115 Prospect Park Southwest

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115 Prospect Park Southwest, Brooklyn, NY

115 Prospect Park Southwest
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Building Information
Number of Units 69
Number of Floors 3
Year Built 1990
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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115 Prospect Park Southwest, Brooklyn, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R6A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Landscaped Entrance at 115 Prospect Park SW


115 Prospect Park Southwest is a low-rise three story walk-up building with 69 residences, located in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn. The front of the building is nicely landscaped with willow trees, and the street it is located on a tree-lined street. The name suits it well as it rests directly at the border of the famous Prospect Park, overlooking Lookout Hill and Prospect Park Lake. Both duplex style condominium residences, as well as single-level residences are available in the building. 115 Prospect Park Southwest is a pet and rental friendly building, with nearby access to many attractions.

Prospect Park, one of the main features of the building's location, takes up an area of 585 acres in Brooklyn's Windsor Terrace area. At the top of the park is Brooklyn's Public Library, and throughout the park are many attractions that The Long Meadow, which is a 90-acre grassy area, the Picnic House which is often used for private parties, Prospect Park Lake which is Brooklyn's only lake and covers 60 acres of the park. Also found at the park is the Prospect Park Band-shell that hosts many outdoor events and concerts. The park features sports fields and the Prospect Park Zoo.

Opened to the public on October 19, 1867 while it was still under construction, Prospect Park's land was purchased from Edwin Clarke Litchfield, a real estate developer who had built his home on the land in 1857. His manor is still standing at the park, which cost the Parks Commission $1.7 million dollars to purchase including the surrounding land which now makes up Prospect Park.[1]


Location

Aside from the enormous outdoor attraction of Prospect Park just across the street from 115 Prospect Park Southwest residences, other outdoor attractions also lie within a short walking distance. Among these more modest outdoor areas are Bartel-Pritchard Square, Butterfly Gardens, Slope Park, and Machate Circle. The nearest public transportation route is located just one block south on Prospect Park Southwest, Prospect PK SW - Terrace Pl bus station. Nearly fifteen other public transportation options are within walking distance from the building.

Nearby schools which would be in the catchment area of 115 Prospect Park Southwest include The Windsor Terrace School, The Parkside School, and John W Kimball School. Many day care centers are also found within walking distance.

Many restaurants are found in the nearby vicinity, including a selection of different types of cuisine and many different pizzeria shops. Many coffee houses are also nearby; the nearest coffee shop is two blocks from the residences and is called Savor Brooklyn. Grocery stores and other shops are also found in the area. Car share programs offer a transportation alternative; RelayRides and Zipcar have stations that are conveniently located nearby the building.[2]

Construction

The three story walk-up building rests on a lot across from Prospect Park with a size of 0.81 acres or 35,401 square feet. The building is a concrete structure with a light brick façade exterior. The building features a pathway from the road that leads to a concrete staircase and a red-awning entrance. The small building features multi-pane windows and no balconies.

The building exudes an old-world charm and a simple architectural design with a flat roof-line. The landscaped entrance fits in well with the nearby geography and landscape; although Prospect Park Southwest is a major route, it also offers a feeling of quietness with its lushly landscaped aspect.[3]


Layout and Features

115 Prospect Park Southwest features 69 residences of varying size. Many of the floor plans are two level duplex style condominiums that offer much the same feel as a town home or detached house. The spaces feature plenty of light, and although the building is dated, most of the floor plans are very open. Opens kitchens lead to large living areas that feature exposed brick for a warm and historic feel.

Bedrooms are large in size with lots of closet storage space. Many of the residences offer in-unit laundry or laundry hookups, while some still rely on the shared laundry. The duplex units feature cast-iron stairs with a loft style master bedroom on the upper level. Many of the original parquet style hardwood floors have been refinished for a historic yet modern look.

Many of the spaces also offer views of Prospect Park, and with high vaulted ceilings, the views, light, and openness of the spaces are maximized. Some of the layouts also offer master en-suite master bathrooms and large walk-in closets. The pet-friendly building offers a fully equipped fitness center.[4]


Floor Plans

Very few floor plans are available for 115 Prospect Park Southwest. Here is an example of a duplex.

Amenities

Amenities offered at 115 Prospect Park Southwest include:

  • Fitness Center
  • Shared Laundry
  • Central Air Conditioning


Bylaws

115 Prospect Park Southwest Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • 115 Prospect Park Southwest is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership

Sustainability

As a 1990s building, the focus of the builders was not on the sustainable features offered, but the building does offer some eco-friendly aspects such as:

  • Sustainable building materials of concrete and brick that require little maintenance
  • Interior upgrades of energy-efficient kitchen appliances and light fixtures throughout
  • Sustainable interior materials such as stone and hardwood
  • Lots of natural light to cut back on the need for electrical lighting
  • Nearby to public transportation, car share programs, and amenities within walking distance
  • On-site fitness center that requires little energy consumption and encourages residents to stay local

Other measures that homeowners can take to ensure they are leading an eco-friendly lifestyle are:

  • Recycle, reduce, and reuse
  • Unplug electrical outlets when not in use
  • Use reusable diapers
  • Use reusable coffee mugs


Trivia

Barenaked Ladies Album Cover

Soon to hit the stage of the Prospect Park Bandshell for yet another outdoor concert is the Canadian rock band, Barenaked Ladies, often abbreviated to BNL. Currently in the band's roster, which was formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario, is Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart. The band is best known for their single, which every person on the planet must love, entitled "If I Had a Million Dollars." The song is self-explanatory and catapulted their career, also landing them a theme song for the TV series, The Big Bang Theory.

The group began as just a duo when Ed Robertson and Steven Page, longtime classmates, began their friendship after a Peter Gabriel Concert. Their duo eventually led to the addition of Jim, Kevin, and Tyler, and Steven Page announced his departure from the band in more recent years on February 24, 2009. Their initial Canadian success lead to multiple Juno Awards and a nomination for the Grammy Awards.

Their 1998 release "Stunt" catapulted their success in the United States, and still remains to be their greatest American breakthrough success. The song from their album entitled "One Week" spent exactly that amount of time at the number one spot on the storied Billboard Hot 100.[5]


References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Walk Score
  3. Hot Pads
  4. NY Times
  5. Wikipedia


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