Prospect Heights Bank

Architect’s illustration via Brooklyn Public Library

To the woe of local preservationists, the Landmark Preservation Commission has announced that, following review, they did not find a former bank in Prospect Heights to be worthy of landmarking. The neoclassical property at 856 Washington Avenue has been approved for demolition, with permits filed to replace it with a 14-story condo building. (more…)

Brownstone Renovation in Prospect Heights Brooklyn

So apparently simple and refined is this Prospect Heights brownstone that you might not suspect it recently underwent an extensive renovation: the removal of a bearing wall to open up the parlor floor, necessitating a new steel beam from front to rear; all-new kitchen and baths; stripping all original woodwork; restoration of the ceiling plaster and moldings; new rift-sawn oak floors throughout; all-new electrical and central air; and many things you don’t see (example: retractable screens to enclose the house’s original back porch and exclude mosquitos). (more…)


A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Most of my Past and Present entries tell the story of what happened to buildings that are no longer — but this one is about a much-hyped building that never was.

Houses of Worship in Prospect Heights

With very few exceptions, Brooklyn’s brownstone neighborhoods live up to the 19th-century epithet “City of Churches.” Many of our neighborhoods can boast of a church seemingly on every other corner, and some have more than one on a corner.

Prospect Heights is therefore an anomaly. It’s a later-19th-century community, developed at the same time as parts of Park Slope, Crown Heights North and Bedford Stuyvesant, but unlike those neighborhoods, very much lacking in large houses of worship. (more…)

Building Collapse Prospect Heights 658 Washington Avenue

The roof of an under-construction building at 658 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights collapsed around 9 a.m. this morning. No injuries have been reported.

DOB records confirm the collapse and building evacuation at the already long-vacant structure. The fire department called for the DOB to inspect the site “due to roof collapse of building under permitted alteration.” Above, the site in 2014. (more…)

Pacific Park Brooklyn: 615 Dean Condo Renderings Released

Rendering by Greenland Forest City Partners via YIMBY

Right now, 615 Dean Street is an empty lot. But soon enough it’ll join the ranks of Pacific Park’s buildings-in-progress with a 245-unit condo tower designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. A rendering of the future building — developed by Greenland Forest City Partners — was just released and spotted by YIMBY.

The building’s design features a series of boxy stacked forms with facade elements of precast concrete. Brownstone brick will highlight the the first five floors of the Dean street side, giving an impression of street-level scale before the bulk of the tower stair-steps to its full 278-foot height.

Atlantic Yards School Building Coming To A Vote

City Council will vote next week on whether or not to approve the proposed site for the location of an elementary and middle school as part of the Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards development. The current plan calls for it to be built on the northeast corner of Dean and 6th Avenue.

Meanwhile, local residents still hope the city will decide to drop the elementary school part and make it into a dedicated middle school. Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council Chair Gib Veconi emailed Brownstoner about the community campaign, which has been under way for some time: