BuzzBuzzHome rustled up this rendering of a large apartment building designed by architect Karl Fischer for 886 Dahill Road in Borough Park. Developer Wydra Enterprises purchased the site in 2007 for $26 million, got plans approved in 2009, but then didn’t build anything. In July, the developer put the property on the market for $33 million, but apparently there were no takers because in February, Wydra filed a new permit, which was approved a few weeks ago. The new permit, like the old one, calls for nine stories and 171 units. The most recent permit filed asks to amend that to 10 stories.
Mixed-Use Development by Karl Fischer Headed for Borough Park [BuzzBuzzHome]
Rendering via BuzzBuzzHome
A WNYC radio story about test prep in Sunset Park uncovered some interesting facts about education and demographics: Of the top 20 zip codes that send the most children to New York City’s elite public high schools, only three are low-income. All of those are in Brooklyn, and they include parts of Sunset Park, Borough Park and Dyker Heights. In Sunset Park, at least, the high acceptance rates to elite high schools can be pinned on the Chinese population there and their embrace of extracurricular test-prep programs intended specifically to ace public-school admissions tests. Testing in Chinese culture has a very long tradition, according to WNYC, going back 2,000 years to the Han dynasty. The story profiled one Sunset Park family who, incredibly, spends $5,000 a year on test prep for its three boys out of a total family yearly income of only $26,000. (The family’s housing costs are low because they own a two-family they share with relatives.) Average yearly incomes in the three zip codes range from about $35,000 to $40,000. Most of the other admissions came from middle-class or wealthy neighborhoods such as the Upper West Side. As for the mother of the family profiled in the piece, she said she hopes her boys will go to Harvard.
Around Sunset Park, Tutoring Is Key to Top High Schools [WNYC]
1. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $1,987,587.50
20 Henry Street, #6B-S GMAP P*Shark
A three bed/two bath unit last asking $1,950,000. According to Streeteasy, there are only three units left at this new condo development. Deed recorded on 2/8/2013.
3. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $1,503,918.75
20 Henry Street, #3A-S GMAP P*Shark
Quite a few units at 20 Henry Street hit public records last week. This particular unit is a 1,536-square-foot three bed/two bath. It was asking $1,475,000. Deed recorded on 2/4/2013.
1. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $2,275,788.75
360 Furman Street, #204 GMAP P*Shark
A three bed/three bath asking $2,275,000, then $2,350,000. Entered into contract on 5/15/12; closed on 6/21/12; deed recorded on 9/7/2012.
3. PARK SLOPE $1,500,000
133 Sterling Place, #4E GMAP P*Shark
A three bed/two bath asking $1,500,000. This unit also came with a parking space. Entered into contract on 6/12/12; closed on 8/20/12; deed recorded on 9/7/2012.
1. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $7,350,000
40 Willow Place GMAP P*Shark
A post on this sale ran last week. It’s a 45-foot-wide modernist design in the middle of Brooklyn Heights, what more is there to say? Oh, it’s also Brooklyn’s most valuable home. A HOTD last year. Entered into contract on 5/7/12; closed on 8/3/12; deed recorded on 8/15/2012.
4. PARK SLOPE $2,325,000
532 8th Street GMAP P*Shark
Here’s a bit about the building from the listing: “Built by the prolific developer/architect duo, Williams Reynolds and Benjamin Dreisler, this three-sided bay front limestone is in a consecutive row of 12 townhouses that are completely intact.” The home was asking $2,095,000. Entered into contract on 5/25/12; closed on 7/25/12; deed recorded on 8/14/2012.
5. COBBLE HILL $1,900,000
269 Sackett Street GMAP P*Shark
This is a four-story four-family townhouse. Asking $2,175,000. Entered into contract on 5/24/12; closed on 8/02/12; deed recorded on 8/15/2012.
1. PARK SLOPE $2,600,000
587 5th Street GMAP P*Shark
We liked this limestone home when it was HOTD back in September 2011. We said: “The parlor floor is gorgeous and the two-story extension results in a very generous layout. Only negative is the kitchen which feels a little tired. But if you can swing the $3,150,000 asking price, you can probably pony up another $100,000 to tune that up.” This house had been in the same family since the 40s! Entered into contract on 2/10/12; closed on 4/18/12; deed recorded on 5/9/2012.
