We happened to snap a few photos of Starbucks’ second Williamsburg store, which opened at 154 North 7th Street earlier this month. Unlike the first one, which opened in east Williamsburg on the other side of the BQE, this location is right in the heart of North Williamsburg, just a few doors down from the corner of Bedford and North 7th, the Bedford L train stop and Dunkin’ Donuts.

When we stopped by at 9:30 am on Thursday last week, it didn’t seem super busy. This is the location that has applied for a liquor license, which the community board voted not to support. The interior features artwork from locals, according to DNAinfo. Click through to see. GMAP (more…)

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Hedge fund CEO Harsh Padia has snagged a big one-story factory at 67 Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg for $8,850,000, according to public records. The 50-by-140 foot lot could accommodate a residential building as large as six stories and 23,760 square feet under the current zoning, according to PropertyShark. Instead, Padia is planning a four-story, one-family house, according to new building applications filed earlier this month.

The DOB disapproved plans for the 2,600-square-foot house yesterday, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock down the existing building, which is home to a printing company. The site is L-shaped and sits at the corner of Havemeyer and North 6th, less than a block from the BQE.

Padia is the head of hedge fund HAP Capital, and his wife, Purvi Padia, is an interior designer. If the plans go through, we expect they will have some very nice outdoor space on this big lot. The applicant of record is Schneider Associates. This will be an interesting one to watch.

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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The first renovated rentals have hit the market at the seven-story Rocket Factory Lofts in Williamsburg, which sold three months ago to Meadow Partners for $52,000,000, Curbed reported. (This is the Scarano-designed conversion that was at one time owned by murdered Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark and his partner Sam Perlmutter.)

The upgraded units at 100 South 4th Street have new bathrooms, new kitchens with stainless steel appliances, “open loft” layouts, maple floors and 14-foot ceilings. Seven units have been listed so far, ranging from studios to two-bedrooms and priced from $3,495 to $4,650. The 75-unit building will also have a new roof deck and a renovated lobby.

Click through for more interiors. What do you think of the design?

100 South 4th Street [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Revamped Rocket Factory Lofts Seek Renters in Williamsburg [Curbed]
New Owner Buys Former Menachem Stark Rentals, Plans Upgrades [Brownstoner]
Photos by Aptsandlofts.com


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The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival is screening five days of indie flicks at the Wythe Hotel this weekend, starting Thursday. Each night of screenings begins at 6:30 pm and features 10 to 12 short films created by emerging filmmakers based in Brooklyn and around the world.

The first night will include the premiere of the feature-length movie “Like Sunday, Like Rain,” pictured above, starring Deborah Messing and Billy Joe Armstrong. Tickets are $15 for each hour-and-a-half long block of films. You can buy tickets and see the full schedule at Brown Paper Tickets.

Image via Williamsburg Independent Film Fest 

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This old firehouse at 411 Kent overlooking the water in south Williamsburg is being marketed as a development site. The mixed-use property sits on an approximately 23 by 102 foot lot and has 11,419 of buildable square feet, according to the listing.

Inside there doesn’t seem to be much worth preserving — it seems to have been in use as an office, wood shop, artists studio and possibly even a bar or restaurant — although the exterior is historic. Think they’ll get their ask of $6,375,000?

411 Kent Avenue [Corcoran] GMAP

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The long-stalled apartment development turned parking lot at 510 Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg sold for $25,000,000 in September, according to public records. Last month, we published this rendering for the site designed by ODA Architecture, which apparently cannot get enough of unevenly stacked boxes.

The buyer is developer DHA Capital, according to the deed. Curiously, Crain’s reported in September that a different developer, Alliance Private Capital Group, said it had purchased the site for $35,000,000.

A development as large as 70,0000 square feet could be built on the property between North 8th and North 9th streets. That works out to $357 a buildable square foot for the DHA deal, or $500 a buildable square foot for Alliance — which would be one of the highest prices ever paid for a Williamsburg development site, according to Crain’s.

ODA Releases Cube-Happy Design to Maximize Light, Air in Williamsburg Building [Brownstoner] GMAP

Rendering by ODA Architecture

49-65 Meserole St. CB, PS 1

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Verizon Communications Center
Address: 49-65 Meserole Street
Cross Streets: Corner Lorimer and Leonard streets
Neighborhood: Williamsburg
Year Built: 1975
Architectural Style: Brutalist
Architect: John Carl Warnecke & Associates
Other Work by Architect: In Manhattan – AT&T Long Lines Building. Elsewhere – JFK Eternal Flame Gravesite, Arlington Cemetery; Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu; US Naval Academy, Annapolis; Hart Senate Office Bldg, Wash. DC.
Landmarked: No

The story: When the Zombie Apocalypse comes, I’d want to be here. What a bunker this is! Ironically, this fortress was designed by an architect who gained great international acclaim for his advancing of the practice of contextual architecture. More on that in a minute.

