After requesting some changes, the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday approved this striking crystalline facade design for an adaptation of a 19th century factory in Dumbo, The Real Deal reported. The commissioners shot down a similar version of the design for 10 Jay Street last month, and ODA Architecture returned yesterday with a few tweaks.
The updated rendering, above, has more steel panels and added brick slab edges peeking through between the metal and glass facade pieces. (more…)
After a year of community workshops, architecture firm WXY Studio has presented its recommendations to link the waterfront, courthouses and the Navy Yard with a series of green spaces — an effort known as the Brooklyn Strand. The Strand would create more public space and easier walking around areas that have been neglected by the Parks Department or made inaccessible by the BQE. During a Community Board 2 meeting on Monday, which we attended, WXY principal Claire Weisz offered improvements and renderings for Borough Hall Park, Cadman Plaza Park, Commodore Barry Park and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
Here are the recommendations:
The parking lot next to Borough Hall could be moved underground, freeing up space to build a covered cafe with seating and space for events. Another plan calls for renovating the Brooklyn War Memorial and transforming it into a visitors center. Weisz also suggested adding bike lanes around Cadman Plaza Park, making it more accessible and establishing a better link with the Brooklyn Bridge.
Alloy Development’s concrete-clad townhouses at 55-57 Pearl Street in Dumbo are almost finished and looking good. The five modern townhouses have been in the works for nearly a year, and they hit the market with renderings for $4,100,000 a pop back when the corner site was just a garage. Now they’re all sold out, according to the development’s website.
The five-story homes share a facade made of one-foot-deep concrete ductal fins. The ground floor facade will be wood, but it hasn’t been installed yet. Each house will have four bedrooms, three baths, a one-car garage and private outdoor space.
Dumbo developer Two Trees has added a neat 3-D virtual tour to their website for 60 Water Street, allowing you to look inside most of the 290 rental apartments. (You move around the outside of the building like a bird to select which apartment you wish to view, based on location.)
There’s also a panoramic view of the waterfront from the top floor and some new renderings of interiors and amenity spaces. Leasing for the 232 market-rate apartments kicked off in October with studios starting at $2,964 a month. The glassy 17-story tower includes a smaller nine-story section, which will eventually host a 300-seat public middle school.
Update: PR reps for Two Trees just let us know 60 Water Street is 20 percent leased, and the middle school is on track to open in fall 2016.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is getting pushback from employees and pols over growth plans they say are cutting out longtime local, black supporters — in particular, its plan to open an outpost in One John Street, one of the very swanky new condo buildings going up in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Higher admission fees (they have nearly doubled, from $5 to $9) are also unpopular, reported The New York Times, and the racial diversity of the staff has declined dramatically, among other things. Here’s a sample snippet:
“How are you going to service there when you can barely staff your own building?” said Anne Smith, a former public relations manager at the museum. “Why has there never been a satellite office for black communities, Hispanic communities?” Ms. Smith complained that an administrator had lamented that events at the museum had too much of a “local feel,” and asserted that managers wanted to market to predominantly white, upscale Brooklyn neighborhoods like Park Slope and Carroll Gardens.
The Crown Heights museum, over 100 years old, was hard hit by the downturn in 2008 and is trying to fix its balance sheet. Meanwhile, the demographics in the area are changing, according to census data: From 2000 to 2010, the last year it’s available, whites increased 89 percent while blacks decreased 15 percent, the story said. What do you think the museum should do?
Vinegar Hill House and Pizza East will open restaurants inside Empire Stores at 55 Water Street in early 2016, a spokesperson for the conversion project told us today. Pizza East will be located in the space at left pictured in the rendering above, with the schist wall. Vinegar Hill House will be on the right, in the space with the glass wall.
Both will have indoor and outdoor seating, although the outpost of the popular and nearby Vinegar Hill House will be “primarily grab and go and casual,” he said. The Vinegar Hill counter — apparently there will not be table service — will have its own menu and will serve breakfast, lunch, early dinner, coffee, and juices. It will also offer catering.
This will be Pizza East’s first New York location. The upscale eatery was created by private club Soho House and has locations in London and Chicago, all with different menus and decor. This one will offer ciabatta-crust pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven, as well as other dishes, according to a press release. Both restaurants will focus on “responsibly” and locally sourced ingredients.
Alloy Development yesterday listed a penthouse at One John Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park for $8,800,000, or $2,406 a square foot, making it one of the priciest condo listings in the borough. The still-under-construction development is also 60 percent sold (in contract), PR reps told us, after launching sales in September.
New renderings of the apartment went up with the listing. The four-bedroom, 4.5-bath condo encompasses 3,657 square feet, plus a 693-square-foot private roof terrace. And there is a fireplace! (It’s gas, not wood burning. Perhaps even more remarkable, the unit has its own vented gas clothes dryer.)