2. COBBLE HILL $2,020,000
171 Warren Street GMAP P*Shark
Another HOTD pick. The house has charm, but the listing wasn’t showing many pictures. We felt it was “hard to weigh in with much confidence on the asking price of $2,500,000 but our gut’s telling us that, despite the great Cobble Hill location, the renovation price tag will be enough to make it tough sell at that number.” Guess someone fell in love with this house. Entered into contract on 2/2/12; closed on 4/26/12; deed recorded on 5/9/2012.
5. CARROLL GARDENS $1,800,000
564 Henry Street GMAP P*Shark
This home was asking a hefty $2,300,000. We noted, “If the sellers, who’ve owned the four-story house for 35 years, had just left it alone it would probably be having more luck than it is now, but let’s just say that some of the interior design decisions they made are probably working against it.” Entered into contract on 1/30/12; closed on 4/24/12; deed recorded on 5/10/2012.
1. COBBLE HILL $2,950,000
30 Strong Place GMAP P*Shark
This home was asking $2,800,000 when it was HOTD this January. At 17-feet, it’s narrow, but overall we called it “a lovely house in a great location.” Apparently a few others agreed with us! Entered into contract on 1/12/12; closed on 4/4/12; deed recorded on 4/23/2012.
2. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $2,700,000
9 College Place, #4E GMAP P*Shark
Not much info on this condo sale at the Love Lane Mews. Entered into contract on 5/3/12; closed on 3/23/12; deed recorded on 4/25/2012.
3. WILLIAMSBURG $2,025,000
135 Bedford Avenue GMAP P*Shark
This sale made big news last week, as NY1 anchorman Pat Kiernan made this Burg purchase. As a broker said: “The sale price is unprecedented in that $2,025,000 is the highest price ever paid for a single family home in Williamsburg.” Here’s a video of the home interior. Entered into contract on 12/13/12; closed on 4/9/12; deed recorded on 4/25/2012.
Honorable Mention: 221 Clinton Avenue, HOTD in August 2011, asking $2,200,000, sold for $1,870,000.
1. BOERUM HILL $2,310,000
239 Dean Street GMAP P*Shark
This Boerum Hill townhouse was asking $2,549,000 when it hit the market this May. The listing says: “This South facing 21′ wide townhouse is open and stylish, with clean lines and just the right amount of original detail. The house has been superbly renovated and is in move-in condition.” Entered into contract on 7/18/11; closed on 10/11/10; deed recorded on 10/21/2011.
2. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $1,878,671.25
360 Furman Street, #211 GMAP P*Shark
Can’t find an old listing for this particular unit. Considering the closing price, it was probably a three-bedroom unit. Entered into contract on 3/1/11; closed on 4/28/11; deed recorded on 10/21/2011.
3. PARK SLOPE $1,850,000
121 Sterling Place, #4A GMAP P*Shark
This is a three-bedroom loft in an industrial Slope building. Apparently “The duplex layout is open, airy, and wonderful. The main floor has an open plan living room (w/ wood burning fireplace), dining room, and kitchen.” Ask: $2,195,000 in May 2011. Entered into contract on 7/31/11; closed on 10/6/11; deed recorded on 10/20/2011.
4. BOROUGH PARK $1,740,000
1481 58th Street GMAP P*Shark
Not much info on this two-family home, which comes in at 5,920 square feet. Entered into contract on 8/15/11; closed on 8/28/11; deed recorded on 10/17/2011.
The big, depressing news this weekend was that the number of possibly linked sexual assaults in Brooklyn since March has jumped to 20. The NYPD has added seven more cases to the official tally, six of which occurred at the 7th Avenue subway station in Park Slope. The most recent incident took place Thursday night, when a woman was attacked on 17th Street. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said that it’s likely there have been copycat crimes. While the cops arrested a man in conjunction with an attack in Sunset Park last week, they believe several men are responsible for the assaults.
Grope List Grows [NY Post]
Fear Grips Brooklyn as Number of Sex-Crimes Spikes [NY Daily News]
Copycat Crimes Possible In Brooklyn Sexual Assault Pattern [NY1]
Image via NY1
1. BAY RIDGE $2,750,000
8225 Shore Road GMAP
This one-family home is on a 8,400 foot lot. The house itself is 2,740 square feet.Entered into contract on 6/13/11; closed on 8/19/11; deed recorded on 9/6/11.
