32 maspeth avenue east williamsburg

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

81 fleet place downtown brooklyn 92014

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



A three-lot parcel at 313-317 Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Greene Clinton Hill that last traded for $3,000,000 in 2008 is for sale as a development site. The new price is $6,000,000.

We’ve written about this site many times over the years. The 20th century brick building that occupies two of the three lots was built as a headquarters for the Candy and Confecioners Workers Local 452 and later housed the Medgar Evers Headstart program. In 2008, an LLC named Jb Artist Studios LLC bought it for use as an artists’ studio. Massey Knakal is repping the owner in the sale.

The property is plenty roomy with a total of 10,532 square feet, but whatever gets built will be relatively low rise. The empty lot, 313 Vanderbilt, is 22.25 feet wide by 85 feet deep with 3,782 buildable square feet in an R6B zoning district.

Think the value of the property has doubled in six years?

313-317 Listing [Massey Knakal] GMAP
Development Watch: 315 Vanderbilt Avenue [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

Scrap the old plans and rendering for a six-story building to replace Bergen Tile on the corner of Dean and Flatbush. Yesterday developer Scott Domansky of PRD Realty and architect of record Avinash K. Malhotra Architects filed a new application for a permit to build an eight story building there, as New York YIMBY was the first to report.

But something is off: The permit says the building at 456 Dean Street (aka 215 Flatbush) will have only one residential unit and no commercial space. We’re dubious, as is YIMBY, which offered this explanation:

The unit count given is one, which is surely to be amended – this permit, like most others filed around now, was likely rushed in order to fall under the rules of the 2008 building code, rather than the new one being rolled out next year. Mistakes – missing parking, square footages that don’t add up, zoning calculations that are way off – seem to be occurring quite frequently across filings this month.

YIMBY also points out that with the relatively gigantic towers planned across the street at Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, it would make more sense for this building and others near Barclays to be taller too. The rendering above shows the previously planned six-story building in relation to the future towers at Atlantic Yards across the street. What do you think?

Permits Filed: 456 Dean Street, at Flatbush Avenue [NYY]
Rendering via Ripco Real Estate

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
Image via Google Maps


Eddie Hibbert, the ex-fireman whose salvage and antiques garage is a beloved neighborhood institution in Clinton Hill, has put his building at 222 Greene Avenue up for sale. He recently completed a two-story addition of two one-bedroom apartments atop the garage, and is asking $3,500,000.

When we spotted the listing, we were worried he was closing down shop. He told us he is retiring but might stay open in a new location, when we gave him a call. Then he said he’s actually negotiating for a new location in Brooklyn right now. In the meantime, he’s been open for business all along and will stay open until the sale goes through.

The listing notes that the ground floor image is a rendering, and the space will be built to suit. So it could become a restaurant or be combined with the second floor into a duplex.

The two upper floors are beautiful and original, in our opinion, mixing up industrial-rustic and traditional townhouse elements in a roomy and light filled space. The beamed ceilings remind us of the garage downstairs, and the Greek Revival style moldings make us think of salvage, though they may be new. There is an open house October 5. We wish Eddie all the best and are relieved he’s not closing.

224 Greene Avenue Listing [Corcoran]
Eddie’s Addition Is Almost Done [Brownstoner]
Scaffolding up at Eddie’s Salvage [Brownstoner]
Eddie Prepares to Expand Upwards [Brownstoner]
Eddie’s, up Close and Personal [Brownstoner]
Architectural Salvage, a Business [Brownstoner]
Photo by Corcoran

baltic street and fourth

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…)


By all accounts, Tuesday’s Community Board 9 meeting was a doozy. From what we can piece together from some half dozen accounts in the media and what others have told us, since we weren’t present, in short, a huge number of opponents of upzoning Empire Boulevard disrupted the meeting, and Community Board 9 members responded in kind. Total chaos reigned, with lots of shouting and name calling; the board could not keep order and fanned the flames.

