04/13/15 4:30pm

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Brooklyn Hit With Anti-Hillary Street Art [Weekly Standard]
Landmarked Vinegar Hill Townhouse Sells for Record-Breaking $3.35 Million [DNA]
Developers See Opportunity at Site of Seven-Alarm Fire in Williamsburg [Crain's]
Brooklyn Bridge Park Commits to Pursuing $700,000 Cost to Repair “Bouncy” Squibb Bridge [Eagle]
Cast Your District 39 Participatory Budgeting Vote Starting Tuesday [KensingtonBK]
Portokali, a New Organic Market, to Replace 7-Eleven on Sheepshead Bay Road [Sheepshead Bites]

Photo by Megan Cerullo

04/13/15 4:00pm


Newtown Creek Alliance Historian and Brownstoner Queens columnist Mitch Waxman will lead a boat tour of Newtown Creek, pictured above, next month for the Working Harbor Committee. The two-hour tour of one of the nation’s most polluted waterways will leave from Pier 11 in Manhattan at 11 am on May 31.

A collection of guest speakers will also help narrate the tour. A separate two-hour tour of Gowanus Bay will leave from Pier 11 at 1:10 pm the same day.


04/13/15 3:00pm

515-533 2nd St. KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 515-533 2nd Street
Cross Streets: 7th and 8th Avenue
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Year Built: 1894-1898
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Robert Dixon, James Nelson, J. L. Allan
Other Buildings by Architect: Robert Dixon was responsible for row houses and flats buildings throughout Brownstone Brooklyn
Landmarked: Yes, part of Park Slope Historic District (1973)

The story: This group of 10 houses is the product of the cooperation of three separate and otherwise unconnected architects. While that has probably occurred in our brownstone neighborhoods more often than we think, this is one of the few documented cases.

The houses were built for a single developer between 1894 and 1898, but were designed by three separate architects who decided to work together to design complementary houses.

The literature is unclear as to the roles Robert Dixon, James Nelson and J. L. Allan played in the design of the houses. Of the three, Robert Dixon is the best known, with a great body of work to his credit, including elsewhere in Park Slope, as well as Bedford Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Heights, Crown Heights North, Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill. He worked in Brooklyn from 1876 until 1903.

Perhaps Dixon laid out the general plan, and the others filled in the details, or the interiors. In any case, this is a beautiful row of houses in the Romanesque Revival style, characterized by the arched windows and doors. (more…)

04/13/15 1:30pm


This circa-1900 standalone Victorian with a porch is similar to what you’d find in Ditmas but more affordable because it’s in East Flatbush. There are great original details, including mantels, built-ins, the stair, and wood work.

The floor plan is roomy and grand, with three parlors and big openings on the ground floor and five bedrooms upstairs. The kitchen appears to have been last updated in the 1970s, and there are no photos of the two bathrooms.

What do you think of it for $749,000? Click through for more photos and a floor plan.

1617 New York Avenue [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
Photos by Brown Harris Stevens (more…)

04/13/15 1:00pm


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Built in 1825, this stunning Brooklyn Heights townhouse boasts six bedrooms, two kitchens, three full bathrooms, an office, and a laundry room. Both the living and dining rooms on the parlor floor (the parlor floor!) have wood-burning fireplaces, and details such as the period moldings, the claw-foot bathtub in the master bathroom, and a restored mahogany staircase hark back to an earlier era.

The huge master bedroom has windows the width of the house with Manhattan-facing views. Guests or family members can enjoy their own private apartment on the garden level, complete with a separate kitchen, bathroom, and family room. With so many bedrooms to spare, one has been converted to a third-floor media room. The parlor floor deck overlooks a fully landscaped garden, with a terrace, pond, patio, and a cherry tree that blossoms in the spring.

The house is located in historic Brooklyn Heights, one block from the Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Nearby transportation options include the 2/3 and A/C subway lines, as well as the Water Taxi at Pier One. Click through for more pictures.

Brooklyn Heights Historic Townhome [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] (more…)

04/13/15 12:00pm


This top-level duplex in a striking Crown Heights row house is spacious and attractive, with plenty of room for shares or a family. We see lots of original details, including mantels, doors and inlaid floors.

