Long-Crumbling Yet Eye-Catching Storefront on Tompkins Avenue Suddenly Demo’d for 40 Units

The site in August 2019. Photo by Craig Hubert


A distinctive, long-decaying building in Bed Stuy is suddenly gone.

The red brick building at 435 Tompkins stood at the corner of Halsey Street and boasted an impressionistic mural from the street artist Alan Aine. Its storefront was topped by an eye-catching curved metal cornice painted green. A neighboring brick townhouse at 434 Tompkins Avenue was demolished in 2017 after its rear collapsed.

435 tompkins avenue

435 tompkins avenue

New building permits were filed back in January, calling for a seven-story building with 40 residences across the two lots. Demolition permits for the corner building were filed five days later.

435 tompkins avenue

The longtime owner sold both properties to Dragonfly Design Build for $6 million in July 2018. Halsey Supply Co., a refrigeration and air-conditioning business, operated out of the mostly boarded up corner building since 1945, the owner told the Brooklyn Eagle back in 2014.

New-building permits show that 19 parking spaces will be available on the first floor, along with a private garage for one car and space for 14 bicycles (room for an additional eight bicycles is available in the building’s cellar). An outdoor recreation area will be located on the second floor, and outdoor terraces will be available for many of the units on the top three floors.

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The building in 2015. Photo by Joe Strini for PropertyShark

Ralph Kowalczyk of Issac and Stern is the applicant of record. Renderings for the new building have yet to be released.

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The building in February of this year

The new building will join a number of other new developments in the neighborhood. One block away, at 410 Tompkins Avenue, is a seven-story building designed by Fischer + Makooi, while another seven-story building, on the former site of the Weinstein hardware store, is going up across the street, at 420 Tompkins Avenue.

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