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Developer Hudson Companies is on a tear through East Flatbush, buying up more property on a block where it’s already planning an eight-story, 170-unit apartment building. The developer, which of course is behind the 23-story tower on Flatbush Avenue a few blocks from here in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, recently picked up 318, 324, 326 and 350 Clarkson Avenue for $13,119,997, according to public records.

The new parcel is contiguous with its previous acquisition, so potentially Hudson could be planning a huge development here. (more…)


A rundown and altered Second Empire-style wood frame house at 40 Cambridge Place in Clinton Hill is getting a total redo using Passive House technology. The exterior will be restored to match its twin next door, including windows that appear to be double hung, because it is in the Clinton Hill Historic District.

The missing porch and altered bay window will be restored. The inside will be retrofitted according to Passive House standards, according to DOB permits.

Right now, the whole thing is shrouded in scaffolding — as is the house next door at 46 Cambridge Place. (That may be to protect it. The house did recently have some work going on inside, but apparently it’s not related to this project.)

When 40 Cambridge was a House of the Day in 2011, we said it had lots of details in and out but appeared to need work. Click through the jump below to see what the exterior looked like in 2012 and to see the house under construction now.

The house last changed hands for $740,00 in 2011. The owner plans to obtain a new certificate of occupancy but will keep it as a two-family, according to permits.

This should be an interesting one to watch.

House of the Day: 40 Cambridge Place [Brownstoner] GMAP
Last photo below by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


03/27/15 8:30am


Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn Rush to Buy Smoke Detectors Before Sabbath [NY Times]
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Finances Are Being Put Under the Microscope [NY Daily News]
Brooklyn Pols Fight to Restore Millions in Budget for Teetering Hospitals [Eagle]
New Book Tells Story of Murders That Rocked 1870s Brooklyn [Eagle]
Coney Island Opening Ceremonies This Sunday [Eagle]
Inside Willow, The Darling Bed Stuy Newcomer Serving Chicken Liver Cannoli [Gothamist]
Chelsea Hotel Owner to Sell McCarren Hotel & Pool in Williamsburg [Crain's]
Permits Filed: 2579 East 17th Street, Sheepshead Bay [NYY]
Steel Truss Installation on Barclays Center Green Roof Planned for Saturday [AYR]
SoulCycle Opens New Downtown Brooklyn Location [DNA]
City Replaces Long-Missing Park Slope Walk Signal [DNA]
Recent Gang-Related Shootings Concern Prospect Lefferts Gardens Locals [DNA]

Our Lady of the Presentation-Loreto Roman Catholic Church and rectory at 1677 St. Marks Avenue in Ocean Hill.
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Photo by Cate Corcoran

03/26/15 4:30pm

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Councilwoman Cumbo Raises Concerns About “Blocs” of Asians Moving Into NYCHA [NYO]
Construction of Pulaski Bridge Bike Lane to Start Next Month [DNA]
Why Does It Take So Long to Build a Bike Lane in Brooklyn? A City Subcontractor Tells All [Brokelyn]
More Than 100 Firefighters Battle Blaze at 2010 Newkirk Avenue [DPC]
Brandi’s DIY and Antique-Chic Prewar Apartment in Crown Heights [AT]
GEM Discount Store Is Closing [Q Parkside]
New Bed Stuy Coffee Shop to Offer Baking and Cooking Classes [DNA]
Grand Opening: Bella Napoli Serves Brick-Oven Pizza on Bay Parkway [Bensonhurst Bean]
Here’s a Cow Tongue “Full Of Needles” Attached to a Tree in Prospect Park [Gothamist]
Volunteer to Help Make Brooklyn Students Readers for Life [Brooklynian]

Photo by Michael Pearce

03/26/15 4:00pm

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The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a meeting tonight on cleanup efforts at the polluted Harte & Company factory at the corner of Dupont, Clay and Franklin Streets, Greenpointers reported. (Yes, this is the same building we wrote about this morning, whose developer wants to preserve part of the 1930s Arte Moderne exterior).

The state Superfund site has a plume beneath it made of phthalates — liquid plastic chemicals — up to five feet deep in some areas. And apparently the plume is moving, contrary to what the developer told the Brooklyn Eagle. This is a map of the plume made in 2013, via Greenpointers. (more…)

03/26/15 3:00pm

46 Sullivan Street, Bethelship, KL, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Bethelship Seamen’s Branch, YMCA. Now apartments.
Address: 47 Sullivan Street
Cross Streets: Corner Richards Street
Neighborhood: Red Hook
Year Built: 1921-1922
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival with some Rundbogenstil details
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Sailors from all over the world stepped onto Brooklyn’s shores along the Red Hook waterfront. Sailors have often lost themselves in more ways than one on the piers of foreign ports, and Brooklyn was as tempting or as frightening a place as anywhere else.

