PS 60, Composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Public School 60 was built for the growing number of students in what is now the Greenwood Heights neighborhood. It was built in 1886. Like all of the public schools built during this period of time, it was designed by James Naughton, the last and greatest of the city of Brooklyn’s public school architects. He was the last man to hold the position of Superintendent of Buildings for the Board of Education of the City of Brooklyn. He died about the same time his position was eliminated in 1898, when Brooklyn became part of greater New York City.

Naughton designed great school buildings of all sizes and configurations. He is on record for designing and building at least 100 school buildings across the borough during his twenty year tenure. He didn’t have the 20th century engineering and technological advances that his successor, C.P. J. Snyder had, allowing for walls of windows, and bigger spaces, but Naughton managed to get the largest windows he could in his schools, allowing for lots of natural light and air. This building is similar to many of his schools in other parts of Brooklyn, although many of them are no longer standing. This building closely resembles PS 79, which was at Kosciusco and Sumner, long gone, and P.S. 65 in Cypress Hills. That one is still with us. (more…)

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In case you missed it last year, in honor of Black History Month, Green-Wood is again offering a tour focusing on famous black New Yorkers buried in the cemetery. The trolley tour will highlight and celebrate abolitionists, freed slaves, artists, musicians and Civil War heroes. Notables include artist Jean-Michael Basquiat (pictured above); Jeremiah Hamilton, who was New York’s first black millionaire; and Susan Smith McKinney Steward, New York’s first black doctor (also pictured). The tour will run from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday and costs $20. Head over to Green-Wood’s website to buy tickets. 

Image via Green-Wood Cemetery

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What do you make of this loft at 259 21st Street that just hit the market? The duplex has a nice open feel, enhanced by 16-foot ceilings, and attractive modern finishes within the shell of the converted school building. The common charges, at $659 a month, are low and the asking price for the 1,350-square-foot apartment is $989,000.

259 21st Street, #1C [Betancourt] GMAP

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This rendering for a four-story apartment building at 324 20th Street in Greenwood Heights is surprisingly traditional and restrained. The brick building will have traditional windows, a traditional dark cornice, and simple dark lintels above the windows that echo brownstone architecture.

NY YIMBY published the design yesterday, which is by Marin Architects. (The firm is also designing 247 Bedford Avenue, Apple’s future Brooklyn address, as we noted in our 10 am story today.)

Each of the first three floors will have two apartments with balconies, and a full-floor penthouse with private roof space will sit on top of the building, set back from the street. Overall, the development will have seven apartments, averaging more than 1,400 square feet each. NIMBY speculated the spacious units will be condos.

Plans were filed in July. Two 19th century wood frame houses currently sit on the property, and demolition permits were filed in September. The rest of the block is mostly 19th century buildings, including a lot of three-story wood frames. Click through to see what the back of the building will look like.

What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 324 20th Street, South Slope/Greenwood Heights [NYY] GMAP

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Green-Wood Cemetery is teaming up with online social network Groupmuse to host a classical concert inside the cemetery’s beautiful Gothic chapel later this month. “Groupmuse connects young classical musicians to local audiences through concert ‘house parties’ in unexpected locations,” according to the writeup.

There will be cocktails and mingling with the musicians before and after the event, and you can bring your own or purchase drinks there. The concert will happen Friday, January 23 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 or $5 for BHS/Green-Wood members, and you can buy them through Groupmuse.

