240-244 8th St. Higgins Ink, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Higgins Ink Building
Address: 240-244 8th Street
Cross Streets: 4th and 5th avenues
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1898
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Stone Brothers
Other Buildings by Architect: Factory and warehouse buildings in Dumbo and elsewhere
Landmarked: No

The story: The Charles M. Higgins Company, manufacturer of Higgins India Ink, was founded in 1880 by an Irish immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1860, eager to make his mark in his new country. Charles Higgins was a naturally curious and inventive man. In 1875, he patented a screw pegging machine, which led to a job at the Scientific News as a patent solicitor – a salesman who finds marketable inventions worthy of a patent. Higgins Ink company lore has it that Charles was fooling around with different ink formulas in his sister’s kitchen in New York, when he invented Higgins India Ink and Eternal Black Ink. He founded his company in 1880, and the rest is history. Higgins ink became the universal ink used around the world. (more…)

661 carroll street park slope 82014

This two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent in a Park Slope brownstone has a clean but warm feel with original floors and a fancy kitchen. The 923-square-foot pad features an attractive living room with space for eating, an office and a balcony, as well as central air and two wood-burning fireplaces. But the caveat is that it’s only available for a year, furnished or unfurnished. Rent is about what you’d expect for the north end of the Slope — $4,500 a month.

661 Carroll Street, #3 [Town Residential] GMAP

179 fifth avenue park slope

Popular upscale chocolatier NuNu Chocolates is opening a cafe and shop at 179 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Here’s Park Slope reports. A cannoli shop called A’Putia was the storefront’s most recent occupant, and before that, Caramello occupied the spot between Lincoln and Berkeley Place. Nunu Chocolate co-owner Andy Laird told the blog that the shop will offer various chocolates and caramels, a cafe and 10 different beers on tap. Nunu also has a factory and flagship store at 529 Atlantic Avenue between 3rd and 4th Avenues. GMAP

Nunu Chocolates Coming to Caramello Space at 179 5th Avenue [Here's Park Slope]

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The Landmark Park Slope on 4th Avenue has just leased 3,300 square feet of space to Gymboree Play & Music, which offers music, art and developmental play classes for children from newborns to five-years old. The company has 550 centers in the U.S. and in 30 countries and two other outlets in Brooklyn. It is building out the space now according to one of the brokers and plans to open in the first quarter of 2015. (more…)

51 fifth avenue chocolate room park slope 82014

The Chocolate Room’s Park Slope cafe will re-open in a new location at 51 Fifth Avenue this month, according to the the company’s website. Owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher opened their first dessert cafe in 2005, down the block at 81 Fifth Avenue. Eventually, they expanded to a much larger second location at 296 Court Street in Cobble Hill. Their longtime landlord wanted to increase their rent by nearly six times, forcing them to look for new space in January, according to the Daily News. GMAP

162 flatbush avenue park slope 82014

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

99 berkeley place park slope 82014

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

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…)

112 st marks place park slope 82014

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

170 flatbush avenue shake shack park slope 82014

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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427 6th street park slope 82014

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

357 7th street park slope 82014

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…)