Monday, July 29, 2013

Tiny Bookstore, Massive Development, Coming Soon

- The folks behind Little Zelda, Wedge, and It Takes a Village are launching their fourth venture in the neighborhood, a bookstore called Hullabaloo (small spaces are their strong suit). You can view their Kickstarter, which is raising money not for the store itself but for an event series to take place inside once it's open, to learn more about it. The space they're renting, many will recall, once housed a short-lived but very-hotly-debated pawn shop.

- Meanwhile, the megaproject in the old Studebaker service station and garage at 1000 Dean Street has confirmed that it will open October 1. The complete press release is copied below.

- Finally, they've been open two weeks and are neither particularly large nor particularly small, but Nimba, the newest coffee shop in the neighborhood, has a lovely, unexpectedly large, cool, and high ceilinged space for sitting and caffeinating. 

FROM:           BFC Partners
CONTACT:    Rubenstein Associates, Inc.
                        Public Relations
                        Barbara Wagner / Jacqueline Hlavenka


Occupancy at the 140,000-square-foot
mixed-use commercial hub begins Oct. 1st

New York, NY (July 29, 2013) –A joint venture of’s Jonathan Butler, BFC Partners and the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group announced today that office leasing has successfully begun at 1000 Dean Street, the newly-redeveloped, 140,000-square-foot commercial complex designed for artisans, creative companies, technology firms, not-for-profits, and artists in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The four-story, former Studebaker Service Station building – designed by architect Annabel Selldorf – offers spaces varying from 500 rentable square feet to 32,000 rentable square feet.
“As demand for affordable office space continues to ripple out beyond Brooklyn’s Tech Triangle, we are excited to be part of the exciting revitalization of the borough of Brooklyn,” said Joseph Ferrara, a partner with Don Capoccia and Brandon Baron at BFC Partners, 1000 Dean’s developer, along with Butler. Chris Havens of is the exclusive leasing agent for the building.
Designed with the needs of today’s growing technology and creative companies in-mind, 1000 Dean merges office, production and collaborative spaces under one roof. On the ground floor, where East Williamsburg’s 3rd Ward is creating a food business incubator facility, two entrances serve both Dean and Bergen Streets. A 9,000-square-foot beer hall, coffee house and outdoor garden with varied food outlets, as well as a private room is being developed. Soon, this will be the largest and most comfortable gathering place in the Crown Heights neighborhood, serving tenants, as well as neighborhood residents, with meeting, eating and drinking space.
“We are thrilled to offer small businesses the opportunity to grow their operations in Brooklyn,” said Margaret Anadu, vice president in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs.  “The project will play a role in the continued revitalization of Crown Heights by creating jobs, fostering innovation, and enhancing the productive use of the building.”
The modern, fully-renovated property features open plan layouts with all new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, elevators and fiber optics. The building’s upper three floors will be utilized as creative office space, with units as small as 500 square feet and flexible lease terms varying from one to five years.  Most rents range from $1,500 to $3,000 per month.
Located in the affordable, emerging and historic Crown Heights neighborhood, 1000 Dean is surrounded by a low-rise community of houses and small buildings. Crown Heights North boasts a new generation of restaurants, bars and quick fine food, supported by hardware, cleaning and child care services, with reasonable residential rents. Over three dozen new businesses have opened in the last few years, transforming the retail environment.
Occupancy is expected for October 1st, 2013. For more information about 1000 Dean Street, please visit

About Jonathan Butler/Brownstoner
Brownstoner is the leading site about Brooklyn real estate and renovation, and all the tangential topics that impact life inside and outside the home in Brooklyn; the site also boasts a Marketplace with over 3,000 real estate listings and 250 local businesses. Launched in October 2004 by Jonathan Butler, Brownstoner currently has over 200,000 unique visitors and almost two million page views per month. The site has been featured numerous times in publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and New York Magazine and was honored in 2008 by the Historic Districts Council for its role in preservation. Since 2012, Brownstoner has also offered coverage and listings of the Upstate New York market and in May 2013 Brownstoner Queens was launched to offer comprehensive coverage of the Queens real estate market and built environment. The company is headquartered in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

About BFC Partners
For the past 25 years, Brooklyn-based BFC Partners has been responsible for the acquisition, development, financing, construction, marketing and management of many of New York City’s finest residential, office and mixed-use projects. Since the firm’s inception in the 1985, BFC and its principals have completed over $1 billion in development projects, encompassing the construction of more than 5,000 residential units and millions of square feet of mixed-use development.

As a market leader, BFC Partners excels in finding creative solutions to unique and challenging projects, having been at forefront of the revitalization of many neighborhoods, including the East Village, Harlem, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn. BFC acts as the exclusive general contractor for all of its projects which allows complete control of the construction process, enabling the delivery of each building on-time and within budget. From conception of an idea through long-term property ownership, BFC maintains an active role in all of its properties.

About The Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group
Established in 2001, the Urban Investment Group deploys the firm's capital by making investments and loans that benefit urban communities.  Through its comprehensive community development platform, UIG is a catalyst in the revitalization of underserved neighborhoods.  UIG has committed more than $2.8 billion, facilitating the creation and preservation of approximately 13,200 housing units - the majority of which are affordable to low, moderate and middle-income families - as well as nearly 1,300,000 square feet of community facility and more than 1,900,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. was founded in October 2002 with the goal of approaching marketing campaigns in a completely creative way (creating trends, rather than following trends) and embracing the very best, honest and approachable Real Estate Brokers. Today, is a mid-sized company that fosters an intimate work environment (as you may characteristically find in small local brokerage companies), while boasting a sophisticated roster of exclusive listings and strong, working relationships with influential NYC developers (as you may characteristically find in large, corporate Manhattan-based firms). Our day-to-day activities are centered on the core principles of hard work, honesty, and professionalism. We strive to be a leader in Real Estate Marketing and garner respect from industry peers, in the areas of market presence, market knowledge, community activism, and customer service. 


  1. Very excited for the future bookstore! That is exactly the kind of place the neighborhood needs, and it sounds like it will cater to both old and new residents.