Hudson Companies just sent us this new rendering (above and below) for the 170-unit building they are planning at the corner of Nostrand and Clarkson avenues in East Flatbush. The architect for 1295 Nostrand Avenue, also known as 310 Clarkson, is Jonathan Kirschenfeld, of Floating Pool fame.

The parcel down the street Hudson just closed on (see our 9:30 am post today) will be a separate building. That one will have about 250 apartments, and the architect will be CetraRuddy, a Hudson exec told us. (more…)

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The distinctive curved facade on the polluted Harte & Company factory in Greenpoint could survive, an owner’s rep told the Brooklyn Eagle. But the 1930s Arte Moderne factory at 280 Franklin Street is still going to become apartments, likely a multi-building complex.

Yi Han of Experta Group said she’s working with the architects to save some piece of the unique corner, because “very few places in New York have that. It’s like a witness to the transformation of the neighborhood.” (more…)


Will Flatbush be recognizable in a few years? Developers are tearing down all the standalone Victorians they can get their hands on, and now we have renderings for the 23-story tower Hello Living is planning at 1580 Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush.

The tall height of the building is a departure for the firm, which, much like Brookland Capital, tends to focus on medium-size and medium-rise condo buildings in Brooklyn. New York YIMBY published the renderings Tuesday. Tall buildings are more difficult and expensive to construct, but the design of these looks pretty basic to us.

The planned tower, located just a few blocks from Brooklyn College, will have 153 apartments over two stories of medical offices, as we’ve already reported. The architect of record is Vincent Martineau, although Loadingdock5 did the renderings, according to YIMBY.

Click through to see details. What do you think of the design — and the height?

Revealed: 1580 Nostrand Avenue, Flatbush [NYY]
1580 Nostrand Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Renderings by Loadingdock5 via NYY



The exterior of the apartment building going up on a prominent corner across from Saratoga Park in Bed Stuy is just about done, and the inside looks like it’s getting close too. When we passed by 838 and 840 Halsey Street this morning, workers were breaking up the sidewalk in front to make space for plantings.

Back when this project was starting, we feared it would be the cheapest possible type of new “Fedders” construction. Happily, that is not the case.

“While not great architecture, at least it’s not a Fedders, as we all feared,” a neighbor told us yesterday. “I would be happier if the glass railing at the top had been a cornice instead, but overall it’s not as bad as it could be.”

One caveat: Saratoga Park is ringed with uninterrupted rows of 19th century architecture on two sides (but not this side). That view is an important part of the experience of the park, in much the same way the more ancient architecture surrounding the Place des Vosges in Paris is. We hope that won’t change.

This particular building replaced two long-empty lots. The property is part of the proposed Stuyvesant East Historic District. The Stuyvesant East Preservation Action League has been working to landmark this area. We are keeping a close eye on what is happening with another huge lot farther down the block at the corner of Macon and Howard Avenue, at the end of one of the intact historic rows facing the park.

What do you think of how this building is turning out?

840 Halsey Street Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


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After requesting some changes, the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday approved this striking crystalline facade design for an adaptation of a 19th century factory in Dumbo, The Real Deal reported. The commissioners shot down a similar version of the design for 10 Jay Street last month, and ODA Architecture returned yesterday with a few tweaks.

The updated rendering, above, has more steel panels and added brick slab edges peeking through between the metal and glass facade pieces. (more…)


Brookland Capital is planning more Crown Heights apartments — and this latest batch will be at 1312 Lincoln Place in Crown Heights north, close to Eastern Parkway. We agree with YIMBY, which first published this rendering, that the parking at street level is unfortunate — but required by code.

Otherwise, this building looks decent to us, and seems to have an interesting, or at least unusual, pearlescent or metallic green-gray finish. We like the geometric pattern of the color blocked panels. The stepped upper stories relieve what could otherwise be a too-massive structure, and the fringe of greenery at the top further softens the lines. (more…)

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The architects at OPerA Studio took a crumbling townhouse at 463 Carroll Street in Gowanus and transformed it into a modern four-bedroom home with new facades and Juliet balconies. The client was a developer who intended to sell the house.

“The concept was to create a modern dwelling that retained the warmth and texture of a traditional townhouse,” OPerA’s Thomas Barry told us. Exposed brick walls and warm reclaimed wood in the window surrounds and stairs help balance out the house’s modern feel.

“The deep wood window surrounds create a play of shadows on the facades while providing a natural materiality, but rendered in a modern formal vocabulary,” he continued. “This balance is carried inside with the details of the stairs and the continuation of the play of warm and cool material combinations.”

