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If you’re hunting for a bargain in Park Slope, this three-bedroom on 4th Avenue is probably about as cheap as it’s going to get. The apartment isn’t huge, but there are three reasonably sized bedrooms and a decent living room. The kitchen even has a dishwasher. One caveat is that it’s on the second floor, so you’ll probably hear the traffic and feel the R train rumbling beneath you. But it’s only two blocks from the F/G/R at 4th Avenue and 9th Street. What do you think of it for $3,100 a month?

469 4th Avenue, #2R [Citi Habitats] GMAP

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This garden apartment in Bed Stuy is recently renovated but still retains some attractive details. There’s a decorative fireplace, wainscoting and moldings around the windows and doors, and the kitchen and bath look pretty new and modern. All utilities are included, and for better or for worse, it comes furnished. One caveat: it’s nine or 10 blocks in either direction to the C at Kingston-Throop, the A/C at Utica and or the J/Z at Gates Avenue. Does $1,950 a month seem reasonable?

638 Putnam Avenue [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP


We are excited to bring you the first look inside the nearly completed apartments at 232 Adelphi Street in Fort Greene, the church conversion we have been following for years, where leasing launches Wednesday. We thought the 12 apartments would be condos, but it turns out they are rentals. We don’t have too many details on prices yet, but we do know they will start at $2,995 a month and go up as high as $11,500 a month.

As you can see from the photos above and below, the apartments incorporate lots of original church architecture, such as stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. Exposed brick lovers will have a field day.

“No two homes at the property are alike or similar to what else is currently on the market in Brooklyn for that matter,” said the press release. The units have open floor plans, high end appliances and finishes, and vaulted steel-beam ceilings.

All the apartments will be duplexes or triplexes, including two studios, four one-bedrooms, four two-bedrooms, and two three-bedrooms. There is also a shared garden in back, and storage in the basement.

The formerly crumbling but landmarked 1888 Gothic Revival structure was saved by the conversion. The exterior was restored with the approval of Landmarks.

Open houses are planned Saturday and Sunday. One of the units has been staged by furniture retailer Lazzoni USA. Listings for the apartments are not yet available online and will go up Wednesday. WIRE International Realty is handling leasing. Scaffolding still shrouded part of the exterior when we stopped by Sunday.

The current owner is Serabjit Singh of Beards LLC, according to public records, and the renovation was designed by RSVP Studio.

Click through to see lots more photos. What do you think of the design?

232 Adelphi Coverage [Brownstoner]
Interior photos by WIRE International Realty


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Do new, so-called “luxury” apartments seem to be getting smaller? It’s not your imagination. Land costs in Brooklyn are rising quickly, and so developers are squeezing more apartments in per building to make the profits pencil out, The New York Times reported over the weekend. (Sorry, we’re just getting to the story today.) To justify keeping the rents the same, they are adding ever-more baroque amenities.

We’ve noticed lots of high-end apartments (condos as well as rentals) that have strip kitchens in the living room, a space-saving move that seems more reminiscent of “SRO” than “luxury” to us. At the same time, the bathrooms keep getting bigger and more numerous.

Curiously, there’s a technical reason for that: The building code has changed and now requires more clearance for things like doors, resulting in larger bathrooms.

The lion’s share of new apartments in the City is going up in Brooklyn, with 6,500 new rental units and 134 buildings expected to open this year. (That’s double last year’s count of 2,981 units in 36 buildings.)

The story mentioned a few forthcoming big Brooklyn buildings: AvalonBay’s 100 Willoughby Street, City Tower at 336 Flatbush Avenue Extension (City Point Phase 2, pictured above), 247 North 7th in Williamsburg, and Madison Realty Capital’s 490 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill.

In addition to the now-standard amenities in new luxury buildings, such as lounges, fitness centers and even roof decks, some buildings will also feature a basketball court, a lawn, and, at  100 Willoughby Street, “a dog run with separate places for small and large dogs to play and a heated pergola for owners.”

We expect land will only continue to get more expensive.

New York’s New Rentals: Smaller Apartments, More Perks [NY Times]

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The interior of 184 Lefferts Place has been totally gutted but the flip is more luxurious than most. Recently for sale for $2,325,000, if it did sell, it hasn’t hit public records yet. (The developer picked it up for $390,000 in 2013 following a lis pendens.) In any case, now the upper quadruplex is for rent.

It features a luxury kitchen in an open parlor floor with paneling and new walnut floors, what appears to be the original staircase, five bedrooms, mini-split AC, a media room with a bay window (also a bedroom), a walk-in closet, two roof decks, and a shared garden. There’s a lot of exposed brick — even under the mantels.

It’s close to Atlantic Avenue. Do you think it will fly for $6,750 a month?

