The listing describes this one-bedroom railroad apartment in Greenwood Heights as “shabby chic.” While there are a few charming details to be found, what stands out most is how narrow this unit is. And the bedroom’s stuck right between the kitchen and living room. Since it’s only 550 square feet, we’d be surprised to see this unit get its monthly rent of $1,900.
153 23rd Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
This lofty condo at 259 21st Street in Greenwood Heights recently hit the market with an asking price of $869,000. As long as you don’t need to be able to close your bedroom door, this high-ceilinged unit has a modern, open feel with great views to boot. The bi-level pad has a total of 1,050 square feet of living space. What do you make of the price per square foot for this part of town?
259 21st Street, #3B [Betancourt] GMAP P*Shark
This Condo of the Day takes us back to the old days. The old days of Brownstoner, that is! Remember the Greenwood Hill Condos at 313 23rd Street? We didn’t think so. The 32-unit new build hit the market in early 2007, but soon suffered price cuts. (The facade didn’t make the cut in the new listing, but you can see a photo of it above and in this old post.) This fourth-floor two-bedroom has a nice layout and private outdoor space, reasons perhaps to overlook the unimpressive finishes. Asking price: $625,000.
313 23rd Street #4B [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
The Times profiled the significant damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy at Green-Wood Cemetery — 292 trees destroyed or badly damaged and monuments, headstones and ornamental fences crushed, shattered and overturned. (None of the grave sites for Green-Wood’s famous occupants were damaged.) It is estimated that the cleanup will cost around $500,000. Insurance coverage for repairs will be minimal, although some private donors have made some contributions. Right now the cemetery grounds crew has been taking care of most of the damage. Of the many cemeteries in New York City damaged by Sandy, the Times notes, Green-Wood was hit the worst by far. You can see even more pictures of the damage at the Green-Wood Cemetery blog.
Many Cemeteries Damaged, but Green-Wood Bore Brunt of Storm [NY Times]
Photo via Green-Wood Discovery
The exterior of 321 23rd Street — a circa 2007 new construction project in Greenwood Heights — isn’t anything special, but this top-floor duplex is actually kinda cool. With two decks and wide-open views, it’s certainly strikingly situated. The big drawback as far as we can see is the lack of a bathroom on the second floor. Residents of that master bedroom will need a bladder of steel! The asking price is $599,000.
321 23rd Street #4D [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP P*Shark
Although these are renovation photos of this one-bedroom apartment in Greenwood Heights, it looks like the space has some good bones. It also has a private backyard, which should appeal to renters. Less appealing is the apartment’s proximity to the Gowanus Expressway. What do you make of the $2,100 a month price tag? It was just raised from $2,050, so we assume there’s some interest here.
143 23rd Street [Nevo Realty Corp] GMAP P*Shark
A sculpture honoring Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a famous pianist, composer and performer, is now on display at the Green-Wood Cemetery. Gottschalk (listen to him here) was considered the most famous musician in the Western Hemisphere before passing away at the age of 40 in 1869. A sculpture titled “Angel of Music” was placed on his grave site after he was buried. In 1959, the sculpture was lost to vandalism. Green-Wood recently commissioned a new sculpture and convened a jury to select the artists. According to reps at Green-Wood, “The cast was created in Italy by sculptors Giancarlo Biagi and Jill Burkee, and the work was cast in bronze in Colorado.” There will be an unveiling ceremony, complete with an outdoor performance of selected Gottschalk compositions, next Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 pm. The event is free but a reservation is requested.
Photo of the Gottschalk Monument, sans sculpture, via the Green-Wood Cemetery
Here’s an interesting one-bedroom for rent at 229 27th Street, less than a block from Green-Wood Cemetery. It looks like an unfinished basement unit with a lofted bedroom (and that loft is pretty tiny). Actually, there’s only 600 square feet of space in all. A rent of $1,750 a month seems kinda wild to us. What do you make of it?
229 27th Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
The controversy over children at bar and restaurant Greenwood Park continues. The establishment has instituted a new rule: No kids after 4 pm, the New York Daily News reported. Previously, children were welcome any time, but the New York Times last month said drinkers there were incensed by the presence of children. Parents upset over the ban say 4 pm is too early, and claim the real reason for the new rule is that teachers from nearby schools want to drink without kids or their parents seeing them. “We love having the kids,” said owner Diane Vasilakos. “We’re just trying to make it fair for everybody.” At the oldest beer garden in the city, Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria, children are allowed at any hour, the Daily News noted.
Parents Angry at Ban on Kids at Brooklyn bar [NY Daily News]
Parents Fume as Beer Garden Bans Children After 4 pm [NY Daily News]
NYT: Family Friendly Bar Upsets Some Customers [Brownstoner]
Photo by Sarah Kim
Have you seen any raccoons lately? We’ve had reports of sightings from all over Brooklyn. A reader in Clinton Hill sent in these photos of a family of five in the backyard. “The raccoons are getting out of hand,” the tipster wrote. “Tried calling city for help, but was told its my problem.” They have invaded people’s houses on the block as well. Another reader posted in the Forum (under the headline “Raccoon BIG problem Park Slope”), “We have raccoons on our deck, in our yard. We saw two of them on our neighbor’s roof. We have heard scratching noises on the top floor of our brownstone…One of them bit and scratched our dog (vet gave her an additional rabies shot and antibiotics.)…They are everywhere, walking down the sidewalks at night…Any ideas of what to do or who to call?” (more…)
Fed-up Brooklyn residents posted a bunch of flyers about dog poop and rats this past week in Brooklyn Heights and Greenwood Heights, and were documented by no less than three blogs (Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights blog, Curbed and Brooklyn Heights Blog). We especially liked the friendly, courtly, almost Elizabethan tone of the “Meet King Rat” flyer, which referred to the rats as a “retinue” and addressed residents as “good neighbors.”
