This seems like such a cute house at such a good price for Brooklyn. We like Wallabout and we like the renovation, which features a steel and reclaimed wood staircase, teak hardwood floors, Carrera Carrara marble counters in the kitchen, and lacquer cabinets. All the mechanicals are new, as is the siding, windows, roof, and skylights. The whole nine yards! But the property has a potentially fatal flaw: It’s right on the BQE. Given the reputed dangers of car exhaust, it might work best as a rental or a place to own and live in for a few years rather than decades. It has a lovely outdoor space but we’re guessing you’ll hear traffic. For $999,000, what do you think of it?
We thought you might like to see some photos we took at the Wallabout tour a couple weeks ago, a joint effort of The Wooden House Project and the Brooklyn Historical Society. The area has one of the largest concentrations of pre-Civil War-era wood frame houses in New York City. The neighborhood developed as a place to live for boat builders, captains, and other workers associated with the shipping industry.
The house above at 73 Vanderbilt Avenue was built in 1851 and 1852 in a mix of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. The clapboard and the detail around the front door are original, but the Greek Revival moldings around the front entrance come from an interior doorway, and the ears around the windows and six-over-six windows were added in a 1970s restoration.
The Wooden House Project and Brooklyn Historical Society have teamed up to give a walking tour of Wallabout this Saturday. The recently landmarked, traditionally working class neighborhood between Clinton Hill and the Navy Yard is renowned for its large number of pre-Civil War wood frame houses.
The tour will discuss some of the challenges to preserving them and the history of the area. Poet Walt Whitman’s former digs is one of the notable houses on the tour.
An LLC called 11-45 Ryerson Holdings has closed on an industrial property at 29 Ryerson Street with plans to convert the space into offices for tech tenants and put in retail, according to Crain’s. The development is part of a growing trend in Brooklyn to remake industrial space for Brooklyn’s “new-manufacturing economy,” according to the story, which cited the Navy Yard and Industry City as other examples. The property is located in Wallabout across from the Navy Yard and includes an eight-story, 192,000-square-foot warehouse, a one-story 8,070-square-foot industrial building, and a parking lot. In March, The Real Deal previously reported that Ryerson Equity was in contract to purchase the site for $26,250,000 and planned to put in retail, a gym, and a hotel. Now it sounds as if that is off the table. What would you like to see go into this space?
Liquor store Grapeshot Wine & Spirits soft opened July 30 and is planning a big party in September to celebrate, owner Diego Faccioli told us. The store at 64 Washington Avenue in Wallabout carries a selection of wine and spirits from around the world. Has anyone checked it out? GMAP
A tipster forwarded along photos of the Brooklyn Roasting Company, now open at 200 Flushing Avenue, off Washington Avenue. As he notes, “Really nice vibe. I like how a manufacturing company is replacing a strip club (Navy Yard Cocktail Lounge), classic.” The company outgrew its space in Dumbo and planned a move late last year. According to Gothamist, 70 percent of the new establishment will be used as a packaging and distribution wholesale center. Up front, there’s seating and a cafe serving hot and iced coffees, Dough donuts, and a rotating selection of espressos. The cafe opens daily at 6 am. Click through for an interior shot! GMAP
Name: Warehouse Address: 50-52 Washington Avenue Cross Streets: Flushing and Park Avenues Neighborhood: Wallabout Year Built: late 1880s – early 1890s Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No
The story: I love a good warehouse building, or two. In my fantasy life as a rich person, I dream of owning one of these beauties as a work/living space, with plenty of room to indulge in my decorating fancies. I love the windows, the brick, the terra cotta trim, the whole industrial vibe of this place, with the well- worn floors and supporting beams, the heavy hand-hewn crossbeams, and the high ceilings. As a lover of both architecture and history, I appreciate the building’s history, and I certainly appreciate the architecture. Those Victorians were great at combining function with beauty, and the result is a building like this, with huge arched windows on the third floor, echoing the smaller windows and entryways below. It’s perfect. Perfect size, perfect number of floors, just perfect.
These two buildings, used as one, were one of many warehouses, factories and storehouses used in the many food related businesses that were concentrated in this part of Wallabout. The Wallabout Market, once the city’s largest wholesale and retail marketplace, was just across the street. The companies that settled around it mostly dealt in wholesale food. They packaged or sold coffee, tea and sugar products, candy, spices, flour, fruits, and processed foods. They made cookies and baked goods, lots of candy and sugar products, and they stored those and other products in the many warehouses in the area. From these warehouses, raw materials and finished foodstuffs were shipped to stores and suppliers across the country, and even across the world. It was quite an empire. (more…)
A deli is under construction at 150 Clinton Avenue, between Myrtle and Park. This space was once home to the kid’s clothing and toy store Brooklyn Junior, but it was sitting empty for a long time before the deli arrived. Looks like the new store will be called Deli Hill. GMAP
Name: Brooklyn Garden Apartments Address: 101-111 Carlton Avenue Cross Streets: Myrtle and Park Avenues Neighborhood: Wallabout Year Built: 1930, southern extension: 1932 Architectural Style: Moderne Architect: Frank H. Quimby, extension by W. H. McCarthy Other Work by Architect: many buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan Landmarked: No, but part of proposed expanded Wallabout HD
The story: It’s not easy to build affordable housing in this city. Anyone who reads the headlines, or this blog, knows that. Those who can’t afford market rate or higher in this crazy world of bidding wars and high prices have always been at the mercy of the market and the good will of some kind of private or government program. But housing reform is not a new phenomenon, there have been those who have always thought that there was causality between living conditions and poverty, and have long sought to build or establish decent and affordable housing for those who didn’t have too many choices in where they lived. One of these reformers was a man named Louis Heaton Pink. (more…)
Name: Private house Address: 141 Clermont Avenue Cross Streets: Myrtle and Park avenues Neighborhood: Wallabout Year Built: 1840s or early 1850s Architectural Style: Greek Revival with Italianate trim Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No, but would be included in an expanded Wallabout HD
The story: The side streets of the Wallabout area contain some of the oldest frame houses outside of Brooklyn Heights. Most of them date from before the Civil War, and the fact that they are still standing, some of them in really good condition, is just amazing. The fact that they have not been gathered up into an historic district by now is just as astonishing. Hello….this is a truly historic, district, representing the development of the Wallabout and Navy Yard neighborhood as one of Brooklyn’s most historically significant residential and industrial areas.
The housing stock here is not fancy, and most of it did not belong to the wealthy factory owners or ship captains, but to the ordinary folk who worked at the Navy Yard, or in one of the many local factories. Many of the homeowners were skilled craftsmen, like carpenters, rope makers, chandlers, printers and brushmakers. Up the hill at bit, going towards Myrtle Avenue, the houses get a bit larger, and more substantial, made out of brick and brownstone, as Brooklyn’s rapid development reaches down here, almost to the docks. Here, you may have the people who built some of the frame houses, as well as clerks, a doctor or two, and more professional people. Wallabout was a vibrant and changing neighborhood. (more…)
Name: Former Rigney Candy Company, now Public Storage Address: 348 Park Avenue Cross Streets: Corner Emerson Place Neighborhood: Wallabout Year Built: 1920 Architectural Style: Reinforced concrete factory Architect: Helmle & Corbett Other Work by Architect: Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn Heights, Jenkins Storage on Nostrand Ave, Bed Stuy, Boathouse and Tennis house, Prospect Park. Communications Center, behind Botanic Gardens, among others. Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed Wallabout Industrial District.
The story: The Wallabout industrial district was home to a great many food companies. The great Wallabout Market was here, a huge wholesale and retail market, similar to Hunt’s Point in the Bronx, where all kinds of foods were sold, mostly on a wholesale basis. Fish, meat, produce, bakery items, and other foodstuffs were traded here, with goods going near and far. Around the Market, food related factories were established, producing baked goods, candy and sugar products, and much more. Other buildings held warehouse space for the many wholesale grocers who sold their products to local stores as well as to merchants across the country. In its heyday, the smell of all of the food industry products must have been overwhelming. (more…)
A few tips have come in about a wine store slated for 64 Washington Avenue, between Park and Flushing. There’s quite a growing list of fun businesses opening up on those blocks off Park Avenue, which is mostly warehouses. We couldn’t see inside, but a tipster says it’s gorgous. Called Grapeshot, it should open in about a month. GMAP