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The John C. Kelley House, site of a Sharon Stone film shoot and a visit from President Cleveland, is now officially on the market for $6,000,000 and photos went up on the listing Friday afternoon.

As we reported in July, the longtime owner, a retired advertising executive, bought it when it was an illegal SRO and meticulously restored it. The double-wide house at 247 Hancock Street is 41 feet wide by 60 feet deep, according to the listing, and sits on an even bigger 81-by-100 square foot lot. The Neo-Renaissance house with Romanesque Revival features was designed in the 1880s by architect Montrose Morris, who lived across the street. The block, between Marcy and Tompkins, is one of the most architecturally distinguished in Bed Stuy, but is not yet landmarked.

It’s set up as a rental apartment over a grand owner’s triplex, complete with bar and ballroom in the basement. It also has an extensive landscaped garden with koi pond and roses. It is Bed Stuy’s most expensive listing and will set a record when it sells.

Click through for more photos and a floor plan. What do you think of the price?

247 Hancock Street Listing [Halstead] GMAP
Bed Stuy Mansion to Ask $6 Million [Brownstoner]
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10/20/14 8:30am

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Protesters Link a Queens Project to Crown Heights Rents [NY Times]
Williamsburg’s 538 Union Avenue Gets Teaser Site with New Details [Curbed]
Inside George & Jack’s, a Mellow New Bar in the Old Brooklyn Ale House Space [Gothamist]
Photo: Movie Night on the G Train [Gothamist]
Brooklyn: The Billion-Dollar Brand [CNBC]
Williamsburg and Greenpointers Cashing in on Airbnb to the Tune of $39 Million [FW]
Review of Dumbo’s 60 Water Street: Slab and Drab [TRD]
Brooklyn’s New Development Sales Plunge in Q3 [TRD]
Dozens of Brooklyn Churches Looking to Sell Their Land [DNA]

10/17/14 4:30pm

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Creepy Creek Haunted Canoe Tours are Back — Get Tickets Now [Greenpointers]
How Loud Is Dumbo? [Gothamist]
This $30 Million Brooklyn Compound Screams “Welcome To Miami” [Gothamist]
Amazon to Launch First NYC Grocery Delivery Service in Park Slope [DNA]
Plants, Food, Live Music and More at Green Harvest Festival [South Slope News]
Remembering Leonard Phillips: A Kind Neighbor and Accomplished Automobile Mechanic [DPC]
Before and After: A Converted Brooklyn Apartment Gets Some Quirky Color [Apartment Therapy]

10/17/14 4:00pm

26 Bridge Street

The Brooklyn Historical Society‘s annual fundraising event, Brooklyn Bounty, will showcase food, drinks and dessert from more than two dozen borough purveyors. The evening will include the 4th Annual Brooklyn Food & Heritage Awards, honoring innovators in the world of Brooklyn cuisine.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, Scratch Bread, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbeque, Brooklyn Farmacy and more will be serving up tasty treats.

Tickets start at $200 per person and can be purchased here. The event will be held at 26 Bridge Street in Dumbo (pictured above) and runs from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Wednesday, October 22.

10/17/14 3:00pm

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You can’t celebrate Brooklyn or 10 years of Brownstoner without the Williamsburgh Bank building, one of Brooklyn’s greatest structures.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building
Address: 1 Hanson Place, corner of Ashland Place
Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Year Built: 1927-29
Architectural Style: Art Deco, with Byzantine and Romanesque influences
Architect: Halsey, McCormack & Helmer
Other buildings by architects: Central Methodist Church, next door, redo of Former Dime SB at Fulton Mall, Former Kings County SB at Nostrand and Eastern Parkway, former Brevoort SB on Fulton Street, Bed Stuy.
Landmarked: Yes. Brooklyn Academy of Music HD,1977. Bank interior, lobby, landmarked in 1996.

