Remember the crazy rendering, for an apartment building at 785 Dekalb Avenue in Bed Stuy, with a giant slanted porthole in the center, topped by a gold dome? Brownstoner said the mad, mod design resembled a “space-age city hall for sea monkeys,” and a local scrawled “yuppie boxes” on top of the rendering posted on the construction fence.

Now construction is far enough along to see the actual building is actually turning out pretty well. The facade and windows are going in, as a construction update from New York YIMBY shows. (more…)

BAM North Site II

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other local pols held a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday to kick off construction at 15 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene. The long-in-the-works project is also known as BAM North Site II and the Brooklyn Cultural District Apartments (BCD:A).

The mixed-use, mixed-income building will include both residential units and cultural space. The 109 apartments, 40 percent affordable and 60 percent market rate, will sit atop 21,400 square feet of cultural space, which will house The Center for Fiction and Mark Morris Dance Group, among others.


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Despite recent legal drama, construction progress continues at Marvel Architects’ 1 Hotel and Pierhouse, the controversial hotel and residential condo development at the boundary of Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Monday, a judge dismissed a second attempt by a community group to dismantle the 30-foot-high bulkhead on top of 1 Hotel, which blocks the view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade.)

The Toll Brothers’ 100-foot-tall development topped out in January. Since then, work has been under way on the exterior envelope and interiors.

The glassy facade of 1 Hotel, the 200-key eco hotel from Starwood Capital Group,  has been significantly complete since the May update. Throughout the summer, the facade of the adjacent Pierhouse condo building at 90 Furman Street has been covered in construction scaffolding. (more…)

Tenant Rights - NYC Building Listed as Vacant During Renovation

In a horrifying revelation in tenant rights (or lack thereof), the city has acknowledged it has no system in place to verify that under-construction buildings are unoccupied, and must trust landlords to correctly file paperwork regarding buildings’ occupancy status, according to the New York Times.

Residents of Williamsburg’s iconic, formerly blighted 292 Bedford Avenue have complained of ongoing renovation work compromising the health of tenants who, despite what the paperwork says, are very much still living in their apartments within the building. False documentation of occupied units means tenants cannot expect protection from health risks like excessive dust, concrete, blocked exits or even lead poisoning. (more…)

Tudor Renovation At 93 Court Street In Brooklyn

The whimsical Tudor building at 93 Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn is getting some work done, Brownstoner noticed on a recent visit. When Montrose Morris wrote about the building in 2012, commenters wished someone would return the one-time architect’s office to its former glory.

The permits don’t indicate whether the building’s facade will eventually be restored. Rather, they list structural repairs, including removing second-floor joists and interior stairs, repairing the roof, and installing structural steel lintels on the first and second floors. Records state that the renovation will cost $370,000.



The ambitious adaptation of the Empire Stores warehouse complex in Brooklyn Bridge Park on the Dumbo waterfront is inching closer to completion. The impressively austere red brick and iron-shuttered structure was built in 1869 and abandoned to the elements in the 1960s. When the complex opens to the public in spring 2016, it will have indoor and outdoor public spaces, a rooftop garden, exhibition space, offices, restaurants, and retail.

The glass window panels that make up the facade of the modern rooftop addition are making their way around the steel structure on the northeast side, closest to the Manhattan Bridge. Down below, new window glass is filling up long-empty arched holes in the historic schist and brick walls of the original buildings. (more…)

Brooklyn Borough Hall Pavement

The much-needed repaving of Borough Hall Plaza is well under way. Brownstoner just paid a visit to the site, where workers are replacing hazardous and crumbling bluestone with more-sturdy “Jet Mist” granite.

A number of people have fallen on the plaza in recent years, including a septuagenarian who broke her hip in 2010 in a tumble caused by the broken bluestone, the Eagle noted at the time.

The main plaza area immediately to the West of Borough Hall  towards the fountain appear to be nearly complete. But will the plaza be finished in time for the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 20? They’re cutting it close.