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L train shutdown be damned. One of the most ambitious — and attractive — Brooklyn office developments to come along in decades is betting on reshaping the geography of the city — and where the worker of the future lives, works, and plays — by giving startups a place to flourish in Williamsburg.

But first, the block-long development at 25 Kent Avenue has to go through the lengthy public approval process known as ULURP. (more…)

Brooklyn Development 85 Jay Street Dumbo

Photo by Barbara Eldredge

Right now, it’s just a parking lot. But when 85 Jay Street went on the market two weeks ago, every developer in the city took notice.

Residential development at the site — which takes up an entire block — could increase Dumbo’s current population by 44 percent. And condos there could sell for more than those at the nearby Pierhouse — where apartments start at $2,850,000.

When we talk about 85 Jay Street, we’re talking about a big building. And even bigger money. (more…)

Prospect Heights Bank

Architect’s illustration via Brooklyn Public Library

To the woe of local preservationists, the Landmark Preservation Commission has announced that, following review, they did not find a former bank in Prospect Heights to be worthy of landmarking. The neoclassical property at 856 Washington Avenue has been approved for demolition, with permits filed to replace it with a 14-story condo building. (more…)