490 2nd street park slope 102014

This floor-through apartment at 490 2nd Street in Park Slope just hit the market with an asking price of $999,000. The one-bedroom pad has been attractively renovated. It’s currently configured as a one-bedroom but you could definitely squeeze a second bedroom into the back of the unit. And don’t forget this bonus: There’s a private roof deck that needs work but is big. Waddya think?

490 2nd Street, #3 [Town] GMAP

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A now-vacant lot at 359 7th Street in Park Slope just sold for $1,860,000, or $453 per buildable square foot. The sale was brokered by Ariel Property Advisors, which said in a release that the price per buildable square foot was a record for the neighborhood. The unnamed buyer plans condos, said Ariel. The 20.5 foot wide, 100 foot deep lot can accommodate a 4,100 square foot building.

The previous owner, an LLC, bought the site in August of 2012 for $1,250,000. At the time the lot had was home to a frame house built sometime before 1899. The application to demolish the building was approved in December of that year. The transaction has not yet hit public records. Click through to see a photo of the frame house that was torn down.

Photo above by Google Maps; photo below by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark
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Seney Hospital, NY Methodist Hosp. composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Park Slope’s New York Methodist Hospital is much in the news nowadays due to its plans to demolish the row houses and apartment buildings it owns in order to expand its hospital and clinic facilities. But how did Methodist end up being in Park Slope in the first place? Well, there is quite a difference between today’s modern hospital and the buildings that made up the original complex. There is even a difference in the name; Methodist Hospital was built as the Seney Hospital. It was founded by a man of great philanthropy and generosity named George Ingraham Seney.

George Seney was the son of a Methodist preacher. He began his professional career as a bank teller at the Metropolitan National Bank of New York. In 1855 he was promoted to cashier, a management position, and by 1877, he was president of the bank. He was also an astute stock investor, and actually made the bulk of his considerable fortune by investing in railroads. When one of his companies, the lucrative New York-Chicago-St. Louis Railroad was sold to the Vanderbilts, he had more money than most people could imagine. (more…)

After years of legal and financial woes, New York City’s last public bath building, completed in 1910, has been snapped up at auction by developer Greystone for $7,600,000, DNAinfo reported. Landmarked in 1982, the building at 227 4th Avenue has in recent years been used as a private arts, events and community space known as the Lyceum.

Greystone told DNAinfo it would not comment on its plans for the building until the close of the sale in 60 days. There are windows all around so apartments would be possible, but the entire space is only 12,200 square feet inside. The building’s FAR would allow a total of 33,060 square feet on the site, but its landmark status is likely to prevent any additions. The developer could carve out 10 or so luxury condos, but unless Landmarks allows a modern addition on the roof, our guess is it will become a mall, office space, or a big box store.

A lien for $5.05 million led to the foreclosure sale, Here’s Park Slope reported earlier this week.

The photo of the building partly shrouded in netting in 2012, above, does not show the Renaissance Revival building’s elaborate terra cotta detail, which includes dolphins, urns of flowing water, and images of Triton, the father of the sea-god Poseidon. It was designed by architect Raymond F. Almirall.

What would you like to see in this space?

Developer Buys Landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum for $7.6M at Foreclosure Auction [DNA] GMAP
Brooklyn Lyceum in Foreclosure, Being Auctioned Today [Here's Park Slope]
Lyceum Coverage [Brownstoner]

39 Plaza Street West combo

This new listing at 39 Plaza Street West in Park Slope has a lot going for it. Three exposures with crazy views towards Manhattan, lotsa prewar cred (Candela!) and a head-to-toe renovation. The new kitchen is very nicely done, though the fixtures in the bathroom are trying a little too hard to be modern. The two-bedroom pad has a monthly maintenance of $1,712 and is asking $1,350,000. You like?

39 Plaza Street West, #10C [Corcoran] GMAP

918 President StreetCombo

The house is grand and so is the asking price. This two-family brownstone at 918 President Street in Park Slope offers a sweep of original detail, including blockbuster fireplaces and parquet floors. The renovation looks expensive, although we could do without the tile floor in the bathroom and the massive cabinetry in the kitchen.

It’s set up as a fourplex over a rental (the house is actually five stories, although the topmost one is hidden). All the mechanicals were updated in 2003, including five-zone central air. It’s also half a block from the park. Do you think it will sell at $5,250,000?

