Dr. George Bugliarello, who served as president of the Polytechnic Institute of New York, spearheading the development of MetroTech, did not believe when first he was offered the position, in the 1970s, that a beleaguered Brooklyn could support “a great university.” Nonetheless, by the time Dr. Bugliarello died in 2011, MetroTech—troubled though it’s been—had arguably helped to spur the redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn, which is at least at the geographic center of the borough’s explosive renaissance, if far from its cultural core. And his wife Virginia Bugliarello, it seems, finds the area quite attractive indeed. She’s just purchased a $1.6 million co-op at 47 Plaza Street West, in Park Slope, according to city records.
Park Slope, too, has come up in the world since developers broke ground on MetroTech in 1989. (Sellers Anne and Cristian Bartoc bought the apartment in 2006 for just $999,000.) But Ms. Bugliarello’s new building has a considerably older—and some might even say Manhattanite—pedigree, having been designed by Candela himself. Serviced directly by an elevator, complete with operator, the two-bedroom boasts 14 windows and views of New York Harbor, the Verrazano Bridge and Grand Army Plaza. It has, according to the listing shared by Maxine Resnick and Alyssa Morris of Corcoran, “a rambling Upper West Side feel with a distinctive Park Slope edge.” What exactly constitutes “Park Slope edge” is, we must confess, totally beyond our imagination. Still, what the co-op might lack in grit, it makes up for in muted stateliness, with French doors, a large formal dining room and, of course, a short walk to the Botanical Gardens and Prospect Park.
A short walk away, too—to Ms. Bugliarello’s great relief, no doubt—will be Mr. and Ms. Bartoc, who, perhaps anticipating a healthy profit on their old place, bought a home on Saint Marks Avenue back in February for $2.55 million. It’s a townhouse, of course, and a five-bedroom one at that. Though it might not have the regal presence of a Candela co-op, the house is certainly much closer to what we tend to think of as the Park Slope gold standard. Though “edge” doesn’t much enter into it.