This gut renovated apartment in Bed-Stuy/Ocean Hill offers a lot of space for the money. There are three bedrooms and two bathroooms, not to mention lots of closets. The raised tile apron outside the kitchen and bathroom looks silly, and the placement of the kitchen outlets over the contrast tile on the backsplash is sloppy, but these are quibbles as long as they plan to hook up the radiators and fix the dangling wires in the kitchen. How do you like it for $2,000 a month?

455 Chauncey Street, #4 [Corcoran] GMAP


The DOT is finally painting the long-promised Select Bus Service Lanes on Nostrand Avenue in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and Flatbush. The project is part of the Department of Design and Construction’s larger reconstruction of Nostrand between Flushing Avenue and Eastern Parkway and from Empire Boulevard to Farragut Road. Above, a stretch of Nostrand between St. Johns and Sterling. The Select Bus route, currently served by the B44, will run from the Williamsburg Bridge to Sheepshead Bay and carry an average of 41,000 weekday riders, according to the DOT.

Select Bus Service features off-bus fare collection, limited stops and special lanes to speed up the buses. After all the construction is finished, Nostrand will have the Select Bus lanes and stations, major roadway reconstruction; new pedestrian ramps, curbs, and sidewalks; the installation of a water main; as well as new traffic lights, trees, tree pits and lighting.

The Nostrand Avenue Reconstruction Takes Off [Brownstoner]


We found this rendering for a seven-story apartment building tacked to the construction fence at 516 Classon Avenue between Fulton and Putnam, on the border between Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy. New building applications show there will be 18 units in the building, which is zoned for 15,998 square feet of residential space. A peek inside the construction site revealed only massive mounds of dirt, indicating that workers are excavating the basement. However, there was also a partial stop-work order for excavation (pictured after the jump) issued September 23. Since it hasn’t shown up on the DOB website yet, we have no idea if it’s been resolved. The empty lot last sold to an LLC in 2012 for $349,000, according to PropertyShark. Work is supposed to wrap in 2014. GMAP


This three-bedroom, two-bath duplex apartment in a Stuyvesant Heights brownstone has been renovated but still has some interesting prewar features. There are two decorative fireplaces, a small backyard and an office space. The listing claims all three bedrooms are big enough for king-size beds. The kitchen has new appliances and tile and seems spacious enough to actually fit a small dining table (it’s also open to the living room). The location is pretty good, with only a four-block walk to the A and C trains at Utica Avenue. On the con side, one of the bathrooms looks like it might be unusually narrow. What do you think of the look, layout, and $3,000 price tag?

331A Stuyvesant Avenue, #1 [Elliman] GMAP


This renovated Bed Stuy floor-through has two bedrooms, 1.5-baths, and a spacious, nicely updated kitchen. The bedrooms look decently sized, and the large backyard would be a good spot to throw a party. It also accepts pets and is located across the street from Herbert Von King Park. On the con side, though, the long, narrow living room is in the middle of the apartment with no windows, unless you count the far wall of the adjacent kitchen. Does the price of $2,500 a month seem about right for the space and location?

247 Tompkins Avenue #1 [Corcoran] GMAP


Now we’ve got before and after photos of the $20 million revitalization of Fulton Street and its pedestrian plazas. As we reported last week, local politicians joined the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting, above, at Marcy Plaza to celebrate the completion of the years-long effort. All that money went toward renovating Restoration Plaza, creating “streetscape improvements,” and installing public wifi and art in public plazas.

“The scope and success of this revitalization project exemplifies our community’s commitment to showcasing our many assets so that long-term residents, newcomers and visitors can experience Bedford Stuyvesant at its best,” said Council Member Al Vann.

Click through to the jump to see before and after photos of various parts of Fulton, sent to us by BSRC.

Bed Stuy Community Groups, Pols to Celebrate End of Fulton Street Restoration [Brownstoner]
Photos by Margot Jordan for BSRC


The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. is staging a ribbon-cutting tomorrow at Marcy Plaza to announce the official completion of the $20 million revitalization of a mile-long stretch of Fulton Street in Bed Stuy. The seven-year-long renovation of Restoration Plaza and other public plazas on Fulton has added public art and wi-fi and created “new green space, outdoor cultural and community event spaces, and expanded sidewalks with new benches and lighting to create public destinations and safer, more walkable, vibrant streets,” according to a press release. The improvements also sparked $91 million of private investment in housing and retail, creating more than 300 units of mixed-income housing in the area.

The ribbon-cutting and press conference will take place at 10 am tomorrow at Marcy Plaza at the corner of Fulton and Marcy Avenue. Various community groups, city officials, and plenty of pols will be on hand, including Council Member Al Vann. During a breakfast starting at 8:30 am, New York City Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar and Community Service Society Executive Director David Jones will discuss “how their pioneering fathers influenced their choice of careers.” GMAP

Checking in at Restoration Plaza [Brownstoner]
Restoration Plaza Opens Up [Brownstoner]


A new ice cream shop called Ice To Meet You opened on August 23 on Fulton at Kingston Avenue in Bed Stuy. A tipster sent us a photo and let us know that it opened. The ground floor space at 1499 Fulton Street used to be a salon, and the building has six residential units, according to PropertyShark. Besides ice cream, the shop also serves baked goods paired with ice cream, like profiteroles and crepes, as well as sandwiches and salads. Has anyone tried it yet? GMAP