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Chilo’s bar opened last week at 323 Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy, workers told us when we stopped by Monday. It has an outdoor seating area and taco truck, which will be expanding to include tostadas and other items soon.

When the Mayfield spinoff was in the planning stages, one of the owners, who is married to a midwife, said it would have activities for children outside, but that is no longer the case. “It’s a bar,” said an employee when we asked.

Click through to see the backyard area and a closeup of the mural.

323 Franklin Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Public School 26, now Excelsior Charter School
Address: 848 Quincy Street
Cross Streets: Ralph and Patchen avenues
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: 1890-91
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: James W. Naughton
Other Buildings by Architect: Many of Brooklyn’s finest school buildings, including Boys High School, Girls High School, PS 70, all in Bedford Stuyvesant. Also PS 9 Annex in Prospect Hts, PS 107 in Park Slope, PS 108 in Cypress Hills, among many others.
Landmarked: No

The story: The neighborhood around yesterday’s Building of the Day, 838 Quincy Street, yielded several other interesting buildings. This one was the most spectacular of all.

Even before the Civil War, there were more than enough students in this part of Brooklyn to cause the Brooklyn Board of Education to build a school here. In 1856, the first PS 26 opened in a wood-framed building on Ralph Avenue and New Bushwick Lane.

A year later, the city purchased eight lots of land between Ralph and Patchen Avenues, opening up onto Gates and Quincy Streets. It took them a while, but in 1869, the new school, a three story brick building, opened for business.

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We’ve noticed development in Bed Stuy going gangbusters lately, and now there is data to prove it. Last quarter, developers filed more permits for new residential buildings in Bed Stuy than in any other neighborhood in all of New York City.

Developers filed permits for 33 new residential building in the neighborhood in the first quarter. That was three times the number filed in the runner-up neighborhood, Bushwick, which had 11 applications.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row house
Address: 838 Quincy Street
Cross Streets: Ralph and Patchen avenues
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: Between 1880 and 1888
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: The little anomalies, the quirks, and the odd buildings that pop up all over the city help make Brooklyn so interesting, architecturally. Why would someone build a one story house that looks like a traditional row house cut off at the knees?

Was there a fire, and the upper stories were never rebuilt? Did someone have enough money to build only one floor? Or did they just want a small house without any frills, with just enough space to meet their needs? We’ll probably never know.

This is the old 25th Ward, the easternmost part of Bedford, bordering on Bushwick. It was also called the Eastern District, a wide swath of land that covered much of Eastern Bed Stuy, as well as Bushwick and part of East Williamsburg.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 122-132 Halsey Street
Cross Streets: Nostrand and Marcy avenues
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: 1884
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Amzi Hill
Other Buildings by Architect: Row houses, flats buildings and apartment buildings throughout Bedford Stuyvesant and Stuyvesant Heights. Also same in Crown Heights North, Clinton Hill, Park Slope and a couple in Brooklyn Heights
Landmarked: No, but calendared for upcoming designation, hopefully this year

The story: By 1884, when this group of houses was built, Bedford was well on its way to becoming Brooklyn’s fastest growing new neighborhood. Every block in the district had construction going on; it must have been noisy and yet very exciting as well.

In addition to the houses, the neighborhood was also seeing churches, schools and shops going up. As construction on these houses was ending, the new Girls High School was also being built, right beside the end house in this group. This was quite a coup for the neighborhood – the first public high school to be built in Brooklyn.

Houses were selling briskly, and this group must have been quite appealing because they were different from their neighbors. There is a lot of variety on this block, with many different developers and their architects working here over the span of 20 years.

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The beginnings of a new stoop have appeared at the wood frame house under construction at 650 Decatur Street. As readers may recall, workers demo’d the old stoop last month.

When we passed by Wednesday, we could also see that a gut renovation is taking place inside. The front facade is also being redone, as the new layer of plywood shows.

Renovation activity has really picked up in east Bed Stuy recently. Not counting new buildings, some blocks have three or more renovations going on at once. Click through for another look.

Bed Stuy Wood Frame Getting New Stoop [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Williamsburg favorite Karl Fischer is designing a five-story condo building planned for 1060 Bedford Avenue at the corner of Clifton Place in Bed Stuy. The rendering, first published by New York Yimby, reveals a boxy building in three shades of gray.

It’s not the most exciting design we’ve seen but it does have some good points: The expanses of glass and the overall size are broken up by mullions and different colored blocks of materials, so the building relates to nearby brownstones, although of course it is much taller. The stores at street level also make it friendly to peds and the streetscape.

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This freestanding wood-frame home on Jefferson Avenue in Bed Stuy traded for an eye-popping price of $1,700,000 in January and is slated for demolition. The house at  827 Jefferson Avenue has been greatly altered over the years, but is an Italianate likely dating from the 1860s or so.

This house recently flipped between developers. An LLC, 827 Jefferson Ave, bought the property for $1,200,000 at the end of August — a high price for this part of the neighborhood. At the end of January, the company turned around and sold the house to the similarly named 827 Jefferson LLC and 829 Jefferson LLC for $1,700,000 — a price that is likely a record for this area.

A new development is in the works.

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Another apartment building is going up near Saratoga Park in the eastern part of Bed Stuy. This one, at 92 Howard Avenue, is not actually facing the park but is about halfway down the next block. It will have five units, according to the new-building permit, and a modern look with balconies.

The rendering shows a mix of red and gray brick, the latter on what is presumably the rear elevation. Other materials are unspecified but might be metal and gray stucco.

A look through the construction fence revealed side walls and one floor have gone up so far. The lot is 25 feet wide and 100 feet deep. It last changed hands in 2014 for $455,000. 

A cute but altered brick building that was probably originally a stable was recently demolished here. Click through for more photos. GMAP