The views don’t get much better than the ones from this South Williamsburg studio apartment. The East River and Williamsburg Bridge look like they are right outside the window. And those windows are noise-proof, so the proximity to traffic and the subways on the bridge shouldn’t be a problem.

The building has a 13,000 square-foot common terrace, a lounge, game room, onsite laundry and a fitness center. The listing says the unit is rent-stabilized and this is a “lease assignment” that ends in January of 2016 with an option to renew before the end of the lease. The furniture is also for sale. What do you think of it for $2,049 a month?

15 Dunham Place [Brownstoner] GMAP


Williamsburg favorite Karl Fischer is designing a five-story condo building planned for 1060 Bedford Avenue at the corner of Clifton Place in Bed Stuy. The rendering, first published by New York Yimby, reveals a boxy building in three shades of gray.

It’s not the most exciting design we’ve seen but it does have some good points: The expanses of glass and the overall size are broken up by mullions and different colored blocks of materials, so the building relates to nearby brownstones, although of course it is much taller. The stores at street level also make it friendly to peds and the streetscape.


A large development site at 100 Union Avenue, south of Broadway in Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle, sold last week for $6,000,000, a spokeswoman for brokerage firm TerraCRG told us. The 10,453 square-foot lot is currently occupied by Knight’s Towing and Collision. The buyers, Adam America, Slate Property Group and Naveh Schuster Limited, plan to build rental apartments with ground floor retail.

The same developers also bought neighboring 120 Union Avenue in September of 2014 for $15,000,000, where they plan to build a 100-unit rental building with about 2,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. Both lots were initially marketed together but the sellers decided to wait longer on the second lot so they could continue operating their towing business, according to TerraCRG.

If the developers choose to include affordable housing at one or both sites, they could build up to 130,000 square feet on the sites combined. TerraCRG represented the sellers.

Click through for an aerial view of the lot.

Rendering for Six-Story Apartment Building Coming to Broadway Towing [Brownstoner]
Photos via TerraCRG


Former US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has chosen Brooklyn as home base for her campaign for the presidency. Although she has yet to announce her official candidacy, her team just leased two full floors at 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights.

The move, which was first reported by Politico, follows months of speculation about where Clinton would base her campaign.

Her new neighbors include the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York and a branch of Morgan Stanley. Forest City Ratner is the landlord.

Photo by 1 Pierrepont Plaza


A Place-block house in Carroll Gardens house sold for a bit above asking. It was not exactly dripping with details but had a very appealing renovation.

Three out of four properties sold — including new construction in Crown Heights. But two of the four sold for slightly below the asking prices. They definitely lacked the charm of the Carroll Gardens house. Perhaps they were priced a little aggressively for their location and condition?

Open House Picks 9/26/14 [Brownstoner]


Though the listing doesn’t give the square footage, this Crown Heights three-bedroom with a home office looks to be spacious. And it has some nice details, including hardwood floors and original moldings. Since it’s a corner building there are lots of windows and the kitchen appears to have been recently redone.

The building is pretty far east as Crown Heights goes — on the corner of Park Place and Schenectady Avenue. But the transit options are decent: It’s four blocks to the 3 and 4 trains on Eastern Parkway. The rent is $2,450 a month. What do you think?

1317 Park Place, #3F [Aptsandlofts] GMAP


Home prices in north and northwest Brooklyn continue to rise at a rapid pace, according to a report Ideal Properties released Wednesday. Closed sales were up 21.6 percent in the first quarter over the same period last year.

They were even up 7.1 percent from the previous quarter even though the winter tends to be a slow month for home sales. And the time from listing to closing grew shorter decreasing by 10.5 percent from the same time last year.


This two-bedroom, two-bath condo for rent in Prospect Heights is modern, spacious and close to Barclays Center. There’s a wine cooler, a dishwasher, a washer/dryer and a balcony off one of the bedrooms.

The unit is pretty large at 1,081 square feet, according to the listing. Do you think the rent of $4,500 a month is reasonable for the location?

660 Dean Street, #4 [Elliman] GMAP


This new townhouse development in South Slope has put its first three units on the market — all two bedroom apartments. The most expensive unit in the building at 289 13th Street is a duplex consisting of the garden level and finished cellar with a back yard for $1,599,000.

The parlor floor unit, which has a rear balcony and access to its own roof deck, is asking $999,000. The top floor apartment, which also has a rear balcony and a roof deck, is asking $1,029,000.

While the building is a story taller than those of the adjacent houses, the architect, Ben Ellis of Ellis + Donnelly  Studio managed to create a design that, for the most part, fits in well with its neighbors by incorporating  red brick, stone lintels and a cornice. The interiors, however, are modern.

Curbed, which first reported on the development, took issue with the kitchens — which are a far cry from the typical subway tile and slab of marble — calling them “some of the ugliest kitchens in the world.”

What do you think about them, and the rest of the project? Click through for images of the kitchens and more.

New Park Slope Condos Masquerade as an Old Townhouse [Curbed]
289 13th Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP


Here’s a freshly gutted three-bedroom close to the L and M trains in Bushwick. The combined kitchen-dining-living area is large, and two of the three bedrooms are reasonably sized as well. There are new stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, although it’s wedged into a rather small space.

At first glance, the rent seems affordable at $2,416 a month. But the brokers are advertising a net effective rent with two months free, which means whoever rents this spot will write checks for the much higher $2,900 a month. It’s no fee.

It’s also right under the elevated track, which could be noisy. We know this part of Bushwick is starting to get pricey, but do you think it’s worth $966 a bedroom?

1446 Myrtle Avenue, #1 [Elliman] GMAP