updated listings and interior photos. 123 on the Park has 11 listings up so far, ranging from $2,200 for a studio to $3,800 for a three-bedroom, Curbed reported. Aptsandlofts.com, which is handling the leasing, told Curbed more than 3,000 people had signed up for the development’s wait list.

Amenities include a roof deck, courtyard, yoga room, gym, media room and doorman. The apartments feature hardwood floors, stone countertops, central air, washer/dryers and stainless steel appliances. The windows are six over one.

Check out more interiors after the jump. What do you think of the look and the prices?

123 on the Park Reveals Interiors, Officially Launches Leasing [Curbed]


05/06/14 11:00am

Sentinel Real Estate, one of the largest apartment rental companies in the U.S., snapped up five rental buildings in Prospect Park South and one in Flatbush for $42,500,000, sources told The Real Deal. The deal closed April 29 and includes 261 units spread across four elevator buildings and two walkups.

The properties are 165 East 19th Street, 146 East 19th Street, 120 East 19th Street (pictured), 287 East 18th Street, 259 East 18th Street and 2105 Foster Avenue. Average rents in the buildings range from $870 a month at 146 East 19th Street to $1,344 a month at 2105 Foster Avenue.

The sellers were partners Pinnacle Group and Hudson Realty, who own at least 20 properties throughout Crown Heights and Prospect Park South.

Sentinel Real Estate Adds in NYC with $43 Million Brooklyn Buy [TRD]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

04/28/14 10:00am

Listings have gone live for Chetrit Group and Clipper Equity’s conversion of the old Caledonian Hospital into rentals at 123 Parkside Avenue in Flatbush. Aptsandlofts.com is marketing 11 of the development’s planned 120 apartments, and fresh interior renderings have emerged. Leasing has not yet launched, but interested renters can sign up for more information on the building’s website.

Studios start at $2,099; one-bedrooms from $2,300; 1.5 beds from $2,650; two-bedroom, two-bath apartments from $3,250; and three-bedroom, two-baths at $3,800. The Karl Fischer-designed 123 on the Park features amenities that include a rec room, common roof deck, courtyard, media room, children’s play room, gym, yoga room and doorman.

So far, only renderings of the common areas are up, but what do you think of the look and the pricing? Click through the jump to see more renderings.

123 Parkside Avenue Listing [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
New Rendering out for Flatbush Conversion [Brownstoner]
Pricing Revealed for Rentals in Hospital Conversion in Flatbush [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Karl Fischer via Aptsandlofts