1. BOERUM HILL $3,200,000
118 Wyckoff Street GMAP P*Shark
Here’s the listing for this Boerum Hill one family, which was owned by Corcoran senior vice president Deborah Rieders. According to the Real Deal, Rieders purchased the home for $999,000 in 2005. It was asking $3,200,000. Deed recorded on 5/10/2013.
2. PARK SLOPE $2,800,000
592 3rd Street GMAP P*Shark
Here’s the old listing for this one family. It was listed in December 2012 for $2,850,000 and entered contract by March. Deed recorded on 5/8/2013.
3. FORT GREENE $2,775,000
11A South Elliott Place GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in March. It was listed in February for $2,750,000. The home’s a looker, check out the old listing here. Deed recorded on 5/9/2013.
4. WILLIAMSBURG $2,316,518.75
20 Bayard Street, PHB GMAP P*Shark
Here’s the listing for this three bed, two-and-a-half bath condo unit. It was listed in January for $2,250,000. The new owner got a parking space in the deal. Deed recorded on 5/7/2013.
5. COBBLE HILL $2,150,000
253 Pacific Street, #1 GMAP P*Shark
This is the last unit to sell at the modern build 253 Pacific Street. It went right at ask. The other two units sold for $2,495,528 and $2,647,450. Deed recorded on 5/7/2013.
Boerum Hill is getting a Lululemon outlet this summer. The upscale athletic store will open on the ground floor of 166 Smith Street, the former Smith Street Bunker that is undergoing a condo conversion. Back when the above rendering surfaced, Lululemon never confirmed its impending retail presence. But a tipster recently noticed Lululemon signage going up at the commercial space, and this article from Well + Good confirms it. They report that this will be Lululemon’s first “full-service” store with in-store classes and weekly run clubs. It should open by June. In the meantime, Lululemon will close its Park Slope location at 472 Bergen Street. According to Well + Good, the Park Slope outlet will hold a goodbye putluck dinner on Sunday, May 18th.
Lululemon’s New Brooklyn Store is Slated to Open in June [Well + Good]
How the Smith Street Bunker Will be Transformed [Brownstoner]
Work Begins at Former MTA Property 166 Smith Street [Brownstoner]
MTA Sells Smith Street Eyesore [Brownstoner]
Three Brooklyn Winners on AMNY’s Most-Fugly List [Brownstoner] GMAP
The New York Times yesterday took a look at the controversy over just how to rid the Gowanus Canal of its toxic sludge. If you’ve been following along, none of this will be news to you, but in brief: One group opposes the plan to shut down the Double D swimming pool to locate an overflow tank underneath it, while others don’t want the toxic sludge processed in Red Hook or encased in cement and used as landfill in Red Hook. The paper didn’t mention a new group that has formed to champion local processing on the grounds that it might bring jobs to Red Hook. In any case, the EPA has repeatedly said it’s open to shipping the toxic sludge out of state for processing, a more expensive remedy.
Neighbors Resist a Plan to Clean a Toxic Canal [NY Times]
Real estate firm Stribling is planning to open an office in Brooklyn, its first, at 386 Atlantic Avenue later this month. “The time really was just right for Stribling to formally land in Brooklyn,” said Catherine Witherwax, Executive Vice President and Director of Sales Brooklyn. “We have several developments out here, several listings and have sold many listings from the buyers side.” Right now they are putting the finishing touches on the office and getting the systems up and running. The official opening is set for May 21. The firm’s other three offices are in Manhattan.
Brooklynites can breath a sigh of relief: The Brooklyn Inn has reopened after closing for repairs in mid-April, and the owners didn’t change the beautiful historic interior one bit. They temporarily removed part of the tin ceiling to make repairs to the sub-ceiling, the bartender told us. The interior includes wood floors and big mirrors above a 19th century wood bar. In fact, they’re even re-creating some of tin ceiling tiles to match the originals. A tipster writes in: “I was told by the bartender last night that an impression of the tile pattern has been taken so that additional matching tiles can be made.” There’s still some plywood up on the ceiling where the new tiles will go in. You can see a few more photos after the jump.
