The former Cascade Linen factory will indeed meet the wrecking ball. After trading last year for $27,000,000, now a Hasidic developer plans seven new six-story buildings for the site on Myrtle and Stockton streets in northern Bed Stuy. New York YIMBY first spotted the slew of new building applications, which call for 228 apartments scattered across 293,000 square feet of residential space, as well as 40,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space.

Permits were filed for 869 Myrtle Avenue, 134 Stockton Street, 98 Stockton, 108 Stockton, 86 Stockton, 833 Myrtle and 857 Myrtle. None of the plans include parking, YIMBY pointed out. The architect of record is Diego Aguilera. 

Permits list the owner as Mike Kohn of Alliance Private Capital Group, but YIMBY noted that Alliance is in contract to sell the huge site to Satmar developers for $60,000,000.

So far, we have not spotted any applications for demo permits.

Permits Filed: 228-Unit Hasidic Housing Complex on Myrtle in Bed Stuy [NYY] GMAP
Cascade Linen Coverage [Brownstoner]


Brooklyn neighborhoods are getting into the holiday spirit this weekend and next weekend with Christmas tree lightings in Crown Heights, Bed Stuy and Fort Greene. The first tree lighting will happen Saturday at 5:30 pm at Restoration Plaza, located at 1368 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy. Attendees can enjoy hot beverages, live jazz, sweets and a dance performance. On Sunday, Fort Greene will welcome the holidays with a tree lighting at 4 pm in Fort Greene Park, where there will be music, hot chocolate and snacks. And Crown Heights will host its holiday festivities in Brower Park next week. The tree lighting will take place on Wednesday, December 17 from 6 to 7 pm.


We like the look of this renovated three-bedroom in a circa-1900 building at 29 Brooklyn Avenue, but the price is high for Bed Stuy, especially considering its location just off Atlantic Avenue. There is no broker fee, however.

The kitchen has white subway tile, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, and the bathroom looks quite modern with its square ceramic vanity and glassed-in shower.

We’re not sure how large the bedrooms are, since only one is pictured, but the living room looks decently sized. It’s about two blocks from the Kingston-Throop C stop or the A/C and LIRR at Nostrand Avenue. Do you think it’ll fly for $3,500 a month, or $1,166 a bedroom?

29 Brooklyn Avenue, #S [Halstead] GMAP


We wrote about the condo conversion of 83 Halsey Street back in 2008. At the time, this third-floor unit was priced at $425,000. Six years, however, is an eternity in the life of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood so it should come as no surprise that the 745-square-foot pad is now asking $700,000. This apartment is very nice, with original woodwork and a private deck to boot. Plus, the common charges are just $330 a month. There’s an open house tonight from 6 to 7 pm.

83 Halsey Street, #3 [Halstead] GMAP


Clinton Hill
102 Gates Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $3,350,000
Sunday 12:00 – 2:00

Fort Greene
396 Vanderbilt Avenue
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $2,300,000
Sunday 1:30 – 3:00

Bed Stuy
470 MacDonough Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,425,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30

Windsor Terrace
67 East 2nd Street
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $989,000
Saturday 1:00 – 2:30


If you’re in the market for tons of Victorian detail but can’t splash out $2,000,000 or more, this two-family at 336 Hancock Street might fit the bill. It has an elaborate entrance hall, entry mirror and coat hooks, two fretwork screens, stained glass, and other original finishes.

Set up as a rental unit over an owner’s duplex, the house is 18.75 feet wide and three stories. The bedrooms are on the parlor floor, which also has a full bathroom, and laundry is in the basement. The owner’s kitchen is large and luxurious, and the house appears to be in move-in condition.

Do you think the ask of $1,500,000 sounds right for the location and style of house?

336 Hancock Street [Halstead] GMAP


Since Aron Kapelyus of Kai Construction got approved to convert the old Roosevelt Savings Bank building at 1024 Gates Avenue into apartments in late July, construction has moved at a fast pace. We reported on the permits to convert the Helmle, Huberty & Hudswell-designed 1906 Beaux-Arts bank building near the Bed Stuy/Bushwick border back in August. At the time we wondered whether the developer would make an effort to save the historic rotunda that Montrose Morris wrote about when it was a Building of the Day.

Now the answer seems most likely to be no. The entire roof has been torn off the building. The developer has saved the facade and the side walls. The steel framing can be seen rising through the entire structure, topping out above the old roof line. Plans call for adding 20 feet to the top of the formerly one-story building, making it 70 feet tall and six stories high when completed. It will have 50 apartments and 25 parking spaces.

It’s possible the developer has saved the rotunda and plans to put it back on top of the new addition, but it’s not very likely.

There’s also some other big news for this site: This month a plan was approved to build a new, separate building of seven stories on the same lot (presumably in the parking lot in the rear). That new building will also be 70 feet high, and it will have 86 apartments. Click through to see more photos of the construction.

Bed Stuy’s Roosevelt Savings Bank on Way to Becoming Apartments [Brownstoner] GMAP
Building of the Day: 1024 Gates Avenue [Brownstoner]


You gotta love the wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows that define this new listing at 609 Myrtle Avenue in Bed Stuy. (Sorry, border stretchers, this is east of Classon.) The two-bedroom pad is in a newish building (built during the previous boom) and has a nice layout. It’s open plan with decent-sized bedrooms and two bathrooms. Asking price for the 1,073-square-foot apartment is $759,000.

609 Myrtle Avenue, #4C [Corcoran] GMAP


Creative Time — the arts organization that produced Kara Walker’s Domino installation — and Weeksville Heritage Center have partnered to create four month-long exhibits exploring black history, politics and jazz at sites throughout Crown Heights and Bed Stuy. “Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn” launches September 20 at Weeksville Heritage Center in Weeksville, pictured above, one of America’s oldest free black communities and now part of Crown Heights.

For “funk,” artist Xenobia Bailey worked with students at Boys & Girls High School in Bed Stuy to design upcycled furniture “created in the African American aesthetic of funk,” which will be on display at Weeksville’s Hunterfly Road Homes. Then cinematographer Bradford Young is exploring the concept of “god” with a video installation paying tribute to the “pioneering Black women, men, and children who embarked on countless journeys in search of refuge” at the former site of the Bethel Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Crown Heights.

Also, an exhibit at Stuyvesant Mansion will examine the history of black female nurses and doctors, including the United Order of Tents, New York’s first black woman OB-GYN, and the Black Panthers’ community healthcare efforts. Finally, artist collective Otabenga Jones and Associates will broadcast live jazz from a temporary radio station in the back of a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville at Fulton and Malcolm X. For more info on the exhibits and the opening party, head over to Creative Time.

Photo via Creative Time