Our open house picks this week offer a broad spectrum, from a bring-your-architect special with a price tag under $1 million to a luxe, updated townhouse that wants over eight times that figure. They’re found in Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Bed Stuy.

First up, a deluxe brick row house on Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. At 22 feet wide and four stories, this one’s huge, detailed and beautifully restored and updated. There are three working fireplaces, six bedrooms, two family rooms, a living room, two decks, two laundry areas — even two wine refrigerators, including a 200-bottle one in the basement. A lot of lovely spaces, from the marble master bath to the cherry-tree shaded backyard to the kitchen, which among its attributes (hand-blown light fixtures, a four-foot SubZero, dual dishwashers) has a bank of bay windows overlooking the garden.

The next one’s on Carlton Avenue in Fort Greene; it’s a stately house with a center staircase and some choice details, including crown moldings, wide-plank floors and marble mantels. The layout’s a bit unorthodox: there’s an upper three-bedroom triplex and a lower one-bedroom duplex that split the parlor floor. There’s a second floor deck for the duplex, from which you can access the deep, brick-patio’d yard. What’s shown looks to be in pretty good shape, but the listing indicates renovation is needed.

In Bed Stuy, we find a four-story brownstone on Jefferson Avenue. This one was gut renovated at some point, with no original detail spared, and some uninspiring finishes installed. Perhaps it’s time for another full-on renovation — or, this could serve as an investment property. There’s no floor plan and very little info, so the layout is uncertain: most likely it’s got two apartments over a lower duplex.

The last one is not far off on Malcolm X Boulevard, once again in Bed Stuy. It’s a two-story, two-family brick number with upper and lower front porches. The two interior photos show only the front hallway, which it’s fair to say has not been impeccably maintained. Going by that, it doesn’t seem a leap to assume this one’s going to need extensive work. The listing claims “lots of original detail,” however.

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174 Clinton Street
Price: $8.3 million
Area: Brooklyn Heights
Broker: Compass (Kim Soule, Jessica Henson)
Sunday 11 a.m.-12 p.m
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Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Brooklyn Heights, Bed Stuy, Fort Greene

232 Carlton Avenue
Price: $2,999,999
Area: Fort Greene
Broker: Compass (Nichole Thompson-Adams)
Sunday 12:30-2 p.m.
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452 Jefferson Avenue
Price: $1.635 million
Area: Bed Stuy
Broker: Voro NYC (Ted Gounaris)
Sunday 12-1 p.m.
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Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Brooklyn Heights, Bed Stuy, Fort Greene

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99 Malcolm X Boulevard
Price: $899,000
Area: Bed Stuy
Broker: Douglas Elliman (Peter DiStefano, Christopher Howard)
Sunday 1-2 p.m.
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This week, another look back to the middle of May to see how four of our featured listings fared on the market.

First, a Civil War era Italianate in Boerum Hill, with a listing that leaves a fair amount to the imagination but indicates a fair amount of intact original detail. A one-family, three-story house brick house built circa 1865, it’s at 174 Dean Street, on a nice block in the Boerum Hill Historic District. This former House of the Day is currently in contract.

Next, a 1890s brick and limestone Park Slope mansion at 45 Montgomery Place. It’s big at over 30 feet wide, for starters, and 65 feet deep. It’s got two dining rooms, two living rooms and six bedrooms, and not a one is small. This former House of the Day sold in July for $12.6 million, $65,000 less than the ask.

Following that, a four-bedroom Park Slope co-op that is airy and graceful, with original details and a newly renovated kitchen. It occupies the upper two floors of a North Slope brownstone, at 127 Park Place, near Flatbush Avenue, in the Park Slope Historic District. This former Co-op of the Day sold in October for $2.625 million, $25,000 over the asking price.

And to wrap it up, a two-family brownstone between on 48th Street in Sunset Park. We don’t see a lot of these coming up for sale in this neck of the woods. There are details within, including mantels, parquet floors, and original woodwork. This former Open House Pick went off the market in July.