As pricey as this condo is, it’s nowhere near the $32,000,000 an 11,000-square-foot penthouse at 360 Furman Street in One Brooklyn Bridge Park, also in the park, was asking. That unit, repped by the same agents as this one, was taken off the market five days ago, according to StreetEasy.
The Real Deal was the first to write about the $8,800,000 listing. Alloy designed and developed the building, which is expected to wrap up construction in summer 2016.
Check out more renderings after the jump. Worth it?
A new building is rising at 9 Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, a deep but narrow lot that’s been empty since before the block was landmarked. The four-story building will have three apartments and 1,224 square feet of commercial space with a restaurant, according to permits issued last year. But construction might be paused for the moment, after the city issued a partial stop work order late last month.
Thomas van den Bout of N/Vdesign architecture is designing the project, which looks like it will fit in with the block perfectly. The 1,387-square-foot plot once housed a building from the 1840s, but it was demolished sometime before the Fulton Ferry District was landmarked in 1977. Landmarks approved the new design in 2010 after a series of public hearings.
At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Community Advisory Council of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the council passed a resolution demanding an immediate halt to all construction in the park, including Pierhouse and housing on Pier 6, until concerns about views, financing, and school overcrowding can be resolved, Curbed and Brooklyn Eagle reported.
Steven Guterman, founder of preservationist group Save the View Now, argued in his presentation that the Pierhouse request for proposal, REIS and Design Guidelines clearly require the park and Pierhouse developer Toll Brothers to preserve views of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade – the same view (everything above the roadbed) that the park long ago promised the Brooklyn Heights Association it would preserve and which Pierhouse is now obscuring — the Eagle said.
Park President Regina Myer has said all along that the park has been completely open about all changes to the design and height of the Pierhouse hotel and condos as they were happening, and disclosed everything to the CAC in a series of meetings. But CAC members disputed that at the meeting. Here is the exchange from the Eagle: (more…)
The Landmarks Preservation Commission Tuesday sent a striking modern facade design by ODA Architecture for a 19th century brick factory building at 10 Jay Street in Dumbo back to the drawing board. Several commissioners, including chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, praised the design (she called it “exceptional”) but ultimately the board decided the approach wasn’t the right one for the historic district, Curbed reported.
The 1898 brick factory building with arched windows was designed by George M. Newhall Engineering Co. for the Arbuckle Brothers sugar refinery. It has been used as a warehouse since the 1940s, and in that decade also lost its original facade on the north side, which faces the water. Owner and developer Glacier Global Partners plans to convert the building into 46 apartments with retail on the ground floor. (It’s unclear whether Glacial is planning condos or rentals.) It intends to restore the three original facades on the building, a plan Landmarks approved. In December, ODA filed an application for a building permit.
In addition to sugar crystals, the north facing facade was inspired by the Manhattan Bridge and the existing steel and brick of Dumbo, said the story. We’re not sure how we feel about the commission’s decision: We’re all for exceptional architecture in Brooklyn, but we’re also in favor of preserving Brooklyn’s historic areas.
One of the commissioners said he felt the building stood out too much, saying “Look at me!” rather than “Look at the historic district.” Click through for a photo of the building today and a schematic comparing past and present.
The Dumbo Arts Festival won’t return this fall, after 18 years in the gallery-filled waterfront neighborhood, Two Trees announced this afternoon. It began in 1997 as the Art Under the Bridge Festival, a grassroots art initiative meant to attract art lovers and artists to Dumbo. One of the original organizers, Joy Glidden, ran the festival until 2009, when Two Trees took over organizing the event.
“But as the festival grew and grew – more than 220,000 visitors flooded the neighborhood for the festival weekend last year – it became clear that we could no longer mount the festival ourselves without commercializing it in a way that didn’t feel right. We were getting too far from the original mission of the festival,” Two Trees’ cultural affairs director Lisa Kim wrote in an email.
Instead, Two Trees will spend the money for the Dumbo Arts Festival on other arts programming, including Dumbo galleries, the First Thursday Art Walk, a studio program that offers free work space to artists, subsidized rent for cultural organizations, public art commissions and art projects at the Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg.
Slate Property Group and Adam America are revamping the former Jay Street Arts Building at 51 Jay Street into condos, which have just hit the market from $875,000. The ODA-designed project has three stories and 74 units, 14 of which were listed yesterday. BuzzBuzzHome was the first to spot the listings.
Apartments range from studios to four-bedrooms, including six penthouses and a townhouse with a private entrance on Water Street. Asking prices run as high as $5,150,000 for a four-bedroom penthouse. And two of the 14 listings are already in contract — a $2,350,000 three-bedroom and a $2,125,000 two-bedroom, according to StreetEasy. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge, gym, yoga room, children’s playroom, lounge and rooftop terrace with outdoor kitchen, fireplace and outdoor showers.