It looks like a sizable brick apartment building, but 22-28 Troutman Street, on a prominent corner of Bushwick Avenue near Myrtle, is actually five townhouses on five tax lots with two units each, according to permits. They looked close to complete and we could see workmen finishing up the interiors when we stopped by a few weeks ago.

Each house consists of an upper triplex and a lower duplex, spread across four levels labelled as a basement, two floors and a penthouse. The square footage of each is just under 2,200, which seems improbably small. But permits call them three-story buildings, and that’s what they look like in person.

Owner Pine Realty Corp. of Brooklyn bought the property in 2012 for $900,000, according to public records. The architect is Bahram Tehrani.


Developer Rabsky Group filed for a new-building permit for the third building on the enormous Rheingold brewery site in Bushwick Thursday. The building at 115 Stanwix Street will be eight stories tall, with 130 apartments and stores on the ground floor. The architect is Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture & Design.

The apartments will be spread over 87,588 square feet of space, or about an average of 673 square feet per apartment, suggesting rentals. The building is located on a corner along Flushing Avenue, a busy commercial street that is one of Bushwick’s main thoroughfares. In addition to 3,298 square feet of stores, there will also be parking for bikes and 65 cars on the ground floor.

The second, seventh and eighth floors will have an “open roof,” according to the Schedule A.

Rabsky is assembling quite a sampler of popular Brooklyn architects to design the complex: Over at 10 Montieth Street, ODA is designing a 398-unit, seven-story building. ODA is known for designs that play with constructions and deconstructions of boxes; Donskoy, a former protege of Robert Scarano, does a lot of work in Williamsburg, some of it creative and unusual given what appear to be the usual budget constraints.

S9 Architecture is designing the first building in the complex to file, 123 Melrose. Read Property Group is the developer.

The Real Deal was the first to write about the filing.

Dushinsky’s Rabsky Group Applies for Third Building at Rheingold Site [TRD]
Photo by Scott Bintner for PropertyShark

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This three-bedroom, three-bath duplex in the outer reaches of Bushwick isn’t pretty, but it seems like a decent deal for the amount of space. The kitchen is itty bitty and squeezed into a cramped corner but at least it has stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher.

The building is a pretty unfortunate-looking brick Fedders special, but the garage is a plus, and the bedrooms look pretty big. The broker is advertising a net effective rent of $2,487, which includes one month free on a 13-month lease.

You’ll actually be writing checks for $2,695 a month. Do you think it’ll fly?

685 Chauncey Street, #1 [Sotheby's] GMAP


The new building rising at 616 Bushwick Avenue — technically, a “horizontal addition” — has topped out. There will be seven stories, according to permits. Meanwhile, next door at the former St. Mark’s Lutheran School and Evangelical Church at 626 and 628 Bushwick Avenue, respectively, which developer Cayuga Capital Management is preserving, there have been some small changes visible from the street.

The former school at 626 Bushwick Avenue still appears to be a shell without windows, but some feet in from the outside a brick wall is visible, so a build-out could be taking place inside. Next door at the church at No. 628, the netting has come down from the top part of the spire, but the scaffolding is still in place.

The project is supposed to wrap at the end of this year, Cayuga told us in September. Click through for lots more photos and a rendering, which Cayuga said in May is “terrible” and not what the final project will look like.

Cayuga is busy with numerous projects in Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and was the developer behind the interesting and award-winning rusted steel-clad grocery store at 22 Wyckoff Avenue.

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Rendering below via Cayuga Capital Management



The Bushwick Community Darkroom is moving to a bigger space and expanding the types of processing it offers as well as classes and other events. Founder and Director Lucia Rollow, who is also one of the organizers of Bushwick Open Studios, plans to shut down the current darkroom in The Loom at 108 Thames during the month of March, then reopen at the new location at 110 Troutman Street at the beginning of April, she told us. The new space, which measures 2,400 square feet, will be renovated inside and out during the month of March.

This will be the third location for the darkroom, which Rollow started in the basement where she was living. The darkroom offers classes, darkroom rental and exhibitions.

To celebrate and raise funds for the move, there will be a party and art show on Tuesday, February 24, featuring photographs by Wilson Novitzki, Scott Nyerges, Caleb Savage, Rollow and Sarah Graham. Brooklyn bands, including Dan Zanes, will perform, and there will be rum punch from an El Dorado bartender. A RocketHub campaign to help with the move concludes at the end of the month.

The new darkroom will offer more space, more processing stations, and large-format and alternative-processing facilities. There will be a group darkroom with eight to 10 stations, a private dark room for black and white and other alternative processes, four private color darkrooms, and one 33-inch Colex RA4 processor, among other things. The darkroom will also expand its classes, including middle school after-school programs, and there will be lockers, movie nights, lectures and workshops.

Annual memberships cost $75 or $115 a month; a lifetime membership is $2,000. GMAP

Photo by Bushwick Community Darkroom


Demo will start in March and construction will begin this summer on the massive Rheingold Brewery development in Bushwick, developer Read Property Group informed neighbors Wednesday. Covering more than 10 blocks, it is one of the largest construction projects to be undertaken in the area and the only one that is largely market-rate since at least the 1970s.

Similar-size projects included 100 percent subsidized housing on other parts of the Rheingold complex and Hope Gardens NYCHA housing, which was built on top of blocks that burned down in the riots and arson fires of the 1970s.

Workers will demo an old warehouse at 123 Melrose Street, above, where the first building will go up, reported DNAinfo. The 80-foot-tall building will house 385 apartments, 20 percent of which will be subsidized. There will be shops along Evergreen Avenue, 71 parking spots and an outdoor swimming pool. Construction will wrap in late 2016 or early 2017.

