We’ve got a grab bag for you on the open house front this weekend, with houses of brick, brownstone, limestone and vinyl that span different periods and styles. One’s gut renovated, the others all look ready for inhabitation, but are possible candidates for some upgrading. They’re found in Brooklyn Heights, Bed Stuy, Bay Ridge and Windsor Terrace.
If you’re fixing up a Brooklyn brownstone and want to get the biggest bang for your renovation buck, the first thing many architects will recommend is opening up the back wall. Opening up the rear of the house — or “blowing out the back” in architect lingo — transforms the way a brownstone feels.
The Subway sandwich chain outpost next to the famous Montero Bar & Grill in Brooklyn Heights couldn’t make it and has been evicted. Following the controversial shuttering of the nearby Long Island College Hospital in 2014, the sandwich chain at 75 Atlantic Avenue did not have the same revolving-door traffic capable of sustaining its presence in the neighborhood, speculated a reader who tipped us off to the closing.
This barrel-fronted Renaissance Revival brownstone in Crown Heights, built by Axel Hedman circa 1899, needs reconfiguring, polishing and some updating. But it’s rich in original detail and could be quite a looker. It’s at 1003 Sterling Place in the Crown Heights North II Historic District, near Brower Park and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
One thing is clear to the gatherers on the steps of the Appeals Court in Brooklyn Heights: An injustice has occurred, and even after multiple lawsuits and appeals, it seems unlikely anything will be done about it.
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