Brooklyn, one building at a time.

These three flats buildings represent a change in the development of Boerum Hill. But their colorful and criminal tenants (in the past!) are what really sets them apart.

Name: Flats buildings
Address: 333-337 State Street
Cross Streets: Hoyt and Bond Streets
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: Sometime between 1887 and 1895
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

Apartments a la Chateau

333-337 State Street consists of three five-story flats buildings designed to look like one large chateau. The unknown architect of this project designed impressive entryways which originally had ashlar (rough cut) stone, and no doubt, stained glass and other decorative elements underneath the arches.

Since the building dates to the last decade of the 19th century, there may have always been elevators. The extra stories on the towers and center are now sealed off, but may have once been public spaces, or simply servant’s quarters.

The flats first show up on the 1903 city maps. They show three flats buildings built with air shafts in the middle and back, allowing every room in the flat to have a window and ventilation. Each building also had a center skylight.

The buildings would have originally had two apartments per floor, or ten apartments per building, 30, in all. Today, there are four apartments per floor, and the building now has 60 units. It is called the Manor House Apartments.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Our neighborhoods evolve over time, and a building built for one use can be repurposed for something the builders never would have imagined.

Name: Row houses, then funeral parlor, now Zen temple
Address: 500 State Street
Cross Streets: Nevins Street and 3rd Avenue
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: Probably 1850s
Architectural Style: Originally Anglo-Italianate
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The architecture
Boerum Hill is one of Brooklyn’s older row house neighborhoods. The houses on these blocks represent development taking place from the 1840s until about 1870.

492-500 State Street — originally a group of five 15 foot wide houses — was probably built in the late 1850s to early 1860s, when the Anglo-Italianate style of architecture had a brief popularity.

These were the first “English basement” houses, with low stoops, leading into an ornate reception area and the central stairs. The kitchen and mechanicals were also down here behind closed doors. Guests would go upstairs to the parlor level. Above that were the bedrooms floors and private parlors.

498 and 500 State Street were combined in 1924 to create the State Street Chapel. Up until the early decades of the 20th century, funerals were generally held at home.

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The longtime owner of a Boerum Hill gas station is ready to make some bucks and redevelop his property at 98 3rd Avenue into six stories of apartments with ground-floor retail. New York YIMBY was the first to spot the new building application for the 5,000-square-foot corner lot, which has an alternate address of 300-302 Bergen Street. But the area is zoned for manufacturing and commercial uses, and the application says the owner plans to ask for a zoning variance in order to build apartments there.

If the city greenlights the variance, the building will have 19 units across 18,935 square feet of residential space, as well as 3,310 square feet of commercial space. Newman Design Group is the architect of record. And the owner is Bill Wolf, who’s held onto the property since 1968, as YIMBY noted. 

Boerum Hill Shell Gas Station Wants to Become Apartments: 98 3rd Avenue [NYY] GMAP

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After the typical winter slow period, we’re seeing a lot more new properties coming onto the market this week. Though so far, it’s still mostly wrecks and flips.

This landmarked Boerum Hill red brick Italianate has a lot of intact original detail, including doors, mantels and fancy plaster work, but will need a “full renovation,” according to the listing. We’re guessing that will include the stoop, which looks to be spalling in the photo.

The floor plan shows a double duplex setup. But there is already plumbing and room for a kitchen on the parlor floor, if a potential buyer prefers a triplex over a garden rental. Cash buyers are “preferred.”

Given the work it needs, do you think the ask of $3,495,000 will fly?

181 Bergen Street [Corcoran] GMAP

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The first of the Passive House condos at 210 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill went up for sale last month, and now the seven-story building is getting its windows. Both the teaser site and the construction fence proclaim, “The future of the City of Brooklyn begins here.”

While we’re not sure about that, the 10-unit building will include sustainable features like an electric car charging station, solar hot water heaters, triple-glazed windows, extensive insulation and energy recovery units. Designed by SBLM Architects and developed by Nava Companies, the building will be clad in custom brass tiles, according to the listing copy (you can see a closeup on the teaser site). We hope they don’t sizzle in the sun.

