Next month the Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on the proposed expansion of the Park Slope Historic District, according to the Brooklyn Paper. The proposed extension, shown in green on the map above, will be bounded by Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West to the north and east; 14th Street to the south; 5th Avenue down to President Street and then 7th Avenue from President to 14th on the west. According to the article, residents within the catchment have been receiving letters informing them of the proposal (or, as the story puts it: “The letters have become the most discussed correspondence in the neighborhood — displacing even Yale acceptance letters”). There is also talk of extending the district even further, to the yellow and red sections shown on the map, at some point in the future. If that happens, just about the entire neighborhood will be landmarked, with the exception of the blocks between 4th and 5th avenues.
South Slopers Learn if Their Homes Deserve to be Preserved [BK Paper]
1. PARK SLOPE $2,440,000
396 Dean Street GMAP P*Shark
We covered the sale of this new, two-family “brownstone” home yesterday. It was asking $2,850,000. Entered into contract on 1/5/12; closed on 2/2/12; deed recorded on 2/24/2012.
2. FORT GREENE $1,950,000
308 Cumberland Street GMAP P*Shark
The listing brags: “Configured as an owners lower duplex, with 2 high income floor-thru rental units. Owner’s unit boasts original plaster moldings, elegant wood burning marble fireplaces, hardwood floors, beautiful double parlor with soaring ceilings,pocket doors and large eat-in kitchen that leads to private deck.” The home was priced at $1,795,000 and went into contract a month later. Entered into contract on 10/17/11; closed on 1/18/12; deed recorded on 2/21/2012.
3. MIDWOOD $1,875,000
1029 East 9th Street GMAP P*Shark
StreetEasy lists this is a 2,276-square-foot, one-two family house with either a garage or vacant land. A listing isn’t available. Entered into contract on 12/15/11; closed on 2/13/12; deed recorded on 2/21/2012.
5. MANHATTAN BEACH $1,500,000
28 Dover Street GMAP P*Shark
This home is also listed as a one-two family with a garage or vacant land. We’re guessing there’s some extra land, since the property was bought by “28 Dover Street Corp.” Entered into contract on 1/30/12; closed on 2/13/12; deed recorded on 2/23/2012.
Denton Taylor drops a line to let us know that the crumbling building on 6th Avenue between 15th and 16th streets in the South Slope isn’t long for this world. A sidewalk shed has gone up around the house and demolition permits are on display. According to city records, the owner intends to build a four-family residence in its place. The vinyl siding covering the wood frame at 548 6th Avenue was removed from the house a couple months ago, and a few weeks ago a reader who lives nearby got in touch to say that he was worried the crumbling building might collapse.
Dilapidated South Slope Building a Hazard? [Brownstoner] GMAP
Underneath the Siding in the South Slope [Brownstoner]
In early fall the new building at 182 15th Street in the South Slope hit the market, but it seems there weren’t a lot of prospective buyers, as rental listings for the building have now surfaced. Rents in the 31-unit building are running from $2,000 for studios up to $3,900 for the most expensive three-bedrooms. Prices when the building was briefly on the market were starting at $365,000 for studios, $430,000 for one-bedrooms, $630,000 for two-bedrooms and $899,000 for three-bedrooms. This development was controversial in the neighborhood a few years ago because the developer wanted to construct a 12-story building under old zoning regulations, but community members successfully challenged his plans.
182 15th Street [StreetEasy]
South Slope Condo Hitting the Market [Brownstoner] GMAP
There’s a new bar on 5th Avenue, right between 21st and 22nd Streets in the South Slope, called “The Sea Witch.” The owner tells us “the bar is only two blocks from the shores of New York Harbor, an inspiration for the low-key nautical theme.” (There’s a salt water aquarium behind the bar!) Also in store: twenty beers on tap, a burger and pub grub menu, an outdoor garden, and “real” fountain soda. Any South Slopers stop in yet? GMAP
A developer has filed for permits to build a 10-story building at 573 4th Avenue, between 16th Street and the expressway. There’s no application on record yet to demolish the little carriage house that’s currently on the South Slope site, though, so work on the new building may not be starting anytime soon. We’re looking at a tall and skinny project if it ever gets under way, though. GMAP
Listings popped up for the new condo at 534 6th Avenue, between 14th and 15th streets, a couple months ago, and one of the four units in the building went into contract last week. The others are priced from $779,000 for a 1,070-square-foot two-bedroom to $1,299,000 for a 1,595-square-foot duplex with garden space. The photos above give a sense of what the interiors are like.
534 Sixth Avenue [StreetEasy] GMAP
A reader got in touch to let us know that the building at 548 6th Avenue, between 15th and 16th streets, is “fully gutted, open to the elements, baited…no permits.” There have been three complaints to the DOB about demolition work occurring without permits between late October and last week, but city inspectors haven’t found evidence of it. When we stopped by yesterday afternoon, the building did show evidence of rat poison and was easy to enter but whatever demolition has occurred is very much incomplete (see interior photos on the jump). It’s clear, though, that the house is severely decayed. The person who emailed us about it mentioned that it’s right next door to the community garden on 15th Street and that “if the building collapses into the garden and hits an adult, or worse a kid, there’s gonna be a shit storm in the South Slope.” GMAP (more…)
This is how the mammoth beer hall Ted Mann is opening on 7th Avenue between 19th and 20th streets is looking these days. The enterprise, which is going to be called Greenwood Park, runs the length of the entire block and is going to have dozens of beers on tap. There’s no evidence of those taps yet on the inside, and it appears like plenty of work still needs to be done on the al fresco section, which will reportedly have a wood-burning fire pit. Mann was looking to have it finished last month, but we’re guessing it won’t be in business until early ’12.
