27 Gravesend Neck Road Brooklyn

Now’s your chance to live in a bit of Brooklyn history. The historic Hicks-Platt House aka Van Sicklen House aka Lady Moody House at 27 Gravesend Neck Road is up for sale.

The five-bedroom farmhouse is one of the oldest buildings in the city (hence all the time to rack up all those names) and is being put on the market just before the Landmarks Preservation Commission is scheduled to consider whether or not to designate the building as a historic landmark. Gothamist was the first to write about the listing.

The home will be considered on October 8 as part of a number of properties in Brooklyn that have been on the LPC backlog for years. It’s sometimes the case that worthy landmarks will stall in the designation process when they don’t have the owner’s backing — although we don’t know that’s the case here.

The home has a contested history. Lady Deborah Moody founded the village of Gravesend — the first English settlement in the New Netherlands — in 1643. This home sits within the original boundary of the village.

But did Lady Moody herself ever live there? Probably not. (more…)

C.R. Van Buskirk, Ebbetts Field composite

Some of Brooklyn’s greatest architectural treasures were designed by people whose names we either never knew or can’t remember. Most people don’t really care about architecture anyway, but in spite of that, a few names become part of the cultural conversation.

Some of them we manage to remember: the Brooklyn Bridge – that Roebling guy. He died.

The Brooklyn Museum – um, oh yeah, McKim, Mead & White. White was the guy who had the mistress on the red swing in his private playroom and her husband shot him. That’s easy to remember. Unfortunately it’s less easy to remember that White didn’t actually design the museum, McKim did. But still, not bad.

So what about one of Brooklyn’s most famous icons? What about the ballpark with the name that can cause a native Brooklynite of a certain age to get teary and wax nostalgic? We know the name of the team and the exploits of the players in that temple of baseball. Their names are whispered the way one speaks of a saint in church.

But who was the architect of this sacred space? Who designed Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers?

Clarence R. Van Buskirk, that’s who. Well, maybe. More on that later. But first, who?  (more…)

1926 E. 28 St, Elias H. Ryder Hs, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Elias Hubbard Ryder House
Address: 1926 East 28th Street
Cross Streets: Avenue S and Avenue T
Neighborhood: Gravesend
Year Built: 1834
Architectural Style: Dutch Colonial, with modern additions
Architect: John Stillwell (builder)
Landmarked: Yes, individual landmark (1976)

The story:
As everyone hopefully knows, today’s Brooklyn was originally settled as six separate towns. Five of them were Dutch, but one was always English. This was Gravesend, established by the Lady Deborah Moody, an Englishwoman, in 1643. She was granted a patent by the Dutch authorities that year, enabling her and her followers to establish a town. Lady Moody, Nicholas Stillwell, and others in the community were Anabaptists, believing in adult baptisms, which put them out of sorts with the mores of the day in England. They came to the New World and tried to settle in Massachusetts, but the Puritans were less than welcoming, not surprisingly, and the Anabaptists headed to Dutch Long Island. (more…)

27 Gravesend Neck Rd. Hicks-Platt house, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Hicks-Platt House
Address: 27 Gravesend Neck Road
Cross Streets: McDonald Avenue and Van Sicklen Street
Neighborhood: Gravesend
Year Built: 1659-1663, but maybe 1700
Architectural Style: Dutch Colonial
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Gravesend is the only one of Brooklyn’s original six towns that was not established by the Dutch. English Anabaptists led by Lady Deborah Moody settled here in 1643. A persecuted religious sect in England, they had come to North America to find religious freedom, as had the Puritans and other sects. Settling in New England, they found it as intolerable to their faith as England had been, with even less religious freedom. Leaving there, Lady Moody and her group made their way to New Amsterdam and found the Dutch much more accommodating. The Village of Gravesend was laid out soon afterward, arranged with a town square and surrounding street grid. This house lies within the original village’s fortified borders.

The house was built between 1659 and 1663, according to some experts, or perhaps even as late as 1700. Charles A. Ditmas, of the Kings County Historical Society, told the Brooklyn Eagle in 1932 that he thought the house was built by the Van Sicklen family at that later date. Local lore has it that the house was used as a hospital for several of General Washington’s men fleeing the disastrous Battle of Brooklyn in Gowanus, in 1776. That may be true, but if they did, they didn’t stay long, and they would have had to have been well hidden. The British and their Hessian mercenaries made Coney Island the beachhead for their invasion of Brooklyn, and would have been all over Gravesend. They stayed and occupied Brooklyn for the remainder of the war. (more…)

This early 20th century brick house in Gravesend close to Bensonhurst has some pleasant prewar features and two modest family-sized apartments for under a million dollars. Both apartments are identical, with two bedrooms, one bath and a dining room in each.

