East New York. For many who read these pages, or live in more affluent parts of Brooklyn, the neighborhood of East New York is terra incognita, the land not explored, or rather, the neighborhood passed through as fast as possible in the cab to the airport; that vast stretch of Atlantic Avenue between Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and the Conduit. If you take the subway a lot, you may have changed trains at the massive hub now called “Broadway Junction,” one of the few stations where three different lines of trains cross over each other, with the LIRR station not too far away, as well.

From the elevated station, one can see across to Jamaica Bay and Kennedy Airport. In the other direction, you can see the Victorian-era cottages and homes that make up the neighborhoods of Cypress Hills and Highland Park. You may even be able to catch a glimpse of Highland Park itself, one of Brooklyn’s larger neighborhood parks. What you may not realize is that practically everything I’ve mentioned was influenced in some way by a man named Edward F. Linton, an East New Yorker who was instrumental in turning much of the old town of New Lots into one of late 19th century Brooklyn’s nicest neighborhoods. This is his story. (more…)

397 3rd Street is back with hopes that the red-hot townhouse market will translate into sales success this go-round. As you may recall, four-story house hit the market in September of 2010 with Brown Harris Stevens asking $3,695,000 and was reduced to $3,495,000 before calling it quits; in May 2011, it was back with Corcoran at the same price before the price was trimmed again to $3,295,000. It was taken off the market a year ago, where it stayed until last week when it made its triumphant return with an asking price of $3,795,000. We were in love with this place the first time around and continue to be. The big question is whether the market has bounced back enough to handle this price. It’s possible.
397 3rd Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark