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We featured this Neo-Grec brownstone at 192 Park Place as an Open House Pick last week, but we think it merits a closer look. The owner, an LLC, picked it up last year for $630,000. It’s got everything, including new inlaid floors, vintage light fixtures, restored mahogany woodwork and plaster moldings, three mantels (including one wood burning fireplace), all new mechanicals, zoned central AC, radiant floor heat in the bathrooms, a security system, a new facade and a new roof.

Set up as a triplex over a garden rental, it’s one of the better flips we’ve seen. Still, we would have handled a few things differently: The kitchen and back wall configuration is awkward and the floors look too modern, for example.

Did anyone see it in person? What do you think of it and the ask of $3,475,000?

192 Park Place [Corcoran] GMAP


Forest City Ratner and Skanska are discussing a buyout deal and have already set a price, although other terms are still under negotiation, according to a letter Skanska sent to the judge overseeing the former partners’ lawsuits over the stalled modular B2 tower. In fact, a closing date was set for Monday, Atlantic Yards Report reported. There has been no announcement from either party, so perhaps the closing has not yet taken place.

Forest City would buy out Skanska, freeing up Forest City to restart construction on the stalled tower. A buyout deal could include compensation for cost overruns the two have been fighting about in court and put the lawsuits to rest.

Forest City Seems Ready to Buy out Skanska’s Interest in Closed Modular Factory; Deal Could Close Tomorrow [AYR]
Skanska Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Field Condition

Update: We have just received a statement from Skanska. It says: “Today FCRC Modular LLC and Skanska Modular LLC announced that FCRC Modular LLC will purchase the ownership interest of Skanska Modular LLC in their jointly owned modular factory business in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, FC+Skanska Modular LLC, for an undisclosed amount. The agreement, achieved through mediation with Roger J. Peters, Esq., marks the end of the companies’ partnership at the modular factory and makes FCRC Modular the sole owner and manager of the modular business. Litigation between the companies over the B2 Project will continue and is not impacted by this agreement.”

123-133 Prospect Place, NS, PS 2

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 123-133 Prospect Place
Cross Streets: Flatbush and Carlton avenues
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights
Year Built: 1873
Architectural Style: Second Empire
Architect: John V. Porter (builder)
Other Buildings by Architect: Various houses in Prospect Heights, such as 117-127 St. Marks Avenue
Landmarked: Yes, part of Prospect Heights HD (2009)

The story: My old neighborhood of Crown Heights North was built primarily in the 1880s and ‘90s, so we don’t have very many of these types of houses. In fact, I think we only have one remaining example. Which is too bad, because Second Empire houses are really beautiful and grand, and a great visual treat when walking down the street. This group of six houses is one of the best preserved in Prospect Heights, which has several groups of Second Empires close to Flatbush Avenue.

Development in Prospect Heights spread out from Flatbush Avenue, one of the busiest and most vital of Brooklyn’s thoroughfares. The original Flatbush Road had a slightly different route through the neighborhood, and was a tolled turnpike, but then, as now, was an important route between Flatbush and the shores of the river. The current avenue was laid down in 1852, and development on both sides of the street began, albeit quite slowly. (more…)

247 hancock street bed stuy 112014

Bed Stuy
247 Hancock Street
Broker: Halstead
Price: $6,000,000
Sunday 12:00 – 1:30

192 park place prospect heights 112014Prospect Heights
192 Park Place
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,475,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30

101 hancock street bed stuy 112014

Bed Stuy
101 Hancock Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $2,450,000
Sunday 1:30 – 2:30

952 Putnam Ave-Building Façade-NYCBed Stuy
952 Putnam Avenue
Broker: Halstead
Price: $1,075,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30


Signage is up at Doughnut Plant‘s first Brooklyn location at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Bergen Street in Prospect Heights. The store, which said it planned to open in October, will replace Yummy Taco at 245 Flatbush in the triangular shaped island across from Hungry Ghost cafe. Thanks to Cara Greenberg of CasaCARA for the tip and photo. GMAP

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No one’s going to accuse this two-bedroom at 382 Prospect Place of being too large but the cozy pad has been recently renovated and appears to have nice natural light. The layout’s a little wonky — with two 45-degree-angled walls and access to the second bedroom through the kitchen — and there’s only one bathroom. The square footage is not provided but we can’t see how it’s more than 500 square feet. The ask is $525,000, which seems high in our book given the size, although it is just west of Washington Avenue.

382 Prospect Place, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP

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Community Board 8′s Housing Committee greenlighted plans for two single-family passive-house townhouses on a small empty plot zoned for industrial at 8-10 Underhill Avenue. The property used to be a moving company and needed approvals because it’s zoned M-1.

Each house will have three stories and 2,400 square feet of space, according to building applications filed and disapproved in August. The townhouses will be narrow at only 15 feet wide each, since the property is only 30 feet wide. Their neighbors will be a self-storage company and an apartment building. Fractal Architecture is designing the project, and the owners are Post Industrial Thinking LLC, according to permits. The LLC purchased the 2,400-square-foot lot last year for $425,000.

Less than a block away at Underhill and Pacific, Hello Living has filed permits to convert a factory into eight single-family townhomes, as we reported in the spring. GMAP

Photo by Google Maps


Neighbors on a landmarked block of Prospect Heights are fighting to preserve their interior green space — a concept that has come to be known as the “green doughnut” — from intrusion by a proposed extension at 203 Prospect Place. They have gathered more than 70 signatures on a petition against the two-story tiered extension, which would measure 21 feet deep by 20 feet wide at its biggest points, according to one of the neighbors.

“The addition would jut out into the historic ‘garden core’ and block light and views from neighboring properties,” our tipster said. Above, a photo of the backyard green space sent in by a local.

The proposal did not pass at the Community Board 8 meeting October 9. It goes up in front of the Landmarks Preservation Commission Tuesday, November 18.

The attached brownstone row house at No. 203 was designed by Eastman & Daus in the Neo-Grec style and built in 1885, according to the note in the LPC calendar. The hearing is for more than just the rear yard addition. The owners also wish to “alter the front areaway.”

We have reached out to the architects on the project, but have not yet heard back from them. We’ll update the story if we do.


Little Cupcake Bakeshop is opening up at 525 Vanderbilt Avenue, next to Unnameable Books and catty corner from Ample Hills Creamery, in Prospect Heights. This is the bakery’s third location; the others are in Bay Ridge and Manhattan.

Previously home to a bodega, the retail space is being completely transformed inside and out with a vintage look that includes wood counters, a tin ceiling and early 20th century style lighting. On the menu, in addition to cupcakes, will be cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecake and ice cream.

A big thank you to Casacara blogger Cara Greenberg for the tip and photo. GMAP

Photo by Cara Greenberg

Tom's Diner

We are sad to report that Gus Vlahavas, the owner of Tom’s Restaurant on Washington and Sterling in Prospect Heights, died yesterday, according to DNAinfo and OurBKSocial. The Vlahavas family first opened the restaurant in 1936, survived riots in the late ’60s, and watched the neighborhood change dramatically around them.

In recent years, Vlahavas was not involved in the day-to-day operations of the restaurant, which is open as usual for business. Did anyone know Gus or want to share memories of him here?

Image via Neighborhood Slice and NYC Media

190 Saint Marks

This gut-renovated floor-through apartment in Prospect Heights has a lot going for it. It has two bedrooms, an open plan, a kitchen with all the bells and whistles, two full baths, and a terrace at the back of the apartment.

It’s also quite large at 1,150 square feet and has central A/C. The building is a short walk to all the restaurants, bars and coffee shops on Vanderbilt and not far from the subway lines on Flatbush.

Of course all of that does not come cheap. What do you think of it for $3,700 a month?

190 Saint Marks Avenue, #3 [Citi Habitats] GMAP