08/01/14 10:00am

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The BKLYN Air has officially kicked off leasing for its 255 units at 309 Gold Street in Downtown Brooklyn, DNAinfo reported. The 40-story tower offers studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms, as well as a 50-foot-long outdoor heated swimming pool, a two-level fitness center and terrace with “built-in life size chess and checker game boards.”

Rents for studios will start at $2,315, one-bedrooms at $2,950, two-bedrooms at $3,750, two-bedroom, two-baths at $4,570, and penthouses will start at $8,500. Although there aren’t any listings up on StreetEasy yet, we found two in our marketplace for a studio and one-bedroom. Click through for more photos. What do you think of the look and pricing?

309 Gold Street Listings [Town]
Oro 2 Changes Name to BKLYN Air, Debuts Teaser Site and Pricing [Brownstoner] GMAP

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08/01/14 9:30am

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It looks like the apartment building going up at 516 Classon Avenue in Clinton Hill is going to miss its summer construction deadline by a wide margin, but nonetheless quite a bit has been accomplished since we last stopped by. In October, it was still just a hole in the ground, and now five out of a total of seven planned stories have risen. (more…)

07/31/14 11:30am

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Construction fencing is up but work has not yet begun at 356 Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg, where we spotted this rendering for a five-story affordable building on the fence. The new building is the red brick one with the gray cornice and the stepped roofline; the one to the right next door with the black cornice and the two wood frame buildings to the left on the corner are already there.

The mixed-use development will house 19 units spread across 16,009 square feet of residential space, as well as 8,000 square feet of retail and 2,000 square feet for a medical clinic, according to new building permits issued last month. It will also have a laundry room, roof deck and bike storage. The architect of record is Bong Yu PC Engineers and Architects.  (more…)

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The son of the man who used to be the caretaker for the storied Slave Theater at 1215 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, who claims to be the rightful heir to the property but lost a court case contesting its ownership, has prevented the new owner, an LLC, from taking soil samples and plans to tear down any fence erected to keep him out, according to a story in the Brooklyn Eagle.

Meanwhile, the LLC has amassed two other sites adjacent to the Slave Theater, said another story in the Eagle. The developer has not said publicly what it plans to do with the sites, but a mixed-use apartment development seems likely. Most important, plans to restore and continue the Afrocentric theater’s mission in a new form are, surprisingly, not dead.  (more…)

07/31/14 9:00am

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Yesterday Mayor de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that they plan to create a $350 million fund to loan money to developers to create or preserve affordable housing. The fund will draw on a mix of public and private money, The New York Times and The Real Deal reported, such as $40 million from city pension funds, $20 million from the city’s Housing Development Corporation, and loans from Citi Bank, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and others. (more…)

07/30/14 10:00am

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This interesting addition is rising on top of a townhouse at 1 Woodrow Court in Greenwood Heights, at the corner of 5th Avenue and 30th Street. The little two-story brick townhouse is being enlarged with a third floor and 836 more square feet, according to alteration permits. The architect of record is Eric Safyan, and his website includes more construction photos and a schematic, which we’ve included after the jump. (more…)

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After years of getting the brush off on requests to limit building heights in Prospect Lefferts Gardens to six stories, PLG residents, activists and community board members are now meeting with City Planning to consider how the neighborhood should be rezoned.

In addition to supporting a rezoning of Flatbush Avenue, pictured above during this past winter, that would limit building heights there to six stories, neighborhood group The Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP) opposes a brand-new move to rezone commercial district Empire Boulevard to allow residential, MTOPP President and PLG homeowner Alicia Boyd told us. (more…)

07/29/14 10:00am

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A private Montessori school group is presenting its plans next week to alter the facade of a landmarked former movie theater at 292 Court Street in Cobble Hill. The school needs LPC approval to change the facade and “to install storefront infill, two barrier-free access ramps, a flag, a canopy, and an elevator bulkhead, “according to the LPC agendaCalifornia-based LePort Schools signed a lease in April for the 15,700-square-foot building, which includes an additional 6,000 square feet of rooftop and back terrace space, as we reported at the time.

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Mayor de Blasio’s plans to redevelop East New York — a test case for his affordable housing plans for all of New York City — are fatally flawed, according to a report from Newsday. De Blasio wants to rezone the area to encourage mixed-use high-rise development with 50 percent market rate, 30 percent middle income and 20 percent low income apartments and retail on the bottom level. But income levels and rents in the area now are too low to attract developers, middle class residents or retailers, according to developers and others quoted in the story. (more…)