The city and state are looking for a firm to study and design (but not build) an integrated flood protection system for Red Hook. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent out a press release yesterday announcing a request for proposals, and have already committed $100,000,000 in city and state funding to flood protection. The whole project, including construction, will cost an estimated $200,000,000 and protect 370 acres of land, including Red Hook Houses and “other key buildings and infrastructure in the 100-year floodplain.”

Long-term flood protection strategies may involve “a combination of partially deployable floodwalls and raised development, park retrofits and street raising, resilient building retrofits and redevelopment, and improvements to drainage and pumping facilities,” according to the press release. The Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the NYC Economic Development Corporation will head up the actual implementation of the project.  They’ll also design the final measures with help from the Red Hook NY Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee.

Above, Red Hook flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Curbed was the first to write about the announcement.

Photo via Twitter

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Italian developer Est4te Four — the same folks behind gorgeous and fast-selling 160 Imlay — closed on $33,000,000 worth of Red Hook properties last month, and now we have renderings of what they plan to do with it, courtesy of New York YIMBY. They intend to convert the large brick warehouses on Coffey and Ferris Streets to offices and build new five- and six-story buildings with brick on the bottom and glassy top floors, according to the rendering.

They want to demolish the site’s “less attractive” warehouses, such as the Daily News’ old printing press building. NBBJ is designing the project, which is bounded by Coffey, Ferris and Wolcott Streets and the waterfront. It will also include a waterfront promenade. Altogether it will have 1.1 million square feet of office space.

Click through to see more renderings of the office development. What do you think of the design?

Revealed: Est4te Four’s 1.1 Million Square Foot Red Hook Office Redevelopment [NYY]
Est4te Four Buys up More Red Hook Warehouses, Plans Office Conversions [Brownstoner]
Renderings by NBBJ via New York YIMBY



Incredibly, more than 50 percent of the apartments at ultra-luxury Red Hook condo building 160 Imlay are in contract less than a month after sales launched. Construction on the conversion of the warehouse started in June, and is expected to wrap in 2016. On the first of this month, listings went up for 10 units, and now there are 49 units listed on StreetEasy, all of which are in contract. The building has 70 units altogether but no available units are listed online. BuzzBuzzHome was the first to report on the sales.

Prices range from $862,875 for an 885-square-foot one-bedroom to $5,397,840 for an 3,831 square foot one-bedroom. (There are also studios, two-bedrooms and three-bedroom units.) Est4te Four is the developer and Aldo Andreoli of AA Studio is the designer. The interiors preserve some of the industrial details of the warehouse, which was one of the first cast-in-place concrete buildings, such as concrete beams and high ceilings. The units feature extra-large triple-paned windows to take advantage of the views. There are wide plank oak floors, white matte lacquer Italian kitchens, and appliances by Miele. Douglas Elliman is handling the sales. The building is in the flood zone.

Any theories as to why these are going so fast?

160 Imlay Website [160 Imlay]  GMAP
New York Dock Building Conversion 160 Imlay Is Selling Fast [BBH]
Listings Go up for Red Hook Conversion [Brownstoner]
Rendering via Douglas Elliman

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Italian developer Est4te Four, which is transforming 160 Imlay Street into condos, has dropped $33,025,000 on four more properties in Red Hook, according to public records. One of the purchases is 64-82 Ferris Street, a huge three-building complex on the waterfront that used to house printing presses for The New York Daily News. The Milan-based developer plans to convert the existing warehouses into office space for creative companies and put up new buildings that could either be more office space or a hotel, according to its website.

Est4te Four executive Stefano Marciano signed a $6,500,000 mortgage last month for four neighboring waterfront plots — 64-82 Ferris Street, 242 and 300 Coffey Street, and 217-255 Wolcott Street. He’s also the signer on all three deeds, which hit public records September 30 for $17,503,250$9,907,500 and $5,614,250 respectively.

Last week, Est4te Four launched sales for its condo conversion of 160 Imlay with prices starting at $973,000 for a one-bedroom. The developer is also planning to convert a large red-brick warehouse at 202 Coffey Street into art galleries and studios. And over the summer, the company entered contract to buy two commercial properties at 62 Ferris Street and 219 Sullivan Street.

Photo by Google Maps


After years of litigation, a change of ownership, talk of rentals and artists studios, listings have gone up for 160 Imlay, which turn out to be luxury condos with spectacular views of the river priced competitively with similar property in “prime” Brooklyn.

