04/18/14 2:00pm

A tipster sent along these photos of Tripp & Cooper Cafe in Fort Greene, which the city closed Tuesday for operating without a permit. The cafe and coffee shop at 80 Dekalb Avenue, across the street from the Long Island University campus, opened in the fall of 2012. It served crepes, coffee, sandwiches and pastries. Click through the jump to see the health department notice. GMAP


04/16/14 1:30pm

Although obviously in need of work to turn it into living space, this has got to be one of the coolest properties for sale we’ve ever seen. There’s tons of curb appeal (or will be, pending a fresh paint job), beamed ceilings, arched windows and doors, diagonal floors and three skylights in this seemingly untouched Fort Greene carriage house.

It’s commercial property with no residential certificate of occupancy, and it may have been vacant for many years. There was a vacate order in 1986, and it appears to have been owned by the City for more than two decades. The title passed to a bank in 2010; we wouldn’t be surprised to find there was a sale so recent it hasn’t yet hit public records.

The price was recently reduced from $1,900,000 to $1,700,000. (That’s about $809 a square foot.) We think it would make a great restaurant — or a home. What would you do with this place if it were yours?

10 St. Felix Street [Corcoran] GMAP

04/16/14 12:15pm

This three-bedroom near the Navy Yard is reasonably priced and close to Fort Greene Park. The 1,250-square-foot apartment has a nicely sized living and dining space with newly refinished hardwood floors.

There’s a washer/dryer in the basement and a shared backyard, as well as parking for a “low monthly fee.”  But despite the proximity to the park, the location has a few drawbacks: It’s down the block from the BQE and at least eight blocks from any train line. What are your thoughts on it for $2,900 a month?

119 Carlton Avenue, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP

04/10/14 12:15pm

This three-bedroom, two-bath upper duplex in Fort Greene is attractively renovated and offers plenty of living space. The 1,300-square-foot apartment has beamed ceilings, original marble fireplaces, and a private entrance.

There’s an eat-in kitchen and a relatively large living room, as well as two nicely sized bedrooms upstairs with big closets, according to the listing. The kitchen has new appliances, and there’s a washer/dryer in the unit. Plus it’s a convenient location — close to Atlantic Terminal and not too far from Fort Greene Park.

And it’s FRBO, so no brokers’ fees! What do you think of it for $4,650 a month?

135 St. Felix Street, #2 [FRBO] GMAP

04/09/14 1:30pm

The four-story brick house at 64 South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene has been updated but many of its Greek Revival-Italianate features are still visible, including the distinctive window and door surrounds, black marble mantels, stair newel post and decorative plaster ceilings.

Some of the floors are new but have inlaid Greek key borders. The owner’s kitchen is a little generic but both it and the baths are renovated. The house is configured as two floor-through market-rate rentals over an owner’s duplex. The listing says it can be delivered vacant or not, as the buyer wishes. It’s also close to the park. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,450,000?

64 South Portland Avenue [Etage Real Estate] GMAP

04/03/14 2:00pm


Kinjo opened last week at 1 Greene Avenue at the corner of Fulton and South Oxford in Fort Greene. The restaurant serves a fusion of Japanese, Asian and Western dishes, including fresh seafood, as well as cocktails and sake.

Menu items include an oyster of the day, shrimp cocktail, sushi, a mini corn dog, pork belly confit cooked on a hot stone, and mochi ice cream. Has anyone tried it? GMAP

04/02/14 1:30pm

The gut renovation of the abandoned SRO at 23 St. Felix Street in Fort Greene that we have written about before is finished and on the market. The rehab took almost two years, the owner told us, and the “virtually staged” photos reveal a blend of modern and traditional elements inside and out.

With arched front door and Neo-Grec brownstone exterior, the house has a lot of curb appeal. Inside there are new oak floors, more arched doors, a modern style metal staircase,  a new mantel, modern kitchen and central air.

It’s set up as an owner’s triplex over a duplex. The ask is $2,959,000. Think they’ll get it?

23 St. Felix Street [Corcoran] GMAP

04/02/14 10:00am

The skeleton of eight stories has risen so far for John Catsimatidis’ 15-story development at 81 Fleet Place in Fort Greene, the second of four buildings the billionaire has planned for Myrtle between Ashland Place and Flatbush Avenue Extension. The DOB issued building permits for the grocery store mogul to construct a 172,785-square-foot building with 205 units a year ago.

There will also be 13,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, 138 subterranean parking spaces, 12 above ground parking spots, storage for 103 bikes, a lounge, exercise room, laundry and various recreation spaces. Dattner Architects is still the architect of record on the project, which will include studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Fleet Place Building Site Hits Water? [Brownstoner]
Permits Granted for Catsimatidis’ Fleet Place Build [Brownstoner]

04/01/14 4:00pm

FGA house tour postcard4A

After a hiatus, the Fort Greene house tour is back and will take place May 4. The theme is “At Home With the Arts.” Houses include one that appeared in “Girls,” and another with three floors of glass walls for light and views. Also open to tour takers will be Urban Glass, BRIC’s new TV studios designed by Thomas Leeser and the Mark Morris dance studio.

The tour starts at the side plaza of Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center at 262 Ashland Place near Fulton Street. Tickets are $25 in advance from www.fgahousetour.org and $30 on the day of the tour.

Image by Fort Greene Association

03/26/14 10:45am


The development at 66 Rockwell Place has re-opened its application process for affordable apartments with a new deadline of April 19. In addition, details about the apartments and eligibility criteria have changed.

Previously published details were incorrect and for a different building, according to an email from Community Board Two we received last night. However, only current residents of the Community Board Two area are eligible to apply. The previous round of applications started in 2013 with a deadline of May 21.

Click through to the jump to see revised details about apartment sizes, availability and income ranges. Applications are available from CMP Consultants here. Applications must be sent by regular mail only and postmarked no later than April 19. (more…)

03/25/14 3:00pm

104-106 S. Oxford St. NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Storefront wood-framed houses
Address: 104-106 South Oxford Street
Cross Streets: Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: Late 1860s
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: Builder perhaps Wright and Brook, who had offices here
Landmarked: No

The story: Fort Greene began as farmland, but by the 1840s, the four largest landowners began selling off more and more of it for residential development. By the Civil War, frame houses and small masonry buildings began being built on the newly laid out streets. The building boom in the neighborhood really took off after the war, as Brooklyn began spreading east towards Clinton Hill and Bedford. South Portland, South Oxford and Clermont Streets soon became the wealthy heart of the Fort Greene neighborhood. The buildings closer to Fulton Street were always a bit less grand, but South Oxford, near Fulton, was still a fine address to have.

These buildings were built as twins, probably just after the war. The first ads in the Brooklyn Eagle show up in 1867. They may have been built by Wright and Brook, builders. The houses may have originally been row houses without storefronts, but the storefronts were in place relatively early in the buildings’ histories. There are ads from 1867 advertising for servants and borders, and also ads in 1871 advertising for Wright and Brooks. In 1886, Mr. William W. Brook received a permit to put stone fronts on his carpenter’s shop at these addresses. It cost him $1,533.00 (more…)