Long before the Borg ship landed on this corner, this was home to houses and businesses in a very busy part of Williamsburg. At the turn of the 20th century, there was a brewery just across the street, working class tenement buildings all around, and storefront businesses with apartments above. 49 Meserole had a wholesale leather business operating here. The DeLong family lived here in 1901. George DeLong was a stone and marble cutter, working for one of the monument companies near the cemeteries at the end of Bushwick. This was a vibrant and productive neighborhood. (more…)


The noticeably sagging building on the corner of Berry and North 5th in Williamsburg that recently got a spruce up — and once housed storied bar The Ship’s Mast — is now a clothing store. Menswear boutique ID New York, which started at 232 Bedford, opened a second location at 107 North 5th Street a few months ago, a salesperson told us when we called. The new location carries women’s clothing as well as men’s.

Burg’s Sagging Wood Frame Building Fixed, Now Renting Retail Space [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Three stories have risen above ground so far at the Oosten, the Dutch-designed and Chinese-developed condo complex at 429 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg. Looking into the huge construction site between South 8th and South 11th streets, we could see the building taking shape around what will eventually become a landscaped inner courtyard.

The condos debuted in September with prices ranging from a one-bedroom asking $710,000 to four-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouses for $3,635,000.

Meanwhile, next door at 431 Kent, the eight-building Hasidic development now has balconies and light-colored brick installed on its facades.

Click through for more construction shots.

Oosten Coverage [Brownstoner]



Thor Equities has wasted no time getting a big “retail space available” sign up on an empty lot on North 6th Street — across the street from Madewell’s new store — it purchased in late August along with a slew of adjacent retail buildings. As global brands and chain stores move into Williamsburg, big Manhattan-focused developers are starting to show more interest in the historically mostly Hasidic-owned neighborhood, we’ve noticed.

Thor picked up the lot, whose addresses are 126 North 6th Street and 130-132 North 6th Street, for $3,750,000 on August 25, according to public records. The same day, it also snapped up 124 North 6th Street, home to Chai Thai restaurant, for $14,000,00, and 136 North 6th Street, home to Lulu Lounge and Tacu Tacu, for $3,750,000.

Thor will build the new retail space to suit the new tenant, according to marketing on its site. There is potential for 10,000 square feet of retail space over two floors, with 50 feet of sidewalk frontage — it could be a restaurant or stores. Apparently the developer plans to keep the existing buildings as they are, if a rendering of the potential storefront is any indication.

The New York Observer was the first to write about the sales and the rendering. Click through to see the rendering.

130 North 6th Street Listing [Thor Equities]
Thor Nabs W’burg Properties for Retail Project [NYO] GMAP  (more…)


The church-to-rental-apartments conversion that started in fall 2013 at 81 Ten Eyck Street in east Williamsburg is now leasing, as BuzzBuzzHome was the first to note. There are 26 units on the market (out of a total of 40) and they start at $2,600 for a one-bedroom and go up to $5,195 for a four-bedroom, two-bath apartment.

The conversion designed by Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architects added three stories and a new exterior that leaves little trace of the original building — except, amusingly, for a cross-shaped muntin dividing four windows where an actual cross used to top a roof peak (top left).

The insides look pretty typical for new-construction rentals. Click through to see interior shots and a photo of what the building looked like mid-construction in June. What do you think of the design and prices?

81 Ten Eyck Street Listings [StreetEasy]
Williamsburg Church-to-Rentals Conversion at 81 Ten Eyck Opens Leasing [Buzz]
Williamsburg Church Conversion Chugs Along [Brownstoner]
Rendering by ND Architects (more…)

Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams wants to revive the affordable housing development on a 30-acre piece of land known as the Broadway Triangle. Sandwiched between Bed Stuy, Williamsburg and Bushwick along Broadway near Flushing, the controversial development was halted by a judge’s injunction following a lawsuit by community groups arguing the plans and a rezoning of the area favored Hasidic families and discriminated against blacks and Latinos. In a written review of an unrelated project at 695 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Adams called on the de Blasio administration to resolve the legal dispute so housing can be built, Crain’s reported.

He also called on HPD to get on with the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site at 300 Skillman Avenue in East Williamsburg, which stalled in 2012 after the developer dropped out. The city planned to create about 250 affordable apartments at the site, which has been shuttered since 1982. The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition told Crain’s it has recently been talking with the city about the rezoning. The Triangle project could add another 600 affordable units, according to Crain’s.

One thing that has changed: Former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the king of affordable housing in the area, was heavily involved in the Triangle project, but is no longer in office. The nonprofit group he created to deliver services to constituents, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen’s Council, which still exists and continues to be a big landlord and developer in Latino-heavy Bushwick, was one of two developers in the Triangle project, along with nonprofit partner United Jewish Organizations.

Do you think it’s a coincidence that Adams is calling for development of Broadway Triangle now that Lopez is out of the picture?

Brooklyn BP Acts to Restart Two Rez Projects [Crain's]
Broadway Triangle Coverage [Brownstoner]
Image via Urban Omnibus