Ten units have been listed so far, ranging in price from $973,000 to $3,857,325. The latter, the priciest listing in Red Hook right now, according to DNAinfo, is only a one-bedroom. It has 3,429 square feet and is on the sixth floor. The floor plan labels it a “white box studio,” which sounds like raw loft space. The same renderings are shown for all the listings.

Three units asking $973,000 are also one-bedrooms, but they are on the fourth and fifth floors and only about 973 square feet.

The architect of the conversion of the industrial building is Morris Adjmi Architects. Construction is expected to finish up in 2016.

160 Imlay, #6DI [Douglas Elliman]
160 Imlay Conversion Brings Expensive Condos to Red Hook [Curbed]
Converted Red Hook Building’s 1-Bedroom Condo Listed for $3.8M [DNA]
160 Imlay Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings via Douglas Elliman (more…)

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This new-construction condo looks a little McMansion-y, but it comes with the Red Hook discount. The three-bedroom, two-bath condo clocks in at 1,296 square feet and also has a reasonable amount of outdoor space, including a narrow side garden and a front patio. The living, dining and kitchen are one big space, but it doesn’t look crowded. Since this is Red Hook, it’s a mile from the closest subway stop at Smith and 9th streets. Asking price is $849,000, or $655 a square foot, along with $288 in monthly maintenance.

18-22 Dikeman Street, #1C [Corcoran] GMAP

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The house of the day is actually two houses on an unusual L-shaped lot in Red Hook. From the photos the houses look like they are in need of significant repair. There are some details: moldings, staircases, original wide plank floors, tin ceilings and a built in cabinet or two. There is no floor plan and the listing is vague, so it’s unclear how large either of the buildings is or how many bedrooms they have (Property Shark lists one 25 foot by 35 foot building).

The broker refers to the second building as a boarding house and in one of the pictures it appears that it has several boarded up windows. From the map on PropertyShark, it looks like the two houses are built one behind the other close to King street. The lot goes back towards Pioneer Street and then turns towards Richards Street, making a large L shape running across the back yards of the adjacent homes in the center of the block. What do you think of it for $1,495,000?

104 King Street [Elliman] GMAP


An old ship-engine repair building in Red Hook will be renovated and turned into store and office space for “creative office and retail tenants,” The New York Observer reported. LIVWRK, the real estate investment and development firm that is also a partner with Kushner Companies and RFR Realty in transforming the Watchtower printing plant buildings into office space for creative and tech companies in Dumbo, bought the building Tuesday for $21,500,000. (more…)

110 Wolcott Street, Christ Church Chapel, KL, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Christ Church Chapel, now Red Hook Pentecostal Holiness Church
Address: 110 Wolcott Street
Cross Streets: Van Brunt and Conover Streets
Neighborhood: Red Hook
Year Built: 1899
Architectural Style: Romanesque/Gothic Revival
Architect: W. & G. Audsley
Other Buildings by Architect: Prince’s Road Synagogue, Liverpool, England. Also Bowling Green Offices, Manhattan, (NYC Landmark) and the Church of Edward the Confessor in Philadelphia.
Landmarked: No, but should be.

The story: Few cities in the world are as blessed with as much great natural harbor space as New York City. When the Red Hook coastline of Brooklyn became one of the busiest ports in the metropolitan area, blocks of houses and tenements were built to house all of the people who made their living from the docks or the many factories and warehouses spreading out and away from the shore. Most of the inhabitants were the working poor, struggling to survive on the low wages and long hours required to keep their jobs. They certainly did not have the resources or time to build fine institutions for worship or education.

The churches in the more established areas of Brooklyn, in nearby Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, saw Red Hook as a field full of souls ready for harvest. There were both spiritual and physical needs to be met there, so many of Brooklyn’s churches established mission churches in Red Hook. One of them was established by Christ Church, the venerable Episcopalian Church on the corner of Clinton and Harrison Streets in Cobble Hill. (more…)

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A huge commercial property near the Red Hook waterfront is in contract after asking $22,000,000, according to an agent close to the deal. The 100,000-square-foot site at 62-64 Ferris Street (pictured) is currently being used as a parking lot and is zoned for manufacturing. A building as large as 200,000 square feet could be constructed on the site. The property last sold in 2004 for $2,550,000, according to public records.

About a block away is another large Red Hook development site for sale. The property at 145-165 Wolcott Street is an 80,000-square-foot former bus depot asking $24,000,000. A potential developer could build up to 135,000 square feet there, according to PropertyShark. Realty Collective is the listing agent for both sites.

Update: Italian developer Est4te Four is the buyer of 62 Ferris Street, along with neighboring 219 Sullivan Street, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark