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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. 

Empire Stores Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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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?

One John Street, PHE Listing [Sotheby's]
Alloy Asks $2,400 per Square Foot for One John St. Penthouse [TRD]
One John Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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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. 

Click through to see the schematic on the fence.

Old Fulton Street Likely to See a New Building Rising Soon [Brownstoner] GMAP

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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…)

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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.

What do you think?

Crystal-Inspired Facade Proposed for Dumbo’s 10 Jay Street [Curbed] GMAP
10 Jay Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by ODA via Curbed; photo by Scott Bintner for PropertyShark

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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.

Photo by Jane Kratochvil for Two Trees

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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.

Click through for interior renderings!

On the Market: ODA-Designed 51 Jay Street Rears Its Dumbo Head [BBH] GMAP
51 Jay Street Listings [Halstead]
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51 Jay Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by ODA Architecture via Halstead Property Development Marketing

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The massive, neighborhood-transforming conversion of the 150-year-old landmarked coffee warehouse Empire Stores in Dumbo should be ready in about six months, according to a story in Crain’s. After signing high-profile tenant West Elm in 2013, the leasing team at Jones Lang LaSalle is now looking to fill 250,000 square feet of offices and retail. Prices range from $65 to $85 per square foot, and firms who move to the borough are eligible for city subsidies of as much as a $15 per square foot discount.

To drum up buzz, Jones Lang LaSalle has been sending out “handsome coffee-table books detailing the project along with bottles of Brooklyn-distilled whiskey,” said the story.

Separately, Jones Lang LaSalle released a slew of new renderings today and also has a website where they can be seen in their entirety, along with historic photos of Empire Stores. Above is a revised and current rendering showing the outside of the building, which was released in 2013. Click through for the new renderings of the rooftop, interior and courtyard spaces.

Dumbo-born and based tech company Etsy was rumored to be looking at the space, but last year announced it will anchor another high profile Dumbo conversion, the Watchtower printing plant properties, as we reported at the time. In 2013, Brooklyn Bridge Park said construction would wrap in third quarter of 2015.

Drumbeating Begins for Empire Stores [Crain's]
Empire Stores [Official]
Empire Stores Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering above via Brooklyn Bridge Park, renderings below via Jones Lang LaSalle

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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