A slice of wonderland is coming to Brooklyn this spring when quirky cafe Alice’s Tea Cup opens in Brooklyn Heights. The storefront windows of their new location at 43 Hicks Street are currently papered over as the work, begun in the fall, continues.
Turning to the opposite end of the spectrum from well-preserved Park Slope landmarks to modern renovations, this two bedroom condo in Park Slope at 307 7th Street is carved out of a Renaissance Revival walkup apartment building.
If the renovation of this four-story brownstone wasn’t a 100 percent gut, it was at least 90 percent. “Nothing from the original floor plan was maintained, except the exterior walls and the mantel in the front parlor,” said architect Ben Herzog of Ben Herzog Architect, whose team has grown to number a dozen since he founded the Park Slope-based firm a decade ago.
Those who were afraid that the redevelopment of the old spice factory, originally Consumer’s Park Brewery, at 960 Franklin Avenue in south Crown Heights, would overwhelm the surrounding area had their fears confirmed late last week.
The lavish details of this 1899 Axel Hedman-designed brownstone in the Stuyvesant Heights Historic District make it one of Brooklyn’s most coveted showpieces of the Renaissance Revival.
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