The story: Like thousands of Brooklynites who worked or walked in the area, I used this building hundreds of times to check the time. My mother’s dentist was in this building. For many people, this building IS Brooklyn, almost as much as the Brooklyn Bridge is. For many years, Brooklyn’s tallest building, (second now, thanks to the Brooklyner) the Williamsburgh Bank Building is an icon of our borough, as well as one of New York City’s most beautiful skyscrapers.

The firm of Halsey, McCormack and Helmer produced some great bank buildings, not only in Brooklyn, but also the Dollar Savings Bank in the Bronx, and the Greenwich Savings Bank on 57th Street in Manhattan. The firm organized in 1920, with Hayward Halsey, a developer, former banker George H. McCormack, and architect Robert Helmer, who took charge of the design office, and is responsible for actually designing all of their buildings. If you think about it, this partnership was perfect. Banker McCormick was well-connected to the industry, and could get their foot in the door. He also knew intimately what was needed in the design of a proper bank. Helmer designed, and Halsey got it built.
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102 Gates AveClinton Hill
102 Gates Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,350,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00
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396 Vanderbilt Ave

Fort Greene
396 Vanderbilt Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $2,300,000
Sunday 1:30 – 3:00
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470 MacDonoughBed Stuy
470 MacDonough Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,425,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30
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67 East 2nd StWindsor Terrace
67 East 2nd Street
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $989,000
Saturday 1:00 – 2:30
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10/17/14 11:30am
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781 North Branch Road, Callicoon Center: $249,500

Get your peace in the Catskill Mountains while you can, because as housing prices downstate in Manhattan and Brooklyn begin to rise, more folks will be headed up, looking for their acre or more of land or charming village home. As with every approaching winter, things in Sullivan and Delaware Counties will continue to grown increasingly quieter (too quiet for some, in fact, who flee for other parts during the cold months), but before the autumn leaves begin to fade with the first flutters of new snow, we thought we’d take a housing stock snapshot. Today, we’ll be in Glen Spey, Barryville, and Callicoon Center in Sullivan County, and Andes in Delaware County.

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10/17/14 11:00am

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Remember the Carroll Gardens Atrocity? Here’s our first post on the subject, titled “CG Atrocity: There Goes the Neighborhood,” in April 2006. Back then we didn’t mince words:

Carroll Gardens better get off its ass and create some historic districts pronto. Here’s the poster child for the cause: The addition to this house at 3rd Place and Clinton Street, made all the worse by its corner location, has to be one of the greatest bastardizations of a beautiful old brownstone we’ve ever seen. May their condos languish on the market indefinitely. Do you think it would be possible to organize a buying strike against this place? Picket the open houses?

The actual addition turned out to be even worse than the rendering. Here’s what eventually happened to it, from our final post, in October 2012: (more…)

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In recognition of 10 years of Brownstoner, here’s one of my favorite Past and Presents. It showcases a rare example of an interesting slice of life and culture that is still standing and has its original use.

A look at Brooklyn, then and now.

Bedford Avenue is the longest street in Brooklyn, stretching from Greenpoint to Sheepshead Bay. Because it was such an important north/south corridor, it was a natural location for the development of the automobile industry, in the early 20th century. Much of the street between Bedford and Flatbush was undeveloped, so what better place than a street that cuts through so many neighborhoods, to place automobile showrooms, garages, service stations and other related businesses? The fact that Bedford and Flatbush were affluent neighborhoods didn’t hurt, either.

By 1912, there were already twenty-five auto establishments on this section of Bedford, between Fulton and Empire Blvd, called Malbone Street until 1918. By 1929, the traffic along Bedford was so thick that the police had to erect a traffic station at Grant Square to control it all. (more…)

10/17/14 10:00am

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Work is progressing slowly at 472 Marcus Garvey near Fulton in Bed Stuy, where a four-story mixed-use building has been in the works since 2011. The building will have 10 apartments and one store, according to a new building permit. The site has received a number of stop work orders over the years, mostly for construction impact on neighboring properties. Click through to see a rendering of the finished design. (more…)