This former Pacific Street flophouse and murder site can be yours thanks to a city auction announced this week.
It’s certainly not the first time that the city has tried to unload the vacant three-story shell at 572 Pacific St., between Fourth and Flatbush avenues, since taking possession of the property 21 years ago.
During that time, it was a single-room–occupancy hotel and the site of three murders during the bad old, pre–Jonathan Lethem days in Boerum Hill, according to James Vogel, secretary of the Pacific Street Block Association.
Most recently, the plan was to bring in the Fifth Avenue Committee, a local non-profit, to operate the building as a halfway house, but the block association beat back that proposal and won a promise from the city that the building would remain a three-family home, Vogel said.
It shouldn’t be so difficult to dispose of a house on an up-and-coming block near the confluence of Park Slope, Fort Greene and Boerum Hill, but several prior auctions failed when auction winners abandoned their bids before the city was able to complete the deal.
As a result, the building remains a boarded-up symbol of the block’s Lethem-esque past.
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development will accept bids starting on Oct. 15. They’re due on Nov. 2. Send bids to the agency’s Asset Sales Program, 100 Gold St., New York, NY 10038 or via the HPD Web site, www.nyc.gov/hpd.