02/27/15 9:00am

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Developer Rabsky Group filed for a new-building permit for the third building on the enormous Rheingold brewery site in Bushwick Thursday. The building at 115 Stanwix Street will be eight stories tall, with 130 apartments and stores on the ground floor. The architect is Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture & Design.

The apartments will be spread over 87,588 square feet of space, or about an average of 673 square feet per apartment, suggesting rentals. The building is located on a corner along Flushing Avenue, a busy commercial street that is one of Bushwick’s main thoroughfares. In addition to 3,298 square feet of stores, there will also be parking for bikes and 65 cars on the ground floor.

The second, seventh and eighth floors will have an “open roof,” according to the Schedule A.

Rabsky is assembling quite a sampler of popular Brooklyn architects to design the complex: Over at 10 Montieth Street, ODA is designing a 398-unit, seven-story building. ODA is known for designs that play with constructions and deconstructions of boxes; Donskoy, a former protege of Robert Scarano, does a lot of work in Williamsburg, some of it creative and unusual given what appear to be the usual budget constraints.

S9 Architecture is designing the first building in the complex to file, 123 Melrose. Read Property Group is the developer.

The Real Deal was the first to write about the filing.

Dushinsky’s Rabsky Group Applies for Third Building at Rheingold Site [TRD]
Photo by Scott Bintner for PropertyShark

02/27/15 8:30am

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Bed Stuy’s Pilar Cuban Eatery Launches Brunch Menu This Weekend [FGF]
11 Awesome Purim Parties Around Sheepshead Bay [Sheepshead Bites]
DOT’s Safety Plan for 21st Street in Astoria Leaves Everyone Wanting More [Streetsblog]
The Williamsburg Fire Department (1920) [Brownstone Detectives]
Pod Hotel in Williamsburg Will Be Modular, B2 May Be Too Tall for Method [AYR]
Brownstone Spa Opens in Clinton Hill [DNA]

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Maple Street School, a Prospect Lefferts Gardens preschool founded in 1978, is expanding. The school signed a 15-year lease for 5,500 square feet at 626 Flatbush, the 23-story mixed-use 80/20 tower Hudson Companies is building in the neighborhood.

The school will mostly occupy the second floor of the community and retail space at the base of the building, pictured above. It will have a private entrance and a 1,200 square foot roof terrace, a Hudson spokesperson told us.

The school has been at 21 Lincoln Road since 2001. The new location will more than double the school’s space.

“Every year, Maple Street School has to turn away more students than it accepts. We are thrilled at the opportunity to expand to this second location, so that we can accommodate more children and help meet the great need in this community for quality early education,” said school Director Wendy Cole in a prepared statement.

The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2016, said Hudson. GMAP

Rendering by Marvel Architects

02/26/15 10:00am

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Longtime residents of East New York care about the historic bank building at 91 Pennsylvania Avenue and want to save it. A group of about eight stood in the bitter cold Tuesday to protest its planned demolition, the Village Voice reported. As it happens, the protest was sparked by our story, we were surprised to read. Residents had seen the scaffolding and netting shrouding the building but assumed it was being repaired, not demolished.

We spoke last night to one of the organizers of the protest, Chris Banks, who is the director of local community group East New York United Concerned Citizens and a member of Community Board 5. He said the owner of the building has been in touch and they plan to meet, as he also told the Voice. Banks has also reached out to local Council Member Rafael Espinal and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries for help.

We hope a new use for the building can be found that will benefit both the owner and the community. Click through to the Voice story to read what the protesters said about the building.

Residents Brave (Seriously) Bitter Cold to Fight to Preserve Historic Brooklyn Bank Building [Voice]
Historic East New York Bank Building Will Be Torn Down [Brownstoner]
Demo Has Started at Historic Bank Building in East New York [Brownstoner]

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The entire City Point mall at 1 Dekalb Avenue is shut for construction until 2016, a guard told us yesterday when we stopped by. Armani Exchange moved out two weeks ago, he said.

Armani Exchange was the first tenant in the building and opened in 2012. Century 21, CityTarget, and Alamo Drafthouse have also signed leases, but have not yet opened. A sign in front of the building lists Century 21, Alamo Drafthouse and A/X as tenants.

A taco stand outside in front, the only thing open when we stopped by, seemed busy.

We have reached out to City Point PR and will update if we hear anything more. Click through for more photos.

Update: We received this statement from Paul Travis, managing partner of Washington Square Partners and co-developer of City Point:
“Armani Exchange’s short-term lease expired and Century 21 Department Store is taking possession to begin construction of its multi-level, 145,000-square-foot space. We’d like to thank Armani Exchange for playing a significant role in promoting City Point and for its commitment to hiring local residents, which falls in line with our philosophy of ‘By Brooklyn, For Brooklyn.’ We’re looking forward to the possibility of them returning to City Point in the future.”

