rheingold brewery rendering 2

The developer behind a building at the Rheingold Brewery site in Bushwick is being accused of trying to back out of affordable housing promises that were made during the rezoning process, according to a report by DNAinfo. In a statement forwarded to us, the developer denied the claims.

The planned seven story, 393-unit rental building at 10 Montieth Street, developed by Rabsky Group and designed by ODA New York, will feature a 25,000-square foot green roof, according to the renderings released in March. According to DNAInfo, however, plans currently filed with the city show that affordable housing isn’t part of the plan. (more…)


Developer David Kramer’s Hudson Companies has released renderings of the Clinton Hill affordable housing it plans at 1041-1047 Fulton Street and 911-917 Atlantic Avenue. As readers will recall, both buildings are part of a deal struck to redevelop the Brooklyn Heights Cadman Plaza branch library at 280 Cadman Plaza West, next door to 1 Pierrepont Plaza, where Hillary Clinton has her campaign headquarters.

The renderings, more details of the project, and additional renderings of the condo building were revealed on a new website about the project last week. (more…)


We ran over for a quick peek yesterday evening at the construction site of the latest Atlantic Yards tower to break ground, at 38 6th Avenue next to Barclays Center in Prospect Heights. This week, Greenland Forest City Partners started construction on the 100 percent affordable housing tower, Forest City announced yesterday.

Peering through a hole in the green construction fence, we could see a little big of digging for the foundation had started on the cleared site. That little bit of digging is important, because without it, Forest City would have had to pay the City a fine of as much as $5,000,000. (more…)


Add Eliot Spitzer’s Kedem winery project to the list of mega-projects coming to Brooklyn. The long-stalled project is moving ahead and the ex-governor, now helming family business Spitzer Enterprises, today released renderings for three rental towers at 420-444 Kent Avenue on the south Williamsburg waterfront.

Permits filed in December were approved earlier this month, as The New York Times was the first to note, so the development could break ground soon. But first, the property will need to be cleared. A demo permit for an old low-rise building on the grounds was issued last month, according to public records.

There will be 856 apartments total, according to the Times, and 20 percent of them will be affordable. The design has changed dramatically, and details have changed over the years, with more apartments planned now than before — tipping it into mega-project territory — but the project adheres to a zoning waiver approved under a previous owner. (more…)


Turns out the Karl Fischer-designed mixed-use rental building at 1134 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy will be even bigger than we thought, and contain a grocery and affordable housing.

This is the development we told you about last month that is replacing the shuttered Key Foods on the corner of Franklin Avenue. The existing two-story commercial building, pictured below, is also home to Popeyes and several other small businesses. (more…)


Big changes are in the works for a development site at 1041-1047 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. Developer Hudson Companies picked up the property last month for $7,200,000, public records revealed Wednesday, to fulfill part of its obligation to build 119 units of affordable housing as part of its deal to redevelop the Brooklyn Heights library.

Previously the site of Fairhaven Funeral Chapel, now demolished, the property was slated to become a market-rate apartment building designed by Karl Fischer. It is located between Downing and Irving streets. (more…)


The lack of affordable housing in a city where rents are skyrocketing is a full-blown crisis that threatens to tear at the city’s social fabric, a panel of four local experts agreed Monday, at a discussion hosted by the Museum of the City of New York.

“We need to preserve the diversity and vitality that makes New York what it is, and I’m worried that escalating housing costs are threatening that very vitality and diversity,” said panelist Ingrid Gould Ellen, director of the Urban Planning Program at NYU Wagner.

The panel, held as part of the museum’s current exhibition on the history of the city’s Landmarks Law, was called “Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods” – though moderator Simeon Bankoff, executive director of preservation advocacy group Historic Districts Council, suggested at the outset that an alternative title could be “Surviving Our Own Success.”

Several decades ago, the conversation would have been about a fleeing populace and vacant buildings, he noted. Michelle de la Uz, executive director of Brooklyn nonprofit community organization Fifth Avenue Committee, recalled that she “started in Park Slope when there were many abandoned buildings and vacant lots. Obviously now the neighborhood is a very different place.”

The panel broke down the current picture: spiking rents, a burgeoning population that’s expected to grow further, an influx of global capital that’s helping drive prices up and, in the midst of those trends, a declining number of rent-stabilized housing units.

It makes for a “double whammy,” noted Ellen, who said 200,000 rent-stabilized units were lost between 2002 and 2011. (more…)


A full public review will be required to change the terms of the General Project Plan and move forward with the construction of affordable housing in two towers on Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, according to the terms of a settlement reached in State Supreme Court Wednesday. Interestingly, the settlement also requires that building mechanicals be included in the building’s maximum height limits — a nod to controversy over construction elsewhere in the park.

More than a dozen community groups and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp. both declared victory. “This compromise will ensure the community a full review consistent with law,” said Frank Carone, the attorney for People for Green Space Foundation Inc. in a prepared statement from the group. “I believe truth, fresh air and sunlight will prevail,” said another member of the group, architect Joseph Merz, in the release. (more…)


Mayor de Blasio intends to lease unused land at public housing projects to private developers to build towers with 50-50 market rate and subsidized rentals, he announced Tuesday. Van Dyke and Ingersoll Houses as well as one complex in the Bronx will be the first in the project, which aims to raise $200,000,000 in fees from developers over 10 years as well as create 10,000 affordable units, The New York Times reported.

The money will go toward maintaining existing NYCHA housing, to make up for losing more than $1 billion in federal subsidies since 2001. Separately, an advocacy group for the elderly today recommended in a report that 39 parking lots at low-income senior housing be transformed into housing for seniors, The Wall Street Journal reported. (more…)


After fervent opposition, the city has dialed back a plan to change zoning codes to allow for higher buildings in neighborhoods across the city.

In a letter dated May 15, Carl Weisbrod, chair of the NYC Planning Commission, said the city was backing off by 10 feet on proposed height increases it sought as part of the mayor’s citywide “Zoning for Quality and Affordability Plan.” (more…)


Lottery applications are now being accepted for 20 subsidized apartments in Bedford Stuyvesant, which will be ready for tenants by summer’s end. The two-bedroom units will rent for $573 a month.

The low-income units are part of a new facility to be run by the social service group The Bridge, which broke ground on the 53-unit building, at 437 Herkimer Street, in December 2012. The Herkimer Street Residence is an “integrated” facility, which in addition to the apartments up for lottery will contain housing for 40 people with mental-health conditions, including 20 homeless adults and and 20 young adults aging out of state residential treatment facilities for youths.

As reported by DNAinfo this week, the six-story building — which during the planning stages was opposed by neighbors worried about an influx of tenants with mental-health issues — will have round-the-clock front-desk assistance, a community room, and social services available to all tenants. (more…)

491 Shefield Avenue1

The lottery has just opened for hundreds of affordable units in a new housing development in East New York. The complex of buildings, known as Livonia Commons, will have studio apartments starting at $500 a month, one-bedrooms units starting at $538, two-bedrooms at $655 and up and three-bedrooms at starting at $749. The most expensive unit is a three-bedroom for $1,196.

The opening of the lottery was first reported by Brokelyn.

A few details on the income restrictions: The least expensive studio unit is available only to someone earning between $18,515 and $24,200 a year. The most expensive units could go to a family of six earning between $42,892 and $60,120 a year. A PDF of the table outlining the income requirements can be downloaded here.