The long-empty and boarded-up apartment house at 889 Bushwick Avenue — it was built in 1919 and for years has sported a spray-painted “roof off” warning to city workers – is being repaired. When we stopped by Saturday, it looked from the sidewalk as though the interior had been completely gutted.

A permit says the scope of work is “removal and replacement of damaged floor joists, roof joists, and structural stabilization.” It had 24 apartments in the past, and will have 24 apartments again when the work is done.

The owner is David Cohen of Bushwick Realty Holding, which purchased the building and its neighbor at 871 Bushwick Avenue, in April 2014 for $15,000,000. That building, formerly the Menorah Home for Aged and Infirm, is being converted to a “nonprofit/philanthropic” with “sleeping accommodations” for 113 people, according to the alteration permit.

In fact, as far as we can tell, Bushwick Realty Holding purchased the entire block. So more development could be in store for parts of it now used as parking.

The red and white brick building, vaguely neo-Classical, at 889 Bushwick Avenue was designed by architect Louis Berger & Co., according to the Bushwick Wiki. It is part of the proposed Bushwick Avenue Historic District. Click through for more photos.



Hudson Companies just sent us this new rendering (above and below) for the 170-unit building they are planning at the corner of Nostrand and Clarkson avenues in East Flatbush. The architect for 1295 Nostrand Avenue, also known as 310 Clarkson, is Jonathan Kirschenfeld, of Floating Pool fame.

The parcel down the street Hudson just closed on (see our 9:30 am post today) will be a separate building. That one will have about 250 apartments, and the architect will be CetraRuddy, a Hudson exec told us. (more…)

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Developer Hudson Companies is on a tear through East Flatbush, buying up more property on a block where it’s already planning an eight-story, 170-unit apartment building. The developer, which of course is behind the 23-story tower on Flatbush Avenue a few blocks from here in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, recently picked up 318, 324, 326 and 350 Clarkson Avenue for $13,119,997, according to public records.

The new parcel is contiguous with its previous acquisition, so potentially Hudson could be planning a huge development here. (more…)

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The distinctive curved facade on the polluted Harte & Company factory in Greenpoint could survive, an owner’s rep told the Brooklyn Eagle. But the 1930s Arte Moderne factory at 280 Franklin Street is still going to become apartments, likely a multi-building complex.

Yi Han of Experta Group said she’s working with the architects to save some piece of the unique corner, because “very few places in New York have that. It’s like a witness to the transformation of the neighborhood.” (more…)


Will Flatbush be recognizable in a few years? Developers are tearing down all the standalone Victorians they can get their hands on, and now we have renderings for the 23-story tower Hello Living is planning at 1580 Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush.

The tall height of the building is a departure for the firm, which, much like Brookland Capital, tends to focus on medium-size and medium-rise condo buildings in Brooklyn. New York YIMBY published the renderings Tuesday. Tall buildings are more difficult and expensive to construct, but the design of these looks pretty basic to us.

The planned tower, located just a few blocks from Brooklyn College, will have 153 apartments over two stories of medical offices, as we’ve already reported. The architect of record is Vincent Martineau, although Loadingdock5 did the renderings, according to YIMBY.

Click through to see details. What do you think of the design — and the height?

Revealed: 1580 Nostrand Avenue, Flatbush [NYY]
1580 Nostrand Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Renderings by Loadingdock5 via NYY


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We caught this rendering on the fence at 170-174 West Street in Greenpoint, where a developer is building two six-story apartment buildings. No. 174 will have five apartments distributed across 8,640 square feet of residential space. Next door at 170, there will be 10 apartments on 14,130 square feet, according to permits.

Salamon Engineering is the applicant of record for both buildings, and the owner is an LLC who picked up the three vacant lots for a combined $3,700,000 in 2013, as previously reported. Behind the fence, excavation is under way, and you can see a photo after the jump.

What do you think of the design?

Two Six-Story Apartment Buildings Planned for Vacant Greenpoint Lots [Brownstoner]


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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is looking into the outcry over the height of the Pierhouse hotel, aka 1Hotel, at 60 Furman Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (The building, as we were the first to report, has a 30-foot bulkhead on the roof that violates a 2005 community agreement on height and is blocking part of the view of the Brooklyn Bridge that agreement sought to protect. Just to clarify, the building is not blocking the special legally protected Brooklyn Heights Scenic View.) Earlier this month he sent a letter to Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer requesting more information about some technical points related to the height of the building.

