Architectural eye candy in Flatbush Caton Market’s neighborhood
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An old-time movie palace that has come back to life. A high school that looks like a castle. A church built in the 1790s.
The streets near Flatbush Caton Market are filled with architectural eye candy — and shoppers frequenting busy stores and restaurants.
With the market slated for a makeover — see related story — we want to show readers the vibrant neighborhood that surrounds it.
These buildings are in Flatbush for the most part; some are in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
* KINGS THEATRE at 1027 Flatbush Ave. originally opened in 1929 as the Loew’s Kings — a palace for movie-goers that was referred to as a “Wonder Theatre” because of its ornate style.
As we’ve reported previously, the French Renaissance-style Flatbush theater closed when Jimmy Carter was president and sat empty and decaying for decades.
ACE Theatrical Group gave it a $93.9 million historic restoration and reopened it as a performing arts venue in January 2015.
* ASTORIA BANK at 1045 Flatbush Ave. is quite the eye-catcher. The stately stone building is located on the same block as Kings Theatre.
* A three-story commercial building at 1038 FLATBUSH AVE. is being rebuilt and enlarged. It’s mostly steel beams and a bit of brick wall at this point. But it will make a great addition to the avenue when the work is finished.
Its developer, Maddd Properties LLC, whose managing member is Jorge Madruga, bought the property for $3,056,640 in 2012, city Finance Department records indicate.
* We’re charmed by the Happy Feet atop 959 Flatbush Ave. — meaning the giant red shoes that serve as advertising for BALMIR LATIN DANCE STUDIO.
* ERASMUS HALL HIGH SCHOOL at 911 Flatbush Ave. looks like a castle. Its long list of famous alums includes singers Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, opera star Beverly Sills, Arista Records founder Clive Davis, actors Susan Hayward and Eli Wallach, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bernard Malamud and hard-boiled mystery writer Mickey Spillane. It’s now called the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus.
* THE REFORMED PROTESTANT DUTCH CHURCH OF FLATBUSH at 890 Flatbush Ave., built in 1793-1798, is one of the first buildings to be designated a city landmark. Architectural history expert Suzanne Spellen, writing under the pen name Montrose Morris in a Brownstoner.com story, calls the Federal-style church “one of the architectural treasures of New York City.”
Members of numerous notable families from Brooklyn’s early days are buried in its historic graveyard.
* The church’s former PARSONAGE at 2103 Kenmore Terrace looks like a rich gentleman’s pre-Civil War-era country home. The gracious Greek Revival-style house has Italianate trim and a fine porch with columns.
* Scattered among the side-street apartment buildings, there are charming rowhouses, for instance 357 to 375 PARKSIDE AVE.