11/19/13 11:30am


Last time we checked in at the big mixed-use building going up on Myrtle Avenue between Hall and Grand in Clinton Hill, the Associated grocery store had been razed and they were preparing to start work on the foundation. Now the foundation has been dug, and the exterior and interior foundation walls are going up, reinforced by rebar.

Foundation Work Begins at Old Associated Site on Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP


It’s a little tricky to make out what’s going on behind the scaffolding at 344 St. Marks Place, but it looks like interior demo and structural work is progressing, while work on the two-story addition has not yet started. As previously reported, this former two-story billiards factory is slated to be enlarged with two more stories and converted into 44 apartments, designed by S3 Architects.

The property goes all the way through the block, and the above shot shows the rear, at 363-371 Prospect Place. An Alt 1 permit for the project was approved in December 2012.

Renderings for Residential Conversion on St. Marks [Brownstoner] GMAP


A reader sent in this photo showing the progression of three big downtown developments. In the far left corner, steel is rising at the Oro 2 at 313 Gold Street. In the middle, the Hampton Inn on Tillary is now shrouded in netting. In the foreground, at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Tillary, workers are digging the foundation for an as-yet-unnamed hotel and residential building located at 85 Flatbush Avenue Extension. GMAP

09/25/13 11:00am


A tipster sent in these photos of the garden being constructed on the roof of Whole Foods in Gowanus at the corner of 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue. Gotham Greens will operate the garden. That’s the historic Coignet building in the left corner of the photo after the jump. The store will open before the end of the year, according to the company.

Whole Foods Hiring, to Open Before End of Year [Brownstoner]
Photos by funstraw (more…)

09/04/13 11:30am

We stopped by 22-36 Caton Place in Kensington, where construction was slated to begin in July. We spotted some rebar sticking out of the ground and a little digging. Looks like they’re starting to excavate for the basement. A tall blue plywood construction fence has gone up and equipment is in place. Developers Hudson Companies are planning a seven-story, 73-unit apartment building with a basement parking lot, a gym, children’s playroom and backyard gardens. The building will also feature a rooftop terrace with grills. Check out our previous posts to see the renderings for this building, which is directly across the street from the recently re-started development at 23 Caton. GMAP

22 Caton Place [Hudson]
Checking in at 22 Caton Place [Brownstoner]
Renderings for 22 Caton Place [Brownstoner]
Checking in at 23 Caton Place [Brownstoner]

06/05/13 11:00am

Construction of Phase 2 of City Point continues, and is focused on finishing excavation and pouring foundation walls for the five-story, 650,000-square-foot retail space. This base will support two residential towers (which will be the subject of future updates). Concrete foundation walls are being installed along the Fleet Street and Gold Street sides of the site, with work proceeding from south to north, towards Willoughby Street. Facilities for building mechanicals and off-street loading docks are also being installed underground.
Photos by Rick Sechrest for City Point (more…)

06/04/13 9:00am

53-broadway-041913After a lull in development during the downturn, the number of apartment units under construction is back to late 2008 levels, according to a report from the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU. Most — three-quarters — of the units are being built in Brooklyn and Queens, not Manhattan, DNAinfo reported. They’re coming from two sources: Stalled construction sites that are now finishing up, and new projects. “Brooklyn is seeing a lot of development right now,” said Brian Meier, an agent with Douglas Elliman. “The entry points are a lot easier [for developers] to get into and there’s availability.” At the same time, some rental buildings are now converting back to condos to meet demand. One of these is a 40-unit building at 35-41 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, which recently put 14 units on the market. Within one night, the apartments —  priced between $200,000 and $400,000 – all had offers at ask with backup buyers. The Meadowwood at Gateway in East New York, a huge complex with 19 buildings and 1,100 units, is also converting from rentals to condos. “There was such a gap in new development,” said Jodi Stasse, Citi Habitats managing director of new developments. ”[Now] there’s a good pipeline of much needed great inventory.” Do you think more inventory could mean less competition and lower prices?
New Construction Rises in City After a Five Year Lull [DNAinfo]

05/08/13 11:00am

Work has started on the five-story, 28-unit apartment building going up at 196 Macon on a leafy block of brownstones in Bed Stuy. The developers are H Holding Group, which is also building four neo-traditional townhouses at 449-453 Degraw Street in Cobble Hill. This build is scheduled to be completed in June 2014. It’s not clear if the units will be rentals or condos. Although the massing of the building above is obviously contemporary, and the building contains a parking garage, ornamental details nod to surrounding brownstones and include Neo Grec-style window surrounds, windows at street level, quoins and 19th century-style cornices. The property is the back half of a double lot on which sits a landmarked 1863 mansion; the whole thing was until recently owned by the mysterious United Order of Tents, a secret organization for African-American women. The Order of Tents appears to have divided the lot in two for tax purposes in 2011, and last year sold the vacant lot known as 200 Macon Street to Mgsh Properties Inc., which has the same address as the H Holding Group, for $760,000. Presumably, the Order of Tents still owns 87 Macdonough, despite the fact that PropertyShark lists all of the addresses as one property owned by Mgsh Properties.


04/08/13 9:30am

Never mind babies in bars in Park Slope. Times are changing. With all the construction and new families in Williamsburg, there’s a new outrage to worry about: The dust and noise of construction there, which is ruining walks and nap time for babies, according to DNAinfo, and the entitlement of parents who pay $5,000 a month to rent or millions of dollars to buy in the neighborhood. It is a fact that Williamsburg has the highest number of new buildings going up of any neighborhood in Brooklyn. It does seem as if there is construction on nearly every block. What to do?
Williamsburg Construction Boom Ruining Babies’ Naps and Walks [DNAinfo]
Photo by Meredith Hoffman for DNAinfo

04/03/13 10:00am

salvation-army-1-040313The second building at 176 Bedford Avenue is still standing, although its floors are completely open to the elements. The main building at 176 Bedford Avenue, which until recently housed Williamsburg’s Salvation Army store, is now completely demolished. As previously reported, the Salvation Army is constructing an entirely new building on the site, and it will remain a Salvation Army store. (more…)

03/20/13 9:30am

Whole Foods received a stop work order for the whole site Monday after at least one construction worker fell about 25 feet while installing decking and was taken to the hospital, according to a posting on the Department of Buildings website. A tipster sent us a photo of the stop work order posted at the construction site, above, at 214 Third Street in Gowanus. Three construction workers fell and were hurt, according to a story in the Brooklyn Eagle.


We heard from a tipster yesterday afternoon that during work on a construction site at 255 Columbia Street, the former Sokol Brothers Building, workers must have damaged a water main causing several buildings on the street to be flooded. A stop work order was issued by the building department yesterday because construction on the site “caused a water pipe to burst, flooding neighboring properties, entire block.” The order indicates that cellars have been flooded at 249 and 257. According to our tipster 259 is flooded too and, “two apartment buildings are uninhabitable right now – we’re not allowed in – and the grocery store is out of commission for time being.” This isn’t the first time there have been problems at the site. A Stop Work Order was issued back in June–the developer lacked a full demolition permit it needed. Anyone know anything more about the cause or the damage? Click through for more pictures. (more…)