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…)


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

Photos by Luke’s Lobster (more…)

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


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


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

580 carroll street park slope 102014

If you’re looking for a building in Park Slope with a strong modern pedigree, the Enrique Norten-designed development at 580 Carroll isn’t a bad place to start. In addition to clean lines and slick finishes, it has a large common yard and this unit comes with a private balcony. One potential drawback depending on your lifestyle: The kitchen is really just a kitchenette set into the wall of the living area. The asking price for the 1,270-square-foot apartment is $1,397,000.

580 Carroll Street, #2C [Elliman] GMAP

641 10th street park slope 92014

Here’s a cute garden one-bedroom in South Slope. The kitchen is at one end of the living room and the mudroom off the bedroom can be used as a little den/office. The kitchen has great counter space, plenty of cabinets and a dishwasher, and there’s a washer/dryer. Renters also have access to basement storage and a shared backyard. And it’s only two blocks to the F/G stop at 7th Avenue. What do you think of it for $2,600 a month?

641 10th Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP

809 president street park slope 92014

This two-bedroom, two-bath duplex in Park Slope has plenty of original detail and outdoor space. We spot moldings along the windows, doors and ceilings, as well as a pier mirror. The kitchen was recently updated with granite countertops, a dishwasher and an island. There’s also a private garden and a deck. It looks pretty sweet, and it’s zoned for P.S. 321, according to the listing. Do you think it’s worth $5,500 a month?

809 President Street [Elliman] GMAP

157 prospect park west park slope 92014

This true two-bedroom — rare in a brownstone conversion – has lots of family friendly features as well as original details. There’s a formal parlor as well as a den or playroom with double height ceiling that can be viewed from upstairs. The duplex has a real internal staircase, and an attractive private backyard. The ask is $1,200,000 and the maintenance is $884.

157 Prospect Park West, #1 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

true religion viva movil 162 flatbush avenue 92014

True Religion is opening its first Brooklyn store this winter in the old Viva Movil space across the street from the Barclays Center in Park Slope. Signage for the California-based denim brand appeared on the corner of Flatbush and Pacific earlier this week. Thanks to a commenter for tipping us off.

The new store at 162 Flatbush Avenue will have nine-foot-tall digital storefront windows, as well as other technology such as interactive kiosks and iPad checkout, according to Racked and Apparel.  GMAP