If you (re)build it, they will come

Newcastle Realty Services has experience with tumbledown landmarked buildings. It rebuilt these Bedford Street properties in Greenwich Village. Photo by Rob Abruzzese

Eye On Real Estate: New owner of 100 Clark St. restored tumbledown Village landmarks

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

This is what Newcastle Realty Services' restoration work looks like.

The owner of partly torn-down 100 Clark St. in Brooklyn Heights spent years restoring buildings on Bedford Street in Greenwich Village whose facades partly collapsed.

We checked out the properties the other day so that Brooklyn Heights residents who never leave their home turf can see the caliber of Newcastle's rebuilding work.

It looks solid and nicely put together, as this photo by colleague Rob Abruzzese shows. Especially when you realize that back in 2007, the facade “sheared off” 84 Bedford, as Newcastle president Margaret Streicker Porres told the New York Times last year, and the facade of 86 Bedford “was lying in the street.”

In our photo, 84 Bedford is the serene brick building on the corner of Barrow Street, seen at right.

The stone building to the left of it in our photo is 86 Bedford – which had housed a speakeasy named Chumley's since the days of Prohibition.

The condos in 84 Bedford quickly sold, reported last year. This year, some Village residents filed suit to try to stop Chumley's from reopening. Their allegation, that bar patrons will be “unruly, drunk and extremely loud,” has nothing to do with the building's restoration, of course.       

March 19, 2014 - 3:30pm



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