Crown Heights Brooklyn -- 1183 Bergen St History

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

The pink house on Bergen Street was still standing when I moved to Crown Heights North in 2000. Only two blocks from my house, I saw it often. It was in rough shape then, but hadn’t been boarded up yet.

According to a 1976 survey of Crown Heights North by the LPC, this house, at 1183 Bergen Street, between New York and Brooklyn avenues, was the second oldest house in the neighborhood.

It was built, they figured, somewhere between 1860 and 1865.

The oldest house in Crown Heights North is the George and Susan Elkins House, at 1375 Dean Street, a couple of blocks away. The Elkins house is only 10 years older, built around 1853.

Both houses were the last remnants of this neighborhood’s suburban past, the two oldest surviving houses in Crown Heights North.

The Bedford branch of the Lefferts family owned most of the land making up Crown Heights North. They stopped farming and began selling it off in the late 1840s and ’50s. The street grid had been marked out in the 1830s, and this land was advertised as a great place for a suburban villa community. (more…)

Crown Heights Brooklyn 947 Prospect Pl Cottage Living

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Who wouldn’t want to live in these charming cottages? These six houses are unlike any others built in Crown Heights North.

Name: Row house cottages
Address: 935-947 Prospect Place
Cross Streets: New York and Brooklyn avenues
Neighborhood: Crown Heights North
Year Built: 1920-22
Architectural Style: British Arts and Crafts
Architect: A. White Pierce
Other Works by Architect: 759 E. 17th Street and other suburban houses in Victorian Flatbush and Laurelton, Queens
Landmarked: Yes, part of Crown Heights North Historic District (2007)

We visit this row of charming little cottages in my Crown Heights North walking tours, and I am always asked if they were built as servants’ quarters for the now-vanished mansions of St. Marks Avenue, which is right behind this block.

No, they weren’t. The earliest owners of these houses would probably have been highly offended at the suggestion. After all, they themselves were of more-than-moderate income, had domestic help and were fixtures in Brooklyn’s society pages. (more…)

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This two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent in Prospect Heights is modern, spacious and close to Barclays Center. There’s a wine cooler, a dishwasher, a washer/dryer and a balcony off one of the bedrooms.

The unit is pretty large at 1,081 square feet, according to the listing. Do you think the rent of $4,500 a month is reasonable for the location?

660 Dean Street, #4 [Elliman] GMAP


1515 bedford avenue fox savoy crown heights 32015

Work has begun on the 10-story apartment building that will rise on the site of the former Fox Savoy Theater at 1515 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights. Earth movers began excavating at Bedford and Lincoln last week, digging out the basement for the new building and pulling out the last remaining pieces of the old theater’s foundation.

The Thomas Lamb-designed movie palace was originally built in 1926 for motion picture magnate William Fox of 20th Century Fox, and it featured an ornate neo-Classical facade made of white terra cotta. The grand old building was torn down last fall, after its most recent owners, a church, sold it to a developer for a low-seeming $575,000, as readers will recall.  (more…)

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Here’s an early-20th-century one-family close to the park in Crown Heights south with a lot of charming period details.

There are beams, a working fireplace with an original mantel, herringbone floors, charming moldings, a globe light on the newel post — the works. We’re guessing it will need some skim coating in a bedroom and work in the main bathroom, at least, but the bones are good.

We like the location two blocks from the park and not far from shops and restaurants on Franklin on the other side of Eastern Parkway. But just be aware, it’s next to a church and close to one of the two Crown Heights armories at 1555 Bedford Avenue.

There’s an open house this Sunday from noon to 2 pm. What do you think of the house and the ask of $1,100,000?

1056 President Street [B.H. Tal Real Estate] GMAP


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Rents in central Brooklyn are rising by the day, but there are still a few deals out there — like this three-bedroom duplex in Bed Stuy close to the Crown Heights border. The kitchen and bathroom are pretty run-of-the-mill, but they are recently updated. There’s also a washer/dryer and access to the shared backyard.

It’s only half a block to Fulton and two blocks to the C at Kingston-Throop, so the area is busy but convenient. Does it seem like a good deal for $2,400 a month?

