Over the weekend six listings went up for the condo building at 233 34th Street in Greenwood Heights called 233 Greenwood. The units range from studios to two-bedroom apartments priced from $500,000 to $868,000.
The units have floor to ceiling windows, wood floors and an attractively spare design. A ground floor duplex, Unit 1D, is quite large at 1,688 square feet but the lower portion of that duplex is below grade. The two-bedroom units are between 815 and 905 square feet. (more…)
Greenwood Heights’ beloved neighborhood Polish grocery and speciality shop, Eagle Provisions, will become an apartment building with 26 or 28 units, a tipster tells us. The store is closing in two weeks, one of the owners of Eagle Provisions told her when she stopped by and saw the shelves half empty.
No permits have been filed yet. The development will include parking for six cars, she added. (more…)
This two-bedroom garden apartment at 203 18th Street in Greenwood Heights has all kinds of beautiful details in its front room — a tin ceiling, wainscoting, mantel, parquet floors and French doors.
The combined living-dining-kitchen area is 19 feet deep. The apartment has one-and-a-half baths and a washer/dryer. The two bedrooms are at the back. It also has access to a rear patio via one of the bedrooms.
It’s three and a half blocks to the Prospect Avenue R train. What do you think of it for $3,500 a month?
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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.