08/20/14 3:00pm

315 Washington Ave, SW, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Free-standing brick house
Address: 315 Washington Avenue
Cross Streets: DeKalb and Lafayette Avenues
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill
Year Built: late 1860s, new mansard roof added 1894
Architectural Style: now
Architect: Building architect unknown, Roof extension by Parfitt Brothers
Other Buildings by Architect: Parfitt Brothers – in Clinton Hill – 331-335 Wash, just down the block, Cornelius Hoagland House, Clinton Ave and several other row houses and flats buildings. Also row houses, apartment buildings, flats buildings, mansions, office buildings and churches in Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.
Landmarked: Yes, part of Clinton Hill Historic District (1981)

The story: I would have loved to have seen Clinton Hill just after the Civil War. The neighborhood was already popular with wealthy Brooklynites who enjoyed living on “the Hill,” where the air was clean and two main streets, Clinton and Washington Avenues, were lined with spacious homes on large lots. Many of those homes at that time were large wood framed suburban villas. Today, in the entire neighborhood, there are only a couple left. These wealthy folk were also beginning to build more substantial homes of brick and brownstone, and both Washington and Clinton are dotted with large boxy masonry houses dating from the late 1860s. They add a wonderful gravitas and simple elegance to the neighborhood, and are typical of Victorian style. This house is one of them. (more…)

08/20/14 2:00pm

51 fifth avenue chocolate room park slope 82014

The Chocolate Room’s Park Slope cafe will re-open in a new location at 51 Fifth Avenue this month, according to the the company’s website. Owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher opened their first dessert cafe in 2005, down the block at 81 Fifth Avenue. Eventually, they expanded to a much larger second location at 296 Court Street in Cobble Hill. Their longtime landlord wanted to increase their rent by nearly six times, forcing them to look for new space in January, according to the Daily News. GMAP

08/20/14 1:30pm

54 2nd street carroll gardens 82014

This single family, three-story Carroll Gardens townhouse has plenty of details, some old, some new. It has the deep front yard that Carroll Gardens is known for and appears to have some original moldings and one marble fireplace. But elsewhere, there are lots of new additions. Recessed lighting has been installed throughout. There are new columns, crown molding, Brazilian cherry wood floors and other updates. According to the listing, for some reason the building has steel-reinforced floors and stairs. It also has central air conditioning. It’s asking $2,990,000. What do you think?

54 2nd Street [Ideal Properties] GMAP

08/20/14 12:58pm

110 livingston street downtown brooklyn 82014

It’s getting close to impossible to find anything for less than $1,000 a foot in “prime” Brooklyn. Take this place at 110 Livingston Street. The 540-square-foot pad is very nice as far as studios go–with high ceilings, big windows, good light–and it’s asking $550,000. This is the new normal, people.

110 Livingston, #5J [Halstead] GMAP

08/20/14 12:15pm

473 harman street bushwick 82014

This railroad one-bedroom apartment in Bushwick is pretty barebones, but it offers a nice amount of space for the price. The bedroom and kitchen have windows but the two middle rooms don’t. However, the bedroom is open to one of the living rooms, which allows some natural light to filter through. The kitchen looks decent, but the bathroom isn’t pictured. It’s about five blocks from the Dekalb L stop and eight from the L/M at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues. You’re practically in Ridgewood here. Do you think it’s a good deal for $1,362?

473 Harman Street, #2L [Corcoran] GMAP

08/20/14 11:31am

shawangunk-ridge-new-yorkShawangunk Ridge | Jarek Tuszynski via Wikipedia

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08/20/14 11:30am

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Developer Cayuga Capital Management plans to convert a large brick warehouse at 79 Quay Street in Greenpoint into townhouses and build a boxy apartment building behind it, according to New York YIMBY. The cube-filled apartment building will rise six stories tall and wrap over the warehouse-turned-townhouses, which are pictured on the left side of the rendering. All told, the development will be 60,000 square feet. Gowanus-based architects Cycle Cities will design the project. Cayuga and Cycle Cities are also collaborating on a 12-story office and retail development at 87 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, reported by the WSJ on Monday.

The developer purchased the 23,500-square-foot warehouse at Quay and West Streets for $3,800,000 in March, according to public records. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 79 Quay Street [NY YIMBY]

08/20/14 10:45am

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The city’s School Construction Authority posted this rendering on the fence for an addition coming to a parking lot next to P.S. 138 in Crown Heights. No new building or alt-1 permits have been filed, and the permits on the fence are alteration type-2 permits for “installation of connecting link.” So we don’t have many details, but it looks like the three-story addition will have garages on the ground floor and either offices or classroom above. The architect listed is Macrae-Gibson Architects, who have worked on schools throughout the city.

The main school building is a huge turn of the century structure at 801 Park Place and 760 Prospect Place, because it sits on a lot that spans the whole block between Nostrand and Rogers Avenues. Constructed in 1907, it began its life as the Brooklyn Training School for Teachers. Click through for pictures of the lot and the school.

Building of the Day: 760 Prospect Place [Brownstoner] GMAP

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726 monroe1

A Stop Work Order has been issued at this Bed-Stuy construction site at 726 Monroe Street on Friday because neighbors complained that an excavator had smashed into their building. One neighbor told NY1, “the lady told me that the whole wall shook. She came downstairs and said the building is smashed. So I went upstairs, the whole wall is smashed in. It took the whole sheet rock and pushed it all in.” According to NY1, when authorities arrived the excavator was leaning against the building. (more…)

08/20/14 9:30am

Massey Knakal, Chart from BK PSR

A new report out from real estate firm Massey Knakal finds that the Brooklyn investment market is on track for another record year, eclipsing even the bubbly markets of 2006 and 2007. In the first half of 2014, 1,068 investment properties (apartment buildings, mixed use, industrial and office buildings as well as development sites) sold, a 92 percent increase over the first half of 2013. And that is the largest number of sales of any year, beating out the previous high from the first half of 2007. Purchases of elevator buildings were up 342 percent in the first half of 2014 over the same period the previous year. Even the total dollar amount of sales was up dramatically: 142 percent over the first half of 2013. The total dollar figure of all Brooklyn deals, $3.4 billion, far surpassed the previous high of $2 billion in the first half of 2006.

For investors, this boom is drawing in far more cash and resulting a lot more deals than we saw during the real estate bubble in the run up to the financial crisis. If investors are throwing this much money around, should the rest of us be worried?

Chart: Massey Knakal

08/20/14 9:00am

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In March, WyckoffHeights.org reported big changes are coming to the corner of Knickerbocker and Willoughby, right across from Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick. The two-story church at 260 Knickerbocker Avenue is slated to be converted to an 11-story apartment building designed by Scarano protege and now-prolific Williamsburg architect Nataliya Donskoy, which would make it the tallest building on the park.

We were curious about the progress, and figured it would be well along by now. But in fact, the plans were disapproved this month and there is no sign of construction at the church, not even a rendering or, of course, any kind of permit. (more…)

08/20/14 8:30am

trolley cars

As the Sun Sets Over Coney Island, Nostalgia Glows With Renewal [NY Times]
Itinerary: The Discreet Charm of Clinton Hill Brooklyn [NY Times]
‘Brooklyn Made’ Certification Guards Against Borough Posers [NY Daily News]
Hey Brooklyn Heights, Pierhouse is Literally Growing on You [Curbed]
New York Remains a Mecca for All-Cash Home Purchases [The Real Deal]
Ranking Brooklyn’s Biggest Builders [The Real Deal]

Photo: Bob Jagendorf