2. FORT GREENE $2,100,000
154 Dekalb Avenue GMAP
This two-family home was only on the market for 45 days. It was asking $2,229,000. Entered into contract on 6/15/11; closed on 8/30/11; deed recorded on 9/9/11.
3. DUMBO $2,100,000
1 Main Street, #9J GMAP
A four bed, two bath at the Dumbo condo building. According to the listing it is a “Corner Loft with Views in the Clocktower.” Ask was $2,149,000 when it hit the market this April. Entered into contract on 5/12/11; closed on 8/26/11; deed recorded on 9/8/11.
4. PARK SLOPE $2,000,000
369 8th Street GMAP
As the listing says, it’s a “3,087 square foot single family Second Empire Baroque Victorian townhouse (four floors plus fully finished basement, center staircase) in move-in condition, with full original details.” Ask: $2,275,000. Was on the market 29 days. Entered into contract on 6320/11; closed on 8/23/11; deed recorded on 9/8/11.
1. BOROUGH PARK $3,100,000
5104 17th Avenue GMAP
This is a one to two family house that comes with a garage or attached vacant land. The home is on a 4,000-square-foot lot. Entered into contract on 5/15/11; closed on 6/24/11; deed recorded on 7/13/2011.
2. FORT GREENE $2,805,000
1 Hanson Place, #26A GMAP
Unit #26A was sold at the One Hanson auction a few months ago. The 3,263-square-foot four bedroom was last on the market for $3,450,000. It went for $2,550,000. Entered into contract on 1/21/11; closed on 4/1/2011; deed recorded on 4/21/11.
3. BOERUM HILL $2,700,000
142 Dean Street GMAP
A HOTD in March 2010. We said: “It’s got lots of original charm and is 25 feet wide, which give it a shot at achieving the asking price of $2,750,000, we guess, but this really seems like boom-time pricing to us.” Entered into contract on 3/25/2011; closed on 6/30/2011; deed recorded on 7/11/11.
After the jump, six–count ‘em, six!–more properties that sold over $2M last week.
Brooklyner Marks the End of Brooklyn Cool [NY Daily News]
Photo via Grub Street
Photo: Reformed Church and rectory, New Utrecht.
Forgotten New York: New Utrecht
We took a look at The Venetian, Gravesend’s attempt at classical opulence, last year when it was still in the throes of construction. A reader just sent in this photo with the news that all the scaffolding and other construction paraphernalia had recently been removed. Honestly, we’re not entirely sure what to make of it. We had been assuming it would be entirely mock-worthy but it looks a lot better in reality than we had expected. We don’t care much for the roof or those rounded upper corners but the lower floors actually look decent. Plus, judging from the renderings, the interiors are also not as garish as we would have thought. Of course, the whole thing rides on the choice of materials, which is hard to judge without being up close. We’ve got no idea about sales status, though last year Gowanus Lounge reported that condos there were asking $1 to $4 million. What do you think?
The Venetian: 16th-Century Living, Gravesend-Style [Brownstoner]
$2,000 a Foot in Gravesend? You Betcha [Brownstoner] GMAP
Brooklyn Restaurant & Bar Openings
Greenpointers snapped this photo of the roof deck at Berry Park, the new bar on the corner of North 14th and Berry… Grub Street says that the new Eton location on Sackett (behind Zaytoons) will be serving frozen dumplings, plus “sixteen to eighteen varieties of bubble tea… as well as 26 varieties of Hawaiian shave ice year-round”… Brooklyn Based reports, “Caroline Fidanza, founding chef of Marlow and Sons and Diner, is opening a new place of her own called Saltie” in the old Cheeks space at at 378 Metropolitan… Thrillist shares interior photos of Der Schwarze Kolner in Fort Greene… And Little Buddy Biscuit Company is opening its first retail shop at 635 5th Avenue, near 18th Street, says Fork in the Road.
Guss’ Pickles Relocating to Brooklyn
After 85 years on the Lower East Side, Guss’ Pickles is making a move. Grub Street reports: “We called Roger Janin, who has operated the stand along with his mother, Pat Fairhurst, since 2004, and he confirmed that in about four months, he’ll reopen in the Borough Park area, at 39th Street between Fourteenth and Fifteenth Avenues. The reason has nothing to do with a greedy landlord â€” it’s simply that fewer old-timers are coming and business has dropped off, even during the Jewish holidays.”
Recently Reviewed: King of Tandoor
600 Flatbush Avenue, PLG; (347) 533-6811
“The papadum was perfect… The chicken in the kebabs were a bit dry but the flavor of the marinade was good. The jalfrezi was a mix of pepper, potato, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini. The vegetables still had some snap and the sauce was good with some heat,” writes Hawthorne Street, after visiting King of Tandoor on opening day. Service is reportedly slow, as this new kitchen works out the kinks, but all food is 25% off through Friday, to celebrate their opening week.
After the jump: Restaurant Girl hits Prime Meats, Sam Mason doles out $5 dinners tonight, Bruni bikes through Greenpoint, a blogger calls out Edible Brooklyn, and butcher Tom Mylan moves on… (more…)
4 New Restaurants
Pardon Me For Asking contributor Manny Simone hit the new vegetarian-friendly Carroll Gardens spot, Olga’s on Smith, on opening night and shares the highlights: “The Asian cucumber salad with mint was refreshing (and I don’t even like cucumbers), and the cous cous with garbanzo beans and tomatoes were delicious (my personal favorite).” …Reader Ashok B tips us off about Grandma Rose’s, an Italian-American spot that’s opening at 457 Graham Avenue, near the BQE… Shop Downtown Brooklyn notes: “Sea Asian, has moved to 125 Livingston Street (between Boerum Place and Smith Street) in Downtown Brooklyn from its former location at 78 Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights,” and they’re offering a 20%-off grand opening deal… “Former Momofuku partner Joaquin Baca hopes to make it on his own starting this month with the opening of Brooklyn Star in Williamsburg,” says Grub Street‘s Alexandra Vallis, who is particularly excited about trying Baca’s Dr. Pepper Ribs.
Get Sloshed with the PS 58 PTA
It ain’t as crazy as the upcoming Gene Ween show at PS 29 in Cobble Hill, but the PS 58 PTA in Carroll Gardens is hosting A Taste of May, a wine bar crawl, this coming Tuesday, May 19. Advance tickets cost $50 and will buy you a glass of wine and a small plate at 3 of our favorite neighborhood spots — Jake Walk, Chestnut, and Black Mountain Wine House. If this link doesn’t work, you can pick up your ticket at one of the venues.
Food Trucks Park at The Yard
388400 Carroll St., nr. Bond St., Gowanus
Grub Street reports that BKLYN Yard (the Gowanus venue formerly known as, simply, The Yard) is getting ready to reopen on May 23: “This year, it launches with an event called Parked, which will bring food trucks such as Pizza Moto, the Community Juice Truck, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, and more. As for the rest of the season, Red Hook vendor Margarita will be back with her huaraches (get there early, before they’re devoured).”
After the jump: Brooklyn’s take on California cuisine, why you should avoid Lucali’s this week, and a gas station where you can fill up on gefilte fish… (more…)
A property that’s at the center of a development debate in Borough Park recently traded hands for $19.4 million, according to public records. The city is currently considering an application to rezone 886 Dahill Roadâ€”where an abandoned warehouse standsâ€”to allow for the construction of a 12-story mixed-use property that includes 174 apartments, five townhouses and 70,000 square feet of retail space. An LLC headed by Martin Wydra (who developed Williamsburg condos like the Gretsch) bought the property from an LLC that named Eli Dweck as its managing member. According to a Times article published last year, Mendel Brach (of Finger Building fame) was one of Dweck’s partners and signed the deed for 886 Dahill, shelling out $8 million for the 64,000-square-foot lot in 2003. Whoever the parcel’s owners are, however, there may be trouble ahead for the planned redevelopment: Last month Community Board 12 voted against the rezoning proposal, saying its retail component would attract too much traffic. It’s very unusual that our community agrees on any issue whatsoever, said a CB 12 member quoted in Flatbush Life. Everybody in this community agreed that this project does not serve the needs of this community. A spokesperson for the Dept. of City Planning told us the rezoning proposal is in ULURP and is being considered by Marty Markowitz’s office.
Dahill Road Reject – Nabe Says â€˜No’ to Proposed 12-Story Tower [Flatbush Life] GMAP P*Shark DOB
Photo by Kate Leonova Property Shark.