Some of the local churches saw these sailors as a worthy social and religious harvest of souls, and established mission churches and chapels near many different parts of the Brooklyn waterfront. Here in Red Hook, the evangelical zeal was provided by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Many of the sailors, as well as local workers, were Scandinavian. The Bethelship Norwegian Methodist Church and the Brooklyn and Long Island Church Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church established a mission in a much older church building and rectory at this location in 1911. In 1918, the Bethelship Branch of the YMCA was established here. (more…)

03/26/15 1:31pm


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60 Water, in the heart of Dumbo, offers some of the best views in NYC from its studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments.

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If you’re up high enough, one of the best things about Dumbo is the view. The panorama includes the East River, the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, the Staten Island Ferry, and the Statue of Liberty. Apartments that look out on to this vista are the most sought-after in the neighborhood.

60 Water, a new rental building in the heart of Dumbo, offers views that are hard to beat.

Apartments in this 17-story glass tower feature floor-to-ceiling windows ideal for taking it all in. And the rooftop garden, designed by one of the landscape architects behind The High Line, offers a breathtaking proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge. (more…)

03/26/15 1:15pm

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Here’s a lovely brick Italianate that has been updated with a rustic — but not overly so — vibe. There are three marble mantels and crown moldings as well as some exposed beams and brick. It’s set up as rental over an owner’s duplex, and the parlor floor has been opened up. There’s also a stained-glass skylight and deck.

Two opens houses are planned for Saturday from 1 to 3 pm and Sunday from noon to 1. What do you think of it and the ask of $2,700,000?

71 2nd Street [D'Andrea Craig Realty] GMAP


03/26/15 12:15pm

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This three-bedroom brownstone duplex is yet another beautifully renovated and pricey Bed Stuy pad. The 1,500-square-foot apartment has an eat-in kitchen with a decorative marble mantel, pretty woodwork, a dishwasher and a wine rack. The bathroom also features an original claw foot tub and attractive blue patterned tile.

There is basement storage and a washer/dryer. The G train is half a block away at Classon Avenue.

Incidentally, the building was a House of the Day when it was for sale in 2013, and configured differently. We do see a potential deal breaker, though: The bathroom and the bedrooms are on separate floors.

What’s your opinion of it for $4,000 a month?

420 Lafayette Avenue, #2 [Elliman] GMAP


03/26/15 11:30am

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The distinctive curved facade on the polluted Harte & Company factory in Greenpoint could survive, an owner’s rep told the Brooklyn Eagle. But the 1930s Arte Moderne factory at 280 Franklin Street is still going to become apartments, likely a multi-building complex.

Yi Han of Experta Group said she’s working with the architects to save some piece of the unique corner, because “very few places in New York have that. It’s like a witness to the transformation of the neighborhood.” (more…)

03/26/15 10:45am

Yale Law School. SSPellen 1

This is the story of wealth, hurt feelings and stubbornness in a Brooklyn family, and the greed that surrounded the entire affair. In Part One, we met the Brasher family, millionaire residents of Park Slope. Widowed Mrs. Brasher did not like her only daughter Louise’s choice of husbands, and cut Louise and her daughter out of her large will.

Part Two is the story of the trial to break the will. At the end, Louise Bain lost, and unless the decision could be overturned by the Appellate Court, Louise and her family would never see a cent of her parents’ money.

When the case went to the jury in 1920, they pondered long and hard, pouring over the lengthy will, plus the four codicils, and days of testimony. At last they thought they had found a Solomon-like solution. Hidden deep in the original will was a bequest for Louise, after all. She was left a trust fund of $50,000 out of the $1,200,000 estate.

The jury voted to give that to her, plus $10,000 for attorney’s fees, and a $10,000 bequest already in the will for her son, William Clayton. They decided after 12 hours of deliberation to throw out the codicils which would have left Mrs. Louise Bain with nothing.

But when they made the announcement in court, they inadvertently set in motion a clause in the will that totally disinherited Mrs. Bain. The clause stipulated that she would get nothing if she contested the will. How they all missed that is inexplicable, but now Mrs. Bain could not legally receive any money.

The jury was devastated. (more…)