No building on a lot bigger than 20 feet wide seems safe from development these days. The mansard-roofed house at 330 Throop Avenue, built sometime before 1873, which makes it one of the area’s oldest houses, is slated for demolition. It was a Building of the Day in August. Thanks to a reader for the tip.

Currently a three-family, the building has a FAR of 3, for a total of 11,475 buildable square feet, according to PropertyShark. The lot measures 45 by 85 feet.

A demo permit was issued in April. An application for a new building, which has not yet been approved, calls for a four-story, eight-unit building. There is currently a stop work order on the property. It is not located in any of the proposed Bed Stuy historic districts.

It took a while, but the exuberant Tudor renovated by owners and Madcap Cottage interior designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke at 17 Chester Court closed for $1,500,000 late last month. BK to the Fullest was the first to note the sale. That’s $105,000 over the asking price of $1,395,000.

How different things looked back when it first went on the market in October. At the time, the ask seemed outsized for the historic cul-de-sac, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Prices were hovering in the $800,000s. However, those were for unrenovated houses.

The question was, how much of a premium could a top notch restoration command? The renovation at 17 Chester Court was thorough and appeared to be of the highest quality, with central air, a finished basement, and other thoughtful features. And, while everyone who saw it oohed and ahhed over the zingy decor, some wondered if the sellers would have to take a discount for painted floors and miles of clashing-prints wallpaper. Not to mention the construction of the 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush Avenue going on directly behind the house.

The answer: No!

Rolling Out the Red Carpet in Lefferts: 17 Chester Court [BK to the Fullest]
House of the Day: 17 Chester Court [Brownstoner]
Design Duo Put Madcap Tudor on Market [Brownstoner]

Say goodbye to this White Castle at the corner of Myrtle and Steuben in Clinton Hill, which will come down soon to make way for a five-story apartment building designed by Karl Fischer. New building applications were filed Wednesday for a five-story, 27-unit development at 533 Myrtle Avenue, as Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership was the first to report.

The mixed-use build will have 25,862 square feet of residential space and 5,910 square feet of commercial. There will also be indoor recreation space, a 1,830-square-foot patio on the second floor, and three bike storage spots on every floor.

Simon Dushinsky of the Rabsky Group is the developer on the permits, but public records list a private family trust as the owner. No demolition permits have been filed, so you still have some time to buy tiny burgers and fries. GMAP


An Art Weekend in Bushwick [NY Times]
Council Passes Bills Aiding de Blasio’s Quest to End Traffic Deaths [NY Times]
De Blasio Children to Be Saluted at Coney Island Mermaid Parade [NY Times]
Sunday Routine: Jack Walsh: Brooklyn Without an Exclamation Point [NY Times]
Norman Mailer, Man Ray’s Bed Stuy Alma Mater Has 1944 Class Reunion [NY Post]
Atlantic Avenue’s New Bistro Makes a French Connection [NY Post]
NYPD to Roll out Revamped Operation Impact Plan in Bed Stuy [WSJ]
Judge Values Condemned Atlantic Avenue Property at Over $9 Million [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
When Else (But BAM) Are You Gonna See Robert Plant in an Opera House for 35 Bucks? [Gothamist]
Delayed West Portal for LIRR Means Shutting Atlantic Avenue Lane (for 10 Months?) [AYR]
Parents Boycotting Standardized Test for Prospect Heights Third-Graders [DNAinfo]
Bushwick Open Studios Boasts More Than 600 Shows This Weekend [DNAinfo]

Two Dumbo Jehovah’s Witnesses Sites Near Residential Future [Curbed]
Mapping 13 Brooklyn Houses of Worship Being Replaced by Condos [Curbed]
Sandy-Hit Homeowners to Get $4 Million in Tax Breaks [Crain’s]
Chiara and Dante de Blasio Will Be King and Queen of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade [NY Mag]
Park Slope’s Beansprouts Nursery School Expands to Ditmas Park [Ditmas Park Corner]
Meryl Meisler’s Snapshots of Disco-Era Bushwick [Bedford+Bowery]
Belt Parkway at Bay Ridge Avenue to Lose a Lane [Sheepshead Bites]
Fire at 345 Carroll Street Construction Site [GYFO]
See Spike Lee’s Film School Thesis at BAM [Animal NY]
Work at 4th Avenue-9th Street Subway Station Should Be Complete This Summer [South Slope News]
City Sub Moving up The Block, Possibly Into Melt Space [Here’s Park Slope]
The Condo Store: A New Type of Retailer on Court Street [PMFA]


Add the Boerum Hill house tour to your to-do list this weekend, along with the Prospect Lefferts Garden house tour we wrote about earlier this month. Both take place this Sunday.

The Boerum Hill tour begins and ends at the Invisible Dog Art Center at 51 Bergen Street and takes place from 1 to 5 pm. It includes six houses and two gardens. For more information, check the website of the Boerum Hill Association.

The first Prospect Lefferts Garden house tour took place in 1970 1969 to show the diversity of the neighborhood. This year is the 100th anniversary of Chester Court, the well known cul-de-sac with Tudor style row houses, and one of them will be on the tour. The tour takes place from 12 to 5 pm. For more information, see the website of the Prospect Lefferts Manor Association.

Both tours offer a discount on tickets purchased in advance; tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Tour takers who present a PLG tour brochure at the Boerum Hill tour will get in for $10.

4200 7th Ave, Sunset Play Center, Carl Forster, LPC

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Sunset Play Center
Address: 4200 7th Avenue
Cross Streets: 41st and 44th streets
Neighborhood: Sunset Park
Year Built: 1935-36
Architectural Style: Art Moderne
Architect: Herbert Magoon
Other Buildings by Architect: Bath houses at Jones Beach and Crotona Parks, as part of his tenure at Parks Department
Landmarked: Yes, individual landmark (2007)

The story: 1936 was a banner year for New York City and its Parks Department. That year 11 pools were opened across the city, built to help cool off the city’s residents struggling through a hot summer in the midst of the Great Depression. The city’s pool projects were funded for the most part by federal money through the Works Progress Administration, the WPA. Other cities had their own recreational and pool projects, but New York’s were blessed by having a superior staff of architects and engineers, all led by the formidable drive and determination of Robert Moses.

Because the Parks Department was using Federal money, there were a lot of requirements and guidelines that had to be followed. Each pool complex had to have a separate swimming, wading and diving pools. There had to be a bath house with locker rooms. The bathhouse could serve as a gymnasium in non-swimming months. The bath houses were the centerpieces of each complex, the design of which would determine the overall design of the entire complex, allowing diversity according to site.


Van Horn restaurant at 231 Court Street has closed up shop, according to a tipster who sent in this photo. The business and lease are now for sale, according to a sign in the window and Van Horn’s Facebook page. The eatery, originally more of a sandwich shop with a very popular fried chicken sandwich, changed its format to more of a restaurant in February, as this letter from the management explains. Brooklyn Magazine said it will miss Van Horn. Will you miss it? GMAP

This two-family brownstone has a good amount of original detail but needs work. Clearly some renovation has already occurred, but if the mechanicals are new, the listing doesn’t say.

As for the configuration, the listing says it’s set up as a double duplex, but we see it as a top-floor one-bedroom rental over a triplex. Though perhaps the slope of the ceiling in the front on the top floor makes that a challenge. (In case you’re wondering, the fourth floor is hidden from the street, with eyebrow windows in the cornice.)

It’s only 16 feet wide but has 2,800 square feet of space, according to PropertyShark. It’s in the eastern part of the neighborhood between Malcolm X and Patchen near the Gates J stop. Do you think they’ll get their ask of $925,000?

737 Quincy Street [Corcoran] GMAP


Broadway is coming home. On May 31st, the Astoria Symphonic Choir performs at Astoria’s Trinity Lutheran Church, which is located a block from the roadway that stretches from Elmhurst to the LIC’s Socrates Sculpture Park and is called “Broadway.” Artistic Director Adam Eggleston leads the group through selections from musicals — My Fair Lady, Guys & Dolls, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Anything Goes, and West Side Story. Plus, there will be some extra excitement in the air as the choir’s sister group, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, has just announced that Maestro David Štech, who has been the resident conductor since 2011, will be the music director for the twelfth concert season (2014-15).

Details: Broadway, Astoria Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th Street, Astoria, May 31st, 8 pm, $20-$25 at the door/$15-$20 in advance.

Photo: Astoria Symphony Orchestra