08/19/14 2:00pm

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Verizon has closed its Viva Movil cellphone store at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street, only a year after Jennifer Lopez came to Brooklyn for its grand opening. Verizon Wireless and J Lo launched the retail stores in July 2013 “to lure Latino shoppers to the brand,” according to Betabeat. A tipster told us they saw the signage coming down on Friday at 162 Flatbush Avenue. What do you want to see on this corner, which is directly across the street from the Barclays Center? GMAP

08/19/14 12:58pm

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This first-floor co-op at 99 Berkeley Place in Park Slope just hit the market with an asking price of $1,395,000. The three-bedroom apartment is located in a beautiful building but (unfortunately) doesn’t have much original detail left. (Sweet front windows though.) The floor plan is larger than your typical floor-through apartment and it comes with a private back yard. The maintenance is a modest $850 a month.

99 Berkeley Place, #1 [Halstead] GMAP

08/15/14 3:00pm

156 Sterling Pl. Ist Church of Christ Scientist, beyondmyken for wiki

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Fourth (then First) Church of Christ Scientist, now part of Berkeley Carroll School
Address: 156 Sterling Place
Cross Streets: 7th and Flatbush avenues
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1936
Architectural Style: Art Deco with Classical details
Architect: A.W. Laurie
Other Buildings by Architect: Christ Scientist Church in Newport, R.I., buildings in Boston area and New York City
Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed Second Expansion of the Park Slope Historic District

The story: Brooklyn’s First Church of Christ Scientist was founded in 1886 by Mrs. P.J. Leonard. By the end of the next decade, they were conducting services on Cumberland Street, between DeKalb and Lafayette Street. In October of 1897, they established a church on Lafayette Avenue, near Franklin. That church, architect Montrose Morris’ only church building, still stands.

By 1910, the congregation had grown so quickly that they needed a much larger building. The organization has always appealed to a higher income demographic, so it was only natural that they build a new structure in one of Brooklyn’s best neighborhoods. The new First Church of Christ Scientist was designed by Henry Ives Cobb, and finished in 1914. It is a magnificent structure on the corner of Dean Street and New York Avenue, in the St. Marks District, now Crown Heights North. (more…)

08/13/14 12:58pm

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There’s nothing left post-renovation to indicate that this two-bedroom condo at 112 Saint Marks Place in Park Slope is located in an old brownstone, but luckily for the sellers not everyone wants to live in an old brownstone. While we can appreciate good modern design, this place falls somewhere in the middle for us. It’s clean and in good shape, to be sure, but lacks character. And at almost $1,000 a square foot, we’d expect the kitchen and bathroom finishes to be a little higher end. Asking price for the 1,050-square-foot pad is $985,000.

112 Saint Marks Place, #2 [CORE] GMAP

08/12/14 2:00pm

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Shake Shack opened its third Brooklyn outpost Sunday at 170 Flatbush Avenue, directly across the street from Barclays Center, according to a post on the company’s blog. The Park Slope location joins the franchise’s recently opened Dumbo storefront and its three-year-old Downtown Brooklyn one.

When we stopped by about 7 pm last night, it was pleasantly uncrowded. Brooklyn-specific concrete flavors include Fudge-eddabouitit, which has chocolate custard blended with fudge sauce, chocolate cookie and Mast Brothers dark chocolate chunks; Brooklyn Pie Oh My, which has vanilla custard and a seasonal slice of Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie; and a Barclays-specific Nothin’ But NETS, which features chocolate and vanilla custard blended with marshmallow sauce, crispy crunchies and chocolate sprinkles.

And one wall features a large piece by graffiti artist and typography master Greg Lamarche, who recently painted a mural on the construction wall for Williamsburg’s soon-to-open J.Crew. Click through to see the interior! GMAP

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08/07/14 1:30pm

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This isn’t a super fancy Park Slope townhouse and it looks like it could use some work, although it’s evidently livable as is. There are no photos of kitchens or baths, and at the least it could use a few cosmetics such as a new paint job and floor refinishing. The listing doesn’t mention mechanicals. It’s currently set up as two rentals over an owner’s duplex. Do you think it’s worth the $2,999,000 ask?

