154 Lenox Road

Most likely setting a record for the neighborhood, this detached frame house at 154 Lenox Road recently sold for $3,550,000. The sale hit public records earlier this month. The two-and-half-story house is large for Brooklyn at a hair over 3,000 square feet. And it has a garage in the back.

But we’re willing to bet it’s not the spacious wraparound front porch or whatever period details remain inside that helped this seller get such a high price. (more…)


The Flatbush development wave hits again. As reported last month by NY YIMBY, Boaz Gilad of Brookland Capital is building a seven-story, 66-unit apartment building at 88-92 Linden Boulevard.

No demolition permits or applications for new buildings have yet been filed for the site, though Gilad told NY YIMBY that he’d do it this month. Gilad paid $2,070,000 for No. 88, the turreted one on the right, in May. His purchase of No. 92, on the left, has yet to hit public records.

A tipster in the neighborhood sent Brownstoner pictures showing that a green construction fence recently went up around the two turn-of-the-last-century houses currently on the site, between Rogers and Bedford Avenue. The houses both feature some interesting architectural details that we’ll be sad to see go.

Interior shots of the homes and more information on Brookland Capital after the jump. (more…)


Brooklyn’s wave of development just made a big splash in Flatbush, where a no-name developer is demolishing three houses — including a unique faux French chateau — to make way for a 69-unit apartment building.

The new building, whose address will be 200 Linden Boulevard, will have 69 apartments and a day care facility. It will be eight stories tall and cover four wide lots. The architect is the emerging Charles Mallea — more about him in a moment.

A Brownstoner reader caught the biggest of the three houses in mid-demo Thursday and sent us these photos. He said of the faux French chateau, a Brownstoner Building of the Day in 2011:

Was going down Linden Boulevard today and noticed a standout building being torn down. 210-212 Linden Boulevard was a really magnificent mansion at some point. It has unfortunately gone under the knife many times since the early days, and was being used as a doctor’s offices most recently. Well, sadly, the building (along with the two next to it) is being wiped off the face of the earth.


685 East 18th Street1

This shingled turn-of-the-last century standalone house at 685 East 18th Street in Flatbush’s Midwood Park has a wraparound porch, garage, and plenty of room. Close to Brooklyn College, it was designed by architect Benjamin Driesler and built in 1907, according to the listing.

Inside, we see a fireplace, stained glass, built-ins, a coffered ceiling in the dining room, and an updated kitchen and baths. There are five bedrooms and 2.5 baths. (more…)

Polo at PP, composite

We continue our weeklong look at Brooklyn’s greatest treasure, Prospect Park.

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

The first polo game in Prospect Park was played on June 11, 1879. It was between the Westchester Polo Club and a club from Queens.

Up until that day, “polo” had a totally different meaning to Brooklyn’s sports lovers. It meant ice polo, a game we now call hockey. It had been played in Brooklyn for several years, inaugurated by the Crescent Athletic Club and other well-to-do sports clubs.

They played in the Clermont Rink in Fort Greene, against clubs from nearby colleges like Yale and Columbia as well as other sports clubs.

As Brooklyn was getting richer, so too were her sports. Polo, the game with horses, had been played in Persia for centuries. A version of it traveled to the east, and was in play for hundreds of years in India before it was encountered by bored aristocratic British officers stationed there in the middle of the 19th century.

Two British soldiers started a polo club to introduce the sport — basically hockey on horses — to their countrymen, and the game took off and has been popular ever since.  (more…)

96 Parkside Ave, Peristyle, SSpellen 1

We continue this week’s look at Brooklyn’s natural treasure: Prospect Park. Summer is coming!

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Prospect Park Peristyle, aka Grecian Shelter, aka Croquet Shelter
Address: 96 Parkside Avenue
Cross Streets: Park Circle and Ocean Avenue
Neighborhood: Flatbush
Year Built: 1905
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: McKim, Mead & White
Other Works by Architect: In Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum, Grand Army Plaza park entrance, and other entrances and structures within Prospect Park (Stanford White)
Landmarked: Yes, individual landmark (1968)

The story: Who doesn’t love this Classical Greek inspired structure? For many people, Prospect Park begins and ends on the Park Slope side, but other parts of the park have some of the best goodies, some hidden, and some, like this shelter, in plain view.

And to learn that it was designed by one of the finest architectural firms in the history of American architecture is just icing on the cake. As summer rapidly is upon us, let’s take a look at this wonderful folly on the Flatbush side of the park. (more…)

2527 Church Avenue

Development could be coming soon to this modest three-story building and adjacent vacant lot in Flatbush. Both lots sold to an LLC for $600,000 in November.

Now the parcel is for sale as a development site, and the new owner is asking $2,029,000 — quite an increase in just a few months. Epic Commercial Realty is the agent. (more…)


What did your Brooklyn row house look like originally? What year was it built? Who was the architect? Was it a two-family, one-family or something else? These are all questions original blueprints can answer. You may want to know because you are renovating, you have a passion for old houses, you are a new owner or you’re just curious.

Finding your original blueprints requires some legwork, ingenuity and persistence, as Brownstoner reader chemosphere recently discovered when researching his house in Flatbush.

He posted about the process, what he found and questions about the 100-year-old shorthand he was trying to decipher in a few separate posts in the forum. He has kindly allowed us to use those posts and the pictures of the blueprints he found to discuss in more detail how to find and read your original blueprints. (more…)

Erasmus high school

Atlantic Yards watchdog and blogger Norman Oder will be leading a Municipal Arts Society walking tour of Flatbush this weekend. “Generations in Flatbush” will cover a lot of ground both metaphorically and literally.

Participants will get to check out the West Indian part of Flatbush Avenue and landmarks such as Kings Theatre and Erasmus High School (pictured above). The tour will also include the Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces Historic District and the large detached houses of Prospect Park South. “Please note that this tour moves at a brisk pace,” says the writeup. (more…)


Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will be honored at the Flatbush Development Corporation’s 40th anniversary gala at the recently restored Kings Theatre Wednesday night. Markowitz is a founding member of the organization and was instrumental in the restoration of the theater, which the Flatbush Development Corporation helped save from the wrecking ball in the 1970s.

The event is a fundraiser for the community organization, and tickets are still available. (more…)


A wood frame house at 157 Erasmus Street in Flatbush was recently listed for sale as a development site asking $2,500,000. The home, which could date from the mid-19th century, sits on an oversized lot measuring 50 by 142.08 feet — catnip to developers.

The R6 zoning and 2.20 FAR would allow a developer to replace the house with a 15,629-square-foot rental or condo building.

This lot will likely join others in what is a bit of a building boom on this tiny street (Erasmus runs only between Bedford and Nostrand). (more…)