The Boerum Hill post office’s new home will be located at 594 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, a former warehouse that’s being converted to retail space. The new location, between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues, is about a 10-minute walk away from the old one at 542 Atlantic Avenue, according to Postal Service officials quoted in a story in The Brooklyn Paper. We found the above rendering for the new post office on the construction fence; click through the jump to see the building under construction.


This two-bedroom at 560 State Street, aka Jay-Z’s former building, just hit the market with an asking price of $799,000. The building has some historic charm but the apartment itself has been stripped of anything even referencing its 19th-century roots. All that’s left is a generic white box of an apartment, albeit one located right next to the biggest transportation hub in Brooklyn (and the Barclays Center).The listing recognizes that the finishes are a little less than compelling but that therein lies the buying opportunity. Do you agree?

560 State Street, #7k [Warren Lewis Sotheby’s] GMAP


This brick townhouse with carriage house in rear was gut renovated by architect and seller Michael Ingui of Baxt Ingui Architects, who lives in the rear carriage house. The front townhouse is fairly traditional in style with three units, each with original wide plank floors, marble mantels and tin ceilings. In the back is a landscaped garden and the carriage house, which has been modernized inside and out. It’s set up as one-family over three floors with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. What do you think of the property and the asking price of $3,300,000?

99 Butler Street [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP


Located behind the 19th century brick facade of what the listing says was once a carriage house is a light filled modern rustic one-family house. There are exposed beams, painted cabinetry, industrial style subway tile, a hand-forged steel and wood staircase, central air, a rear wall of windows, colorful bathrooms and a landscaped garden.

The whole thing is less than 900 square feet, according to PropertyShark, and so the top floor is a kind of suite, with two bedrooms and a bathroom opening onto each other. Another bedroom is located in the basement, which is partly below grade, but there is a window. What do you think of the style and the ask of $1,950,000?

112 Nevins Street [Corcoran] GMAP


A five-story building is planned to replace the three-story building on the corner of Smith and Wyckoff streets where Smith Hanten Real Estate has operated for decades. A new-building permit for 165 Smith Street specifies eight apartments with 10,933 square feet of residential space, 3,163 square feet of ground-floor retail, and a two-car garage.

Grasso Menziuso Architects is the architect of record. We heard about demolition plans in March, and a month later, demo applications were filed but not approved. Property owner Michael Affronti asked Smith Hanten Real Estate to move earlier this spring. The Affronti family also owns 162 Smith Street, where they’ve operated Paisano’s Meat Market for nearly half a century.

Demolition Planned for 165 Smith Street [Brownstoner] GMAP


Shelsky’s of Brooklyn is moving its bagel and smoked fish shop from Smith Street to the old Mexicali location at 141 Court Street. They already have signage up in the window and have posted “now hiring” signs advertising for counter help. When we spoke to owner Peter Shelsky, he said he hopes to be open by Friday. He added that they’re relocating because the Court Street storefront has much better foot traffic and is more than twice as large as the space at 251 Smith Street.

Mexicali on Court Street Closed [Brownstoner] GMAP


At first glance, this small Boerum Hill house, currently used as an artists’ live-work studio, seems priced like a development property. The building is small (2,200 square feet) and doesn’t look like much. It could be a 19th century stable with some unfortunate later alterations, such as the brick veneer, or it could be a later building with some older salvage additions, such as the stable door.

On the other hand, the lot is large (42 by 100 square feet) and the building extends over more than half of it. There is also parking and a garden.

Then again, the current building is using only a quarter of its FAR, or 8,300 buildable square feet. The listing suggests, “build up on the current footprint for a spectacular home. Or start over and build two separate homes in this great residential area — live in one and sell the other!”

The ask is $6,000,000. What do you make of it?

93 Wyckoff Street [Elliman] GMAP


One of Boerum Hill’s new luxury buildings between 4th and 3rd avenues has started leasing. Studios start at $2,169, one bedrooms at $2,608, and two-bedrooms at $3,996 at 316 Bergen Street, aka The Bergen. is handling marketing for the Oda Architecture-designed complex.

The 84-unit, eight-story development features white oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, Caesarstone counters, central air, and washer/dryers. Several of the units also have private courtyards or terraces. Building amenities include a concierge service, gym, doorman, lounge, roof deck and courtyard.

Developer Naftali Group bought the site two years ago, after a Karl Fischer project failed to materialize during the financial crisis. Longtime readers may remember that the site’s former building collapsed in 2008.

Check out some more interior shots after the jump. What’s your take on it?

316 Bergen Street Listings []
The Bergen [Official]
Six of Eight Stories up at 316 Bergen Street [Brownstoner]
Collapse and Rescue at 316 Bergen Street [Brownstoner]