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Williamsburg and Greenpoint are getting 53 new Citi Bike stations! Wow. Brooklyn Paper reported that the bike sharing program will install the blue bikes later this year as part of its $30,000,000 expansion.

Stations will be scattered every few blocks in an area from Flushing and Marcy at the southern end of Williamsburg to Franklin Avenue and Dupont Street in Greenpoint, including in transit-starved spots but also along major transit corridors. Highlights include a station for the India Street Pier and ones at either end of McGolrick Park.

What do you think of the plan?

New Citi Bike Locations in Williamsburg, Greenpoint Revealed [BK Paper]
Map via Brooklyn Paper

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Last week we toured the new mixed-income rental building at 1133 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint — the one that famously received nearly 60,000 applications for its subsidized units. As for the market-rate units, they’re 40 percent rented after leasing kicked off in November.

The seven-story, 210-unit development is half affordable, half market rate, and move-ins began in early January. Thanks to tax abatements and subsidies from the state, the whole building is rent-stabilized. Market-rate rents start at $2,775 for a 636-square-foot one-bedroom and go all the way up to $5,900 for a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with over 1,000 square feet of space and a large terrace.

While not as over-the-top fancy as some equally big but more expensive buildings in Williamsburg, the finishes were about what we expected for the price, and the units were maybe even a little bigger than we expected.

Developer Domain Companies has assembled a typical laundry list of luxury amenities, including a full-time concierge, pet spa, ZipCar rentals, fitness center, free bike share and parking that costs $200 a month for tenants. Domain is also working with the homeless shelter across the street at 56-66 Clay Street, planning to offer job assistance and resume writing programs through the nonprofit arm of the company. Renters can also choose to donate to one of several local charities, including the shelter, when they sign their leases.

The Clay Street half of the U-shaped development opened on January 1, and the Box Street side is scheduled to open March 1. Click through to see more photos. What do you think of the look?

Eleven33 [Official] GMAP
1133 Manhattan Avenue Listings [StreetEasy]
1133 Manhattan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Interior demolition has begun on McGuinness Boulevard between Greenpoint Avenue and Calyer Street in Greenpoint, where several low-slung buildings will be knocked down to make way for a big six-story apartment building designed by Gene Kaufman. Demolition permits have been filed for five buildings at 209, 211, 213, 227, and 231 McGuinness, which includes the two-story house at left, above, and four single-story commercial buildings, at right. (Note: PropertyShark says the four commercial buildings above are actually only two buildings.)

The new development will include 112 apartments spread across 78,168 square feet of residential space, as well as 21,960 square feet of commercial space, according to permits filed in September and disapproved last month. The 100,000-square-foot project will also have 101 bike parking spots, 112 subterranean parking spaces, a library and a roof deck. Stellar Management is the developer, according to permits. The address of the new building will be 211 McGuinness.

The mostly commercial block was rezoned for residential back in 2012. Four properties under the one address of 211 McGuinness sold for $13,900,000 last year. The commercial buildings used to be a warehouse, strip club pool hall, and a Pep Boys auto parts store. Public records don’t show any recent sale of the house at 209 McGuinness. GMAP


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This two-bedroom in a landmarked Greenpoint townhouse has a traditional layout and tons of original details. Designed by Philemon Tillion and built in 1909, according to the designation report, the 1,100-square-foot pad features stained glass windows, ornate woodwork, built-ins, mirrored mantels and bay windows. The kitchen looks serviceable, and there are no photos of the bathroom. But that green carpet is kind of dated. It’s three and a half blocks to the G at Greenpoint Avenue and only half a block to Manhattan Avenue. Do you think $2,650 a month makes sense for the size and location?

144 Milton Street [Warren Lewis Sotheby's] GMAP


The city has evicted residents of 10 apartments in a factory at 249 Norman Avenue in Greenpoint, citing safety concerns because the building has only one exit and no fire escape. Although the building is technically a factory with no legal residential units, a building department spokesman said the tenants can move in as soon as the owner, United Realty Corporation, corrects the problem, reported the Brooklyn Paper.

The landlord appears disinclined to do that, according to the story. Some of the tenants are immigrants and at least one couple is expecting a baby. The eviction came after years of inaction from the city, and it happened on the same day the D.A. announced arrests in widespread building department and HPD bribery schemes.

City Evicts Tenants From Greenpoint Lofts It Long Ignored [BK Paper]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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Wow. This gigantic artist live-work space at 259 Banker Street in Greenpoint is mind blowing. Checking out the views of Manhattan, the blue tiled bathroom, the built-ins and the indoor/outdoor patio with reclaimed wood siding and retractable roof!

