Brooklyn

Cool Listings, Park Slope

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

This lovely Park Slope co-op is certainly handsome, but it avoids being overly austere and maintains its delicate, pre-war lightness. Located in a brownstone at 135 Garfield Place, the one-bedroom home is filled with wood details old and new, including an original fireplace mantel, pocket shutters, and moldings, as well as new built-in cherry bookshelves. It’s asking $750,000 with monthly maintenance of $443.

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Clinton Hill, Cool Listings

Listing photos by Rise Media

Thanks to a 2019 street co-naming, it’s well known that Chris Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, grew up in an apartment at 226 St. James Place in Clinton Hill. The late rapper’s childhood home was a three-bedroom unit on the third floor, and now, the unit just below it has hit the market for $1.2 million. Like Biggie’s apartment, it’s been fully renovated and features a lovely bay window, pretty moldings, and a renovated kitchen. It also has three bedrooms and totals 1,121 square feet.

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Cool Listings, DUMBO

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

If you haven’t taken a selfie there yourself, you’ve definitely seen more of them than you can count–the corner of Washington and Water Streets, a cobblestone block with two brick warehouse buildings on either side framing a view of the Manhattan Bridge, often considered the most Instagrammable spot in Brooklyn. This loft is located in one of those buildings at 31 Washington Street, and it’s just as photogenic as what’s outside. The four-bedroom, top-floor condo is one of the largest in the neighborhood at 3,200 square feet, and it has 25 windows, four exposures, and three huge skylights.

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Park Slope, Recent Sales

All photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman

A Brooklyn penthouse overlooking Prospect Park went into contract last week for $6.95 million. As first reported by Mansion Global, the deal will become the priciest condo ever sold in Park Slope when it closes. The sprawling four-bedroom, four-bath residence is located at One Prospect Park West, a roughly 100-year-old building that originally served as a Knights of Columbus hotel and now has been converted into a luxury condominium with 64 homes.

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affordable housing, Bushwick, housing lotteries

Rendering courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Applications are now being accepted for 21 below-market-rate apartments at a new rental in Bushwick that has a rooftop terrace, dog spa, and a gym. Located at 1510 Gates Avenue, the 11-story building is located off Myrtle Avenue, a hot spot of dining and entertainment venues. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, ranging from $1,800/month studios to $2,400/month two-bedrooms.

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Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings

88 remsen street, brooklyn heights, most expensive, townhouses, cool listings

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

When it listed in 2019 for $18 million, this Brooklyn Heights townhouse at 88 Remsen Street was the borough’s most expensive home. The record has since been shattered, but the townhouse is now trying again for $20 million. The price may be steep, but this property consists of the main house that includes a garden-level rental, as well as a rear carriage house that serves as a rec room, garage, and a second possible rental unit. All the spaces are beautiful in their own unique way and the neighborhood can’t be beaten.

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Art, East Village, Transportation, Williamsburg

© Marcel Dzama, NYC Transit Bedford Avenue Station. Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Photo: MTA Arts & Design/ Kris Graves.

This week, the MTA unveiled two new mosaic series at the 1st Avenue and Bedford Avenue L train stations. In the East Village, artist Katherine Bradford created Queens of the Night, a fanciful tribute to the creatives and essential workers (depicted as superheroes) who ride the L train. And in Williamsburg, artist Marcel Dzama created No Less Than Everything Comes Together, a collection of theatric fairytale-like figures under the sun and moon.

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Brooklyn, Crown Heights, Policy

960 Franklin Avenue

Rendering: NYC Department of City Planning

The City Planning Commission this week voted unanimously to reject a rezoning application that would allow for two high-rise towers in Crown Heights next to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, ending the uniform land use review procedure for the project. First unveiled by developers Continuum Companies and Lincoln Equities in 2019, the plan called for a pair of 34-story towers with over 1,500 units of housing on a lot at 960 Franklin Avenue. The commission’s decision came after a more than a two-year campaign against the project by the garden, which claimed the towers would block necessary light from shining on its greenhouses.

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Cool Listings, Park Slope

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

The current owner of this Park Slope co-op is an architect who renovated the apartment to include tons of super-sleek, space-saving features like window seats, bookshelves, and a built-in dish drying rack over the sink. Located at 25 Plaza Street West, right off Grand Army Plaza, the lovely home is on the market for $625,000.

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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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