Brooklyn

Bed Stuy, Cool Listings

Listing photos by Al Siedman at VHT

The circus has (sort of) come to town in Bed-Stuy. This two-bedroom loft at 689 Myrtle Avenue, the Chocolate Factory condo, is owned by a juggler and an aerialist who has outfitted the 1,222-square-foot pad with some quirky touches. These include an assembly used for aerialist silks that now holds a fun egg chair, as well as retro and industrial touches. The home is asking $1,050,000.

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affordable housing, Flatbush, housing lotteries

Rendering courtesy of BRP Companies

On the border of Flatbush and Prospect Lefferts Gardens, just two blocks away from Prospect Park, a new affordable housing development has opened its lottery for 254 apartments, ranging from $566/month studios to $3,542/month three-bedrooms. Located at 800 Flatbush Avenue and called Caton Flats, the 14-story mixed-use building sought “to reinvigorate the local Caribbean-American community through an upgraded Flatbush Caton Market, new retail space, and new headquarters of The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry,” reported CityRealty. The homes are available to those earning 40, 60, 110, and 165 percent of the area median income.

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Cool Listings, Park Slope

Listing photos courtesy of Russ Ross Photography

Though it was built in 1899, this Park Slope townhouse has undergone a renovation that’s left it with a modern and minimalist aesthetic, which blends beautifully with the existing architecture like beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls. There are two duplex apartments, both with outdoor space. The owner’s unit has three bedrooms and access to the backyard, while the garden-floor unit has two bedrooms and a terrace. It’s asking $3,294,000.

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affordable housing, Crown Heights, housing lotteries

Rendering courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

The city on Thursday launched an affordable housing lottery for 55 rentals at the Bedford Union Armory redevelopment in Crown Heights. Recently renamed the Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Community Center, the former home of the U.S. Army’s Cavalry Troop C is being transformed into a mixed-use building with recreational and community space, as well as mixed-income apartments and office space. New Yorkers earning 30, 40, 50, and 60 percent of the area median income can apply for the units available in this first phase, ranging from $367/month studios to $1,472/month three-bedrooms.

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Cool Listings, East New York

Listing photos by Rachel Kumza

There are not too many places in Brooklyn where you can buy a two-family house complete with a private driveway and backyard for under $1 million. But this lovely home in East New York, located on a quiet dead-end street and renovated in 2016, is on the market for $995,000. The owner’s unit is a four-bedroom on the first and second floors, with access to bonus rooms in the basement, as well as the rear deck and patio. Also on the second floor is a three-bedroom apartment with a projected rent roll of $2,500/month.

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Cool Listings, Midwood

Listing photos by Al Seidman, VHT

This listing calls this six-bedroom Colonial Revival house “the centerpiece of the landmarked Fiske Terrace Historic District,” and we can certainly see why with its all curb appeal. Built in 1905, it sits on a 0.31-acre lot at the corner of the dead-end Wellington Court and East 17th Street, one of the gorgeously landscaped Flatbush Malls. In addition to its rolling green lawn and giant oak trees, the house has a driveway that leads to a two-car garage/carriage house apartment. And inside, it’s been impeccably modernized, while retaining all the historic details. The home is asking $4,999,000.

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Coney Island, Events

Mermaid Parade 2018; Photo Credit: © Norman Blake

Following a virtual celebration in 2020 due to the pandemic, Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade is back for an in-person event this year. Coney Island USA announced this week that the 39th annual parade will take place on September 12, ending, instead of kicking off, New York City’s summer season.

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Bay Ridge, Cool Listings

Listing photos by Allyson Lubow, courtesy of The Lesley Semmelhack Team at The Corcoran Group

Over in Manhattan, $1,250,000 would probably get you a standard one-bedroom apartment. But in Bay Ridge, that listing price is for an entire corner-lot townhouse, with three bedrooms, a detached two-car garage, a sunroom, and a backyard patio and garden–not to mention the beautiful interiors and cheerful decor.

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affordable housing, Coney Island, housing lotteries

Rendering courtesy of Handel Architects

As part of the Coney Island Phase I development, an affordable housing lottery launched today for 400 units, available to those earning 30, 40, 50, 60, 100, and 130 percent of the area median income. Located at 2926 West 19th Street, the new development is across the street from the Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU Park and just steps away from the Coney Island Stillwell Avenue Q train station and the historic Coney Island boardwalk and beach. Available apartments range from $367/month studios to $2,250/month three-bedrooms.

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Architecture, Downtown Brooklyn

Photos by Joe Thomas

The tallest office tower in Downtown Brooklyn officially opened its doors this week. Developed by JEMB Realty and designed by FXCollaborative, One Willoughby Square rises 34 stories and contains 500,000 square feet of office space. Abbreviated as 1WSQ, the tower is also the first new Class-A office building built in the area since the rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn in 2004.

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