Condos come to derelict Nash family building on Seventh Ave.

Makeover in store for Park Slope eyesore

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A crumbling Park Slope hovel may soon be home to high-priced condos.

A Manhattan developer bought the wreck that has long blighted the corner of Seventh Avenue and Second Street and menaced passersby with showers of debris. The new owner is planning to turn its apartments into spacious condos, according to permits filed in April. Park Slopers weary of fighting to force the former owners to fix it up welcomed the news.

“The building is an unsafe eyesore that has been plaguing the community,” said Craig Hammerman, district manager of the neighborhood’s Community Board 6. “Regardless of what it becomes, our concern has always been safety and aesthetics.”

Sugarhill Capital Partners bought the building for $4.2 million in January 2013, taking it out of the hands of the Nash family, who spent nearly a decade dodging angry neighbors’ demands to repair the dilapidated structure.

Now the builder is plowing ahead with plans to convert each of the five-story building’s four floors into full-floor condos. It is not yet clear what will go in on the ground floor, which in happier times housed the quirky, much-loved Landmark Pub run by sisters Rachel and Esther Nash with their mother Dorothy.

Plans for the building have come and gone since the watering hole closed. The Nash family tried and failed to sell it for $5.5 million in 2006. In January 2012, Rachel Nash appeared before the community board to pitch the idea of opening a cafe on the ground floor and turning the eight apartments into “affordable artist housing.” Nash’s asked Slopers for help raising money for the scheme, saying that the family owned the building outright but had taken out a mortgage from a “predatory lender” to pay property taxes and upkeep, but the jilted community board scoffed at the proposal. The building continued to languish, and its owners went on racking up thousands of dollars in fines for dozens of code violations.

Hammerman said that, given the long history of hollow pronouncements around the site, he is going to have to see the work to believe it.

“We’ve seen lots of suggestions over the years, but nothing has ever manifested,” he said. “But regardless of what it becomes, our concern has always been safety and aesthetics, so any improvement will be a huge step in the right direction.”

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Incorrect street reference fixed.
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Reasonable discourse

Phil Gaskill from Park Slope says:
I'm sorry, there's an intersection of Seventh Avenue and Second Avenue now? Here I always thought they were parallel.
June 12, 2014, 2:27 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
A building with all condos aint gonna happen. de blasio gonna make the developer put some "affordable" units in there.
June 12, 2014, 7:21 pm
scott from park slope says:
It's good to hear that building will be cleaned up. now there's the one on 9th st btwn 8th ave and PPW and the one next to that store on 7th ave that's always changing hands (@ 3rd st?).
June 13, 2014, 5:37 am
Jake from P.S. says:
Actually jjm, DeBlasio will allow condo's there if each new condo owner agrees to have a family that would normally be the recipient of affordable housing move in with them for a maximum of $5.00 a month with no increases for 20 years.
June 13, 2014, 9:35 am
old time brooklyn from sope says:
Many moons ago it was the Iron Horse.

Later as the Landark I played is some bands there (to this day when I hear Moondance I shut it off). ter as nick named the toy bar I spent some time behind the bar covering for Dorothy when her kids were younger.

She was a bit nutty but OK. The girls grew up to be lovely young women though I have not seen them in years.
June 13, 2014, 2:08 pm
Charles Sibirsky from Park Slope says:
The Landmark Pub was a sweet place. I played piano there in a jazz trio setting many Friday nights. It was a time when people used to enjoy hanging out in a bar with live music even if they weren't jazz aficionados.
One night, a stunningly beautiful Japanese woman asked me to come upstairs with her..... to the Ashram that was located right over the bar. What a disappointment.
June 13, 2014, 3:05 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
I saw you the several times - a few with Ron P as well
June 14, 2014, 9:04 am
Pandmark Lub from Pork Slop says:
“The Landmark Pub was a sweet place.” When? In the 1970s? 1980s? In the 1990s it was just a flea riddled dump that had mediocre open mic nights where the Nash family would sell beer they bought from Met Food next door for $6 a 6 pack for $5 per bottle.
June 15, 2014, 9:22 pm
No more nostalgia from slope says:
Thank you, Pandmark Lub for the realistic portrayal of the business the Nashes ran there. This poor building could have been cared for and actually remained a livable apartment building and all these many many years the Nashes could have chosen to rent the apartments to artists at lower rents. If that's what they care about why didn't they do that? Because they instead wanted the tax writeoff for the building sitting empty and losing revenues. They're as greedy as they come and they need to stop pretending otherwise. The city has got to take away that privilege for commercial property owners. It creates blight and destroys historic structures. Put a limit of 6 months to a year on it.
Aug. 9, 2014, 8:09 am
Bruce Harris from Park Slope says:
In the 70's, prior to the Landmark, the Iron Horse Pub existed and provided a haven for locals, young and old, for years. The bartenders and employees were friendly and hip while the owner provided Honky Tonk piano along with some contemporary players. The closest place to a "Cheers" setting in Park Slope.
Oct. 23, 2014, 2:29 pm
Brian Harris from Park Slope says:
When the Iron Horse was opened right after I was discharged from the US Army the place was a oasis.Bruce, Eiss, Gerry and myself were kings.You all in Park Slope will Never see a place like this. Thanks to Phil Kramer
Feb. 8, 2015, 11:43 pm
G Man from Park Slope says:
I loved the Iron Horse Pub. The bartenders were gorgeous.
April 12, 2015, 8:16 pm
Jack the Digger from Park Slope says:
I remember the Iron Horse Pub as a hangout for hippies. The beer was cheap and you could smoke in the bar all the time.
Jan. 2, 2016, 7:38 pm
Bargain John says:
I used to sell all kinds of swag in that bar. Those idiots would buy anything when they were drunk.
July 27, 2016, 7:27 pm

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