The Atlantic Galleria mini mall at 252 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has reached its full height. Insulation and cladding are going on in preparation for the glassy facade, which comes next. Click through for a close-up and updated rendering.

Crafts store Michaels, TD Bank and Blink Fitness are the tenants so far, as reported previously. Renaissance Realty Group is the developer and SBLM Architects is the designer.

After years of no action, the foundation was dug in December and the frame started rising in January. This site has been a long time in development — we reported back in 2007 that it was going to be an apartment building!

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by SBLM Architects


B2 modular tower Atlantic Yards

There’s been visible progress at the formerly stalled modular B2 tower in the last few days. When we passed by over the weekend, we could see a few modules making up part of the 11th floor.

Previously, the first Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park tower had risen to 10 stories before a dispute amongst the partners halted construction in August. Work at the site resumed in April, as we reported. Click through for more photos.

B2 Tower Coverage [Brownstoner] (more…)

The Architect’s Newspaper got up on top of Barclays Center to see its green roof under construction. Some facts revealed in the video it shot: Barclays had to add a new truss system under the roof to support the sod and vegetation.

The roof will feature four varieties of sedum, all of which is grown off site in Connecticut, shrink wrapped and trucked in. The sedum is loaded onto pallets and hoisted by crane onto the roof.

In fact, we caught some of this action below on the street this weekend, as you can see in the photos after the jump. Construction of the roof will wrap in the fall, Forest City’s deputy director of construction says in the video.

A Video Tour of Barclays Center’s Under-Construction Green Roof [AN]
Video by The Architect’s Newspaper; photos by Cate Corcoran


After years of no work at all or minute changes to the existing steel frame at the site of Williamsburg’s future Whole Foods at 242 Bedford Avenue, suddenly there is real, visible progress. The glassy facade is up on the two-story structure on Bedford Avenue, pictured above, and along about three-quarters of the side at North 4th Street.

As the previously published rendering below shows, the glassy rectangle will be bookended by more traditional looking red brick sections on Bedford and Driggs Berry, somewhat like the industrial building that was on this site originally.

It looks like more of the building will be glass than is indicated on the previously published rendering below. (more…)


We caught the foundation in progress at 51 South 4th Street in Williamsburg, better known as the Townhouses of Wythe Lane, when we passed by recently. One of six townhouses planned here went on the market in October, priced at $3,995,000. The townhouse, whose address is 4 Wythe Lane, is in contract.

They are situated at the corner of Wythe Avenue and South 4th Street, next to Domino Site E, Domino’s first building project, and the former site of the temporary Havemeyer Park. (more…)


Lightstone’s huge 700-unit rental development at 363 and 365 Bond Street in Gowanus that we’ve been hearing about for years is starting to look like a building, finally. Well, several buildings, to be more precise. The windows were going in and the brick facade was rising at 365 Bond Street when we stopped by a couple weeks ago.

The size and shape of the overall complex is starting to be visible. It will occupy two blocks. So far at least, the sections of the buildings visible when you’re standing at the corner of Bond and 2nd Street are only six stories tall. But there will be sections that will rise as high as 12 stories, as you can see in the previously published rendering we found posted on the construction fence, below.

The controversial development on polluted land on the banks of the very polluted Gowanus Canal has been in the works for years. When it’s all finished, there will be 140 affordable units as well as ground-floor stores, community space and parking. Lightstone is also planning luxury amenities such as an outdoor pool, libraries, custom Italian kitchens and wide plank white oak floors. The architect is Goldstein, Hill and West.

Lightstone Gowanus Coverage [Brownstoner]


The light-colored brick that will make up the facade is climbing the steel and concrete skeleton at Hudson Companies’ high-rise on Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The shape and look of the 23-story tower is now visible over the neo-Tudor facades of the recently landmarked Chester Court.

The brick at 626 Flatbush Avenue is up to about the 13th story. The building topped out in January. The architect is Marvel Architects and it should be ready for occupancy early next year.

Click through for more photos. What do you think of the height and look so far?

626 Flatbush Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]



We noticed additions, probably penthouses, being built on top of the old noodle factory that is being converted into condos at 338 Berry Street, the Williamsberry, in Williamsburg when we stopped by a couple weeks ago. Since sales of the building launched in March, two units have gone into contract. More units went on the market yesterday, as Curbed noted.

New windows have gone in on the side of the building visible from South 5th Street across from the BQE, although much of the building is still shrouded in scaffolding. Inside, the ground floor is totally raw and is being used as staging for the construction above, as is typically the case.

When complete the building will have 63 apartments ranging from a studio at $575,000 to a $4,000,000 penthouse. (more…)


Construction is moving along at the six-story building at 79 Grand Street at the corner of Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. The five-unit building has topped out, most of the windows are in and it is now clad in what appears to be foam board insulation.

Right now, the foam looks patchy and worn in places, but it is not the final layer and will not show when the building is complete. We’re not sure what the wood at the corners is for — possibly pockets for structural attachments for balconies.

It appears the building will have several terraces in places where there are currently large openings without windows and cantilevered slabs protruding from the facade. When complete, the building will have 7,996 square feet of residential space — one unit per floor, and a duplex on the top two floors. The permit also calls for 1,590 square feet of ground floor commercial space.



Construction is finally coming along at 180 Myrtle Avenue, where grocery mogul John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group is planning a 15-story mixed-use residential tower. The first level has risen, with 14 more to go, we saw when we stopped by Sunday.

Summer 2016 is the anticipated completion date, according to the sign on the construction fence. The building will be a rental with 213 apartments and will feature plenty of amenities, including a landscaped roof terrace.

Click through to see more construction photos and a previously published rendering of what the building will look like once complete.  (more…)

The Oosten at 429 Kent Avenue

The Piet Boon-designed The Oosten in South Williamsburg has risen to about six and a half out of its total seven stories, we saw when we stopped by Sunday. Workers have also started covering parts of the structure in gypsum and fiberglass insulating panels.

The building has risen to its full height on at least one of its corners, but still has one more story coming elsewhere, as the photos and previously published rendering below show.



One of Brooklyn’s most unusual new buildings is up to the second story at 55 Wythe Avenue, and its distinctive Jetsons-like tower over a block of one-story shops can already be discerned, we saw when we stopped by over the weekend.

Formerly known as the Level Hotel, the William Vale Hotel will have 183 rooms “four star” rooms, according to its website. The developer is Riverside Developers and the archtiect is Albo Liberis, The Wall Street Journal reported last month. (more…)