The development now has three listings online — two three-bedrooms and a four-bedroom — starting from $2,425,000. One asking $2,495,000 is already in contract.

210 Pacific Street [Official]
510 Pacific Street Listings [Brown Harris Stevens]
210 Pacific Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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YIMBY has posted renderings for three new Brooklyn projects yesterday, including another row of modern-style townhouses in Boerum Hill, pictured above. Ben Hansen Architect will design the five single-family homes at 73-79 Bond Street, each of which will be four stories and 5,600 square feet. It looks like the exteriors will feature light-colored brick, metal siding and large undivided windows — all elements of the architect’s own modern home nearby on State Street.

Next up are two modern apartment buildings in Williamsburg. The first is a jutting, angular structure planned for 308 North 7th Street, wrapping around Meeker Avenue to North 6th Street next to the BQE. Adam America is developing the six-story building, which will house 38 apartments. Designed by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects, the facade appears to be wrapped in a rust-colored material — YIMBY suggests Corten steel — and features triangular balconies. Looks a little post-apocalyptic to us.

And last but not least, there’s an updated rendering for the futuristic 13-story tower in the works at 190 South 1st Street. The ODA-designed project will house 32 apartments and a daycare center among its 39,000 square feet. We like all the balconies and the roof terrace on the second floor, above the day care.

What do you think of the designs?

Revealed: 390 State Street/73-79 Bond Street Townhouses, Boerum Hill [NYY]
First Look: 308 North 7th Street, Williamsburg [NYY]
New Look: 190 South 1st Street, 13-Story Williamsburg Project by ODA [NYY]

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The plan to help mom and pop businesses and improve the retail areas along Court and Smith streets in Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens with a new Business Improvement District has not been forgotten. The organizers, a group of property owners and commercial tenants in the area, plan to host two meetings this week to update the community on their plans.

The BID will stretch from the BQE in the south to Pacific Street in the north, as the map above shows.

They’ll explain what the BID will do and answer any questions that people might have. One organizer tells us that they’re collecting signed statements of support from people who live in the area. It’s the second step in a three-phase process for setting up a BID.

They’ll also buy a drink or coffee for anyone who attends the informal public meetings, which will take place Tuesday from 11 am to 12 pm at 61 Local (61 Bergen Street) and from 5 pm to 7 pm at Angry Wade’s (222 Smith Street). You can learn more by checking out the steering committee’s website.

Court and Smith Street Biz Owners Join Together to Survive Rising Rents [Brownstoner]

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Two condos at environmentally friendly new building 210 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill have hit the market, Curbed reported. The brass-clad building will have 10 units built to Passive House standards, as well as energy efficient appliances, a solar hot water system and an electric car charging station.

The two apartments listed right now are a 1,563-square-foot three-bedroom asking $2,495,000, and a 3,133-square-foot four-bedroom asking $5,250,000. Interior renderings show fairly typical upscale condos — big, open layouts, marble countertops, freestanding soaking tubs, white oak kitchen cabinets. Check out more interior renderings and an exterior rendering showing the facade’s irregular windows after the jump.

SBLM Architects designed the building, and Nava Companies is the developer.

The apartments are certainly large, but so are the price tags. What do you think of the finishes and prices?

Boerum Hill’s Passive House Condos Are Ready For Buyers [Curbed]
210 Pacific Street Listings [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
210 Pacific Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by SBLM Architects via Brown Harris Stevens

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Wow, has this two-bedroom upper duplex in Boerum Hill changed since we last checked it out in 2010. It now has a super high-end renovation, with a wall of (apparently custom steel) windows and doors in the dining area that open onto a greenhouse and a patio. There is also a wood-burning stove, exposed brick in digestible amounts, a modern staircase, a sleek kitchen with mosaic tile backsplash and fancy appliances, a slate tile bathroom, and a private roof deck.

The 1,800-square-foot pad also has 1.5 bathrooms, a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. We think the renovation strikes a nice balance between urbane and rustic, and it’s spacious at 1,800 square feet, according to the listing.

It’s four blocks from the Barclays Center and six blocks from the A/C/G at Hoyt-Schermerhorn. What are your thoughts on it for $4,950 a month?

231 Bergen Street, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP