Carroll Gardens' 505 Court St., the hotly debated condo conversion project of late 2004, kind of fell off the radar once the ball dropped. Well, that's because the place has been undergoing an extreme makeover of sorts, starting with the building's rechristening as the Court Street Lofts. And guess what, pissed-off residents? They heard your complaints, and the building's shortcomings have been addressed?not that you'll be around to enjoy it. A comparison, if you will:
1) You said: "easy walking distance to the ghetto." Now: "A real neighborhood grounded in historical context: Carroll Gardens offers a rare sense of community and caring" ... "Beyond your Carroll Gardens enclave, you'll be surrounded by an environment of quality and convenience."
2) You said: "Good points on the building: a gorgeous shared courtyard (big, rarely used), in-house laundry (though several machines usually broken at once), full-time doorman (Roscoe)..." Now: "A full-time lobby attendant assists you with the activities of everyday life and enhances your peace of mind. Just beyond, a private landscaped garden entertains leisurely strolls and quiet meditation."
3) You said: "Our windows are still grubby and broken, our floors are still scuffed, our kitchens and bathrooms are still outdated and our walls are still unpainted in a decade or so." Now: "high ceilings, open floor plans and oversized windows" ... "Classic kitchens" ... "timeless" ... "custom cabinetry" ... "Master bathrooms are sources of daily renewal and restoration."
4) You said: "we all wish the local cops would do something about the 'crack alley' problem." Now: An eclectic mix of stylish boutiques and one-of-a-kind home emporiums make shopping a pleasure.
· 505 Court Update: Hell, Buy It All [Curbed]
· Court Street Lofts [courtstreetlofts.com]