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

34 plaza street east prospect heights 82014

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

594 dean rendering prospect heights 82014

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…)

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…)

280 park place crown heights 72014

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