Park Slope


What do people think of this place on 7th Street? The kitchen and floors look nice but the bathroom’s a little too much for us. While we’d need to see a pic of the facade to weigh in fully, this two bedroom looks to be a much better deal at $575,000 than some of the similarly priced one bedrooms we’ve looked at in Greenwood Heights over the past couple of days, wouldn’t you agree? And, btw, there’s an open house this weekend on Sunday from 12 to 2.
Available Units [Brooklyn Properties] GMAP
211 23rd Street: Livin’ La Vida Scarano [Brownstoner]
New Development: Greenwood Hill Condos [Brownstoner]


There are no photos up and no text, but Brown Harris Stevens is already teeing up listings at the Sterling Place crash site condos which are being called The Vermeil. There’s been a sign on the building for the last week or so as well. Right now they’ve got a 1,927-square-foot place listed for $985,000. Any other info?
Sterling Place Condominium [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
Sterling Place Crash Site Shaping Up Nicely [Brownstoner]
Developments Rising at Sterling Place Crash Site [Brownstoner]


Since we’re about the only publication in town who hasn’t written about writer Douglas Rushkoff’s Christmas eve mugging outside his Park Slope apartment and subsequent decision to leave (and, along with his wife, to write about leaving) Brooklyn, we might as well throw it out there. His wife now famously wrote that she felt safer in the East Village in the 1980s that she does in Park Slope today, which sounded kind of silly until her hubby clarified that this was only because they knew the drug dealers in the East Village. We got a call from a reporter a couple of days ago asking whether we thought the incident would have a negative effect on real estate prices. In short? No. In long? No, no, no. The Rushkoffs decision to leave was an emotional, albeit understandable, one. Unless the entire city enters a 1970s-like downward spiral, we’re pretty sure Park Slope will be just fine.
Do You Care If the Rushkoffs Leave Brooklyn? [New York Magazine]
On Leaving Brooklyn [Steven Berlin Johnson]
The Rushkoffs’ original blog posts are no longer available online.


We’re going to need some help on this one. We snapped a photo of 9 Prospect Place simply based on its interest as an architectural curiosity. When we went to look it up on Property Shark, we noticed that one of the names that pops up in association with the property in recent years is none other than Charles Schumer. He filed a UCC1 for what was at the time, we believe, a two-unit co-op. Someone else filed a permit to build the rooftop extension back in 2005–and is still plugging away at it. So what’s the scoop? Is this where Schumer lives? Was it just an investment? And what do you think of the design? GMAP P*Shark


After being bought for $1,425,000 back in the Summer of 2004, this brownstone at 932 President Street has been converted into four condominium units ranging in price from $700,00 to $1,190,000. If the seller gets his asking prices, he’ll gross just over $3.6 million. Of the difference between the selling price and what he paid for it, how much do you think will be profit and how much renovation and finance costs? Of course, whether the developer will get anywhere near the askind prices is a whole ‘nuther question. The renovation definitely preserved some nice original details (and the location is fabulous), but without seeing floorplans it’s pretty hard to say whether these things are realistically priced. Anyone seen ’em yet? There’s an open house on Sunday from 11 to 1.
932 President Street, Multiple Units [Warren Lewis] GMAP P*Shark
Photo by Kate Leonova from Property Shark


The rogues gallery continues to grow over in the South Slope. The Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights caught another developer breaking the rules yesterday, this time at 570 4th Avenue. The violation? Use of a backhoe without a permit for mechanical demolition. The sleuths at CCGH are having a hard time figuring out who exactly the developer is but they were on the phones to 311 en masse reporting the activity. Lots of photos of the demo on the link below.
Photo Gallery: 570 4th Avenue [CCGH] GMAP P*Shark


PARK SLOPE $770,000
675 Sackett Street
2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,040-sq.-ft. condo in a 3-year-old building; elevator, high ceilings, marble baths, hardwood floors, whirlpool tub, north exposure, washer-dryer in unit; common charge $321; taxes $528 (abated); listed at $779,000, 5 weeks on market. Broker: Brown Harris Stevens.

135 Eastern Parkway (Turner Towers)
1-bedroom, 1-bath, 800-sq.-ft. co-op in a prewar building; 24-hour doormen, eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, north and east exposures; gym in building; maintenance $711, 23% tax-deductible; listed at $435,000, 2 weeks on market. Broker: Susan N. Breen.

From the print edition of last Thursday’s New York Times.