There are some decorative wall moldings, parquet floors, French doors and a ’30s-style kitchen with original cupboards. There is also a garage. For $789,000, what do you think of it?

1648 Dahill Road [Corcoran] GMAP

A tipster tells us that a group of Chinese investors paid $18,500,000 for a big piece of property at 2300 Cropsey Avenue in Gravesend at a state foreclosure auction yesterday. The 45,688-square-foot property, which is sandwiched between Cropsey and Bay Parkway at 23rd Avenue, currently houses a six-story building with a demolished interior that’s zoned as a nursing home. The existing building is 85,619 square feet.

However, an old listing from Massey Knakal notes that the previous owner had acquired additional air rights to construct a 30-story mixed-use development with 264 apartments, 81,378 square feet of community space and an underground parking garage. With the new air rights, the site can hold a new development of up to 275,000 square feet.

The site’s previous owner was Russian developer Alexander Gurevich, whom then-Attorney General Cuomo banned from selling condos and co-ops in New York State for three years in 2010, The Real Deal reported last year. When plans for the massive development didn’t materialize, Gurevich defaulted on his construction loans and mortgage to the tune of $17,030,000.

After fees and penalties, the lien on the property is $27,024,325, according to foreclosure documents. The defaulted mortgage, once held by Lehman Brothers, is now held by a Swedish bank that took over dozens of former Lehman mortgages. The last time we wrote about 2300 Cropsey was in 2010, when we highlighted it for having the most DOB violations.

DOB’s Most Violated? [Brownstoner] GMAP
Image by Massey Knakal

1. PARK SLOPE $3,750,000
174 Garfield Place GMAP P*Shark
A developer totally renovated this crumbling Park Slope brownstone last year. They paid $975,000 for the home in 2010. It was on the market for a decent while priced at $3,990,000. Not a bad flip at all. Deed recorded on 5/3/2013.

2. GRAVESEND $3,350,000
2228 East 4th Street GMAP P*Shark
No details about this one-family home. Deed recorded on 4/29/2013.

3. FORT GREENE $2,750,00
81 Willoughby Avenue GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD this February. We noted, “Except for the new wood floors on the parlor floor, this two-family house at 81 Willoughby Avenue looks chock full of old-timey goodness along with the right touches of modernization. The corner house also has an unusually large front yard for Fort Greene as well as a side yard and side exposure.” It was asking $2,250,000. Deed recorded on 5/3/2013.

4. DUMBO $2,090,000
100 Jay Street, #28A GMAP P*Shark
Here’s the old listing for the three bed/two-and-a-half bath condo at the J condo building. It last sold in 2007 for $1,507,090, then was listed early this year for $2,100,000. Deed recorded on 5/2/2013.

5. PROSPECT HEIGHTS $1,815,000
181 Park Place GMAP P*Shark
A four-story, multi-family building right off Flatbush Avenue. It was listed in May of last year for $2,000,000. Deed recorded on 5/1/2013.

1. GRAVESEND $3,300,000
1954 East 5th Street GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this one-family home. Deed recorded on 4/11/2013.

2. COBBLE HILL $2,647,450
253 Pacific Street, #3 GMAP P*Shark
253 Pacific Street is the ultra-modern looking condo that recently went up in Cobble Hill. Early this year, there was only one unit left – both units two and three had entered contract. (Streeteasy now shows that the last unit is under contract.) #3 sold above ask, which was $2.6 million. Here’s the old listing for the 2,603-square-foot penthouse duplex. Deed recorded on 4/11/2013.

3. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $2,140,325
20 Henry Street, #PH2-N GMAP P*Shark
This three bed, two bath condo unit was asking $2,100,000. Looking at Streeteasy, it appears that all the units at this new condo building have either sold or entered contract. Deed recorded on 4/11/2013.

4. MIDWOOD $2,100,000
1076 East 23rd Street GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this one family home. Deed recorded on 4/11/2013.

5. DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN $1,918,892.13
365 Bridge Street, #16A GMAP P*Shark
A three-and-a-half bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom condo unit at the BellTel Lofts. It was asking $1,890,000. Deed recorded on 4/9/2013.

1. PARK SLOPE $3,850,000
113 St. John’s Place GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD we listed in February. It was purchased for $2,900,000 back in 2007. We said, “Despite disagreeing with their choice to put recessed lighting in the parlor floor, we’re liking the look and feel of the rest of the interiors very much.” Someone else did, too — it was asking $3,750,000. Deed recorded on 4/4/2013.

2. GRAVESEND $3,400,000
2050 East 3rd Street GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this one-family home. The PropertyShark photo above was taken three years ago, so we don’t know that’s its current state. Deed recorded on 4/2/2013.

