04/14/14 12:57pm

Asking prices are soaring at Brooklyn’s (arguably) sexiest building, the Richard Meier-designed On Prospect Park. Take this recent listing, a 1,952-square-foot on the sixth floor.

The sixth-floor pad,which sports views over the park, is asking $2,849,000. That’s $1,460 a foot, for those of you keeping score at home!

1 Grand Army Plaza, #6J [Corcoran] GMAP


Barclays is planning to replace its roof with a green one, which will also deaden sound from concerts, The Wall Street Journal reported. The green roof was part of the initial plan for the center but was nixed years ago to rein in costs, according to the paper.

The roof of the subway entrance was planted in sedum in 2012. Atlantic Yards Report was the first to write about the revived plans for the green roof. How do you like it?

A Roof Grows on Barclays [WSJ]
Rendering by SHoP Architects via WSJ

03/27/14 9:30am

Demo has started on the Bergen Tile building at the corner of Flatbush and Dean Street in Prospect Heights. When we stopped by last night, the upper part of the building was already gone.

Developer PRD Realty filed a demolition application for 215 Flatbush in October, but DOB didn’t issue a permit until March 11. The most recent new building application is from February 2012 and calls for a six-story building with 53 apartments and 9,875 square feet of ground floor commercial space.

The 55,000-square-foot building has to have 26 parking spaces by law, but Martin Domansky of PRD told us two years ago that he was seeking a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals because he couldn’t construct that number of spaces. We dug up some renderings last fall that match the recently filed plans.

Another photo after the jump!

Three Renderings out for Bergen Tile Development Site Close to Barclays Center [Brownstoner] GMAP
New Building Will Replace Bergen Tile Near Arena [Brownstoner]
Bergen Tile Developer Seeks Zoning, Parking Variances [Brownstoner]


03/18/14 12:15pm

This parlor floor one-bedroom in Prospect Heights looks a tad narrow but has some nice details and a private deck. The eat-in kitchen has a dishwasher, and the bathroom (not pictured) is newly renovated, according to the listing. The pad also has parquet floors and intact moldings along the walls and around the windows. What do you think of it for $2,400 a month?

397 Park Place, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP

03/12/14 4:00pm

When other neighborhood businesses were closing up shop in the early ’60s due to changing racial demographics and civil unrest, Tom’s Restaurant chose to stay in Prospect Heights where it had been since 1936. Listen to owner Gus Vlahavus explain why in this mini-documentary about the restaurant.

The episode is one of the first in a new series on NYC Media (Channel 25) called “Neighborhood Slice“ about New York City neighborhoods as seen through the eyes of those who have lived in them the longest. Upcoming episodes will focus on Crown Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens and Williamsburg.

Screenshot via NYC Media

03/10/14 1:30pm

This mid-19th century Italianate in Prospect Heights makes up in width (24 feet across) what it lacks in depth (40 28 feet). The double duplex is nicely renovated and has lots of cute old details, including arched entry doors, floors, marble mantels, a wood burning fireplace, tin ceilings and wedding cake plaster decorations.

We’re guessing it probably gets a lot of light too because of the dimensions. The only thing we’re not liking is that step up to the dining room in the owner’s duplex. What do you think of it for $2,400,000?

680 Dean Street [Corcoran] GMAP

03/07/14 4:00pm

Learn about gardening and food policy at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend during its 33rd annual Making Brooklyn Bloom conference. The event, which is free with admission to the garden, includes workshops, networking lunches for gardeners and urban famers, walking tours and gardening how-tos. Workshops will cover topics like composting, soil contamination, nature walks and kitchen botany.

Attendees can take a seasonal guided walking tour of the gardens, visit the Rotunda and learn how to build an indoor terrarium. The conference will take place from 10 am to 4 pm, with workshops starting at 11 am and 3 pm. You can register the day of, and BBG suggests you arrive early to reserve space in your preferred workshops. Check out the full schedule here on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website.

