60 dean street boerum hill 12015Boerum Hill
60 Dean Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,999,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00

593 3rd street park slope 12015Park Slope
593 3rd Street
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,750,000
Sunday 12:30 – 2:00

277 skillman street bed stuy 12015Bed Stuy
277 Skillman Street
Broker: Urban Compass
Price: $1,325,000
Saturday 2:15 – 3:30

243 howard avenue bed stuy 12015Bed Stuy
243 Howard Avenue
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,199,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

531 6th avenue park slope 12015

The recently renovated two-family at 531 6th Avenue in South Slope isn’t exactly to our taste, but we are sure someone will love it. It’s bright and cheerful, and the parlor floor has been opened up and now has a swanky new marble and walnut kitchen.

Since the house is small — 16 feet wide with about 2,000 square feet over three floors — we think it would work better as a one-family. In any case, the ask is $2,300,000, which works out to about $1,150 per square foot, according to our calculations. Do you think they will get it?

531 6th Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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If you’re hunting for a bargain in Park Slope, this three-bedroom on 4th Avenue is probably about as cheap as it’s going to get. The apartment isn’t huge, but there are three reasonably sized bedrooms and a decent living room. The kitchen even has a dishwasher. One caveat is that it’s on the second floor, so you’ll probably hear the traffic and feel the R train rumbling beneath you. But it’s only two blocks from the F/G/R at 4th Avenue and 9th Street. What do you think of it for $3,100 a month?

469 4th Avenue, #2R [Citi Habitats] GMAP

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An Open House Pick in November, this attractive Park Slope brownstone at 763 Carroll Street is still on the market. Inside, scads of original details appear untouched, including what looks like wood work with the original finish, and everything looks to be in tip-top condition.

We like the 1880s fireplace, bold wood work and ironwork, and the sleek modern kitchen with door going out to a deck. There’s also a pier mirror, central air, two wet bars, original shutters, and elaborate built-ins.

Set up as an owner’s triplex over a two-bedroom garden rental, it looks slightly narrow in the floor plan, but PropertyShark has it at 20 feet wide and 4,404 square feet. It’s located close to 7th Avenue and less than two blocks from the park.

Originally asking $4,250,000, the price has dropped to $3,950,000. Is there some catch we don’t know about?

763 Carroll Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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The owners of this sixth-floor co-op at 9 Prospect Park West have been trying to unload the three-bedroom pad for some time now. They originally had it on the market for $1,800,000 in 2011 and then again for $1,525,000 in 2013 — no takers either time. Now the 1,800-square-foot apartment is back, with a new-and-improved asking price of $1,935,000. It’s a lovely place with lots of prewar details and nice light and views. The layout seems slightly suboptimal to us and the place could use an extra WC accessible by guests. The monthly maintenance is $2,090.

9 Prospect Park West, #6A [Corcoran] GMAP

187 7th avenue park slope rendering

Plans and renderings have been revealed for the conversion of the dilapidated 19th-century apartment building on a prominent Park Slope corner across from P.S. 321. The Times reported that developer Sugar Hill Capital Partners will spend $6,000,000 revamping the five-story building at 187 7th Avenue into four condos and hopes to finish construction in the fall.

Two of the three-bedroom, two-bath condos at “2ND7th” hit the market last week for $3,198,000 and $3,500,000 respectively. Both of the pricey pads are just over 2,000 square feet, and the more expensive one is a penthouse with a private roof deck. The building will also have a common roof deck with cabanas and a communal kitchen for grilling, according to the listings.

While we’re happy the building is being revamped, we think it’s unfortunate the pressed-metal turret and its older-style windows will be lost. (Click through to see an old photo of the building.) It looks like they plan to match the old brick and keep the cornice.

What do you think of the rendering?

Restoring a Park Slope Wreck [NYT]
187 7th Avenue Listings [Corcoran]
187 7th Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by New Amsterdam Design Associates via NY Times


41 Fifth Ave, composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Brooklyn’s 5th Avenue starts in the shadow of the Barclays arena at Flatbush Avenue, travels down and forms one of the borders of Green-Wood Cemetery, and then extends far out into Bay Ridge. In the past decade, this beginning part of the street has changed greatly from garages, mom-and-pop shops and neighborhood bars to trendy eateries and fancy watering holes mixed in with the turn-of-the-20th-century tenement buildings. But as much as some things change, other things don’t. It’s interesting to find a period photo and compare then and now.

Our period photograph, part of the collection of the New York Public Library, was taken in 1942 by Percy Loomis Sperr. He was a prolific photographer of the streetscapes of New York City. Beginning in 1924, through the 1940s, he took over 30,000 photographs of the city. He was called the “Official Photographer of New York,” and he lived in Staten Island. He wandered around every neighborhood, in every borough, chronicling the growth and changes in the city over the years. He especially liked to photograph buildings and infrastructure, and his photos offer clear views of the details of buildings, as well as the construction of bridges and highways. (more…)

The landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum at 227 4th Avenue will become condos. Interestingly, the developer plans to put only two or three luxury units inside the relatively small building — it is 12,200 square feet — but will put up a 12-story rental building next door with as many as 70 apartments, Crain’s reported.

