UPDATE 5/7/07: The family of the man mentioned in the Brooklyn Eagle story excerpted below is questioning its veracity. The article has since been removed from the newspaper's website. BHB has been able to verify that a "David A*****" was listed as resident of 187 Hicks in the telephone records as late as 2006 and as early as 1963. However, we have not been able to find any corroborating information regarding the other claims made in the Eagle's story including the report of rent control and the family's contiguous residency. And while there is evidence that Mr. A***** was born in Brooklyn in 1920 or 1921, there is no proof that he was born in Brooklyn Heights, much less AT 187 Hicks.
The A***** family, parents and son, lived at 187 Hicks Street for a combined total of 106 years. At the time of his death, son D**** was paying a reported $451.12 a month in rent. That same apartment will sell for somewhere north of $800K as a coop after renovation.
Brooklyn Eagle: A Real NY Real Estate Story: There are a million stories in the naked city, as they say about New York.
Jay Schippers, a Brooklyn developer, says he has one — “a real New York City real estate story.” A tenant in one of his buildings in Brooklyn Heights died in March. And, although that’s not such an unusual thing, it is unusual that the former tenant, the late David A****, was born in the apartment — at 187 Hicks St., known as Florence Court — and lived there his entire life.
“His parents were the first tenants to move into the unit when the building was first built in 1901 and they passed the apartment down to their son,” said Schippers, president of Jay M. Schippers Realty. “So the unit has been in the same family its entire history of 106 years.”
Note: We have omitted the name of the man in the story here on BHB out of respect for his family. While this information is readily available via the public domain, we ask that you refrain from posting it in comments below. Thank you.
The Eagle also reports that the new owner of the former Watchtower property at 10 Clark Street plans to rent the 37 available units in the building ASAP.