241 Dean Street

This one-bedroom apartment on the second floor of a Boerum Hill brick row house has two decorative marble fireplaces. There is a second room off the master bedroom which the listing says could be used as a home office. The unit also has two large walk-in closets.

The downside? The kitchen appears to be tiny and lacking counter space. Heat and hot water is included. What do you think of it for $2,700 a month?

241 Dean Street, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP
Interior photos by Corcoran, exterior photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


loft-like one-bedroom in Crown Heights

This one-bedroom at 542 St. Marks Avenue near Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights is a sleek, spare and modern alternative to the surrounding neighborhood’s historic homes.

The living room has a double-height ceiling with a big wall of windows. The floors are made of polished concrete, and the kitchen cabinets are clad in bamboo.

This duplex unit has its own private roof terrace. The building has a fitness center and a courtyard that is designed as a “modern spin on a Zen garden.”

Pets are allowed. What do you think of it for $2,380 per month?

542 St. Marks Avenue, #703 [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Interior photos via aptsandlofts.com, exterior photo by Mike Hernandez for PropertyShark



Mayor de Blasio intends to lease unused land at public housing projects to private developers to build towers with 50-50 market rate and subsidized rentals, he announced Tuesday. Van Dyke and Ingersoll Houses as well as one complex in the Bronx will be the first in the project, which aims to raise $200,000,000 in fees from developers over 10 years as well as create 10,000 affordable units, The New York Times reported.

The money will go toward maintaining existing NYCHA housing, to make up for losing more than $1 billion in federal subsidies since 2001. Separately, an advocacy group for the elderly today recommended in a report that 39 parking lots at low-income senior housing be transformed into housing for seniors, The Wall Street Journal reported. (more…)


Lottery applications are now being accepted for 20 subsidized apartments in Bedford Stuyvesant, which will be ready for tenants by summer’s end. The two-bedroom units will rent for $573 a month.

The low-income units are part of a new facility to be run by the social service group The Bridge, which broke ground on the 53-unit building, at 437 Herkimer Street, in December 2012. The Herkimer Street Residence is an “integrated” facility, which in addition to the apartments up for lottery will contain housing for 40 people with mental-health conditions, including 20 homeless adults and and 20 young adults aging out of state residential treatment facilities for youths.

As reported by DNAinfo this week, the six-story building — which during the planning stages was opposed by neighbors worried about an influx of tenants with mental-health issues — will have round-the-clock front-desk assistance, a community room, and social services available to all tenants. (more…)


Lightstone’s huge 700-unit rental development at 363 and 365 Bond Street in Gowanus that we’ve been hearing about for years is starting to look like a building, finally. Well, several buildings, to be more precise. The windows were going in and the brick facade was rising at 365 Bond Street when we stopped by a couple weeks ago.

The size and shape of the overall complex is starting to be visible. It will occupy two blocks. So far at least, the sections of the buildings visible when you’re standing at the corner of Bond and 2nd Street are only six stories tall. But there will be sections that will rise as high as 12 stories, as you can see in the previously published rendering we found posted on the construction fence, below.

The controversial development on polluted land on the banks of the very polluted Gowanus Canal has been in the works for years. When it’s all finished, there will be 140 affordable units as well as ground-floor stores, community space and parking. Lightstone is also planning luxury amenities such as an outdoor pool, libraries, custom Italian kitchens and wide plank white oak floors. The architect is Goldstein, Hill and West.

Lightstone Gowanus Coverage [Brownstoner]


Dixon is shopping around its landmarked Bed Stuy apartment building at 75 MacDonough Street, hoping to get more than $4,000,0000 for it, a few different sources have let us know. Meanwhile, passerby have noticed signs on the top floor protesting conditions in the building, and one reader sent in the photos above and below. (Scaffolding has gone up on parts of the building since these photos were taken.)

Dixon is trying to see if it can get a good offer for the building, given the hot market, Alan Dixon, Managing Director and CEO of Dixon Advisory USA, told us. (more…)

100 Willoughby1

Listings for the Ava DoBro at 100 Willoughby Street in downtown Brooklyn went up late last week and its leasing office and a model unit open today. The still-under-construction high-rise tower — soon to be the tallest in Brooklyn at 575 feet — is offering studio apartments, one, two and three bedroom units.

Studios start at $2,890 for a 534 square foot unit. One bedroom units start at $3,300, two bedrooms at $4,185 and three bedrooms $5,625. Occupancy will start August 14, according to the development’s website. (more…)

203 18th street

This two-bedroom garden apartment at 203 18th Street in Greenwood Heights has all kinds of beautiful details in its front room — a tin ceiling, wainscoting, mantel, parquet floors and French doors.

The combined living-dining-kitchen area is 19 feet deep. The apartment has one-and-a-half baths and a washer/dryer. The two bedrooms are at the back. It also has access to a rear patio via one of the bedrooms.

It’s three and a half blocks to the Prospect Avenue R train. What do you think of it for $3,500 a month?

203 18th Street, Garden [Corcoran] GMAP
Interior photos by Corcoran, exterior photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark