Luxury pick of the week

A sprawling Brooklyn Heights condo in a former police precinct, for $4,500,000

By Jennifer White Karp  |
October 29, 2019 - 12:00PM

A long gallery leads to the great room, which has a gas fireplace and wood floors.


Welcome to Brick Underground’s luxury pick of the week, a feature spotlighting a condo, co-op, or townhouse for sale with an asking price of at least $3,000,000, the current entry threshold for luxury apartments in Manhattan. If you’re in the market for a high-end abode, you should know that while sales have slowed considerably over the past couple of years, that trend is starting to reverse as sellers come to grips with the new market reality and adjust their prices accordingly. It's good news for your wallet—just be aware that many luxe listings won’t linger on the market indefinitely. For more information, check out Brick Underground’s tips on buying a luxury apartment in NYC.

If you look above the entrance to 72 Poplar St. in Brooklyn Heights, you’ll see a vestige of the luxury residential building’s former life: “Police Department City of New York” is chiseled into the lintel. 

The 1912 former police station served as the NYPD’s 84th Precinct House until the mid-1990s and was converted to condos with high ceilings and wide casement windows in 2014, maintaining the original facade. Now a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath unit, #4B, is on the market there for $4,500,000. Monthly taxes are $2,735 and common charges are $2,214.

The current asking price reflects several price cuts—it was asking $4,750,000 in August and $4,950,000 when it was initially listed in March, according to StreetEasy. The current price is not far from the previous sale price of $4,315,000 recorded in March 2017.


A long gallery leads to the great room, which has a gas fireplace and wood floors.


The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances and a breakfast bar. 


Through a glass door is a wraparound, planted terrace with a grill, gas, and water hook ups, plus seating areas.


The master suite has a west-facing terrace and a dressing room.


There is radiant heating in the master bath, as well as double sinks and a Zuma deep soaking tub. 


The other three bedrooms are on the other side of the apartment, two have en suite baths, and one has access to the terrace.


Other apartment highlights include a LG washer and dryer, zoned central heat and AC.

The building has a virtual doorman, on site super, lounge and gym as well as bicycle storage.

The location is close to Brooklyn Bridge Park and the attractions of both Brooklyn Heights and nearby Dumbo.



Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in New York City real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC.

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