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A Stop Work Order has been issued at this Bed-Stuy construction site at 726 Monroe Street on Friday because neighbors complained that an excavator had smashed into their building. One neighbor told NY1, “the lady told me that the whole wall shook. She came downstairs and said the building is smashed. So I went upstairs, the whole wall is smashed in. It took the whole sheet rock and pushed it all in.” According to NY1, when authorities arrived the excavator was leaning against the building. (more…)

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This weekend we caught the Kara Walker exhibit in the otherwise empty landmarked Domino factory in Williamsburg — already an active construction site, according to the waiver we had to sign to get into the free exhibit. The room smelled of molasses. The show will be up through July 6. Has anyone else checked it out? Click through to the jump for lots of photos. (more…)

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Last time we checked in at the big mixed-use building going up on Myrtle Avenue between Hall and Grand in Clinton Hill, the Associated grocery store had been razed and they were preparing to start work on the foundation. Now the foundation has been dug, and the exterior and interior foundation walls are going up, reinforced by rebar.

Foundation Work Begins at Old Associated Site on Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP

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It’s a little tricky to make out what’s going on behind the scaffolding at 344 St. Marks Place, but it looks like interior demo and structural work is progressing, while work on the two-story addition has not yet started. As previously reported, this former two-story billiards factory is slated to be enlarged with two more stories and converted into 44 apartments, designed by S3 Architects.

The property goes all the way through the block, and the above shot shows the rear, at 363-371 Prospect Place. An Alt 1 permit for the project was approved in December 2012.

Renderings for Residential Conversion on St. Marks [Brownstoner] GMAP

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A reader sent in this photo showing the progression of three big downtown developments. In the far left corner, steel is rising at the Oro 2 at 313 Gold Street. In the middle, the Hampton Inn on Tillary is now shrouded in netting. In the foreground, at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Tillary, workers are digging the foundation for an as-yet-unnamed hotel and residential building located at 85 Flatbush Avenue Extension. GMAP

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A tipster sent in these photos of the garden being constructed on the roof of Whole Foods in Gowanus at the corner of 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue. Gotham Greens will operate the garden. That’s the historic Coignet building in the left corner of the photo after the jump. The store will open before the end of the year, according to the company.

Whole Foods Hiring, to Open Before End of Year [Brownstoner]
Photos by funstraw (more…)

We stopped by 22-36 Caton Place in Kensington, where construction was slated to begin in July. We spotted some rebar sticking out of the ground and a little digging. Looks like they’re starting to excavate for the basement. A tall blue plywood construction fence has gone up and equipment is in place. Developers Hudson Companies are planning a seven-story, 73-unit apartment building with a basement parking lot, a gym, children’s playroom and backyard gardens. The building will also feature a rooftop terrace with grills. Check out our previous posts to see the renderings for this building, which is directly across the street from the recently re-started development at 23 Caton. GMAP

22 Caton Place [Hudson]
Checking in at 22 Caton Place [Brownstoner]
Renderings for 22 Caton Place [Brownstoner]
Checking in at 23 Caton Place [Brownstoner]

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Construction of Phase 2 of City Point continues, and is focused on finishing excavation and pouring foundation walls for the five-story, 650,000-square-foot retail space. This base will support two residential towers (which will be the subject of future updates). Concrete foundation walls are being installed along the Fleet Street and Gold Street sides of the site, with work proceeding from south to north, towards Willoughby Street. Facilities for building mechanicals and off-street loading docks are also being installed underground.
Photos by Rick Sechrest for City Point (more…)

53-broadway-041913After a lull in development during the downturn, the number of apartment units under construction is back to late 2008 levels, according to a report from the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU. Most — three-quarters — of the units are being built in Brooklyn and Queens, not Manhattan, DNAinfo reported. They’re coming from two sources: Stalled construction sites that are now finishing up, and new projects. “Brooklyn is seeing a lot of development right now,” said Brian Meier, an agent with Douglas Elliman. “The entry points are a lot easier [for developers] to get into and there’s availability.” At the same time, some rental buildings are now converting back to condos to meet demand. One of these is a 40-unit building at 35-41 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, which recently put 14 units on the market. Within one night, the apartments —  priced between $200,000 and $400,000 – all had offers at ask with backup buyers. The Meadowwood at Gateway in East New York, a huge complex with 19 buildings and 1,100 units, is also converting from rentals to condos. “There was such a gap in new development,” said Jodi Stasse, Citi Habitats managing director of new developments. “[Now] there’s a good pipeline of much needed great inventory.” Do you think more inventory could mean less competition and lower prices?
New Construction Rises in City After a Five Year Lull [DNAinfo]

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Work has started on the five-story, 28-unit apartment building going up at 196 Macon on a leafy block of brownstones in Bed Stuy. The developers are H Holding Group, which is also building four neo-traditional townhouses at 449-453 Degraw Street in Cobble Hill. This build is scheduled to be completed in June 2014. It’s not clear if the units will be rentals or condos. Although the massing of the building above is obviously contemporary, and the building contains a parking garage, ornamental details nod to surrounding brownstones and include Neo Grec-style window surrounds, windows at street level, quoins and 19th century-style cornices. The property is the back half of a double lot on which sits a landmarked 1863 mansion; the whole thing was until recently owned by the mysterious United Order of Tents, a secret organization for African-American women. The Order of Tents appears to have divided the lot in two for tax purposes in 2011, and last year sold the vacant lot known as 200 Macon Street to Mgsh Properties Inc., which has the same address as the H Holding Group, for $760,000. Presumably, the Order of Tents still owns 87 Macdonough, despite the fact that PropertyShark lists all of the addresses as one property owned by Mgsh Properties.

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Never mind babies in bars in Park Slope. Times are changing. With all the construction and new families in Williamsburg, there’s a new outrage to worry about: The dust and noise of construction there, which is ruining walks and nap time for babies, according to DNAinfo, and the entitlement of parents who pay $5,000 a month to rent or millions of dollars to buy in the neighborhood. It is a fact that Williamsburg has the highest number of new buildings going up of any neighborhood in Brooklyn. It does seem as if there is construction on nearly every block. What to do?
Williamsburg Construction Boom Ruining Babies’ Naps and Walks [DNAinfo]
Photo by Meredith Hoffman for DNAinfo