When 194 MacDonough Street was built, it was one of the fanciest row houses in Stuyvesant Heights. Now it looks like it still has most of those original details, at least on the parlor floor, but will take a lot of work to restore.

Much of the parlor floor seems to be covered in paneling, which probably means extensive plaster restoration will be needed, going by the photos. Still, the staircase, wood work, and wood mantels with Minton-style tiles are all extraordinary.

An LLC bought it for $760,000 from an estate in December. Now the new ask is $1,775,000. Think they will get it?

(By the way, the previous owner shared a name with the judge who owned the Slave Theater, but it is not the same man.)

194 MacDonough Street [Elliot Nicks] GMAP


If you’re on the hunt for a furnished apartment in Bed Stuy, this four-bedroom, 2.5-bath pad is newly renovated with all the bells and whistles you could want. There’s a rolling granite kitchen island, stainless steel dishwasher, wine rack and a stove with a built-in griddle.

The IKEA furniture might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but already assembled beds and desks in every room might be convenient for a group of roommates. It also has central A/C and laundry in the basement. What’s your opinion of it for $3,995 a month?

505 Throop Avenue, #1 [Citi Habitats] GMAP


This three-bedroom brownstone duplex is yet another beautifully renovated and pricey Bed Stuy pad. The 1,500-square-foot apartment has an eat-in kitchen with a decorative marble mantel, pretty woodwork, a dishwasher and a wine rack. The bathroom also features an original claw foot tub and attractive blue patterned tile.

There is basement storage and a washer/dryer. The G train is half a block away at Classon Avenue.

Incidentally, the building was a House of the Day when it was for sale in 2013, and configured differently. We do see a potential deal breaker, though: The bathroom and the bedrooms are on separate floors.

What’s your opinion of it for $4,000 a month?

420 Lafayette Avenue, #2 [Elliman] GMAP

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former garages, now church
Address: 135-137 Jefferson Avenue
Cross Streets: Bedford and Nostrand avenues
Neighborhood: Bedford Stuyvesant
Year Built: Late 1890s
Architectural Style: Transitional Romanesque – Renaissance Revival
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: We build nice storage facilities for the things we treasure. From Egyptian tombs to banks, to massive storage facilities with climate control and private viewing booths, our prize possessions can be as pampered as our purses allow. Wealthy Victorians had fabulously luxurious stables built for their prize horses and carriages.

This block has always been a mixture of service and residential buildings, and took a long time to develop. Over the course of the late 19th and early 20th century, row houses replaced wood framed stables and homes. Many of them were replaced by later service buildings and tenements. Some of the land just remained empty.

The map of this block from 1880 shows no buildings on this site. Nothing was here on maps dating from 1886 or 1888, either. It wasn’t until the map of 1904 that a building was placed here, and the rest of the lots going east were filled in.


Rents in central Brooklyn are rising by the day, but there are still a few deals out there — like this three-bedroom duplex in Bed Stuy close to the Crown Heights border. The kitchen and bathroom are pretty run-of-the-mill, but they are recently updated. There’s also a washer/dryer and access to the shared backyard.

It’s only half a block to Fulton and two blocks to the C at Kingston-Throop, so the area is busy but convenient. Does it seem like a good deal for $2,400 a month?

45 Albany Avenue [Warren Lewis Sotheby’s] GMAP


This three-bedroom, 2.5-bath duplex in Bed Stuy has a swanky renovation and a high price to match. The kitchen and baths are particularly luxurious, with a white Carrara marble backsplash in the kitchen and more marble and a patterned tile floor in the baths.

We’re not crazy about the framed, exposed brick in some of the rooms, but the 1,620-square-foot pad is certainly spacious, and there’s central A/C, laundry and a private garden too. It’s also on a very nice block of Hancock in Stuy Heights, and close to shops, although it’s a bit of a hike (about seven blocks) to the A/C at Utica. Do you think someone out there will pay $4,200 a month for it?

502 Hancock Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP


If you’re looking for a three-bedroom in Bed Stuy, we think you could do a lot worse than this new-construction pad on Malcolm X Boulevard near Gates Avenue. The new kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, and an island that adds a little extra counter space.  The two bathrooms have fancy marble tile and a dark wood vanity and medicine cabinet. We’re not big fans of the building, which is a three-story Fedders special, but at least it only has one other apartment. Do you think it seems like a good deal for $2,400 a month?

135 Malcolm X Boulevard [Fillmore] GMAP


Marketing has started to fill the retail space at a landmarked building in Stuy Heights that upset neighbors in July when the new owners stucco’d the turret in violation of the landmark rules. If you check out the brochure for the store space, you will see an attractive architectural rendering, above, that shows what the building at 302 Stuyvesant Avenue would look like if restored per the LPC guidelines.

We reached out to a few locals to ask them what they would like to see come into the space. Here are a few comments we received:

*A bed and breakfast with a good bakery with great whole wheat and that fennel raisin one by Amy’s bread and Eli Zabar’s bread and Maison Kayser baguettes. Like a Union Market?
*I would like to see a place for coffee and pastries, especially on a snowy, cold day. But I would be happy for a sandwich shop.
*Doggie daycare! But I’m biased haha
*FRESH BAGELS a la Bergen Bagels.
*Art gallery and performance space that supports local artists and a yoga/dance studio.

The “prime” retail space at the corner of “iconic” Stuyvesant Avenue and Hancock Street is 2,000 square feet (plus a basement of equal size), according to the brochure. The store space has 14-foot ceilings and can be divided into two spaces if desired. Forest Park Properties is handling the leasing.

According to the law, no tenants can move in until the landmark violations are corrected. Right now the building has a stop work order. We reached out to one of the co-owners for comment, but did not hear back, and the agent declined to comment, so we don’t know what they are planning. But we are hopeful the start of this search for a retail tenant means the owner is busy working to restore the building. Click through to see more photos.

What do you think of the rendering and what would you like to see at this corner?

302 Stuyvesant Coverage [Brownstoner]


This Bed Stuy two-bedroom is recently updated but still has some original moldings and a decorative fireplace. We’re not as keen on the open-plan kitchen, but it’s fine, and the renovated bathroom with pedestal tub looks beautiful. That second bedroom is probably just large enough for a full-size bed. Do you think $1,950 a month is reasonable?

565 Decatur Street, #3 [Halstead] GMAP