Eye On Real Estate: And other fine spring sights in Brooklyn Heights


The Brooklyn Trust Company Building is free now of the construction shed, scaffolding and shroud that covered it. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring.

That line from poet Gerard Manley Hopkins came to mind the other day as we strolled the streets of Brooklyn Heights, checking up on some properties.

Lilac and cherry trees were blooming, stunning arrays of flowers were sprouting in window boxes and ornamental urns, green leaves — finally! — had unfurled on branches. There were blue hydrangeas on Orange Street. Hmm. The Mets’ team colors.

The city’s oldest landmarked neighborhood is an ideal setting for the season to shine. And the renovation projects and “For Sale” signs made the scene even more interesting.

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Hello, Gorgeous.

The shroud is gone. The construction shed and scaffolding have been carted away as well.

Once again, the façade of the Brooklyn Trust Company Building can be seen in its century-old glory. The bank building at177 Montague St., which houses a Chase branch, was designed to look like a palazzo in Verona.

The Stahl Organization is converting the upstairs office floors into 12 apartments. Asking prices for the condos range from approximately $3.35 million to approximately $4.2 million, a spokesman for the developer told Eye on Real Estate. Listing brokerage Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing launched sales on May 11.

The palazzo look-alike has frontage on Clinton and Pierrepont Streets. The residents’ entrance will be at 138 Pierrepont St.

Other Brooklyn Heights eye-catchers:

* The easy-to-love house at 51 Sidney Place is a fine sight to see in spring. The butter-yellow hue of its façade looks like sunshine.

* Another yellow-hued house everybody admires, 70 Willow St.,  is a notch less charming-looking than usual because it is in the throes of being remodeled by owners Dan Houser and his wife Krystyna.

Houser is the creator of the Grand Theft Auto video game series. As readers of course remember, in 2012 he bought the house where author Truman Capote once lived and wrote for $12.5 million, a record price for Brooklyn.

* The site at 153-157 Remsen St. where a 19-story, 60-unit residential and retail building is planned looks promising — but at present it’s not pretty. The last building standing, 157 Remsen, is partly torn down, and there’s a big hole in the ground.

What’s the construction timetable? We don’t know. “We’re not prepared to discuss the project at this time,” a staffer at Quinlan Development Group told us.

However, the developer’s website offers interesting info: The apartments will be rentals.

Also, according to Finance Department records, in April the developer obtained a $13,678,187.72  building loan mortgage for the property. Ka-Ching!

We’ve been obsessing about this site for a looong time. See “Related Articles” below for previous coverage.


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