carlton mews church 232 adelphi street fort greene 82014

A reader sent us this photo of the Carlton Mews Church conversion at 232 Adelphi Street in Fort Greene, which is slowly becoming 12 condos. Last year, the DOB issued permits for a residential conversion, designed by RSVP Studio. Four of the units will be duplexes, and the cellar will have fitness and recreation rooms, according to Schedule A filings. (more…)

Cumberland front

A tipster let us know about a truly bizarre problem in their Fort Greene apartment building. Apparently someone in the building at 301 Cumberland Street has been dumping trash bags full of urine down the garbage chute. And these are not tiny trash bags, they are the kind used in kitchen garbage cans and they are half full of urine–yes we have a picture of the offending bags after the jump.

According to the tipster this has been going on since about November of 2013 with bag after pee-filled bag bursting at the bottom of the chute or leaking after it lands. The basement now reeks of urine and is becoming unusable. Unfortunately the building’s laundry room is also located in the basement. “Our basement has become a truly foul place to go,” said the tipster. (more…)

70 lafayette avenue fort greene 82014

This Fort Greene townhouse on Lafayette Avenue is divided up into two duplexes, each with two bedrooms, 2.5 baths and central air conditioning. Each unit has its own outdoor space. Its been recently renovated and there are no details that we can see left inside the home. Everything is new–floors, walls, moldings, recessed lighting. It sold in May of 2013 for $1,300,000 in what looks like an estate sale. It’s asking $3,499,000, quite a windfall for the seller, but that is not out of line with what townhouses are selling for in Fort Greene these days. What do you think of it?

70 Lafayette Avenue [Elliman] GMAP

55 Hanson Place, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Brooklyn Central Branch, YMCA, now NY State Office Building
Address: 55 Hanson Place
Cross Streets: Fort Greene and South Elliot Places
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1915
Architectural Style: Neo-Georgian
Architect: Trowbridge & Ackerman
Other Buildings by Architect: Park Slope YMCA, as well as apartment buildings in Manhattan, large mansions including Killenworth, in Glen Cove, as well as other mansions on Long Island, and in Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Indiana and more.
Landmarked: No

The story: Brooklyn’s first branch of the Young Men’s Christian Association was located on Fulton Street and Gallatin Place. It was founded in 1853 to provide shelter and spiritual education to young men, especially those without friends, shelter, or a church in the big city. By 1885, that building was way too small, and needed a larger branch. The YMCA had added a physical component to their organization, with physical education regarded as a vital component in raising up a generation of fit Christian men. (more…)

570 fulton street fort greene

Nonprofit SCO Family Services has put its three-story office building at 570 Fulton Street in Fort Greene up for sale, according to Crain’s and TerraCRG. The 26,388-square-foot building has 71,920 square feet of development rights for commercial or residential, or up to 86,300 square feet with an inclusionary housing bonus. (more…)

209 Clermont Avenue, Fr speaking Baptist, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Eighth or Simpson Methodist Episcopal Church, then Fort Greene Jewish Center, now French Speaking Baptist Church (Eglise Baptiste D’Expression Française)
Address: 209 Clermont Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner Willoughby Street
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1869-1870
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Mundell & Teckritz
Other Buildings by Architect: Poppenhusen Institute, College Pt. Queens. Mundell – Long Island Safe Deposit Co. in Fulton Landing. Williamsburg, Clermont and Park Slope Armories, row houses and other buildings in Brooklyn.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Fort Greene HD (1978)

The story: This church is one of Fort Greene’s most important and impressive churches. The structure is Brooklyn to the core, and represents a proud history of religious diversity in our city, as well as some fine architecture by two local architects.

The Eighth Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1851. The congregants were well-to-do businessmen and merchants who had begun to move into this newly fashionable neighborhood, as Brooklyn spread out from the confines of the Heights and Downtown area. Improved transportation and newly built homes brought them out here. Important institutions like churches were soon to follow. (more…)

181 clermont avenue fort greene 82014

It’s amazing that asking prices of $1,000 a foot in less-than-perfect locations elicit no more than a shrug at this point in the market. Yesterday’s Condo of the Day at 500 4th Avenue was one example. Today’s pick at Clermont Greene is another. Perfectly nice new construction with a little bit of outdoor space in a desirable neighborhood but not the creme de la creme. Size: 747 square feet. Asking price? $775,000. Conclusion: Prices have basically doubled since the last market bottom.

181 Clermont Avenue, #204 [Elliman] GMAP

155 lafayette avenue fort greene 82014

Here’s a sweet two-bedroom co-op for rent in the heart of Fort Greene. The 940-square-foot pad has a spacious living room with big windows, and a small but nicely updated kitchen with a skylight and stainless steel appliances. Both bedrooms are fairly large, and the building has a laundry room and bike storage. The only downside is that it’s a fifth floor walkup. Do you think it’s worth $3,300 a month?

155 Lafayette Avenue, #5B [Corcoran] GMAP