CB9 District Manager Pearl Miles yelled “shut up” at the crowd repeatedly (there is a video), District Leader Geoffrey Davis refused to relinquish the microphone, and the police were summoned multiple times to keep order. (For a play-by-play, including an outrageous exchange between the crowd and District Leader for the 43rd Assembly Diana Richardson, read the story on Brooklyn Brief.)

Eventually, under pressure, the board took a vote on whether or not to rescind an earlier decision to study the rezoning. The vote to rescind passed, but then it turned out that it really didn’t, according to New York City rules for community board votes.

In the words of Q at Parkside blogger Tim Thomas, who favors the rezoning (or at least is not opposed to it):

Karim Camara and reps from every major official, from the Mayor on down, were there and they were absolutely floored, speechless. The guy from Yvette Clarke’s followed me out to the parking lot with eyes wide saying “how could you let this happen? this was INSANE!” I told him L’shanah Tova and rode home.

Meanwhile, upzoning opponent and MTOPP member Adrian Untermyer filed suit yesterday to get a copy of the community board’s bylaws.

At issue is whether Prospect Lefferts Gardens will rezone to end high-rise development, which has recently taken off in the neighborhood. Some residents blame tall buildings for gentrification while others say high-rise development will bring much needed affordable housing to the area.

CB9: Chaos and Cacophony Leave Empire Boulevard Vulnerable and Fate Uncertain [BK Brief]
If You Want To Know How Things Got Outa Hand…[Q at Parkside]
Wow. That Was Weird [Q at Parkside]
Correct That. The Motion Didn’t Pass [Q at Parkside]
Alicia Boyd: Proud Townhome Owner, Anti-Gentrification Activist [Q at Parkside]
Vote to Rescind Crown Heights Rezoning Study Sparks Confusion [DNA]
Residents Rip Proposed “Upzoning” on PLG-Crown Heights Border [NY Daily News]
Prospect Lefferts Gardens Residents Fight Rezoning on Empire Boulevard [Brownstoner]
Photo by DNAinfo

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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 new five-story rental building that’s risen on former United Order of Tents property in Bed Stuy began leasing a few weeks ago with studios starting at $2,000 a month. The 28-unit development at 196 Macon Street is named “The Brownstone” and currently lists 10 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, many of which have a terrace or private balcony.

One-bedrooms are priced from $2,200, two-bedrooms from $2,566, and three-bedrooms from $3,300. Some of the listings note that the rent advertised is the net effective rent, meaning that prospective tenants should prepare to pay a couple hundred bucks more each month than what’s on the listing. The building also has a laundry room, bike parking, 15 parking spaces, a gym and roof deck.

We’ve been following this development for some time now, which was built on subdivided land once owned by the African-American fraternal organization United Order of Tents. By the way, you can catch an exhibit about the Tents this month at 375 Stuyvesant, part of Weeksville’s and Creative Time’s “Black Radical Brooklyn.”

What do you think of the development and its brownstone-inspired design? Click through for lots of interior shots.

196 Macon Street Listings [Streeteasy] GMAP
Images by Nevo Realty Group



The area around the massive Broadway Junction transit hub in East New York is desolate and dangerous. For the neighborhood to flourish, it needs more people on the street, according to yet another report on the area calling for its redevelopment.

Specific recommendations include:

*Create a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
*Close some roads.
*Consolidate land ownership.
*Repurpose the empty Long Island Rail Road substation into manufacturing and office space for “creative” companies a la Industry City in Sunset Park.
*Spur mixed-use development.

Redevelopment of the area would help the de Blasio administration meet its affordable housing goals, according to the report. Crain’s was the first to write about the report and its recommendations.

The document was authored by Urban Land Institute New York, a chapter of a D.C. think tank, and sponsored by the New York City Department of City Planning. The report stemmed from ULINY panels held over the summer.

Do you think this will work? And if it does work, who will benefit?

Broadway Junction Report [ULINY]
Dismal Bronx, Brooklyn Areas Have Potential [Crain's]