Councilman David Greenfield announced today at a press conference that he had secured funding to build a new public plaza in front of the Midwood branch library at 975 East 16th Street near Avenue J. The $250,000 project, financed from the 2014 city budget, will likely feature benches, trees and various kinds of plants, according to a press release. GMAP

Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Vitagraph Studios, then Warner Brothers Studio, now JC Studios
Address: 1262-1286 East 14th Street
Cross Streets: Corner Locust Avenue
Neighborhood: Midwood
Year Built: 1905, 1912, 1914, and later
Architectural Style: Original building, 19th century brick factory, plus additional buildings, last one built in 1956
Architect: W. L. Stoddart, and unknown others
Other works by architect: Stoddart- Ponce De Leon Hotel, Atlanta, and other hotels, mostly in the South
Landmarked: No

The story:
In 1897, two enterprising visionaries founded a company called American Vitagraph, here in Brooklyn. They were going to start a business not too many people knew anything about back then: movie making. J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith, with later distributer William “Pop” Rock were among the first American movie entrepreneurs. Blackton had seen Thomas Edison’s new film projector, and after inventor talked him into buying one, Blackton couldn’t get enough. He wanted to make his own movies. Vitagraph produced some of the first American newsreels, and produced the world’s first animated movie, “The Humpty Dumpty Circus” which was also the first use of stop-motion photography.

The men opened offices in Lower Manhattan, and by 1907, they were the most prolific film production company in America, producing hundreds of silent movies and newsreels. Their first feature film was shot on the roof of their Nassau Street offices, but they soon realized that in order to really produce quality films, they needed space to build sets, store costumes and props, and coordinate special effects. They needed someplace large and cheap, preferably away from the distractions of the city. They choose the fields of Brooklyn; Midwood, to be exact.


It’s rare to see a six-digit ask these days that starts with the numeral one, so this one-bedroom co-op at 1119 Ocean Parkway caught our eye simply because of the price of $179,000. What’s more, the Midwood co-op is actually in good shape, having been recently renovated. And while the finishes are pretty generic, it’s hard not to see this as an interesting entry point in a heated marketplace, especially since the maintenance is just $585.

1119 Ocean Parkway, #6N [Corcoran] GMAP


It’s neo-colonial meets Arts and Crafts at this 1915 South Midwood house close to Ditmas Park. There are bay windows, a porch, plenty of stained glass, inlaid floors, neo-colonial mantels and a simple yet charming updated kitchen. Our only quibble is the powder room that steals space from the breakfast room; maybe it could go in the pantry, and a new pantry could extend into the kitchen. The house also has two other bathrooms, six bedrooms and a two-car garage. Do you think it’s a good deal for $980,000?

657 E 24th Street [Mary Kay Gallagher] GMAP


1. PARK SLOPE $2,950,000
535 3rd Street GMAP P*Shark
A 20-foot wide brownstone that hit the market in mid-April for $3,300,0000. It was under contract by early May. Here’s the old listing. Deed recorded on 7/22/2013.

2. PARK SLOPE $2,675,000
29 Prospect Place GMAP P*Shark
A four-story, two-family brick townhouse. Asking $2,800,000 in April, in contract by May. Deed recorded on 7/26/2013.

3. MIDWOOD $2,570,000
1311 Ocean Parkway GMAP P*Shark
A two-family home; no listing available. Deed recorded on 7/24/2013.

4. BOERUM HILL $2,300,000
393 Degraw Street GMAP P*Shark
A brick townhouse with an owner’s upper duplex. See the old listing here. The home was asking $2,300,000. Deed recorded on 7/24/2013.

5. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $2,300,000
360 Furman Street, #211 GMAP P*Shark
The listing’s already been pulled for this unit. It came with a storage space. Deed recorded on 7/22/2013.


1. FORT GREENE $2,900,000
366 Carlton Avenue GMAP P*Shark
We found some pictures of this home, but not an official listing. Deed recorded on 7/3/2013.

2. PARK SLOPE $2,800,000
105 Sterling Place GMAP P*Shark
This house, asking $2.8 million, entered contract after 19 days on the market. It’s only 3,060 square feet, making this three-story home worth $915 per square foot. Deed recorded on 7/3/2013.