45 Albany Avenue [Warren Lewis Sotheby’s] GMAP


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Crown Heights was once home to the city’s first black-owned gay club — the Starlite Lounge at 1084 Bergen Street, on the corner of Nostrand Avenue. Filmmaker Kate Kunath set out to chronicle the bar’s 50-year legacy in “We Came to Sweat,” which premiered last year and will screen tomorrow at the Queens World Film Festival in Jackson Heights. She told Vice the film began as an effort to save the bar, “the oldest black-owned, non-discriminating club,” which was sold in 2009 and finally shuttered for good in 2010. The whole interview is worth reading, but one quote in particular caught our eye:

“There was this unspoken common ground of the patrons, which was their willingness to say ‘f*ck the establishment!’ — whether that was over politics, religion, sexual shame, or social norms. And the energy of that was intoxicating. But what I took away from the plight is that nothing is permanent, progress is not a straight line and losing space is losing ground in the bigger picture.”

“We Came to Sweat” is screening tomorrow at 10 pm at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens. Tickets are $12 or $9 for seniors and students, and available here. Pictured is the building in 2006, before the bar closed. It still stands, but a deli and dollar store have moved into the Starlite’s old space.

“We Came to Sweat” Tells the Story of New York City’s First Black-Owned Gay Club [Vice]
Starlite Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Gregg Snodgrass for PropertyShark

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Here’s the design for the big apartment building that will replace the BP gas station and car wash on a prominent Crown Heights corner, Bedford and Eastern Parkway. As you may recall, developer Adam America bought the property for $32,500,000 in January.

The Issac and Stern-designed building will be rectangular with two setbacks, and clad in a combination of light and dark-colored brick. It will have eight stories, with ground-floor retail space that “meets the intersection at the same acute angle as its somewhat irregular lot,” according to YIMBY, which was the first to publish the renderings. It looks pretty similar to the building planned for the former Fox Savoy Theater site next door, which is also being designed by Issac and Stern.

The Issac and Stern-designed project at 1535 Bedford Avenue will have 133 apartments, 14,669 square feet of ground floor retail and 42 parking spots, as reported earlier this year. The new building will have a street address of 1519 Bedford.

Do you think this will be an improvement for the corner or will you miss the gas station and car wash?

Revealed: 1535 Bedford Avenue, Crown Heights [NYY]
Crown Heights Gas Station Sells for $32.5 Million, Eight-Story Building Planned [Brownstoner]



This overgrown and abandoned-looking building at 109 Montgomery Street in Crown Heights will soon be replaced by a 12-story tower designed by Karl Fischer, as New York YIMBY was the first to note. New building applications filed yesterday show the building will have 173 apartments across 131,727 square feet of residential space.

There will also be an attended subterranean parking garage with 70 spots. The developer is Cornell Realty, which is also developing the nearby Sea Crest Linen site at 902 Franklin Avenue. The one-story building here now, above, is classified as a “professional” building, according to PropertyShark.

12-Story Karl Fischer Building Planned for 109 Montgomery Street, Crown Heights [NYY]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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We dig all the 19th-century detail in this cozy Prospect Heights garden apartment. The one-bedroom pad has wood panelling, a decorative mirrored mantel and a hallway full of built-in wooden cabinets (the former butler’s pantry). The kitchen is simple, but there’s a dishwasher and all the essentials.

And it’s a great location, only a few blocks from Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, and the 2/3 and B/Q trains. The only downside is there’s no access to the garden. Do you think $2,500 a month sounds about right?

281 Sterling Place [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

1286 president street crown heights 32015

This circa-1900 semi-attached Crown Heights house is unlike any row house we’ve ever seen, thanks to a renovation and its current use as an office. There’s a three-story solarium on the back of the house, a bathroom with an onyx tub and counter, and lots of marble counters in the kitchen, as well as some neo-Classical wood work and chevron floors.

Strangely, the parlor and dining room don’t appear to be pictured (we see a bedroom and the “den”). There’s also wear on floors and mantels but it doesn’t look serious.

What do you think of it and the price tag of $3,500,000?

1286 President Street [Elliman] GMAP

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The owner of Prospect Heights bar Bearded Lady on Washington Avenue plans to expand with a bar at 722 Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. There will be food as well, such as nachos, ceviche, quesadillas and tacos, and a selection of sandwiches that includes lobster and shrimp rolls, hot dogs and pulled pork.

Community Board 8’s full board supported the bar’s liquor license application last month, but the State Liquor Authority doesn’t seem to have processed the application yet. It will have a backyard that closes at 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday, and the indoor space will stay open until 4 am at the latest. GMAP