Prospect Heights Edges Into Crown Heights
(New York Times) — It started at Grand Army Plaza, where in late 2008, architect Richard Meier opened a 15-story blue-tinged condo building of glass and steel. Then it spread eastward: boxy, glass-walled apartment and condo buildings started popping up all over Prospect Heights, a neighborhood of pre-World War II brick apartments and stately brownstones on the north side of Brooklyn’s leafy Prospect Park. Now, the attack of the fish-tank condos is pushing the boundary of Prospect Heights eastward into Crown Heights, an in-between neighborhood that realtors and developers have dubbed ProCro. The result is a mingling of million-dollar condos and sleek wine bars with creaky, rent-controlled buildings and graffiti-pocked bodegas. “There’s that sense that you’re in a burgeoning area that isn’t yet overrun, like Williamsburg,” said Robin Kops, a designer who toured condos in the area when he was considering buying last fall.