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We’ve got no idea whether they’ll get $1,000 a foot for it, but this 1,500-square-foot pad at 62 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights should have no trouble attracting attention as an FSBO. The photos make the place feel very loft-like, a sense that’s enhanced by the clean wood floors and exposed brick; the master suite is also huge. There are two real bedrooms plus an office that could handle a small child. So waddya think? Will they get $1,550,000 for it? There was an open house yesterday so maybe they already have.
62 Montague Street [Squarespace] GMAP
Building photo by Scott Bintner for Property Shark

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With the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s floating pool set to open in less than ten days, we decided to pop in to see how things were going. The pool itself looks like it’s ready to be filled up. The poolside area and the complex housing the changing rooms and snack bar (the design of which looks quite nice) still have a ways to go. The sand for the parking lot “beaches” is in place. Now all they need are the volleyball nets. Our only concern about the pool is that it will be so much nicer than any other option that it will be too packed to enjoy. Anyone know if there going to be limits to the number of people allowed in?

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There’s little doubt that there are million-dollar views from the 22nd floor of 75 Livingston. How about the rest of the apartment? Is it worth the $1,150,000 asking price? The loft is now configured as a three-bedroom apartment, which there’s certainly plenty of square footage for. However, a look at the floorplan (on the jump makes us think that this place is crying out to be liberated by a wealthy childless couple and turned back into a one bedroom party pad. Why? In addition to the incredible wall of windows it would open up, the bathroom situation for the second and third bedrooms is less than ideal. Regardless, the location and views should result in plenty of interest among a variety of buyers, we’d imagine. We featured an A line apartment on the 18th floor back in March that was asking $939,000? Does anyone know what that sold for and how it stacks up versus this place?
75 Livingston Street Cooperative [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
Co-op of the Day: 75 Livingston Street, 18A [Brownstoner]
Building photo by Scott Bintner for Property Shark

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In the wake of the destruction of some the Brooklyn waterfront’s most historic structures, including the Revere Sugar factory, the Dutch Mustard building and the Greenpoint Terminal Market, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will today announce that it is adding the entire area from the Sunset Park through Greenpoint to its list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places. The buildings really represent an important part of Brooklyn’s heritage, and it would be a tragedy to lose it, Richard Moe, president of the trust, said in an interview. We’re very concerned that there’s such a rush on to demolish everything. While presence on the list does not stop any of the buildings from death or disfigurement, it does give the issue a national profile and, hopefully, adds to political pressure for government to act on a local level to save an important part of the city’s heritage. Timed with the release of this news, the Municipal Art Society launched a new website this morning called SaveIndustrialBrooklyn.org that details the architectural and historic context for many of the waterfront structures. It also has a very cool interactive map (shown above) with the 411 on over 50 buildings in the footprint of the National Trust’s designation. As Mr. Moe puts it, This is a problem that can be fixed — it’s not too late. As we’ve said before, tearing down these buildings is not only short-sighted but potentially bad business. Their continued presence, whether converted in condominiums or turned into homes for arts institutions and other public uses, will only enhance the texture, and ultimately the dollar value, of the waterfront as a whole. Update: We’ve posted a few photos from this morning’s press conference on the jump.
Brooklyn Waterfront Called Endangered Site [NY Times]

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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $410,000
100 Remsen Street GMAP
One-bedroom, one-bath co-op, 700 square feet, with galley kitchen, dining area, parquet floors and S/E exposures; building features part-time doorman, laundry and storage. Maintenance $879.88 (includes utilities). Asking price $399,000, on market one week. Broker: Sandra Dowling, Brooklyn Heights Real Estate/Dowling Group.

DUMBO $608,000
100 Jay Street GMAP
One-bedroom, one-bath condo, 800 square feet, with open kitchen with stainless-steel GE appliances, granite countertops and garbage disposal, washer/dryer and casement windows; new-construction building features concierge, gym, common terraces and storage. Common charges $522, taxes $185. Asking price $608,000, on market one month. Broker: Sue Wolfe, Nancy McKiernan Realty.

