Building Collapse Prospect Heights 658 Washington Avenue

The roof of an under-construction building at 658 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights collapsed around 9 a.m. this morning. No injuries have been reported.

DOB records confirm the collapse and building evacuation at the already long-vacant structure. The fire department called for the DOB to inspect the site “due to roof collapse of building under permitted alteration.” Above, the site in 2014. (more…)

Pacific Park Brooklyn: 615 Dean Condo Renderings Released

Rendering by Greenland Forest City Partners via YIMBY

Right now, 615 Dean Street is an empty lot. But soon enough it’ll join the ranks of Pacific Park’s buildings-in-progress with a 245-unit condo tower designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. A rendering of the future building — developed by Greenland Forest City Partners — was just released and spotted by YIMBY.

The building’s design features a series of boxy stacked forms with facade elements of precast concrete. Brownstone brick will highlight the the first five floors of the Dean street side, giving an impression of street-level scale before the bulk of the tower stair-steps to its full 278-foot height.

Atlantic Yards School Building Coming To A Vote

City Council will vote next week on whether or not to approve the proposed site for the location of an elementary and middle school as part of the Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards development. The current plan calls for it to be built on the northeast corner of Dean and 6th Avenue.

Meanwhile, local residents still hope the city will decide to drop the elementary school part and make it into a dedicated middle school. Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council Chair Gib Veconi emailed Brownstoner about the community campaign, which has been under way for some time:


It’s School Week here on Brownstoner. Stay tuned for more school-themed posts celebrating the start of the school year.

PS 9 Apartments - Brooklyn School History at 279 Sterling Place

The old P.S. 9 Annex in Prospect Heights is one of those buildings that everyone stops in front of and wonders, “What exactly is it and how can I live there?” I did the same thing before I moved in, and I’m still learning about the genesis of the building.

Living in a converted schoolhouse with a mysterious history could not be a better fit for me. As the author of a series of historical novels, I draw a lot of writing inspiration from my apartment building. Rumor has it that silent-film star and original It Girl Clara Bow went to school here back in the day.

Just walking into the building, with its tall, imposing iron gates, wide stairwells and carpeted corridors makes me feel simultaneously like I’m stepping back in time and as though I’m reliving my middle school years.


The modular tower known as B2, nestled against Barclays Center at 461 Dean Street in the Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards development, cause of lawsuits and greatly delayed, reached the 17th floor a few weeks ago. Its problem days are behind it, according to the latest communique from a spokesman.

But Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report, in a story on City Limits and two on his own blog, has dug up some details of its construction via FOIL that reveal a tortured past indeed — and might give pause to anyone contemplating renting there.

Atlantic Yards Report today published the FOIL documents in full. They reveal problems with leaks in the misaligned modular units far more extreme than previously indicated. (more…)

Prospect Heights Condos 731 Bergen Street

Two buildings planned for 731 and 733 Bergen Street in Prospect Heights will have modern organic-style exteriors, according to a rendering published by NY YIMBY. The facades will mix wood, a material associated with nature, with brick and concrete.

They will also have big multi-paned windows and balconies. The architect is Shmuel D. Flaum of Biz Designs LLC, based in Inwood. (more…)


Forest City and Greenland Forest City Partners’ 17-building mega development, Pacific Park, is finally moving forward at a steady pace on all four active building sites.

Construction of the residential towers started in 2013 with SHoP Architects’ 461 Dean Street (aka B2), a 32-story modular tower of 363 units built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. After a messy dispute in 2014 between the developers and the construction team, Skanska, which brought the project to a halt, the stacking resumed this past spring. (Note: Greenland is not involved in 461 Dean Street — it is owned by Forest City only.)

Units have been stacked up to the 17th floor at the site, nestled up close to Barclays Center on the corner of Flatbush Avenue. There are only two floors left to go before the final rectangular volume rises at the center of the three-volume massing design. (more…)


Some of the last buildings that the government seized from their longtime owners in order to make way for the Atlantic Yards project are likely to be demolished soon. Demolition permits were filed on Thursday for 491, 493 and 495 Dean Street. The three 19th century row houses sit close to the corner of 6th Avenue, right across from Barclays Center in Prospect Heights.

The buildings, pictured below (491 is on the left), were part of a long dispute with developer Bruce Ratner of Forest City and the then Empire State Development Corporation. Eventually, the owners and their families, some of whom had lived here for generations, were ordered by the state to vacate the properties in September of 2014 and reportedly had 90 days to do so. The sums they were offered by the state for the properties were not made public. (more…)


A 100 percent affordable building development that seemed to be stalled recently broke ground, only to be hit with a stop work order. The project, at 816 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, is a rebuild of a rent-regulated mixed-use building that burned down in 2010.

A new building has been in the works here since at least 2012, but construction didn’t start until late spring. In early June, the DOB issued a stop work order for the site because digging for the foundation was undermining the building next door, records show.

The digging was “contrary to plan” and the “sides of the excavation [were] not protected,” according to the DOB. The owner, developer Larry Hirschfield of ELH Management, was ordered to backfill “as needed” and install monitoring equipment at the site. (more…)


This rental unit in the Newswalk condominiums, at 535 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, is a real-deal loft. It is not “loft-like,” or an apartment with a “loft-ish feel.”

It’s a big huge open space with a soaring ceiling in a former industrial building, with an open kitchen and a bedroom that’s partitioned off, but not a fully separate room. (more…)