The kitchen retains its original hardwood floors but has been updated and outfitted with modern appliances. The 1.5 baths are modern as well.

There are two full bedrooms, plus a smaller bedroom that could also work as a nursery or office. (The living room could also be used as a bedroom, as the listing points out, although that wouldn’t leave much common space.) There is also a private backyard with a deck.

It’s pricey for Crown Heights at $4,200 a month, but it’s also top of the line. Do you think it will rent quickly?

1046 Sterling Place, #2 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Photo above by Douglas Elliman; photo below by Property Shark


04/13/15 11:30am


Brownstone Renovations… just getting started

We are in contract on a 2000 sf townhouse (*FAR allows 1300 more sf) and looking for ideas/inspiration. The house in great shape, but we’d want to “spruce up” a bit.

Things we may/may not do based on time and price:

Expand the kitchen
Raise basement ceiling
Knock out a couple walls to open up space
Demo 2nd kitchen and convert to family room
Modern fence in back yard
Carpentry work on bannisters/railings
Add 2nd bathroom on 2nd floor

These are TBD based on cost and recommendations
*Central air install (no existing ductwork)
*Add 3rd floor as MBR suite
*Roof deck

With these type of general changes, should we start with architect, or can a good GC handle this. Knowing that there is a wide range, any general time/price guidelines for this level of work? (more…)


The steel and concrete structure for one of Brooklyn’s most interesting new buildings has reached the top story. The Morris Adjmi-designed mixed-use building at 282 South 5th Street has been in the works since 2012.

The unusual design, visible from Broadway and the platform at the Marcy Avenue subway station, features an apartment tower inside a transparent gridded shell, with shops on the ground floor. (more…)

nassau brewery building franklin avenue and bergen crown heights

In a major about-face, Community Board 8 wants to rezone an industrial area in northern Crown Heights to allow residential buildings. It would allow taller buildings and require subsidies for the housing, to make it affordable to those earning the median in the area.

The board voted yes Thursday to send a request to City Planning to study the area for a rezoning, DNAinfo reported. Readers may recall that a similar request from neighboring Community Board 9 has been bogged down in controversy for more than a year.

This is a major change of direction for the board, which a few years ago rejected an attempt by a group of artists to create artist-owned live-work housing in a building in the area. The board wanted to keep the area industrial to limit gentrification in the area. (more…)

04/13/15 8:30am


Married, With Roommates, in Brooklyn [NY Times]
Manhattan Luxury Sales Lift Aspirations for Sellers in Brooklyn and Queens [NY Times]
The Meatball Shop’s Daniel Holzman at Home in Williamsburg [NY Times]
Bushwick’s Julia Cumming, Teenage Model and Rocker [NY Times]
Museum’s Taxidermy Classes Offer a Slice of Life (and Death) in Gowanus [NY Times]
Average Price for a Brooklyn Apartment Has Leaped 25 Percent [NY Daily News]
Restaurant Lineup Is Critical to Success of Massive City Point Development [WSJ]
Dumbo Prepares for More Residents [WSJ]
Haitians Protest Outside Hillary HQ in Heights [Eagle]
Myrtle & Gold Adds a New All Day Go-To Spot for Downtown Brooklyn [Gothamist]
Brooklyn’s Real-Estate Market Is on Fire — and It’s Not Cooling off Anytime Soon [NY Mag]
Brooklyn Teachers Push Back Against High-Stakes Testing [Nation]
Construction Update: Lightstone’s Gowanus Project Rising at 363-365 Bond Street [NYY]
Revealed: 311-313 Wallabout Street, Williamsburg [NYY]
Chipotle Coming to Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill [DNA]
Park Slope Laments the Closing of Eagle Provisions [DNA]
Councilman Secures $2.5 Million to Save Popular Bed Stuy Pool [DNA]
Prospect Lefferts Residents Call to End 421-a Tax Incentive for Builders [DNA]

A colorful cornice on 4th Avenue in Gowanus.
Photo by Cate Corcoran