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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…)

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Demolition has started at the old Huxley Envelope factory on West and India Streets in Greenpoint, where long-stalled plans for a 39-story tower are finally moving forward. The megaproject will bring more than 600 apartments and 23,000 square feet of retail to the block-long site at 145-155 West Street. Last year, developer Richard Mack of Mack Real Estate Group told WSJ the development will be aimed at “millennials” looking for “affordable luxury.” In addition, 20 percent of the apartments will be affordable.

Ismael Levya Architects first filed plans for the building in 2009, after the developers secured special permits from the City Planning Commission. In exchange for the right to build so big, the developers promised to create a 22,000-square-foot waterfront park and playground.

Palin Enterprises paid $84,570,000 for the 100,000-square-foot factory in 2006. Then it sold again last August to Palin’s development partner, Mack Real Estate Group, for $120,000,000, according to public records.

Click through the jump for a few more demo photos.

Update: Reps for the developers told us that the interior design for the project will differ from previously published renderings, and that Ismael Levya will still be the architect of record.


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Another piece of Polish Greenpoint may be fading into the past. A small Polish bakery on a big lot near McCarren Park has sold for $8,700,000, according to public records. The 10,000-square-foot property at 585 Manhattan Avenue is deep, stretching all the way through to Lorimer Street between Nassau and Driggs avenues. The name of the buyer of the two-story brick building is 868 Lorimer Project LLC. The Swidzinski family had owned the building, which housed the New Warsaw Bakery Company, since 1989.

It turns out that the buyer is Chatham Development Company, which is listed on new building applications filed in November. Plans call for a seven-story, 14-unit building with two towers and ground-floor retail. There will be 17 subterranean parking spaces, 15 bike storage spots, a rec room and a roof terrace. With 25,133 square feet of residential space, each of the 14 apartments will be roughly 1,800 square feet. We’re guessing condos. The remaining 651 square feet will be retail. The architect of record is Stephen B Jacobs Group, which has worked on projects ranging from The Edge in Williamsburg to the LED-studded tower planned for 8-16 Nevins Street.

Demolition permits haven’t been filed yet for the bakery building.

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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The Brooklyn Public Library has received a $5,000,000 grant to build an environmental education center on top of the Greenpoint Library, according to a press release. The library has released some interesting renderings and plans for the project, which will add two more floors and a public roof deck to the single-story library located at 107 Norman Avenue. The 6,500-square-foot Greenpoint Environmental Education Center will feature a community composting space, a greenhouse with herb gardens, wind turbines, native plants, event space and classrooms.

The design from Beatty Harvey Coco Architects adds lots of windows and plantings to the one-story brick building with a mansard roof, built in 1973. In addition to the large public roof deck, the renovation will add a smaller roof terrace on top of the first floor. The LEED Silver-certified environmental hub will incorporate a host of “green” building materials, including rooftop solar panels, rainwater collection, energy efficient windows and high efficiency heating and cooling systems.

This funding comes from the Greenpoint Community Enviromental Fund, a state-run program that manages the $19,500,000 settlement awarded to the state over the ExxonMobil oil spill in Newtown Creek. Last month, Greenpoint residents voted on the second round of community projects vying for a piece of the settlement, and the library’s education center is one of the six proposals that won.

Click through for floorplans and an aerial rendering. There will be an opportunity for public feedback on the design and the programming.

The project is expected to wrap in 2018. What do you think of it?

Renderings by Beatty Harvey Coco Architects via BPL; photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark



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
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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]