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Developer Adam America has released a rendering for its latest project in the Gowanus/Park Slope borderlands along 4th Avenue. The seven-story apartment building at 610 Warren Street will be stucco with large divided windows. We like the top of the building but wish there were a bit more going on at the street level, such as more windows or doors or stores rather than blank walls.

Building design along 4th Avenue has been much criticized for its lack of stores or other features at ground level that would make the area more inviting and pleasant to walk. This building is not directly on the avenue, but just off it, between 3rd and 4th avenues in Gowanus.

New York YIMBY first published the design for the 31-unit development, which has 16 parking spots on the ground floor and 36,000 square feet of residential space. Architects Issac and Stern first filed permits in late September. The property is currently home to a one-story garage and car rental business, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock down the garage.

What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 610 Warren Street, Boerum Hill [YIMBY]  GMAP
Adam America Plans Seven Stories of Apartments in Gowanus [Brownstoner]

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Noted Brooklyn architect Morris Adjmi will design a seven-story mixed-use condo building, above, to replace the one-story laundromat at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Nevins Street in Boerum Hill, as New York YIMBY was the first to report.

The building at 472 Atlantic Avenue will have 31 apartments and a total of 63,629 square feet, including 6,982 square feet of ground floor commercial space, according to a new-building application filed yesterday. The building will have north and south sections with their own entrances. Retail will occupy the north side along Atlantic Avenue, according to the Schedule A. Residents will enter on the south side of the building, from Pacific Street.

Avery Hall Investments and Aria Development Group are the developers. Morris Adjmi’s other projects include the Wythe Hotel and 70 Henry.

The residential portion will have 16 parking spaces, 60 bike parking spots, a fitness room and storage spaces. The L-shaped property, which extends through the block from Atlantic to Pacific between Nevins and 3rd Avenue, sold for $18,025,000 in July, according to public records.

The brick and dark metal, the stepped facade with the first three floors mirroring the proportions of the surrounding brownstones, and the tall and narrow windows seem like a good fit for the neighborhood. We think it’s a big improvement over what is there now.

Revealed: Morris Adjmi-Designed Condos at 472 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill [NYY]
Laundromat on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill Will Become Apartments [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Morris Adjmi via NYY 

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Listings with interior renderings and floor plans have gone up for condos at the under-construction luxury building designed by Flank, The Boereum, on Smith Street in Boerum Hill, a spokesperson told us. Opening prices are slightly less than we expected. The 20-story, 128-unit building, whose official address is 265 State Street, will have large apartments with as many as five bedrooms, but no studios. Asking prices range from $800,000 to $4,250,000.

The floor plans aren’t quite as “prewar inspired” as we anticipated. Instead of separate kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms, there are strip kitchens in a great room like a lot of new developments. On the plus side, the great rooms do have two banks of windows on the long wall, a typical feature of teens and 1920s apartments. There are also proper foyers with coat closets. The kitchen design is completely modern and minimalist (we like it) and the bathrooms are more vintage-inspired in style, with white subway tile, marble, vintage industrial style light fixtures, and dark grout.

As already reported, a hotel will occupy the first six floors of the building. Curbed was the first to write about the listings.

Click through to see more interior renderings. What do you think of the design?

The Boerum [The Boerum]
265 State Street Listings [Corcoran]

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We found this rendering on the construction fence at 49 Franklin Street, but what is actually rising at the long-empty lot on the corner of Calyer Street in Greenpoint does not seem to match the rendering.

Building permits approved in September call for a three-story building with two apartments over ground floor retail space. There will be 2,078 square feet of residential space on the top two floors, and 1,259 square feet of commercial space at street level.

The new building has topped out, windows are in, and insulation and sheathing are going onto the structure.

We think the rendering looks pretty good, if a little gimmicky, with a more or less 19th-century-style top and modern-style storefront below, as if the retail space had subsequently been added to an older, already existing building. But if you click through to check out the construction site below, you will see the windows on the upper two floors are a completely different style and not aligned at top as they are in the drawing.

Unless a building is in a landmarked area, which this one is not, a builder has no obligation to make a development look a certain way, as long as the specifications for size and use match what has been approved by the Department of Buildings.

We hope, though, that in this case the builder conforms to the rest of the rendering, and includes the cement lintels and some kind of cornice. In fact, a simplified one might look better.

What do you think? GMAP

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The White Castle in east Williamsburg closed in September, and now we have renderings of the eight-story rental building that will rise in its place at 781 Metropolitan Avenue. New York YIMBY first spotted renderings of the 81-unit development, 20 percent of which will be affordable housing. The building will have 10,000 square feet of retail, a gym, roof deck and bike storage.

Issac and Stern are designing, and Adam America is the developer. The developer paid $6,725,000 for the White Castle in May 2013, which apparently is still standing, abandoned and graffitied, on Metropolitan between Humboldt Street and Graham Avenue, if this Instagram photo from yesterday is any indication. No new building permits have been filed, but a demolition application was filed last month.

Revealed: 781 Metropolitan Avenue, 81 Units Coming to East Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP
White Castle in Williamsburg Has Closed [Brownstoner]

Renderings by Issac and Stern
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The new-construction townhouse at 259 Hoyt Street whose construction we have been following is now on the market and asking $2,749,000. The interiors strike a nice balance between modern and traditional that seems well suited to the neighborhood, in our opinion.

