Landlords Joel and Aaron Israel were arrested Thursday on criminal charges for allegedly intentionally destroying apartments they own in Greenpoint and Bushwick and lying to the court about it, the Times and many other outlets reported yesterday. The brothers have been in the news for about two years after reportedly destroying kitchens, baths, gas lines and hot water heaters of longtime tenants at several buildings in Brooklyn to force them out and increase rents to market rate for newcomers.
The cases have been winding through housing court. Criminal charges in such cases are unusual — but then so are the alleged actions of the accused. (more…)
Newtown Creek Alliance Historian and Brownstoner Queens columnist Mitch Waxman will lead a boat tour of Newtown Creek, pictured above, next month for the Working Harbor Committee. The two-hour tour of one of the nation’s most polluted waterways will leave from Pier 11 in Manhattan at 11 am on May 31.
A collection of guest speakers will also help narrate the tour. A separate two-hour tour of Gowanus Bay will leave from Pier 11 at 1:10 pm the same day.
Karl Fischer has released a rendering for a six-story, 72-unit building at 26 West Street, close to the waterfront in Greenpoint. The boxy structure, designed for developer Rabsky Group, is a cut above his typical work, a common sight in north Brooklyn and elsewhere in the borough.
The gray and red brick and arched openings at ground level echo nearby warehouses, old factories and homes. Most intriguing are the arched openings and incised lines on the first floor. There is no mention of retail planned for this building, but it will be equipped with flood barriers, 36 parking spaces for cars, and bike storage. We commend the architect for not designing blank walls at street level, and would like to see more designers adopt a similar approach. (more…)
The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a meeting tonight on cleanup efforts at the polluted Harte & Company factory at the corner of Dupont, Clay and Franklin Streets, Greenpointers reported. (Yes, this is the same building we wrote about this morning, whose developer wants to preserve part of the 1930s Arte Moderne exterior).
The state Superfund site has a plume beneath it made of phthalates — liquid plastic chemicals — up to five feet deep in some areas. And apparently the plume is moving, contrary to what the developer told the Brooklyn Eagle. This is a map of the plume made in 2013, via Greenpointers. (more…)
The distinctive curved facade on the polluted Harte & Company factory in Greenpoint could survive, an owner’s rep told the Brooklyn Eagle. But the 1930s Arte Moderne factory at 280 Franklin Street is still going to become apartments, likely a multi-building complex.
Yi Han of Experta Group said she’s working with the architects to save some piece of the unique corner, because “very few places in New York have that. It’s like a witness to the transformation of the neighborhood.” (more…)
We caught this rendering on the fence at 170-174 West Street in Greenpoint, where a developer is building two six-story apartment buildings. No. 174 will have five apartments distributed across 8,640 square feet of residential space. Next door at 170, there will be 10 apartments on 14,130 square feet, according to permits.
Salamon Engineering is the applicant of record for both buildings, and the owner is an LLC who picked up the three vacant lots for a combined $3,700,000 in 2013, as previously reported. Behind the fence, excavation is under way, and you can see a photo after the jump.
This renovated brick townhouse at 149 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint doesn’t have a lot of details but it does have a few. Nonetheless, it’s fairly charming anyway. We like the subway tile in the kitchen and the trim and staircase in the entry and hall. Also, it recently had a small price cut, from $1,650,000 to $1,548,000. Think that will get the job done?
The Department of Transportation recently revived plans to install bike lanes on the J.J. Byrne Memorial Bridge, which links Greenpoint Avenue in Greenpoint and Sunnyside, Queens. Streetsblog reported on the proposal, which would cut two Brooklyn-bound lanes of traffic down to one in order to paint buffered bike lanes on either side. Currently, cyclists either have to weave through pedestrians on the sidewalk or bike alongside cars while crossing the bridge.
The DOT first tried to install bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge in 2010, but Community Board 1 shot down the proposal because it eliminated too many parking spaces. Queens Community Board 2 heard the presentation last week, and Brooklyn CB 1′s transportation committee will consider the proposal on March 17.
6sqft dug up these renderings of a glassy apartment building for 19-29 Clay Street in Greenpoint, which sits a stone’s throw from the Newtown Creek waterfront in an area booming with development. The design from AB Architekten calls for a 12-story, 70,000-square-foot development across the street from the planned Box Street Park. It would have “three sensitively-scaled volumes,” as well as a parking garage, swimming pool and roof deck.
The site, which is up for sale (price undisclosed), is right next to the just-finished six-story development at 1133 Manhattan Avenue. It’s currently home to a single-story warehouse and a two-story warehouse. However, we’re not sure this development will happen anytime soon.
The owners, Pace Plumbing Company on nearby Box Street, told us they don’t have any plans for the property because they have tenants in place for the next five years. A tenant also confirmed that he has five years remaining on a lease. The owners are going to take the plot off the market soon, according to the broker marketing it.
Click through to see more renderings, including the pool, and what the site looks like now.
Even if it’s not happening, what do you think of the look? It seems clean and modernist, albeit out of scale and character with the neighborhood.
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.
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?
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