After years of lawsuits and changing ownership, the assisted living facility at 1 Prospect Park West that was a Building of the Day has announced it will shut down in 90 days, NBC reported. The owners said they cannot afford an increased tax bill.
If the current owner, which appears to be real estate firm The Copper Group, decides to sell, we’re sure developers will leap at the chance to bid on the extra-prime property, located in Park Slope across the street from Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Public Library. It last traded for $40,097,437 in 2006.
As property values in Brooklyn rise dramatically, churches, businesses and homes — anywhere a double wide or bigger plot can be assembled — are quickly giving way to apartment towers. This 1925 Classical Revival building is not landmarked; the recently expanded Park Slope Historic District ends right at the nursing home’s property line.
As for the current residents, a reader told us, “residents and their families and caretakers are terribly upset at the abruptness of it all.”
After a few months of demolition, the Lightstone Group has filed the first new building application for its controversial 700-unit rental development at 363 Bond Street, on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. The application outlines a plan for a 12-story development with 268 units.
The 249,571 square-foot building will include 3,625 square feet of commercial space, 1,018 square feet of community space and 244,928 square feet of residential space. The building will also have 111 underground parking spaces, a basketball court, gym, locker rooms, a lounge, children’s play area, bike storage and a pool, according to the Schedule A filing.
Meanwhile, next door at 388 Carroll Street, Lightstone has just filed a new round of demolition applications to knock down a storage shed and two silos.
The City Planning Commission yesterday greenlighted Two Trees’ proposal for development of the Domino complex in Williamsburg, The New York Daily News reported. While there were no additional changes beyond what the Mayor and Two Trees negotiated earlier this week, it was no rubber-stamp step in the land use review process either.
If the City Planning Commission disapproves something, that can kill the proposal. Sometimes a yes vote from City Planning is enough to finalize a project. In this case, the development proposal will go to the City Council for review.
Now The New York Post is speculating the City Council could kill the deal if it pressures Two Trees to agree to new demands from labor that every worker on the site be unionized.
Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen and commenter and fellow architectural history expert Morgan Munsey will lead a tour of the Stuyvesant Heights Expanded Historic District Saturday, March 15. Organized by the Municipal Arts Society, the tour will explore the area’s history and architecture.
Tickets cost $20 or $15 for Municipal Arts Society members. The tour starts at 2 pm.
Name: The Cathedral Basilica of St. James Address: 223 Jay Street Cross Streets: Cathedral Place and Chapel Street Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn Year Built: 1903 Architectural Style: Neo-Georgian Architect: George H. Streeton Other work by architect: Former St. Ambrose Catholic Church, now Mt. Pisgah Baptist, Bedford Stuyvesant. In Manhattan: St. Charles Borromeo, Harlem; Church of Saints Cyril & Methodius and St. Raphael, at the base of the Lincoln Tunnel at West 40th Street, and other churches Landmarked: No
The story: There are hundreds of Catholic Churches in Brooklyn, but very few are elevated to the status of Cathedral, and even fewer are designated as a Basilica. This storied church is both. A cathedral is a church that contains the seat, or chair of a bishop. This is both a literal chair, as well as the seat of power from which the bishop issues his authority over his diocese. A basilica is an important church that is given special ceremonial rights by the Pope himself. This important Brooklyn church went through several incarnations over its long history, and is an important part of the history of the Catholic Church in Brooklyn and Long Island.
The parish of St. James began in 1822, when it was founded as the first Catholic Church on Long Island. Irish Catholics began settling in the Vinegar Hill area to work in the new Brooklyn Navy Yard, beginning in the early 19th century. There was no Catholic church in Brooklyn, and worshippers had to cross over to Manhattan to attend mass. The first mass in Brooklyn was celebrated in the home of Daniel Dempsey, on Fulton Street.
As more and more Catholics settled in the area, a local man named Peter Turner, who also lived on Fulton Street, and worked at the Navy Yard, began organizing a committee to build a church in the neighborhood. By 1822, with the encouragement and support of the New York Bishop, Brooklyn’s Catholics raised enough money to buy a plot of land on Jay and Chapel Streets. For all of many charitable activities within St James and Brooklyn throughout his life, today Turner is remembered at St. James as “the pioneer Catholic layman of Brooklyn.”
The ground was consecrated by Bishop Connolly, only the second Bishop of Manhattan, and building began. St. James was the first Catholic Church in Brooklyn, the third Catholic Church in New York City, and the sixth Catholic Church in the entire state of New York. Turner and his committee asked for a full-time pastor to be assigned to the church, and Rev. John Farnan became Long Island’s first official Catholic priest. For the next four years, he travelled on horseback from here to Montauk, the only priest for the increasing pockets of Catholics on Long Island. (more…)
Over the weekend, we noticed La Nonna had opened a fancy new outpost at 184 Kent Avenue. The Bedford Avenue pizza and pasta joint will be adding some upscale dishes at its prominent new location, including octopus, steak, lamb chops, and sea bass, according to the Village Voice.
It looks like a very high end renovation of 115 St. James Place is in the works, and the listing promises it will be completed “shortly.” Could this be the same renovation we wrote about in 2008?
There’s a kitchen with carrara marble and walls of windows, custom cherry cabinets in the dining room, and more walls of windows in the master bedroom. It could be cold, though, and the split level parlor floor with a column in the middle looks awkward to us.
It’s set up as an owner’s duplex (the “triplex” mentioned in the listing includes the cellar) with two large, potentially high-income rental units above, including a duplex whose top floor is set back and not visible from the street.
In 2007, the owner filed to convert the house from an SRO to a four-family; the permit was issued in December. We could not find a new C of O, but perhaps it’s coming.
Here’s a cute prewar pad on a charming block of Prospect Heights. The floor-through apartment has some attractive prewar details and nice-sized living areas but the railroad-y configuration makes the two-bedroom set-up sub-optimal.
It could be a problem easily solved, though, by extending the hallway to the master bedroom, which would reduce the size of the smaller bedroom to about 9 feet by 9 feet. The maintenance is $720 a month and the asking price is $765,000.
The listing copy is selling this new-construction three-bedroom, two-bath duplex in Red Hook as a summer party pad. “You could throw the best parties of the season here” reads the copy, with 1,350 square feet of space, a roof terrace and a parking spot in the cement-covered front yard.
It’s only a couple blocks from the water, two parks and Ikea. But like most Red Hook rentals, the price seems high for the location, which is a mile from the nearest subway stop. Then again, it’s cheaper than the Hamptons. What’s your opinion of it for $4,000 a month?
Coney Island gardeners outraged over the razing of their garden to make way for the redevelopment of the landmarked Childs restaurant filed a lawsuit against the city today, according to a press release they sent us. The 16-year-old community garden on West 22nd Street was legally a park and Parks Department property, according to the statement.
The Boardwalk Community Garden, Coney Island and the New York City Community Garden Coalition filed an Article 78 petition challenging the environmental review and approval of the outdoor amphitheater project, which was championed by former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. They plan a press conference on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall at noon today to announce the lawsuit.