Brooklyn’s wave of development just made a big splash in Flatbush, where a no-name developer is demolishing three houses — including a unique faux French chateau — to make way for a 69-unit apartment building.

The new building, whose address will be 200 Linden Boulevard, will have 69 apartments and a day care facility. It will be eight stories tall and cover four wide lots. The architect is the emerging Charles Mallea — more about him in a moment.

A Brownstoner reader caught the biggest of the three houses in mid-demo Thursday and sent us these photos. He said of the faux French chateau, a Brownstoner Building of the Day in 2011:

Was going down Linden Boulevard today and noticed a standout building being torn down. 210-212 Linden Boulevard was a really magnificent mansion at some point. It has unfortunately gone under the knife many times since the early days, and was being used as a doctor’s offices most recently. Well, sadly, the building (along with the two next to it) is being wiped off the face of the earth.


1255 Decatur Street

Plans were filed last week for a five story building to rise in place of this wood frame house in Bushwick. As with many wood frame houses that are being torn down around the borough, this one at 1255 Decatur Street is small and sits on a relatively large lot.

The original house is quite small, only 25 by 32 feet and set all the way back at the end of the 100 foot long lot — an unusual configuration for Brooklyn. The new building will be much larger — 5,311 square feet. (more…)

600 Bushwick Avenue Combo2

Six stories of modern glassy apartments will replace this low-slung brick building that garaged and serviced cars at 600 Bushwick Avenue for 100 years. The existing building, a Building of the Day in 2013, has a pleasing symmetrical design with Neo-Classical columns and triangular pediments.

The new design, by Hustvedt Cutler Architects, adds four stories to the existing building, and replaces its triangular pediments with glassy, asymmetrical bays and balconies. At first we thought the renderings showed an entirely new building, but the contemporary adaptation retains the brick base and second-story windows of the original. (more…)


The Goodwill at 1104 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy is closing, workers there told us, because its landlord, well-known commercial developer Bawabeh Brothers, is building bigger.

A new five-story commercial building with stores, doctor’s offices and a school on the top two floors is planned, according to new-building permit filed last year and disapproved in January.

Bawabeh Brothers, also known as Bawabeh Realty Holdings, owns other properties along Fulton Street and was in the news last year for its plans to replace a retail strip with a nail salon and cleaners at 1347-1361 Fulton Street with upscale eateries. “Neighborhood gentrification is inevitable and moving quickly,” enthused a marketing brochure aimed at potential commercial tenants.

The block is booming with sales and development. (more…)

447 Meeker Avenue

Permits have been filed for a new six-story apartment building at 447 Meeker Avenue in Greenpoint. The site of the proposed 8,263 square foot building is alongside the BQE near the corner of Graham Avenue. It will have 13 units if it is approved.

It is one of a number of new apartment buildings planned along Meeker close to the highway. A seven-story, 50 unit building is planned for 406 Manhattan Avenue at the corner of Meeker Avenue. Rental building Leonard Pointe, designed by Karl-Fischer and Durukan Design, opened last year on the former site of the Meeker Flea, at 395 Leonard Street near the corner of Meeker and the BQE, as we have reported. (more…)


Add Eliot Spitzer’s Kedem winery project to the list of mega-projects coming to Brooklyn. The long-stalled project is moving ahead and the ex-governor, now helming family business Spitzer Enterprises, today released renderings for three rental towers at 420-444 Kent Avenue on the south Williamsburg waterfront.

Permits filed in December were approved earlier this month, as The New York Times was the first to note, so the development could break ground soon. But first, the property will need to be cleared. A demo permit for an old low-rise building on the grounds was issued last month, according to public records.

There will be 856 apartments total, according to the Times, and 20 percent of them will be affordable. The design has changed dramatically, and details have changed over the years, with more apartments planned now than before — tipping it into mega-project territory — but the project adheres to a zoning waiver approved under a previous owner. (more…)

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The design has been updated and permits were approved last week for the seven-story, 39-unit mixed-use rental building that will replace the gas station at 840 Fulton Street at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue in Clinton Hill.

A new rendering shows the materials and colors of the building have changed, although the overall shape is similar. The glassy building has touches of bright orange and mixed materials that form geometric patterns on the facade. (more…)


Turns out the Karl Fischer-designed mixed-use rental building at 1134 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy will be even bigger than we thought, and contain a grocery and affordable housing.

This is the development we told you about last month that is replacing the shuttered Key Foods on the corner of Franklin Avenue. The existing two-story commercial building, pictured below, is also home to Popeyes and several other small businesses. (more…)

Pacific Park

Brooklyn has been home to a massive wave of development over the last decade that has transformed the borough. Some of the biggest changes occurred in Dumbo, Downtown, along 4th Avenue, and in Williamsburg, where luxury high rises have replaced industrial and commercial uses.

More transformation is coming, thanks to some mega-size residential projects that are in the pipeline for the coming decade (and many within the next few years). Some are the size of small towns.

We rounded up some of the largest ones, projects with close to 700 units or more. Some have been immensely controversial (think Atlantic Yards, now Pacific Park). Most have encountered significant opposition — Lightstone, Greenpoint Landing, City Point. (more…)


Big changes are in the works for a development site at 1041-1047 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. Developer Hudson Companies picked up the property last month for $7,200,000, public records revealed Wednesday, to fulfill part of its obligation to build 119 units of affordable housing as part of its deal to redevelop the Brooklyn Heights library.

Previously the site of Fairhaven Funeral Chapel, now demolished, the property was slated to become a market-rate apartment building designed by Karl Fischer. It is located between Downing and Irving streets. (more…)


As the first two phases of City Point chugs along in Downtown Brooklyn, developer Extell Friday purchased development rights for the last unbuilt parcel in the mega-development for $115.5 million, bringing some clarity to future plans for the site, aka City Point Phase 3. The residential tower planned will likely be rentals, an Extel exec told The New York Times, and although plans have not yet been filed or finalized, could reach 60 stories with 500 units. (If so, it would be the tallest building in Brooklyn.)

The bottom four stories of the building will contain a 60,000-square-foot mall. The building could break ground before the end of the year, with the mall opening by 2017 and the rentals leasing by 2019, according to the Times. City Point said today in a prepared statement that the project will break ground in 2017 and be completed in 2020.

The whole thing is as-of-right, but Extell may conduct a public design review, according to the Times. (more…)


A local developer plans to raise an eight-story mixed-use building at the corner of Fulton and Franklin Streets in Bed Stuy.

Plans filed with the city last week for 1134 Fulton Street call for 117 rental units that will sit atop ground-floor retail and, strangely, parking for 75 cars on the second story. The building, to be designed by architect Karl Fischer, will also hold a gym, a third-floor terrace, bicycle storage and a laundry room. (more…)