07/30/14 2:00pm

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The hotly anticipated Crabby Shack is hosting its grand opening tonight at 613 Franklin Avenue near Dean Street in Crown Heights. Expect a full roster of crab items that includes crab tacos, crab rolls, crab cake sliders, crab dumplings and crab mac and cheese, as well as steamed Alaskan snow crab or blue crab. (more…)

07/28/14 12:15pm

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Here’s a slightly pricey but modern one-bedroom condo for rent in Crown Heights. The exposed brick might not appeal to everyone, but the kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a decent amount of cabinet space. The big windows help open up the living room too. However, the asking price seems ambitious for this size and location. What do you think of it for $2,000 a month?

943 St. Marks Ave, #2A [Ideal Properties] GMAP

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Multi-family buildings are selling like crazy throughout Brooklyn, and the biggest growth is happening in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Bed Stuy and Bushwick, according to a report from Ariel Property Advisors highlighted by The Real Deal. In those three neighborhoods alone, 252 properties were sold in 170 transactions totaling nearly $710,000,000. Sales in Crown Heights, Bed Stuy and Bushwick made up a quarter of all the borough’s investment transactions.  (more…)

07/09/14 4:00pm

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Starting this Friday, Medgar Evers College will kick off its 16th annual Jazzy Jazz Festival, which will bring weekly jazz concerts to southern Crown Heights. Performers in this year’s lineup include MEC Jazz Ensemble & The Strobert Trio, Dr. Mambo & The Experience Ensemble featuring Neil Clarke and Alex Blake, Stanley Banks & Friends featuring Monte Croft, Jeff King Band, and a Caribbean cultural celebration for the school’s poet-in-residence for the jazz series, Nikki Williams. Performances will take place every Friday this summer from 6 to 9 pm along Crown Street next to the college’s new science center, at 1638 Bedford Avenue (pictured).

Photo by Tchassis via Wikimedia Commons

07/09/14 11:30am

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Interior photos have been added to the listings for 341 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, the eight-story, 63-unit rental building that will sport Crown Heights’ first Starbucks, even though leasing won’t start until July 10. Curbed was the first to spot the photos, which look pretty good, in our opinion. The Meshberg Group-designed development will also have a Capital One branch on the ground floor. (more…)

07/08/14 12:00pm

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Artist Mike Perry has painted a new mural on Bergen Street between Franklin and Classon. It says “Crown Heights” and depicts people and buildings among trees and flowers. He lives in Crown Heights, and his studio is located on the block, in the Monti building at 925 Bergen. The colorful wall is the first in an ongoing mural project Perry is curating with Sue Boyle and Benton Brown, the owners of the lot. Thanks to Brooklynian for bringing it to our attention. What do you think of it?

07/03/14 10:00am

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Listings went up last week for the nearly complete rental building at 500 Sterling Place in Crown Heights, and now we have interior photos of the apartments, not just renderings. A representative from Halstead, which is marketing the rentals, sent us the images.

The seven-story, 77-unit development has studios from $1,999, one-bedrooms from $2,499 and two-bedrooms from $3,100. There’s also a one-bedroom, 1.5-bath duplex with two balconies asking $3,425 a month, and a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath duplex with two balconies for $4,330. Click through to see more photos! What do you think of them?

500 Sterling Place Listings [Halstead] GMAP
500 Sterling Place Building Site [500 Sterling Place]
500 Sterling Place Coverage [Brownstoner]

Photos by Halstead

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07/02/14 12:15pm

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This studio in Crown Heights is one of the lowest priced apartments for rent in the nabe right now. The apartment is newly renovated, and heat and hot water are included.

It’s about six blocks in either direction from the C train and the 2/3/4/5 at Franklin Avenue, and it’s close to all the action on Franklin. The apartment is income restricted, and the income limits are $54,180 for one person and $61,920 for two people, according to the brokers. What are your thoughts on it for $1,289 a month?

521 St. Marks Avenue, #5B [Halstead] GMAP

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A restaurant might be coming to a desolate stretch of Atlantic Avenue between Bedford and Nostrand in Bed Stuy. New building applications were filed earlier this month to construct an “eating and drinking establishment” at 1163 Atlantic Avenue, currently a large parking lot. Since this highway-like part of Atlantic is populated mostly by warehouses, parking lots and gas stations, we wonder if this will be a fast food joint.

The property owner is Marcello Porcelli of LargaVista Companies, a developer that owns several small properties in Manhattan. Porcelli’s father, Oscar Porcelli, began buying up parcels around Manhattan in the early ’70s and turning them into Gaseteria gas stations.

Once up on a time, this property was home to Brooklyn’s oldest ice skating rink, the Brooklyn Ice Palace. The Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklynology blog has a great post on the history of the building, which opened as an ice rink in 1917 with 17,000 square feet of ice. During World War I, the state ordered the rink closed to save on materials that were used in creating artificial ice, like ammonia. Subsequently, it was transformed into a well-cooled movie palace, but that project fell into bankruptcy. Eventually, it was torn down and renovated into a spacious, state of the art ice rink, which prospered until 1955. The building eventually re-opened as a scenery design studio, which you can see in the 1970s tax photo after the jump.

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06/27/14 10:00am

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This formerly stalled construction site at 622 Grand Avenue in Crown Heights is finally seeing some action. A four-story, 10-unit building is planned for the site, according to the most recent application for a new building permit, which was disapproved.

At one time, Robert Scarano was the applicant of record, according to new building permits filed back in 2006, but it seems like construction didn’t start until last summer. The property last changed hands in 2005, when an LLC bought it for $328,000, according to public records.

Ten-Unit Building Planned for Grand Avenue [Brownstoner]

06/25/14 12:15pm

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This gut-renovated four-bedroom, two-bath apartment just south of Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights offers plenty of space in a convenient location. The kitchen and living area looks fairly large, and the bedrooms seem nicely sized as well.

The kitchen doesn’t have much counter space, but it does have new stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher and what looks like a wine fridge. There’s also a ceiling fan and a washer/dryer.

The net effective rent is $3,850, but you’ll actually write checks for $4,170 a month. What do you think?

835 Franklin Avenue, #1B [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP