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

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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

06/04/14 10:45am


We found a new, more detailed rendering tacked to the construction fence at 313 St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights, where S3 Architecture has designed a 76-unit rental building around a courtyard. The rendering shows more detail about the facade, which apparently will be made up of blocks of concrete or some other material with fine lines and a speckled texture subtle gradations of color. One of the most interesting things about the building is the shadow-box window frames, which in the first rendering were depicted in a brighter shade of neon yellow.

The building will have an interior courtyard and an unusual footprint to accommodate the oddly shaped lot, which runs between Underhill and Washington. A peek through the fence revealed the site has been cleared although construction has not yet started. Click through to the jump to see the site.

What do you think of the building design?

76-Unit Rental Planned for Prospect Heights Parking Lot [Brownstoner] (more…)

06/02/14 12:15pm

This Romanesque Revival five-bedroom townhouse for rent in Prospect Heights has some offbeat interiors and a relatively traditional layout. The four-story house (actually not the turreted corner house but the one with the entrance to the right of it in the photo above) features plenty of original details, including mantels, shutters, stained glass, built-ins and pocket doors.

Also there are two woodburning fireplaces and an “au pair suite with kitchen” on the top floor. Both the kitchen and bathrooms will be newly renovated, according to the listing. One drawback is that the two bathrooms are on the top two floors. It was also a Rental of the Day last year. The asking rent is the same: $8,500 a month.

577 Carlton Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

05/27/14 12:57pm

This two-bedroom at 255 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights is just calling out to be turned into a one-bedroom: Rip out that one wall between the second bedroom and living room, open up the kitchen and, bam, you’ve got a killer entertaining space. But even in its current configuration, the ground-floor pad is an attractive one with nice original wood floors. (We could be imagining things, but the base and crown moldings don’t look original to us. Nor do the closet doors.) Asking price is $755,000.

255 Eastern Parkway, #A16 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

05/12/14 3:00pm

515 Dean Street, Temple of Restoration, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally First Swedish Baptist Church, now Temple of Restoration
Address: 515 Dean Street
Cross Streets: 6th and Carlton avenues
Neighborhood: Prospect Heights
Year Built: 1893
Architectural Style: Gothic inspired Romanesque Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Every ethnic group that immigrated to the United States brought with them their traditions of worship. As can be imagined, especially because of language and custom, the newcomers found it most comfortable to worship in the traditions and styles they brought from the Old Country. Many immigrants came here with little or nothing, so it took a while to be able to raise enough money to build a new church, temple or mosque. Our historic church buildings often went through many different denominations, even different faiths, to survive to the present day. This particular church was built for Swedish Baptists.

Although many different variations of Christianity are practiced in Sweden, the predominant denomination is Lutheran. It was the state religion up until 2000. Tens of thousands of Swedes came to New York in the latter half of the 19th century, but few were Baptists. The first Swedish Baptist church in Manhattan was established in 1868. They branched off, and founded a Brooklyn church in 1884. That year, 94 people came together as a church, meeting in the basement of the Central Baptist Church on Bridge Street.

By the mid-1880s, there were 10,000 Swedes in Brooklyn alone. The number of Baptists had grown, leading to the establishment of the First Swedish Baptist Church, on the corner of Atlantic and Third Avenues, in 1886. From the papers, it looks as if they were forced to leave that building, so they built a new church here, at 513-515 Dean Street. It was consecrated in 1893. (more…)

05/12/14 1:30pm

This landmarked sandstone house at 398 Park Place in Prospect Heights was designed by Magnus Dahlander and Alex Hedman and built in about 1894 by developer William Reynolds. The style is a Renaissance and Romanesque Revival blend ornamented by lots of carved panels. The top level looks like a mansard roof but is flat; it’s actually pressed metal, also with decorative panels.

The house is a tad narrow at 18.25 feet but has quite a few details inside, including inlaid parquet floors, stained glass and old doors. It’s set up as two floor-through rentals over an owner’s duplex; the latter has been updated and has central air. While some of the updates feel a little random to us, everything looks to be in good condition. What do you think of the house and the ask of $2,950,000?

398 Park Place [Halstead] GMAP

05/05/14 10:00am

We found drawings posted to the fence for the complete restoration of the two houses at 578 and 580 Carlton Avenue in Prospect Heights that architect Rachel Frankel is handling. As you may recall, a developer bungled the renovation of 580, causing the dilapidated wood frame at 578 to collapse. Both landmarked homes were reduced to facades and put in braces last year.

Now 578 is getting a completely new three-story house and 580 has approved permits for a two-story addition and rehabilitation of the existing structure. Frankel is known for designing new buildings that look historically correct. Click through the jump to see a schematic and how the building site looks now.


04/29/14 11:30am


The Brooklyn townhouse bug has bitten Eli Karp of Hello Living, a developer known for its branded condo buildings, more than a dozen, stretching from Prospect Heights to Flatbush. The firm is planning a group of eight single-family townhouses in Prospect Heights on the corner of Underhill Avenue and Pacific Street, above.

They will feature large private terraces with outdoor kitchens (!) and underground parking. All the windows and doors will be made of highly insulated triple-paned glass, Karp told us.

The developer purchased the lot at 30 Underhill Avenue for $2,100,000 last year, according to public records, and the firm is in the final throes of planning for the site. No building applications have been filed yet.

Above is a preliminary rendering. “We hope to break ground this summer,” said Karp.

How do you like the design?

Rendering via Hello Living

04/14/14 12:57pm

Asking prices are soaring at Brooklyn’s (arguably) sexiest building, the Richard Meier-designed On Prospect Park. Take this recent listing, a 1,952-square-foot on the sixth floor.

The sixth-floor pad,which sports views over the park, is asking $2,849,000. That’s $1,460 a foot, for those of you keeping score at home!

1 Grand Army Plaza, #6J [Corcoran] GMAP