73-79 bond street townhouses rendering

YIMBY has posted renderings for three new Brooklyn projects yesterday, including another row of modern-style townhouses in Boerum Hill, pictured above. Ben Hansen Architect will design the five single-family homes at 73-79 Bond Street, each of which will be four stories and 5,600 square feet. It looks like the exteriors will feature light-colored brick, metal siding and large undivided windows — all elements of the architect’s own modern home nearby on State Street.

Next up are two modern apartment buildings in Williamsburg. The first is a jutting, angular structure planned for 308 North 7th Street, wrapping around Meeker Avenue to North 6th Street next to the BQE. Adam America is developing the six-story building, which will house 38 apartments. Designed by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects, the facade appears to be wrapped in a rust-colored material — YIMBY suggests Corten steel — and features triangular balconies. Looks a little post-apocalyptic to us.

And last but not least, there’s an updated rendering for the futuristic 13-story tower in the works at 190 South 1st Street. The ODA-designed project will house 32 apartments and a daycare center among its 39,000 square feet. We like all the balconies and the roof terrace on the second floor, above the day care.

What do you think of the designs?

Revealed: 390 State Street/73-79 Bond Street Townhouses, Boerum Hill [NYY]
First Look: 308 North 7th Street, Williamsburg [NYY]
New Look: 190 South 1st Street, 13-Story Williamsburg Project by ODA [NYY]

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Here’s a loft-y looking two-bedroom in the Skytrack condos (a converted warehouse) in Boerum Hill. The first-floor pad has an enclosed terrace, a new bathroom, a washer/dryer and a combined living-dining-kitchen area that seems to go on and on.

The kitchen is not going to win any design awards, but there are plenty of cabinets and a dishwasher. One drawback is that the second bedroom looks small. There’s also an additional sleeping (or storage) loft. Do you think it’s worth $3,995 a month?

120 Boerum Place, #2M [Corcoran] GMAP

court and smith street BID map

The plan to help mom and pop businesses and improve the retail areas along Court and Smith streets in Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens with a new Business Improvement District has not been forgotten. The organizers, a group of property owners and commercial tenants in the area, plan to host two meetings this week to update the community on their plans.

The BID will stretch from the BQE in the south to Pacific Street in the north, as the map above shows.

They’ll explain what the BID will do and answer any questions that people might have. One organizer tells us that they’re collecting signed statements of support from people who live in the area. It’s the second step in a three-phase process for setting up a BID.

They’ll also buy a drink or coffee for anyone who attends the informal public meetings, which will take place Tuesday from 11 am to 12 pm at 61 Local (61 Bergen Street) and from 5 pm to 7 pm at Angry Wade’s (222 Smith Street). You can learn more by checking out the steering committee’s website.

Court and Smith Street Biz Owners Join Together to Survive Rising Rents [Brownstoner]


A tipster sent us this this rendering posted to the construction fence and some shots of the construction inside at 159 Smith Street. This 19th century wood frame, the only wood frame on Smith Street, according to Pardon Me For Asking, was in perfectly intact original condition, although decrepit, before construction started. It is being altered to make way for a modern four story building.

At this point, it looks like all that is left of the original building is the shared party walls and one floor of joists — no beam and nothing in the front or the back, as far as we can see. It’s located between Bergen and Wyckoff streets in Boerum Hill.

Click through to see the construction and what the house looked like before.

Demo Starts for Wooden House on Smith Street [Brownstoner]


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Two condos at environmentally friendly new building 210 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill have hit the market, Curbed reported. The brass-clad building will have 10 units built to Passive House standards, as well as energy efficient appliances, a solar hot water system and an electric car charging station.

The two apartments listed right now are a 1,563-square-foot three-bedroom asking $2,495,000, and a 3,133-square-foot four-bedroom asking $5,250,000. Interior renderings show fairly typical upscale condos — big, open layouts, marble countertops, freestanding soaking tubs, white oak kitchen cabinets. Check out more interior renderings and an exterior rendering showing the facade’s irregular windows after the jump.

SBLM Architects designed the building, and Nava Companies is the developer.

The apartments are certainly large, but so are the price tags. What do you think of the finishes and prices?

Boerum Hill’s Passive House Condos Are Ready For Buyers [Curbed]
210 Pacific Street Listings [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
210 Pacific Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by SBLM Architects via Brown Harris Stevens


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Wow, has this two-bedroom upper duplex in Boerum Hill changed since we last checked it out in 2010. It now has a super high-end renovation, with a wall of (apparently custom steel) windows and doors in the dining area that open onto a greenhouse and a patio. There is also a wood-burning stove, exposed brick in digestible amounts, a modern staircase, a sleek kitchen with mosaic tile backsplash and fancy appliances, a slate tile bathroom, and a private roof deck.

The 1,800-square-foot pad also has 1.5 bathrooms, a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. We think the renovation strikes a nice balance between urbane and rustic, and it’s spacious at 1,800 square feet, according to the listing.

It’s four blocks from the Barclays Center and six blocks from the A/C/G at Hoyt-Schermerhorn. What are your thoughts on it for $4,950 a month?

231 Bergen Street, #3 [Corcoran] GMAP


After years of delay, work is moving quickly at 252 Atlantic Avenue, where developer Renaissance Realty Group is planning retail space anchored by crafts shop Michael’s. When we stopped by 11 days ago, framing was already up for the two-story building. The foundation was being dug when we checked in early December.

Given the real estate market in Brooklyn right now, we’d expect a taller mixed-use building here, but plans for the site have not changed, according to building department filings.

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


When we were strolling Atlantic Avenue this past weekend, we noticed newcomer Boomwich doing a brisk business. It specializes in heroes, and the menu includes buffalo chicken, cheese steak, cubano, reuben and falafel heroes. The sandwich shop opened at 311 Atlantic Avenue just before Thanksgiving. It’s located between Smith and Hoyt. Anyone been? GMAP


Five of the seven neo-Georgian townhouses under construction at 345-353 State Street in Boerum Hill are shrouded in scaffolding and fabric, but the finished brick veneer facade, windows, and cornices can be seen on two peeking out at right. This project was originally skedded to wrap in fall of 2014, according to the sign on the construction site. Click through for a closeup. (more…)

409 State Street, Engine 226, NS, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: FDNY Engine 226, built as Engine Company 26 of the Brooklyn Fire Department
Address: 409 State Street
Cross Streets: Nevins and Bond Streets
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill
Year Built: 1889
Architectural Style: Queen Anne
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Engine Company 26 of the Brooklyn Fire Department was established in January of 1889, and was given this fine new home on State Street, between Bond and Nevins Street. The station would be responsible for fires within Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill and parts of Carroll Gardens. The house was equipped with the latest equipment of the day, which was a four wheeled wagon with a powerful Amoskeag engine and hose, drawn by four horses.

There were many important buildings in their territory, including Long Island College Hospital, all of the stores in the shopping district, Packer Institute, Polytechnic Institute, the court houses and City Hall, and several other schools, asylums and orphanages, and other civic, commercial and private buildings. They were also responsible for the huge grain elevators on the shores of the Erie Basin. During the company’s earliest years, they were involved with the fire that destroyed the Talmadge Temple for the second time, the fire at Hyde & Behman’s Theater, the burning of the first Smith-Gray Building, and much more. (more…)


The owners of Mile End and Rucola will open an oyster bar in the tiny space at the corner of Hoyt and State in Boerum Hill that has been for rent for ages. When we passed by yesterday, we noticed a sign in the window saying Rucola owner Julian Brizzi intends to open a bar and restaurant and is applying for a liquor license. The space was previously home to a cafe and sandwich shop.

The 18-seat bar will serve craft cocktails, beer and oysters and aims to open in February, according to TimeOut, which first wrote about the plans. Click through to see the sign in the window. GMAP (more…)


The property at 520-528 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, which houses Walgreens, has been sold to a developer for $8,000,000 and the drugstore will close, according to what we are hearing from readers who live nearby. No sale has been recorded and no building plans have been filed for the site.

However, there is no doubt the store is definitely closing: Management recently put up a sign saying it will close Wednesday, January 14.

In keeping with other developments on the street, we’d expect to see a taller, denser mixed-use building replace the store. Thanks to readers for the tip and photo.