A socioeconomic shift has led to Brooklyn becoming “Manhattanized,” according to a Massey Knakal third quarter recap and two reports we received in our inbox last night. This is not the first time the real estate firm has used that word, but now it goes into much more detail about it and forecasts the trend will continue.

The firm doesn’t see any slack coming at the end of the year. “We expect dollar volume in 4Q14 to exceed 3Q14,” and rents and prices to continue to increase, said one of the reports.

The reports outlined three reasons for the continued “Manhattanization” of Brooklyn:

• Big time institutional investors jumping into the market
* New, higher quality, bigger building stock
* Price appreciation in Williamsburg and other areas has closed or exceeded the Manhattan gap (more…)

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Listings went up last month for the 105 market-rate rentals in the big mixed-income development at 1133 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, and now we have interior photos of a few apartments. The finishes don’t look super high end, but we appreciate the spare, modern style, and the layouts look pretty spacious. Counters are quartz and there is a Bosch washer and dryer. The market rate rents are about what you would pay in Williamsburg.

Rents at Eleven33 range from 2,775 for a 636-square-foot one-bedroom to $5,700 for a 977-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath with a terrace, as already reported. The 210-unit development is 50 percent affordable, and the lottery for those apartments closed over the summer after 60,000 people applied. Domain Companies is the developer, and Perkins Eastman are the architects. The building features a lounge with an espresso bar, on-site parking, fitness center, full-time concierge, a roof deck and landscaped courtyard with an outdoor kitchen.

The development is close to the water and the Pulaski Bridge but a bit of a hike to the subway or the water ferry. Click through to see more images of the two-bedroom, two-bath and a floorplan. What do you think of the look, given the prices and location?

1133 Manhattan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
1133 Manahttan Avenue Listings [StreetEasy]
Eleven33 [Official]
Images by Eleven33 via StreetEasy



It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, and holiday markets are popping up all over Brooklyn. Besides the Brooklyn Flea at 1000 Dean Street, there are local craft markets happening in neighborhoods from Windsor Terrace to Greenpoint. Here’s an incomplete list of where you can find some interesting handmade items:

Holiday Crafts Fair and Christmas Tree Sale at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Windsor Terrace, Saturday, December 13, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Record Sale and Craft Fair at Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Saturday, December 13, 5 pm to 10 pm
Pop2 Brooklyn Holiday Market at 200 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn, Saturday, December 13, 4 pm to 10 pm and Sunday, December 14, noon to 8 pm
Brooklyn Pop-up Holiday Market at Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Bushwick, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas, Fridays 8 pm to 12 am, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 pm
Hand Makers Holiday Market at Golden Drum, 97 Green Street, #G1, Greenpoint, Sunday, December 14, 1 pm to 8 pm
Proteus Gowanus Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, 12 pm to 6 pm
Arts East New York Holiday Market at 170 New Lots Avenue, Saturdays and Sundays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, 11 am to 7 pm
Brooklyn-Made Holiday Pop-up Market at Times Plaza at 4th, Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues (across from the Barclays Center), Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, noon to 8 pm

Image via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership 

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Northern Greenpoint is abuzz with construction projects big and small, from the Greenpoint Landing megaproject on the waterfront to small buildings on the side streets. We checked in at 62 Box Street (above), which has risen to three stories so far. Eventually, it will have six stories and six units spread across 7,348 square feet of residential space, per new building permits. The applicant of record is Roman Sorokko of Versatile Engineering. 

The design of the building is much better than the average small project in these parts, we think. Click through to see a previously published rendering from the construction fence. 


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We found this rendering on the construction fence at 49 Franklin Street, but what is actually rising at the long-empty lot on the corner of Calyer Street in Greenpoint does not seem to match the rendering.

Building permits approved in September call for a three-story building with two apartments over ground floor retail space. There will be 2,078 square feet of residential space on the top two floors, and 1,259 square feet of commercial space at street level.

The new building has topped out, windows are in, and insulation and sheathing are going onto the structure.

We think the rendering looks pretty good, if a little gimmicky, with a more or less 19th-century-style top and modern-style storefront below, as if the retail space had subsequently been added to an older, already existing building. But if you click through to check out the construction site below, you will see the windows on the upper two floors are a completely different style and not aligned at top as they are in the drawing.

Unless a building is in a landmarked area, which this one is not, a builder has no obligation to make a development look a certain way, as long as the specifications for size and use match what has been approved by the Department of Buildings.

We hope, though, that in this case the builder conforms to the rest of the rendering, and includes the cement lintels and some kind of cornice. In fact, a simplified one might look better.

What do you think? GMAP


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Foundation work is under way at 21 Commercial Street in Greenpoint, where Park Tower Group and L&M Development are building part of the massive Greenpoint Landing project. As previously reported, this is the former industrial property at the corner of Franklin, Commercial and Clay streets where six stories of affordable housing with 93 apartments and ground-floor commercial space will rise.

The developers have also filed plans for a second affordable building at 33 Eagle Street, which will have seven stories and 98 units. Handel Architects is designing both, and you can see the firm’s previously published rendering after the jump.

When the entire Greenpoint Landing development is finished, there will be 10 towers, 5,500 apartments, a new park and a K through 8 school on the East River waterfront.

21 Commercial Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Landing Coverage [Brownstoner]


Photo by Pixonomy

Another round of voting takes place tonight to determine how $19,500,000 in settlement money from the Exxon-Mobil oil spill will be spent on Greenpoint environmental projects. There are 13 projects looking for a piece of the settlement, including a tidal wetland project along Newtown Creek and an educational community garden in McCarren Park. Other projects include an environmental education center at Greenpoint Library, the planned Box Street Park, and developing a new city park on Bushwick Inlet.

