This one-bedroom, one-bath at the aesthetically controversial Gene Kaufman-designed Verdi condo building in Fort Greene is $2,150 a month. The balcony off the living room and the big windows make the 570-square-foot unit seem a little more spacious. Overall it checks out for those interested in newer, condo finishes in a rental.
82 Adelphi Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
1. PARK SLOPE $3,780,000
43 8th Avenue GMAP P*Shark
A brownstone listed for $3.8 million. As the listing says, “Built for Park Slope’s elite in the late nineteenth century, this small stretch of 8th Avenue is now home to an extraordinary, updated residence of classic proportions and museum quality detail. A 23′ wide classic brownstone, on a full 100′ lot, No. 43 affords the space and room size for gracious living.” Entered into contract after one month on the market. Deed recorded on 3/28/2013.
2. FORT GREENE $3,750,000
32 South Portland Avenue GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this two-family home. The Observer says this is one of the most expensive home sales in Fort Greene. The buyer is an indie production designer. Deed recorded on 3/26/2013.
3. PARK SLOPE $3,000,000
630 3rd Street GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD in November. We said: “The relatively late Arts & Crafts architecture makes this a fairly modern, open plan house, and it appears to be in move-in condition, both of which will suit a lot of buyers.” It was asking $3,350,000. Deed recorded on 3/27/2013.
5. CARROLL GARDENS $2,380,000
305A President Street GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in January. The listing makes it seem like the interior needs a lot of work. Ask: $2,400,000. Deed recorded on 3/28/2013.
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Former Feuchtwanger Stable, now condos
Address: 159 Carlton Avenue
Cross Streets: Willoughby and Myrtle Avenues
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1888
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Marshall J. Morrill, conversion to residential by Anderson Associates
Other Work by Architect: Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Fort Greene, also Newsboy’s Home on Poplar Street in Brooklyn Heights, as well as row houses in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights
Landmarked: No, but on the National Register of Historic Places (1986)
The story: Even in the 19th century, a Brooklynite with means needed a place to stash the family vehicle. Like today, most people did without their own transportation, and used public transportation, but some, whether for convenience or status, had to have their own wheels. But you can’t leave a 19th century hay burner and rig out on the street, so commercial stables were the obvious solution. The wealthy had their own private stables, but less wealthy people with horses boarded them in places like the Feuchtwanger Stable.
As the residential streets of Fort Greene grew, the service buildings, especially stables, were established on the fringes of the neighborhood, mostly in wooden framed buildings on Fulton Street and Myrtle Avenue, close enough to walk to easily, but far enough away for most, so that the by-products of horse ownership were not smelled all day. But wood framed buildings were fire traps, so that by the end of the 19th century, city regulations and stable owners began to prefer masonry stable buildings. Since the Victorian aesthetic of beauty carried over to even these humble service buildings, the result could often be a building of great beauty, as well as functionality. This one is certainly a beauty. (more…)
The Fort Greene Park Conservancy is showing the documentary The Greenhorns to raise funds for its vegetable garden. The film “explores the lives of America’s young farming community — its spirit, practices, and needs” and is part of a larger effort by the filmmakers to reform agriculture in the U.S. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion on sustainable and urban farming. All proceeds from the $7 admission and sales of beer, wine and popcorn go to the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. The event takes place at 7 pm tonight at The Greene Grape at 767 Fulton Street.
The massive redevelopment under way in the BAM Cultural District in Fort Greene is drawing comparisons to Lincoln Center in the ’90s, reports The Real Deal. It’s all part of rapid change in downtown and nearby areas, including Barclays Center, that will transform the borough in the next few years. Since a rezoning in 2004, New York City has spent more than $100 million in the BAM Cultural District, the story said. “People will look back at this and say it’s a truly remarkable renaissance,” said developer Douglas Steiner, who is building a 720-unit rental tower at Flatbush Avenue and Schermerhorn Street known as the Hub. New residential buildings and businesses began to spring up following the 2004 rezoning. Demand for housing is outpacing availability, and rents have increased, reaching an average of $3,254 for a one-bedroom in January, according to real estate firm MNS. Retail is also in demand, with commercial rents doubling or tripling since 2004. Meanwhile, the City is encouraging cultural spaces and programming. Within the next four years, the area will boast about 40 arts and cultural organizations, the story said. “We like to think of this as a cultural district that caters to everyone — not just the New York elite,” said Tucker Reed, president of the nonprofit Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
The BAM Cultural District: The Next Lincoln Center? [TRD]
This mid-19th century Fort Greene brick house was a Rental of the Day in 2010, and has a sunroom off the rear of the parlor floor. Now set up as two double duplexes, the house retains a lot of original detail, including wide plank pine floors, pocket doors, moldings and marble mantels. At 21 feet wide and 40 feet deep, it’s also a tad wider than the average row house. How do you like its looks and the price of $2,300,000?
