09/30/14 10:45am

Sterling Place, SSpellen 1

Montrose is on vacation this week. If you missed it before, please enjoy learning how Sterling Place got its name:

As everyone knows, most of the named streets in our fair city are named after famous people, of one kind or another. We’ve got presidents, pastors, politicians, founders, prominent families and military men. Some of these people are quite interesting in their own right, and the stories of how they got streets named after them are often quite interesting, as well. One of the most interesting is stories involves Sterling Place, which runs from Park Slope through Crown Heights, running from 5th Avenue to East New York Avenue.

Sterling Place used to be called Butler Street, and traveling from Gregory Place, just west of 5th Avenue, to Court Street, it still is. The name change came twice, once in 1873, when Butler Street between 5th and Flatbush was changed to Sterling Place, and later in 1897, when the name was extended out to East New York Avenue. But who was Sterling, and why name a street after him? (more…)

09/30/14 10:00am


As the hype about Bed Stuy grows, the backlash is growing too. That’s fine with us. But we take issue with the accuracy of the latest example in this genre, Brick Underground’s “Why I’m Leaving Bed Stuy for Good,” a list of nine reasons to leave the neighborhood. First, the anonymous author mentions the good things about Bed Stuy: Friendly neighbors and beautiful architecture. Agreed. Now for the list of reasons to move: (more…)

09/30/14 9:30am

96 steuben street clinton hill 2 92014

A new crop of rentals hit the market last week in a rather institutional-looking building at 96 Steuben Street in Clinton Hill, with rents starting at $2,500 for a studio. The seven-story building offers 35 studios, one- and two-bedrooms. One-bedrooms are priced from $2,550, and two-bedrooms from $3,100.

Designed by Studio C Architecture, the apartments feature white Quartz countertops, glass tile back splashes, washer/dryers, dark walnut cabinetry and balconies in some units. Amenities include a shared roof deck, courtyard and underground parking.

The development shares a double lot with another luxury rental building at 97 Grand Avenue, which hit the market in February. Permits list the owner of the 15,000-square-foot property as developer Michael Maidan. Click through for more interiors.

96 Steuben Street Listings [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP

Interior photos via AptsandLofts.com


Never mind last week’s LICH shocker. Health care provider NYU is back on board, and it looks like the sale of Long Island College Hospital to Fortis will go forward after all, because a judge dismissed a nurses’ lawsuit yesterday. If we understand the legal technicalities correctly, the judge said NYU has no obligation to honor Fortis’ promises to rehire LICH nurses at the site.

Could pressure from the state have changed the judge’s mind or is this reasonable?

NYU Returns to LICH Deal After Judge Dismisses Nurses’ Union Lawsuit [DNA]
Judge Dismisses Nurses Suit, Clears Path for NYU at LICH [Capital NY]

09/30/14 8:30am


Brooklyn DA Thompson Sets up Hate Crimes Unit [WSJ]
Williamsburg Bar Owner Challenges New York City’s Cabaret Law [WSJ]
Neil Diamond Fans Lined up at 8 am for His “Secret” Brooklyn Show [Gothamist]
Williamsburg’s Potlikker Closes [Gothamist]
De Blasio’s Housing Surprise: Drops Subsidies [Crain's]
Fort Greene Park Visitors Center Reopening After Nearly Two-Year Closure [DNAinfo]
Eight Homes, Two Churches on Crown Heights House Tour This Weekend [DNA]

09/29/14 4:30pm

our lady of perpetual help sunset park 92014

A Brooklyn Literary Map: The Best Book for Each Neighborhood [BK Mag]
Crown to Glory: Crown Heights to Prospect Park [Forgotten NY]
Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg Film “St. James Place” in Brooklyn Heights [BHB]
In Williamsburg, Trickle of Chain Stores Gives Way to a Flood [BK Brief]
Slate Draws up Plan for Rental, Condos in East Williamsburg [TRD]
NYU Returns, Conditionally, to Salvage LICH Deal [Capital NY]
Neil Diamond Will Perform at Erasmus Hall High School Tonight [Kensington BK]
The Best Cheap Eats Near Brooklyn Movie Theaters [Brokelyn]
Barclays Center at Two [All About Fifth]

Photo by Jeff Reuben

09/29/14 4:00pm

mapping matters gala

Gowanus-based nonprofit 596 Acres, which helps transform vacant lots across all five boroughs into community gardens, is hosting a fundraising gala in Dumbo this Thursday, complete with a pig roast, live music, tattoos and palm readings. After three years of helping communities navigate city agencies and approvals, the 596 Acres is in danger of shutting down, an organizer told us. The nonprofit has fostered gardens in 28 vacant lots, including 10 this year.

