Monday, August 20, 2007

Condo Conversion On Rogers Ave.

While browsing through the NY Post's archives on Prospect-Lefferts Garden, I found an article titled "Lefferts All Right." It describes the buzz surrounding the neighborhood, its charm, and its proximity to Manhattan and Prospect Park.

"If you've been listening to the buzz, chances are you've heard that Prospect Lefferts Gardens (or PLG) is the next "it" neighborhood. While not as trendy as nearby Park Slope or Prospect Heights, the area does have its unique charms, including grand Victorian homes and well-tended yards."

What was most interesting about the article was its assertion that "what has truly been missing from this beautiful 'hood is housing stock." It went on to describe how the call for condos has been answered by a huge development called Lefferts South, at 2233 Caton Ave. (Which is technically not in Prospect Gardens.)

"Another condo that has people talking is a six-family house on Rogers Avenue near Lefferts Avenue. Developer Joe Schwartz thinks it has the old-world charm people love about Lefferts Gardens but offers more value than older properties in the area.

The two-bedroom units are 850 square feet with high ceilings, roof and backyard access and hardwood floors, and will be priced around $350,000 to $400,000. The building will open for sales in three to five months."

I blogged about this building last year. They completely gutted this building, which was basically a shell, and restored it back to its original charm. The owner had to restore all the original details on the facade because this six family building sits in the Prospect-Lefferts historical district. He even reconstructed the original front door.
I think this condo conversion is a great addition to that stretch of Rogers Ave. It's busy, but it has a lot of potential.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Pictures From the Bay Ridge Tornado

The tornado damage in Bay Ridge was worse than I thought. Last year, when I purchased a home in Bedford Stuyvesant, an agent from Allstate Insurance told me that the company had stopped insuring homes in New York because they expected a major hurricane/storm to hit the area.

I thought Allstate was just trying to get out of the homeowner insurance business to recoup loses after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But, their forecasts might be coming true, as the world suffers from the effects of global warming daily.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Only Black-Owned Bar on Smith Street

Urban-City USA meets Hipsterville

According to The Village Voice there's something special and unique about "NY Perks." NY Perks happens to be the only black owned bar on Smith Street. Is this true?

Read the article: Chocolate Factory

SlideShow: Bushwick

amNY SlideShow of the Week

Bushwick is defined by Broadway on the west, the Queens County line on the east, Flushing Avenue on the north and Conway Street and the Cemetery of the Evergreens to the south.

View Slideshow: Bushwick
Read amNY article: Bushwick On the Rise