3. PARK SLOPE $2,830,000
409 8th Street GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD pick in March. It was listed for $2,995,000 after a failed attempt last spring asking $3,195,000. It’s a modern renovation that we said “is likely to split the vote.” Deed recorded on 4/4/2013.

4. WILLIAMSBURG $2,443,800
34 North 7th Street, #TH1 GMAP P*Shark
The listing was pulled for this three bed/three-and-a-half bath unit at The Edge. Deed recorded on 4/1/2013.

5. GOWANUS $2,055,500
96 2nd Street GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in December 2012. Back then it was asking $1,900,000. You can see the listing for this three family home here. This has to be one of the biggest sales to hit Gowanus… Deed recorded on 4/4/2013.

1. GRAVESEND $4,600,000
1925 East 3rd Street GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this 2,780-square-foot one-family home. Deed recorded on 3/18/2013.

2. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $3,850,000
20 Garden Place GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD back in 2011. This brownstone sold in 2012 in an off-market deal, then was listed again later that year. The home was asking $4,495,000 in 2012. Deed recorded on 3/20/2013.

3. CLINTON HILL $2,925,000
396 Grand Avenue GMAP P*Shark
The sale of this 26-foot-wide single family home, which set the neighborhood record, got its own post. It sold at its asking price. Deed recorded on 3/19/2013.

4. PARK SLOPE $2,650,000
608 6th Street GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD pick over the summer. We said, “It’s got a charming Arts and Crafts interior, with a coffered ceiling that’s particularly impressive. There are lots of other original details as well.” Ask: $2,650,000. Deed recorded on 3/18/2013.

5. BOERUM HILL $2,600,000
161 State Street GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in November of 2012. You can see the listing for this 20-foot-wide Greek Revival townhouse here. The home was asking $2,900,000. Deed recorded on 3/19/2013.

1. GRAVESEND $3,054,750
400 Avenue U, #PH5B GMAP P*Shark
Streeteasy does not list the condos for this Gravsend development. Deed recorded on 2/21/2013.

2. WILLIAMSBURG $2,835,826.25
22 North 6th Street, #PH3C GMAP P*Shark
Listing pulled for this condo unit at the Edge! Deed recorded on 2/22/2013.

3. PARK SLOPE $2,500,000
146 Berkeley Place GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD this summer. There was only one listing photo so there wasn’t much of a judgement made on the $2,795,000 ask. We did note that “the house appears to have retained its old-world charm… it’s certainly not a low price for a house that’s less than 17 feet wide.” Deed recorded on 2/20/2013.

4. CARROLL GARDENS $2,450,000
202 President Street, #3 GMAP P*Shark
This three-unit condo development (in a Carroll Gardens brownstone) sold very well. Unit #3 asked $2,495,000 and spent a month on the market. Units 1 and 2 sold at the asking price, $2,249,000 and $1,195,000. Deed recorded on 2/20/2013.

5. CLINTON HILL $2,250,000
56 Cambridge Place GMAP P*Shark
This free-standing mansion was picked up and renovated years back, and then listed on the market for $2,250,000. Here’s what we thought when it was listed as a HOTD: “It’s a pretty unusual opportunity, albeit one that will require some money and work: The Civil War-era house has 4,600 square feet of space and sits on a lot that is 50 by 100 feet. There are no interior photos of the house, only mention of double-height ceilings in the living room overlooked by a mezzanine. It’ll be interesting to see how this one fares price-wise.” Deed recorded on 2/20/2013.

1. COBBLE HILL $6,750,000
491 Henry Street GMAP P*Shark
Curbed covered this massive Cobble Hill sale over the weekend. It’s a three-story Federal Era townhouse with 50 feet of frontage; you can read about the building history and its extreme makeover at this BOTD post. It’s been on the market for three years asking $7 million and listed as a HOTD twice. Deed recorded on 2/15/2013.

2. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $5,000,000
14 College Place GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD pick this fall. It was asking $5,200,000. The former garage got an ultra-modern reno as well as a a roof terrace and elevator. It’s also 25 feet wide. Deed recorded on 2/15/2013.

3. GRAVESEND $4,350,000
2029 East 3rd Street GMAP P*Shark
No prior listing for this one-family home. Deed recorded on 2/13/2013.

4. DUMBO $4,100,000
1 Main Street, #9B GMAP P*Shark
A 2,592-square-foot, four-bedroom condo. The unit was listed this summer for $4,400,000. As a Condo of the Day, we said “this ninth-floor four-bedroom is no slouch.” This unit was also listed for a few months last year at $4,000,000 but did not sell. Deed recorded on 2/11/2013.

5. BOERUM HILL $2,639,000
201 Dean Street GMAP P*Shark
Here’s an old listing for this four-family home. Asking $2,950,000 this fall, then $2,795,000. Deed recorded on 2/15/2013.