Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Residents Say No to Crown Heights Spice Factory Rezoning


    Three Move-in Ready Homes in Bed Stuy, and One in Sunset Park to See This Weekend Starting at $875K

    Last week we brought you handyman specials, but this week all of our open house picks are move-in ready, though some offer room for improvement to the buyer who’s inclined. Three are in Bed Stuy, and two of those a mere half-block apart, making it easy to hit three out of the four in one short swing; the outlier is in Sunset Park.

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    Photo by Susan De Vries

    An Architectural Stroll Through Hoboken

    An easy jaunt from Brooklyn, Hoboken, N.J., makes for a relaxing day trip if you want to do some architecture gazing while learning more about a city so closely connected to New York by geography and history. There’s plenty of surviving 19th and early 20th century buildings — from charming brownstones to grand civic statements.

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    Photo by Susan De Vries

    Community Board 9 Agrees on Not Rezoning Crown Heights Spice Factory

    Residents who gathered in the Crown Gardens Community Room in Crown Heights for Community Board 9’s ULURP Committee meeting Tuesday night were unanimous about their displeasure regarding the main topic on the agenda, which was the redevelopment of the old spice factory, originally Consumer’s Park Brewery, at 960 Franklin Avenue in south Crown Heights.

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    Astral Apartments by Frederich William circa 1900. Photo via Pratt Institute Archives.

    Greenpoint’s Astral Apartments: A Building Ahead of Its Time

    The Astral Apartments remains one of Brooklyn’s most important and impressive answers to the housing needs of 19th century workers. It also represents a change in Victorian housing standards — all in all, a building ahead of its time.

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    Fanciful Cobble Hill Victorian With Greek Revival Parlors Was Home to Distinguished Architect

    Here’s an unusual and striking house with high-Victorian curb appeal. At 334 Clinton Street in Cobble Hill, it’s a mid-19th century Greek Revival built as a twin to No. 336 next door. You’d be hard pressed to figure that out by looking at it though. The house was altered in 1888 with a tower, front bay and mansard roof.

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