3. COBBLE HILL $2,750,000
140 Kane Street GMAP P*Shark
A former carriage housse that was once Building of the Day. Here’s the old listing for the home, which was asking $2,750,000. It entered contract in less than two weeks. Deed recorded on 7/3/2013.

4. MIDWOOD $2,275,000
2302 Avenue N GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this one-family home. Deed recorded on 7/5/2013.

5. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $2,100,000
253 Henry Street, #1 GMAP P*Shark
A parlor and garden duplex condo asking $2,200,000, then $1,995,000. Here’s the old listing. Deed recorded on 7/3/2013.


1. PARK SLOPE $3,200,000
232 St. Johns Place GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in March, when it was asking $3,300,000. The home lasted a little more than a month of the market — here’s the old listing for this Neo-Grec brownstone. Deed recorded on 6/18/2013.

2. PARK SLOPE $2,350,000
576 11th Street GMAP P*Shark
Not too much info on this Park Slope townhouse — it was asking $2,350,000. Deed recorded on 6/18/2013.

3. PARK SLOPE $2,140,475
910 Union Street, #7A GMAP P*Shark
This is the 1,428-square-foot, three bedroom penthouse at the Park Union. It was listed March 1st for $2,100,000, and entered contract on March 20th. Deed recorded on 6/18/2013.

4. MIDWOOD $2,000,000
1614 East 5th Street GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this two-family home. Deed recorded on 6/17/2013.

5. FORT GREENE $1,800,000
137 St. Felix Street GMAP P*Shark
This brick townhouse was asking $1,639,000. The home is currently configured as an upper duplex with a fourth floor artist loft studio in the back of the house and a garden-level, two-bedroom apartment. Deed recorded on 6/18/2013.


1. MIDWOOD $2,065,000
1028 East 9th Street GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this one-family home. Deed recorded on 4/18/2013.

2. WINDSOR TERRACE $1,780,000
598 17th Street GMAP P*Shark
This brick townhouse is separated into three units. Here’s the listing for it. The building was listed in December for $1,890,000. Deed recorded on 4/15/2013.

3. DITMAS PARK $1,720,000
456 East 19th Street GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in October, when it was asking $1,675,000. Demand in Ditmas for this nine-bedroom Victorian home! Here’s the listing of this impressive home. Deed recorded on 4/15/2013.

4. SOUTH SLOPE $1,700,000
196 15th Street GMAP P*Shark
The listing was pulled for this home but we’re curious! Anybody check out this South Slope home when it was on the market? It last traded for $650,000 in 2007. Deed recorded on 4/16/2013.

5. BOERUM HILL $1,700,000
212 Wyckoff Street GMAP P*Shark
An Open House Pick in January when it was asking $1,675,000. The listing‘s since been pulled. Deed recorded on 4/19/2013.


1. GRAVESEND $3,300,000
1954 East 5th Street GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this one-family home. Deed recorded on 4/11/2013.

2. COBBLE HILL $2,647,450
253 Pacific Street, #3 GMAP P*Shark
253 Pacific Street is the ultra-modern looking condo that recently went up in Cobble Hill. Early this year, there was only one unit left – both units two and three had entered contract. (Streeteasy now shows that the last unit is under contract.) #3 sold above ask, which was $2.6 million. Here’s the old listing for the 2,603-square-foot penthouse duplex. Deed recorded on 4/11/2013.

3. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS $2,140,325
20 Henry Street, #PH2-N GMAP P*Shark
This three bed, two bath condo unit was asking $2,100,000. Looking at Streeteasy, it appears that all the units at this new condo building have either sold or entered contract. Deed recorded on 4/11/2013.

4. MIDWOOD $2,100,000
1076 East 23rd Street GMAP P*Shark
No listing for this one family home. Deed recorded on 4/11/2013.

5. DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN $1,918,892.13
365 Bridge Street, #16A GMAP P*Shark
A three-and-a-half bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom condo unit at the BellTel Lofts. It was asking $1,890,000. Deed recorded on 4/9/2013.