08/19/14 10:00am

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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…)

08/14/14 3:00pm

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…)

08/14/14 10:00am

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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…)

08/12/14 4:00pm

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

08/11/14 12:57pm

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Okay, so it seems we’re basically at the point where any apartment west of, say, Washington Avenue gets listed at around the $1,000-a-foot mark. This new listing at 34 Plaza Street East in Prospect Heights comes in just shy of that psychological hurdle, but we suspect that’s on purpose — kinda like pricing something in a store for $19.99. This two-bedroom co-op, which looks to be in nice shape (suspicious absence of a kitchen photo notwithstanding) with great light and views, has 1,325 square feet of living space and is asking $1,299,000. Think they’ll get it?

34 Plaza Street East, #907 [Town Residential] GMAP


Spirited, a “dessert speakeasy,” according to its website, plans to open at 638 Bergen Street in Prospect Heights around August 20. It is waiting on its liquor license, owner Kimberly Wetherell told us when we passed by recently.

There will be a full bar with crafted cocktails and every dessert will contain alcohol. Menu items include churros made with Brooklyn Brewery seasonal ales, dusted with bourbon sugar and dipped in chocolate ganache with ginger liqueur. A meringue cake will have bitters, champagne whipped cream and “boozy sauces” whose flavors change daily. Pears in the pear pie will be poached in port, “Manhattan” cookies will have oatmeal, cherries, and rye liquor, and there will be cocktail-flavored lollipops.

Inside there will be low lighting, banquettes, sconces, and a glittery hanging proclaiming the name of the establishment made out of bottle caps. The space was previously home to Beast. GMAP

08/06/14 10:45am

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The Boerum Hill post office’s new home will be located at 594 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, a former warehouse that’s being converted to retail space. The new location, between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues, is about a 10-minute walk away from the old one at 542 Atlantic Avenue, according to Postal Service officials quoted in a story in The Brooklyn Paper. We found the above rendering for the new post office on the construction fence; click through the jump to see the building under construction. (more…)

08/01/14 4:00pm

brooklyn museum

Tomorrow is Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, and the museum is hosting a series of “Caribbean Community” events that range from a West Indian steel pan orchestra performance to a workshop on traditional Jamaican weaving. The free activities start at 4:30 pm with a performance from the Flatbush-based Crossfire Steel Orchestra. Other performers include a Haitian jazz flutist and the Request Band, which plays a mix of dance hall, funk, reggae and calypso. (more…)

07/16/14 1:30pm

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This Neo-Renaissance brownstone at 280 Park Place has tons of lavish details, including an onyx fireplace surround, elaborate screens, stained glass and inlaid parquet floors. Perhaps they used some salvage in the restoration, since not all the wood work appears to match (just an observation, not a criticism). All the mechanicals are new.

It’s set up as two rentals over a large owner’s duplex, with an extension on both levels in the duplex. It was a House of the Day in 2008.

It last sold for $1,450,000 in 2011. For $3,750,000, how do you like it?

280 Park Place [Brooklyn Properties] GMAP


Check out this updated map, which shows where the affordable and market rate housing at Atlantic Yards will go. The Atlantic Yards Report’s Norman Oder published it Thursday in City Limits and again on Atlantic Yards Report.

Pay no attention to the legend on the graphic — the important part is the outlines he added to the map. The two buildings outlined in yellow will be 100 percent affordable. The buildings outlined in red will be 50-50. The buildings outlined in green — six of them, apparently — will be market rate rentals or condos. That’s a lot of market rate apartments.

B4, incidentally, which is outlined in both green and red, will have a mix of 50-50 rentals and 100 percent market rate condos. (more…)

07/02/14 9:30am

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Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch at Grand Army Plaza needs $100,000,000 in repairs but only has enough cash to cover $30,000,000, according to a report in The New York Daily News. Library officials are about to begin repairing the cracked and leaking roof over the wing on the Flatbush Avenue side, which will cost $1,400,000.

The current roof will be torn off and replaced with membrane roofing, a more durable alternative to traditional asphalt roofs. Next year, the library plans to repair the branch’s Grand Lobby, update aging fire alarms, and fix its creaky elevators. The 73-year-old Art Deco building also has faulty air conditioning, cracked windows, and decaying bathrooms with broken sinks and toilets.

The de Blasio administration allocated $18,000,000 for capital repairs across the BPL’s 60-branch system, which requires an estimated $300,000,000 in repairs. The library is still planning to sell its Brooklyn Heights branch to a developer. Officials began evaluating proposals for a mixed-use condo building with the library on the ground floor in December.

Brooklyn’s Central Library Branch Needs $100 Million in Repairs [NYDN]
Photo by gigi_nyc

06/11/14 12:15pm

420 sterling place prospect heights 62014

This top-floor apartment in Prospect Heights has two bedrooms and lots of windows. There are also a few details that give it a vintage feel, like inlaid floors, bay windows, moldings and pocket doors. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, but there’s virtually no counter space.

The living room looks fairly spacious, and there’s a washer/dryer and dishwasher in the apartment. Do you think $3,400 a month seems about right?

420 Sterling Place [Ideal Properties] GMAP