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Renderings released Tuesday by Rybak Development at a Community Board 15 meeting show the developer is planning an ambitious mall with condos above as well as a large public plaza in Sheepshead Bay.

The glass-fronted retail space is broken up with zig zagging and horizontal concrete divisions, and the whole thing comes to nearly a point at one corner, like the prow of a ship. (Perhaps the marine look is a reference to the nearby waterfront area.) The architect of 1809 Emmons Avenue is Brooklyn-based Zproekt.

The renderings were first published by Sheepshead Bites. The developer plans eight stories with 50 to 60 condos. Rybak will need a zoning variance to build that many apartments, which is where the big public plaza comes in. (more…)


A huge waterfront site in Sheepshead Bay is on the market for $2,300,000. However, there’s a catch: Not only was Sheepshead Bay in general hard hit during Sandy, but 68 percent, or 53,000 square feet, of this 78,000 square foot property at 2433 Knapp Street sits “below the median high water line,” according to TerraCRG, which is marketing the site. That leaves approximately 25,000 square feet for residential development.

The empty site comes with proposed plans (they have not yet been approved, as far as we can tell from DOB records), including the above rendering, for a three-story building with 18 units. Not only would there be 18 outdoor parking spaces but the property would also come with 36 boat slips! (more…)

The struggling Sheepshead Bay condo complex known as The Breakers has just started renting apartments, after an undisclosed buyer bought up its 49 empty units earlier this year. The wavy-looking, Art Deco-style buildings on the waterfront have 13 one-, two- and three-bedroom rentals being marketed by Aptsandlofts.com. One-bedrooms start at $1,608 a month, two-bedroom units at $2,567, and three-bedrooms at $3,117 a month.

Each apartment in the private gated community features granite countertops, Jacuzzi bathtubs, central air and washer/dryers. Some units also have balconies or private roof decks. Amenities include an outdoor pool, gym, 43 underground parking spaces, bike storage, and a private fishing pier with outdoor seating.

Although the 75-unit development was finished in 2009, developer Jacob Pinson defaulted on a construction loan and filed for bankruptcy. Madison Realty Capital acquired it for an estimated $19,000,000 in December 2012, and the 49 unsold condos changed hands again in January for $24,500,000, The Real Deal reported at the time.

3144 Emmons Avenue [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP

Brooklyn foodies who have never ventured to Sheepshead Bay will have the opportunity to sample 20 of the neighborhood’s best culinary offerings at the Taste of Sheepshead Bay this Thursday. Try classic Italian fare from Il Fornetto, cannoli and tarts from T&D Bakery or kebabs from Anatolian Gyro.

Sponsored by Coney Island Hospital and Il Fornetto, the event will also feature Japanese fusion, Turkish, Uzbek, Russian and Chinese food. Check out all the enticing restaurants here and buy tickets here. Doors will open at 7 pm at the Knights of Columbus at 3000 Emmons Avenue, and there will be a cash bar and live music. Tickets cost $30 online and $35 at the door.

Photo by Erica Sherman for Taste of Sheepshead Bay

The second phase of a rental development at 2750 East 12th Street and 1125 Banner Avenue, on the border of Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach, just launched. The new development has 45 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Monthly rents range from $1,350 to $4,200. The first phase, at 2750 East 12th Street, launched in January. Back then, the leasing agent told us that “South Brooklyn is exploding, too… We are achieving an average of over $30 per square foot.” She tells us that they have already received a bunch of offers in the first week for the second phase, at 1125 Banner Avenue. The two buildings are connected by a sun deck on the second floor. The buildings share the sun deck, a gym, parking lot and resident super.
Rentals Moving Quickly in Southern Brooklyn Too [Brownstoner] GMAP

This Sheepshead Bay Victorian needs a little redecorating to take it out of grandma land, but underneath the ruffles and frills we spy the bones of a good house. There is a sprawling porch, original moldings, the Victorian staircase, two stained glass windows and a clawfoot tub in the bathroom, and a fairly recently renovated kitchen. It’s not too far from the beach, either. Does $1,200,000 seem reasonable for the location and size?
2629 East 24th Street [Fillmore] GMAP P*Shark

