NHL Team Owner Buys 2 Pierrepont

In July we noted that Brooklyn Law School had put 2 Pierrepont Street (photo), which has served as student and faculty housing since the school bought it for $2.2 million thirty years ago, up for sale. The Real Deal now reports that Vincent Viola, owner of the NHL Florida Panthers, has bought it for $35 million, a tidy sum for the school. No word on the new owner’s plans for the building; our guess is a gut renovation for–what else?–luxury condos.

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  • HereToStay

    Every time I walk by I think how loud it must be facing the park with all the screaming kids and the summertime ice cream truck with it’s loud diesel truck running for whole day…

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’m surprised you associate this corner with unwanted noise, of all things.

    “How loud”, you wonder? Not even close to as loud as Montague, Henry, Hicks, Joralemon, and other arteries through the neighborhood on which fussy, impatient drivers use their horns to express every single minor discontentment that occurs to them, well before the kids have woken up and well after they’ve gone to sleep, and at a much higher volume than the idling engine of probably the only ice cream truck in Brooklyn that doesn’t incessantly blare the same music loop from its speaker.

  • HereToStay

    All I can say is that we went to look at a coop at 35 Pierrepont and with the windows open all you could hear was screaming children. So I can only imagine what it is like looking right over it – horrible. I know in my own house when a access-a-ride is outside it is really, really loud.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    My surprise persists: that block is a very sound (no pun intended) investment, as real estate is concerned.

    As to your horror at the sound of screaming kids, one might surmise that you dislike children and were therefore looking in the wrong neighborhood. (That screaming you heard is just what they sound like in very large groups. Up close they tend to be a bit quieter and very pleasant.)

    But hey–to each his/her own. I hope you found a place that suits your needs.

  • HereToStay

    So… You are either a broker or live there. Look, it is a fact: playgrounds are loud. Very, very loud. And most people do not buy homes facing them because of that reason. There is nothing to debate about it — and it has nothing to do with liking children; I think they are great and enjoy mine and their friends… You just have some vested interest or, not unlike others on this blog, only want your view to be heard. Anyone who does not agree, you try to make light of…

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’m just a proponent of friendly and intelligent people moving into the neighborhood.

    As for playgrounds being loud, I think that’s a *partially* true statement. The one in question has swells during the day, typically occurring at points between 10am and 5pm, when it can get really loud, and a lot of other times when it’s as quiet as anywhere else in the neighborhood–sometimes more so. My original comment was in response to your reaction to what must have been one of those points in this pattern; in my humble opinion, hardly a property deal breaker.

    Anyway, “loudness” is a metric that we can agree upon, but you used the word “horrible”, which I think to be fair qualifies the loudness in ways children don’t deserve. And as we’ve established, we both have kids. They can be loud. But they’re not horrible. That’s what I was reacting to. :)

  • Andrew Porter

    The repetitive sound of the ice cream truck’s music, with its idling engine pumping out pollution, would make me go for a very high floor in this building. Double-glazed windows would take care of a lot of screaming kid noise.

    Not that I don’t love kids. Why, as Robert Bloch used to say, I have the heart of a 10-year old. In a jar on my desk…