10/23/14 4:30pm

Greenpoint Pumpkin

Picture This: Gowanus’ Decrepit Bat Cave as…an Opera House [Curbed]
Grand Opening of Van Brunt Stillhouse Tasting Room
[FIPS]
Exploring Midwood One Bite at a Time [Sheepshead Bites]
19th Century Developers Gone Wild! History Repeats Itself on the Waterfront [Greenpointers]
The Day Bed Stuy Was Born [Brownstone Detectives]
New Organization Formed to Oppose Gowanus Parole Facility [PMFA]
Red Hook Getting Transformed Into Gaza for New Jesse Eisenberg Movie [Gothamist]

10/23/14 3:00pm

537 Sackett St, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Majestic Quality Products Company Factory and Warehouse
Address: 537 Sackett Street
Cross Streets: Corner of Nevins Street
Neighborhood: Gowanus
Year Built: around 1950
Architectural Style: Industrial Moderne
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No, but part of proposed National Register of Historic Places Gowanus Industrial District.

The story: We get so many products from all over the world now, especially from China, so it’s hard to imagine where the things we put in our homes are made. If we were living in the 1950s, and we wanted lighting fixtures for our homes, we might have purchased them from a company like Majestic Quality Products, which had its factory right here in Brooklyn, at 537 Sackett Street, in Gowanus. (more…)

10/23/14 1:30pm

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This little two-family at 142 A Hull Street has been unfortunately over-renovated to our way of thinking, but even so it appears to be in move-in condition with a relatively low price tag for Brooklyn these days.

It’s set up as a top-floor rental over a three-bedroom duplex. The facade is mostly intact and we like the quirky offset window and the Neo-Grec detail.

The house is located in Ocean Hill close to the Broadway Junction subway station. The ask is $719,000. Do you think it might make a good investment property?

142 A Hull Street [Halstead] GMAP

10/23/14 12:15pm

37 3rd Place Combo

The best thing about this garden apartment in Carroll Gardens is that it’s in an impressive Second Empire townhouse (the one on the left). Unfortunately, with the exception of the tin ceiling in the bedroom, it lacks the details one would hope for in a building like this. And it is narrow — the building is only 16.5 feet wide.

Nonetheless, the unit has wood floors throughout and central A/C. The railroad layout is a little awkward — the kitchen is off the bedroom rather than near the living room or the den. Small pets are allowed. It’s not clear if tenants have access to the garden just outside the kitchen window. The building was a House of the Day back in March of 2013 when it was on the market for $2,995,000.

These days $2,400 a month for a place like this doesn’t seem outrageous for Carroll Gardens. What do you think?

37 3rd Place, Garden Unit [Patricia Mones] GMAP

10/23/14 11:31am

Red-Antler-Dumbo-view-1312View from a Red Antler conference room, 20 Jay Street

Sponsored By Two Trees Commercial Management.

Two Trees has made Dumbo one of the most sought-after commercial and residential neighborhoods in NYC.

Created By BlankSlate

We all know the story of how Dumbo transformed over the years from a center of Brooklyn industry to a mecca for artists looking for cheap real estate and then into the headquarters for creative businesses it is today. Tech startups, design firms, photographers and sound studios all take advantage of the neighborhood’s abundant warehouse space — perfect for modern, open-plan office layouts.

Dumbo has a lot to offer this new breed of creative innovators: outstanding views, bars, restaurants, shopping, a brand-new park, and a vibrant technology and design community who inspire, challenge and support each other. If you’re wondering what it’s like to work in Dumbo today, here’s an inside look at what’s going down at three of the coolest offices in Dumbo.

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10/23/14 11:30am

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Did anyone catch this essay in The New York Daily News, called “Goodbye, My Bed Stuy”? The writer, a black man who grew up in Bed Stuy and is a journalism professor at Brooklyn College, laments the growing number of whites moving into Bed Stuy and the rising rents, which are pricing out longtime black renters in the neighborhood.

He mentions that Bed Stuy is mostly townhouses, which means most units aren’t rent regulated. He also says part of the problem is investors who are purchasing homes “as bundles.” We haven’t heard of that, but we think he is referring to investors buying townhouses in the area to rent out. (Incidentally, a building he mentions as an example of landlord harassment is in Crown Heights, not Bed Stuy.)

What do you think of the essay?

10/23/14 10:45am

Dyker Heights 1897 BE Ad

As most people know by now, the city of Brooklyn developed from the six original towns settled by the Dutch, or in the case of Gravesend, the English, in the mid-1600s. Using their English names, they were Brooklyn, Bushwick, New Utrecht, Flatbush, Gravesend and Flatlands. England took over the whole thing soon afterward, calling the territory Kings County. Over the course of the next two hundred years, those towns grew to encompass smaller villages, adjacent cities like Williamsburg and Ridgewood, and stretched and moved around to become the boundaries of Brooklyn that we know today.

As the city grew, those separate towns, which once had space between them, grew closer and closer to each other, as farms and estates became streets and plots. The city spread out in all directions out from the Brooklyn Heights shoreline, as roads and public transportation made it easier and easier for people in the outlying areas to be connected to Brooklyn’s piers, and on to jobs and markets in Manhattan. (more…)

10/23/14 10:00am

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The last and biggest of the three neo-traditional townhouses at Strong Place and Kane Street has just hit the market and the price will set a record for Cobble Hill if the developer can get it: $7,500,000.

The high price of No. 2 Strong Place may reflect that the property is not just one house, but two: There is an 800-square-foot carriage house in the back with parking on the lower level and a studio apartment with kitchenette above.

All three townhouses are in a landmarked area and were designed by CWB Architects with Landmark’s approval. The exteriors were modeled on the neighborhood’s historic row houses but the interiors are modern. The developer is Brennan Realty, which is also marketing them. The townhouses were briefly on the market pre-construction in early 2013. No. 2A entered contract in January this year when it was asking $4,475,000. No. 4 was listed earlier this month. 

The townhouse at No. 2 Strong Place is about 4,000 square feet over five levels. The garden level has the kitchen and dining area that looks out through double height windows onto the garden. The parlor level has two living rooms and a wet bar. The master bath and second bedroom are on the next floor up, and two more bedrooms are above. The top level can be used as a home office or study, according to the listing.

To put the price in perspective, the current Cobble Hill record holder is 305 Degraw Street, the 6,000-square-foot carriage house with a modern renovation and green wall that recently closed for $7,000,000. A double-width Greek Revival mansion at 491 Henry Street sold for $6,750,000 in 2013, and a beautifully renovated and grand Italianate at 233 Warren Street on a double lot with a carriage house went for $6,050,000 in 2012.

Click through to see a new rendering of the kitchen as well as other renderings that came out in August. Do you think they’ll get their ask?

2 Strong Place [Brennan Realty]
Strong Place Townhouses Coverage
[Brownstoner] GMAP

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10/23/14 9:30am

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Developers are keeping the new construction townhouses coming in Brooklyn. The latest to hit the market is 4 Wythe Lane, one of six single-family townhouses under construction at South 4th Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. Two other houses in the complex, No. 5 and No. 6, already have contracts out, according to BuzzBuzzHome, which was the first to report on the listing. There are no listings up except for No. 4, although renderings and floor plans have gone up on the development’s website. Halstead is handling the sales.

Developed by KUB Capital on a former scrap metal site and designed by KUB Design and SZ Projects, the townhouses will have a modern look. The four-story house at No. 4 will have a total of 3,775 square feet with four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths. It is 16 feet wide, and there is a 25-foot deep garden. It’s asking $3,995,000.

That’s a significantly bigger number than the last Williamsburg townhouses to hit the market. The 12 Williamsburg Social Townhouses on North 3rd between Berry and Bedford started at $2,380,000 when they debuted in 2013.

We doubt construction is very far along yet, since demo of the old G&C Salvage Corp. scrap metal facility at 55-59 South 4th Street was scheduled to start in August. The site abuts “Site E” of the Domino Sugar development, until recently a temporary public park, which will be the first under construction.

Click through for renderings. A floor plan can be viewed here. What do you think of the design and price?

4 Wythe Lane Listing [Halstead]
Wythe Lane Townhouses [Official]
The Townhouses of Wythe Lane Alight in Williamsburg [BBH]

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