Image via Brooklyn Botanic Garden


Signage has gone up in the windows of 602 Vanderbilt Avenue, where restaurant 606 R&D is preparing to expand with takeout and groceries. The spinoff, to be called R&D Foods, will have a counter with seating, according to the website. Offerings will include prepared foods, vegetables, sandwiches, deli items, breads, pastry, donuts, and coffee. There will also be catering.

“Opening Winter 2014″ says the site, and the hours will be 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week. The space was previously home to salon Wink Eco Beauty Bar. Thanks to Cara Greenberg for the tip and photo. GMAP

03/05/14 12:58pm

Here’s a cute prewar pad on a charming block of Prospect Heights. The floor-through apartment has some attractive prewar details and nice-sized living areas but the railroad-y configuration makes the two-bedroom set-up sub-optimal.

It could be a problem easily solved, though, by extending the hallway to the master bedroom, which would reduce the size of the smaller bedroom to about 9 feet by 9 feet. The maintenance is $720 a month and the asking price is $765,000.

185 Saint Marks Avenue, #4L [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

02/28/14 9:30am

A fire in an apartment in Turner Towers at 135 Eastern Parkway last night sent two residents and four firefighters to the hospital with minor injuries, DNAinfo reported. We heard from a reader last night, who said:

There is a major fire in Turner Towers right now. This is the big co-op on Eastern Pkwy facing the Brooklyn Museum. Tons of black smoke pouring out of an apartment on the north side about 2/3 up the building. Many fire trucks on EP battling the fire.

The fire started around 11:30 pm. Nearly 140 firefighters responded. The fire was under control by 1:50 am, said DNAinfo. The cause is under investigation. More photos after the jump.

Six Injured in Eastern Parkway Apartment Fire, FDNY Says [DNAinfo]
Photo via Twitter @flogginkatie


02/27/14 3:00pm

577 Vanderbilt Ave, SB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Tenement building
Address: 577 Vanderbilt Avenue
Cross Streets: Pacific and Dean streets
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights
Year Built: 1877
Architectural Style: Neo-Grec
Architect: Thomas F. Houghton
Other work by architect: Our Lady of Victory RC Church in Stuyvesant Heights, St. Francis Xavier RC Church in Park Slope, and other churches in Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey
Landmarked: Yes, part of Prospect Heights HD (2009)

The story: By definition, a tenement is a multi-unit building with more than three families living independently of each other, with separate cooking facilities, among other things. There is no expectation of income level in the definition, so technically speaking, a building like the famous Dakota Apartments is a tenement, and was actually defined as one in early documentation. But, of course, we, as well as the people of the day, associate the word to mean crowded and substandard housing for the poor. But it wasn’t always substandard. Here’s an example.

Vanderbilt Avenue was an important road that led from the Wallabout piers to Prospect Park, and beyond, to Flatbush. It was established in 1850, and was a bustling thoroughfare, with produce and goods traveling from agrarian Flatbush down to the markets of Wallabout, and on to Manhattan. The upper end of the road would have intersected with the Mount Prospect Reservoir, built in the late 1850s. The area near Atlantic Avenue was also home to industries that were springing up near the rail yards and other parts of Atlantic Avenue.

In 1877, most of the fine speculative row houses that make up the bulk of the housing stock in the neighborhood were still ten to fifteen years away. But Vanderbilt Avenue was already lined with buildings, most of them storefront tenement buildings. This building is one of the few that did not have business space on the ground floor. It was built for M. Fitzgerald, a local developer, and was an early work by architect Thomas F. Houghton, designed in the Neo-Grec style, the most popular architectural style of the day. (more…)

02/26/14 10:45am


It looks like construction is under way at a formerly stalled site on Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Underhill Avenues in Prospect Heights. We spotted some new building permits and a schematic on the fence at 751 Dean Street, where permits from last year tell the story of a four-story apartment building planned for the former vacant lot.

The building going up right now will house four apartments, one per floor, totaling 3,960 square feet. The schematic (pictured after the jump) shows two connected buildings with fiberglass and stucco facades, but no permits have been filed for the second building. DOB slapped the project with five violations in December and January, as well as a stop-work order, which explains the construction slow-down. GMAP