Eight condos have hit the market at Barrett Development’s 440 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, with two- and three-bedrooms starting at $875,000. The thoroughly modern building replaced two decrepit 19th century townhouses and is still under construction.

BuzzBuzzHome spotted the listings, which range from $875,000 for an 888-square-foot two-bedroom to $2,200,000 for a 1,687-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath penthouse. Corcoran is marketing the condos, which include features like wide plank white oak floors, powder coated steel cabinetry, washers and dryers, and private basement storage. The building materials are cast-in-place concrete over steel deck, which “allows for extra-high ceilings and superior soundproofing” says the listing.

Four of the units come with private outdoor space, and Unit 2A has the largest terrace at 900 square feet. You can check out the floor plans on the development’s website, and we have more renderings after the jump.

What do you think of the look of the building, interiors and pricing?

Say Hello to Barrett’s 440 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Starting at $875,000 [BuzzBuzzHome] GMAP
440 Atlantic Avenue Listings [Corcoran]
440 Atlantic [Barrett Development]

Renderings via 440 Atlantic


Council Member Stephen Levin has announced the five community improvement projects in District 33 that will receive $1,560,000 of city discretionary funds. Residents voted last week on how their tax dollars should be spent in the district through a process known as participatory budgeting. Here are the projects that received the most votes, in order:

  1. Repairs at four NYCHA playgrounds — Gowanus Houses, 572 Warren Street Houses, Wyckoff Gardens, and Jonathan Williams Plaza — will receive $400,000.
  2. The Gowanus Community Center, pictured, will get $325,000 for renovations.
  3. The McGolrick Park Playground will be completely reconstructed, to the tune of $450,000.
  4. BOOKlyn Shuttle: $198,000 will be set aside to buy and retrofit bus a bus designed by Pratt Institute to “inspire, stimulate and improve the literacy of North Brooklyn’s youth.”
  5. The bathrooms at P.S. 261 will be renovated and repaired with $175,000 in funds.

Image of Gowanus Community Center via Better Late Than Never



There’s a four-story residential development coming to replace this car repair shop at the corner of Pacific Street and Boerum Place in Cobble Hill. New building permits show the apartment building at 237 Pacific will have three floor-through units spread across 3,897 square feet of residential space, plus ground floor commercial space for 5,511 square feet total.

Architect Teresa Byrne Salter will design the building. The property hasn’t changed hands since 1974, and the owner is a private individual, not a developer. Demolition permits have not yet been filed for the one-story shop. GMAP


The Municipal Art Society is hosting a walking tour of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill that will explore its history and the ethnic enclaves that settled there a hundred years ago. Local historian and genealogist Mary Ann DiNapoli will delve into the lives of various members of the Arab American community that moved to the neighborhood in the late 19th and early 20th century.

She’ll also discuss the foods and traditions that are unique to this time of year, and tour attendees will get to sample some wares from some of Atlantic’s wonderful Middle Eastern shops. The tour will take place this Saturday at 10 am. Tickets are $20, and you can purchase them through the MAS website.

Photo by Katia Kelly for Pardon Me for Asking


This two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent at 560 State Street has lots of living space and was recently renovated. The 1,270-square-foot pad has new stainless steel appliances, two dishwashers and central air. The lofty ceilings and big windows don’t hurt either.

The building has a brick courtyard and laundry, and a different apartment here recently made the news for being Jay-Z’s former stash spot. (“Memorialized in contemporary music,” as the listing put it.)

Plus it’s only a block or two from all the subways at the Barclays Center. Luckily the windows are “noise-isolating,” according to the listing. What do you think of it for $4,100 a month?

560 State Street, #4A [Corcoran] GMAP


The first of four new but traditional-looking single family townhouses has hit the market at 449-453 Degraw Street in Gowanus, BuzzBuzz Home reported. Each of the “Four on Degraw” homes has four stories spread across 3,800 square feet.

The first house up for sale is a four-bedroom, four-bath townhouse at 451 Degraw asking $3,999,000. All the houses have features such as gas fireplaces on the garden level, multi-zoned central heating and A/C and energy-efficient tankless water heaters. The homes share a garden, roof deck and central laundry room.

Correction: Each home has its own garden, laundry room and roof deck.

Boerum Hill’s 449-453 Degraw Townhouses on the Market [BBH]
451 Degraw Street [Corcoran]
New Look for Four Traditional Townhouses Going up on Degraw Street [Brownstoner]


A tipster tells us that the three-story building at 165 Smith Street, on the corner of Wyckoff, will be knocked down soon and replaced by a new building. Smith Hanten Real Estate, which has occupied the ground floor for 33 years, is moving down the road to 152 Smith Street. They posted a note about their move, and we’ve included it after the jump.

The Affronti family owns this building as well as 162 Smith Street, where they’ve run Paisanos Meat Market for over 45 years. We spoke briefly with Michael Affronti, but he didn’t want to comment on his family’s plans for the site. The property hasn’t sold recently, and no demolition permits have been filed yet. Current zoning allows for a building as large as 15,000 square feet to be constructed on the site, according to PropertySharkGMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


Located in a prime Boerum Hill block of Greek Revival, Gothic and Italianate brownstones, 398 Pacific Street and its adjacent empty lot are being marketed as a development site. Luckily, the block is landmarked, so we imagine any development would preserve the facade of the existing building and create something harmonious next door, even if on the inside the buyer opts to turn the whole thing into one multi-unit apartment building.

The interior of 398 Pacific, an Italianate, doesn’t look all that bad in the photos, though some fresh paint wouldn’t hurt. It’s currently set up as a duplex with triple parlor and marble fireplaces, with two 2.5-bedroom floor-through apartments above.

But on to the technical details of the development potential of the site: The two lots together are 44 feet wide. The empty lot has a curb cut, and the 4,400-square-foot three-family brownstone could be enlarged to a total of 8,800 square feet, according to PropertyShark. The listing notes that an additional 1,280 square feet would potentially be allowed under R6 zoning. (We have no idea if Landmarks would approve such an enlargement, but there is a 50-foot-long backyard.)

The property will be “delivered as is,” said the listing, which didn’t specify if that also includes tenants. Do you think the asking price of $4,250,000 makes sense for a developer or an owner occupant?

398 Pacific Street [Elliman] GMAP



Here’s a recently renovated owner’s duplex with original details and outdoor space in Boerum Hill. Although it’s narrow at 18 feet wide, the four-bedroom, three-bath apartment looks spacious and bright.

The listing says the whole place was gut renovated three years ago, and the kitchen reno seems to have turned out well with its granite countertops and dark wood cabinets. There are pretty plaster details, exposed brick, and a wood burning fireplace with a marble mantel in the living room.

There’s a garden and deck, and the basement is available for storage. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s two blocks from the Barclays Center. What are your thoughts on it for $7,500 a month?

461 State Street, #1 [Corcoran] GMAP


A three-story mini-mall is planned for 66 Boerum Place at the corner of State Street Atlantic Avenue, but construction seems to be stuck in DOB permit limbo. When we walked by, we  found this schematic pinned to the fence. New building applications were disapproved in April and then re-filed in October, but the DOB still has not approved one. The mall will be 46,428 square feet of commercial space and 50 feet tall with a cellar, according to building applications. Meanwhile, developer ACHS management has an alteration permit to work on the foundation. We dug up a rendering last year for the development, and it looks like the schematic could match. When we looked inside the construction fence, we could see foundation work under way. Click through the jump to see a photo.

Three Story Commercial Build for Atlantic Avenue? [Brownstoner] GMAP