The Brooklyn Expo Center, a convention center at 79 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, was looking close to done when we dropped by Tuesday. It will open September 13 and 14 with the Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair, according to The Brooklyn Paper. The owner is controversial developer Joshua Guttman, whose Greenpoint Terminal Market and four other properties have burned in suspicious fires, although he has never been implicated, said the paper. (more…)
The sale of the big Nassau Brewery site at 608-614 Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights closed last week. The buyer, an LLC named 608 Franklin Avenue, paid $17,500,000, or $231 per buildable square foot, The Real Deal reported. (more…)
Two Trees is busy saving industrial and architectural artifacts from the various Domino buildings and will use them to create a High Line-style “Artifact Walk” and permanent exhibition at the development. Two Trees has tapped Landscape architecture firm and High Line designer James Corner Field Operations to create the park grounds for the Domino development, The New York Daily News reported. (more…)
An old ship-engine repair building in Red Hook will be renovated and turned into store and office space for “creative office and retail tenants,” The New York Observer reported. LIVWRK, the real estate investment and development firm that is also a partner with Kushner Companies and RFR Realty in transforming the Watchtower printing plant buildings into office space for creative and tech companies in Dumbo, bought the building Tuesday for $21,500,000. (more…)
The push to redevelop Sunset Park’s waterfront industrial spaces into a thriving manufacturing center for artisanal goods along the lines of the Navy Yard continues. The de Blasio administration has pledged to invest $100,000,000 into making over 500,000 square feet of the city-owned Brooklyn Army Terminal, pictured above, The Wall Street Journal reported. (more…)
The Department of Buildings Friday forced residents out of the illegally converted cellar space at the infamous McKibben Lofts in Bushwick. The conditions at 255 McKibbin “are immediately perilous to life,” said the notice posted on a wall in the building, Gothamist reported. (more…)
Not a single biotech firm has taken space in the BioBAT biotech facility conceived eight years ago in part of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, although one company is reportedly close to signing a contract. The Sunset Park facility houses two other biotech firms, although not in the BioBAT space specifically created for biotech firms, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal. (more…)
“Lander’s whole process was rigged to create a forced consensus to give the developers a green light to go forward,” said an 11-year resident of Gowanus at the Take Back Gowanus meeting Wednesday, referring to Councilman Brad Lander’s series of public meetings earlier this year.
*An end to residential development on the banks of the canal.
*Designating the first few floors of any new residential building as manufacturing.
*Upgrading infrastructure, whether tied to new development or not.
Some of the proposals aimed to reform the political process: (more…)
A surprising group of allies, in particular housing advocates, are urging Mayor de Blasio not to turn the city’s protected industrial zones — including hotspots in Gowanus, above, Williamsburg and Bushwick — into housing. There has been a tug of war over these areas for years, particularly in areas such as Bushwick and Williamsburg where illegal loft dwellings are common, and in Gowanus, over new developments in industrial areas. (more…)
This weekend we caught the Kara Walker exhibit in the otherwise empty landmarked Domino factory in Williamsburg — already an active construction site, according to the waiver we had to sign to get into the free exhibit. The room smelled of molasses. The show will be up through July 6. Has anyone else checked it out? Click through to the jump for lots of photos. (more…)
Boaz Gilad’s Brookland Capital, which has cut a swathe through Brooklyn from Prospect Heights to Flatbush with more than 40 active projects, is now expanding to East Williamsburg. The firm is in contract to purchase a former condensed milk factory at 850 Metropolitan Avenue, which it plans to convert into a 36-unit condo building, The Real Deal reported.
Brookland will pay just under $10,000,000 for the 28,000-square-foot factory, which currently houses knitwear manufacturer Rags Knitwear. “It’s got a great industrial feel,” the paper quoted Gilad as saying of the building.
A group of artists living in a converted industrial warehouse in Red Hook, above, are suing the landlord to make the building rent stabilized retroactively, The Wall Street Journal reported. At the same time, Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna has been speaking out about the importance of maintaining Brooklyn’s industrial spaces for manufacturing use to keep jobs in the area, while Borough President Eric Adams is saying his No. 1 priority is encouraging the growth of more below-market rate housing, according to The Brooklyn Paper.
Reyna is pushing to have the Pfizer building complex on the Williamsburg Bed Stuy border designated part of an Industrial Business Zone that cannot be converted to residential and with incentives for manufacturing. Though as we noted last week, manufacturing tenants are moving out of industrial buildings in the IBZ in North Williamsburg as they are turned into more lucrative hotels and stores.
“We’ve got to keep Brooklyn affordable, that’s the No. 1 thing,” the Brooklyn Paper quoted Adams as saying.