154 Lawrence Ave, 70Pct, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally 72nd, then 74th, now 70th Precinct House, NYPD
Address: 154 Lawrence Avenue
Cross Streets: Ocean Parkway and Seton Place
Neighborhood: Kensington
Year Built: 1904
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival/Beaux Arts
Architect: Washington Hull
Other Buildings by Architect: Grace Church Reading Room in Brooklyn Heights, Clark Mansion in Manhattan (demolished)
Landmarked: No

The story: Architect Washington Hull only designed a few buildings in Brooklyn. This was one of them. He won the commission in 1902, but the precinct house, prison and stable complex for the 72nd Precinct did not go into construction until 1904. Ironically, one of the first buildings in this young architect’s career turned out to be one of his last. Here’s the story:

The old 72nd Precinct house was on Coney Island Avenue and was thought by many to be haunted. Many officers there swore that the building was a “hoodoo station,” as they called it, with a curse on it that had caused the deaths of several patrolmen over the years. They said the building was haunted by the ghosts of past prisoners, and they pointed to the recent death of the precinct’s Captain Short, while in command of that station, as proof of the curse. Sources show the captain died from more mundane causes, but why let that interrupt a good story? (more…)

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Three bedrooms and a parking space for $695,000? Yes, please! That’s the deal at this top-floor condo at 614 East 7th Street in Kensington. The apartment looks to be about 1,000 square feet and also comes with a small private terrace.

The building complex and the apartment aren’t going to win any design awards but they look to be in fine shape. Clearly the size and amenities are what carry the day here. Seem like a good deal to you?

614 East 7th Street, #3D [Corcoran] GMAP

549 mcdonald avenue kensington 122014

There’s nothing fancy about this two-bedroom in Kensington, but it’s affordable and close to the train. The kitchen and bathroom are newly updated, and there’s enough space in the kitchen to fit a small dining table. Both bedrooms seem decently sized too. Transit-wise, it’s only two blocks from the F/G trains at Church Avenue. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,550 a month?

549 McDonald Avenue, #1 [Citi Habitats] GMAP

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If you’re looking for an affordable prewar two-bedroom in Brooklyn you’re unlikely to find a better value than this place at 415 Ocean Parkway in Kensington. The pleasingly rectilinear floor plan includes an eat-in kitchen, dining area, and two bathrooms in addition to the two bedrooms. The 1,150-square-foot pad has a monthly maintenance of $999 and an asking price of $599,000. Sound like a deal?

415 Ocean Parkway, #5D [Brooklyn Hearth] GMAP

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The new doors and laminated floors aren’t winning any style points here, but this two-bedroom in Kensington still has a quaint prewar feel for an affordable price. The 800-square-foot pad has a newly renovated bathroom, new kitchen appliances, and two nicely sized bedrooms.

And it’s only a block from the F train at Ditmas Avenue. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,700 a month?

594 East 2nd Street, #2F [Corcoran] GMAP

701 caton ave school kensington 72014

The city is building a large K through 8 elementary and middle school on a former vacant lot at 713 Caton Avenue in Kensington, where we found these renderings on the fence. The New York City School Construction Authority is developing the five-story building, which will be 87,629 square feet, according to new building permits.

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We’re seeing a lot of sweet one-family homes in the Windsor Terrace and Kensington area for just under a million, and this is one of them. It looks to be circa-1900, so the living, dining and kitchen are all on one level with the bedrooms above.

The listing and photos show what appears to be a renovated house with lots of original details, including a mantel, original floors, decorative wall molding, and the passthrough and built-ins upstairs. However, the listing says nothing about mechanicals and there are no photos of kitchens and baths, so we’re not sure. The ask is $950,000. What do you make of it?

280 East 9th Street [Corcoran] GMAP

This renovated studio for rent in a Kensington co-op is bright white, new looking and relatively spacious. The L-shaped apartment has a bunch of white built-in wall units that offer tons of storage but give the space a somewhat clinical (or very modern) look. Those little built-in tables in the living area could function as desks or shelves, and there’s a walk-in closet.

The pad also has refinished parquet flooring and a newly renovated marble bathroom, as well as central heat and A/C. The downside is that it’s a one-year sublet that requires the hassle of co-op board approval. What’s your opinion of it for $1,650 a month?

135 Ocean Parkway [Stribling] GMAP

We already featured this as an Open House Pick, but it’s worth a closer look. The listing says bring your contractor/architect but we’re not sure that will be necessary. The photos reveal the house is in nearly totally original (and apparently very good) condition — including parquet and inlaid floors, French doors, Art Deco baths, original kitchen cupboards, and black iron windows.

We think we even spy original celluloid handles on the cabinets in one kitchen. We don’t know why you’d want to change a thing, looks-wise, beyond freshening up the floors and painting.

The two-family is 26 feet wide, and there’s a garage under the house. The ask is $979,000. Has anyone seen it in person?

8 Micieli Place [Brooklyn Properties] GMAP

Here’s a big two-bedroom co-op at the Park Towers in Kensington for $449,000. In addition to plenty of space (31-foot-long living room!), this place has an eat-in kitchen and a private terrace with amazing views south and west; all that’s missing is a second bathroom. And while the kitchen isn’t going to show up in a design magazine anytime soon, the apartment has been renovated recently and looks to be in good shape.

370 Ocean Parkway, #9C [Halstead] GMAP