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Two Trees’ large Dock Street Dumbo project rising next to the Brooklyn Bridge has a new rendering, which more clearly shows what the buildings will look like. Curbed published the new view of the 290-unit development, which will apparently be quite reflective. 

The property will encompass a 17-story tower, a nine-story building, and a 50,000-square-foot middle school, as reported.

Construction is pretty far along. Below are some new photos of the buildings rising on the construction site, which we snapped yesterday. (more…)

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Construction at the three neo-traditional townhouses at Strong Place and Kane Street in Cobble Hill is close to finished, and Curbed got the first look at some renderings of the interiors. Number 2A, which hit the market last year at $4,475,000, is a 3,720-square-foot home with five bedrooms and 3.5 baths. That house entered contract in April, and the two single-family brownstones at Nos. 2 and 4 have yet to be listed.

Both of those will measure 3,730 square feet and include five bedrooms and 3.5 baths, according to developer Brennan Realty. Each home will feature a backyard, penthouse terraces and a double-height window wall at rear garden and parlor levels. Designed by CWB, the homes are modeled after classic brick townhouses, but the insides are modern. Click through to see the interiors. What do you think of the design?

Peek the Strong Place Townhouses [Curbed]
Three Townhouses Rise on Strong Place [Brownstoner]
Images via Brennan Realty


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Work is continuing on the Children’s Museum’s new rooftop pavilion. The structure is made of a high-tech material that is lighter and more durable than glass and is non-stick so dirt falls off on its own. It is part of an $8.7 million renovation of the 20,000 square foot space that is due to be completed next year. When the space is completed, the museum will be able to rent the space for revenue-generating events as well as it own performance program according to the Daily News. (more…)

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New York YIMBY has posted a new rendering of the Brookland Capital buildings under construction at 735 and 737 Bergen Street, between Washington and Underhill in Prospect Heights. Brookland head Boaz Gilad asked architects Issac and Stern to re-think the project’s design, after Curbed compared the original designs to “an establishing shot in a movie about a dystopian police-state” back in April. (more…)

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Frito Company heir Kaleta Doolin is building this modern, silvery home at 357 7th Street in Park Slope. We discovered the rendering back in October, and the house matches pretty closely.

At the time, we thought that the three-story, single-family home had a ’70s modernism feel. The architect is Lynch/Eisinger/Design, whose website says the building will have a sculpture studio, drawing studio, an archive on the lower level, and a residence on the upper floor. (more…)


Finally, a new Williamsburg development that has some design potential: Curbed unearthed a rendering and discovered that the architect for the big building going up at 287 Broadway near Marcy in South Williamsburg will be Morris Adjmi Architects, which also designed the Townhouses of Cobble Hill and the Wythe Hotel. The address of the development has changed and will now be known as 282 South 5th Street.

The tall, setback portion of the building will be a cube encased by a transparent, presumably glass and steel, exoskeleton. The architects of record are still Goldstein, Hill & West. It will be a rental building, with 13 stories and 82 apartments. There will be 24 studios, 40 one-bedrooms, 18 two-bedrooms and extensive amenities, including “26,000 square feet of landscaped outdoor space,” Curbed said. This will include “private garden plots, a dog run, fire pit, barbecues, [and] an outdoor cinema screen.”

The base of the structure will not be residential but will house 29,964 square feet of retail and 6,895 square feet of community facility space. There will also be 166 parking spaces underground. The developer is Midwood Investment & Development.

What do you think of it?

Morris Adjmi-Designed Apartments Coming to South 5th Street [Curbed]
Rendering by Morris Adjmi Architects via Curbed


We found a new, more detailed rendering tacked to the construction fence at 313 St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights, where S3 Architecture has designed a 76-unit rental building around a courtyard. The rendering shows more detail about the facade, which apparently will be made up of blocks of concrete or some other material with fine lines and a speckled texture subtle gradations of color. One of the most interesting things about the building is the shadow-box window frames, which in the first rendering were depicted in a brighter shade of neon yellow.

The building will have an interior courtyard and an unusual footprint to accommodate the oddly shaped lot, which runs between Underhill and Washington. A peek through the fence revealed the site has been cleared although construction has not yet started. Click through to the jump to see the site.

What do you think of the building design?

76-Unit Rental Planned for Prospect Heights Parking Lot [Brownstoner] (more…)

Five architecture teams have reimagined Forest City Ratner’s controversial plan for Atlantic Yards with creative and cutting-edge designs for an exhibit opening next month at a Prospect Heights gallery. Each proposal had to incorporate 4,728,000 square feet of housing, 156,000 square feet of retail, and 1,234 parking spaces — numbers drawn from FCR’s master plan. The architects hope to spark a public debate and find a more contextual, less problematic way to develop the site.

OperA Studio designed a futuristic, twisting structure (pictured) where angled planes meet to create lots of public green space on top of the buildings. It links the high-rise residential towers with ground-floor commercial space, the Barclays Center and the Atlantic Terminal Mall. Then Amoia Cody Architecture takes on the problem of private green space with tetris-like “vertical lots” that include a terrace “yard” for each floor.

In a plan called “Quilted City,” Joshua Zinder Architecture examines how “layering” high-rise apartment towers around the Barclays Center and a relocated Atlantic Terminal could create several public spaces. And a fourth series of renderings from Matthias Altwicker and Farzana Gandhi envisions eight-story, movable blocks in a huge grid. Essentially, the blocks could become commercial, housing or manufacturing space, depending on the need. The fifth proposal, from David Cunningham Architecture Planning, isn’t described on the exhibit’s website.

“Five Proposals for the Future of Atlantic Yards” opens June 5 at Warehouse 623 at 623 Bergen Street.

We’ve included more renderings after the jump. What do you think of the renderings and proposals? Are they realistic?

Rendering by OperA Studio


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The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its 14th Building Brooklyn Awards, which evaluate new construction and renovation projects ranging from schools to historic restorations, at the Only Brooklyn Real Estate Summit on Tuesday. Fort Greene’s very modern Theater for a New Audience won in the Arts and Culture category, and the Weeksville Heritage Center (pictured) won for Civic/Institutional.

Other winners included the Coney Island YMCA, Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park, Pave Academy Charter School in Red Hook, the restoration of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, Coney Island’s planned comfort stations, the Gowanus Whole Foods and Brookland Capital’s Bed Stuy offices.

Kickstarter’s fancy eco-friendly offices in the Eberhard Pencil Factory also made the cut, as did the design for CAMBA Gardens in Flatbush and Two Trees’ revamp of a brick factory at 25 Washington Street. Click over to this slideshow created by the Chamber to see photos and renderings of all the winning buildings.

What do you think of the selections?


Architectural historian, tour guide and writer Suzanne Spellen, aka Brownstoner columnist Montrose Morris, will give an illustrated talk on Brooklyn architecture at the New York Public Library Thursday. “The Architects and Architecture of Brooklyn: 1870-1930″ will focus on the borough’s best architects, builders and buildings.

Spellen will explore their lives and times, including how society and technology shaped their work. The event takes place Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 pm at the Mid-Manhattan Library. For more information, see the library’s events pages.

1910 Postcard, East New York Project.

The Municipal Art Society will be giving a walking tour of the architecture of Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills and Highland Park Saturday. The tour, led by Joe Svehlak, will start with the 1849 Evergreens Cemetery and include mansions, civic buildings, row houses and a church by Richard Upjohn. Above, a 1910 postcard showing Arlington Avenue in Cypress Hills.

The tour takes place April 26 at 11 am. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for others. For more information and to buy tickets, check out the listing on the MAS page.

Image via East New York Project