Closing Bell: The Beer Garden Brewing in Greenwood [Brownstoner]
Greenwood Heights Beer Garden Still Happening [Brownstoner]
Huge Beer Garden Coming to the South Slope? [Brownstoner] GMAP
Denton Taylor, who sent in the photo of this wine bar/pizza place opening on Prospect and 7th avenues, told us that it’s taking the place of a long-vacant storefront that used to be a video store. We don’t know much about the venture, Feluccio, aside from bits of information on a Facebook page indicating it should open sometime soon. GMAP
This one-bedroom at 585 6th Avenue in South Slope looks like cookie-cutter new construction. Still, while the apartment itself is small, it comes with an extra 300 square feet of private outdoor space. The rent is $2,700 a month, which seems high considering the building is between 16th and Prospect. Then again, Streeteasy shows the apartment previously rented out for the exact same amount. Think it will happen again?
585 6th Avenue [Douglas Keisler] GMAP P*Shark
Yesterday IMBY wrote about an interesting house at 548 6th Avenue that has recently started displaying what was underneath the vinyl siding it used be covered in. It seems the old wood-frame may not be long for this world, though: A demolition permit hasn’t been filed yet, but a plan was approved last week by the DOB for a four-story, four-unit building. IMBY also notes that “judging by the size and placement of the boarded up windows, I imagine some kind of commercial establishment might have been the original occupant.” Anybody know the more history of this one? GMAP DOB
Photo by IMBY
Today’s Condo of the Day is on the third floor of the former St. John’s School at 259 21st Street, which was converted into condos back in 2004. (We featured another listing there last summer.) This unit looks pretty cool to us: We like the open plan, the design of the kitchen and the industrial vibe of the columns. The monthly costs come in at $410. We’ll see how the asking price of $729,000 fairs, given the 1,050 square feet of main-floor space and 300 square feet of mezzanine space. We suspect this one will do pretty well.
259 21st Street, #3B [Betancourt] GMAP P*Shark
1. WILLIAMSBURG $1,678,076.00
22 North 6th Street, PH3G GMAP P*Shark
A three bedroom penthouse first on the market for $1,950,000. Lasted 62 days before going into contract. Entered into contract on 6/20/11; closed on 8/21/10; deed recorded on 10/11/2011.
2. SOUTH SLOPE $1,600,000
1302 8th Avenue GMAP P*Shark
A 1-3 family house including a store/office space. Not a lot of info on the house. Entered into contract on 8/26/11; closed on 9/22/11; deed recorded on 10/11/2011.
5. CLINTON HILL $1,310,000
109 St. James Place, #1 GMAP P*Shark
From the listing: “A stunning 3BR garden/parlor duplex on historic Saint James Place in Clinton Hill. Parlor floor level is exceptionally wide and affords loft like living space and is ideal for entertaining. In addition to the duplex a completely finished family style media room exists on basement level.” Ask: $1,285,000. Entered into contract on 6/3/11; closed on 9/22/11; deed recorded on 10/13/2011.
Crain’s did a roundup of some of the bars and restaurants that have opened in the South Slope/Greenwood Heights area recently (including the relocated Freddy’s, Giuseppina and the forthcoming Ted Mann beer garden) and concludes “a potent brew of rock-bottom rents, long leases and word-of-mouth…suggests something is happening” in the neighborhood. The article also says that for all the openings, the “area’s understated profile has kept its best joints from becoming destinations for the city’s chowhounds and imbibers,” and that the closest subway stop is 10 minutes away. (On this last point, it really depends where you are in the South Slope/Greenwood, we think.) One of the questions the story raises is whether the new businesses are going to be able to succeed in an area that’s not a “destination.” And, if they do succeed, how long will the area stay comparatively affordable for new businesses and still be considered understated?
Low-Key Brooklyn Neighborhood Makes Some Noise [Crain's]
Photo by roboppy
Via Community Board 7: “On Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at approx 9:15 pm at Prospect Ave between 4th Ave and 5th Ave, a female was approached by a male Hispanic that forcibly grabbed her breasts and ran. The female had just exited the Prospect Ave train station “R” line and was walking eastbound on Prospect Ave when she was approached by a male Hispanic, approximately 5’7″, thin build wearing dark shirt, baggy dark blue jeans and a baseball hat. After the male forcible touched the female he fled westbound on Prospect Ave toward 4th Ave. The female did not sustain any injuries. Investigation is continuing.” At this point the police have released three sketches of people wanted in connection with the string of sexual assaults that have occurred in Sunset Park, Greenwood Heights and the South Slope since March.
Sales are about to launch at the condo at 182 15th Street, between 4th and 5th avenues, in the South Slope. The building has 31 units, and the prices are as follows: Studios start at $365,000, one bedrooms at $430,000, two bedrooms at $630,000 and three bedrooms at $899,000, according to Terry Naini, the Elliman broker marketing the building. Twenty of the units have private outdoor space, and parking spots are going for $30,000 a pop. Listings won’t be online until this afternoon, but there’s going to be a soft opening of the development this evening between 5:30 and 7, followed by a real open house on Sunday. Several years ago there were plans to make this a 12-story building, but community members were successful in challenging the developer’s application to build under old zoning regs. GMAP