129 Fort Greene Place [City Connections Realty] GMAP P*Shark
Since the construction accident last fall work has moved steadily, but very slowly, at the Carlton Mews townhouse project. Not much has changed for the two buildings at left, the site of the accident. We assume there’s a good deal of structural work we’re not seeing, considering construction workers consistently show up to the site. At right most of the windows have gone in, but that isn’t much progress since September. It’s good to know this project isn’t totally dead, and we’re wondering when these homes will be ready to go on the market.
Major Building Collapse on Carlton Avenue [Brownstoner]
Windows Going in at Carlton Mews Townhouses [Brownstoner]
Carlton Mews Townhouses Top Out [Brownstoner]
Carlton Mews Townhouses Rising [Brownstoner] GMAP DOB
Permits Finally Approved for Carlton Mews [Brownstoner]
Carlton Avenue Mews Back in Focus [Brownstoner]
LPC Recap: Nay on 27 Cranberry; Carlton Mews on Track [Brownstoner]
The NEW Carlton Mews Revealed [Brownstoner]
Carlton Mews Sells Again [Brownstoner]
Applications are now being accepted for 63 affordable rental units in the under-construction tower at 66 Rockwell Place, formerly known as 29 Flatbush Avenue. Studio, one-, and two-bedroom units are allotted for families with up to four people with income of $20,640 to $42,950 a year. You can see a full breakdown of the income requirements and rental prices after the jump. You can also download the affordable housing application right here (applications must be postmarked by May 21, 2013). The 456-foot tower will have a total of 327 apartments. The developers aim to start leasing the market rate rentals this summer.
Name Change, Facebook Page for 29 Flatbush [Brownstoner] GMAP
Construction Moving Quickly at 29 Flatbush Avenue [Brownstoner]
29 Flatbush Finally Coming Together? [Brownstoner] (more…)
Last night at 8 pm, the iconic clock on top of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank lit up after undergoing extensive repairs. The clock, whose time is still set by hand, has all original parts, dating to the building’s construction in 1929. The president of the One Hanson Condo Board, Harvey Kreiswirth, said this in a press release: “Brooklyn has its wristwatch back! The residents and owners of One Hanson Place are proud to have fixed the clock, and are happy to provide this beacon for the whole city to enjoy.”
Photos by Gregory Kiss
1. COBBLE HILL $2,730,000
309 Warren Street GMAP P*Shark
A single-family townhouse that hit the market in November, then was relisted this January. It was asking $2,899,000. From the looks of the listing, this is one impressive home. Deed recorded on 3/12/2013.
2. PROSPECT HEIGHTS $1,548,500
651 Vanderbilt Avenue GMAP P*Shark
A HOTD pick way back in 2007. The one-three family home has a ground-level storefront. It’s currently configured as two three-bedroom apartments. According to Streeteasy, the building sold a number of times between 2004 and 2008. It was last listed in August of 2012 for $1,600,000. Deed recorded on 3/14/2013.
3. FISKE TERRACE $1,525,000
65 Wellington Court GMAP P*Shark
This is a lovely stand-alone house in the Fiske Terrace Historic District. Here’s the old listing. This is also an impressive flip: the home sold in 2011 for $425,000, then it was listed the next year for $1,625,000. Deed recorded on 3/15/2013.