The “Mapping Matters” gala will feature a pig roast by chef Erika Nakamura, veggie sandwiches from Foragers, pita and salads from Sahadi’s, an open bar and Latin Balkan music from Consumata Sonidera. Guests can enjoy a raffle, dance party, palm readings, tattoos, hair trims and ‘dos, and personal map creations by artist J MacDonald. The party will happen this Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. Tickets are $50 and up.

Flyer via 596 Acres

09/29/14 3:00pm

Parachute Jump, SSpellen 3

Montrose is taking a much needed vacation this week. We hope you enjoy some of these older posts, beginning with an icon of summers past.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Parachute Jump
Address: Boardwalk at 16th Street
Cross Streets: In between Surf Avenue, Riegelmann Boardwalk, and 16th and 17th streets
Neighborhood: Coney Island
Year Built: 1939
Architectural Style: N/A
Architect: Invented by Commander James E. Strong, Architects for placement at CI – Michael Mario, Edwin W. Kleinert : Engineered by Elwyn E. Seelye & Co.
Landmarked: Yes, Individually landmarked in 1989

The story: When I first started collecting books about Brooklyn, it used to annoy me no end that much of my reading and research seemed to take the position that you got off the Brooklyn Bridge and there was the Coney Island of the Past. There seemed to be the implication that aside from the bridge, Coney Island and the Dodgers, there really wasn’t all that much else to write about. I had to go to Coney Island a couple of times, and really get into the history, as well as present day state of the place, to grow to appreciate the meeting of real estate, history, society and nostalgia that is Coney Island. And you can’t go there without seeing the Parachute Jump towering over the boardwalk. (more…)


When we passed by Brooklyn Wine Yard at 1114 Fulton Street Thursday, we thought it was a wine store. Turns out it’s a bar serving small plates. They hope to open this week, they told us.

They are waiting on city permits, according to their Facebook page. It looks like a lobster salad, lobster roll, and Buffalo Chicken on greens may be on the menu, if Facebook photos are any indication.

The spot was previously home to a jewelry store and cafe. It’s three avenues away from where developer Bawabeh Brothers is planning an upscaling of six storefronts. Click through for a closeup. GMAP (more…)

09/29/14 1:30pm

328 greene avenue bed stuy 92014

The interior of this two-family brownstone at 328 Greene Avenue in Bed Stuy has been completely redone in a modern-organic style with rustic touches such as exposed brick. But as far as we’re concerned, the most interesting thing about it is the price.

They’re asking $2,650,000, which is $400,000 more than the current record holder, 22 Arlington. An 1886 Amzi Hill house dripping with detail and newly renovated, that house sold for $2,250,000 in June.

Admittedly, it was narrow at less than 16 feet wide, but this one is only a couple inches wider. It traded for $850,000 last year. Think it will break the record?

328 Greene Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

09/29/14 12:58pm

157 prospect park west park slope 92014

This true two-bedroom — rare in a brownstone conversion – has lots of family friendly features as well as original details. There’s a formal parlor as well as a den or playroom with double height ceiling that can be viewed from upstairs. The duplex has a real internal staircase, and an attractive private backyard. The ask is $1,200,000 and the maintenance is $884.

157 Prospect Park West, #1 [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

09/29/14 12:15pm

32 st james place clinton hill 92014

This upper duplex in a Clinton Hill brownstone has only one bathroom for four bedrooms, and two of the bedrooms are tiny, but given the price we bet it’s an easy rent to Pratt students anyway. The bedroom floor seems to have the most original detail left, with some inlaid parquet floors and marble mantels; the common space under the eaves has been opened up and there’s a strip kitchen.

It’s half a block from Pratt, two blocks from the Clinton-Washington G stop and four long blocks from the Clinton-Washington C. What do you think of it and the $3,800 monthly rent?

32 St. James Place, #3 [Elliman] GMAP