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]


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It’s been a year since we stopped by the building site next to the public swimming pool on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. In that time, the mixed-use, six-story project has progressed from a hole in the ground to topping out. When it’s finished, the 60-foot-tall building at 263 Bedford on the corner of North 1st Street will house 14 apartments and 3,510 square feet of commercial space.

There will also be underground parking for eight cars. The architect of record is Jung Wor Chin, and permits list the owner as John Hermanowski, who bought the site in 1986, according to public records. The rendering on the fence, first published by BuzzBuzzHome in May, shows a brick facade and glass balconies on several units. Click through the jump to see our photo of it.

Excavation Starts for Six-Story Building on Bedford in North Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP


A sign at 855 Dekalb Avenue in Bed Stuy says a three-story building there is being turned into a five-story building and converted from commercial to residential, but a peek behind the construction fence seems to show very little or nothing left of the original building.

A stop work order was issued and the complaint was “work does not conform to approved construction documents,” suggesting that perhaps a new building permit rather than Alt-1 might be in order, but the complaint has been resolved, according to the document.

In any case, the current permit calls for 15 apartments over 15,000 square feet. A rendering on the construction fence shows a neoclassical-style facade with juliet balconies and peaked-roof style cornices flanking each side.

The property, located between Marcus Garvey and Throop, is 50 feet wide and housed a three-story factory. Click through for a look at the construction site. (more…)

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The eight-story rental development at 505 St. Marks Avenue in Crown Heights is close to topping out, with all eight floors nearly complete. The apartment building between Franklin and Classon will have 147 units, 100,000 square feet of space and 74 underground parking spots, as previously reported. Issac and Stern Architects are designing, and the developer is Yosi Cohen of Realty Within Reach, whose development up the road at 482 Franklin Avenue is just about finished. Work began at the site in April and has been moving along well ever since.

505 St. Marks Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Construction has been moving quickly at 626 Flatbush Avenue since a judge lifted a temporary restraining order in June. About 12 stories have risen so far at the building, which will be 23 stories when complete.

The as-of-right development by Hudson Companies will have 254 rental units — 51 of them, or about 20 percent, will be affordable. The project will have 250,000 square feet of space, including about 4,000 square feet of retail. The project is expected to be completed in early 2016. Click through to see a rendering.

626 Flatbush Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Marvel Architects

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The old one-story Liberty Department Stores building that stood at 774-776 Grand Street for decades came down this summer, and construction has started on the foundation of what could be a game-changing building for this East Williamsburg corner.

The Meshberg Group-designed building will resemble a 19th century department store, with its tiers of large windows and arched openings at the top. But in fact the eight story building will offer a mix of retail and residential, with 64 apartments.

It is likely to be one of the taller buildings around in the mostly low-rise neighborhood, where three story row houses and four and five story apartment buildings give way to one and two story industrial buildings on the other side of Bushwick Avenue. With its large, factory-style windows and brick facade, the building looks like it will fit in well with the neighborhood’s existing buildings, unlike much of the rest of the new development Williamsburg.

When completed, the 82,000 square foot building will have an 800-square-foot fitness room on the second floor and a 3,500-square-foot roof deck.

Liberty Department Stores and adjoining properties were purchased last year by Jeff Kurtz of Kamson Corp. and Dean Marchi of Grand Street Development for $14,200,000 according to the Wall Street Journal. Meshberg Group is designing the exterior and interior, although Gene Kaufman is the architect of record on building permits.

Construction will wrap in fall 2015, according to a sign at the construction site.

More photos and a rendering after the jump. What do you think of the design?

Let’s Look at the New Rendering for East Williamsburg’s 774 Grand Street [Buzz Buzz Home]
Mixed Use Development for East Williamsburg [WSJ]
Rendering by Gene Kaufman Architect GMAP



When we stopped by the Whole Foods site at 242 Bedford Avenue (or 193 Berry Street) over the weekend, they appeared to be working on the foundation. Not much seems to have changed since we stopped by in August, although we didn’t write a story at the time. Work seems to be progressing slowly at the site, although it doesn’t appear to be stalled.

The building is owned by Midtown Equities, Alex Adjmi and Aurora Capital Associates.