The house required major structural repairs. The underlying wood frame structure was so termite-damaged that the “brick facades were literally hanging on nothing,” Barry said. OPerA Studio removed the facades, shored up the unstable wood framing, repaired the foundation and replaced the cellar slab. Then new facades were built at the front and back with a 2-by-6 wood frame. Half the floor joists were replaced.

After the renovation, the 2,400-square-foot home has three and a half baths, a blindingly white chef’s kitchen, gas fireplaces and a double-height master bedroom on the third floor. It hit the market with renderings in the fall of 2013 and sold for its aggressive asking price, $2,649,000, last December.

Click through to see photos from before and after the renovation. What do you think of how it turned out?

Major Renovation in Works at 463 Carroll Street [Brownstoner]
Photos by OPerA Studio



The striking infill going up at 443 Bergen Street in Park Slope — a sliver of a Passive House with a solar panel covering most of the facade — is still under construction. From the outside, not much appears to have changed since we checked it out in May. Construction was supposed to wrap last summer, according to the construction fence, so we assume they’ve been busy finishing the interior.

The solar panel — which some commenters said is more style than substance since it would catch more energy on the roof — dominates the house. There is also some raw-looking wide wood cladding, windows, and a little bit of stucco.

We wouldn’t want every house in Brooklyn to look like this, but here we think it’s an interesting contrast with the surroundings. We also like the stepped massing at the top, and the overall navy-white-wood color scheme — it’s jaunty. Click through to see more photos.

Passive House Condos Nearly Finished on Bergen Street in Park Slope [Brownstoner]


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We finally have renderings for the ODA-designed project making up one of 10 large buildings in the massive Rheingold Brewery mega-development coming to Bushwick. Like most ODA designs, unsurprisingly, it is a variation on the theme of assemblages of boxes. But we are pretty blown away by the unusual concept for the entire complex, which occupies most of a block. It remains to be seen if the reality will be as good as the renderings, but it is certainly one of the most interesting buildings going up in Brooklyn.

The seven-story, 392-unit project will be topped with a 25,000-square-foot green rooftop. The zigzagging roof will incorporate a running/hiking course, urban farming areas and an outdoor cross-training facility, according to The Real Deal, which was first to publish the renderings. Other amenities include a 19,000-square-foot interior courtyard with a dog run, a fire pit and a mini amphitheater, as well as a climbing wall, coworking spaces, cafe and a gym, The Daily News reported. (more…)


The Bed Stuy mansion at 247 Hancock Street that is asking $6,000,000 was featured on NBC’s “Open House” Sunday. If you haven’t been inside or met owner Claudia Moran yet, this is a great tour. Check it out here. You can also read all about Ms. Moran and how she found the house and restored it in the profile we wrote in July.

Photo by Halstead

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Here’s the design for the big apartment building that will replace the BP gas station and car wash on a prominent Crown Heights corner, Bedford and Eastern Parkway. As you may recall, developer Adam America bought the property for $32,500,000 in January.

The Issac and Stern-designed building will be rectangular with two setbacks, and clad in a combination of light and dark-colored brick. It will have eight stories, with ground-floor retail space that “meets the intersection at the same acute angle as its somewhat irregular lot,” according to YIMBY, which was the first to publish the renderings. It looks pretty similar to the building planned for the former Fox Savoy Theater site next door, which is also being designed by Issac and Stern.

The Issac and Stern-designed project at 1535 Bedford Avenue will have 133 apartments, 14,669 square feet of ground floor retail and 42 parking spots, as reported earlier this year. The new building will have a street address of 1519 Bedford.

Do you think this will be an improvement for the corner or will you miss the gas station and car wash?

Revealed: 1535 Bedford Avenue, Crown Heights [NYY]
Crown Heights Gas Station Sells for $32.5 Million, Eight-Story Building Planned [Brownstoner]


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The long-abandoned Revere Sugar Factory at 280 Richards Street in Red Hook bit the dust nine years ago, but Thor Equities still hopes to redevelop it into a huge mixed-use complex with retail, parking and apartments. Magnusson Architecture and Planning put together a feasibility study with renderings for a 1,700,000-square-foot project on the waterfront site, which would rival Lightstone’s 700-unit project on the Gowanus Canal or Two Trees’ redevelopment of the Domino Sugar plant in Williamsburg.

The plan calls for six 12-story residential towers with 900 apartments, which would surround a raised, landscaped roof deck. A six-story base would house 250,000 square feet of retail and 400,000 square feet of parking, as well as a publicly accessible, landscaped waterfront park. 6sqft spotted the renderings, one of which we published in 2008. MAP first created the study and renderings way back in 2007, which explains why they don’t mention any kind of flood protection. Click through to see more renderings.

Massive Mixed-Use Development at Red Hook’s Revere Sugar Factory Site [6sqft]
Revere Sugar Refinery Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Magnusson Archictecture and Planning