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The condo building at 50 Bridge Street, built in 1894 to house a soap manufacturing company, is wrapping up a $3,500,000, two-and-a-half-year exterior restoration project. The update to the 58-unit luxury building, which went condo in 2004, involved waterproofing and stripping paint off the original brick facade.

“We are thrilled by these significant renovations that have resulted in the restoration of much of our building’s original character,” said the condo’s board in a press release. “The building is a beautiful example of 19th century industrial architecture and we have worked closely with Landmarks throughout this project.” Cowley Engineering and Flag Waterproofing and Restoration did the work.

We presume this fixes all the construction problems that were the subject of a 2007 lawsuit against developer Joshua Guttman. The condo owners received an undisclosed settlement in 2012 from Guttman over construction defects such as a “defective roof and other waterproofing issues,” a press release noted at the time. Click through to see a photo of the building in 2012, before the restoration.

50 Bridge Street Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
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The Brillo factory turned condo conversion at 200 Water Street in Dumbo now has its own teaser site with pricing and a new rendering. BuzzBuzzHome first spotted the site, which reveals that asking prices will range from $2,300,000 to $5,600,000-plus. Landmarks approved the conversion plus a two-story glass addition last year, and developer Shelly Listokin has been hard at work building out 15 new condos ever since.

Aufgang Architects is designing the project, which will include two-, three- and four-bedroom condos. Listokin bought two adjacent lots at 173 and 177 Front Street, along with 200 Water Street, from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in March 2013. At 177 Front Street, Aufgang filed plans last year for a 12-story, 105-unit rental, where prices will range from $3,000 to $6,000 a month for one- and two-bedrooms.

Teaser Site for Dumbo’s 200 Water Is a Beautiful Prose Poem [BBH]
200 Water Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Toll Brothers’ Pierhouse condos in Brooklyn Bridge Park, some of the priciest real estate in Brooklyn of any sort, are more than half sold (in contract, that is) since sales launched in February. Prices are averaging $1,850 per square foot and the developer expects to realize at least $250,000,000 in revenues from the project. It has invested almost $39,000,000 into the development, said executives during an earnings call Wednesday reported by The Real Deal.

The development, designed by Marvel Architects, is still under construction in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and has angered preservationists such as Otis Pearsall and the Brooklyn Heights Association because a three-story rooftop structure housing mechanicals is unexpectedly blocking views of the bridge from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, as we reported in September.

The units have proved so popular prices have increased six times during the two and a half months of sales, said the story. Of the 106 condos, 60 are in contract. Construction is expected to wrap in summer 2015. Toll Brothers plans to eventually sell the hotel portion of the project, which will be a 1 Hotel from Starwood, for about $100,000,000, said the firm’s chief financial officer.

Toll Brothers’ Pierhouse to See Big Payday [TRD]
Rendering by Marvel Architects

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former factory
Address: 135 Plymouth Street
Cross Streets: Corner Adams Street
Neighborhood: Dumbo
Year Built: 1891-1901
Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: William Tubby /Rudolphe Daus
Other Buildings by Architect: Tubby –Wallabout Market (gone), Library and other buildings at Pratt Institute. Charles Pratt House, Clinton Ave. Row houses in Clinton Hill and elsewhere. Daus: NY & NJ Telephone Building on Willoughby Street, Downtown. 13th Reg. Armory in Bedford Stuyvesant. Row houses and other buildings in Bed Stuy, Park Slope, Crown Heights and Downtown.
Landmarked: Yes, part of DUMBO Historic District (2007)

The story: The more I do research on Brooklyn, the more I find people from my childhood area popping up as movers and shakers in the New York area. And people upstate think no one ever went anywhere and did anything. This building was one of a complex of factory buildings that belonged to the E. W. Bliss Machine Company. The owner was Otsego County’s own Eliphalet W. Bliss, and he certainly made his mark on Brooklyn.

Bliss settled in Brooklyn, like so many others, after the Civil War. He was a machinist, and had grown up in the hamlet of Fly Creek, upstate near Cooperstown. As a young man he had apprenticed at a machine shop, left to work at the Parker gun factory in Connecticut, and then served in the Civil War. In 1867, he opened his own shop, which grew into the E. W. Bliss Company. Between 1879 and 1901, he bought up every piece of land on this block until he owned the entire block bounded by Plymouth, Adams, John and Pearl Streets. (more…)

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Last night, Alloy Development hosted a preview for its multimillion-dollar condos under construction at One John Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park, along the Dumbo waterfront. Although the developer is still driving piles into the mud next to the Manhattan Bridge, there are accepted offers on roughly 40 percent of the condos in the 12-story, 42-unit building, reps told us.

