A magical apartment with an incredibly rich history, at 8 Old Fulton Road in Brooklyn Heights, is now on the market for $1.97 million.
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom corner unit with an entrance on the building’s first floor is a triplex loft housed in a landmarked Civil War-era co-op building, which was originally home to the Brooklyn Railroad Company’s offices.
Its late owner was an extraordinary woman, Caroline “Caro” Heller, an artist who passed away in 2013, incorporated skulls and Haitian voodoo in her work. A window washer loved her art so much that he once showed up at her home with a human skull in a bucket. “Don’t ask, Mrs. Heller,” he said, according to her son, best-selling novelist Peter Heller, who tells Gimme Shelter that she then covered the skull in gold leaf and placed it on a pedestal.
Caro was also an elegant-yet-muckraking private investigator who both wore gold bangles and knew who to shoot. Her socially connected, upper-crust background caught the FBI’s attention: They once recruited her to catch a white-collar criminal that kept eluding them. “She located him in two phone calls, and spied on him with her opera glasses,” Peter Heller says. A car chase ensued. The criminal got out of his vehicle and asked why she was following him; she told him that what he was doing — stealing from the Bank of New York — was wrong and convinced him to turn himself in. He did.
She also reunited over 80 adopted children with their birth families, pro bono for those who couldn’t pay, with her second husband. Peter Heller also wrote a novel based on Caro and her family, called “Celine,” that’s in talks to become a television series.
Her apartment comes with 12-foot-8 beamed ceilings and three walls of exposed brick on the main floor, which has space for living, dining and entertaining areas. Upstairs is an open bedroom, with a closet and storage alcove. A spiral staircase leads downstairs from the main floor to a finished,…