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We finally have renderings for the ODA-designed project making up one of 10 large buildings in the massive Rheingold Brewery mega-development coming to Bushwick. Like most ODA designs, unsurprisingly, it is a variation on the theme of assemblages of boxes. But we are pretty blown away by the unusual concept for the entire complex, which occupies most of a block. It remains to be seen if the reality will be as good as the renderings, but it is certainly one of the most interesting buildings going up in Brooklyn.

The seven-story, 392-unit project will be topped with a 25,000-square-foot green rooftop. The zigzagging roof will incorporate a running/hiking course, urban farming areas and an outdoor cross-training facility, according to The Real Deal, which was first to publish the renderings. Other amenities include a 19,000-square-foot interior courtyard with a dog run, a fire pit and a mini amphitheater, as well as a climbing wall, coworking spaces, cafe and a gym, The Daily News reported. (more…)

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Here’s a decent looking flip in Bushwick. It appears the circa-1900 yellow-brick Renaissance Revival two-family originally had two identical railroad apartments, and the owners changed up the layout so now there’s an open-plan kitchen-slash-great room in the front with two bedrooms in the back — and goodbye railroad.

Still, we’re thinking this would probably appeal more to an investor than an owner-occupant, since there’s no owner’s duplex. The ask is $1,150,000. Considering the location at the end of Bushwick close to the graveyards, what do you think it’s worth?

126 Moffat Street [Corcoran] GMAP


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Now that spring is almost here, the Municipal Arts Society is organizing tours of three very different Brooklyn areas —Prospect Heights/Atlantic Yards, Bushwick and Bed Stuy. First, preservationist Joe Svehlak will explore historic row houses and churches as well as new developments, like Rheingold Gardens, in Bushwick. The tour will discuss potential landmarks and Bushwick’s history as a German community known for breweries.

Then journalist Norm Oder, who’s behind the Atlantic Yards Report, will explain the politics, design, and decade-long controversy behind the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project. He’ll also touch on part of the nearby Prospect Heights Historic District and retail changes in the area.

Lastly our very own Montrose Morris columnist, Suzanne Spellen, will lead a tour of Bedford Stuyvesant with preservationist and real estate agent Morgan Munsey. Attendees will learn about the history and culture of Bed Stuy. Expect a healthy dose of architectural history and insights into buildings designed by some of Brooklyn’s finest 19th and early 20th century architects.

The tour of Bushwick will take place Sunday, March 22 at 11 am, followed by the Atlantic Yards tour at 2 pm. The Bed Stuy tour will happen on Sunday, March 28 at 2 pm. Each tour costs $20 or $15 for MAS members, and tickets can be purchased through the MAS website.

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Here’s a typical gut-renovated two-bedroom on the top floor of a 19th century brick townhouse in Bushwick. Everything is new, including floors, doors, baseboard heating and stainless steel appliances. Both bedrooms seem decently sized, and there’s a reasonable amount of living space.

We think $2,650 a month is pushing it for this location, right on busy Bushwick Avenue and three blocks from the Koscsiuszko Street J train stop. But there’s no broker fee. What do you think of it?

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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?

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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