Alloy, which is also designing the project, created a model kitchen and bathroom in its offices at 20 Jay Street in Dumbo. Apartments will range in size from 1,500 to 3,600 square feet and in price from $2,500,000 to $8,000,000. Most of the units are three- and four-bedrooms with three baths, but there are a few two-bedroom, two-bath ones. Sotheby’s has nine listings up.

The demo kitchen featured two islands with Gaggenau appliances, a vented ceiling hood, basaltina countertops, a five-burner gas cooktop, integrated full height cabinetry with pantry and “appliance garage” for concealing toasters and such, and a wine fridge. And we saw a master bath, which was finished with stone mosaic floors, Dornbracht and Fantini fixtures, a glass-walled dual shower, a freestanding soaking tub and double vanity. Click through for more photos.

One John Street [Alloy]
One John Street Listings [Sotheby's]
One John Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Here’s a glimpse of what the inside of 60 Water Street in Dumbo will look like. Interior renderings are up for the units, which started leasing in early October.

The interiors are sleekly minimalist. The palette is gray and white. Although pricing is on the high end for Brooklyn (the building is next to the Brooklyn Bridge, with views), units don’t look over-the-top luxurious but well designed. We like it.

Click through to see more. What do you think?

60 Water Street Listings [Ideal Properties]
Rentals Launch at 60 Water Street With Studios Starting at $2,964 a Month [Brownstoner] (more…)

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Two Trees commissioned three new works of public art in Dumbo, one of which is Tom Fruin’s multicolored stained glass house, as well as a new mural at the Domino Sugar development site, according to the developer’s PR reps. Fruin assembled his brightly colored “Kolonihavehus” near Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park to coincide with the Dumbo Arts Fest last month, and it will remain on display until the spring. Two other pieces installed at the same time will remain through next year too: Joan Pamboukes’ landscape of images from Grand Theft Auto, titled “Where the River Meets the Sky,” and Erin Hudak’s “SEE THRU,” underneath the Manhattan Bridge. Click through to see the other three.

Photos via Two Trees

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Actress Anne Hathaway has sold her ninth-floor condo in Dumbo’s Clocktower building for $4,330,000. The buyer is a film producer who already lived in the building and just sold a smaller apartment on a lower floor for $1,900,000 to an LLC two weeks earlier, The New York Post reported. (She still owns another apartment in the building, No. 12A.)

The most recent asking price for Hathaway’s unit, 9B, at 1 Main Street was $4,250,000; at one time the condo was asking $4,500,000. Hathaway purchased the apartment through an LLC in 2013 for $4,100,000, city records show.

Anne Hathaway Sells Clocktower Apartment for $4.33 Million [NY Post]

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Two Trees’ glassy behemoth next to the Brooklyn Bridge at 60 Water Street in Dumbo has begun leasing its market-rate units today, with eight listings ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. Studios start at $2,964 for only 452 square feet, one-bedrooms at $3,498, and two-bedrooms at $6,018.

Strangely, the listings do not have interior renderings, which still have not been released. But there are floor plans, which are new, as is the pricing.

There will be washer/dryers, dishwashers, hardwood floors in every apartment, and some will have private terraces.  The 290-unit building has 232 market-rate apartments and 58 affordable ones, where rents start at $500.

Move-ins are expected to start December 1. Ismael Levya and Leeser Architects designed the development, which includes a 300-seat public middle school, ground-floor retail, a 17-story tower and a smaller 9-story section.

Click through to see floor plans. What do you think of the prices?

60 Water Street Listings [Elliman] GMAP
Dock Street Dumbo/60 Water Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Gowanus-based nonprofit 596 Acres, which helps transform vacant lots across all five boroughs into community gardens, is hosting a fundraising gala in Dumbo this Thursday, complete with a pig roast, live music, tattoos and palm readings. After three years of helping communities navigate city agencies and approvals, the 596 Acres is in danger of shutting down, an organizer told us. The nonprofit has fostered gardens in 28 vacant lots, including 10 this year.

The “Mapping Matters” gala will feature a pig roast by chef Erika Nakamura, veggie sandwiches from Foragers, pita and salads from Sahadi’s, an open bar and Latin Balkan music from Consumata Sonidera. Guests can enjoy a raffle, dance party, palm readings, tattoos, hair trims and ‘dos, and personal map creations by artist J MacDonald. The party will happen this Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. Tickets are $50 and up.

Flyer via 596 Acres

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As the glassy development 60 Water Street inches closer to the finish line, a teaser site is now live and Two Trees’ PR people sent along a fresh rendering. Leasing for the market-rate units will start “in the coming weeks,” they told us. Pricing has not yet been announced. The building will house 232 market-rate studios, one- and two-bedrooms and 58 affordable units.

60 Water Street Coverage [Brownstoner]