It’s no surprise that the market is moving at lightning speed in brownstone Brooklyn. But a Corcoran broker filled us in on a new rental development on the border of Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay at 2750 East 12th Street that is pulling in high numbers too. Since launching this past summer the development reached the 75 percent leased mark. Prices on the available one, two, and three bedrooms range from $1,750 to $4,250 a month. 2750 East 12th Street has 56 units over 7 stories, and it’s attached to 1125 Banner Avenue, which is a 45 unit building over 12 stories. Leasing at 1125 Banner will launch this spring. The two buildings are connected by a sun deck on the second floor — the buildings share the sundeck, a gym, parking lot and resident super. As the leasing agent says: “South Brooklyn is exploding, too… We are achieving an average of over $30 per square foot.” You can see floorplans for 2750 East 12th Street at the building website. This post has been updated to reflect that 2750 East 12th Street and 1125 Banner will launch leasing at different times. GMAP

FEMA announced that Sheepshead Bay residents still without heat and hot water after Hurricane Sandy hit in late October will soon have their own nearby disaster recovery center provided by the federal relief group. According to the Brooklyn Daily, FEMA is scouting possible locations; likely the center will end up near public transportation. The center will provide info on government aid programs and allow people to register for assistance. Many residents in the area are still without heat, hot water or vehicles. Bay Improvement Group executive director Laura McKenna told the Daily, “We really feel like its overdue, but we’re happy to have it.”
Feds: Sheepshead Bay Will Get Disaster Recovery Center [BK Daily]
Photo by akhouses

This news from the blog Sheepshead Bites: Local Council Member Michael Nelson is working closely with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Office of Emergency Management and Con Edison to expedite restoration of power to the neighborhood — but he’s also looking for residents to help out as well. According to Sheepshead Bites, “The councilman’s office is asking that those without power or who know of large buildings or blocks without power to email cmnelson1@council.nyc.gov or call Mary Scarfogliero at (917) 494-6208.” Please include the address of the property without power and, if you have it, the approximate number of tenants or apartments if it’s a large building or block, as well as either the management company contact information (including name and number), the superintendent’s name and number, or the name and phone number of the owner if it’s a private residence.
With Power Still out, Councilman Puts Pressure on Con Ed [Sheepshead Bites]
Photo by drpavloff

On Sunday, power had been restored to many areas in Southern Brooklyn and national aid had arrived. (Outside Brooklyn, the Rockaways and Staten Island remain in crisis, with many without power or water.) We checked out Brighton Beach Sunday afternoon, where we found the National Guard distributing water, blankets, diapers, and baby wipes, above. Down the block, a volunteer group gave out free clothes from a truck. Power was back on in most places and delis and groceries were open for business as usual. Debris had been gathered into piles dotted about the beach, which was mostly empty of people, but otherwise it looked pretty normal. Most buildings in the central area seemed to have already completed their basement cleanups, though a few were still siphoning out water and placing wrecked furniture on the sidewalks for pickup. Tensions seemed high; a fistfight almost broke out over a fender bender, we heard a lot of people arguing, and a woman said she was going to call the police because we were taking photographs. There was, of course, no subway service to the shore areas throughout Southern Brooklyn. Buses were running about every 20 minutes, and they were packed full.


The most high-profile of the local Brooklyn primaries last night was too close to call, the Brooklyn Paper reported. In the fight for Williamsburg’s Democratic district leader, Chris Olechowski was leading by 200 votes over one-term incumbent Lincoln Restler (pictured above) at midnight last night. Olechowski was supposedly hand-picked by embattled Assemblyman and former party boss Vito Lopez to take out Restler, seen as a reformer and longtime Lopez critic. Insiders claim Lopez got the Orthodox Jewish community to come out in force to vote for Olechowski, who has said he opposes gentrification. Restler has made a name for himself fighting for parks, community gardens and centers, and access to fresh food for underserved communities, among other things. Restler has been endorsed by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights), and Representative Nydia Velazquez (D–Williamsburg). In other races, Walter T. Mosley won the Democratic primary for state Assembly in the 57th Assembly District, making it likely that he would replace Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in that role. Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz won the Democratic primary in Sheepshead Bay in a close race against challenger Ben Akselrod, according to the Brooklyn Daily. For more information on all the races, check out the Board of Elections Website.
Photo from Lincoln Restler