426 47th Steet-1-4-20-15

Just listed yesterday is this one-bedroom floor-through apartment on the parlor floor of a Sunset Park row house. It has quite a few attractive details, like original molding, an oversized mirror, built-in cabinetry, bay windows and wood floors.

The bedroom features original pocket doors with stained-glass trim that separate the space from an additional room that can be used as an office or dining room. There’s also a walk-in closet.

The rent is $1,650 a month. Do you think it’s a good deal for Sunset Park?

426 47th Street, #2 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Interior photos by Douglas Elliman; exterior photo by PropertyShark (more…)


Industry City’s $1 billion plan to rezone and remake the Sunset Park waterfront area into a thriving destination for retail, Brooklyn “makers” and hotels is already encountering deep and powerful opposition. The community board, local elected officials from City Council to the U.S. House of Representatives, and community groups say they want heavy industry with its high-paying jobs, according to stories in Crain’s and The Wall Street Journal. (And just to be clear, no one is asking for housing.) Community group Uprose is planning a rally Sunday.

In Sunset Park, Doubts About Development Plan [WSJ]
Two Pols May Block $1 Billion Hipster Industrial Complex [Crain’s]
Industry City Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering from Industry City via Crain’s

614-682 44th St. SSpellen 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 614-682 44th Street
Cross Streets: 6th and 7th Avenues
Neighborhood: Sunset Park
Year Built: 1903
Architectural Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: William Kay
Other Buildings by Architect: houses on 45th and 48th Streets, Sunset Park
Landmarked: No, but on National Register of Historic Places – Sunset Park Historic District (1988), and part of a proposed NYC landmark district

The story: For many people, Sunset Park is a large neighborhood filled with blocks of row houses that all look alike. Now it is true that the neighborhood is dominated by blocks of rowhouse streets. But as for all looking alike? Well, anyone who really thinks that just hasn’t looked closely. There is similarity, but also wonderful variety here, and that makes walking around this neighborhood such an architectural adventure.

Sunset Park was one of the last of the Brooklyn brownstone neighborhoods. Whereas many other neighborhoods had periods of great mass growth, the construction of that time was added to what was already there, resulting in many different periods of architecture. Sunset Park only has a handful of houses still standing that predate the mass development of the late 1890s and early 20th century. (more…)


To undertake a $1,000,000,000 redevelopment that is supposed to deliver 20,000 jobs, Sunset Park waterfront industrial complex Industry City will need a rezoning to allow parking and a hotel, as well as $115,000,000 from the city to finance infrastructure improvements, execs said at a press conference Monday. Industry City also released tons of renderings of what the 32-acre area would look like after a remake, published in Crain’s. What do you think of the plan?

$1 Billion Mega-Project Will Be Major Test for de Blasio [Crain’s]
Renderings from Industry City via Crain’s


The 19th century former police station at 4302 4th Avenue in Sunset Park has been flipped and is now on the market for $6,000,000, according to a story in DNAinfo. The crumbling Romanesque Revival style building on the corner of 43rd Street has been decaying for years, despite its landmark status, and the LPC issued a “failure to maintain the building,” otherwise known as “demo by neglect” to the longtime owner, the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association.

That group is still listed as the owner on public records, but TerraCRG, which is marketing the property, and a spokeswoman for the LPC told DNAinfo the site had recently sold.

The property is being marketed as a potential conversion to apartments. It consists of a two-story building with 5,952 square feet and a three-story building of 14,040 square feet. They require a gut renovation as well as exterior restoration, according to the story. The property also has 14,567 square feet of air rights.

We hope this is the start of better days for this corner.

Former Sunset Park NYPD Precinct House Hits Market for $6 Million [DNA]
Landmarks Moves to Save Sunset Park Ex-Police Station [Brownstoner]

chinese new year sunset park

Thursday was the Chinese Lunar New Year, and to celebrate, Chinese organizations in Sunset Park are throwing their annual parade down 8th Avenue and celebrations at community centers throughout the area. On Saturday, kids and families can check out martial arts performances, folk dancing, games and costume contests at P.S. 310 (942 62nd Street) and Sunset Park Recreation Center (42nd Street and 7th Avenue).

