Two Family Mint Condition For Sale in Bushwick

155 St. Nicholas Ave                               1                                   


4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath

Asking: $1,220,000

Two Family Frame

Btwn. Stanhope & Stockholm

Delivered Vacant

Originally constructed in the 1920’s as a carriage house and stable, this quaint two-family townhouse is available for the first time in 40 years. The property is located in the rapidly developing area of Bushwick bordering ‘East Williamsburg’ and has been meticulously maintained by the same family since with significant improvements, such as a fully finished basement with kitchenette and a half bathroom, a partially paved and landscaped backyard, as well as, new windows and siding. The property layout is a 2.5 bedroom apartment with living room, dining room/den and an eat-in kitchen on the 2nd floor over a 2 bedroom apartment with living room, den and an eat-in kitchen on the 1st floor over a fully finished basement. The basement and 1st floor unit could easily be combined to create an owner’s duplex or increase the market rent for that unit. The house features plenty of character which has been preserved over the years, including tin ceilings, glass paned doors and knobs, and more. Being delivered vacant and in mint condition. Located in the epicenter of all that Bushwick and Brooklyn living have to offer, including many up and coming eateries, lounges, art and entertainment, and transportation is available only a block away at the L train at Dekalb Avenue.

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Kristen Jock

Licensed R.E. Associate Broker

Fillmore Real Estate

345 Atlantic Ave

(C) 518.859.3056

Checking in on the New Development Pipeline

Looking back on this article from Spring of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,  Bushwick poised for new development and growth | Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the new development projects have been progressing as these areas have been rezoned for residential use, and now permits are being filed to move forward on construction.

The condo market, along with large residential and mixed use development, is taking hold in the neighborhood. As rental prices continue to rise in and around Bushwick, the option to buy an apartment may become more attractive to the next generation of buyers with disposable income. And many developers are considering that rationality when pricing these condo units in an adolescent, but burgeoning market. Instead of basing price on previously sold comparables, since there are relatively few, developers are considering what the average renter is paying to lease, and using that figure as a monthly allowance for what a buyer in the neighborhood would be able to afford.

For Sale: 985 Hart St in Bushwick

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Asking: $949,000

Three Family Frame

Btwn. Wyckoff  & St Nicholas Ave

Best Location! This two story, 3 family property is located on the eastern side of Bushwick between the Jefferson and Dekalb L train stops and around the corner from Wyckoff Hospital. This multi family features a 2.5 bedroom over 2 bedroom over a 1 bedroom finished garden level. Additional FAR available to build onto the existing property. This is an excellent investment opportunity in an up and coming area for someone looking to live in this eclectic neighborhood and supplement their income with rental units.

For more information:

Kristen Jock

Licensed Associate Broker

Fillmore Real Estate

345 Atlantic Ave

(c) 518-859-3056

Meet the Neighbors

While out and about in my neighborhood prospecting, I had an interesting conversation with a local neighbor, who has lived in Bushwick for over 40 years and seen innumerable changes to the neighborhood in that time period.  Our discussion revolved around the historical evolution of the neighborhood before, during and after the 1977 black out, drug wars, riots and eventual burn out of Bushwick.  Also, the gentleman theorized that the powers that be forecasted and initiated the decline and eventual uprise of the area.

I was admitting how many people display disfavor towards people in my line of work, especially in these areas which have seen rapid gentrification and displacement of many of the neighborhood’s long time residents.  He mentioned how after the blackout and rioting and general destruction of the neighborhood, you couldn’t get loans to buy in the neighborhood. Landlords set fire to their buildings and those surrounding, as a consequence of their proximity, in order to claim insurance at a time when you couldn’t give away your property in Bushwick.  There were, however, those with inside information that the area would be given a revival.  Some of the lucky residents were told not to sell despite the harsh conditions, and that one day their property would be worth a fortune.  Blockbusting and illegal relocation techniques were used to drive out many of Bushwick’s residents to Long Island and sold the ‘American Dream’.

This conversation definitely provided a different perspective to the gentrification issue of Bushwick, and it was most intriguing to hear how certain events can have such pre-calculated and lasting effects on an area.  For those of us who are newer to the neighborhood, it certainly provides insight into integrating into our neighborhood and breaking down the segregations which exist within.

Vacant Lot For Sale

3-27 St Nicholas Ave @ Gates Ave 

  • Lot Size: 25×94 Sq Ft
  • Zoning: C2-4, R6B (Potential to build up to 4 stories, 2 stores plus 5 residential units or 6 residential units)
  • border of Ridgewood/Bushwick
  • 1 block to the L & M trains at Myrtle-Wyckoff
  • Asking $579K

Contact me at to inquire about more information on this property.

Bunna Cafe: Ethiopian Pop Up Cafe in Bushwick

Bunna Cafe: Ethiopian Pop Up Cafe in Bushwick

Bunna, named after one of the essentials in life, coffee, this Ethiopian pop up cafe in Bushwick hosts monthly secret parties and dinner parties.  Check out the link above on the upcoming event, Fasika, on May 4th, celebrating the Ethiopian Easter celebration! Dinner, coffee making, live music & more!


Development in Bushwick: Q1 Review

Development in Bushwick: Q1 Review

The development of Bushwick and Ridgewood is on the rise, boasting the largest numbers for new dwelling development in Brooklyn.  Check out the link to the Wyckoff Heights blog to see the trends in development in the neighborhood. I’m happy to see my neck of the woods in Bushwick with the most development.

