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72 Poplar Street: Review and Ratings

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Carter Horsley
Review of 72 Poplar Street by Carter Horsley

This very elegant, 5-story, landmark building at 72 Poplar Street in Brooklyn Heights was erected in 1912 and designed in Italian Renaissance-style by Beverly King and Harry Walker.

A former police precinct, it was converted by The Daten Group to 14 condominium apartments in 2014. It had bought the former poice precinct house for $7.5 million. It first had hit the market in March, 2011, asking $12 million. Before that happened, the building sold for $9.6 million in 2004 at a city auction to a firm called Regal Investments. The developers planned to turn it into condos with a two-story addition, but the LPC didn't approve their designs, and Regal put the property up for sale.

The Daten Group LLC is a full service real estate investment, development and consulting firm. Since it was founded in 2001 by David T. Ennis, Daten has focused on the acquisition and development of commercial, industrial and residential projects throughout the New York metropolitan area.

It other projects include 63 West 38th Street, a mixed-use conversion it acquired in 2004, and 48 Laight Street, a 6-story, mixed-use redevelopment of a gas station,

The conversion was designed by Freyer Collaborative Architects and Richard Mishaan did the interiors.

Bottom Line

A former public school that was converted to a Police Academy and then a police precinct, this handsome building in Brooklyn Heights has large apartments with multi-paned windows.


The mid-block, brown-brick building has a very large cornice above its third floor.

It was originally a public school and then served as the Police Academy from 1946 to 1964 when it became the 84th Police Precinct.

It has an impressive entrance surround.


The building has a fitness center, a garage, a bicycle room, storage and a virtual doorman.


Kitchens have cabinetry by Elam, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Liebherr wine coolers, Bosch dishwashers and Wolf or Thermador gas ranges and ovens.

Baths has Toto toilets, Zuma tubs, and Dornbracht Supernova fixtures, Caesarstone tops, and Robern medicine cabinets.

The penthouse has 2,000 square feet with three bedrooms, a 19-foot-wide dining room with an 11-foot-long open kitchen and an 18-foot-long living room.  The three-level, wrap-around private roof deck has 2,468 square feet.

Apartment 4B is a four-bedroom unit with 2,455 square feet with an entry gall that leads to a 15-foot-wide, pass-through kitchen next to a 26-footlong living/dining room.  The kitchen and one of three bedrooms overlooking Poplar Street have access to a 503-square-foot terrace and the rear master bedroom has its own 127-square-foot-terrace.

Apartment 3B is a three-bedroom unit with an entry foyer that leads to a 23-foot-wide dining room and open kitchen with an island that is adjacent to a 22-foot-wide living room with a fireplace. 

The townhouse unit has 4 bedrooms and 5,664 square feet with a 10-foot-wide entry vestibule and 17-foot-long gallery leading to a 19-foot-wide grand foyer with a staircase to the second floor and a 26-foot-long living/dining room with an open kitchen with an island and a 21-foot-wide rear garden. The first floor also has its own 21-foot-wide garage.

Apartment 1B is a two-bedroom unit with an entry foyer that leads to an open kitchen with an island next to the 24-foot-long living and dining room with access to an 829-square-foot rear garden that is also accessed from the master bedroom.


Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 22 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 26 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 17 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #10 Rated condo - Brooklyn Heights
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