The redesigned (and much improved) mixed-use building rising at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Boerum Place is now up to three stories of steel. As previously reported, the 11-story building at 60 Boerum Place will house 75 apartments on top of a three-story retail mall. Click through for another construction shot and to see a clearer shot of the previously published rendering.

Major Changes, Renderings, Walls Finally Rising at Busy Atlantic Avenue Corner [Brownstoner]  GMAP (more…)

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Northern Greenpoint is abuzz with construction projects big and small, from the Greenpoint Landing megaproject on the waterfront to small buildings on the side streets. We checked in at 62 Box Street (above), which has risen to three stories so far. Eventually, it will have six stories and six units spread across 7,348 square feet of residential space, per new building permits. The applicant of record is Roman Sorokko of Versatile Engineering. 

The design of the building is much better than the average small project in these parts, we think. Click through to see a previously published rendering from the construction fence. 



When we stopped by 265 State Street last week, workers were very busy putting in the rebar for the foundation for the forthcoming The Boerum hotel and condo. The big pit fronts Smith, State Street and Atlantic Schermerhorn Street in Boerum Hill. The name of the complex was all over the construction fence and the side of a neighboring building. Sales for the Flank-designed luxury condos launched last week, as we noted. Click through to see more construction shots. GMAP

265 State Street Coverage [Brownstoner]


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Foundation work is under way at 21 Commercial Street in Greenpoint, where Park Tower Group and L&M Development are building part of the massive Greenpoint Landing project. As previously reported, this is the former industrial property at the corner of Franklin, Commercial and Clay streets where six stories of affordable housing with 93 apartments and ground-floor commercial space will rise.

The developers have also filed plans for a second affordable building at 33 Eagle Street, which will have seven stories and 98 units. Handel Architects is designing both, and you can see the firm’s previously published rendering after the jump.

When the entire Greenpoint Landing development is finished, there will be 10 towers, 5,500 apartments, a new park and a K through 8 school on the East River waterfront.

21 Commercial Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Landing Coverage [Brownstoner]



The Salvation Army is working on the foundation of its new building at 176 Bedford Avenue, an extremely prominent corner in red-hot Williamsburg where the Bedford Avenue L train stop is located. Incredibly, plans originally filed in 2010 to replace the two-story commercial building with another one have not changed. Demo started in January 2013. Click through to see more photos.

Salvation Army Coverage [Brownstoner] (more…)


Plans for the building to replace the Pratt Station Post Office and other storefronts at 504 Myrtle Avenue, below, have changed. An application for a permit filed today shows the building will be six stories, not an eight-story building, as previously reported. It will have 92 apartments as well as 35,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. All the buildings are still standing, we observed this morning.

Meanwhile, the related development next door at 490 Myrtle Avenue, pictured above, has made immense progress since we last visited in May. The exterior looks just about complete and some of the scaffolding has come down so the building is visible. It’s supposed to wrap summer 2015.

The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership was the first to report on all these developments on its blog. Click through for more photos of both sites.

Scaffolding Comes Down at 490 Myrtle Avenue [Myrtle Avenue]  GMAP



When we passed by 1012-1018 Decatur Street in Bushwick yesterday, workers appeared to be finishing the inside walls on the ground floor. The building recently topped out, and the interior walls looked done on the upper floors. It’s hard to believe now this corner used to be a tire repair shop for so many years. Even though the building has window AC units, we think the quality looks good for a private development in this area. Click through to see more. 

Five-Story Apartment Building Rising Quickly on Decatur Street in Bushwick [Brownstoner]


When workers started digging a big hole in the backyard of the recently sold house at 391 Union Street in Carroll Gardens, it set off alarm bells with some neighbors. Two calls were made to 311, and one neighbor emailed us expressing fears about whether the apparent swimming pool project was on the up-and-up and what the structural implications for adjacent buildings might be. We checked with the architect who is overseeing the renovation of the house at No. 391, and it turns out that everything is being done by the book.

The pool will be 10 feet by 20 feet, a total of 200 square feet, with a maximum depth of four feet. A pool of this size does not require a permit. Nonetheless, the firm has made it clear in its filings to the DOB that one is planned. (Indeed, we saw it in the Schedule A attached to the Alt-1 permit.)

The hole in the backyard is bigger than the final size of the pool to allow for framing and plumbing. “The pool is set back from the property lines by more than four feet and is more than 10 feet from any foundation,” architect Daniel Alter told us.

While work has started on the pool, the rest of the renovation will wait for the appropriate permit approvals. “As a general matter, I can tell you that the owners are committed to not proceeding with any work that requires a permit until the permits can be pulled,” he said. (more…)

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We caught this schematic on the fence at 828 Bedford Avenue in Bed Stuy, a block from the Williamsburg border, where foundation work recently began for a six-story apartment development. Plans for the 11-unit building were first filed in 2002, but the latest round of new building permits were issued in June of this year. The architect of record is De-Jan Lu, and the owner is an LLC who purchased the lot from another LLC for $1,015,125 last year. It looks like the project will be condos, because the previous owners filed a condo declaration in 2009. The property is a sizable 50 by 100 foot vacant lot that once held a car repair shop, according to old tax photos.

Click through to see what’s behind the fence.


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Three stories have risen above ground so far at the Oosten, the Dutch-designed and Chinese-developed condo complex at 429 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg. Looking into the huge construction site between South 8th and South 11th streets, we could see the building taking shape around what will eventually become a landscaped inner courtyard.

The condos debuted in September with prices ranging from a one-bedroom asking $710,000 to four-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouses for $3,635,000.

Meanwhile, next door at 431 Kent, the eight-building Hasidic development now has balconies and light-colored brick installed on its facades.

Click through for more construction shots.

Oosten Coverage [Brownstoner]



The very large building rising at 224 Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is designed by Scarano and will be a self-storage facility just like the one next door, according to permits. Technically, it’s not a new building but is actually an addition to a one-story warehouse already on the site. When it’s done, it will have three stories plus a mezzanine.

Click through to see renderings, inside the construction fence and the self storage building next door. (more…)


The townhouse going in at 242 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill — the one that Beastie Boy Mike Diamond is helping design and develop — is nearing the finish line. “It looks great,” said a reader who snapped this photo when he passed by last week. A tall fence made the site impossible to see, but it seems to have been replaced recently by a regular construction fence.

The architects are John and Jill Bouratoglou. A listing went up in September, and construction is supposed to wrap in December. The ask is $4,980,000, and it’s not in contract yet. What do you think of the look so far? GMAP

Under-Construction Boerum Hill House, With Beastie Boy on Design Team, Hits Market [Brownstoner]