Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Leaving Brooklyn for Cheap Manhattan Rents

Bed Stuy. Photo by Susan De Vries


    Manhattan Is Cheap Again, and Brooklyn Isn’t

    This past year Brooklynites have been time traveling back to when Manhattan rents were $1,600 or $1,700 for a one-bedroom apartment in the West Village or the Upper East Side.

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    Estate-Condition Crown Heights Manse Brimming With Original Details Asks $3.4 Million

    Owned by just two families since it was constructed at the turn of the 20th century, it is perhaps not surprising that this Crown Heights house is filled with original details including mantels, woodwork, a pier mirror and stained glass. In the Crown Heights North Historic District, 903 St. Marks Avenue is one of a pair of houses constructed on what was then the stylish avenue for Brooklyn’s wealthy.

    Rendering by Dattner Architects

    Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 175 Units in East New York, Starting at $354 a Month

    An affordable housing lottery has opened for a whopping 175 units at a nine-story building located at 2628 Fulton Street in East New York. The building, which the listing says will be completed in the summer of 2021, has an alternate address of 50 Pennsylvania Avenue and bears the name 50 Penn.

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    An Italianate With Parking in Greenpoint and Three More to See, Starting at $759K

    Our picks for open houses to check out last weekend comprised a sampler of architectural styles spanning the mid 19th century to the early 20th century. Found in Park Slope, Greenpoint and Marine Park, the houses appear to be in move-in condition, and two come with parking. They range in price from 759,000 to $3.199 million.

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    Loft in Boerum Hill’s Ex-Lax Building With Built-in Bar, Reclaimed Wood, Mezzanine Asks $995K

    Inside the former home of Ex-Lax in Boerum Hill, this one-bedroom loft has gotten an industrial-style makeover with reclaimed wood, patinaed columns and iron railings around a bonus sleeping mezzanine. With an address of 423 Atlantic Avenue, the building is part of a complex converted from factory to co-ops in the late 1970s, luring buyers with high ceilings, large windows and open space.

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