It is indeed compact, but this prewar studio rental has a practical layout, some late Art Deco-era details and some stylish modern updates. It’s on the third floor of 55 Pineapple Street, a co-op building in Brooklyn Heights.
If checking out the seven-story building on the NYC Landmarks Map, a date of 1883 pops up — which certainly doesn’t jibe with the 20th century character of the building. That date actually refers to two earlier buildings that stood on this corner of Pineapple and Hicks streets. In 1939, they were “attractively rebuilt and united into one structure” according to a Brooklyn Daily Eagle article. The architect behind the new building, dubbed Hamilton House, was Martyn N. Weinstein (aka Martyn N. Weston) who had offices in Downtown Brooklyn and designed residential, commercial and religious buildings in Brooklyn and Queens.
An early brochure for the building highlights the amenities of the rental units, which were designed for “maximum comfort and efficiency,” with arched openings, high ceilings, spacious closets and soundproofing in a building that was part of the “most historic residential section in Brooklyn.”
This unit has had some updates but retains original details like wood floors, arched openings and a built-in niche with shelves in the foyer. There’s no floor plan in the listing, but there’s a virtual tour in addition to the original floor plan in that early brochure. (Hint: Check out Unit F.)
Like most apartments of this vintage, all the rooms open off a generous foyer. This one has the aforementioned niche and a new built-in banquette, which the listing suggests using as a workspace with the addition of a table. At the end of a hallway with two closets is the main living space. It’s got an arched opening, windows on two exposures, a picture rail and another closet. A custom Murphy bed in a standalone unit — with remote-controlled lighting — is included in the rental, as are the other furnishings pictured, according to the listing.
The renovated, windowed kitchen has gray, Shaker-style lower cabinets with open shelves above, a tile floor and room for stool seating at the counter near the window.
Also renovated is the bath which has a black and white theme, including white fixtures, white subway tile on the walls and wrapping around the tub, and a pop of pattern on the black-and-white cement-tile floor.
The elevator building has a live-in super, laundry room, bike storage and a common garden.
Listed by Ronit Abraham of Compass, the apartment is available for $2,500 a month. What do you think?
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