Reader Contribution Du Jour: Open House At 267-269 Kingsland Avenue


Tony From Grandparents Avenue writes:


If it interests you…

For starters, this building is ass ugly, but it’s also illegal. The top floor of this building breaks the law when it exceeds 5 feet height on what they call an attic. It wouldn’t be that big of a deal if it wasn’t what cropped out a third of our view of the city skyline, including our favorite: the Chrysler Building. It sucks. We got a stop work order on it and they took out the windows and just put walls up. But after a few months they re-installed the windows. We hate this building. And apparently not too many people do like it. In an unprecedented move (unless you can correct me), the developer is putting these 16 units up for auction (more on that) and today was the open house. These units were originally going for half a million a piece, but now have a starting bid at $150,000!! We had to go check it out. Here’s some pictures from today. And we are not done writing letters and although there doesn’t seem like there’s any way to get our view back, I would like to give them as much hell about it as we can.



And last— but hardly least— the attic.

267-269kingsland atticNYS


Miss Heather


6 Comments on Reader Contribution Du Jour: Open House At 267-269 Kingsland Avenue

  1. dc108 on Sun, 18th Oct 2009 9:44 pm
  2. If not for the condo-ization of Greenpoint, I would have never thought they could build something uglier than the house that used to be at 267-269.

  3. Tony From Kent Street on Mon, 19th Oct 2009 10:44 am
  4. Well it wasn’t beautiful, but it was consistent with the neighborhood, which I think is more important than one person’s aesthetic. Not to mention, it was locally owned and legal.

  5. kat on Mon, 19th Oct 2009 1:55 pm
  6. I live down the street and I’m really curious (and confused) about this entire thing — will the condos actually sell for $150K?

  7. dc108 on Tue, 20th Oct 2009 11:31 am
  8. @Tony, I completely agree. That monstrosity looks nothing like the rest of that block, but the owners must’ve decided that the land they had the house and garage (which I believe they rented space in) on was worth too much not to sell.

  9. Tony From Kent Street on Tue, 20th Oct 2009 5:28 pm
  10. if anyone’s still reading… most of the units will have a starting bid of actually $175K. I doubt they will go for that low but you might get a $300K place for what was supposed to be worth more. Condo fees are $441/month and real estate taxes are $600/month and you have to pay $20K down.

    What’s tricky is that people may get the auction but not the mortgage from the bank. Banks shy away from giving mortgages to condos that aren’t full of tenants. And the auction house made it clear that you can’t get out of the deal just because you can’t find a bank to finance your home.

  11. Spanky on Wed, 21st Oct 2009 1:21 pm
  12. I’m moving to a 4 bedroom with lr and dr and eat in kitchen in croton for $1600. Fuck NYC.

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