You can head over to the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund to read detailed proposals with the grant amounts for each project. Residents get to vote on which projects deserve funding tonight from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Polish and Slavic Center at 177 Kent Street, and on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm at the Polish National Home at 261 Driggs Avenue.

Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Pixonomy

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Leasing has begun for the 105 market-rate units at the big mixed-income development at 1133 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, a spokesperson for the developer told us. Rents at Eleven33, as it is now called, start at $2,775 for a 636-square-foot one-bedroom and go as high as $5,100 for a 977-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a large private terrace, as Greenpoint Gazette was the first to note.

Interior renderings have not yet appeared, since the market-rate units are still in a “pre-leasing” phase, according to the spokesperson, but move-ins will start in mid-December.

The 210-unit development, which is 50 percent affordable, was deluged with applicants for the affordable units over the summer: Nearly 60,000 people applied.

Navid Maqami of Perkins Eastman designed the seven-story building, and Greenpoint-based design firm hOme crafted the interiors. Developer Domain Companies also brought in artisans from the nearby Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center to create finishes, fixtures and artwork for the common areas.

Amenities include a landscaped rooftop, courtyard with an outdoor kitchen and grill, bike storage, fitness center and bike storage.

Do prices seem high to you for the size of the units, or is this the going rate in Greenpoint for new construction? (One month is free, and the apartments are no fee.) Click through to see more renderings.

1133 Manhattan Avenue Listings [StreetEasy] GMAP
1133 Manhattan Avenue [Official]
Pre-Leasing Opens for 200-Plus-Unit Manhattan Avenue Development [Greenpoint Gazette]
1133 Manhattan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings via Eleven33


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Brownstoner Queens columnist and Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman is leading his final walking tour of the season through industrial north Greenpoint tomorrow morning. The three-hour-long tour will wend its way through three miles of Greenpoint and particularly focus on the area around the Kosciuszko Bridge, which will soon be demolished and replaced with a new bridge. The tour meets at Kingsland and Norman avenues in Greenpoint tomorrow at 11 am. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the Obscura Society.

Photo by Mitch Waxman

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Williamsburg-based architect firm Loadingdock5 has designed passive houses and condos all over Brooklyn, including some for Hello Living!, and now the group is building its own passive house apartment building at 152 Freeman Street in Greenpoint, according to New York YIMBY.  The seven-unit “Haus” is designed to be like a “baugruppe” (German for “building group”), a cooperative community that builds its own home, usually to passive house standards. It’s a popular living arrangement among architects and builders in Germany and Austria.

We’re not wild about the facade, which has a typical boxy passive house look and asymmetrical windows, but the project is intriguing. The architects say on their website that they want to prove a passive house can be built for relatively little money in New York. The four-story project will have one unit on the first floor and two each on the second through fourth floors, along with a shared garden and roof deck. Each apartment will be about 700 square feet.

The project has already been beset by costly delays, though. An energy audit by the New York City Building Department took a year. What do you think of the development?

Revealed: Haus at 152 Freeman Street, Greenpoint Passive House Baugruppe [NYY]
Rendering by Loadingdock5

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Semi-detached wood framed row house
Address: 141 Java Street
Cross Streets: Franklin and Manhattan Avenues
Neighborhood: Greenpoint
Year Built: 1855-1860
Architectural Style: Italianate
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: This absolutely charming little house has had a great history. It is also a Greenpoint classic, one of this neighborhood’s many wood framed houses built for a middle class Greenpoint family, before the Civil War. Unlike most of Brooklyn’s brownstone neighborhoods, Greenpoint housing stock was built primarily for those who worked in Greenpoint, not those who commuted to downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan. This was a neighborhood of workers; people involved with one of the many different industries that thrived on the docks and in the industrial areas of the neighborhood.

The house was probably built sometime between 1855 and 1860 by one of the many anonymous builders who plied their trade in this neighborhood. Considering that many of the carpenters and builders here in Greenpoint worked on the docks in the ship building industry, it’s not surprising that they also built their homes, or supplemented their income by building homes. Most of them designed from plan books or just experience. (more…)

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Work is moving forward on a few sites at the massive Greenpoint Landing development at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Excavation is underway at 21 Commercial Street, above. The 82,476 square foot building will have 93 units and 2,577 square feet of commercial space when its complete.

Last week the Daily News took a look at the design of the 22 acre waterfront park that will be an integral part of the development. Rather than building high sea walls to protect the development against future storms like Hurricane Sandy and rising sea levels, the designers are taking a softer approach. They are using sloping terraces and areas planted with salt-tolerant plants. “When people think of resiliency measures, they think they have to look tough and ugly, but there are actually innovative ways to do the same things while still looking soft and beautiful,” Lisa Switkin, one of the landscape architects on the project with James Corner Field Operations, told the News.

Across the street and a bit further south, on Dupont Street, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has torn down the sludge tank that had been on the site, as reported, and was busy conducting remediation, removing soil, to prepare the site for its transformation to parkland. At 33 Eagle street a block over, the site of another future mixed-income building, construction has yet to begin.

Click through for more images of 21 Commercial Street, a rendering of the park and the sludge tank site.

Rendering Posted for Affordable Greenpoint Landing Building [Brownstoner]
Greenpoint Landing Developer Files First Permit [Brownstoner]
Rendering by James Corner Field Operations