07/28/14 9:30am


Developer Two Trees has filed building applications for the northernmost site in the Domino Sugar Factory development, 262 Kent Avenue, as New York YIMBY first reported. The 281,869-square-foot structure will rise on Site A, between South 1st and Grand streets. In the rendering, that’s the building on the far left. It will have 30 stories and 93 apartments, with nearly equal amounts of residential and commercial space. (more…)

07/24/14 11:30am

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The huge eight-building development rising at 431 Kent Avenue in Hasidic Williamsburg has gotten a red brick facade and windows. The complex will have 188 units, 227 underground parking spaces, 81 bike storage spaces, and 48 above ground parking spaces, as we reported in March.

Next door at 429 Kent, the Beijing-based XIN Development is installing the foundation and first floor of The Oosten, a pricey Dutch-designed condo project. In an interesting twist, XIN has agreed to alter certain features of the development out of respect for the Hasidim who will likely live in 431 Kent.  (more…)

07/23/14 2:00pm


The folks behind well-known sushi temple BondSt on Bond Street in Manhattan are set to open a new Japanese restaurant at 138 North 8th Street in Williamsburg this week. Cherry Izakaya started serving invite-only guests Tuesday and plans to open to the public Friday.

The contemporary menu will include small and large plates such as donburi escargot with miso béchamel, short ribs, and stuffed calamari with chorizo black rice. There will be sake, beer and and shochu-based cocktails. GMAP

Photo by Cherry Izakaya

07/22/14 4:00pm

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Williamsburg art collective El Puente Muralistas are exploring the neighborhood’s culture, religion and links to the Caribbean sugar trade in a new mural painted on the Domino Sugar Factory’s northern construction wall. Local residents, teens and elected officials joined the artists in starting the mural, “Past Present Prediction,” Friday afternoon. (more…)

07/14/14 10:00am

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There seems to be an insatiable market for expensive rentals in Williamsburg, and the latest building to try and satisfy that demand is 171 North 10th Street, where rents range from $2,385 to $6,695. Aptsandlofts.com has six listings up for the seven-story, 20-unit building between Bedford and Driggs Avenues. Studios start at $2,385 a month, one-bedrooms at $3,300, two-bedroom, two-bath units at $4,265, and a three-bedroom at $6,691.


07/08/14 2:00pm


A Juice Generation store seemed poised to open at 210 Bedford Avenue when we passed by last week. We think the exterior looks decent, or at least inoffensive. The 16-year-old chain has 11 other locations, all in Manhattan. In addition to juice, they also sell vegan soups such as lentil and raw food dishes. We suppose the demographics of Williamsburg are now pretty similar to those other locations, in terms of density of foot traffic. Do you think Williamsburg could use a place like this? GMAP

07/07/14 9:30am

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This six-story development rising at the corner of Montrose Avenue and Lorimer Street in Williamsburg is nearly finished, but a partial stop work order issued last month may have slowed down construction. The building at 49 Montrose Avenue will have 15 units spread across 10,500 square feet of residential space, as well as 1,758 square feet of community space, which will be a medical clinic, according to Schedule A filings.

There will also be eight enclosed parking spaces, 15 bike parking spots, and a roof deck. The developer is Empire Management, and the applicant of record is David Salamon Engineering, which is also listed on the permits for the futuristic Level Hotel in Williamsburg. It’s not the most attractive building in Williamsburg, but we guess it could be worse.

Check out another construction shot after the jump. What do you think of it?