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.
A friend who lives in Kensington sent us these photos last night and told us that around 10 pm, she got home and found her water contaminated with gasoline. A fireman she spoke to said that someone may have dumped it into the sewers. Firetrucks came to her block as well (see a photo after the jump), near Dahill Road and Clara Street. Is anyone else who lives in Kensington having this problem?
UPDATE: A spokesman from NYC Department of Environmental Protection tells us that it’s not possible for anything in the sewers to end up in the drinking water, because the water supply is a closed, pressurized system that carries clean drinking water from the Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers. He added that the fastest way to get rid of any discolored water is to run your taps. The water may be discolored because of a change in the flow, or because firefighters were running a firehose. The DEP plans to send someone to the area to investigate the water. Our tipster who lives on the block said the water smelled like gasoline, as did the block.
In one of its “Living in” columns, The New York Times took a look at Kensington, a slice of a neighborhood sitting between Green-Wood Cemetery and a corner of Prospect Park, with Windsor Terrace to the north and Ditmas Park to the south.
“Kensington is the last affordable neighborhood before you get to Windsor Terrace and Park Slope if you’re trying to move closer to the city,” the story quoted a broker, Liam McCarthy, who founded the agency JMKBK, as saying.
The “historically working class area” has a large number of immigrants from more than 15 countries, including Russia, Mexico, Pakistan, Haiti and Poland, said the Times. It is also attracting “increasing number[s] of young professionals, many of them unable to afford Brooklyn neighborhoods closer to Manhattan, like Park Slope and Windsor Terrace,” said the Times.
Prices range from $750,000 to $1,200,000 for a townhouse, according to the story. A two- or three-bedroom co-op or condo will set you back $400,000 to $650,000. There are also plenty of rentals, with two-bedroom apartments going for about $2,000 a month, said the Times.
Would anyone familiar with the area care to chime in? What do you think of Kensington?
The DOT started construction last week on a pedestrian island and other safety improvements at the intersection of Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway, Kensington BK reported. The DOT has promised to repair damaged sidewalks and crosswalks and to install high-visiblity crosswalk markings, speed limit signs on Ocean Parkway and “Traffic Signal Ahead” signs along Prospect Expressway.
After the DOT conducted a study of the most accident-prone parts of Ocean Parkway, several other dangerous intersections along the six-lane road were selected for safety upgrades, including Avenue C, Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Avenue and 18th Avenue, according to Streetsblog. The work on Ocean Parkway should wrap in the spring, and the other improvements will start in 2015.
A group of 18 properties in Ditmas Park Kensington called the Coney Island Portfolio is for sale for $40,000,000. The lots are located on one block between Coney Island Avenue, Cortelyou Road, East 9th Street and Ditmas Avenue, with most of the lots fronting Coney Island Avenue.
Just six blocks away from the Q train and close to a commercial strip on Cortelyou, “this portfolio presents significant development potential,” said Massey Knakal, which is marketing the parcel.
The properties include mixed-use buildings, multi-family walkups, garages, warehouses, empty lots and parking lots. The size of all the lots put together equals about 78,011 square feet. (The ask is about $513 per square foot.) There are 135,000 buildable square feet for commercial purposes, plus 298,000 buildable square feet for community facilities. The Real Deal was the first to report the offering.
This cozy three-bedroom apartment in Kensington seems like a pretty good value. It’s on the first floor of a three-story house divided up into three floorthrough units. The master bedroom is large, with room for a king size bed, a couple dressers and a closet. The other two bedrooms are smaller, with room for twin or full beds, and one of them has a closet, according to the broker. The kitchen and bathroom are unfortunately not pictured, but the broker tells us the kitchen has a dishwasher and plenty of storage. What do you think of it for $1,600?
We stopped by 22-36 Caton Place in Kensington, where construction was slated to begin in July. We spotted some rebar sticking out of the ground and a little digging. Looks like they’re starting to excavate for the basement. A tall blue plywood construction fence has gone up and equipment is in place. Developers Hudson Companies are planning a seven-story, 73-unit apartment building with a basement parking lot, a gym, children’s playroom and backyard gardens. The building will also feature a rooftop terrace with grills. Check out our previous posts to see the renderings for this building, which is directly across the street from the recently re-started development at 23 Caton. GMAP
On the heels of a community campaign, the New York State Department of Transportation has greenlighted safety improvements for the corner of Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue, where a 73-year-old woman was struck and killed by a semi truck in June. The community voted to allocate $200,000 to safety upgrades at the intersection in last year’s Participatory Budgeting process and, led by City Council Member Brad Lander, petitioned the DOT for a pedestrian safety island and to repair damaged sidewalks and crosswalks on the six-lane road. Now the DOT has signed off on several new safety measures, which will include a pedestrian island with new signals and protective barriers, high-visiblity crosswalk markings, speed limit signs on Ocean Parkway and “Traffic Signal Ahead” signs along Prospect Expressway, according to an email blast from Lander.
Construction could start as soon as this fall at the intersection, which is considered one of the most dangerous in Brooklyn. Six pedestrians were killed on Ocean Parkway between 2009 and 2011 — more than any other road in the borough, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s “Most Dangerous Roads for Walking” report.
Work is starting soon at the empty lot at 22-36 Caton Place, in Kensington. Hudson Companies, who developed Third + Bond in Gowanus, are behind the planned seven-story, 73-unit rental building. The DOB issued a new building permit this May and the contractor began mobilizing at the site this week. Construction is expected to last 18 months. The developers expect some action to start by the end of this week. Hudson Companies revealed their plans for the development at the beginning of the year. The building will feature parking for 50 percent of residents, a roof terrace with garden plots, a backyard, gym, and a part-time doorman. The development will be built to LEED standard.
Earlier this week a 73-year old pedestrian was hit and killed by a semi truck at the intersection near the Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway intersection, and now the community and local pols are calling for immediate safety measures. The community voted to allocate $200,000 to safety upgrades at the dangerous intersection in last year’s Participatory Budgeting. Now, the community is pushing the New York State Department of Transportation to sign-off on said safety improvements. The New York City DOT had proposed building a pedestrian refuge island between northbound and southbound traffic at the intersection, giving pedestrians a safe space when crossing the nine-lane street. But the New York State DOT rejected the proposal and instead proposed to eliminate the crosswalk entirely. Without the crosswalk, residents would have to walk a block out of their way and wait for three crossing signals instead of one, and it’s likely pedestrians would still cross there anyway. Council Member Brad Lander started a petition today asking the New York State DOT for a pedestrian safety island as well as repairing the damaged sidewalks and crosswalks. Lander also spoke this morning at the corner of Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway to demand a safety plan, pictured above.
Grassroots nonprofit Solarize Brooklyn just launched with the aim of bringing cost-effective solar power to Brooklyn homeowners on a large scale. The 2013 campaign will focus on bringing solar power into Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush with the help of Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace, Sustainable Flatbush, and Solar 1. The program will provide community purchasing power to acquire solar systems at a discount, certified solar installers, and education and information about solar power, energy savings and tax incentives. This is the first time residents will have access to “group buying” of solar energy in Brooklyn. Solarize Brooklyn has already picked the two solar installers serving the program from various candidates. For more information, Solarize is hosting a Community Education Session on June 1 — sign up here. Neighborhood residents will have until June 30 to sign up for free assessments from contractors and the solar installations will begin in late 2013 and early 2014.