1212 ocean avenue kensington 112014

This two-bedroom co-op at 1212 Ocean Avenue in Flatbush doesn’t photograph well but that’s a good thing for buyers with a little vision. Beyond the clutter and flash lighting we see lots of prewar details and a lot of square footage (1,250) for the price ($285,000). In case you haven’t been following, $228 a foot for a prewar apartment is hard to find! Strong buy.

1212 Ocean Avenue, #6B [Fillmore] GMAP

144 martense street flatbush 112014

We dig the details and the seemingly low rent for this three-bedroom in Flatbush. There’s an attractive screen between the double parlors, and dark wooden panelling and moldings in the original dining room-slash-master-bedroom in the rear.

There are two large bedrooms that could fit queen size beds and one smaller one that could fit a full size bed, according to the broker. It’s a five-room apartment and all the bedrooms have windows, according to the listing, so that probably means one of the bedrooms, pictured above, doesn’t have a door.

The kitchen and bathroom aren’t updated, but they’re in good shape, the broker told us. I Do you think it’s a good deal for $2,200 a month?

144 Martense Street [Charles Rutenberg] GMAP

2224-2246 Vanderveer Pl, NS, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 2224-2246 Vanderveer Place
Cross Streets: Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street
Neighborhood: Flatbush
Year Built: 1914
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: Charles Infanger
Other Work by Architect: Mostly row houses in Crown Heights North, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Bedford and Stuyvesant Heights. Also Ridgewood, Queens.
Landmarked: No

The story: The more I learn about Brooklyn, the more I realize how much more there is to learn. This site tends to focus more on the traditional 19th century brownstone neighborhoods, plus Victorian Flatbush and the former industrial areas of Dumbo and Williamsburg, so sometimes the wonderful diversity of the housing stock in areas not covered above goes unnoticed. I am always happy to feature new designs and new concepts in traditional row housing, as we’ve got so much of it. The early decades of the 20th century provide the most changes in how row houses evolved in the city. (more…)

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…)

123 on the park 6

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…)

1709 glenwood road midwood 62014

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