South Brooklyn’s waterfront neighborhoods have long fostered considerable charm and affluence despite being overshadowed by the explosion of “brownstone Brooklyn,” Williamsburg and Bushwick.
A few isolated incidents—take the 2011 Brighton Beach boardwalk shooting—and Superstorm Sandy didn’t help with image improvement, but recent developments point to South Brooklyn’s waterfront communities as the next Kings County neighborhoods to catch fire.
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.
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.”
When New Yorkers think about $4 million Brooklyn homes, their first thoughts are probably about brownstones in South Brooklyn and Park Slope. But when photo equipment prince Solomon Mosseri, of Beach Camera, and wife Tamar were in the market for a $4 million home in Brooklyn, they looked way south: Gravesend.
The detached single-family home they picked up at 2029 East 3rd Street from the Franco family might not look like much—its red brick façade wouldn’t be out of place in any number of cheaper Brooklyn neighborhoods, and its Mission-style ceramic roof tiles look straight out of fill-in the blank Los Angeles suburb—but the price and the location, if not the house, were exceptional—the Mosseris paid $4.35 million, according to city records. For some buyers, East 3rd Street in Gravesend is as good as it gets.
Cully Cody Moore and Matthew Thomas Ryan
Met: Sept. 6, 2002
Engaged: March 2, 2005
Projected Wedding Date: Dec. 17, 2005
“I think I’ve just seen the most handsome man in Manhattan,” Cody Moore gushed to a friend via cell phone, striding through Grand Central Terminal on her way home from her job Read More