918 President Street [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

Prospect Park Boathouse, SSpellen 1

This week we are celebrating Brownstoner’s 10th anniversary. I’ve picked four favorites from past columns to celebrate. Here’s the first:

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Audubon Center at the Boathouse, aka Prospect Park Boathouse
Address: 101 East Drive (offical address)
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1905
Architectural Style: Italian Renaissance Revival
Architect: Helmle & Huberty, 1999 restoration — Ralph Carmosino
Other buildings by architect: Tennis House in Prospect Park. St. Barbara’s Church, Bushwick. St. Gregory’s Church, Crown Heights North. Bossert Hotel, Brooklyn Heights. Park Shelter, McGolrick Park, Greenpoint
Landmarked: Yes

The story: If I could ever decide on a definitive list of the 10 best buildings in Brooklyn, I’d have to find room for this one. It’s simply, and in the best sense of the word simply, magnificent. It also has a great history, and we are very lucky that it’s still here.

When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed this great park, they built manmade structures to enhance the natural beauty of the park, and provide places to congregate for events, or sit and enjoy the natural preserve. The first boathouse, built in 1876, sat on piers, and faced south. In 1905, this Classically inspired, terra-cotta encased building was designed to replace it. It faces west, by the way, purposefully to catch the sunsets over the water. (more…)

101 8th Ave, Unity Club, Composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

The Unity Club was founded as an upscale Jewish men’s organization in 1896. They organized in order to provide social, philanthropic and communal activities for their members, many of whom were not welcome in Brooklyn’s other clubs. Their first clubhouse was at 482 Franklin Avenue at Hancock Street. In 1914, they took over the Union League Club building at Grant Square, on the corner of Dean Street and Bedford Avenue. This large building was perfect for the clubs social and educational activities.

Many of the members were German Jews whose families had come to America just after the Civil War or a bit later. They had succeeded in business and assimilated in many ways into American society, with many leading citizens in their ranks. But the poorer, less skilled Eastern European Jews who came to the US at the turn of the 20th century did not fare as well. The Unity Club provided programs to teach these immigrants English, hone job skills, and help them make their way in American society, while still holding on to their Jewish traditions. (more…)

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Luke’s Lobster opened two weeks ago at 237 5th Avenue, in a spot formerly occupied by a shoe repair shop. Menu items include lobster, shrimp and crab rolls, New England clam chowder and other soups, and pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

There will also be beer on tap, backyard grilled lobster tail parties and a CSA fresh fish pickup. This is the second Brooklyn location for the 14-store business. Anyone checked it out yet? GMAP

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502 12th street park slope 102014

If you’re looking for that traditional Park Slope feel, this 1.5-bedroom near the park seems like a nice option. The 900-square-foot pad features two mirrored mantels and other original details, a kitchen that looks big enough for a table, lots of closets, and a separate dining room, according to the listing. The ’80s-era kitchen has plenty of counter space as well as a zany checkered backsplash and Laura Ashley-style flowered wallpaper that might seem dated or charming, depending on your point of view. What are your thoughts on it for $2,300 a month?

502 12th Street, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP

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Two veterans of vaunted San Francisco eatery Slanted Door are opening a “modern Vietnamese gastropub” at 162 5th Avenue in Park Slope. The space was just vacated by Brooklyn Fish Camp because their 10-year lease was up.

Slanted Door, which won the Outstanding Restaurant James Beard Award this year, serves updated Vietnamese food, with dishes such as oven-roasted clams and crispy shrimp-stuffed squash blossoms. The Daily Meal was the first to report on the news.

Are you excited about this addition to the Park Slope dining scene?

Slanted Door Vets Opening Vietnamese Gastropub in Park Slope [Daily Meal] GMAP
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

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The turn of the century apartment house at 582 2nd Street in Park Slope was converted from seven rentals to five extremely luxurious condos last year, and now the building is sold out, according to reps from Town Residential. Construction began last year at the development, which is named the Bennett House after the building’s architect, Thomas Bennett. The fifth and final unit, a 1,503-square-foot two-bedroom duplex priced at $1,695,000, went into contract last week. In total, the building will bring in more than $8,000,000 in condo sales, according to Town.

The family-sized apartments have two to four bedrooms each and occupy whole floors or more, ranging in size from 1,396 to more than 1,600 square feet. The windows are large and the ceilings high. Finishes include Vermont Ash hardwood floors and Calacatta marble countertops. Ramon Maislen from Phasa Development developed the four-story building, an ornate limestone Renaissance Revival constructed in 1909.

Edwardian Park Slope Building Debuts Four-Bedroom Condos Starting at $2.395 Million [Brownstoner]
Condo Conversion Planned for Park Slope’s 1909 Bennett House Apartment Building [Brownstoner] GMAP