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174 Dean Street
Price: $4.5 million
Area: Boerum Hill
Broker: Douglas Elliman (James Kerby)
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In contract

Brooklyn Homes for Sale in Park Slope at 45 Montgomery Place

45 Montgomery Place
Price: $13.25 million
Area: Park Slope
Broker: Compass (Lindsay Barton Barrett, Christina Abad)
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Sold in July for $12.6 million


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127 Park Place #2
Price: $2.6 million
Area: Park Slope
Broker: Corcoran (Lesley Semmelhack)
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Sold in October for $2.625 million

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530 48th Street
Price: $1.4 million
Area: Sunset Park
Broker: Elite Connect (Lana Katryuk)
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Taken off the market in July

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An email sent to us last night included a press release from concerned Gowanus residents calling on Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to stop the proposed demolition of the Gowanus Station building at 234 Butler Street as part of the current plan to build a Combined Sewer Overflow tank.

In the release, it says that residents do not object to the building of a tank; rather, they “do not see that the Gowanus Station building needs to be demolished to build the tank.”

In 2014, the New York State Preservation Office decided not to move forward with a plan to designate the Gowanus Canal area as a state and national historic district, shelving the designation but not nixing it.

Below, you can view the press release and a letter to Christos Tsiamis, the Remedial Project Manager for the Gowanus Canal Site, from Olivia Brazee, the Historic Site Restoration Coordinator for New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation.

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View the Letter from the New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation

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When trying to envision the Second Empire-style phase of Victorian architecture one usually conjures up an exuberant, mansard-roofed confection of a house that looks ripped directly from a 19th century pattern book. The bold John O’Brien house in Rhinebeck turns out to be just such a house — a period architect’s ideal statement home.

The impressive three-story house is a catalogue of architectural elements typical of the time period: mansard roof, iron cresting, bay windows, a heavy bracketed cornice and a plethora of ornamental window surrounds. Located near the center of town at 46 Livingston Street, the photogenic mansion is on the market for $1.695 million, listed by Vicki Hickman of Hh Hill Realty.

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The house as depicted in the 1880s. Illustration via “History of Duchess Co. New York With Illustrations, 1683-1882” by James H. Smith

The house was constructed in 1875 for local resident John O’Brien. We haven’t been able to dig up much info on O’Brien but he certainly chose to build a dramatic house in a prominent spot.

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The house at the corner of Livingston and Mulberry in an 1890 bird’s-eye view by L. R Burleigh. Illustration via Library of Congress

While the grand scale of the house might suggest O’Brien set his house on vast acreage, it is located on a corner lot right near the center of Rhinebeck. An 1890s bird’s-eye view of the town shows the statuesque house surrounded by other grand homes.

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Who built such a bold house for O’Brien? According to the survey material for the Rhinebeck Village National Register Historic District, the house was designed by Gilbert Boswick (known as G.B.) Croff and built by Henry Latson. Latson was a local builder responsible for a number of commercial and residential structures in the town, but Croff was an out-of-towner.

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Based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Croff was an enthusiastic proponent of the Second Empire style and specialized in grand hotels and houses. In addition to designing buildings for clients, Croff sold plans for houses and published a number of pattern books, including Model Suburban Architecture and Original Designs for Front Entrance Doors.

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Elevation for 46 Livingston Street by G.B. Croff. Image via “Progressive American Architecture.”

His Progressive American Architecture of 1875 provided plans for buildings of “every character and class” and included an elevation and floor plans for a “residence executed in Rhinebeck, N.Y.” that is undoubtedly the O’Brien house. The only element not rendered is the two-story porch currently on the house. It appears in other 19th century illustrations of the house and was most likely part of the original design.

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The first floor plan of 46 Livingston Street. Image via “Progressive American Architecture.”

The O’Brien house appears somewhat modest compared to some of the other Victorian confections that Croff included in the volume. The book is a veritable explosion of mansard roofs, towers and intricately detailed window surrounds. Croff included floor plans with measurements for many of the buildings, giving us a bit of a peek into the original layout of the first floor. For all of the asymmetrical quirkiness and grandeur of the exterior, the interior layout is practical and well considered.

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The house in 2013. Photo via J. Ettenson Realty

The property was on the market for $.19 in 2013, as Brownstoner noted at the time. It was a bit more moody and gothic looking with a dark brown paint job. Despite this, our description of it was “swoon, swoon, and swoon.” It sold in 2015 for $1.472 million and it’s looking a bit less Addams family with new bright blue siding.

