46 Sullivan Street, Bethelship, KL, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Originally Bethelship Seamen’s Branch, YMCA. Now apartments.
Address: 47 Sullivan Street
Cross Streets: Corner Richards Street
Neighborhood: Red Hook
Year Built: 1921-1922
Architectural Style: Colonial Revival with some Rundbogenstil details
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Sailors from all over the world stepped onto Brooklyn’s shores along the Red Hook waterfront. Sailors have often lost themselves in more ways than one on the piers of foreign ports, and Brooklyn was as tempting or as frightening a place as anywhere else.

Some of the local churches saw these sailors as a worthy social and religious harvest of souls, and established mission churches and chapels near many different parts of the Brooklyn waterfront. Here in Red Hook, the evangelical zeal was provided by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Many of the sailors, as well as local workers, were Scandinavian. The Bethelship Norwegian Methodist Church and the Brooklyn and Long Island Church Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church established a mission in a much older church building and rectory at this location in 1911. In 1918, the Bethelship Branch of the YMCA was established here. (more…)

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The long-abandoned Revere Sugar Factory at 280 Richards Street in Red Hook bit the dust nine years ago, but Thor Equities still hopes to redevelop it into a huge mixed-use complex with retail, parking and apartments. Magnusson Architecture and Planning put together a feasibility study with renderings for a 1,700,000-square-foot project on the waterfront site, which would rival Lightstone’s 700-unit project on the Gowanus Canal or Two Trees’ redevelopment of the Domino Sugar plant in Williamsburg.

The plan calls for six 12-story residential towers with 900 apartments, which would surround a raised, landscaped roof deck. A six-story base would house 250,000 square feet of retail and 400,000 square feet of parking, as well as a publicly accessible, landscaped waterfront park. 6sqft spotted the renderings, one of which we published in 2008. MAP first created the study and renderings way back in 2007, which explains why they don’t mention any kind of flood protection. Click through to see more renderings.

Massive Mixed-Use Development at Red Hook’s Revere Sugar Factory Site [6sqft]
Revere Sugar Refinery Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Magnusson Archictecture and Planning

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It’s not often we see places for rent in the Fairway Building in Red Hook, where Michelle Williams once lived, and where the flood waters rose high during Sandy. This big and beautiful loft sports exposed brick, original wooden beams and arched windows. The 2,000-square-foot pad is currently configured as a two-bedroom, two-bath, but we’re sure you could build out some extra rooms if necessary.

It also has 13-foot ceilings and an open kitchen with lots of cabinets. The apartment comes with a private parking spot, which seems like a big plus in the deepest part of Red Hook. Although it’s far from the train, the loft is right on the waterfront, above Fairway Market and only a few blocks from the Ikea ferry dock steps from the Van Brunt Street ferry dock. Do you think someone out there will rent this for $6,450 a month?

275 Conover Street [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP

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This three-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot Red Hook townhouse features wide-plank wood floors, tin ceilings, exposed beams, decorative mantels and vintage light fixtures. And there’s a big backyard, a deck and 2.5 baths. It’s close to Fairway, Ikea, two big parks and the waterfront, but the subway at Smith and 9th Streets is over a mile away. Overall, the rent seems high given the location and the condition of the house, which is over a century old and looks like it could use some TLC. Does the plaster peeling off the chimney over the bed take “rustic” too far, considering the rent of $5,500 per month?

65 Dikeman Street [Elliman] GMAP

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Italian developer Est4te Four, which is buying into Red Hook in a big way, has released more renderings for the massive office complex it plans at 202 Coffey Street, and also closed on more property.

In December, its purchase of 62 Ferris Street closed for $16,000,000, The Brooklyn Eagle reported. The Eagle also published these additional renderings. Click through to see more.

We previously reported 62 Ferris Street was in contract here, and published three other renderings here.

What do you think of these new renderings? Will Est4te Four soon become to Red Hook what Two Trees is to Dumbo?

Est4te Four Buys Yet Another Red Hook Development Site [Eagle]
Est4te Four Coverage [Brownstoner]

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A new report says the Port Authority should sell off two of its Brooklyn ports to developers to build housing and help generate some cash, Bloomberg reported. Selling the two money-losing shipping terminals would help the bloated agency make up the $80,000,000 in revenue it lost last year while operating New York City’s ports.

The two ports are the Brooklyn-Port Authority Marine Terminal, just south of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Red Hook Container Terminal next door, according to the report by nonprofit watchdog group Citizens Budget Commission. Both are located in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, west of Cobble Hill, and the Red Hook Container Terminal also extends south into Red Hook. They lost $205,718 and $184,788 per acre last year, respectively, but only support 9 percent of New York’s cargo volume.

Obviously any housing built right on the water would go for megabucks and raises the possibility of a variance for extremely tall luxury towers, a la Williamsburg and Greenpoint. No doubt affordable housing will be part of the mix — somewhere. There’s also the question of flooding.

The CBC also suggested the Port Authority could convert some of its existing buildings to a “modern industrial park” with space for light manufacturing, like the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

What do you think?

Port Authority Should Sell Brooklyn Marine Terminals, Group Says [Bloomberg]
Photo by Manuel Ascano

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AA Studio has released renderings for its forthcoming 20 townhouses at 109-125 King Street and 74-85 Sullivan Street in Red Hook, and we think they are great! They’re contemporary but with some charming details such as arched windows that reference the architecture in the area. The colors and design of each one vary and repeat in a way reminiscent of late 19th century row house design. (If we read the rendering correctly, the pattern is A, B, C, D, E, B, A, E, B, C reversed, and A.)

New York YIMBY was the first to publish the renderings. Note they all have garages on the ground floor, with access in the front, which is unusual for high-end townhouses, at least the ones we’ve seen lately. It’s not our favorite look, but doesn’t seem to overwhelm the design, at least not in the rendering above.

Each house will be 2,625 square feet, as already reported. The developer bought the property, which houses a two-story factory, for $9,700,000 last year.

YIMBY guessed the exterior cladding planned for the houses will be a mix of brick, metal, wood, and the very popular and contemporary rusty Corten steel. Click through to see a rendering of a rooftop patio.

What do you think of the design?

Revealed: Townhomes Coming to 115 King Street, in Red Hook [NYY]
115 King Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by AA Studio via NYY

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Developer Sanba Partners has filed permits for the 20 modern-style townhouses it is planning a few blocks from the water in Red Hook. New York YIMBY spotted the permits for the three-story houses, which will be located at 109-125 King Street and 74-85 Sullivan Street.

The houses will fit “into the fabric of Red Hook” and be “contemporary” in style, according to the website of AA Studio, which is designing the houses.

Each house will be 2,625 square feet, with roof decks and parking. The developer bought the property for $9,700,000 last year, said YIMBY. Above, a factory at 115 King Street.

Permits Filed for 20 Red Hook Townhouses [NYY]
More Townhouses, This Time in Red Hook [Brownstoner]
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

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

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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