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

421 Sterling Place

This Prospect Heights two-family is dripping with detail, close to the park, and has an enormous backyard because it sits on a 131-foot-deep lot. We liked it when it was a House of the Day back in 2010, too, although back then it needed some work, according to commenters who saw it in person.

Now it’s got sleek new kitchens and baths with marble and Duravit fixtures. We’d prefer a more traditionally shaped kitchen island, but that is an easy enough fix.

It last changed hands for $1,440,000. Now the new ask is $2,999,000. Think that’s in line with the market?

421 Sterling Place [Ideal Properties] GMAP

550 vanderbilt avenue rendering 102014

As Forest City Ratner battles builder Skanska in court over the stalled B2 tower and Greenland Forest City Partners moves ahead with the rest of the development, New York YIMBY has snagged a rendering of a new piece of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park: a 17-story condo development planned for the large vacant lot on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt. CookFox is designing the 275-unit tower, which will have an address of 550 Vanderbilt Avenue.

New building applications were filed last month for the tower, which will include 326,047 square feet of residential space and 4,731 square feet of ground floor retail, as reported. The exterior will be a mix of masonry and precast concrete, which will provide “a gradual aesthetic transition” between the historic townhouses in the area and “the more modernist SHoP towers of the western end of the site,” according to YIMBY.

To recap the project’s timetable: the SHoP-designed modular tower at 461 Dean Street (formerly B2) has started construction but is stalled, 30 6th Avenue next door is supposed to break ground in the middle of next year, and the affordable tower at 535 Carlton and 550 Vanderbilt are both scheduled to break ground by the end of this year. Condo sales are supposed to start mid-2015, according to YIMBY.

Click through to see a close-up of the entrance of 550 Vanderbilt. What do you think of the design of the building, which will fill a prominent hole at the corner of Vanderbilt and Dean Streets?

Revealed: 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, 17-Story Pacific Park Brooklyn Condo Tower [NYY] GMAP
Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]

Renderings by CookFox via NYY (more…)


The StorageMart on Atlantic Avenue — a huge, hard-to-miss building — is closing to make way for Atlantic Yards. Management sent out a notice via email to its customers yesterday, which one of them forwarded to us. Turns out the building is one of the ones being taken over by eminent domain! The judge granted the state’s request for all seven of the remaining Atlantic Yards sites yesterday, as DNAinfo and Atlantic Yards Report were the first to note.

StorageMart isn’t happy about the seizure. “The New York State Urban Development Corporation dba Empire State Development (ESD) has been trying for years to take over our property located at 718 Atlantic Ave as part of the Atlantic Yards project. Unfortunately it finally succeeded on August 29, 2014,” the email says.

Click through to see the letter.

Photo by Greg Snodgrass for PropertyShark (more…)

540 vanderbilt avenue prospect heights

Forest City Ratner has filed new building applications for a third, conventionally built building at 540 Vanderbilt Avenue. The development comes hot on the heels of filings for a second new building, 535 Carlton Avenue, the state’s plans to seize seven Atlantic Yards properties under eminent domain, and lawsuits over the first tower, B2.

The complex between Pacific and Dean Streets will rise 17 stories and house 282 units. Designed by Cook+Fox, the project will include 326,047 square feet of residential space and 4,731 square feet of ground floor retail. (more…)


As Forest City and Skanska wrangle over the stalled B2 modular tower, Forest City and partner Greenland are losing no time getting the next projects going. Permits have been filed for the second Atlantic Yards (now renamed Pacific Park) tower. This one will be at 535 Carlton, at the corner of Dean Street, and will be 100 percent affordable rentals.

The building will be 19 stories with 298 apartments, as New York YIMBY was the first to report. The architect of record is Cook+Fox. The project is supposed to break ground in December, Forest City Ratner promised.

Permits Filed: 535 Carlton Avenue, Pacific Park [NYY]
Rendering by Cook+Fox

735 and 737 bergen rendering

New York YIMBY has posted a new rendering of the Brookland Capital buildings under construction at 735 and 737 Bergen Street, between Washington and Underhill in Prospect Heights. Brookland head Boaz Gilad asked architects Issac and Stern to re-think the project’s design, after Curbed compared the original designs to “an establishing shot in a movie about a dystopian police-state” back in April. (more…)

203 St. Marks Ave, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally a garage, now Church of God Victory
Address: 203 St. Marks Avenue
Cross Streets: Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights
Year Built: between 1912-1922, with alterations in 1990s
Architectural Style: Originally Romanesque/Renaissance Revival, now vaguely Moorish/Gothic
Architect: Original — unknown, alterations — Strange & Vella, Architects
Other Buildings by Architect: Building projects in Brooklyn and elsewhere
Landmarked: Yes, part of Prospect Heights HD (2009)

The story: Nothing can change faster than a city block these days. One day a building will be there, the next week it’s gone, and you find yourself trying to remember what was there. That certainly must have happened on this block of Prospect Heights. Before this building was here, 203 St. Marks Avenue was the location of a wood framed row house similar to its next door neighbor. In 1898, it was the home of a little 10 year old boy named William Walsh who couldn’t wait to be old enough to join the 14th Regiment. As America lunged into the Spanish American War, he told the Brooklyn Eagle, “Oh, if I were old enough to help to free Cuba, I would give my head and my heart to God and my country. One country and one flag- the Red, White, and Blue!” (more…)

719 dean street prospect heights 82014

Two small apartment buildings rising on Dean Street between Underhill and Vanderbilt avenues in Prospect Heights are looking close to done, on the outside at least. The buildings at 719 (above) and 751 Dean both have windows, and the former has gotten balconies too. No. 751 has an old-fashioned looking cornice, although the rest of the building looks fairly new. (more…)

856 washington avenue prospect heights

Trader Joe’s is supposedly planning to open in the old Greenpoint Savings Bank building at 856 Washington Avenue between Lincoln Place and Eastern Parkway, according to an anonymous source in the neighborhood who blabbed to FIPS. Apparently the Capital One there now is closing.

As well, Key Food across the street will become a Duane Reade, the source told FIPS. Trader Joe’s does love an old bank, as FIPS points out — its Cobble Hill location is in the former South Brooklyn Savings Institution on Court Street. What do you think? Have you heard anything?

Rumorsville: Trader Joe’s Coming to Washington Avenue? [FIPS] GMAP
Photo by Google Maps