A renovation was completed in 2015, according to the listing; fortunately, many of the Victorian period details survived.

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There’s no floor plan with the listing so it’s tough to tell how much the first floor adheres to the original layout. But the curved staircase still occupies the front hall and the heavily carved woodwork of the front door appears intact.

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The bay window and marble fireplace of the original sitting room are there to create a cozy gathering spot. There are four marble mantels in the house, although only two have retained their fireboxes. (It’s unclear if they are in working order.)

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Some decorative plasterwork and ceiling medallions survive on the first floor and what may be reproduction decorative painting on the dining room ceiling.

upstate homes for sale 46 Livingston Street Rhinebeck

At some point the rear rooms of the house were likely opened up to create a more modern kitchen and eating space. The kitchen has blue marble counters from a local quarry, according to the listing. The attached eating area has built-in display cabinets and wide plank floorboards.

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The house has six bedrooms spread out on the upper two floors, including a master bedroom with a dressing room, en suite bathroom and laundry. According to Rhinebeck historian Nancy Kelly, Mr. O’Brien was reportedly the first in the village to install newfangled gas fixtures in his house, so he might appreciate subsequent owners embracing modern household technology like the gas fireplace insert in the bedroom.

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The house has 4.5 baths and the ones photographed have been updated in a clean, but somewhat over-the-top fashion — which perhaps fits in perfectly with the exuberant nature of the house itself. The master bath has a marble steam shower, freestanding tub and heated floors.

The house is located near the historic center of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County. Rhinebeck is known for its quaint downtown, shops and fabulous 19th century architecture. Nearby are numerous historic sites, including Wilderstein, a Victorian estate owned by an FDR cousin. Rhinebeck is about a 2.5 hour drive from Brooklyn, but it’s just a few miles from the Amtrak station at Rhinecliff.

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It looks like Dumbo might be getting another grocery store, thanks to Two Trees.

The parking garage at 66 Front Street — formerly a Park Kwik that, according to their website, did not give a parking discount to Two Trees employees — will be converted into a ground-level grocery store, according to DOB permits.

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The parking lot under construction last week. Photo by Susan De Vries

A rendering posted on the construction fence reveals a modern masonry building with a street-facing storefront mostly of glass, with a few tables outside, presumably for light eating. A screen over part of the front will cut down on direct sunlight blinding customers.

A logo on the front, which says Dumbo Market, bears a striking resemblance to the font and color scheme of Westside Market, the popular Manhattan-based grocery chain, but it is probably just conceptual and does not refer to an actual tenant.

Two Trees did not respond to a request for comment.

The firm behind the design is dencityworks, established in 2016 and, like Two Trees, based in Dumbo.

Image via Google Maps

The sliver of property that will become a grocery store outlined in red. Map via Google Maps

Dumbo has two fairly sizable grocery stores, Foragers and Peas and Pickles.

If you’re wondering why Two Trees, which famously developed Dumbo into a residential area, is keeping the grocery structure at one story — the property has no lack of excess FAR — look no further than the condo next door at 70 Washington, which Two Trees developed more than a decade ago. The condo building has a “perpetual easement for light and air” on the parking lot’s property, which prevents Two Trees from building a finger building there.

Next door at 30 Front Street is a Jehovah’s Witnesses-owned 52,171-square-foot parking lot, one of the last empty lots they own in Brooklyn, where they once held a massive real estate portfolio. The lot went up for sale this summer.

Update: This story was originally published at 9 am on Monday, November 13. According to a press release from Two Trees released Thursday, November 16, the grocery store at 66 Front Street will, in fact, be called Dumbo Market. The 16,000 square foot market will be owned and operated by the family who owns Brooklyn Harvest Market in Williamsburg. There will also be parking and “accessory residential terraces” on the roof, according to the DOB permit, presumably for the condos next door at 70 Washington Street.

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It’s time for holiday market season and one of Brooklyn’s most popular traditions — the Danish Seamen’s Christmas Fair — is back.

The annual market offers gifts and treats to get you ready for the gift-giving season. You can snap up some Scandinavian designed knitwear, ornaments and other gift items as well as sample some traditional Danish food. There will be hot glögg, candy, baked goods, hot dogs and smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches).

