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The city is building a methane gas recycling facility on land it promised for a park 10 years ago, according to community group The Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee. The group supports the facility but is demanding the city move it elsewhere, Brooklyn Paper reported.

“It does not look like we are going to get any of the open space they promised us,” at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant at 329 Greenpoint Avenue, pictured above, a member told the paper.

The Department of Environmental Protection said they put the gas facility, which includes “an 18-wheeler-sized mechanism” to produce energy from sewage and compost, as close to the plant as possible. The site between North Henry and Humboldt Streets will be a fenced off construction site till 2016. 

Activists: Newtown Creek Gas Plant Squashes Park Promise [BK Paper]
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Developer Adam America has just filed new building applications for its fourth project on the Gowanus/Park Slope border, a seven-story development at 610 Warren Street. As is the case with most of Adam America’s projects, the architects are Issac and Stern. The 70-foot-tall building will house 31 units among 35,756 square feet of residential space, along with 16 ground-floor parking spots and 16 bike storage spaces. 

A one-story parking garage with a car rental business currently occupies the 10,000-square-foot lot between 3rd and 4th avenues. It’s worth noting that Adam America doesn’t own the lot, which hasn’t changed hands since 1993. Demolition permits haven’t been filed yet for the garage. The developer is also working on buildings nearby at 275 4th Avenue, 470 4th Avenue and 595 Baltic Street, and six more throughout Brooklyn. GMAP

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We knew this was in the works, but it still comes as kind of a shock: The White Castle in Williamsburg has closed, Gothamist reported. This is the one fairly far out near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Metropolitan, where a tiny park and a plaque marks where Bushwick was founded in 1661.

“The location opened in 1992, back when Williamsburg was a gritty, yet nurturing melting pot for working class Brooklynites and Pavement fans alike, a place infinitely, ineluctably better than the place that exists today,” said Gothamist.

Developer 781 Metro Investors bought the property at 781 Metropolitan Avenue last year for $6,720,000. No demo or building permits have been filed, but a mixed-use building here would make sense. The current building is only taking up a tiny part of the lot, which has a FAR of 4 and 45,788 buildable square feet. It’s zoned R6B.

White Castle has promised to open another location in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg’s White Castle Closed While You Slept [Gothamist]
Land Sold out From Under Burg’s White Castle [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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No unlandmarked wood frame house in Brooklyn is safe! Demolition permits have been filed to take down this two-story wood frame at 32 Maspeth Avenue in East Williamsburg; the owner hopes to replace it with a six-story apartment building.

Whenever we see a wide frame house in this area, one of the original Dutch settlements of Brooklyn, we wonder about its age, although this one doesn’t look much older the 19th century, at least from the outside. The settlement was deeded in 1638 and named Boswijck in 1661.

The new building will have nine units spread across 6,200 square feet of space, along with a roof deck, according to a new building application that was disapproved in July. The architect of record is Wieslawa Jasiulewicz Majran, and permits list the owner as Andrzej Potrapeluk. The two-family house sold for $1,275,000 last October, after about two months on the market.  GMAP

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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The brick facade is up and most of the windows are in at 81 Fleet Place, the 15-story development that supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis is building in Downtown Brooklyn. Construction on the 205-unit rental building is supposed to wrap in the first quarter of next year, and leasing is scheduled to begin then as well, as the Brooklyn Eagle noted in a story earlier this month.

Next door at 180 Myrtle, where Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group is developing its third and final rental building on Myrtle between Fleet and Ashland places, construction is just starting. When we stopped by, the lot was being cleaned and excavated. A 15-story tower with 213 units and 129 parking spaces will rise on the plot.

These two buildings join the Andrea at 218 Myrtle, Red Apple’s first rental development on the block. It was finished in 2010. Dattner Architects designed all three, and you can click through to see their master plan for the block and a look behind the fence at 180 Myrtle.

