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A community meeting on the proposed redevelopment of Park Slope’s 5th Avenue Key Food grocery turned into a public roasting of developer Brian Ezra Tuesday night, with an audience of nearly 400 area locals hissing, booing and laughing at explanations for the financial difficulties in creating a new supermarket to meet local demand. (more…)

Park Slope Brooklyn -- Brownstone Interior Design by Jennifer Morris

This classic four-story Park Slope brownstone had been updated by its previous owner, a contractor, who had “already done the big stuff — the kitchen, air conditioning, a security system,” said Jennifer Morris of JMorris Design, a Brooklyn-based interior design studio specializing in finishes and furnishings.

So Morris was able to forget about the function and focus on the fun. Her goal was to create something “textured and expressive.”

“The parlor floor was very much intact,” Morris said, with elaborate original woodwork, mantels and delicate plaster decoration on the ceilings and on friezes running along the top of the 12-foot-high walls. But the plasterwork had been “gunked up” over the years and was hardly pristine. (more…)

Park Slope Brooklyn House for Sale -- 848 Carroll Street

This circa-1905 neo-classical townhouse, at 848 Carroll Street in Park Slope, is a domicile of distinction, enough so that it is listed in the AIA Guide to New York City. Designed by architect William B. Greenman, it’s “a narrow bay-windowed neo-classical exile from the Upper East Side,” says the guide.

As it happens, an “exile from the Upper East Side” — a breed that’s been crossing the river in meaningful numbers lately — may be exactly who buys it. If not one of those, exactly, then someone else who covets an elegant, expansive home that carries the whiff of old-money privilege — and who can face down a stratospheric price tag. (more…)

Entry of the Chiclet Mansion. Photo via 2013 listing

Entry of the Chiclet Mansion. Photo via 2013 listing

Mention of the Gilded Age may conjure visions of Edith Wharton’s Manhattan, but there’s no better example of the era’s wealth and glamor east of the East River than Park Slope’s Chiclet Mansion. Built in 1889, the home’s extravagant details sealed its status as one of the city’s finest Romanesque Revival homes.

A Brownstoner reader just tipped us off to an epically long Brooklyn Eagle story on the home as it neared completion. Read on for a few highlights of 19th century design taste so highbrow it snubs even the classic brownstones we love today.

And trust us, you don’t want to miss the bit about the “electric cat teaser.” (more…)

Park Slope Brooklyn House for Sale -- 226 Garfield Place

Located in the center of Park Slope, at 226 Garfield Place, this four-story brownstone is stately and spacious. It was restored and renovated in 2006, and combines elegant original detail with modern upgrades like zoned A/C, a dumbwaiter, and a cooled wine cellar in the basement.

Set up as a one-family, it’s looking for the big-ticket buyer who can fill nearly 4,400 square feet of living space, not to mention carry a house with a $5,500,000 price tag without rental income. (more…)

Park Slope Brooklyn Co-op For Sale -- 478 3rd Street

This three-bedroom co-op, at 478 3rd Street in the center of Park Slope, has a sensible layout and some nice detail, most notably a large amount of original unpainted woodwork, which lends the place a calm, homey feel. The unit looks to be in fine shape as well.

None of the rooms are huge, but the living spaces are decent-sized, with a spacious foyer and a separate dining room and living room. The latter features a trio of bay windows and an oversized pier mirror with a bench in that lovely natural wood. The former has a decorative mantel with another mirror and some built-in glassed cabinetry. (more…)

Park Slope Brooklyn House for Sale -- 857 Carroll Street

If it’s an elegant, detail-laden Park Slope townhouse you’re after, you could do a lot worse than this one. Four stories and full of lovely original woodwork, it sits a stone’s throw from Prospect Park, at 857 Carroll Street.

Built in 1901, the Romanesque Revival beauty has inlaid parquet floors, abundant wainscoting, stained glass, pocket doors and five original fireplace mantels. (more…)