, Wed, September 25, 2019
Photo credit: Rayon Richards and Connie Zhou, courtesy The Corcoran Group
In brownstone Brooklyn, there are dozens of grand homes that have historic significance and even more that are dazzling showcases of considered design. The unique 10,000-square-foot double mansion at 280 Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill happens to be one of Brooklyn’s finest examples of both. Known as the Pfizer Mansion–it was built in 1887 by Charles Erhart, co-founder of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company and brother-in-law to Charles Pfizer–the block-through property had a full slate of interesting inhabitants, from a library to industrial band rockers, before receiving an epic renovation from its current owner. That same owner, designer Jessica Warren, who purchased the property in 2007 for $3.2 million, spent many years and many millions restoring the house to a stunning degree that surpassed even its former glory. The home, which has been featured in numerous design publications, has most recently been a beloved B & B known as The Notorious B.N.B. The current owners put the house on the market in 2018 for $13.5 million. After a year and a broker switch, it’s now asking $9.995 million–and it’s worth every penny, from its graceful, curving windows to a working Otis elevator and private parking space.
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Rendering of Athena North courtesy of Marvel Architects
A lottery opened this week for 114 mixed-income units at buildings that border the neighborhoods of Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn. The newly constructed buildings are located at 909 Atlantic Avenue and 1043 Fulton Street, dubbed Athena South and Athena North, respectively. The affordable housing comes as part of the Hudson Companies’ redevelopment of the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, which sits in the developer’s new 38-story tower, One Clinton. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 60, 80, and 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, ranging from a $896/month studios to $2,952/month three-bedrooms.
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Walt Whitman Way, image via Google Street View.
The corner of Dekalb Avenue and Ryerson Street in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn will be named Walt Whitman Way following a City Council vote on July 23, the Brooklyn Eagle reports. The intersection is a few avenues from 99 Ryerson Street, where the modest home in which the poet–a former Brooklyn Eagle editor–penned “Leaves of Grass” still stands. May of this year saw the the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, and several efforts have also been underway to landmark the house as well.
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Listing images by Amanda James, DDReps; courtesy of Compass
Since it last sold in 2016 for $2.35 million, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse at 12a Monroe Street (located right on the Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy border) has undergone some key layout changes to maximize the home’s narrow 14-foot width and make it feel as spacious as possible. Now on the rental market seeking $8,500 a month, the 2,568 square-foot home boasts eight marble mantels, pocket shutters, wide plank floors, a gorgeous center staircase, and an expansive 52-foot backyard.
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Late rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s former home in Clinton Hill hit the market this week as a $4,000 per month rental, the New York Post reported. In the song “Juicy,” the artist, whose real name is Christopher Wallace, refers to the apartment at 226 St. James Place as a “one-room shack.” The listing describes the renovated unit as a three-bedroom home with additional office space in “the desired neighborhood of the Clinton Hill historic district.”
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Listing images by Elizabeth Dooley
Here’s a rare chance to own one of the city’s most historic homes, the Lefferts-Laidlaw House at 136 Clinton Avenue in Clinton Hill (and part of the Wallabout Historic District). Built around 1836, the home “typified the villas that were erected in Brooklyn’s early suburbs in the early-to-mid nineteenth century” and might be the “only remaining temple-fronted Greek Revival style residence in Kings County,” according to the 2001 designation report. It’s become known as one of the most haunted houses in the city, thanks to stories of “doorbells rung, doors rattled” on a nightly basis in the late 19th century—but the tongue-in-cheek tone of the original New York Times reports is hard to miss. Perhaps the scariest thing left about it is the asking price. The home has been on and off the market for years, last seeking $4.5 million in 2016. Now, the property is back for a significantly reduced $3.6 million.
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Images via New York City Council on Flickr
Despite the rainy weather, hundreds of people gathered at St. James Place in Clinton Hill on Monday to honor the legacy of Christopher Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls. As amNY first reported, the block between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue—where the famous rapper grew up—will now also be known as “Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace Way.” Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, was present at the event and she remembered the last time she saw a huge crowd on the street, the day Biggie was murdered 22 years ago. “It was a sad day,” Wallace said, “and when I saw the crowds, tears came to my eyes and I said to my friend, ‘My son was well-loved.’” This time around, seeing everyone gathered there for the unveiling brought “happy tears” to her eyes.
Adjacent to Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard is one of Brooklyn’s oldest but least known neighborhoods: Wallabout. Though somewhat isolated due to its lack of public transportation, the area boasts a rich history dating back to the 17th century. It was once home to the area’s second largest producer of chocolate (second only to Hershey’s), Brooklyn’s first free African-American school, and where Walt Whitman wrote the first edition of “Leaves of Grass” while living at 99 Ryerson Street. Wallabout contains the largest concentration of pre-Civil War wood-frame houses in the city, but amid the historic homes are some contemporary gems, like this 2011 metal-clad townhouse at 336 Park Avenue. The 2,500 square-foot property—complete with a side yard, a roof terrace, and two parking spots—is currently on the market for $2,200,000.
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In the charming Clinton Hill neighborhood near the buzzy Navy Yard, this two-bedroom co-op at 153 Clinton Avenue checks all the “just right” boxes. Asking $650,000, the bright and airy home has two large–but not too large–bedrooms, a spacious living/dining room, a cute kitchen and lots of closets. It has just enough of everything–including a wall of exposed brick–to be a cool and cozy home.
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Located in a newly-minted boutique condominium building on a bustling Clinton Hill corner, this sun-filled one-bedroom home at 500 Waverly Avenue, asking $875,000, has both space and views to its credit. And if you’re a shoe collector, you’ll be inspired.
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