The Mysteries of Brooklyn
The last few years have been shaky, at best, for the Broken Angel House in Brooklyn.
The beloved private home at 4 Downing Street in Clinton Hill will be on the auction block on March 29th, the Real Deal reports, bringing to a close years of trauma for one of the most distinct buildings in city.
April 30, 1994: a date seared into the hearts of all Irishmen. On that fated day, Jean Butler approached the stage in a Dublin Theater and, arms held stiff at her sides, moved her legs with impossible alacrity in a seven minute interlude. A standing ovation and several contracts later, Ms. Butler was the original Riverdance hoofer, tripping the light fantastic nightly for crowds around the world.
After years years trotting lithely across the globe’s most famous stages, Ms. Butler settled down in her hometown, New York, with Jack Spade’s lead menswear designer, Cuan Hanley. Perhaps the couple’s abode didn’t afford enough room for Ms. Butler to slip jig and hornpipe, as they have purchased a new duplex condo in Clinton Hill.
To look at the buildings neighboring it, 567 Vanderbilt Avenue is a typical four-story, mixed-use apartment building in Brooklyn. From the bricks it was built with to the upwardly mobile professionals and strollers it presumably houses, the structure is nearly identical to the other assets in that corner of Prospect Heights.
With a recent shift on the ground—characterized by relatively new restaurants like James, Cornelius and, inevitably, the Vanderbilt—sales prices in the neighborhood are rising.
But over on Vanderbilt Avenue in particular, where trendy bars and cafés pop up each week, prices are absolutely surging, in part because of Nostradamus-like predictions of basketball fans flooding the zone once the Nets start playing inside the proposed Atlantic Yards arena and, ultimately, exiting en masse from doors leading directly to the street.
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Who even knew they were making a Men In Black 3? Brooklyn developer Mendy Gorodetsky, that’s who. He has offered Will Smith free reign of the 2,300-square-foot penthouse at his brand-new development at 75 Grannd Avenue in Cobble Hill for the duration of the film’s production here in the city. Gatecrasher Read More
The goal was simple: find an apartment in leafy Fort Greene for under half a million dollars. It seemed like a no-brainer.
I searched The New York Times open house listings for under $500,000 in Fort Greene. Dozens of options presented themselves, many of them located on Clinton Avenue. Some were different apartments at the Read More
Flocks of 21- to 35-year-olds moved to Brooklyn in 2008, as the condo boom gave way to a renters’ market, reports The Brooklyn Eagle.
Almost half of the new renters in the first quarter of this year were between 21 to 25 years old, and 93 percent were under 35. The typical renter Read More
As a teenager I spent a fair amount of time traversing New York City’s urban terrain in search of live music. I was partial to punk. I spent a lot of time at Saturday punk matinees at ABC No Rio and the Dumbo art collective DUMBA. At 16, I marched down to Read More
Jonathan Butler, a 37-year-old Upper East Side native and Princeton graduate, has been blogging about Brooklyn real estate under the moniker Brownstoner for more than two years. He has, until now, kept his identity a secret, except to a tiny handful, including his wife Kira.
In mid-February, Mr. Butler quit his mid-level job at a Read More
Via Gowanus Lounge, on Sunday there will be a rally to protest yet another out-of-scale development in Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy. Not only are the developers at 335-345 Greene Avenue using the oft-abused “community facilities” floor-area-ratio boost, it appears they’re not exactly following safety guidelines:
The demo, being done by the fine Read More