Brownstoner’s Building of the Day: 683-691 Bushwick Avenue

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Row houses
Address: 683-691 Bushwick Avenue
Cross Streets: Myrtle Avenue and Suydam Street
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1890
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Theobald M. Engelhardt
Other Work by Architect: Much of Bushwick and the Eastern District, including row houses, tenements, mansions, churches, schools, breweries and factories.
Landmarked: No, but part of a proposed William Ulmer Historic District

The story: William Ulmer was perhaps Bushwick’s most well-known brewer, which is saying something, as by the 1890s, Brooklyn, the fourth largest city in America, had 45 active breweries. By the turn of the 20th century, his large brewery complex on Belvidere and Locust Streets in Bushwick produced over three million gallons of the frothy brew a year. Brooklyn’s German and, more and more, non-German population had made beer the king of beverages, and William Ulmer was certainly one of the princes of beer.

The success of his business made Ulmer a millionaire, and like many rich men, he began investing money in real estate ventures. He never seemed to be too interested in it, however, and aside from his own homes, he seems to have bankrolled only one project, this group of five large Queen Anne row houses. But, like many property owners in Bushwick, for all of his projects, he relied on the talents of only one architect – the most talented and prolific architect in the region: Theobald M. Engelhardt.

Mr. Engelhardt has been featured here many times; he was one of Brooklyn’s most important and prolific architects of the late 19th century. He was the son of German immigrants, and grew up in Williamsburg. His father was a builder, and early in his career, young Theobald began building, and later designing breweries. His career took off from there, as brewers needed houses for themselves, their workers, they needed clubs and places of worship; all kinds of buildings were needed in the growing Williamsburg-Bushwick-eastern Bedford district.

Engelhardt designed most of William Ulmer’s brewery complex, now a landmark. He also designed the Ulmer mansion, and this row of houses. He was obviously Ulmer’s architect of choice. It’s unclear if these were built to be sold or rented to the top management of the brewery, or were just speculative housing, but his target buyer here was a person of means. These are large, beautiful examples of upper middle-class housing, and were all single family houses, when built.

They soon became a “Doctor’s Row,” with physicians occupying many of them for at least the next ten or so years. 683 was home to a Dr. Robert Daniels, Dr. William Runger, in 1896, Dr. Herman Bender in 1899, and son Dr. Philip Bender in 1911. 687 was owned by Dr. Theodore Burr in 1898, Dr. Frederick A. Cook, in 1899-1902, and Dr. Frederick Cordes, in 1903. 691 was home to Dr. Benjamin Maggio in 1917. It was also home to a judge before Dr. Maggio, Magistrate Higginbotham, from 1903 to at least 1905. The house in the middle, number 685, belonged to Henry Eppig, son of another prominent brewer, Leonhard Eppig. Henry was big in the ice business, and the principal stockholder of the Eastern Ice Association.

One name in the group may also be familiar, as well. Dr. Frederick Cook was the famous arctic explorer who was a member of several important expeditions to Greenland and the North Pole, as well as an ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1897. When he wasn’t out in the world exploring, he was a successful surgeon living here for at least three years. He and Robert E. Peary both claimed to be the first to the North Pole, in 1908, and popular regard is that Peary won, causing the beginning of Cook’s decent into disgrace and misery.

Before that, in 1902, Cook married his second wife, and the newlywed couple moved from 687 Bushwick to the mansion that is generally associated with his name, the old Frederick Lipsius mansion, at 670 Bushwick Avenue. This mansion also designed by Engelhardt, for yet another successful brewer, but is generally thought to be the William Ulmer mansion. In reality, the Ulmer mansion was just across the street, and was torn down in the 1990s. A tale for another time in a neighborhood full of interesting stories.

Green Space in and around Bushwick

With the commencement of Spring, many New Yorkers are ready for a change of weather and more time outdoors.  Although we are surrounded by a lot of concrete, we are blessed in New York City with wonderful parks such as Central Park, Prospect Park, Highline, Fort Tyrone and more. It’s even more wonderful to stroll down the block and grab some rays of sunshine in a grassy spot in your neighborhood.  Not to mention, your pets will love you more if you find one close to home.

So here is a list of some parks in the Bushwick area and their highlights:

Maria Hernandez Park located between Knickerbocker and Irving Avenue from Starr to Suydam Street.  This is a newly remodeled park in the epicenter of Bushwick with lots of activity surrounding it.  Plenty of restaurants nearby to grab a picnic lunch if you didn’t bring your own.

Irving Square Park located between Knickerbocker and Wilson Avenue from Weirfield to Halsey Street.  This is a low key park with a lot less activity than Maria Hernandez.  Mostly occupied by children during the daytime being that it’s located adjacent to a school.  If you’re looking for a more relaxing outing, this is a good place.

Cleveland Park located between Fairview and Grandview Avenue from Stanhope to Dekalb.  This park is good for all ages and my personal favorite.  Located in the family oriented neighborhood of Ridgewood, just north of the L, this park offers a large soccer field with turf, playground, jogging paths, tennis, racquet, and basketball courts, as well as plenty of trees and benches for lounging.  In the morning, you find the 50 and above crowd getting in their daily exercise.  There is no better motivation than watching a 75 year old play racquetball.  In the afternoons and evenings, the park is filled with young kids and adults playing soccer and having family outings.

Highland Park located between the Jackie Robinson Expressway and Jamaica Avenue.  This is a large park which feels forest like and is better suited for the outdoorsy type.  A great place to go hiking along the footpaths.  There are also several picnic areas with grills available for entertaining a larger group.  There is also a lake, fountain, flower garden, recreational areas with tennis, football, baseball and skating during the Winter.