Rabsky Group and nonprofits Churches United for Fair Housing and Los Sures are also involved in the project. The nonprofits are looking for funding to build about 90 affordable one-bedroom units for seniors. They also plan regular affordable housing.

Affordable Units at Rheingold Brewery Site to Start Being Built This Summer [DNA]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark


La Lupe opened about a month ago at 9 Jefferson Street, a worker there told us when we stopped by yesterday. The restaurant has a full bar and serves snacks and street food, including chips, grilled corn, pozole, salad, queso fundido with chorizo, flautas, tacos, burritos and some interesting sounding sandwiches.

These include a hot dog (Perros Gordos, literally “overweight dogs”) consisting of sausage with bacon, coleslaw and chipotle mayo and the Mexican Burguer, which is made of pork and beef with pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese, bacon, coleslaw and chipotle mayo. Most of the items have veggie options, and tacos include fish.

Beverages include aguas frescas, Mexican Coke, and Mexican style hot chocolate. The space was formerly home to the Salad Wheel. GMAP

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Here’s an updated two-bedroom railroad apartment in the trendy part of Bushwick. It still has original details such as moldings and tin ceilings but was renovated several years ago with a new kitchen, new bath and new electrical. The 650-square-foot third-floor walkup has a dishwasher and garbage disposal, but only a tiled stall shower and no bathtub. Rent includes heat and hot water, and there’s laundry in the basement. And it’s only one and a half blocks from the Jefferson Street L stop on Starr Street and half a block from Maria Hernandez Park. Do you think it’s a good deal for $2,000 a month?

1247 Willoughby Avenue [FRBO] GMAP


Architect Gene Kaufman released this rendering for 13 Grattan Street in Bushwick, where construction is slated to begin next month on a building with artists studios and retail space, a spokesperson told us.

Revised plans now call for a four-story building with 23,000 square feet in total. On the ground floor, 8,000 square feet will be given over to retail — specifically art galleries — and restaurants. The rest will be loft space for artists with 12-foot ceilings, upper floor terraces and large windows to bring in lots of light, according to a press release.

The building will be called The AnX, as the Wall Street Journal reported last year. Developers Ted and Marianne Hovivian also own another artist studio building close by at 56 Bogart Street, known as The BogArt. The developers and Kaufman also worked together on two condo buildings in Williamsburg at 211 and 150 North 5th Street.

“The AnX is the kind of ground-up artist-work-space development that places like East Williamsburg/Bushwick sorely need,” said Kaufman in a prepared statement. “Projects like this recognize artists’ economic value to the community and enable them to remain in neighborhoods they have made into the most hip destinations in the world.”

The spaces will be leased, not owned, and could also be used for offices as long as the area is not rezoned for residential. The design should fit in perfectly in this mostly industrial section of Bushwick. What do you think of it?

Gene Kaufman-Designed Artist Studio Building in Bushwick Breaks Ground [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Gene Kaufman Architect


An Indian restaurant plans to open in the vacant storefront at 1703 Broadway under the elevated tracks in Bushwick, according to a sign posted on the front. We’re guessing it will be mostly takeout. The spot was previously home to a pizza place.

Only three blocks away at 577 Decatur Street in Bed Stuy is Delhi Heights, which is always busy with delivery, although it also has a very nice dining room. GMAP

38-40 Park St. Minck Bros. CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Minck Brothers & Co. Bottling Company
Address: 38-40 Park Street
Cross Streets: Broadway and Beaver Street
Neighborhood: Bushwick
Year Built: 1883
Architectural Style: 19th century factory building
Architect: Theobald Englehardt
Other Buildings by Architect: Nearby – Arion Hall, Ulmer Brewery buildings, plus churches, factories, warehouses, tenements, row houses and mansions in Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Eastern Bedford Stuyvesant, and more
Landmarked: No

The story: The name Bushwick was almost synonymous with beer in the late 19th, early 20th century. The many breweries were scattered all over Bushwick, and on into other communities, but the area around today’s BOTD had one of the highest concentrations of all. Right behind this block were some of the buildings making up the large Ulmer Brewery, and nearby was the even larger Rhinegold Brewery. Into this mix of breweries came this company, the Minck Brothers.

Unlike Ulmer and Rheingold, the Minck Brothers didn’t brew beer, they made their fortune bottling it. Julius Minck, like most of his contemporaries, was a German immigrant who came to the United States to seek his fortune. His parents were already here in Brooklyn, along with an uncle, but Julius was still in school and didn’t come over until 1872. He began working for his uncle Henry, who had established a bottling business. His brothers would soon join him. They all eventually became partners in the company at Henry’s death, along with a man named George Docher. The name was changed to Minck Brothers & Company in 1894.

The Minck Brothers operation consisted of this building, as well as the building next door that wrapped around Beaver Street. A large courtyard was enclosed by the buildings, giving the company room for shipping and loading wagons, and later trucks. This complex can be seen in the 1918 map below. This building, and probably the rest of the plant, was designed by Theobald Engelhardt, the most prolific architect in Bushwick. (Today’s Beaver Street buildings are not the original buildings on that plot.) (more…)

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This 2.5-bedroom in Bushwick is recently renovated and nicely sized. There are two large bedrooms at either end of the apartment, plus a smaller third bedroom that could work as an office. The kitchen has a dishwasher and a stainless steel fridge and stove. It’s a condo carved out of what appears to have been an old railroad apartment in a tenement. The listing on the broker’s site specifies “no shares please,” although under the law everyone is entitled to a roommate. What do you think of it for $2,500 a month?

1286 Halsey Street, #3B [Corcoran] GMAP