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…)


An over-the-top Park Slope mansion actress Jennifer Connelly once called home is back in the news again.

Park Slope’s 17 Prospect Park West, built by architect Montrose Morris in 1899, was big news in 2003 when Connelly and fellow actor Paul Bettany bought it for $3,700,000 — a shocking price until five years later when they sold it to to a Google engineer for $8,450,000. And now, according to The Real Deal, the mansion has sold again, for $12,400,000.

The sale, for those of you who are keeping track, doesn’t break any records. First prize for the most expensive Brooklyn townhouse sale goes to the Cobble Hill townhouse sold in June for $15,500,000. (And, to put things in perspective, that doesn’t come close to the $32,000,000 ask for this penthouse at One Brooklyn Bridge Park.) (more…)


The parlor floor on this four-story limestone, at 600 2nd Street in Park Slope, is a serious showpiece.

There’s a small rainforest’s worth of dark carved wood on display — the doorways, the giant pier mirror in the front room, two mantels, that amazing kitchen ceiling. There’s also a tantalizing glimpse of what looks like a wall of original wood built-in cabinets to the right in the middle room.

Check out the plaster details as well, and the stained glass transoms, and the stunning parquet floors. The window daybed in the kitchen is a terrific touch, with stained glass above no less.

And with three connecting rooms, and a deep extension in the rear, the parlor floor runs about 65 feet from front to back. (more…)


Just days after developer Greystone released a rendering for the luxury rental building it is planning for next door to Park Slope’s much-watched Lyceum, a landmarked former public bath on development-heavy 4th Avenue, it announced it has found a tenant for the century-old Beaux Arts building: Blink Fitness.

The no-frills gym chain will be taking up the whole 16,700-square-foot space at 227 4th Avenue, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. Greystone bought the Lyceum this year at a foreclosure auction, intending to turn it into condos — and subsequently snapped up the development site next door.

When Greystone recently announced it had dropped its condo plans for the Lyceum and was seeking a retailer or two, Brownstoner commenters said they would like to see an Apple or Trader Joe’s move into the space. (more…)


What we have here is a small-ish house for a big price. The ask on this three-story brownstone — at 451 8th Street in Park Slope — is $2,950,000, which is a pretty penny for a house that’s just over 17 feet wide and less than 2,300 square feet.

On the other hand, it’s a beautiful house. It’s full of details — stained glass, marble mantels, ceiling medallions, crown moldings, parquet floors — and looks to be in top condition. (more…)


After snapping-up a bushel of Brooklyn agents over the past year or so, Compass — the design-and-technology-conscious real estate upstart — is officially opening two offices in Brooklyn.

The Park Slope office will be at 514 2nd Street, just a stone’s throw from the brokerage-blooming stretch of 7th Avenue running roughly from 5th Street up to Berkeley Place. We’re awaiting information on the location of the Williamsburg office.



A rendering has been released for the much-watched development connected to the landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum at 227 4th Avenue in Park Slope. The Lyceum, one of the last public baths built in New York City, has had a drama-filled decade, as its longtime owner struggled to hold onto it — and claimed he was cheated — but finally lost the property to foreclosure, as Brownstoner has reported in countless articles.

Daniel Goldner Architects has designed a modern-looking 12-story rust-colored building with a set back in contrasting yellow brick. Offset windows of varied sizes give the facade a playful, dynamic look. (more…)

820 President Street, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: The Verona
Address: 820 President Street
Cross Streets: Corner 7th Avenue
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1888
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: John G. Glover
Other works by architect: Graham Home for Old Ladies; Van Glahn Brothers’ stables, homes and warehouses, all in Clinton Hill. Row houses and tenement buildings in Park Slope and Clinton Hill, Acme Hall in Park Slope
Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed expanded Park Slope Historic District

The story: In an effort to get high-class folk to move into apartment buildings, developers and their architects in the late 19th century had to go all out to avoid elements that would remind people of tenements.

It’s ironic that an educated and amazingly well-traveled American audience would not approve of something so urbane and European as a finely appointed apartment. Wealthy Parisians, Londoners, and Venetians had been living in them for centuries.

The late 1880s gave Brooklyn’s more upscale neighborhoods their first luxury apartment buildings. Joining buildings like the Alhambra, the Arlington and the Montague was this one – the Verona. (more…)