Real estate investment firm Greystone just closed on the Lyceum, which it purchased at auction for $7,600,000 in October, as we reported at the time. It is in the process of buying the empty lot next door at 225 4th Avenue for $13,500,000, Crain’s said.

We had speculated in October the building, a public bathhouse built in 1910, was unlikely to become apartments because there wasn’t enough room for more than a few, unless Landmarks allowed an addition on the roof.

By buying both sites, the developer can transfer about 20,000 square feet of development rights from the Lyceum to the empty lot and build bigger there. Greystone is also planning to restore the exterior of the building.

The developer plans to start construction in the spring and finish early in 2017. Work on the Lyceum will begin whenever Landmarks approves the plans, the firm told Crain’s.

“We’re looking forward to restoring the building,” a Greystone exec told Crain’s. “This is a brownstone neighborhood, so we’re going to try to create something in context with that, inside with the units.”

What do you think of the plans?

Landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope Slated for Condos [Crain's] GMAP
Developer Buys Landmarked Baths on 4th Avenue for $7.6 Million [Brownstoner]

Update: We just received a press release from Greystone, which says 225 4th Avenue will have 68 luxury rentals and 3,500 square feet of stores on the ground floor. Amenities will include a gym, bike storage, and roof deck. RKF is going to be the leasing and sales agent for both buildings.

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The Boerum Hill post office, which is relocating from 542 Atlantic Avenue, will not be moving into a newly renovated warehouse at 594 Dean Street, across the street from a big piece of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, after all. A few weeks ago, Crain’s reported that a coworking company, Industrious, had signed a lease for a 19,000 square foot space at the Dean Street warehouse, pictured in the rendering above.

So what happened to the post office? Rob Perris, District Manager for Community Board 2, told the Atlantic Yards Report the postal service switched plans because it “discovered belatedly that the proposed location isn’t in 11217.” (Seems kind of strange the post office didn’t know the zip code.) We’ll keep you posted when we hear what the new location will be.

Coworking Space Coming at 594 Dean Street (Updated: No Post Office) [AYR] GMAP
594 Dean Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Google Maps

Update: This story originally said the post office would be moving to 290 Flatbush Avenue in Park Slope. The owner of that retail condo, Janet Yagoda, contacted us to say our story is incorrect. When we asked her if she is talking to the post office and a lease has not yet been signed, she said “no comment.”


The first rendering is out for the building replacing a garage next to what was the McDonald’s at 269-271 4th Avenue, and we think it’s a refreshing improvement over the usual 4th Avenue fare. The 12-story facade seems to be made of alternating stripes of clear and opaque glass, with touches of rusty Corten steel at the top and the base.

As already reported, there will be retail at the bottom (a daycare and restaurant), and it appears large windows on the ground floor will give passerby something to look at. We’re not sure who the designer is. New York YIMBY, which published the rendering, notes that the architect of record on the building permit is Tony Onyeagoro of Building Consulting Engineering. The developer is an LLC led by Juneng Zhao.

YIMBY speculates the building will be condos, given the very large average size of the units at 1,500 square feet and the apparent intention to include central air. As it happens, this is going up next to 4th Avenue’s other better-than-average new building, the ODA-designed 275 4th Avenue, which is replacing McDonald’s. A variation on ODA’s theme of stacked boxes, it features a jagged triangular-shaped cut-away on the top.

What do you think of the new design?

Revealed: 271 4th Avenue, Park Slope [NYY] GMAP
269 4th Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering from New Empire Building Corp. via NYY

35 park place park slope 12015

This Park Slope Italianate at 35 Park Place is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some original features, but the house has suffered from being chopped up into four floor-through units, in our opinion.

On the plus side, the exterior is attractive, particularly the entry, and inside there are arched white marble mantels, an original staircase, molding and other features. But we think this one is going to take a lot of work. Unless, of course, you want to buy it as an investment property and keep it as is.

The ask is $3,095,000. Think it will fly?

35 Park Place [Sotheby's] GMAP

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Four former rent-stabilized apartments in a pretty Park Slope apartment house have just hit the market as condos. The one-bedrooms at 19 St. Johns Place range from 601 to 666 square feet and are priced from $631,000 to $732,000. For those of you keeping score at home, that shakes out to roughly $1,049 per square foot.

The priciest apartment, Unit 4B, has been upgraded with new cabinets, a new bathroom and stainless steel appliances, as well as an open plan kitchen/living room. It also comes with roof rights. The rest of the apartments have more traditional layouts, with separate kitchens, standard white appliances and white cabinets. A fifth condo will go on sale in the spring, according to the broker. (Some of the units “were briefly on the market in 2010,” he added.)

The four-story turn-of-the-century building has eight units, three of which are still occupied by rent-stabilized tenants. Do you think these condos sound attractive?

19 St. Johns Place [Corcoran] GMAP