Compass Real Estate Opens Williamsburg Office

As we announced earlier this summer, the technology-driven real estate firm Compass is expanding its Brooklyn presence with two offices in the borough. The first, at 512 2nd Street in Park Slope, is slated to open in October, as we wrote at the time.

Now comes word from The Real Deal that the second outpost will be located at 136 North 10th Street in Williamsburg. At 4,000 square feet, the office will be large enough to house about 45 of the company’s agents. (more…)


The future site of Whole Foods, at 242 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, is looking sleek and glassy, despite a recent change of construction crews. After years of little apparent activity, the exterior facade started going up on the Bedford Avenue site in May, and now the full effect of the glassy cube or tower at the top of the corner of Bedford and North 4th Street can be seen.

In fact, it can be seen right through — and visible inside are some stacked building materials. While workers kit out the interior, they are also still busy putting the finishing touches on the exterior on the other side of the complex, along Berry Street. (more…)

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Williamsburg dive bar Macri Park — which hosts weekly drink-and-draw events and drag queen bingo at 462 Union Avenue — closed last night with no prior warning, just a chalkboard sign out front that read, “Last day for Macri Park. Let’s Drink.”

According to Next Magazine, it will reopen on September 11 as a gay bar. (more…)


In July, a Brownstoner reader tipped us off to the sale of the final Puccio Marble & Onyx building at 661 Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg. The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said the building sold “for a ridiculous amount of money.”

Indeed, public records now show that the buyer of the two-story commercial structure, Brooklyn Rose LLC, paid $5,666,376 to two members of the Puccio family last month. While it’s certainly not a high price in absolute dollars, it’s up there in price per square foot: $1,049.32.



Here’s one way to think about our rental of the day, at 257 Berry Street in Williamsburg: Compared to the 30-grand-a-month Brooklyn Heights abode we highlighted yesterday, it’s relatively inexpensive.

By any objective measure, though, this is one pricey pad, at $12,000 a month.

You’d expect that kind of cash would fetch a pretty styling apartment, and in this case you wouldn’t be wrong. Built in 2006, it’s a modern five-story townhouse, loaded with oversized windows and terraces with sliding glass doors, offering as close to a treehouse feel as you’re likely to find in Williamsburg.

Or, as the listing puts it, the house offers “a unique layout with numerous indoor/outdoor moments.” (more…)


The Starbucks at 154 North 7th Street in Williamsburg will start selling wine and beer beginning at 4 p.m. this Wednesday, according to DNAinfo. The chain is experimenting with an expansion into alcoholic beverages and truffle-sprinkled small plates — branded as “Starbucks Evenings.”

The alcohol offering comes as no surprise. This location applied for a liquor license — which received some vocal community opposition — before opening last year. Local bars and eateries were concerned that the Starbucks’ new offerings might threaten business.

Though Community Board 1 initially rejected the Starbucks’ application for a license, the final decision was made by the State Liquor Authority, who granted it.



A mini-armada of kayaks, canoes, outriggers, and rowing rigs will be occupying the Bushwick Inlet this Saturday to bring attention to a decade-old promise for a 28-acre park along the Greenpoint and Williamsburg waterfronts that has yet to be realized. Organizers invite anyone who cares about this “last remaining open space in North Brooklyn” to join them in occupying the embankment.

There will also be some landlubbing activities, like art bombing, flying protest kites, and encircling the area with caution tape. (more…)


Today’s pick is in the Spire Lofts at 167 North 6th Street in Williamsburg — which is to say it sits within the former St. Vincent De Paul Church, a 146-year-old structure that was bought in 2011 and is being converted into apartments.

Leasing started there last year, and now a wave of new units is hitting the market, listed by Carey Larsen at The listing linked to below is for B15, which is the cheapest of the lot at $4,350 a month. The others run as high as $8,000, with most in the $6,000s for two and three bedrooms.

For $4,350, you get 1.5 bedrooms and two bathrooms. There’s no floorplan, and the photos are representative shots of the building’s units, so it’s hard to get a handle on exactly how it’s laid out, or what constitutes the half-bedroom.

But all the places are duplexes, in a fetching industrial rustic style, with exposed brick (including in the bathroom, where it’s not often seen), wide-plank floors and a lot of reclaimed wood. (more…)


As new life comes to many formerly vacant lots and neglected buildings in Williamsburg, this four-story, mixed-use building going up at 202 Grand Street is filling in a long-empty lot on this thoroughfare of boutiques and restaurants.

It is just down the street from the corner of Bedford, where Flemish brasserie Witlof is getting ready to open in a grand space that was defunct for decades. (more…)


A rendering is up at the construction site for the new apartment building that will rise at 369 Berry Street in Williamsburg. The design looks quite busy, and will use at least four different materials on the facade.

A tweedy brick in grey, black and beige will make up most of the facade. There will also be orange brick, beige tile and smaller multi-colored salt-and-pepper-colored tile (or possibly rock veneer). Colonial style sconces accent the entry, and a glass wall tops the structure.

The applicant of record is architect Charles Mallea, who is becoming quite prolific in north and central Brooklyn, with more than a dozen projects in Bed Stuy, Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick. Projects include a controversial apartment building with mirrored cracks at 410 Tompkins Avenue and more traditional buildings at 75 Ralph Avenue and 774 Bushwick Avenue. (more…)


Brick veneer and window glass are marching up the sides of the Oosten, the international luxury development surrounded on three sides by Hasidic apartment buildings on the waterfront in South Williamsburg. Designed by rising Dutch superstar Piet Boon, developed by Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate Co.’s U.S. subsidiary XIN Development, and marketed to overseas Chinese, the building at 429 Kent Avenue occupies the entire block, with a total of 216 units, including 15 townhouses.

Since launching sales 10 months ago, in September, exactly half of the units — 108 — are now in contract or closed, a spokesman for the Oosten let us know when we inquired. Four are townhouses.

The in-land units — the ones with no water views — are furthest along, construction wise, and cluster along South 8th Street and Wythe Avenue. Their views are of neighboring massive brick apartments with the tell-tale stepped balconies for celebrating the harvest festival of Sukkot characteristic of this area.

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A Hasidic development under construction next door to The Oosten last year



A decidedly modern take on Brooklyn’s new-townhouse trend, the six Townhouses of Wythe Lane have reached the third floor at 51 South 4th Street in Williamsburg. Marketing started before the first shovel broke ground here, in October last year, as we reported at the time.

Only two of the six townhouses formally hit the market with a listing (Nos. 3 and 4), but five are in contract, according to the development’s official website.

The previously published renderings show gray brick with large windows and a strong, simple design. Carefully planned greenery, such as a trellis going up the side and over the roof terrace, serves as architectural detail. (more…)