A rundown and altered Second Empire-style wood frame house at 40 Cambridge Place in Clinton Hill is getting a total redo using Passive House technology. The exterior will be restored to match its twin next door, including windows that appear to be double hung, because it is in the Clinton Hill Historic District.

The missing porch and altered bay window will be restored. The inside will be retrofitted according to Passive House standards, according to DOB permits.

Right now, the whole thing is shrouded in scaffolding — as is the house next door at 46 Cambridge Place. (That may be to protect it. The house did recently have some work going on inside, but apparently it’s not related to this project.)

When 40 Cambridge was a House of the Day in 2011, we said it had lots of details in and out but appeared to need work. Click through the jump below to see what the exterior looked like in 2012 and to see the house under construction now.

The house last changed hands for $740,00 in 2011. The owner plans to obtain a new certificate of occupancy but will keep it as a two-family, according to permits.

This should be an interesting one to watch.

House of the Day: 40 Cambridge Place [Brownstoner] GMAP
Last photo below by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark



When we moved to eastern Bed Stuy five years ago, our block was sleepy and quiet. Most of the houses are only three stories high, and there were quite a few empty lots as well as a pretty community garden. We liked the “land that time forgot” feel, as well as the big expanses of sky.

Now, as of about a month ago, there are four active construction sites on our block. (more…)


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



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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Two Trees has put up construction walls and started excavating Domino Sugar Site E, a former vacant lot the developer turned into a temporary community space, park and garden called Havermeyer Park. The inland site sits across the street from the main factory on Kent Avenue, between South 3rd and South 4th streets.

Two Trees broke ground there earlier this month, kicking off construction of the first building in its huge redevelopment of Domino. As reported, the building at 317 Kent Avenue will be a SHoP-designed, 16-story tower with 522 rentals, including 105 affordable units. Construction is expected to finish in 2017. The developer has also promised to rebuild the park next door to Domino and open it this summer. Yay!

Meanwhile, across the street, workers have finished carting away the remains of the demolished buildings on either side of the landmarked Domino factory. The abandoned cranes have also been pulled away from the water’s edge, and they’ll eventually be incorporated into a five-acre waterfront park with a High Line-style “artifact walk.” Click through to see what’s behind the fence at the main Domino site.

Domino Coverage [Brownstoner]



The scaffolding came down a few weeks ago, revealing the new condo building at 440 Atlantic Avenue that has been in the works for several years. The condos from Barrett Design and Development replaced two greatly altered 19th century row houses. As regular readers may recall, sales launched in April, and there no units left. Click through to see a shot of the building from a different angle, from a tipster. How do you like the way it turned out?

440 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]



Brooklyn’s new parole office at 15 2nd Avenue in Gowanus looked complete and ready for move-in when we stopped by this weekend. There was no sign of construction in the area. Everything seems to be going according to schedule, and the office is supposed to open in April.

The new office — located on the opposite side of the canal from Whole Foods and visible from its outdoor space and parking lot — will serve 2,000 parolees rather than the 6,000 originally planned, according to a legal settlement reached with community group Gowanus United in January. Many in the area, including elected officials and local businesses, have said they are concerned the facility will have a negative effect on the neighborhood.

The new facility is extremely large, as we discovered up close and in person. We wonder what else will fill the unused space?

15 2nd Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]



Windows are in and the facade bricked up on all but the topmost portion of 535 Classon Avenue, about half a block from Fulton Street. The five-story building will have 38 units spread over 26,000 square feet. That works out to an average of 684 square feet per unit. The developer is Kahen Properties, and the applicant of record is engineer Shahriar Afshari of Roslyn, N.Y., according to permits. Click through to see more photos. 

Design Posted for Five-Story Building on Classon in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)


It’s been about two years since Chetrit Group broke ground on the long-stalled — and also big and ambitious — mixed-use hotel/apartment/retail complex at 500 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, and not much has happened since. But when we stopped by yesterday, we saw hardhats working on the foundation. Last time we peeked, it was just dirt, so this is a major advance.

In the meantime, after already changing once before, it seems the architect has switched again, from Gene Kaufman to Kutnicki Bernstein, and the design has also changed – we are now on Version No. 5. About a month ago, Curbed dug up interior renderings on the website of Raad Studio, which appears to be handling the inside.

The renderings are pretty mind blowing. How do you like the sexy siren hanging out at the indoor-outdoor fire pits, above? There’s also a babe in a pool — and a pretty good looking bathroom — with a shower that strikes us as roomy enough for two. (See them all here, in full size glory.)

Click through for lots of construction-site photos and to see a progression of exterior renderings over seven years. This should be quite the development, if it ever gets built. What do you think of it?

500 Metropolitan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
502 Metropolitan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Raad Studio



It looks like a sizable brick apartment building, but 22-28 Troutman Street, on a prominent corner of Bushwick Avenue near Myrtle, is actually five townhouses on five tax lots with two units each, according to permits. They looked close to complete and we could see workmen finishing up the interiors when we stopped by a few weeks ago.

Each house consists of an upper triplex and a lower duplex, spread across four levels labelled as a basement, two floors and a penthouse. The square footage of each is just under 2,200, which seems improbably small. But permits call them three-story buildings, and that’s what they look like in person.

Owner Pine Realty Corp. of Brooklyn bought the property in 2012 for $900,000, according to public records. The architect is Bahram Tehrani.


Two Trees has broken ground on the first building in the Domino Sugar complex, according to a press release we just received. It’s Site E, above, where the temporary Havemeyer Park was located, on the east side of Kent Avenue between South 3rd and South 4th streets. (Click through to see a rendering showing all the buildings.)

The 16-story building at 317 Kent Avenue will have 500 rental units, including 105 affordable units. It is expected to wrap in 2017. The developer also started rebuilding the waterfront pier, which will eventually house a five-acre public part, it said.

The reconstruction of the bulkhead and pier will take about 12 to 18 months. The James Corner Field Operations-designed park will include lawns, gardens, playing fields and better streets to make it easier to get to the waterfront. There will also be an elevated “artifact walk,” as previously reported, “modeled after the High Line,” with such finds as syrup tanks and cranes from the factory.

The SHoP-designed building will be clad in zinc and copper, with many terraces, a “dramatic courtyard,” views, and careful siting framed by pubic spaces, said the release. There will also be “small scale neighborhood” shops on the ground floors.

The affordable units will be aimed at residents earning 60 percent of the area median income, aka $33,560 to $50,340 for a family of four.

By the way, the now-closed pop-op Havemeyer Park will be relocated and open again somewhere on the Domino site this summer!

Renderings by SHoP (more…)

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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.”