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The winter edition of citywide music festival Make Music New York is bringing participatory performances to Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, Cadman Plaza, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and McCarren Park this Sunday. Appalachian fiddlers and dancers will lead a parade from Grand Army Plaza to the Shake Shack on Flatbush Avenue, and in Williamsburg, a parade of kalimba (thumb piano) players will wend its way from Cooper Park to McCarren Park.

And singers and instrumentalists of all levels can meet in Cadman Plaza to play in a “slow-motion” performance of the prelude to Bach’s G-Major Cello Suite No. 1. Down on Williamsburg’s Southside, community groups El Puente and Bombayo are hosting an Afro-Caribbean dance and performance experience at El Puente’s headquarters on South 4th Street. Check out the full schedule over at Make Music New York.

Image via Make Music New York

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This Romanesque Revival house at 268 Prospect Place was an Open House Pick last week, but too good to pass up. It has most of its original details and is just a very pretty house. In the same family for 44 years, it seems to be in very good shape although we expect the kitchens and baths could use refreshing or restoration.

The main rooms appear unaltered, including the dining room with wainscotting and big front bedroom. We like the mantels with their various colored tiles, the elaborate plaster details on the ceilings, the stained glass and the floors. There is also early electric lighting.

Designed by William L. Beers, the 1889 house is in the Prospect Heights Historic District. The ask is $2,499,000. Did anyone see it in person this weekend?

268 Prospect Place [Stribling] GMAP


Thanks to a reader for snapping this photo of Doughnut Plant this morning, which opened today at 245 Flatbush Avenue. This is the Lower East Side doughnut maker’s first Brooklyn outpost.

There is seating inside and the sign on the corner says today’s doughnut flavors include marzipan, citron, gingerbread and panettone. Yum. We might have to check this out in person.

Anyone been in yet?

Signage up for Doughnut Plant on Flatbush in Prospect Heights [Brownstoner]  GMAP

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Commercial brokerage TerraCRG bought a former factory at 634 Dean Street in Prospect Heights and plans to renovate it to serve as a new headquarters. TerraCRG sent us this rendering of the 6,600-square-foot building between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, which is being designed by architect Ole Sondresen.

The new offices will have multiple conference rooms, an employee lounge, a wellness center, a chef’s kitchen and an elevator, and will be decorated with art and furniture made by Brooklyn artists. Ole Sondresen has won awards for revamping Etsy’s Dumbo offices and transforming one of the landmarked Greenpoint pencil factory buildings into office space for Kickstarter.

The firm purchased the two-story structure in June for $2,650,000, according to public records. It’s four blocks from TerraCRG’s current office at 592 Pacific Street, across from the Barclays Center.

The renovation will wrap in mid-2015, TerraCRG told us. Click through to see what the building looks like now. GMAP

Rendering by Zabie Mustafa for Ole Sondresen Architect; photo below via TerraCRG




We are sorry to report that Sunday was Kaz An Nou’s last day. After five years, the landlord did not renew the lease of the popular French Caribbean restaurant, which played ’70s funk on a record player in the dining room. It was located at 53 6th Avenue in Prospect Heights, close to Barclays Center, so perhaps the landlord is hoping to charge a higher rent. We would have eaten there more often but it was always so crowded we could rarely get a table. The owners said on their Facebook page they will take a break, then be back with something new. There will also be an auction of furniture and equipment Tuesday. DNAinfo was the first to cover the closing. GMAP

Photo by Kaz An Nou

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This two-bedroom co-op at 10 Plaza Street that just hit the market asking $999,000 has a sensible and generous layout as well as a private terrace with a view of Grand Army Plaza. The corner location also sports lots of windows and light as well as two full bathrooms. Very solid. The monthly maintenance on the 1,200-square-foot pad is $1,160.

10 Plaza Street, #3A [Corcoran] GMAP

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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…)

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

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192 Park Place
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,475,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30

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

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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