The site at 153-157 Remsen Street is finally seeing some action, with construction workers buzzing all around the lot where three decrepit buildings were demolished this past year. A rendering for the 19-story residential “Remsen Apartments,” designed by Perkins Eastman affiliate S9 Architecture, was posted nearby along with a projected completion date of December 2016. (more…)

Concrete workers belonging to the New York City District Council of Carpenters went on strike today at roughly 30 sites around the city, including Brooklyn’s nearly complete Ava DoBro at 100 Willoughby Street and the future Pod Hotel at 626 Driggs Avenue.

The Council is protesting what they say is an unfair contract proposed by the Cement League, a group of contractors who hire Council workers to build the concrete skeletons of high-rise structures. These two Brooklyn buildings got caught in the middle.

Brownstoner reached Elizabeth McKenna, a spokesperson for the NYC District Council of Carpenters, by phone. McKenna said that the Cement League was not sensitive to the Council’s needs, even after being offered a 25 percent decrease in Council wages. (more…)

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21 Commercial Street

After years of debate and a lengthy approval process, Greenpoint Landing is starting to take shape on the Brooklyn waterfront. Developer Greenpoint Landing Associates has tapped Handel Architects with the master plan and the design of the buildings in the first phase of the project. L + M Development is a development partner on the first three affordable buildings under construction.

The first site, 21 Commercial Street, has topped out. More on that below. Immediately to the south, construction appears to be imminent on the third affordable building, at 5 Blue Slip.

The green construction fence is up, and a previously unpublished rendering has been posted. Read and see more below.

Greenpoint Landing Coverage [Brownstoner] (more…)


The Lefferts Place Mews, a collection of old-school-looking townhomes that are actually condominium apartments, is coming along nicely at 76-88 Lefferts Place in Clinton Hill, we saw when we stopped by recently to snap some photos.

The brownstone and red brick façade has gone up, the windows are in, and workers were just starting on the cornice. The collection of four buildings with a total of 31 units launched sales in October, starting at $625,000, as we reported at the time. (more…)

Southwest corner from John Street.

The condo building going up at 1 John Street in Dumbo has almost topped out and curtain wall installation has begun. A joint venture between Alloy Development and Monadnock Development, the 42-unit, 12-story condominium is one of three projects currently under construction within the confines of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

While the larger project to the south, the Pierhouse and 1 Hotel, has drawn vehement criticism and lawsuits — now resolved — 1 John Street has flown somewhat under the radar. (more…)


A big and ambitious development going up in Boreum Hill, the hotel-condo complex at 265 State Street known as The Boerum, is up to the second story. When we last stopped by in December, the foundation was being poured for the 21-story tower.

Sales launched the same month, with asking prices ranging from $800,000 to $4,250,000. Now 100 of the 128 units are in contract, a spokesperson for the developer told us. (StreetEasy shows nine apartments available out of 107 on the market.)

Designed by Flank, the luxury development will have large apartments with as many as five bedrooms, but no studios, as we have reported. The facade design mixes brick and glass, and the brick divisions appear to weave over and under each other. See below for a previously published rendering of how it will look when complete.

A hotel will occupy the first six floors of the building, which also goes by the alternate addresses 140 Schermerhorn Street and 71 Smith Street. Flank and the Carlyle Group are the developers. Click through to see lots more photos.

265 State Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
71 Smith Street Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

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Steps leading to the rooftop amenity space

We recently took a hard hat tour of the under-construction William Vale hotel, rising in the heart of hipster Brooklyn and its nightlife district at 55 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg.

With the success of the Wythe Hotel, located a block south, and the increasing cultural cachet of Brooklyn, developers are eyeing the borough as a destination for tourists and a home for businesses seeking to tap into the hipster credentials of its neighborhoods.

Riverside Developers is betting on this location, a 10-minute walk from the nearest subway or ferry stop, as a destination in its own right. The plan is to offer a full-service resort-level experience to guests willing to venture out from the typical Manhattan hotel locales. (more…)


Phase 2 of City Point is taking shape in Downtown Brooklyn, in an oddly shaped lot between Dekalb Avenue, Albee Square West and Flatbush Avenue Extension. The tallest portion, a 43-story residential tower, has topped out and its glassy facade is almost complete. Meanwhile, the facade of the retail base is developing on the bottom floors along Albee Square West.

When we last checked in January, the tallest tower had not reached its full height, and the glassy facade was just starting to climb. When complete, Phase 2, located in the center portion of the three-phase site, will consist of a five-story, 650,000-square-foot mall and 690 apartments, 125 of which will be affordable, as we have reported before. (more…)


The glassy facade of Brooklyn’s tallest tower has nearly reached the top floor on two sides. Originally slated to be complete in the third quarter of this year, Ava DoBro at 100 Willoughby Street in Downtown Brooklyn launched leasing earlier this month for units on the first six floors. Move-ins are expected to start August 14.

Pre-construction condo sales are nothing new, but we haven’t seen too many cases of renter move-ins while construction is still under way. The building does not yet have a certificate of occupancy, according to the Department of Building’s website.

Formerly known as Avalon Willoughby West, the building was renamed Ava DoBro in March. The 35-story building stands 595 tall and will have 861 apartments when complete. Its long list of amenities include indoor and outdoor lounges, a fire pit and barbeques on the 30th floor, heated indoor and outdoor pet runs, and 24-hour concierge service, as we have reported before. (more…)

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The walls are rising at 333 Schermerhorn Street, the 53-story rental tower from developer Douglas Steiner of Steiner Studios. Located in downtown Brooklyn, the 581-unit building will reach 577 feet and join the numerous other towers under construction in this booming part of Brooklyn. Above, the south facade from Schermerhorn Street.

The tower massing is composed of a rectangular form with a serrated facade on the long elevations. These angled piers create a series of corner units that offer better views than a standard unit. (more…)


The beginnings of a pit have appeared at Domino Site E at 325 Kent Avenue since we last visited a month ago. Also new is a retaining wall on the east side of the site, not far from the adjacent construction site for 6 Wythe Lane townhouses.

The project broke ground in March. When we visited in late April, the site had been cleared. At left above, the ground is flat; at far right, digging of a pit has started.

When it’s finished in 2017, the 16-story building will have 500 rentals, including 105 affordable apartments. Designed by SHoP, the building will be clad in zinc and copper, with terraces and ground-floor retail. It also goes by the address 317 Kent Avenue.

Click through for lots more photos and three renderings, including a previously unpublished one that is posted on the fence.

Renderings by SHoP Architects (more…)

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Rather than report again on the controversy over the height of 1 Hotel and Pierhouse, the Marvel Architects-designed three-building hotel and condo complex now rising in Brooklyn Bridge Park, today we’re just going to take a look at the progress of the project.

The metal and glass facade is almost complete at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park, a 200-key hotel in the structure nearest to the Brooklyn Bridge.

This will be the most recent hotel from the eco-friendly brand started by Starwood Capital Group, 1 Hotels, which has also launched in South Beach. Above, the west facade of 1 Hotel can be seen at the left.

The 10-story Pierhouse condo building next to it at 90 Furman Street topped out in January, and awaits its glass and limestone facade (above right).

The Pierhouse’s second condo building on the opposite side of Squibb Park Bridge, 130 Furman Street, has reached the fourth floor. (more…)