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An unnamed real estate firm is setting up shop at 11 Greene Avenue, a worker inside told us when we stopped by recently. This is in one of the 19th century storefronts in three Italianate row houses near the intersection of Fulton Street in Fort Greene.

Unfortunately, the new cement window surround looks out of place, but at least it didn’t replace anything historic. The retail space, previously the longtime home of Jessy’s House of Styles unisex salon and barbershop, had a modern metal facade. GMAP

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You can’t celebrate Brooklyn or 10 years of Brownstoner without the Williamsburgh Bank building, one of Brooklyn’s greatest structures.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building
Address: 1 Hanson Place, corner of Ashland Place
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1927-29
Architectural Style: Art Deco, with Byzantine and Romanesque influences
Architect: Halsey, McCormack & Helmer
Other buildings by architects: Central Methodist Church, next door, redo of Former Dime SB at Fulton Mall, Former Kings County SB at Nostrand and Eastern Parkway, former Brevoort SB on Fulton Street, Bed Stuy.
Landmarked: Yes. Brooklyn Academy of Music HD,1977. Bank interior, lobby, landmarked in 1996.

The story: Like thousands of Brooklynites who worked or walked in the area, I used this building hundreds of times to check the time. My mother’s dentist was in this building. For many people, this building IS Brooklyn, almost as much as the Brooklyn Bridge is. For many years, Brooklyn’s tallest building, (second now, thanks to the Brooklyner) the Williamsburgh Bank Building is an icon of our borough, as well as one of New York City’s most beautiful skyscrapers.

The firm of Halsey, McCormack and Helmer produced some great bank buildings, not only in Brooklyn, but also the Dollar Savings Bank in the Bronx, and the Greenwich Savings Bank on 57th Street in Manhattan. The firm organized in 1920, with Hayward Halsey, a developer, former banker George H. McCormack, and architect Robert Helmer, who took charge of the design office, and is responsible for actually designing all of their buildings. If you think about it, this partnership was perfect. Banker McCormick was well-connected to the industry, and could get their foot in the door. He also knew intimately what was needed in the design of a proper bank. Helmer designed, and Halsey got it built.
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102 Gates AveClinton Hill
102 Gates Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,350,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00
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396 Vanderbilt Ave

Fort Greene
396 Vanderbilt Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $2,300,000
Sunday 1:30 – 3:00
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470 MacDonoughBed Stuy
470 MacDonough Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,425,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30
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67 East 2nd StWindsor Terrace
67 East 2nd Street
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $989,000
Saturday 1:00 – 2:30
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8 Vanderbilt

Construction is moving along in the next phase of the massive Navy Green mixed income housing development. It looks like five or six stories out of 12 have gone up so far at this condo building at 8 Vanderbilt Avenue at the corner of Flushing Avenue. It will have 98 income-restricted and market rate condominium units available. The bulk of the units, 74 of them, will be sold at prices affordable to moderate and middle income households. The rest, 24, will be sold at market rates. It will also have 1,600 square feet of retail space facing Flushing Avenue. Next to the building on Vanderbilt, 23 market rate townhouses are planned as well.

The Navy Green development is a block-sized mixed income residential (both rental and condo) and retail complex that has been in the works for over a decade and has cost over $85,200,000 in city and state funds. The first tenants moved into their income-restricted rental units at 45 Clermont Avenue in December of 2012. The project takes up the entire block between Park Avenue and Flushing Avenue Clermont Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue. When it’s complete, Navy Green will have 400,000 square feet of residential space.

Navy Green Developers File Permits for Townhouses Near Navy Yard [Brownstoner]
City, Developers Cut Ribbon at Navy Green Development in Ft. Greene
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Developers Receive an Award for Navy Green Project [Brownstoner] GMAP

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The two Carlton Mews projects in Fort Greene that have been under construction for years are wrapping up and looking spectacular, in our opinion. Isn’t it wonderful what landmarking can do?

In September we brought you a sneak peak of both projects. Now a reader sends in more photos.

At 225-233 Carlton Avenue, we have five brand new townhouses, all built in a 19th century traditional style in keeping with others in the area. They are looking very credible, as far as we’re concerned. The contractor used a mix of original and new bluestone to create the bluestone sidewalk in front of them. Each will feature a triplex above a garden floor rental, according to our tipster.

These are scheduled to wrap in December, according to the construction sign.

Meanwhile, the conversion of the church at 232 Adelphi Street is also nearing the finish line. Both projects, which have different owners, will be on the market in a few months, our tipster said. The church will have 12 apartments, ranging from studios to a three-bedroom duplex. In the clock tower is a kitchen with a 25-foot ceiling!

Click through to see a few more photos. What do you think of the developments?

Carlton Mews Church Restoration Revealed! [Brownstoner]  GMAP
Carlton Mews Townhouses Near the Finish Line [Brownstoner]
Carlton Mews Coverage [Brownstoner] (more…)

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Another day, another $1,000-a-foot listing. This 16th-floor pad at the Forte in Fort Greene has a couple of bedrooms and bathrooms as well as great views of Manhattan. It’s also full of right angles, unlike many units in the building. The asking price for the 1,007-square-foot condo is $1,050,000.

230 Ashland Place, #16H [Town Residential] GMAP

126 St. Felix St. BMS, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Brooklyn Music School
Address: 126 St. Felix Street
Cross Streets: Lafayette Avenue and Hanson Place
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: Original houses- 1850s, but totally reconfigured in 1920-1928
Architectural Style: Vaguely Mediterranean/Spanish Revival
Architect: Original architect unknown, 1920 reconfiguration by Meyer & Mathieu, 1928 addition by John Infanger of Slee & Bryson.
Other buildings by architect: Hans Meyer taught architecture in NYC schools, and is on record for alterations at Tudor City in Manhattan.
Landmarked: Yes, part of BAM HD

The story: Sandwiched in between the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Hanson Place Methodist Church is the Brooklyn Music School. This venerable institution is almost always forgotten when most people think about Fort Greene and its arts institutions, which is really a shame, as it has a long and proud history in the Brooklyn community. Many well-known musicians and performers got their start here, either as children taking lessons, or as emerging young artists taking the professional stage for the first time. This school should be as famous as its much larger next door neighbor. (more…)

100 Clermont Ave, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Public School 46, the Edward C. Blum School
Address: 100 Clermont Avenue
Cross Streets: Myrtle and Park Avenues
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1957-59
Architectural Style: Modern
Architect: Katz, Waisman, Blumenkranz, Stein, Weber Architects
Other Buildings by Architect: Coney Island Hospital, Wm Grady HS, Brooklyn; Castle Hill Houses, Bronx; “New Building” for Bellevue Hospital, among others
Landmarked: No

The story: After World War II, the Board of Education of the City of New York was as eager as anyone else to build new cutting edge buildings for this growing city. Under the leadership of Erik Kebbon, who was superintendent of school building from 1938-1952, and his successor, Michael Radoslovich, who had the position until 1969, the New York City School system ventured into the age of Modernism in its school, auditorium and athletic facility buildings. Many of the buildings built during this time were designed in-house, but especially under Radoslovich, outside architectural firms were encouraged to reinvent the modern public school. The days of Collegiate Gothic and Colonial Revival style schools were over. (more…)

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There are many things to love about this adorable Italianate wood frame at 164 South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, but the floor plan isn’t one of them. If money is no object, we’d rip out the top-floor kitchen and use the house as a one-family. If a rental is necessary, it really should be on the ground floor, since this is a center-staircase house.

We’d also put a nice big stove into that beautiful fireplace in the original kitchen. What do you think of the house and the ask of $2,055,000?

164 South Portland Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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A tipster sent us this photo of the restoration work under way at 232 Carlton Avenue, the once badly deteriorated St. Mark’s Protestant Episcopal Church where a conversion to 12 condo units has been in the works for years.

The developers “appear to be successfully repairing the stone on the church on the Adelphi side, which was the hottest of messes before,” the tipster told us. “I wouldn’t have thought it possible it could look so good. Real slate roof, copper details — bravo.”

The landmarked building is now known as Carlton Mews. It is related to the Carlton Mews townhouse development at 231 Adelphi Street where a worker was tragically killed in an accident in 2012, but the two sites have different owners.

Scaffolding Goes up at Carlton Mews Church Conversion in Fort Greene [Brownstoner]

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101 Lafayette Avenue may have the distinction of getting the most Co-op of the Day nods over the past 10 years. (Yes, it’ll be ten years next month.) Why? There aren’t many big prewar buildings in Fort Greene, and we’re suckers for the casement windows and other original details that these apartments have. Today’s listing, a second-floor studio, is pretty basic — one living room plus, presumably, a small kitchen and bathroom. The maintenance is $555 a month and the asking price is $350,000.

101 Lafayette Avenue, #2L [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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With kitchens on the third and fourth floors only, the layout of this circa 1870s Second Empire-style Italianate is eccentric to be sure. But there are grand proportions and plenty of original detail to work with, at least on the parlor floor.

It would be easy enough to create two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex simply by inserting a kitchen into the small room off the rear parlor. But more likely than not, the whole place probably needs the works, if the old baseboard outlets shown in the photos are any indication.

As far as we can tell from public records, 274 Vanderbilt Avenue doesn’t appear to be an SRO and hasn’t traded recently. With an ask of $2,695,000, think it’s worth renovating?

274 Vanderbilt Avenue [CORE] GMAP