Brooklyn Inn Closed for Renovations [Brownstoner] (more…)
The sale of the parking lot at 321 and 325 Pacific Street just hit public records for $3.32 million, and The Observer already has news of what’s to come: five new townhouses. The developers also purchased the empty lot at 330 Atlantic Avenue, also between Hoyt and Smith, but have not yet revealed their plan for that. The townhouses in question will be four-story single families with garages and a total of 3,300 to 3,400 square feet of living space each. The developer said the facades, which will be mostly brick with some brownstone, will be “totally contextual to the landmark district.” They will not all look alike, with plans for both a carriage house and a more traditional row house design. The ETA for the project is the summer of next year — something tells us that they’ll sell like hot cakes.
Bluerock Plans Five Brick Neo-Brownstones for Pacific Street [NY Observer]
Is there really this much demand in the Brooklyn rental market? This 300-square-foot studio apartment at 542 Pacific Street, in Boerum Hill, is asking $1,750 a month. No, that’s not a typo. The photo isn’t really selling that price, either. The only possible perk we can discern is that there’s access to the garden. What do you make of this one?
542 Pacific Street [Space Real Estate] GMAP P*Shark
Remember the bizarre-seeming proposal by cement manufacturer John Quadrozzi to encase poisonous sludge from the Gowanus Canal in lumps of concrete and then use this as landfill to expand the size of one of his Red Hook shipping docks? Well, this idea was adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its official plan to clean up the Gowanus Canal, and now the proposal is pitting residents of different neighborhoods against each other, Gothamist reported. “The Gowanus Canal runs through Carroll Gardens,” shouted third-generation Red Hook resident Brian Melton at a recent EPA meeting at the South Brooklyn Community High School. “Put the stuff there!” A group called NoToxicRedHook has formed to fight the Red Hook portion of the EPA’s plan. ”We do not want toxic wastewater processed in our neighborhood,” said group co-founder Carly Yates. Meanwhile, supporter Marlene Donnelly, an environmental activist who owns a house near the canal in Carroll Gardens, said she believes the opposition to the Red Hook part of the cleanup plan is “an orchestrated campaign to discredit the Superfund” by developers, the City, and National Grid. A resident of Red Hook said she thought the plan to remove toxic chemicals from wealthier areas and put them in Red Hook had a “race aspect.”
Environmental Racism? Toxic Gowanus Sludge Is Heading for Red Hook [Gothamist]
Photo by wallyg
2. WINDSOR TERRACE $1,780,000
598 17th Street GMAP P*Shark
This brick townhouse is separated into three units. Here’s the listing for it. The building was listed in December for $1,890,000. Deed recorded on 4/15/2013.
3. DITMAS PARK $1,720,000
456 East 19th Street GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in October, when it was asking $1,675,000. Demand in Ditmas for this nine-bedroom Victorian home! Here’s the listing of this impressive home. Deed recorded on 4/15/2013.
4. SOUTH SLOPE $1,700,000
196 15th Street GMAP P*Shark
The listing was pulled for this home but we’re curious! Anybody check out this South Slope home when it was on the market? It last traded for $650,000 in 2007. Deed recorded on 4/16/2013.
It’s narrow and the kitchens aren’t the fanciest, but this brick house in Boerum Hill does look to be cleanly updated and has a few nice old details, such as the marble fireplaces. The listing says the heat runs on biodiesel. Too bad the floors appear to be relatively recent parquet. Currently set up as a double duplex over four stories, they’re asking $2,295,000. Incidentally, PropertyShark lists the address as 492, not 494 State Street. Do you think it’s a good deal?
