HATERS GONNA HATE
Martin Amis has become another soldier in a war against the sub-species known as “Brooklyn Hipsters.”
The London Evening Standard has a new piece about the British author and his apparent attitude toward the young and disaffected.
According to their mysterious source, the writer finds Brooklyn “terribly transactional.”
“He views the Brooklyn hipster scene as Read More
Big brother, meet little brother.
Armed with cameras, envelopes and postage, cops from Brooklyn’s 76th precinct are launching a new initiative called “Spot It To Secure It.” Starting next week, officers will patrol areas of Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Cobble Hill searching for valuables left visibly unattended in parked cars, snap a photo and Read More
Cobble Hill really wants to keep its hospital. Ever since the State University of New York trustees voted unanimously to close the Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, local politicians—and just about everyone else involved—have been desperately trying to keep the medical center open. A group of unions and doctors won a temporary reprieve, but the prognosis for the hospital is not good.
SUNY chairman H. Carl McCall claims that “There is no plan whatsoever with respect to real estate,” but local councilman Brad Lander, who represents the 39th District, snaking from Cobble Hill to Borough Park, thinks otherwise.
“It’s hard to pin down motives,” Mr. Lander told Crain’s New York Business, “but it doesn’t seem like all the avenues have been explored to make this facility profitable and have it continue to function as a hospital.” He estimated the value of the real estate at $500 million, if converted to housing, as is allowed by the current zoning designation.
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?
Mirror, mirror on the exposed-brick wall, who has the fairest Cobble Hill townhouse of them all? Well, that’s not for us to say, but 223 Warren Street is certainly the most expensive.
The four-story brownstone has set a neighborhood record, fetching a king’s ransom of $6.05 million. The sale, which closed yesterday, was slightly above the $6 million asking price. And what’s more, the townhouse also breaks the neighborhoods price-per-square foot townhouse record even if you don’t count the garage. (Yes, there’s a garage. And it fits two cars.) The new owners, who prefer to remain anonymous (they bought the place under an LLC named after the address), shelled out $1.55 for each of the home’s meticulously renovated 3,900 square feet.
Brooklyn has basically turned into one big celebrity orgy. With a recent influx of Hollywoodians, the borough has become the new Soho, Tribeca and Chelsea combined.
Today, we stumbled upon yet another star-studded transaction: Susan Sarandon has just purchased at 334 Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill. And, believe it or not, Ms. Sarandon isn’t the only bold-faced name on the deed. The home was sold by Danny Simmons, a poet, artist and older brother to Russell and Rev Run.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Leonard Lopate loves his Cobble Hill home. In a recent interview with the Post the radio host gushed about life in Brooklyn, where he moved in 2009 after spending 25 years in Chinatown. Currently a renter, Mr. Lopate claims that he would love to make his rented apartment a permanent home with his girlfriend Melanie Baker. One problem—the increasingly expensive Brooklyn hood may be out of his price range.
On Monday night, I was on 10th Avenue talking to the biological granddaughter of Brooklyn literary lioness Paula Fox. I asked her if she read Martin Amis. “I like Money,” said Courtney Love, sitting on a bench and smoking a cigarette outside a film premiere after-party. “I like John Self in Money,” she said. “I Read More
Martin Amis hasn’t just written the novels every Brooklynite pretends he or she can write. The BroBrit also just nabbed the brownstone every dweller wishes he or she had.
His new 5,300-square-foot brownstone is 22 feet wide by 60 feet deep and is currently configured as separate apartments. It features restored pine plank floors, tin ceilings and marble mantels, Read More