We found a drawing on the fence showing the unusual-looking 48-unit condo building going in at 502 Waverly Avenue near Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. Workers were digging the foundation when we passed by.

A previously published rendering, below, shows a glassy facade with a Deco-style curved edge and a color-blocked gray and white facade consisting of narrow divisions between the large expanses of glass. It looks more like an office building than residential, to our way of thinking. In any case, we expect potential buyers will be happy to see more condos (as opposed to rentals) going up in the area.  (more…)


When we stopped by a few days ago, a four story building at 1666-1668 Broadway in Ocean Hill with interesting reclaimed looking bricks making up its facade was looking nearly complete, at least on the outside. Workers were busy inside and out all through the winter, even in the dark and cold.

Technically two buildings — one is new and one is an enlargement – it will have retail space on the ground floor and eight units on the three floors above, according to new-building permits.



We recently toured the three biggest construction projects on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg: The Salvation Army at 176 Bedford Avenue, the Whole Foods store going up at 242 Bedford Avenue, and the Apple store going in at 247 Bedford Avenue.

Nothing much has changed at the Salvation Army site, pictured above, which is to be expected. The charity is in the process of selling the property to a developer but nothing has hit public records yet.

A few blocks down at the Whole Foods site, progress is achingly slow. Some additional structure and netting recently appeared on the metal frame that reached two stories some months ago.

At the Apple store, they have been working quickly despite the heavy snows this winter. The foundation is coming along, although cement had not yet been poured when we stopped by April 2. Click through for lots more photos.  (more…)


The steel and concrete structure for one of Brooklyn’s most interesting new buildings has reached the top story. The Morris Adjmi-designed mixed-use building at 282 South 5th Street has been in the works since 2012.

The unusual design, visible from Broadway and the platform at the Marcy Avenue subway station, features an apartment tower inside a transparent gridded shell, with shops on the ground floor. (more…)


The windows and facade are in but the balconies are still under construction at 61 Park Place in Park Slope. A filing last month for a division of the property into two tax lots reveals the building will be condos.

Inside, the drywall appeared to be up, at least in the units we could see from the street. The five-story building will have 17 apartments, as previously reported.

There will also be parking for 15 cars, nine bicycles, a day care facility in the cellar, and an 81-square-foot “community facility,” according to the Schedule A. The architect is Shiming Tam, and the developer is Brandon Hornbeck.

It’s been under construction since 2013 and is supposed to wrap in the next few months, according to a sign posted on the construction site. Click through for more photos and the previously published rendering.

61 Park Place Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP



Windows have gone in at a four-story, three-family building at 18 Jefferson Street in Bushwick. When we last passed by in February, workers were finishing up the brown brick facade and the empty window openings were blocked with plywood. (See below for a photo.)

The architect of record is Jinwoo Jang, according the new-building permit.

The new building replaces a three-story house that had been damaged in a fire, according to a demo permit. Next door at 20 Jefferson Street is an empty lot where construction had not yet started.



The Henry Apartments, a huge affordable and supportive housing complex in Ocean Hill, has officially kicked off construction at 1696-1712 Broadway. City officials and pols such as Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna and local City Council Member Darlene Mealy were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place Friday, March 20, a spokesperson for the project let us know. (Check out the press release and photos here.)

Workers have been putting up a construction fence around the very large site for several weeks, and when we peeked through yesterday we could see the ground had been cleared and a hole had appeared close to the corner of Broadway and Rockaway. The site runs along Broadway between Rockaway and Decatur. Years ago there were apartments and stores here, but the property has been an empty lot for decades. (more…)

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Work has begun on the 10-story apartment building that will rise on the site of the former Fox Savoy Theater at 1515 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights. Earth movers began excavating at Bedford and Lincoln last week, digging out the basement for the new building and pulling out the last remaining pieces of the old theater’s foundation.

The Thomas Lamb-designed movie palace was originally built in 1926 for motion picture magnate William Fox of 20th Century Fox, and it featured an ornate neo-Classical facade made of white terra cotta. The grand old building was torn down last fall, after its most recent owners, a church, sold it to a developer for a low-seeming $575,000, as readers will recall.  (more…)


The bank headed for the corner of Marcy and Fulton in Bed Stuy will be TD Bank, a rendering on the construction fence shows. When we passed by 957 Marcy Avenue Friday, demo of the old Burger King was fairly far along. Click through for lots of photos.

As we’ve said before, we think a taller mixed-use building would be a more efficient use of space here — and it would fit in better with the area — than the standard one-story building surrounded by a parking lot shown on the rendering. But the plan is to replace like with like, so it is not to be.

As for the bank, there are also Chase and Citibank branches nearby. Do you think TD Bank — and the parking — will be a useful addition?

Burger King at Marcy and Fulton Has Closed, Demo and Bank Planned [Brownstoner] GMAP



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