Robot-making artist buys Flatbush home for $585K

Jason Van Anden and Lauri Goldkind bought a 3,055-square-foot home at 737 E. 21st St. in Flatbush from Steven L. Uhrik and Bruce Uhrik for $585,000 on July 10.

The house was built in 1910.

Van Anden is a new media artist, inventor and robot-maker based in Brooklyn. His most recent work includes Neil and Iona, a pair of emotive robots; Farklempt!, an online videogame; and ascii chewy, a virtual puppy.

His work has been featured in international exhibits, receiving recognition in the art, science, technology and gaming communities.

Van Anden earned a B.F.A. in sculpture from Syracuse University. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Goldkind is an assistant professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service in New York.
She was formerly a director of evaluation at Urban Assembly. Prior to that, she was an analyst at NYC Department of Homeless Services.

She earned a master's in social work from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. from Yeshiva University.

Steven L. Uhrik is the founder of New York String Service, a Brooklyn-based musical instrument repair and retail store.

Home sales in Flatbush have dropped 36.4 percent from 2007 to 2008. The median sales price fell from $275,000 to $250,000 during the same period.

Address: 737 East 21st Street
Buyer(s): Goldkind, Lauri, VanAnden and Jason
Seller(s): Uhrik, Steven L, Uhrik and Bruce J
Sale date: Jul. 10, 2008

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