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Some of the last buildings that the government seized from their longtime owners in order to make way for the Atlantic Yards project are likely to be demolished soon. Demolition permits were filed on Thursday for 491, 493 and 495 Dean Street. The three 19th century row houses sit close to the corner of 6th Avenue, right across from Barclays Center in Prospect Heights.

The buildings, pictured below (491 is on the left), were part of a long dispute with developer Bruce Ratner of Forest City and the then Empire State Development Corporation. Eventually, the owners and their families, some of whom had lived here for generations, were ordered by the state to vacate the properties in September of 2014 and reportedly had 90 days to do so. The sums they were offered by the state for the properties were not made public. (more…)

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A 100 percent affordable building development that seemed to be stalled recently broke ground, only to be hit with a stop worker. The project, at 816 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, is a rebuild of a rent-regulated mixed-use building that burned down in 2010.

A new building has been in the works here since at least 2012, but construction didn’t start until late spring. In early June, the DOB issued a stop work order for the site because digging for the foundation was undermining the building next door, records show.

The digging was “contrary to plan” and the “sides of the excavation [were] not protected,” according to the DOB. The owner, developer Larry Hirschfield of ELH Management, was ordered to backfill “as needed” and install monitoring equipment at the site. (more…)

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This rental unit in the Newswalk condominiums, at 535 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, is a real-deal loft. It is not “loft-like,” or an apartment with a “loft-ish feel.”

It’s a big huge open space with a soaring ceiling in a former industrial building, with an open kitchen and a bedroom that’s partitioned off, but not a fully separate room. (more…)

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A very large and potentially impressive cafe from the folks behind artisanal bodega Brooklyn Standard is under construction at 810 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights. The extensive space is hidden behind a tall construction fence covered in eye-catching murals, just a block from beloved Brooklyn institution Tom’s Restaurant.

The name of the cafe is Longevity, according to a construction worker we spoke to when we stepped inside. The now-raw space has been gutted and takes up the entire ground floor of the building — 2,700 square feet in all, according to PropertyShark. There are at least three rooms and a couple of old brick fireplaces without mantels.
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Continuing with our horizontal fence week, this condo, in the 39-unit Washington, at 35 Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights, is a duplex with a patio and a bottom floor that sits below ground. It’s on the market for $1,475,000, listed by Corcoran broker Rodolfo Lucchese.

On the plus side: The open-plan living room and kitchen make for a nice, expansive living space. The granite-countered kitchen is attractive (though that tile scheme may not be for everyone), and the wall of glass at the rear offers light and a nice feel. There’s a good-sized outdoor space in the rear, which is low on greenery, but still a nice thing to have.

Overall, it’s almost 1,900 square feet of space, which is fairly roomy. There’s a lot of closet space, and a storage room on the bottom level. There’s a washer and dryer, and two-zoned central air conditioning. (more…)

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We ran over for a quick peek yesterday evening at the construction site of the latest Atlantic Yards tower to break ground, at 38 6th Avenue next to Barclays Center in Prospect Heights. This week, Greenland Forest City Partners started construction on the 100 percent affordable housing tower, Forest City announced yesterday.

Peering through a hole in the green construction fence, we could see a little big of digging for the foundation had started on the cleared site. That little bit of digging is important, because without it, Forest City would have had to pay the City a fine of as much as $5,000,000. (more…)

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Listings for eight apartments at 550 Vanderbilt, the first condo building in the large and controversial Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards complex, have gone up online. The 17-story, 278-unit market-rate building is under construction on the corner of Vanderbilt and Dean Street.

The listings show the first interior renderings we have seen for the apartments. Prices range from $565,000 for a studio to $2,890,000 for a three-bedroom, 3.5 bath apartment. We expect more listings will go up over the next few days. (more…)

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Greenland Forest City Partners Monday filed for a permit to build a 26-story condominium tower at 615 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, part of the massive Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project. This is the fifth building in the 15-unit complex.

The condo building will have 312,746 square feet of residential space and 244 units of housing, according to the permits.

The building will be 278 feet high, and have 4,435 square feet of retail. The condos, which will be market rate, according to the Atlantic Yards Report, are likely to be quite large: an average of 1,282 square feet per unit. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is the applicant of record. (more…)

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The two landmarked and formerly crumbling twin houses at 578 and 580 Carlton Avenue in Prospect Heights have come a long way since we last checked in February. The house on the left, No. 580, now has a fully rebuilt cornice. Meanwhile, No. 578, on the right, is being wrapped in insulation prior to getting a new facade. (more…)

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This brownstone at 126 St. Marks Avenue is 19 feet wide but still plenty big because it’s four stories with an extension. It has plenty of original moldings, mantels, a pier mirror and other period details as well as updated kitchens and baths.

It’s set up as a four-family, but has a few extras. The third floor unit has three bedrooms on the third floor and the fourth floor apartment has a deck in the back.

The mechanicals, roof, windows and facade have all been updated, according to the listing. It last sold in for $1,900,000 in 2011, when it made our Last Week’s Biggest Sales list. It was a House of the Day in 2006.

With an ask of $3,495,000, do you think it’s appealing as an investment property or to live in?

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This new-to-the-market Prospect Heights condop borders Park Slope and has an irregular, triangular floor plan that creates interesting, angular living spaces. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, an open plan kitchen, and three bedrooms.

The master bedroom is large (16 by 17.2 feet) and includes an en suite bath and double closets. Another has its own twin sink bathroom. The third is smaller and could be turned into a nursery.

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We’re not always big fans of renovations that merge the old and the new, but here we think the architect hit one out of the ballpark. This Romanesque Revival brownstone at 300 Prospect Place retains quite a few original details, including elaborate wood mantels and moldings, among carefully inserted modern features.

The overall vibe is rustic industrial. Perhaps the most unusual feature is the staircase, which has moved to the rear and bypasses the garden-floor rental completely. (more…)