184 Lefferts Place [Corcoran] GMAP

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A Curbed tipster checked out several apartments for lease in the new 40-story waterfront tower at 1 North 4th Place in Williamsburg and said they were “really bad…tiny apartments, tiny windows with bad views and tiny bedrooms.” Apparently only the lower floors are being rented right now, and rents increase by about $50 per floor, according to the tipster.

This is the building that was going to be the third Northside Piers, but Toll Brothers bowed out during the downturn and the building became rentals instead of condos. MNS began leasing the 510-unit development last month, as we reported, with renderings (not photos). The floor plans don’t have measurements, so it’s hard to gauge size.

The FXFOWLE-designed highrise has eight listings on its website so far, ranging from a $2,450 studio to a $7,000 three-bedroom.

Check out a few more photos after the jump.

First Look Inside Williamsburg’s New View-Touting Rentals [Curbed]
1 North 4th Place Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos via Curbed


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Here’s a swanky one-bedroom condo for rent in an unusual-looking (postmodernist?) building in Windsor Terrace. It’s so swanky that the spacious pad has two bathrooms and a glass-walled balcony with a grill. The kitchen also has a rolling island and there’s a washer/dryer. It’s six blocks from the F/G trains at Fort Hamilton Parkway and eight from 15th Street-Prospect Park station. It’s next to Green-Wood and less than mile from Prospect Park. Do you think someone will rent this for $2,650 a month?

35 McDonald Avenue [Halstead] GMAP

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Just when we thought there weren’t any deals left in Crown Heights and Bed Stuy, we stumbled across a three-bedroom, two-bath apartment asking $2,100 in eastern Bed Stuy. It’s not the greatest renovation, but it is newly renovated with a stainless steel fridge, electric stove and a convection oven (not yet installed). It’s five short blocks to the C at Ralph Avenue and four long blocks to the J/Z at Chauncey. Does it seem like a good deal for $700 a bedroom?

194 Howard Avenue [Fillmore] GMAP

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Developer Jacob Toll gave us a tour of the nearly complete rentals at the Lewis Steel Building, which stretches a full block on North 4th Street between Wythe and Berry in Williamsburg. Construction at the former steel mill at 76 North 4th Street is 95 percent done, he said, and he expects the 83 luxury rentals, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, to hit the market in May. Asking rents for the Hustvedt Cutler-designed apartments will start around $3,000 for one-bedrooms, $3,500 for studios and $4,500 for two-bedrooms, according to Toll.

You can glimpse the building’s industrial past in the lobby and amenity areas, which still sport original brick, and the parking garage, which was one of the factory’s loading bays. Wood joists salvaged from the floor line the hallway ceilings every few feet, and several apartments feature original brick. The elevator shafts were converted to three one-bedrooms, and the elevator doors and brick were preserved in those units. Many apartments also have private terraces or roof access, and some of the ones on the top two floors have gas fireplaces. The largest (and priciest) unit is a 1,300-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath duplex with a gas fireplace and roof access.

There will also be some nice retail: Blue Bottle Coffee, Steven Alan Home and bookseller McNally Jackson have all signed leases for ground floor retail in the building, as we reported earlier this month.

Click through to see the apartments!

Lewis Steel Building [MNS]
Lewis Steel Coverage [Brownstoner]
Steelworks Loft Coverage [Brownstoner]


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This three-bedroom house for rent in Bay Ridge seems perfect for a family. The 1,400-square-foot home looks to have been built in the ’30s or ’40s and has a roof deck, garage and finished basement with a separate entrance and a second bath. The living and dining areas are separate and look pretty spacious, and there’s a washer/dryer and dishwasher. It’s across the street from John Paul Jones Park, next to the Verrazano Bridge, and only a few blocks from the Fort Hamilton Army Base. If you’re relying on the subway, the R train is about seven blocks away at 95th Street. Do you think it’ll rent for $3,300 a month?

455 101st Street [All Points Real Estate] GMAP

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Seven months after launching sales, the 53-story tower at 388 Bridge Street has sold half its 144 condos and leased 95 percent of its 234 rentals. Only 67 condos are left, and move-ins and closings are well under way, according to PR people for the development.

The remaining condos at Brooklyn’s tallest high-rise range from $650,000 to $1,600,000, and asking prices for the fancy “Penthouse Collection” start at $1,742,000 and go up to $5,999,000. Condos are selling for close to $1,600 a square foot.

Designed by SLCE and developed by the Stahl Organization, the building features 8,000 square feet of amenity space and has a two-story Manhattan Athletic Club at its base.

388 Bridge Street [Official]
388 Bridge Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Halstead Property Development Marketing

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This three-bedroom, two-bath carriage house for rent near the Prospect Heights/Park Slope border seems like a sweet pad for a family. The 1,300-square-foot home has a fireplace and French doors that lead to the garden. There’s a dishwasher and washer/dryer too. It’s also only steps from the Bergen Street 2/3 stop and five blocks from Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center. Does $4,200 a month seem like a pretty good deal for a whole house?

498 Bergen Street [Halstead] GMAP