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Here’s a swanky two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent in the converted piano factory at 96 Rockwell Place in Fort Greene. The cement walls and glazed gray brick give it an industrial chic feel, and the wood-plank wall in one of the bedrooms is interesting too. There’s close to 1,200 square feet of living space and a private terrace. Bathrooms have attractive white subway tiling, marble floors and a double sink, and the kitchen is about what you’d expect for a luxury condo. There are also some unusual wall decorations; perhaps they can be painted over. Do you think it’ll rent for $4,500 a month?

96 Rockwell Place [Urban Compass] GMAP

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Yet another attractive Fort Greene brownstone has hit the market. This one at 96 Fort Greene Place is straight-up Italianate with classic features such as arched white marble mantels, elaborate crown molding, and what looks to be a now-enclosed tea porch in the back. It’s set up as an owner’s triplex over a garden-floor rental. What do you think of it for $2,800,000?

96 Fort Greene Place [Corcoran] GMAP

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This four-family brownstone at 26 South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene has lots of classic Italianate features, including carved white marble mantels, elaborate ceilings, gigantic interior doors with arched tops, and niches in the rear parlor (now a kitchen) with more charming plaster details.

The five-story house is set up as three floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex. This listing is only one week old, but we’re guessing the sellers already has offers, because the “final” open house is scheduled for Tuesday at noon, according to the listing on the Keller Williams website. Click through to it to see more photos.

What do you think of the property and the asking price of $3,450,000?

26 South Portland Avenue [Keller Williams] GMAP

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This Fort Greene Neo-Grec-slash-Italianate brownstone has some pretty marvelous original details, including elaborate ceilings and wedding cake plasterwork, a boldly carved marble mantel, and an unusual transom with what appears to be hand-cut wood applique decoration. There is also a wood burning fireplace.

From what we can tell from the photos, this house appears to be in pretty good condition on the inside, although it is in need of some work. A few big-ticket items are a new facade and windows, according to the listing. There’s an open house scheduled for Sunday.

The property has been on and off the market for years, and finally sold in a foreclosure auction in May for $1,700,000, as BK to the Fullest has detailed.

We’re sure it will be glorious when restored, but do you think the asking price of $2,600,000 makes sense?

306 Clermont Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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Now we know what the 19-story mixed-use tower planned for the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene will look like, courtesy of 6sqft. Goldstein Hill & West Architects are designing the relatively restrained-looking 160,000-square-foot building at 1 Flatbush Avenue.

The new high-rise will have 157 apartments spread across 123,000 square feet of residential space, in addition to 20,000 square feet of retail, according to permits filed in October. Twenty percent of the units, or about 31 rentals, will be set aside for affordable housing. The plaza in front of the building, known as Fox Square, will also get a facelift with new tables, chairs, water fountains and furniture.

Capstone Equities and Carlyle Group entered contract on the triangular lot in June for around $35,000,000, as the Post reported at the time. The site is currently home to a two-story commercial building, which houses several businesses including Cumbe African dance school, a bagel shop and Subway.

We think the design is good for such a high-profile corner close to Downtown. Click through for more renderings and an aerial rendering apparently meant to show how little 1 Flatbush will be compared to the giant towers sprouting around it.

Mixed-Use Development 1 Flatbush Avenue to Rise From Prominent Brooklyn Corner [6sqft] GMAP
Renderings by Goldstein Hill & West Architects via 6sqft; aerial rendering via City Realty



A reader told us well-regarded Lower East Side restaurant Gentleman Farmer is opening an outpost at 378 Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene. A quick check of Building Department records revealed that, indeed, chef and owner Karim Nounouh is behind a recent filing to restore the former cafe and candy store to a restaurant.

The space was previously Huey’s Chueys. Nounouh is known for turning out creative variations on classic French cuisine such as curried escargot from a tiny kitchen. We’re looking forward to this new venture. GMAP

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We’re not digging the renovation of this three-bedroom in Fort Greene with its patches of exposed brick, new doors and other incongruities, but it looks large and convenient and still retains some attractive prewar details. The built-in cabinet with stained glass in the living room is pretty. The 1,100-square-foot pad has stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, washer/dryer and stone countertops in the kitchen. The transit options are good: It’s a block from the G at Fulton Street and the C at Lafayette Avenue, and five blocks from all the trains at the Barclays Center. Do you think they’ll get their ask of $4,350 a month?

82-84 Lafayette Avenue, #1C [Corcoran] GMAP

Wash Hull, composite

This story is the stuff of novels and movies. A hometown boy, educated in Brooklyn schools, goes on to college and returns home, ready to perform Great Deeds in his chosen profession. He has some initial success working for the top company in his field, he gets married to a beautiful woman and has five lovely children, and he is recognized in his profession as a rising star. One day he is asked to join a competition. If he wins, he will achieve one of the greatest pinnacles of his profession’s success, and he will be a household name. Against all odds, and against incredible competition, he wins, and his name is plastered all over the papers. But before he can proceed with his project, he is shot down by political machinations, his name is stepped on, and his star falls rather rudely to earth. What happens next is both tragic and mysterious. That, in a nutshell, is the story of Brooklyn architect Washington Hull. (more…)

410 fulton street fort greene

A big mixed-use project at the corner of Fulton and Clermont Avenue, long in the works, moved forward today with a filing for a new-building permit — and Aufgang Architects is the architect of record. The details appear to match what developer GFI Capital told Community Board 2 in January, when the board renewed an approval for a land use variance for the project.

The filing is for 810 Fulton Street, a new address, currently one of the last undeveloped lots on Fulton Street in Fort Greene. The project, which is to connected to alterations to the forbidding gray building next door at 470 Vanderbilt Avenue, also owned by GFI Capital, will occupy 16 small lots on the wedge-shaped parking area between Clermont and Vanderbilt, pictured above, all of which will be merged into one tax lot.

Plans at 810 Fulton Street, as previously reported, call for a 12-story building with 363 apartments. The 327,000-square-foot development will have 34,308 square feet of ground floor retail. There will also be parking for 163 cars (79 stackers and five spaces), a laundry room, gym and children’s area, according to Schedule A documents. It will also have 85 affordable rentals, which is 23 percent of the 363 units, as previously reported.

Aufgang Architects, based in Suffern, N.Y., is also working on the adaptive reuse of the landmarked former Brillo pad factory at 200 Water Street in Dumbo. The Fort Greene project has been in the works since 2009.

Big Mixed-Use Development Planned for 470 Vanderbilt Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

373 Carlton Ave, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Private house
Address: 373 Carlton Avenue
Cross Streets: Lafayette and Greene avenues
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: Late 1860s
Architectural Style: Second Empire
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: Yes, Part of Fort Greene Historic District (1980)

The story: Unlike its next door neighbor, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene is not known for its mansions. Sure, there are a few pretty impressive row houses here that qualify as mansions in comparison to smaller houses, but as for large houses on large lots –- not so much. Fort Greene is largely a speculative row house neighborhood. But scattered here and there, you come upon surprises. Like this large brownstone mansion, one of the largest houses in the Fort Greene Historic District.

According to the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s report, the house was built in the late 1860s. In design, it is very much in keeping with urban mansions in Brooklyn, and is similar in design to houses of the same period in Clinton Hill, and elsewhere. It is a generous 36 feet wide and 45 feet long, on a 100 foot deep lot. (more…)

fort greene park tree lighting

Brooklyn neighborhoods are getting into the holiday spirit this weekend and next weekend with Christmas tree lightings in Crown Heights, Bed Stuy and Fort Greene. The first tree lighting will happen Saturday at 5:30 pm at Restoration Plaza, located at 1368 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy. Attendees can enjoy hot beverages, live jazz, sweets and a dance performance. On Sunday, Fort Greene will welcome the holidays with a tree lighting at 4 pm in Fort Greene Park, where there will be music, hot chocolate and snacks. And Crown Heights will host its holiday festivities in Brower Park next week. The tree lighting will take place on Wednesday, December 17 from 6 to 7 pm.