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What’s it cost to live in one of the most photographed buildings in Brooklyn? About $750 a foot, according to the latest listing to hit the market in the Eagle Warehouse at 28 Old Fulton Street on what we think of as the borderline between Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo. (In his profile of the street in yesterday’s New York Times, Christopher Gray noted that a 1939 guidebook called Old Fulton a “sort of Brooklyn Bowery, with flophouses, small shops, rancid restaurants, haunted by vagabonds and derelicts.) The photos of the interior of the apartment reveal a much brighter, lighter (paying attention Nick Drake fans?) space than what we would have imagined given the heavy Romanesque, almost fortress-like exterior. This 1,775-square-foot, three-bedroom co-op on the 5th floor is probably reasonably priced at $1,350,000 given that the same apartment one floor below closed for $1,275,000 back in August of 2006. (This two-bedroom in the building recently went into contract for $1,595,000.) We generally dislike curved anythings when it comes to interior design, but it looks like the open eating counter makes sense in this layout. Otherwise, everything looks very clean and attractive, likely to please both modern and traditional palettes.
28 Old Fulton Street [Corcoran] GMAP P*Shark
From Ghost Town to Park Gateway [NY Times]
Photo by thegirlsny

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The annual Brooklyn Heights House and Garden Tour takes place tomorrow from 1 to 5 pm. Compared to some other tours, this one will emphasize quality over quantity. There will be five houses this year, ranging in interior style from 19th-century period design to more contemporary takes on townhouse living. One house that will be of interest to readers is 135 Joralemon (most recently discussed here) which has been painstakingly restored over the past year. To purchase tix in advance (at $30 a pop), call 718-858-9193. The tour begins in the lobby of the St. Ann’s School at 129 Pierrepont Street (at Clinton). Does anyone know what other houses are on the tour?
Landmarks House and Garden Tour [BHA]
Photo by Judith Angel

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BEDFORD STUYVESANT $570,000
970 Kent Avenue
1,226-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom loft condo in The Kent. Maple floors, 8-foot windows, 13-foot ceilings, granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, slate and glass tile bathrooms w/ Italian fixtures and vessel sinks, 24-hr doorman, gym, outdoor running track. Common Charge $548; taxes $0 w/ full tax abatement begining July 1 (currently $224); listed at $599,000. Broker: Prudential Douglas-Elliman. (Closed May 1, 2007). Photo from WiredNY.

BOERUM HILL $640,000
556 State Street
2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,056-square-foot condo in a new building; common charges $386, taxes $65 (abated). Broker: Andrew Friedman, Halstead.

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $675,000
90 Remsen Street
1-bedroom, 1 bath, 1,100-square-foot co-op in a prewar building; dining area, windowed kitchen, library, 2 decorative fireplaces, high ceilings, 2 exposures; maintenance $761, 50% tax deductible; listed at $675,000, 2 weeks on market. Broker: Brooklyn Heights Real Estate.

First two items submitted by readers; third item from the print edition of yesterday’s New York Times.

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Halstead is now marketing two new developments within a block of each other on the Court Street corridor. This in itself would not be big news were it not for the fact that they are both rental buildings as opposed to condos. The 13-story, 50,000-square-foot building nearing completion at 65 Schermerhorn Street (left) will have 64 units, a mix of studios, one bedrooms and “one bedroom plus office” units. (Some readers predicted this would be a rental a year ago.) No word on what the rents will be. With seven three-bedroom apartments spread out over ten floors and monthly rents starting at $8,100, 183 State Street (where, according to an earlier thread, the developer is the former proprietor of the chinese restaurant that used to occupy this site) is going after a significantly ritzier demographic. Do you think the demand will be there? What do you make of the decision of both these developers to go rental from the start?
65 Schermerhorn Street [Schermerhorn Court] GMAP
63 Schermerhorn: How You Lookin’? [Brownstoner]
183 State Street [Halstead] GMAP

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File under: Gigantic Bummer. It’s been a rough six months over at 42 Remsen Street. First there was a fire over Thanksgiving weekend forced residents to move out. The cause: Apparently, according to comments on Brooklyn Heights Blog, there’s an older woman who lives on the top floor of the co-op who hoards piles of cardboard and paper in her apartment which was the source of the fire. Fast forward to late March: The top-floor resident was the first to move back into her apartment but before anyone else could return, she started another fire, this one even more damaging than the first. “The family that lives on the ground and parlor floors, who financed the rebuilding of the outside staircase which won them building a Heights Assn award a few years back and had a very, very nice apartment were understandably beside themselves,” according to a commenter named Jo Ann. Any other details about this tragic story? Is there anything co-op members can do to remove a problem resident? GMAP P*Shark