Here is a circa 1910 brick row house at 339A 21st Street in
South Slope Greenwood Heights that originally was set up as a typical two-family (with bedrooms in the center) and has been remade into a spacious single family that takes advantage of the large rooms at the front and back of the house for entertaining and bedrooms. Original details such as doors and staircase remain, while the bathrooms and kitchen have been updated. There is also a finished English basement. For $1.2 million, do you like it?
339A 21st Street [Betancourt] GMAP P*Shark
We are sad to report that Green-Wood Cemetery has been vandalized. Here is this account from the cemetery blog by historian Jeff Richman:
Tuesday morning started out like any other summer day at Green-Wood. About 90 men and women who work on the cemetery grounds reported for work and headed out to mow the lawns, trim the grass, and weed the gardens. But, something was not right, as Ken Nielsen, acting foreman of the south zone, discovered. And worker after worker soon learned the sad truth: a very sick individual, or individuals, had vandalized 43 memorials and monuments of the dead. (more…)
The annual reenactment of the Battle of Brooklyn at Green-Wood Cemetery is coming up Aug. 26, the blog Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights has reminded us. Come check out the parade, music, trolley tours and cannon fire! The Battle of Brooklyn took place on Green-Wood’s Battle Hill in August 1776. It was the first battle of the American Revolution to take place after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and thus the first to be fought by the United States Army. Apparently, we didn’t do too well.
Photo by lostinbrooklyn
This one may be a bit of a stretch. On the basis of a few Yelp reviews, the New York Times has declared the Park Slope stroller wars of a few years ago to be back on — but the bar in question is a restaurant with outdoor space — and it’s not even in Park Slope. The 13,000-square-foot Greenwood Park, near Green-Wood Cemetery in Greenwood Heights, serves food and has a large outdoor area with three bocce courts. Some call it a beer garden, although owner Ted Mann has said it is not. “I arrived around 6 PM with friends and showed my ID to the doorman. OH YEAH, time for a laid back and relaxing time with some frosty beverages and bar food! WRONG, welcome to Chuck-E-Cheese in South Slope,” the New York Times quoted Yelp reviewer John H. as saying. “From infant to toddler to preteen, every age except adult seemed to be well represented. I’m not sure why they even put tables and chairs in. It would have been far more practical to just throw a jungle gym in there and call it a day.” A few years ago, some bars in Park Slope such as Union Hall banned strollers or children after a certain hour. Greenwood Park encourages families. What do you think? Should Greenwood Park be for adults only or is it like any other outdoor restaurant?
As Beer Garden Welcomes the Juice-Bar Set, Some Barflies Jeer [NY Times]
Greenwood Heights Beer Garden Now Open [Brownstoner]
Photo by Sam Horine, Gothamist
This two-bedroom rental is at 195 31st Street, a block away from Green-Wood Cemetery. It’s nothing spectacular, but it offers outdoor space (which could use some TLC) for a reasonable rent of $1,800/month. What do ya think?
195 31st Street [David West Properties] GMAP P*Shark
Greenwood Park, Greenwood Heights’ first beer garden (as far as we’re aware) opened last night according to a couple of tipsters who wrote in. The photo above is from Sarah Kim’s Instagram feed. And here’s a photo of people actually drinking beer in the garden. You can also check out our slideshow of the massive indoor/outdoor space on 7th Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets from last spring. Did any readers check it out? How was it?
Get out your hankies. This video from the last day at P.S. 10 in Greenwood Heights could melt even the stoniest of hearts.
The exterior of the building at 710 6th Avenue is less than inspiring but the interior isn’t half bad. This three-bedroom, three-bath duplex has high ceilings, big windows, and and three (!) terraces. Bedrooms look tiny though, and the third is just a small lofted space. The rent comes in at $4,500/month. What do you make for a rental in a new build in this area of Greenwood Heights?
710 6th Avenue [David West Properties] GMAP P*Shark
Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue has long been a dangerous proposition for pedestrians: Seven were killed between 2006 and 2011 with many others left to contemplate the likelihood of a similar fate while stranded on some of the narrowest medians in town. )nd just last month, three school children were injured by a turning driver at 44th Street.) DOT’s been working for the last three years on a plan to address the concerns and on Wednesday night Community Board 7 voted overwhelmingly to green-light the re-engineering project, the first phase of which would stretch from 15th Street to 65th Street. StreetsBlog has a good summary of the changes:
Under the plan, the narrowest medians would at least triple in width, and wider ones would expand too. The pedestrian space will be reclaimed by converting 17-foot wide combined parking and travel lanes on each side of the street into 13-foot wide parking lanes, though three travel lanes will be maintained northbound during the morning rush, from 38th Street to 17th Street. The changes would be implemented with low-cost materials — epoxy, gravel, planters, flexible posts — and DOT can complete them by this fall.
If you want more nitty-gritty, check out DOT’s slideshow [PDF] on the link.
CB 7 Approves 50-Block Ped Safety Project for Fourth Ave [StreetsBlog]