Over the course of the last two months, the owner of the former Kentile Floors factory in Gowanus has slowly dismantled its iconic red sign. And now an enterprising Vine user has made a heartbreaking four-second time lapse video of its demolition, which we found via Gothamist.
Three storefronts at 8-16 Nevins Street in Downtown Brooklyn will meet the wrecking ball to make way for a 28-story tower with a cutout and LED lights. Demolition applications were filed last week to knock down the three two- and three-story buildings at 8, 12 and 14 Nevins. (more…)
We spotted this schematic on the fence at the church at 1010 Bedford Avenue, where work has restarted to convert the building to apartments. The former Evangelical Church will become six stories and house 36 apartments, according to alteration permits reissued in December. (more…)
A piece of facade and two stories of steel frame are all that remain of 10 MetroTech Center on Fulton Street, a former candy factory that Forest City Ranter converted to office space. Forest City plans to build apartments on the site between Hudson Avenue, Rockwell Place and Dekalb, but we don’t know much more than that. The seven-story, 359,000-square-foot structure was built in 1963, and the Internal Revenue Service, the city’s Human Resources Administration and the DMV all occupied the building at one time.
A development lot that recently held a small, mixed-use 19th century brick building has been cleared “under emergency conditions” following a partial collapse this spring. The three-story building at 43 Claver Place, which was less than 18 feet wide on the front end, had already been partly demolished when the collapse happened, according to a demolition permit.
We happened to stop by late last week, when it looked like a worker was trying to do something with some bricks that still litter the lot. (more…)
Developer Adam America has finished demolishing the six wood-frame houses and three commercial buildings at the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street, where a 12-story apartment building will eventually rise. The development at 470 4th Avenue will have 105 units, ground floor commercial space, and 36 underground parking spaces. As reported, Aufgang Architects is designing the building, which will look like this. Click through the jump for more photos of the destruction.
The partially deconstructed Kentile Floors sign got its final hurrah Friday thanks to an artist collective, which used high-powered projectors to illuminate the sign one last time before it comes down for good. Artist group Vanderbilt Republic projected light and animations onto the sign for two hours beginning at sundown, using 20,000-lumen projectors. They also beamed the animated program onto the scaffolded side of the 9th Street Bridge, where it could be seen more clearly. Workers began dismantling the sign last Thursday, and now only the “I” and “Floors” remain. Click through to see more photos.
Developer Sterling Equities has launched sales for the planned condo development at 345 Carroll Street in Carroll Gardens, where demo has begun on the Regency Carts building. The GLUCK+-designed building will offer two-, three- and four-bedrooms ranging in size from 1,215 square feet to 2,899 square feet, according to a press release.
The 32 units will include seven penthouses and six garden duplexes, and 18 apartments will have terraces. There will be rift-sawn white oak floors, custom kitchen cabinets, marble countertops and walls in the bathrooms, double vanities, separate oversized showers and radiant heated floors.
And a 5,300-square-foot landscaped courtyard will feature “a pastoral wildflower meadow with reading nooks, edible herb and culinary gardens, vegetable plots and bocce ball court.” Other amenities include a children’s playroom, fitness center, bike storage, a dog washing station, private storage and rooftop lounge. Pricing starts at $1,500,000, and construction is expected to wrap in fall 2015.
Pardon Me for Asking spotted the development’s sales office last month at 396 Court Street. Check out some demolition photos of the Regency Carts building after the jump.
The Kentile sign is coming down, the owner of the building confirmed via statement to The New York Times, because the roof under it and the sign need costly repairs. Councilman Brad Lander met with the owner and helped broker a deal to save it. There have been protests against its removal and the building’s owner is sorry to see it go, said the story.
“We love the sign, and we heard the voices of so many community members. We will work hard to preserve the letters during removal,” said the owner in a statement to the Times. But it needs costly repairs, said the Times:
On Tuesday, Mr. Lander said, he met with Mr. Cohen, who explained that the sign’s steel structure was rusting and crumbling and needed to be scraped and repainted. The building beneath the sign was itself damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and needed work, Mr. Lander said Mr. Cohen told him. Mr. Lander said Mr. Cohen told him that doing all the work needed to preserve the sign would be too costly to be worthwhile.
The Gowanus Alliance is working to save the sign and find a new home for it. However, there is danger the letters could be damaged as they are moved. Lander said he hopes to arrange for their descent via pulley rather than cramming them down a small chute, as the demo permit specifies.
No trace remains of the “berserk-eclectic” house at 111 Clarkson Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Demolition began in March, and now the site has been completely cleared.
Last week, architect Joseph Spector filed new building applications for a seven-story, 22-unit building and an eight-story, 28-unit one on the site, which lines up with plans developer Seth Brown announced in January. The two rental buildings will have mostly one-bedrooms with a few two- and three-bedrooms thrown in.
We expect construction will start at the 12,000-square-foot lot soon after permits are issued, and Brown told us it will finish in a year.
No building on a lot bigger than 20 feet wide seems safe from development these days. The mansard-roofed house at 330 Throop Avenue, built sometime before 1873, which makes it one of the area’s oldest houses, is slated for demolition. It was a Building of the Day in August. Thanks to a reader for the tip.
Currently a three-family, the building has a FAR of 3, for a total of 11,475 buildable square feet, according to PropertyShark. The lot measures 45 by 85 feet.
A demo permit was issued in April. An application for a new building, which has not yet been approved, calls for a four-story, eight-unit building. There is currently a stop work order on the property. It is not located in any of the proposed Bed Stuy historic districts.
Demolition is well under way at Forest City Ratner’s 10 Metrotech Center, where the Dekalb side of the building has been reduced to rubble. The 359,000-square-foot building will be replaced by apartments, but no new building permits have been filed. Forest City Ratner has owned 1960s-era property at 625 Fulton Street, a former candy factory, since 1989. Check out more photos after the jump.