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Following a 16-month ban from selling condos after allegedly filing false paperwork for a condominium project in Harlem, developer Shiraz Sanjana, of the Sanjana real estate family, has purchased a corner property at 695-705 6th Avenue in Greenwood Heights for $9,900,000 from Yeshiva Machzikei Hadas, which currently owns a one-story school on the lot.

Sanjana plans to develop  a multistory, 34,8000-square-foot condo on the site, according to the Daily News (who’d have you believe the address, on 21st Street, one block from Green Wood Cemetery, is still South Slope).

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If you’ve ever visited Green-Wood Cemetery, you’ve probably seen and wondered about the old Weir Greenhouse. The shuttered and dilapidated building sits across the street from Green-Wood’s main entrance at 749-750 5th Avenue, on the corner of 25th Street.

Despite its ramshackle appearance, the Weir Greenhouse is a significant building, the only known Victorian commercial greenhouse still standing in New York City. Landmarked in 1982, it was the first and last stop for many visitors to Green-Wood, Brooklyn’s greatest tourist attraction in the 19th century, and will soon be so again.

Green-Wood bought it and is remaking it into a visitor’s center. (The nonprofit landmark crowed about its purchase on its blog here.) On Tuesday the cemetery’s architect firm, Page Ayres Cowley, will present its plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. A presentation is available online for viewing here or on the LPC website here.

Big changes are in the works, including restoring the greenhouse. The cemetery also wants to demolish “ancillary structures” — including two 19th-century buildings that look like row houses adjacent to the greenhouse — add onto the greenhouse, and put up a new building that wraps around the greenhouse. (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

203 18th street

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?

203 18th Street, Garden [Corcoran] GMAP
Interior photos by Corcoran, exterior photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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This Greenwood Heights brownstone at 228 17th Street has details galore, including some remarkable mantels and medallions. It’s Italianate with Neo-Grec touches.

There are five slate mantels, original shutters, stained glass, pocket doors, and on and on. The owner’s kitchen has been updated, and there is a Victorian style bath with claw foot tub.

The boiler is new, as is the roof. It’s a one-family but is configured with an apartment on the top floor over an owner’s triplex. And sure, it’s not permanent, but we like the paint job too.

What do you think of it and the ask of $2,950,000?

228 17th Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
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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…)