“I made my career on films that probably shouldn’t have been made, economically,” production designer Mark Friedberg once told Capital New York. Either things have recently changed for Mr. Friedberg or he was being awfully humble: his movies might not have made sense economically, but they made enough for him to make what appears to be a record-breaking townhouse buy.
Mr. Friedberg and his wife, Lydia Pilcher, just picked up a three-story brownstone at 32 South Portland Avenue for $3.75 million, blowing past the record 181 Washington Park, which sold last spring for $3.28 million.
Do you live in Fort Greene? Enjoy sipping seasonal cocktails outside of Roman’s, playing fetch with your dog in Fort Greene park, bragging to all your friends about how low key and undiscovered and underrated Fort Greene is? Well, if you rent you should probably start skimming the real estate listings right now, as Fort Greene has been declared Brooklyn’s most livable neighborhood by The L Magazine.
Of course, its hard to tell if readers of the hipster glossy will take the ranking to heart, following the prevailing counter cultural fashions of the day, or if they will display a contrarian streak, as they are sometimes wont to do, and seek out the next industrial wasteland to remake in their tattooed image.
It has been a summer of stunning performances, victories and defeats, and titles won, lost and held. And no, we’re not talking about the Olympics, but the Brooklyn brownstone market.
In Fort Greene, this summer saw two record-high townhouse sales, with 152 Lafayette Avenue, a four-story Greek revival home coming in a close second to the five-story Fort Greene Park-facing 181 Washington Park, which closed this spring for $3.28 million—setting a record for the neighborhood.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Besides the distinctive red brick arches, there is very little left of the old Salvation Army citadel that stood for years, vacant and crumbling, at 321 Ashland Place.
The citadel, like so many other parts of Fort Greene, has been transformed. A seven-story building—the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s new performing arts hall, the Richard B. Read More
Den of Thieves
Ever think “Where’s my wallet?” when walking around the Atlantic Terminal or Atlantic Center malls?
It’s probably missing. The shopping centers have become the “singular crime epicenter in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct,” The New York Times reports.
Tales of Retail
The 1% percent are at it again! No, today it’s not a solitary fat cat out to get the masses, but the company behind the blue bloods’ consummate accoutrement: Rolex.
You’d think they’d be busy enough in the holiday season polishing their glimmering time pieces, but no! Instead they’re taking on the little guy as embodied in a small Brooklyn delicatessen, the Post reports.
We at The Observer pride ourselves on being able to tag these virtual house tours with a little witticism, which we think pokes fun at the property itself, and thus gives depth to its role in the circus-like New York City real estate scene. That said, we are finding ourselves at a loss for a snarky bon mot while taking in this seemingly flawless Fort Greene listing from Prudential Douglas Elliman.
Then again, we are also fans of having equity, so here goes nothin’…
Back in May, The Observer reported that downtown designer Robert Geller had bought a brownstone in Fort Greene of all places. Now, he does that most Brooklyn of things and invites Details along while he gets a haircut. There, they talk about renovating his new historic home, architectural and international inspirations, and the beauty of his adopted borough.
As if the traffic and sports bars weren’t bad enough, the construction of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project has triggered an all-too-apt infestation of Rattus norvegicus in neighboring Prospect Heights and Fort Greene.
Restaurant Reviews Reviews
In October of last year, Sam Sifton ventured down to the corner of Houston and Orchard to try Eddie Huang’s restaurant, Xiao Ye. The review was nice in places but consisted mostly of cutting, savage critiques of the dishes interwoven with references to the hip-hop blasting through the speakers. “Your boy Eddie’s basement, with Read More