Normally a two-day event, the free market is open just one day this year, on Saturday, November 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It takes place at two locations in Brooklyn Heights — the Danish Seamen’s Church at 102 Willow Street and at Plymouth Church at 54 Orange Street.

For more information on the fair, click here.

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In partnership with our friends at Nooklyn, Brownstoner is giving away a whole bunch of Casper Pillow sets to our readers. They respond to your nighttime movements with a unique pillow-in-pillow design, providing a firm interior with a plush, comfortable exterior. You can learn more here and check out a video here:

All you need to do to win is subscribe or confirm you’re already subscribed to our newsletter, and you can earn additional entries by following our social channels. The final day to enter is November 29.

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Every day is a blessed one to any fortunate soul who rents at The Saint Marks. That’s because the building is a renovated Lutheran church, and its Gothic ceilings inspire not only awe but solemnity.

The 99-unit project includes an adjoining school at 626 Bushwick Avenue, also renovated, and two new structures — a seven-story building (with elevator) and a four-story infill building between the church and school. Leases on a mix of studios, one- and two-bedrooms, and duplexes are now available.

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In the church, built in the 1890s and located at 618 Bushwick Avenue, the architecture expresses itself uniquely in every unit — different shaped brickwork, an archway here, a facade there, as well as distinctive windows.

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In the new infill building, renters get multiple historic views — one of the school, and one of the church, both Victorian Gothic structures made of Philadelphia brick and Nova Scotia sandstone.

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The cathedral ceilings can be found in six duplex units on the third floor of the church. With a dramatic slope more than 20 feet high, these duplexes also have private outdoor terraces that can be accessed through the bedroom.

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“The visuals of this project are really drawing people,” says Alexandria Lust, listing manager, Nooklyn. “It’s something a bit more Gothic and lofty than what they’ve been looking at.”

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Amenities include bike storage, indoor and outdoor parking, and Zipcar on premise in the garage. Each apartment has air conditioning, and laundry units are scattered through the building. There’s outdoor space too, with private and common roof decks, while some of the first floor units have a deck patio outside.

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There’s plenty to do in the neighborhood, with restaurants and bars (Skytown, Birdy’s, Little Mo), a reading room and library (Mellow Pages) and, of course, warehouse parties.

And there’s easy access to the J/M/Z trains at Myrtle Avenue.

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Units start at $2,300 a month. The landlord is offering six weeks free on a 12-month lease.

All leasing and marketing is being handled by Nooklyn. For more information go to The Saint Mark’s website.

This Park Slope walk-up offers bay windows with a view of Prospect Park, prewar details and three decent sized bedrooms at a price that looks pretty reasonable. It’s on the fourth floor at 164 Prospect Park West, a 25-unit condo building at the corner of 11th Street.

A key point on this one: It comes furnished, and the lease terms are only six to 12 months. Which isn’t going to suit your average renter, but it’s a big world out there.

There’s ample living space, with a separate dining area separated from the front living room by a columned fretwork screen. There are decorative wall moldings, high ceilings and hardwood floors. And the bay windows are pretty choice, with their unfinished casings and the aforementioned park view.

Without a floor plan we can’t say for sure whether this is a roommate-friendly setup, but the bedrooms are pretty good sized; one looks downright large. Not sure what the closet setup is, but the listing cites one walk-in.

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The kitchen won’t set Bobby Flay’s heart pounding, but it’s got a window and decent cabinet space; the bathroom’s got subway tile and a clawfoot tub.

There are stairs to climb, and you’ll be lugging your dirty clothes up and down them; presumably out of the building, as there’s no mention of a laundry room.

Listed by Andrew T. Corso and Thiago Belmont of Compass, the place wants $3,995 a month, which seems pretty fair for the size and location, given the state of the market in these parts. Any takers?

[Listing: 164 Prospect Park West #4R | Broker: Compass] GMAP

Brooklyn Apartments for Rent in Park Slope at 164 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn Apartments for Rent in Park Slope at 164 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn Apartments for Rent in Park Slope at 164 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn Apartments for Rent in Park Slope at 164 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn Apartments for Rent in Park Slope at 164 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn Apartments for Rent in Park Slope at 164 Prospect Park West

Brooklyn Apartments for Rent in Park Slope at 164 Prospect Park West

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