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02/26/15 8:30am

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Witnesses Describe Portal to Mysterious G Train Platform Between Stations in Bed Stuy [Gothamist]
Umami Burger Opening In Williamsburg March 12th [Gothamist]
How the Department of City Planning Turned Clinton Hill Into a Food Desert [NYY]
Barclays Center Still Well Behind Income Goals, According to 2014 Results [AYR]
“All-Weather” Ferries Considered for Future Fleet as Ice Shuts Down Service [DNA]
DOT Unveils “Lush” Public Art on Gritty Gowanus Median [DNA]

02/25/15 2:00pm

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Vinegar Hill House and Pizza East will open restaurants inside Empire Stores at 55 Water Street in early 2016, a spokesperson for the conversion project told us today. Pizza East will be located in the space at left pictured in the rendering above, with the schist wall. Vinegar Hill House will be on the right, in the space with the glass wall.

Both will have indoor and outdoor seating, although the outpost of the popular and nearby Vinegar Hill House will be “primarily grab and go and casual,” he said. The Vinegar Hill counter — apparently there will not be table service — will have its own menu and will serve breakfast, lunch, early dinner, coffee, and juices. It will also offer catering.

This will be Pizza East’s first New York location. The upscale eatery was created by private club Soho House and has locations in London and Chicago, all with different menus and decor. This one will offer ciabatta-crust pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven, as well as other dishes, according to a press release. Both restaurants will focus on “responsibly” and locally sourced ingredients. 

Empire Stores Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

02/25/15 1:30pm

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This Neo-Grec brick-and-brownstone two-family isn’t very big, but the relatively low asking price might appeal to house hunters on a budget. It has some charming details, such as the plaster and moldings in the rear parlor, as well as some unfortunate alterations, such as midcentury doors.

It doesn’t appear to have been recently renovated, although the listing says it’s in move-in condition (and indeed, it’s occupied). The listing says it could be delivered vacant “for the right offer.” The ask is $775,000. What do you think of it?

806 Lexington Avenue [Elliman] GMAP

02/25/15 11:30am

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We are smitten by the latest home to be featured on Design Brooklyn for several reasons:
*The open plan kitchen is a thing of beauty. Appliances are enclosed in a navy-colored l-shaped room divider that looks like a sculpture. The matching cabinets above look like a painting in the center of the tiled kitchen wall. This is the best open plan kitchen we have ever seen.
*The unique kitchen island transforms into a pull-out table that seats 10. Row house owners with parlor floor kitchens too narrow or shallow for a separate dining area should consider this brilliant idea.
*It’s a 650-square-foot one-bedroom and was renovated on a budget.
*The layout and ideas are highly relevant to Brooklyn tenement apartments as well as new construction.
*The owners preserved original details, such as parquet and window surrounds, plus upgraded the bath while keeping its 20th century tile and tub. This was partly a cost savings move, but the results look great.
Naturally, the owners are an interior designer and an architect. Here are all the details — and extra-large photos — from writer Anne Hellman and photographer Michel Arnaud.

When interior designer Nora Calderwood and architect Adam Darter bought their 650-square-foot one-bedroom apartment in Park Slope, they knew they would need to renovate in a major way but on a scaled-down budget. A year later, the result is not only airy and light, it smartly blends original details with the owners’ forward-thinking design ideas.

The apartment had endured some wear and tear, and had been divided up into four small rooms. But with some consideration, the couple realized what could be found underneath the surface. “We were able to look beyond the tattered conditions of the apartment and realized that, with nine-and-a-half-foot ceilings and six south-facing windows, it had potential,” said Adam.

By removing the walls in the main area, Nora and Adam created a loft-like living room, open to the inventive kitchen and dining area. To maximize space and minimize visual clutter (which are musts in a small apartment), Adam designed a kitchen island unit that can be used as both an eat-at island and as a dining table that pulls out into the room for larger dinner parties. (more…)

02/25/15 10:00am

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The scaffolding has come down at 177 Harrison Avenue to reveal a nearly complete religious school in the Broadway Triangle area. The building, which will house Bais Ruchel High School for girls, is considerably more elaborate than the simple cement block apartment buildings common in the area, with big arched windows and bands of trim accenting red brick. It departs significantly from the rendering, however, which can be seen after the jump.

Congregation Y.G.S. at 174 Rodney Street is the owner. Mark Marisca is the architect, according to the new-building permit. The five-story building will have an auditorium on the top floor and a play area on the roof, according to the Schedule A.

What do you think of the look? GMAP

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02/25/15 9:00am

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A worker died yesterday unloading massive beams for the construction of the green roof at Barclays. Peter Zepf, 52, was transferring joists from a truck onto a hoist and four fell on him around 1 in the afternoon, crushing him to death almost instantly. Work at Barclays has stopped while investigators look into what happened. Two possibilities are that the truck driver could have released the beams at the wrong moment, or the worker accidentally pressed an emergency release button.

“My signal man was crushed,” a fellow worker told the New York Daily News. “The load was top heavy, the truck driver unhooked it without being told, (and) it toppled right on top of him. I checked his pulse: he was there for half a second, and then he was gone.”

NY1 said, “Investigators believe the victim may have accidentally hit the emergency release button, causing the load to come down on him.”

“We are all devastated by what happened,” said Greenland Forest City in a prepared statement. “All of us at Greenland Forest City Ratner Partners and Barclays Center extend our most heartfelt condolences to the worker’s family and friends.”

Iron Worker at Barclays Center Crushed to Death by Steel Beams: Police [NY Daily News]
Barclays Ironworker Crushed to Death by Beams [BK Paper]
Construction Worker Killed While Working on Barclays Center Green Roof [NY1]
Photo by Andrew Fine