The overall look is not unusual for new construction, with its modern staircase and rear wall open to the garden, but it looks better executed than most, at least in the photos. The moldings have a little more heft and detail than usual, the modern-style windows and doors look large and substantial, and the kitchens and baths are nicely understated.

It’s set up as an owner’s duplex over a two-bedroom garden rental. Click through to see more interior renderings.

We wish we had an updated photo of the exterior, and will try to get one soon. When we saw it last, it looked like it would fit in nicely with its older surroundings. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, according to permits.

Do you think this is an appealing new-construction townhouse? What do you think of the price?

259 Hoyt Street [Corcoran]
New Three-Story Brick House Going in on Hoyt [Brownstoner]
Photos by Corcoran
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Here’s a glimpse of what the inside of 60 Water Street in Dumbo will look like. Interior renderings are up for the units, which started leasing in early October.

The interiors are sleekly minimalist. The palette is gray and white. Although pricing is on the high end for Brooklyn (the building is next to the Brooklyn Bridge, with views), units don’t look over-the-top luxurious but well designed. We like it.

Click through to see more. What do you think?

60 Water Street Listings [Ideal Properties]
Rentals Launch at 60 Water Street With Studios Starting at $2,964 a Month [Brownstoner] (more…)

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Landmarks praised BKSK Architects for its “contextual” design for a mixed-use building to replace a gas station at 112 Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill, but asked the architects to scale down the windows, particularly on the side of the building on Henry Street, and reduce the bulkhead on the roof. Only one attendee at the meeting Tuesday spoke in favor of the building as it was, and the Cobble Heights Association and others spoke against it, New York YIMBY and The Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The building’s “large, industrial-looking windows…might be more appropriate in Red Hook,” said Barbara Zay of the Historic Districts Council, according to YIMBY. Click through to YIMBY to see the full presentation.

As you may recall, Community Board 6 rejected the proposal last month.

Apartment Design for Atlantic Avenue Gas Station Site Needs a Tuneup, Landmarks Decides [Eagle]
Landmarks Commission Not Ready to Approve New Building at 112 Atlantic Avenue [NYY]
112 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering by BKSK Architects via NYY

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The Times has published the first full rendering and pricing for The Boerum condo-hotel headed for 265 State Street. Asks will start at $825,000 and go as high as $4,250,000 for condos ranging in size from a 765-square-foot one-bedroom to a 2,800-square-foot five-bedroom.

Developer and designer Flank aims to fit into the brownstone neighborhood with prewar-style interior floor plans, according to the Times story. We can get behind that. The exterior looks nice too. Making the brick divisions appear to weave over and under each other is a nice touch. What do you think of it?

A New Brooklyn Condo With a Prewar Aesthetic [NYT]
Boerum House and Home Shuts as Condo-Hotel Preps to Launch Sales [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Flank

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ODA Architecture has replaced Karl Fischer as the designer of a 45-unit mixed-use building going in on the corner of Myrtle and Vanderbilt in Fort Greene, home to a Gulf gas station, and New York YIMBY got ahold of ODA’s new rendering for it. It looks quite boxy to us, but at least it’s not routine.

The design of the street-level retail facades are particularly interesting and original, we think. First, they are double height, and second, the large expanses of small squares of glass are broken up by what appear to be rusted Corten steel panels framing the doors. We like the three-dimensional I-beam shape of these, which seems industrial yet more decorative than a flat panel.

By the way, the building will be six stories, according to the permit, even though the rendering seems to show seven or eight. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: 134 Vanderbilt Avenue, Fort Greene [NYY]
Gas Stations From Fort Greene to Bed Stuy to Become Apartments [Brownstoner]
Rendering by ODA via NYY

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Pratt will celebrate the official opening of its design incubator in the Pfizer Building in Bed Stuy with an invitation-only event Tuesday evening, a spokesperson told us. Located at 630 Flushing Avenue on the seventh floor of the former pharmaceutical factory, The Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA) has room for 30 startups and now houses 17 venture and research fellows, according to its website. Move-ins started some time ago, and Pratt held a ribbon cutting when it announced the center about a year ago.

The center is focused on fashion design and has a small sewing factory capable of producing one to 100 units of an item. There are also laser cutting machines, digital printers for textiles, and knitting machines, all of which are handy for quickly making samples and prototypes. There are also design and testing labs for new dyes, finishes and digital creation. A showroom and event space can be used for work, a lecture hall, performances or a fashion runway, according to the center’s website. 

Pfizer Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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At first we thought we’d seen this rendering for 535 4th Avenue before, which The New York Observer published yesterday. But then we realized that’s because it looks so similar to the building some of the same developers are planning down the street at 470 4th Avenue.

Here at 535 4th Avenue, developers Slate Property Group, Adam America and AEW Capital Management are developing a mixed-use property with 148 apartments, as reported. Down the street at 470 4th Avenue, Adam America, Slate and the Naveh Shuster Group are putting up a mixed-use building with 105 apartments. Aufgang Architects is designing both.

Click through to compare the two designs. What do you think of them?

Renderings Revealed for 535 4th Avenue in Park Slope [NYO]
Renderings by Aufgang Architects (more…)