259 21st Street, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally St. John the Evangelist School, now St. John’s Condominium
Address: 259 21st Street
Cross Streets: 5th and 6th avenues
Neighborhood: Greenwood Heights
Year Built: 1904-1905
Architectural Style:
Architect: T.H. Poole Company, renovation into condos – Van J. Brody
Other Buildings by Architect: St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Flushing
Landmarked: No

The story: The parish of St. John the Evangelist was established in Greenwood Heights in 1849. They were established for the growing Irish Catholic population in this neighborhood, which at this time was made up of small working class wood-framed homes. The first church was also a wood framed structure, built in 1850, on 21st Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. By 1888, the wood framed church was still there, and the church also had two schools attached to it, both masonry buildings. One was the St. John’s School next door, the other behind it on 22nd Street, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph’s, with a convent next door. That was probably the girl’s school, and St. John’s was for boys. (more…)

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Green-Wood Cemetery and Brooklyn Historical Society are hosting a lecture and tour about the tragic Brooklyn Theater Fire, a conflagration that killed hundreds at a Brooklyn Heights theater in 1876. After the fire, a mass grave was donated to Green-Wood, and a memorial was erected at the theater’s former site on Washington and Johnson Streets (now Cadman Plaza).

Historian Joshua Britton will give a free talk in the cemetery’s chapel examining how the blaze affected the city’s policies and Brooklyn’s cultural growth and development. Then there will be a guided trolley tour of the cemetery, which costs $20, or $15 for members. The event will happen Saturday, November 22 from 1 to 3 pm. Head over to Green-Wood’s event page to buy tickets.

Image via Bowery Boys

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The Beat Festival is bringing its funky vibes to Green-Wood Cemetery this weekend with site-specific dance performances and evening tours highlighting the musicians, actors and artists buried on the cemetery’s hallowed grounds. Atlas Obscura is leading the tours, which will focus on the tombs of performing artists and conclude in the catacombs.

The performances, called “Crossing Over,” will feature choreography from Elisabet Torres Aguilera, Shige Moriya, Ximena Garnica, Shirel Jones and Sophia Schrank. There are four tours starting at 7:30 each night on Friday and Saturday, and tickets cost $35. Head over to the Beat Festival for tickets and details.

The festival has a full schedule of spoken word, musical and dance events starting this Thursday with a free opening opening night at the Brooklyn Museum, and continuing through the closing party on September 20.

Photo via Beat Festival

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This garden apartment in Greenwood Heights has been completely opened up and gutted, with new floors and exposed brick. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the renovation included some charming vintage-style details such as a subway tile in the kitchen, wainscot in the living room, hefty trim and tin ceilings.

The floor plan has been flipped so the combined kitchen-dining-living (a great room) is in the windowless middle, with windowed bedrooms (there are two) at either end. The apartment is being marketed as a duplex of 2,000 square feet, but we’re dubious since the second level appears to be in a below-grade cellar. The floor plan shows two “rec rooms” on that level, so the apartment “can be used as three to four bedrooms with two full baths,” according to the listing copy.

There is also a very attractive private garden and a washer/dryer. Do you think it’s worth $5,000 a month?

166 22nd Street, #1 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

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Green-Wood Cemetery will host an exhibit next month celebrating the life of William F. Mangels, the master mechanic and designer of several turn-of-the-century Coney Island rides, including The Whip, The Tickler, The Wave Pool, and The Human Roulette Wheel.

“William F. Mangels: Amusing the Masses on Coney Island and Beyond” will feature plenty of historical Coney Island artifacts, such as a Marcus Illions carousel horse, original sketches and vintage photos,  a 22-foot-long shooting gallery, a Whip car, a Pony Cart, a Speed Boat, and fire engines. The exhibit will open September 7 in Green-Wood’s chapel and run through October 26.

Image via Green-Wood Cemetery

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This interesting addition is rising on top of a townhouse at 1 Woodrow Court in Greenwood Heights, at the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th Street. The little two-story brick townhouse is being enlarged with a third floor and 836 more square feet, according to alteration permits. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, and his website includes more construction photos and a schematic, which we’ve included after the jump. (more…)

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A seven-story apartment building is planned for the corner of 17th Street and 5th Avenue in Greenwood Heights, in the parking lot of the former Aaron’s Fine Ladies Apparel. The project at 236 17th Street will have 17 units spread across 19,993 square feet, according to a new building application filed last week. It will also include seven enclosed parking spaces.

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