New Yorkers are used to brokerbabble—that delightful stretching of the truth that leads to tiny apartments being called "cozy" or "charming," and places that are outdated listed as having "historic character"—but the teaser site for 232 Adelphi Street in Fort Greene may just take the cake. The church-to-luxury condo conversion has been in the works for some time now, but the Brooklyn Paper recently noticed that its website (it's called Carlton Mews) has been, um, colorfully touting the neighborhood's local flavor:
"Former residents of these gingko tree and brownstone guarded streets include household names like Malcolm X and Mos Def. You might even catch Chris Rock at the Myrtle Avenue fish market!" Except, well, Malcolm X never lived in Brooklyn. And these days, Chris Rock lives in New Jersey. When asked about the inaccuracies, broker Justin Dower told the Paper, "I'm not a historian—I'm a humble broker." Oh…kay.
The website has been updated to reflect the fact that Malcolm X wasn't a Brooklynite, but the babble is still strong with this one. Behold:
Fort Green [sic] Park is a vital part of the neighborhood. It was designed in 1847 by Olmsted and Vaux and offers outdoor activities, a green market, grassy knolls bar-be-q pits, and additional areas to visit with friends, family, and loved ones. (That's Greene, folks.)
Following in the footsteps of the great Walt Whitman, Fort Greene's arguably most famous of former residents, this converted Gothic Revival former house of worship shall inspire you to build your own legacy and craft your own history. Oh dear. This is why it's a good idea to do your research, and above all, do not take brokerbabble as fact.
On the bright side, the apartments themselves are quite pretty, as you can see here—they have vaulted ceilings, gorgeous arched windows, and stained glass windows. They're also asking up to $11,500 per month for rent—this definitely isn't Walt Whitman's Fort Greene anymore.
· False 'hood: Luxury F'Greene apartment co-opts Malcolm X to sell units [Brooklyn Paper]
· Splendid Rentals Carved From Brooklyn Church To Ask $2,995+ [Curbed]
· All Carlton Mews Coverage [Curbed]