The condo at hand is a two-bedroom number in a five-year-old, three-unit building at 481 18th Street in the South Slope. Modern and minimalist, it’s on the market for $1,080,000, listed by Stribling brokers Dena Driver and Julie Greenspon.

To lead with the negative, that address overlooks the Prospect Expressway. If you want to look on the bright side that means no houses blocking light across the street, but you’d better be okay with the sights and sounds of high-speed traffic.

The place itself is cool and clean-lined, with some interesting finishes, beginning with the mod, angular concrete facade. It’s got two bedrooms and two baths in the rear (i.e., away from traffic noise), with a small balcony off one of the bedrooms. (more…)


Clockwise from top left: Pavilion Theater and renderings of the proposed redesign via Hidrock Realty, photo by Nitehawk

Its redesign might not be a blockbuster hit, but Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater at 188 Prospect Park West has already caught the eye of a hip Williamsburg Cinema operator, reported DNAinfo. Matthew Viragh, owner of Nitehawk Cinema on Metropolitan Avenue, told DNA he’d like to take over the Pavilion once its renovation is complete.

Nitehawk is known for its hipster atmosphere and for serving cocktails and dinner during films. Nitehawk would be a catch for the Pavilion — in previous years, the theater was plagued by complaints of trash, poor heating and bedbugs.



This Park Slope one-bedroom is narrow and small, at 540 square feet. But it’s high-ceilinged and attractive and offers a lot of outdoor space. Located on the first floor at 453 12th Street, it’s renting for $2,850 a month.

It’s got a shotgun layout, living/dining room in front, bedroom in back, kitchen in the middle. The living room is a mere 8 feet wide — the bedroom opens up to a relatively spacious 10 feet.

The kitchen is quite attractive, with dark-wood cabinets, a white Caesarstone countertop and stainless steel appliances. It’s got cherry hardwood floors, as does the rest of the apartment. (more…)

186 St. Johns, Mem.Pres.Chch. BeyondMyKen, Wiki Commons 1

Discussions of our 19th-century communities would be incomplete without a look at their houses of worship. These buildings represent some of the best architectural work in these neighborhoods. Some were designed by specialists, while others were designed by the same men who designed many of the houses.

Name: Memorial Presbyterian Church
Address: 186 St. Johns Place
Cross Streets: Corner of 7th Avenue
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1881-1888
Architectural Style: Late Victorian Gothic Revival
Architect: Church — Pugin &Walter (1881-83).  Chapel and Sunday school — Marshall & Walter (1888)
Other Works by Architect: P&W — greenhouse at Lyndhurst and McDougal Street Baptist Church in Manhattan; M&W — hotels, townhouses in Manhattan, NYC-area churches
Landmarked: Yes, part of Park Slope Historic District (1973)

Although often overshadowed by the larger churches in the neighborhood, Memorial Presbyterian is one of the great churches of Park Slope.

This corner of St. Johns Place and 7th Avenue has three churches on it, with several more very close by. Grace United Methodist is on the opposite corner of 7th Ave, with St. John’s Episcopal Church across the street, mid-block.

This was indeed a holy corner on Sunday mornings. (more…)


If bay windows are your thing, this prewar triplex on Prospect Park in Park Slope is worth a look — it has three sets of them. At 103 Prospect Park West, between 5th and 6th streets, it’s listed for $1,895,000.

You’ve got a living room in front on the parlor level, with an open kitchen and dining room in the back. The dining room has a parquet floor, a set of those bay windows, and a coffered ceiling in dark wood. The living room has a wall of built-in shelves and cabinets, which may or may not be original. (more…)


Anyone passing by the corner of 9th Street and Prospect Park West Saturday night around 11 p.m. would have been amazed to see police shooing hundreds of people out of the park and away from the area.

Turns out a very large group of students and alumni from three Buffalo schools — the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, and Daemon College — had gathered at Prospect Park for the annual meet-up and informal reunion known as the Ruff Buff BBQ. (more…)


A pretty little 1880s brownstone with an abundance of intact detail was the object of a scenario like many playing out all over Brooklyn these days. “The young couple buying the house — still with its traditional layout, including an old, walled-off kitchen at the back of the garden floor — wanted to bring it into the 21st century and open it up for contemporary living,” said Kimberly Neuhaus of Neuhaus Design Architecture P.C.

And so the couple hired the Brooklyn-based architect to do just that. “Little” was the operative word here.

At just 17 feet wide and slightly more than twice as deep, “it was a challenge to take this tiny three-story house and make it feel bigger,” Neuhaus said. She took several bold steps to make that happen: (more…)


The Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing to consider alterations to Park Slope’s landmarked Pavilion Theater has been rescheduled. Previously set for Tuesday, August 4, the hearing will now take place Tuesday, August 18.

The commission will consider Morris Adjmi Architects’ design for a new condo building next to the theater, as well an addition and restoration of the 1929 neo-Renaissance theater. The community board already conditionally approved the plan, despite some residents claiming the proposal looks like a “penitentiary.” (more…)


Today’s pick is a modest two-bedroom with some nice features and a functional layout. Located at 654 Carroll Street, off 5th Avenue in Park Slope, it’s listed by Corcoran broker Lesley Semmelhack for $899,000.

About those features: The nicest is an attractive, good-sized living room with exposed brick, light from a pair of large windows overlooking Carroll Street, and a working fireplace. It’s also got a wall of built in shelves and cabinets. Generally it appears to be in good shape, though the floors look a bit worn. (more…)


A developer’s plan to convert the Park Slope Pavilion movie theater into condos will be scrutinized at a hearing by the Community Board 6 Landmarks Committee Thursday, according to an announcement we received from community organization Park Slope Civic Council.

As we’ve reported, owner Hidrock Realty filed plans in April to create 24 condos, an underground parking garage, and some 8,000 square feet of retail space on the site of the long-running theater.

The development – which will include a new building constructed adjacent to the Pavilion, on a one-story site formerly occupied by a restaurant — will include a smaller art-house theater, according to Hidrock. (more…)

340-344 9th St. KL, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 340-344 9th Street
Cross Streets: 5th and 6th Avenue
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1887
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: C.P.H. Gilbert
Other works by architect: In Brooklyn – David Chauncey House in Bklyn Hts, Adams mansion and fine townhouses on Carroll Street, Montgomery Place, Garfield Place and more in Park Slope.
Landmarked: No

The story: When city planners laid out Brooklyn’s streets, they had a fair idea which ones would become commercial and which ones would remain residential. But there have always been those streets that start out one way, and as development, transportation and other factors intervene, become something else.

This is one of those streets.

In 1883, a young architect named Charles Pierrepont Henry Gilbert came back to New York from the Wild West. He had been in Arizona and Colorado designing buildings in mining towns. By 1887, he was designing row houses in Brooklyn, at the start of what would be a monumental architectural career in New York City.

This group of four houses was his first Brooklyn commission. (more…)


This four-story townhouse, at 45 Park Place in the North Slope, looks to be in fine shape, and it’s got a great layout for any family that can swing the $3,895,000 asking price without any pesky tenants to help carry the mortgage.

The upper two floors have full baths and two large bedrooms apiece, including a king-sized master bedroom with a walk-in closet. The parlor floor has a living room, dining room and kitchen; the garden level has a spacious, “loft-like” family room and a home office. There are some nice details, including molding and marble mantels.

There’s a small deck off the kitchen with stairs to the garden below. The mechanicals have been updated and there’s central air, which on a day like today sounds pretty appealing. (more…)