Still, considering the dozens of $10,000,000-and-up properties in Brooklyn that have failed to sell in the last two years, including David Salle’s huge complex in Fort Greene, we aren’t optimistic about the ask of $11,000,000 — unless maybe a developer wants to purchase it? But it’s already 8,962 square feet over FAR, according to PropertyShark.

(P.S. The seller is artist Matthew Day Jackson, who bought it in 2010 for $2,000,000, according to Brooklyn Paper. It’s next door to the notorious Sweater Factory lofts, and used to have the same owner.)

What’s your take?

259 Banker Street [Elliman] GMAP

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If you’re looking in Greenpoint and don’t mind shelling out some dough, this two-bedroom, two-bath penthouse in the Pencil Factory seems attractive and modern. There’s a 400-square-foot terrace, a nice big island in the middle of the kitchen, and pretty sweet views of the city.

The kitchen and baths have the sleek look you’d expect from a high-end condo. And the building has nice amenities, including a communal roof garden, shared gym and laundry.

Do you think it’s worth $4,800 a month?

122 West Street, #PHF [Halstead] GMAP

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In a rare decision, a Brooklyn Housing Court judge has barred landlord Joel Israel from his own building and appointed an administrator to repair and manage it. The building at 300 Nassau Avenue in Greenpoint has been in the headlines since the rent-regulated tenants were forced out in December 2013 because the landlord destroyed their apartments, water lines, gas lines, and hot water heaters, according to a press release from the tenants’ laywers. Tenants will return when the building is fixed.

The same landlord also owns 98 Linden Street in Bushwick, where he allegedly destroyed kitchens and baths in two rent-regulated apartments, as we’ve reported previously. He’s also been accused of destroying his building at 324 Central Avenue in Bushwick and other properties in Brooklyn.

Landlords Destroy Their Own Buildings to Push out Rent Regulated Tenants [Brownstoner]
Tenants: Bushwick Landlord Tears out Kitchens, Bathrooms to Get Tenants to Move [Brownstoner]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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A four-story condo building we’ve been watching at 45 India Street in Greenpoint looks pretty close to finished, at least on the outside. Windows are in on the top floors, the brick facade is installed, and it seems like interior work is under way.

Designed by Lubrano Ciavarra Architects, the development has seven apartments and a “brick corduroy facade” intended to echo the 19th century industrial buildings found throughout the neighborhood. There will be two one-bedrooms; four two-bedroom, two bath units; and a three-bedroom penthouse. Shared amenities include a rear terrace, garden and gym.

And it looks exactly like the rendering we published two years ago. What do you think of how it’s turning out so far?

45 India Street Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Demolition had just started at the former Huxley Envelope Factory when we checked in a few weeks ago, but now the big one-story building at 145-155 West Street in Greenpoint is completely gone. Last summer, Mack Real Estate and Palin Enterprises resurrected long-stalled plans to build a 39-story tower on the site next to the India Street Pier. Ismael Levya will design the 800,000-square-foot high-rise, which will include more than 600 apartments and 23,000 square feet of retail, as previously reported. Twenty percent of the apartments, or roughly 120 units, will be affordable. The developers have also promised to build a 22,000-square-foot waterfront park and playground between India and Huron Streets.

Demolition Begins Next to India Street Pier [Brownstoner]

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The long-stalled seven-story apartment building at 1059 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint now has windows, and it looks like balconies are in the works. When it’s finished, there will be 23 units spread across 19,867 square feet of space. The ground floor will host medical offices and retail, according to Schedule A filings. Plans were first filed in 2003, and we’ve been watching the empty lot since 2007. Construction finally began last summer. Asher Herkowitz is the architect.  

1059 Manhattan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

139 Huron Street, Public Bath, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Huron Street Public Bath, now artisans’ studios
Address: 139 Huron Street
Cross Streets: Franklin Street and Manhattan Avenue
Neighborhood: Greenpoint
Year Built: 1903
Architectural Style: Neo-Classical
Architect: Louis H. Voss
Other Buildings by architect: Pitkin and Montrose Avenue bathhouses; 68th Precinct House on Avenue U; houses, factories and other buildings across Brooklyn
Landmarked: No

The story: We roll out of bed in the morning and head for the shower or bath without thinking today. Most of us have been doing it since we could be trusted in the bathroom alone. It’s hard to imagine living in Brooklyn, or anywhere, where bathing facilities are not convenient, let alone a little bit luxurious. But 100 and some years ago, that was not the case.

Until the tenement building codes changed in the early 20th century, landlords were not required to provide bathing facilities in every apartment. Those better off in private houses had hot water, bathrooms and indoor plumbing, but not so the poor in the city’s worst tenements. Many were still using privies and chamber pots, and washing up in water they brought inside from a common pump. Tenement laws in the late 19th century had mandated some indoor plumbing, but that didn’t mean slumlords jumped to provide it. So where was one to bathe? (more…)