Fleet Place Coverage [Brownstoner]  GMAP
Rendering below by Dattner Architects

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60 water street rendering exterior

As the glassy development 60 Water Street inches closer to the finish line, a teaser site is now live and Two Trees’ PR people sent along a fresh rendering. Leasing for the market-rate units will start “in the coming weeks,” they told us. Pricing has not yet been announced. The building will house 232 market-rate studios, one- and two-bedrooms and 58 affordable units.

60 Water Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

420 albee square downtown brooklyn

The latest tower-tastic addition to Downtown Brooklyn’s skyline is a 65-story high rise headed for 420 Albee Square, across the street from the City Point megaproject. Developed by JEMB Realty, the 679-foot-tall development will have 620 units, per new building applications first spotted by New York YIMBY.

YIMBY notes that the building will be one of the tallest in the borough, surpassed only by the 800-foot-tall tower in the works at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension. SLCE Architects is designing the tower, which will have 480,345 square feet of residential space and 271,203 square feet of retail on the first two floors. JEMBY Realty paid $38,500,000 for the site, currently a parking lot, in March, according to public records

Permits Filed: 65-Story Tower Coming to 420 Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn [NY YIMBY] GMAP
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Another grotesque conglomeration of the old and new is planned for 533 Leonard Street in Greenpoint. A rendering on the construction fence shows an attractive red brick 19th century school building apparently being eaten alive by a “dark ‘n’ boxy Transformer” (Curbed’s words) clinging to its backside. The “Transformer,” aka the new addition, will house 13 apartments and be 50 feet tall.

Philip Toscano is the architect, according to Curbed, which was the first to publish the rendering. Click through for a close-up. At least they’re not demo’ing the old building, is all we can say.

New Greenpoint Building Looks Like a Transformer Ate It [Curbed]
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Next to meet the wrecking ball as high-rise development marches down 4th Avenue: Six 19th-century multifamily brick buildings on the corner of 4th and Baltic in Park Slope. They are being replaced by an 11-story high rise, DNAinfo reported. JDS Development Group applied for demolition applications earlier this month to take down 107, 109, 109A and 111 4th Avenue, and 615 and 617 Baltic Street. Demolition of the three- and four-story walkups should be finished by the end of the year. (more…)

87 wythe avenue rendering

North Williamsburg is getting yet another bizarre, futuristic development, and this time it’s a mixed-use office and retail tower planned for 87 Wythe Avenue. New York YIMBY spotted the rendering, which resembles a glassy Jenga tower, and makes the hotel on stilts in development two blocks away on Wythe appear relatively sedate in comparison. (more…)

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Brooklyn Bridge Park is revamping its old water main testing building at 99 Plymouth Street into a community center and park facility, and park officials held a ceremony yesterday to kick off the building’s renovation. The $3,600,000 conversion will bring a community room, a classroom for environmental education programs, two public bathrooms, a locker room, a kitchen, maintenance space for the park and basement storage. The classroom will also feature a 600-gallon aquarium where children can interact with marine life.

When renovation finishes next summer, the new structure will have a 28-foot-wide glass entrance facing Plymouth Street, and the back entrance will be a floor-to-ceiling glass wall facing the park, the Manhattan Bridge and the waterfront. The exterior brick walls will be painted gray, and the highly visible interiors will be contrasting bright blue and white. Stalco Construction and Architecture Research Office are leading the renovation of the 11,300-square-foot site.

We got a look inside the building, which is completely gutted. The brick facade has been repointed, and the building already has new windows. Click through to see more photos and renderings.

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The last piece of developer Red Apple Group’s big Myrtle Avenue development in Downtown Brooklyn has fallen into place with the filing of an application for a new building permit for 86 Fleet Place.

The last and largest tower will be 346 feet tall with 32 stories, New York YIMBY reported. That will make it just slightly shorter than its next-door neighbor Toren, said YIMBY.

Permits Filed: 32-Story Tower Coming to 86 Fleet Place in Downtown [NYY]
Rendering by Dattner Architects via NYY