If this brick two-family at 582 Lexington Avenue looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen it on HGTV’s House Hunters, where it was once featured. Then again, it may just be because you’ve seen so many houses like it lately — Bed Stuy townhouses gut-renovated by flippers with open-plan living spaces, some exposed brick and stainless steel appliances.
This one isn’t bad as such houses go. The floors, windows, moldings and cabinetry all look to be nicely designed and of a better quality than typical flipper fare. The multi-paned iron doors and windows leading from the kitchen onto the back deck are an especially attractive touch.
Here’s what we can tell you about this Renaissance Revival limestone at 535 Decatur Street in Bed Stuy: It’s a two-story, two-family home with some fetching original details on the parlor level. There’s plenty we can’t tell you, as the listing offers few details, no floorplan and photos that depict only a fraction of the property.
Bed Stuy’s historic Slave Theater — a bastion of Afro-centric culture and activism since the 1980s — and two adjacent lots were sold to developer Eli Hemway for $18,500,000, according to The Real Deal. Permits have yet to be filed for development or renovation at any of the three sites: 1215 Fulton Street, 10 Halsey Street, and 16 Halsey Street.
Given the theater’s embattled history (more on that below), a kerfuffle is likely.
Back in May, a lottery was held for applications to 20 affordable Bed Stuy apartments at 437 Herkimer Street, with two-bedrooms priced at just $574 a month.
Through a combination of census data, sweet potato pie recipes and interviews with 62 block residents, both current and former, New York Magazine reporters attempted to gauge the essence of one block of Bed Stuy’s MacDonough Street, from Patchen Avenue to Malcolm X Boulevard.
Yelp critics are influenced by race in writing their reviews, a new study by three CUNY researchers claims.
Mention a gut renovated Bed Stuy townhouse and it summons images of a flip, given a quick overhaul for a tidy profit. But this Italianate wood-frame number, at 702 Monroe Street, is a different beast, having been redone by architects who preserved the clapboard exterior and its front porch while modernizing the inside and rear.
Dara Furlow was given six hours to pack up everything for herself and her three daughters before vacating the Bed Stuy home she’s owned for the past decade. It was October 13, the day after illegal excavation work two doors down caused a shared foundation wall to collapse.
If brownstones with original fireplace mantels set your pulse pounding, then this one at 629 Putnam Avenue in Bed Stuy demands a look — it’s got seven of them. The four shown are particularly fancy examples of Queen Anne style, with elaborate wood work and Minton-style tiles.
On Memorial Day 1897, a group of young adults from Stuyvesant Heights’ Green Avenue Baptist Church was involved in a horrible collision between an open horse-drawn coach and a Long Island Railroad train. Last week we shared Part 1 of the story. We now pick up as the investigations and funerals continue.