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Downtown Brooklyn, New Developments, Rentals

All renderings courtesy of RXR Realty

Ahead of its opening this fall, a sleek new rental building in Brooklyn has launched leasing. Located where Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn converge, The Willoughby rises 34 stories and houses 476 rental units. Developed by RXR Realty and designed by Perkins Eastman, the 435-foot-tall building sits within the Long Island University campus and overlooks a new athletic field funded by the project. Starting rents are $2,870/month for studios, $3,840/month for one-bedrooms, and $5,660/month for two-bedrooms.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Fort Greene

Listing photos courtesy of Compass

Not far from the Clinton Hill apartment where he grew up, the former Fort Greene home of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. and his wife Faith Evens has hit the market for $1.7 million, as the NY Post reported. The two-bedroom duplex is located in a former stable building at 159 Carlton Avenue and is today owned by a well-known costume designer who infused the apartment with a gorgeous mix of historic architecture, art, and stylish upgrades. According to the Post, Biggie Smalls released his famous album “Ready to Die” while living here in 1994.

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Cool Listings, Fort Greene

Listing photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

This townhouse on the Fort Greene/Bed-Stuy border is part of a row of 16 Queen Anne townhouses designed by famed Brooklyn architect Amzi Hill. Aside from its preserved historic bones that include ornate moldings and tin ceilings, there’s a beautiful modern backyard, a five-bedroom owner’s triplex, and an income-generating garden-level apartment. It’s on the market for $2,495,000.

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Cool Listings, Features

Sharing space with roommates in a small New York City apartment has never been easy. But doing so during a pandemic while many are still working from home? Almost impossible. As winter approaches and takes safe outdoor activities with it, now may be a good time to look for your own apartment. And with average rents still down compared to the same period last year, you’re more likely to scoop up a decent deal. For those ready to ditch the roommates, we’ve found five studio apartments perfect for one, from a sunny Sutton Place rental for $1,538/month to a $2,479/month junior one-bedroom with amenities in Gramercy Park.

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Cool Listings, Fort Greene

Photo credit: Shannon Dupre/DDReps, courtesy of The Corcoran Group

From an aesthetic perspective, this Fort Greene condo has a lot to talk about–gorgeous plaster ceiling moldings, original brick arches, and creative and contemporary flourishes. But it’s also got quite a lot going for it in terms of practicality. For $3,250,000, the home at 407 Clermont Avenue has three floors, three bedrooms, a multi-tiered garden and deck, and a massive basement rec room that’s been transformed into a home gym, crafting area, and home office.

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Cool Listings, Fort Greene

Photos by Alyson Lubow, courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Most New Yorkers have had to get creative with their remote work situations, but if you’re on the #WFH train for the long haul, you may need to consider an upgrade. And if you’ve got $2,750,000 to shell out, consider this incredible Fort Greene carriage house. Built in 1925, the super unique residence was fully renovated in 2014 and now includes a conference room, three offices, and even a recording studio. It’s not technically set up as a private home, but with a full kitchen, rear terrace, and tons of space, it easily could be.

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Cool Listings, Fort Greene

Photo credit: Gamut Photos

There’s something very romantic about this brownstone at 374 Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Greene. The interiors have been beautifully preserved and the home modernized, but not so much so that it’s lost its old-world charm. The five-bedroom Second Empire townhouse was built in 1899 and is part of the Fort Greene Historic District. It’s asking $3,995,000, and has a studio apartment in the basement level for added income.

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Cool Listings, Fort Greene

All images by Udor Photography

There’s quite a lot to love about this Fort Greene residence at 215 Clermont Avenue, just listed for $4,995,000. Not only does it have three income-producing rental units, but the owner’s duplex is as luxurious as townhouse living comes. In addition to an incredible amount of preserved 19th-century architecture, the duplex boasts a large, landscaped rear garden, a wine room, and even a mudroom that doubles as a pet spa.

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City Living, Fort Greene

Photo by Ajay Suresh on Flickr

The Barclays Center has made many headlines recently, as it’s served as a hub for the city’s Black Lives Matter protests. And some locals hope to keep this momentum going and are pushing for the arena to be renamed for Brooklyn Dodgers player Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League Baseball player. Arthur Piccolo of Park Slope actually began the effort back in 2006, but recently revived it, telling the Brooklyn Paper, “You’re seeing certain individuals being criticized and their statutes rightly removed, and here’s the opportunity to do something symbolic.”

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Cool Listings, Fort Greene

Photo credit: Melanie Greene

From the just-under-a-million pricetag to the lovely historic features to the outdoor space, this Fort Greene co-op has a lot going for it. Located at 143 Lafayette Avenue, the apartment is currently configured as a one-bedroom plus home office, but that bonus space would also make a great nursery or sitting room. An added bonus–the private deck overlooks the pre-war building’s English garden, which is complete with whimsical landscaping and seating areas.

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