494 State Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
When the Church of the Redeemer announced it would demolish its Gothic Revival structure at 24 4th Avenue at Pacific Street last year, the plan ignited community protest. Carolynn DiFiore Balmelle of the East Pacific Street Block Association updated us on the group’s continuing efforts to save the church. Since last July they have been fighting to repurpose the building, which was used as a school back in the ’70s. DiFiore Balmelle reached out to area preschools to gauge interest in moving into the structure; two schools seriously considered it and were given a tour last month. There’s still resistance from the church, though: Although they could charge an annual rent of $400,000 for the space, they are arguing that it would take $4 million to get the building back up to snuff. The church’s original plan was to demolish for a mixed-use building, including a new church and residential units. DiFiore Balmelle estimates that the existing structure, which needs its roof, electricity, and plumbing replaced, needs $2 million in repairs. She isn’t hopeful that the church will ultimately agree to rent out or repair the building. There also isn’t hope that Landmarks will step in to designate this building, which will soon be 160 years old. The community is holding another meeting to talk strategy, organize protest, and gain more support on Tuesday, April 30. It’ll be held at the YWCA at 30 3rd Avenue at 7 pm.
We received a number of tips yesterday concerning the closing of Boerum Hill institution and watering hole The Brooklyn Inn. There’s a sign up on the window that reads, “We are temporarily closed for restoration. We look forward to seeing you very soon.” One patron heard from a bar employee that they were redoing the ceiling, but after poking his head in a few days later he noticed that much more work seemed to be under way, and that it looked like the mirror behind the bar had been taken down. A bar regular heard that the ceiling work was much more extensive than they originally planned, and that they also may be tiling the floor. Here’s hoping that they don’t gut any of the historic interior, which is truly old-school with bare wood floorboards and a huge 19th century wood bar. (On the Brooklyn Inn Facebook page, the owners promise the changes are “positive.”) Several attempts to reach management were not successful. Thankfully, we’ve heard from a few sources that they should reopen by the end of this month.
This new listing at 423 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has a nice lofty feel to it. The apartment, which is over 1,100 square feet if you include the sleeping loft, has high ceiling, a nice row of windows and a large common roof deck. And, hey, you also get to tell all your friends that you live in the old ExLax building. Priceless. Well, not exactly. More like $769,000.
423 Atlantic Avenue #4N [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
The list of celebrities in Brooklyn is getting rather long. Last week, actor Ethan Hawke sold his Chelsea town house and bought one in Boerum Hill at 247 Dean Street in Boerum Hill, The Real Estalker and Curbed reported. The house is mid-19th century, with a mix of Italianate and Greek Revival details, according to the listing. It was last listed for $3,900,000. Click through to the jump to see the very nice exterior.
2. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $3,850,000
20 Garden Place GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD back in 2011. This brownstone sold in 2012 in an off-market deal, then was listed again later that year. The home was asking $4,495,000 in 2012. Deed recorded on 3/20/2013.
3. CLINTON HILL $2,925,000
396 Grand Avenue GMAP P*Shark
The sale of this 26-foot-wide single family home, which set the neighborhood record, got its own post. It sold at its asking price. Deed recorded on 3/19/2013.
4. PARK SLOPE $2,650,000
608 6th Street GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD pick over the summer. We said, “It’s got a charming Arts and Crafts interior, with a coffered ceiling that’s particularly impressive. There are lots of other original details as well.” Ask: $2,650,000. Deed recorded on 3/18/2013.
5. BOERUM HILL $2,600,000
161 State Street GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in November of 2012. You can see the listing for this 20-foot-wide Greek Revival townhouse here. The home was asking $2,900,000. Deed recorded on 3/19/2013.
As studio units go, this apartment at 377A Atlantic Avenue is about as good as it gets. The unit is huge — big enough have separate sleeping, living and kitchen space. The big windows and high tin ceilings also lend a feeling of spaciousness. The rent, however, is priced accordingly, at $3,250 a month. Would you pay that to live in a studio this nice, or just go elsewhere and find a two-bedroom?
377A Atlantic Avenue [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP P*Shark