Work Starts at Broken Angel


A sidewalk shed has gone up and work has started at 4-8 Downing Street in Clinton Hill, aka the Broken Angel, where developer and architect Alex Barrett is converting the former art project, once a tenement building, into eight condos.

An Alt 1 permit for 4 Downing Street approved last month specifies an interior and exterior renovation, a reduction in the number of units from nine to eight, and a new certificate of occupancy. According to the permit, the work will cost about $1,100,000. (Two more condos are planned at 8 Downing.)

Thanks to a reader for the tip and the second photo, which shows the demo debris on the site behind the construction shed.

Broken Angel Coverage [Brownstoner]


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  • Wow, how can all that work only cost $1.1M? If the condos are about 8000 sq ft total (just a guess of 1000 per unit), then that would be $137 per sq ft. Seems unlikely.

    • Actual work is always more than what amount is filed with a permit.

    • I’ll admit the cost of work is kind of crazy here, and it’s all red tape and labor. In the south you could build 3 brand new mcmansions for 1 million dollars and still have money for furniture. And even here, the cost of materials themselves isn’t much different. We’ve redone most of our entire house ourselves, and the price of materials isn’t any different at all than what they would have cost in Arkansas. Home Depot, Lowes, online, other local merchants, all the same prices as anywhere else in the US. It’s when you have to involve 3rd parties or the DOB that you run into insane costs. A $12,000 cornice that took (at most) $1200 in materials and 8 hours work (I priced the materials myself), a $5000 stoop they did in 2 days for less than $1000 in materials, etc. Architects that charge $4000 simply to show where a new door will go. So depending on who’s doing the work, prices can vary widely. Materials costs themselves though aren’t really any more expensive than anywhere else in the country though. I guess the cost of living here requires those 3rd parties to have to charge more, and it’s kind of a vicious cycle. The actual costs of rehab though when it comes to materials is still cheap. Its the labor and red tape that forces prices to be so high.