427 6th Street [Elliman] GMAP

08/07/14 11:30am

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Frito Company heir Kaleta Doolin is building this modern, silvery home at 357 7th Street in Park Slope. We discovered the rendering back in October, and the house matches pretty closely.

At the time, we thought that the three-story, single-family home had a ’70s modernism feel. The architect is Lynch/Eisinger/Design, whose website says the building will have a sculpture studio, drawing studio, an archive on the lower level, and a residence on the upper floor. (more…)

08/04/14 3:00pm

786-88 Union Street, Squad 1, FDNY, beyondmyken on wiki

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Engine 169, then Engine 269, now Squad 1, FDNY
Address: 786-788 Union Street
Cross Streets: 6th and 7th avenues
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1906-1908
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Walter Parfitt for Parfitt Brothers
Other Buildings by Architect: Many row houses, apartment buildings, churches, civic and commercial buildings throughout Brooklyn. In Park Slope – row houses, flats buildings, St. Augustine RC Church, Grace Methodist Church. Fire houses: Engine Companies 243,247,252,253
Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed expanded Park Slope historic district

The story: Cities are often measured by their civic architecture. The care and expense a city extends towards the agencies that work to protect it says a lot about priorities. It also says a lot about the times we live in. At the turn of the 20th century, New York invested a great deal of time and money in building some of the most beautiful fire houses in the world. The finest architects were hired, and they were given the go-ahead to design station houses that were not only highly functional for the men and equipment of the day, but buildings that added to the majesty of the greatest city in the world. Brooklyn certainly got her share of this city largesse, and made the most of it. In Park Slope, several fine fire houses were built, but none became more well-known than this one, now home to Squad 1. (more…)

07/25/14 4:00pm

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The Park Slope Civic Council is accepting nominations for new construction projects that make a “positive contribution to maintaining or enhancing” the neighborhood’s historic identity, as part of its newly created Evelyn and Everett Ortner Park Slope Preservation Awards. The Ortners led a huge effort to preserve historic homes in Park Slope and other Brooklyn neighborhoods and played an important part in the creation of the Park Slope Historic District.

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07/24/14 10:45am

LIAC, Union St. 1909, NY Daily Trib 1

After nine years in five other locations, the Long Island Automobile Club finally got their headquarters near “The Gateway of Long Island;” Grand Army Plaza. As Brooklyn’s first, and most elite automobile club, with members of such social standing as William “Willy” Vanderbilt, they were now located in a building that was worthy of their wealth and prestige. Yes, it was another garage, but what a garage!

This building was something out of Europe, with a façade reminiscent of the Austrian Art Nouveau Movement, called the Vienna Secession. It was a four story building built in 1904 as the Plaza Garage. Art Nouveau architecture is very rare in New York City, and rarer still in Brooklyn, but this garage definitely qualified, with sinuous arches over the main entrance and flanking windows, and some rather overdone Germanic –style Roman eagles at the top. It was designed by an architect named Oscar Lowinson. (Thank you, Christopher Gray.) (more…)

07/22/14 10:45am

LIAC Cumberland Ave Clubhs, interior, BE,1904

You might think that any invention as wonderful as the automobile would be embraced by everyone. Anything that could be done to improve motoring in Brooklyn, Long Island and the general New York City area would immediately be approved, and the car would take its rightful place at the head of the transportation table. Well, if you were an early 20th century autoist; one of the first people to own an automobile, you would probably feel that way. If you were everyone else, it was going to be a much tougher sell.

The Long Island Automobile Club was founded in Brooklyn in 1900 by four wealthy men who wanted a place where they could indulge in their new hobby of racing, tinkering with, and talking about automobiles. In a few short years, they grew in membership to several hundred car enthusiasts; all well-to-do men who could afford a custom vehicle that cost as much as many a working man’s entire yearly salary. Like the bicycle clubs many had belonged to only a couple of years before, the LIAC sponsored races, enjoyed outings and social events, and advocated for paved roads throughout the city and out on Long Island. (more…)