It’s been a while since we last took a look at 29 Flatbush, one of the many residential towers going up in the BAM Cultural area in Fort Greene. It has been in the works for years; construction started in 2011. Now it has a new name, 66 Rockwell Place, and a Facebook page, Curbed reported. They’re still building the uppermost floors, it appears. Twenty percent of the 300-plus rental apartments will be affordable, and leasing will start this summer, according to Curbed. GMAP
Checking on One of the BAM District’s Residential Towers [Curbed]
66 Rockwell Place Apartments [Facebook]
Construction Moving Quickly at 29 Flatbush Avenue [Brownstoner]
29 Flatbush Finally Coming Together? [Brownstoner]
New wine shop Heritage Wines just opened in Fort Greene at 237 DeKalb Avenue, between Vanderbilt and Clermont avenues. The shop offers both high-value and affordably priced wines from around the world. The owners also plan to host free weekly tastings on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 pm to 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm to 4 pm. Each week the tasting will be set to a particular theme. And the owners definitely know their stuff: Charles McMickens, also the owner of The General Greene nearby, as well as Giancarlo Luiggi, previously of Brooklyn Wine Exchange, are behind the business. GMAP
Here’s another resale at the The Forte in Fort Greene — not that there have been many. The views are spectacular and the finishes clean, so this should appeal to buyers interested in high-rise living in a full-service building. The seller, a Brownstoner reader, notes that a number of buildings going up in the area will change the views on the south side, but bring in welcome amenities including, possibly, a grocery store. How does $825,000 strike you for two bedrooms and two baths?
230 Ashland Place #23D [FSBO] GMAP P*Shark
Former president Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will discuss philanthropy at BAM Monday night. Actor Edward Norton, who cofounded crowdsourced philanthropy site Crowdrise, will moderate. Tickets range from $50 to $2,500 and will go to support the Clinton Foundation, which focuses on improving health and the environment.
Photo via BAM
There’s lots of steel rising at the St. Joseph’s College gym site at 212 Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Greene. Foundation work began in January. The gym building, a combo of brick, metal and glass, will include a basketball and volleyball court, athletic department offices and a fitness center. Check out a rendering of the final product here.
Checking the Progress at St. Joseph’s Gym [Brownstoner]
Construction to Begin at St. Joseph’s College Gym [Brownstoner]
St. Joe’s New Athletic Center, Revealed [Brownstoner] GMAP
The open house last night at 123 Fort Greene Place was packed to the rafters, so much so that it was difficult to photograph the space. The six condo units, priced between $749,000 and $2,095,000, hit the market earlier this week. Corcoran sales rep Lindsay Barton Barrett said the response so far has been overwhelming. One $1,070,000 two-bedroom already entered contract before the open house. At the open house, the model unit was 2A, a 838-square-foot unit priced at $749,000. Upstairs, the developers hosted a party in the unfinished units. They are shooting for an early summer occupancy. Click through for pics of the interior and the crowds! Anyone else attend?
Listings up for 123 Fort Greene Place Condos [Brownstoner] (more…)
Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Private house
Address: 1 South Portland Avenue
Cross Streets: Corner DeKalb Avenue
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1878
Architectural Style: Italianate palazzo
Architect: Edward Kendall
Other Work by Architect: mostly works in Manhattan, including buildings in the Soho Cast Iron District and the Robert and Ogden Goelet mansions on 5th Avenue.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Fort Greene HD (1978)
The story: This impressive brownstone house is the only free-standing mansion in the entire Fort Greene Historic District. Like many of its neighbors, it is a refined and elegant building, in keeping with the spirit of much of Fort Greene’s housing stock. By the 1840s and 50s, development in the city of Brooklyn was spreading eastward, away from the Heights, and Fort Greene was developed as an upper middle class enclave, laid out on wide streets named after elegant streets and neighborhoods in London. South Portland is named after Portland Place, an upscale street that connected Regent Street and Regent Park Terraces, one of London’s finest areas.
South Portland is often considered the most beautiful street in Fort Greene, and this house is one of the contributing factors. The architect, Edward Kendall, designed a mansion worthy of the best Brooklyn Heights streets, or the tonier parts of Manhattan. He actually chose a design that was a bit passé by 1878, but fit into the existing streetscape of South Portland and DeKalb like a glove. This palazzo is restrained and elegant in design, with subtle details, such as gorgeous steps, a glass transom, elegant French windows, stained glass windows and beautiful ironwork. On top of that, its side windows and expansive bay faces Fort Greene Park, and the other side sports a beautiful conservatory oriel and a generous side yard.
Edward Kendall was one of the more prominent members of the Manhattan architectural world in mid-19th century New York. He was Boston born and educated, and came to NY in 1868. Among his better known works were mansions on Fifth Avenue for brothers Robert and Ogden Goelet, and several cast iron fronted buildings in Soho. He was also the president of the NY City chapter of the AIA, and between 1891 and ’92, was president of the national organization. (more…)