One of the landmarked Eberhard Pencil Factory buildings in Greenpoint, 74 Kent Street, just hit the market, reps from CPEX Realty tell us. When we asked the price, they said they would get back to us later today.

The late 19th-century red-brick building is three stories tall and 17,485 square feet. It sits on a lot that’s 70.7 feet by 105 feet, according the listing. The owner has tried to convert it to residential or office space a few times, but has always run into trouble with the LPC.

Last time we heard about 74 Kent was in early October, when the LPC was considering an application to alter the front facade, construct a rear extension and excavate the yard behind the building. The headquarters for crowd-funding company Kickstarter are located right next door at 58 Kent and scheduled to open soon.

74 Kent Street [CPEX]
LPC Considering Alteration to Pencil Factory [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark


Successful tech startup Kickstarter — the crowd-funding company quickly turned a profit — is moving into its newly renovated headquarters in one of the landmarked pencil factory buildings in Greenpoint within the next couple weeks, according to a blog post from venture capitalist Fred Wilson.

As previously reported, the company bought the former Eberhard Pencil Factory building at 58 Kent Street for $3,600,000 using capital from a round of funding. Tech startups don’t usually buy buildings with their vc money, but considering the state of Brooklyn real estate, it was probably an inspired move.

Architect Ole Sondresen’s plans included building a glass box on the inside for the company’s offices and using sustainable and recycled materials, such as insulation made out of recycled jeans.

What I Have Learned From Kickstarter [AVC] GMAP
Kickstarter Is Moving to Landmarked Factory in Greenpoint [Brownstoner]
Leaving the Ruin at Kickstarter HQ [Brownstoner]
Conversion Plans in a Greenpoint Historic District [Brownstoner]
Photo by nycscout


A conversion could be in the works for the red-brick factory building at 74 Kent Street in Greenpoint, part of late 19th-century Eberhard Pencil Factory complex. The Landmark Preservation Commission is considering an application to alter the front facade, construct a rear extension and excavate the yard behind the building. The building owner submitted an alteration type 1 application last December to renovate the interior for commercial use, construct 27 apartments, and add a fourth story, but the DOB disapproved it in February.  Also in December 2012, he presented plans to Community Board One seeking a variance to convert the property from F4 (factory industrial) to residential apartments with a penthouse, according to NewYorkShitty. And 74 has an interesting sketchy past: the DEA busted a Quaalude drug ring there back in 2010. GMAP

Stop Work Order Spied at Pencil Factory [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride via PropertyShark