125 hawthorne street prospect lefferts gardens 62014

This one-bedroom co-op sublet in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is large, with an attractively renovated kitchen and an appealing vintage bathroom. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher, and the classic prewar black-and-white tile bathroom looks to be in good condition.

There are noise-reducing windows (since it’s on the first floor), and full blackout shades in the bedroom. Of course, you’ll have to get co-op board approval and pay an application fee. Seems like a pretty good deal for $1,800 a month. What do you think?

125 Hawthorne Street, #1-K [William B. May] GMAP

190 maple street prospect lefferts gardens 62014

This one-family limestone at 190 Maple Street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens was gut renovated in 2010. It features all new mechanicals, a new kitchen, new baths, built-in cabinets and some new moldings and trim mixed in with the original inlaid floors, fireplace mantel and other details.

The parlor, center stair hall, dining room and kitchen are all one level with the bedrooms above. The English basement has been turned into a media and recreation room with a marble bar and also has a laundry and extra bathroom. There is also a landscaped garden. What do you think of it for $1,675,000?

190 Maple Street [Corcoran] GMAP

346 lincoln road prospect lefferts gardens 62014

This 2.5-bedroom apartment in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is freshly renovated and seems reasonably priced. The 930-square-foot pad has a dishwasher, washer/dryer, and two nicely sized bedrooms.

There’s an additional small room that could be used as a third bedroom, home office or nursery. It’s two blocks from the 2/5 trains at Sterling Street. What do you think of it for $2,400 a month?

346 Lincoln Road, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP


The judge overseeing the case against the Hudson Companies’ development of a 23-story mixed-use building at 626 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has lifted the temporary restraining order against construction on the site, saying the plaintiffs “have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits” of the case.

The case is still ongoing, but a lengthy written decision said the environmental review that was already conducted was adequate. Read the full text of the decision here.

Rendering by Marvel Architects

261 fenimore street prospect lefferts gardens 62014

This center hall stair house with triple parlor has acres of unpainted wood work and plenty of original details, including inlaid floors, stained glass, pocket doors, mantels and a coffered ceiling. There is an updated kitchen on the parlor floor, an updated bath with a claw foot tub, and central air.

There is also tons of closet space upstairs, including two walk-in closets, as well as an additional room that could be used as a home office. Although 261 Fenimore Street is located in the Lefferts Manor district with its single-family covenant, there is an in-law unit or guest suite with a kitchen in the English basement.

There is also a landscaped backyard with pond, waterfall and automatic irrigation. What do you think of it and the asking price of $1,595,000?

261 Fenimore Street [Elliman] GMAP


A reader sent in these photographs of the rally in Manhattan Friday calling for a temporary moratorium on high-rise construction along the east side of Prospect Park in Prospect Lefferts Gardens while residents try to downzone the area. Our tipster said she counted at least 75 people in attendance, although the photos seem to show fewer.

Speakers at the event included City Councilman Mathieu Eugene and Community Board 9 member Diana Richardson. The protest was organized by the Prospect Park East Network and cosponsored by the Lefferts Manor Association, Flatbush Tenants Coalition, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association.



Construction is not yet finished, but a listing is up for one of a row of new-construction town houses in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The ask: $1,875,000. The phenomenon of building new townhouses started in prime brownstone neighborhoods close to Manhattan and now is spreading outward through the borough.

As Curbed noted last week, the marketing identifies the neighborhood as “Heights Park,” and that is also the name of the row. The developer is Residential Development Group.

The facades strike a balance (or a compromise?) between modern and traditional. Each one will have three units, including an owner’s triplex that includes an underground “finished basement,” the ground floor and part of the first floor. This floor plan is more typically seen in condos, not townhouses. An owner would likely get more space — or a grander space — for the money in a traditional row house, but the rental income is likely to be higher with these.

What do you think of the design and the price?

280 Hawthorne Street Listing [Douglas Elliman]

No trace remains of the “berserk-eclectic” house at 111 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Demolition began in March, and now the site has been completely cleared.

Last week, architect Joseph Spector filed new building applications for a seven-story, 22-unit building and an eight-story, 28-unit one on the site, which lines up with plans developer Seth Brown announced in January. The two rental buildings will have mostly one-bedrooms with a few two- and three-bedrooms thrown in.

We expect construction will start at the 12,000-square-foot lot soon after permits are issued, and Brown told us it will finish in a year.

111 Clarkson Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]


Early Friday morning, a group of opponents to the 23-story tower Hudson Companies plans for 626 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens spontaneously blockaded some cement trucks that had arrived to pour the building’s foundation, according to a protestor who was present and sent us these photos. The protesters prevented the cement trucks from entering the site for about an hour or more, until the police arrived. One person was arrested.

Later that morning, at a previously scheduled hearing at the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the pouring of the foundation while a court case concerning an environmental review of the project is proceeding.

A rally against the project is planned for this Friday, June 6, at City Hall.

While the lawsuit is likely to be dismissed, said Hudson Companies principal David Kramer, in any case the as-of-right project will proceed even if litigation requires modifying the financing. “While some neighbors might be unhappy that a new, 23-story building is being developed next to them, there’s no reason to demonize Hudson in all their inflammatory comments,” he said. “We’re very proud of this development, which will offer new housing, new affordable housing, new retail stores for Flatbush Avenue and new community facility space for nonprofit use.”

The Prospect Park East Network (PPEN) contends Hudson could put up a shorter building with the same square footage but a different foundation on the existing lot.

To see the press release issued by the Prospect Park East Network about the temporary restraining order and rally, Hudson’s full response, and more photos of the protest and the site Friday morning, click through to the jump. (more…)

It took a while, but the exuberant Tudor renovated by owners and Madcap Cottage interior designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke at 17 Chester Court closed for $1,500,000 late last month. BK to the Fullest was the first to note the sale. That’s $105,000 over the asking price of $1,395,000.

How different things looked back when it first went on the market in October. At the time, the ask seemed outsized for the historic cul-de-sac, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Prices were hovering in the $800,000s. However, those were for unrenovated houses.

The question was, how much of a premium could a top notch restoration command? The renovation at 17 Chester Court was thorough and appeared to be of the highest quality, with central air, a finished basement, and other thoughtful features. And, while everyone who saw it oohed and ahhed over the zingy decor, some wondered if the sellers would have to take a discount for painted floors and miles of clashing-prints wallpaper. Not to mention the construction of the 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush Avenue going on directly behind the house.

The answer: No!

Rolling Out the Red Carpet in Lefferts: 17 Chester Court [BK to the Fullest]
House of the Day: 17 Chester Court [Brownstoner]
Design Duo Put Madcap Tudor on Market [Brownstoner]

05/29/14 4:00pm


Add the Boerum Hill house tour to your to-do list this weekend, along with the Prospect Lefferts Garden house tour we wrote about earlier this month. Both take place this Sunday.

The Boerum Hill tour begins and ends at the Invisible Dog Art Center at 51 Bergen Street and takes place from 1 to 5 pm. It includes six houses and two gardens. For more information, check the website of the Boerum Hill Association.

The first Prospect Lefferts Garden house tour took place in 1970 1969 to show the diversity of the neighborhood. This year is the 100th anniversary of Chester Court, the well known cul-de-sac with Tudor style row houses, and one of them will be on the tour. The tour takes place from 12 to 5 pm. For more information, see the website of the Prospect Lefferts Manor Association.

Both tours offer a discount on tickets purchased in advance; tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Tour takers who present a PLG tour brochure at the Boerum Hill tour will get in for $10.

Empire Rollerdrome composite

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

The dull roar of thousands of individual hard rubber wheels moving across a wooden floor is unmistakable. It’s the sound of a roller skating rink, once a common sound all over the country. Roller skating has been popular in the US and Europe since the 1860s. A New Yorker named James Leonard Plimpton invented the prototype of the modern quad, or four-wheel skate, and opened the first modern roller rink at his furniture store in Manhattan, in 1866. The modern quad skate, with a toe stop and ball bearings, has been in production since around 1898.

The Empire Rollerdrome opened on the Prospect Lefferts Gardens side of Empire Boulevard, which was more commonly known as just Flatbush, in 1941. World famous Ebbets Field was just across the street, and the building that became the rink was a large one story garage building that had been used for parking. The business was owned by the Swanson family, who fortuitously, also owned a flooring business.

They converted the garage into a rink by simply covering walls with paneling and the floor with a state-of-the-art maple floor. Their early advertising always touted the Empire as “home of the miracle maple.” They added some bathrooms, a lounge area, skate rental area and fenced off the majority of the space for skating. They purchased the speaker system from the 1939 World’s Fair, and installed it in the space, and they were, pardon the pun, ready to roll. (more…)