“We are pleased that after extensive review, the Borough President’s office has joined with our other local elected officials in questioning why the Pierhouse has been allowed to grow well beyond the height limits originally agreed to with the public,” Save The View Now founder Steven Guterman told us in an email. “At this time we want Mayor de Blasio to take corrective action so the iconic views of the Brooklyn Bridge are restored.”

Adams and three other local elected officials have seats on the park board. So does Mayor de Blasio. In fact, he has the controlling vote with 13 seats, Guterman said.

One other interesting development: Save The View Now says that the building is actually 144 feet tall at its tallest point (including all bulkheads, etc.), not 130, and certainly not the circa-100 feet of the old Cold Storage Warehouse that used to occupy the site.

Above, 90 Furman and 60 Furman under construction in late January. (The hotel is the portion of the development closest to the bridge.) Please click through to read the letter.

We have reached out to a Brooklyn Bridge Park spokesperson for comment, and will update here when we hear back.

Pierhouse Coverage [Brownstoner]


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The longtime owner of a Boerum Hill gas station is ready to make some bucks and redevelop his property at 98 3rd Avenue into six stories of apartments with ground-floor retail. New York YIMBY was the first to spot the new building application for the 5,000-square-foot corner lot, which has an alternate address of 300-302 Bergen Street. But the area is zoned for manufacturing and commercial uses, and the application says the owner plans to ask for a zoning variance in order to build apartments there.

If the city greenlights the variance, the building will have 19 units across 18,935 square feet of residential space, as well as 3,310 square feet of commercial space. Newman Design Group is the architect of record. And the owner is Bill Wolf, who’s held onto the property since 1968, as YIMBY noted. 

Boerum Hill Shell Gas Station Wants to Become Apartments: 98 3rd Avenue [NYY] GMAP


When we dropped by what used to be the White Castle at 781 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg yesterday, all that was left standing of the building was the frame. As you may recall from our past stories, this is where Issac and Stern are designing an eight-story 80/20 mixed-income building with 81 units for developer Adam America.

White Castle Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP



Brooklyn’s new parole office at 15 2nd Avenue in Gowanus looked complete and ready for move-in when we stopped by this weekend. There was no sign of construction in the area. Everything seems to be going according to schedule, and the office is supposed to open in April.

The new office — located on the opposite side of the canal from Whole Foods and visible from its outdoor space and parking lot — will serve 2,000 parolees rather than the 6,000 originally planned, according to a legal settlement reached with community group Gowanus United in January. Many in the area, including elected officials and local businesses, have said they are concerned the facility will have a negative effect on the neighborhood.

The new facility is extremely large, as we discovered up close and in person. We wonder what else will fill the unused space?

15 2nd Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]



This overgrown and abandoned-looking building at 109 Montgomery Street in Crown Heights will soon be replaced by a 12-story tower designed by Karl Fischer, as New York YIMBY was the first to note. New building applications filed yesterday show the building will have 173 apartments across 131,727 square feet of residential space.

There will also be an attended subterranean parking garage with 70 spots. The developer is Cornell Realty, which is also developing the nearby Sea Crest Linen site at 902 Franklin Avenue. The one-story building here now, above, is classified as a “professional” building, according to PropertyShark.

12-Story Karl Fischer Building Planned for 109 Montgomery Street, Crown Heights [NYY]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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Two connected four-story buildings are rising on Franklin Avenue near Willoughby Avenue in Bed Stuy. Each of the buildings at 199 and 201 Franklin Avenue will have three units spread across 13,164 square feet, according to permits filed two years ago. There will be a duplex and two floor-through apartments in each building.

One building will have a garage with space for one car and the other will have an elevator, according to the Schedule A. The ground floor appears to be the “cellar.” We found a schematic on the construction fence, pictured after the jump, but the buildings don’t seem to match.

The architect is Asher Hershkowitz, and permits list the owner as Fishel Schlesinger of Franklin Equities LLC. The two former vacant lots last changed hands for a combined $125,000 in 2012, according to public records. GMAP