Then the big parade to welcome the Year of the Ram will begin Sunday at noon at 50th Street and 8th Avenue. Expect fireworks displays, line dancing, Kung Fu demonstrations, various performances and amazing costumes, starting at 10 am. 

Photo by Michael Vito

liddabit sweets factory 2

If you still haven’t made Valentine’s Day plans, you probably can’t go wrong with a tour of the Liddabit Sweets chocolate factory at Industry City in Sunset Park. The hour-long tour includes cookies and hot cocoa, a question and answer session and a goodie bag of chocolate treats. Tours will happen at noon, 1 pm and 2 pm tomorrow. Tickets are $15, and you can buy them on the chocolate maker’s website.

Image via Liddabit Sweets


The Brooklyn Army Terminal has announced plans to renovate another building in its massive, formerly abandoned complex in Sunset Park, the Times reported. The NYC Economic Development Corporation, which runs the terminal, is going to rehabilitate 500,000 square feet on seven floors in Building A, which stretches between 58th and 63rd streets along the waterfront.

Revamping the building, which has been abandoned since the ’60s, is expected to cost $100,000,000. The EDC plans to remove asbestos and install new freight and passenger elevators, electric service, life-safety systems, plumbing, heating and windows.

The terminal is also in the middle of renovating its former administration building, a 55,000 square-foot structure located just north of Building A along 58th Street. The military officially closed the terminal in 1966, transferring 3,200 civilian and military jobs to Bayonne, N.J., according to the Times.

Next Phase of Renovation to Begin at a Vast Military Remnant in Brooklyn [NYT]
Brooklyn Army Terminal Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Lemery Nantel

650 49th street sunset park 12015

We don’t usually feature houses with no interior photos, but Sunset Park listings are rare and the broker has included a floor plan and lots of info. The bow front limestone exterior at 650 49th Street with pressed metal Renaissance Revival cornice and triangular entrance pediment is quite attractive, but inside “this is a handyman special,” according to the listing

Some original detail remains, but it sounds like a gut or partial gut will be needed. The two-family has an original entrance banister, interior window moldings and some original floors. There are also drop ceilings, wood paneling, tile and carpeting. It will need a new gas boiler, water heater, kitchens and baths. The house is also narrow at 16.67 feet.

Considering how prices have gone up in the area and the work needed, does $850,000 sound fair?

650 49th Street [Corcoran] GMAP


The city’s long-delayed plan to reactivate the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park as a shipping hub hit another roadblock last month. Sunset Park City Councilman Carlos Menchaca didn’t OK the handoff of the 11-acre site to the city’s Economic Development Corp. so leasing can begin, reported The New York Daily News.

Menchaca said he wants the city to put together a special development corporation for the property, similar to the one at the Navy Yard, that will give more control of the project to the local community. He also wants a jobs-training program for immigrants in Sunset Park and funds to rehabilitate abandoned green space on the waterfront.

The award-winning Sims Municipal Recycling Facility, designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf, also part of the revitalization plan for the pier, opened in 2013.

Sunset Park Councilman Sinks City’s Plan to Create Shipping Hub [NY Daily News]
South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by NYC EDC


After a public outcry over plans to redevelop Sunset Park’s existing public library at 5108 4th Avenue with affordable housing on top, library officials Monday presented a revised plan. The new plan calls for a library of 20,000 square feet (vs. 17,000) and 49 affordable apartments (as opposed to 54), DNAinfo reported.

Nonprofit affordable housing developer Fifth Avenue Committee would buy the existing library and put up a new building in its place. The library would own the library portion of the building as a condo, while the Fifth Avenue Committee would own the rest of the building.

The existing one-story library is overcrowded at 12,200 square feet.

Some residents said the library should take up all of two floors, while others said again the development would threaten longtime residents. Some spoke in favor of a bigger library and affordable housing. For details on the affordable housing rents and income restrictions, click through to the DNAinfo story.

If the plan goes through, an interim library space will have to be found. The Fifth Avenue Committee will need to secure financing, followed by a year-long land use review process. Construction could start as early as 2016.

Sunset Park Library Redevelopment Plan Includes Less Affordable Housing [DNA]
Sunset Park Library Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark