We may not be able to agree on a name for the neighborhood—is it Flatbush? or Ditmas Park? or Prospect Park South?—but at $2 million, the house at 114 Westminster Road is definitely a record for a single-lot Victorian home in whatever you choose to call it. (A house at 145 Argyle Road around the corner sold for $20,000 more last year, but it included an adjacent vacant full-sized lot.) Read More
If you have five million dollars and change burning a hole in your pocket, New York City offers you a wealth of options for stashing your cash. You could buy a five-story renovated townhouse in Kips Bay, or a three-bedroom in a new condo building at 85th and Lexington, with $800,000 left over for renovations. You could get a 2,200-square-foot condo in a historic Morris Adjmi-renovated building in Tribeca, or a brand-spanking-new five-level townhouse in Dumbo.
But if you’re of Sephardic, and especially Syrian, descent, with a multiplying brood, you might decide to skip all of that noise and head to Gravesend. Read More
Theater, film and magazine writing aren’t the most lucrative fields (at least, not for the vast majority of their practitioners), but Will Frears and Amy Larocca have found a way to make it work for them: the creatively-inclined couple just picked up a Cobble Hill townhouse for $3.25 million, according to city records.
The 20-foot-wide home at 289 Clinton Street doesn’t look to be in the best shape—it was an estate sale, with the house belonging to the late Annette Nolan—which could explain how the couple managed to snag it for a quarter million less than its $3.5 million ask. Read More
There aren’t many people in Brooklyn who could sell you a live human kidney in, but Levy Izhak Rosenbaum was one of them. He bought the kidneys, mostly in Israel, for around $10,000, and sold them onward in the United States for $120,000-160,000—a profit margin that would make drug dealers and hedge funders salivate.
“I am what you call a matchmaker,” Mr. Rosenbaum reportedly told an undercover agent, according to a federal complaint. One seller who made out better than others, netting $25,000 for his kidney, complained about feeling ripped off by the consensual deal. But Rachel Warshower, a supporter of Mr. Rosenbaum, perhaps taking a cue from some economists who support legalized organ trading, told the Associated Press, “There are no victims here.” She continued, “the donors are happy and the recipients are happy.” Read More
The MTA-owned building at 166 Smith Street in in Cobble Hill (or is it Boerum Hill? writing about this slice of Brooklyn always makes us sympathize with the coiners of “BoCoCa”) was, objectively speaking, one of the ugliest buildings in Brooklyn. The monstrosity at the corner of Smith and Wyckoff made am New York‘s top 10 fugliest buildings list in 2008, when they described it as, “a windowless two-story bunker from the ’20s that was encased in concrete a few years ago and now looks like it could withstand a nuclear blast.” Read More
Brighton Beach is a bit off the beaten path for most million-dollar-plus condo buyers—say, about 15 Q train stops off the beaten path—but for a certain sort of Slavic-accented buyer, it’s the only place to be.
So it went for Anna Sherbakova and Sergey Pichugov, who plopped down a hefty $3.5 million for a duplex penthouse at one of the waterfront towers, 125 Oceana Drive East, plus a parking spot. That makes it a record-setting sale for the neighborhood, according to über-appraiser Jonathan Miller. Read More
When Forest City Ratner executive vice president—and soon to be CEO, once Bruce Ratner steps down—MaryAnne Gilmartin spoke to Westchester Magazine, she was asked for “the most baseless criticism” leveled against her. She responded, “That I don’t really know Brooklyn, so I’m not qualified to develop a project there. I lived in Brooklyn from 1988 to 1993.”
That criticism is about to get a little more baseless: Ms. Gilmartin and her husband, James, just bought a townhouse in Park Slope, according to city records. The couple paid $3.85 million for the four-story, 20-foot-wide brownstone at 113 St. John’s Place, and will presumably be moving from their home in Edgemont, New York. Read More
The Watchtower Society may have all but divested itself of its waterfront Brooklyn holdings, but those seeking their own personal watch tower in the sky need not convert to get it—One Brooklyn Bridge Park, at 360 Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights, has re-listed its 14th-floor penthouse, and it can be all yours for just $5.5 million.
The unit has been on the market on and off since 2007, said broker Penelope Stipanovich at MNS, who has the listing, and the price was just cut from $7.25 million. Read More
Girls cinematographer Tim Ives has been receiving his latest paychecks thanks to northern Brooklyn’s most famous show, but he’s poised to collect an exceptionally fat check from the sale of his South Brooklyn townhouse. Mr. Ives and wife Sonia have just listed their Cobble Hill home for a healthy $3.5 million (it may be a bit too late for Christine Quinn to save this neighborhood).
The couple picked up the South Brooklyn pad, at 173 Warren Street, in 2003 for a mere $1.4 million, according to city records, so they should be able to buy themselves something nice with the difference. Maybe something a little more womanly? Like a Tribeca loft? Read More