293 montgomery street crown heights 92014

Here’s an affordable and spacious five-bedroom, two-bath lower duplex in Crown Heights with no broker’s fee, although the recent renovation will not be to everyone’s taste. The 2,500-square-foot pad has a new kitchen and bathrooms, dishwasher, washer/dryer and living rooms on both floors of the duplex. Renters share the house’s backyard and front porch.

It’s for rent by owner. There’s one other apartment in the early 20th century townhouse — a top floor three-bedroom (also for rent.) The duplex is $3,500 a month, or an affordable $700 a bedroom. We’ve included the floor plan after the jump. What do you think of it?

293 Montgomery Street [FRBO] GMAP

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st teresas 523 st johns place crown heights 92014

It’s sat empty for 20 years, but now it looks like work is finally under way to convert the old St. Teresa’s school complex into a training school for court officers at St. Johns Place and Classon Avenue in Crown Heights. We spotted this rendering on the fence, which shows that the three buildings will keep their facades but there will be a new glass walkway connecting them.

Also, the DOB issued new alteration permits earlier this month for the planned classrooms and dorms at 523 St. Johns Place. Work is supposed to wrap in the winter of 2015, according to construction signs.

Work Spotted at the St. Teresa Building Complex [Brownstoner] GMAP
New Life for St. Teresa’s Building Complex [Brownstoner]

forte cafe 619 st johns place crown heights 92014

Residents of western Crown Heights were sad to see Nimba shutter last spring at 619 St. Johns Place just off Franklin Avenue, but it looks like a new business, Forte Cafe, will move into the space. We spotted this sign in the window over the weekend, but we haven’t been able to find out anything else about it. It just says “Coming soon, Forte Cafe.”

The storefront went up for rent in June, about two months after plumbing issues and a dispute with the landlord forced Nimba to close, according to Brooklynian. If you know anything about the cafe, hit up the tipline! Click through for a closeup shot of the sign. GMAP

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weeksville and creative time pic

Creative Time — the arts organization that produced Kara Walker’s Domino installation – and Weeksville Heritage Center have partnered to create four month-long exhibits exploring black history, politics and jazz at sites throughout Crown Heights and Bed Stuy. “Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn” launches September 20 at Weeksville Heritage Center in Weeksville, pictured above, one of America’s oldest free black communities and now part of Crown Heights.

For “funk,” artist Xenobia Bailey worked with students at Boys & Girls High School in Bed Stuy to design upcycled furniture “created in the African American aesthetic of funk,” which will be on display at Weeksville’s Hunterfly Road Homes. Then cinematographer Bradford Young is exploring the concept of “god” with a video installation paying tribute to the “pioneering Black women, men, and children who embarked on countless journeys in search of refuge” at the former site of the Bethel Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Crown Heights.

Also, an exhibit at Stuyvesant Mansion will examine the history of black female nurses and doctors, including the United Order of Tents, New York’s first black woman OB-GYN, and the Black Panthers’ community healthcare efforts. Finally, artist collective Otabenga Jones and Associates will broadcast live jazz from a temporary radio station in the back of a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville at Fulton and Malcolm X. For more info on the exhibits and the opening party, head over to Creative Time.

Photo via Creative Time

crown heights carnival

If you live in Crown Heights, you’ve seen the bright, elaborate costumes, the stiltwalkers and the steel drums that herald the coming of the West Indian Day Parade, which happens Monday along Eastern Parkway. There’s a full schedule of events happening all weekend at the Brooklyn Museum, starting tonight with a “Caribbean Woodstock” concert featuring a long list of popular Caribbean and West Indian musicians. Tomorrow there’s a free showcase of young reggae, steel-pan, rap, dance and spoken word performers in the afternoon, and a big brass and reggae concert is slated for the evening. (more…)

1351 dean street crown heights 82014

This top-floor one-bedroom in Crown Heights has a nice renovation and charming original details, but it doesn’t come cheap. The kitchen features stainless steel counters and appliances, exposed brick and wooden cabinets, while the living room and bedrooms are more traditional. The apartment is huge, though: At a whopping 1,200 square feet, according to the listing, the size might possibly justify $2,000 a month in this part of Crown Heights. What do you think of the look and the rent?

1351 Dean Street, #2 [Corcoran] GMAP

820-822 st johns place crown heights 82014

Two buildings on St Johns Place between Nostrand and Rogers Avenues in Crown Heights have gotten vertical extensions and completely new facades over the last few months. Workers have installed windows and recently started interior work. The two buildings at 820 and 822 St. Johns Place have expanded from three stories to five.

When work finishes, 820 will have seven apartments and 822 will house nine apartments, according to alteration permits filed last year. Armstrong Funeral Home occupied both buildings until it sold them to an LLC last year for $1,750,000, according to public records.

Three Small Buildings to Gain Height, Units in Crown Heights [Brownstoner] GMAP

255 eastern parkway crown heights 82014

Here’s a huge four-bedroom, two-bath co-op for rent in a prewar building in Crown Heights. The 1,675-square-foot pad was gut-renovated in ’06 and has a clean, modern feel. There’s a formal dining room, a “library nook” and lots of closets. However one of the bathrooms is ensuite, which is somewhat inconvenient. What’s your opinion of it for $5,200 a month?

255 Eastern Parkway, #D15 [Corcoran] GMAP