115 South 8th Street

This two-bedroom, one-bath apartment in a co-op building on Williamsburg’s Southside offers a spacious living area and two moderately sized, side-by-side bedrooms. The L-shaped kitchen is spacious too and opens onto the living area.

There’s also a washer/dryer in the apartment. One oddity: There are four closets in the entry, but none in the bedrooms.

Click through for more photos after the jump. Do you think it’s appealing for $2,850 a month?

115 South 8th Street, #3 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP
Photos by Douglas Elliman

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We recently toured the three biggest construction projects on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg: The Salvation Army at 176 Bedford Avenue, the Whole Foods store going up at 242 Bedford Avenue, and the Apple store going in at 247 Bedford Avenue.

Nothing much has changed at the Salvation Army site, pictured above, which is to be expected. The charity is in the process of selling the property to a developer but nothing has hit public records yet.

A few blocks down at the Whole Foods site, progress is achingly slow. Some additional structure and netting recently appeared on the metal frame that reached two stories some months ago.

At the Apple store, they have been working quickly despite the heavy snows this winter. The foundation is coming along, although cement had not yet been poured when we stopped by April 2. Click through for lots more photos.  (more…)

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The steel and concrete structure for one of Brooklyn’s most interesting new buildings has reached the top story. The Morris Adjmi-designed mixed-use building at 282 South 5th Street has been in the works since 2012.

The unusual design, visible from Broadway and the platform at the Marcy Avenue subway station, features an apartment tower inside a transparent gridded shell, with shops on the ground floor. (more…)

15 dunham place

The views don’t get much better than the ones from this South Williamsburg studio apartment. The East River and Williamsburg Bridge look like they are right outside the window. And those windows are noise-proof, so the proximity to traffic and the subways on the bridge shouldn’t be a problem.

The building has a 13,000 square-foot common terrace, a lounge, game room, onsite laundry and a fitness center. The listing says the unit is rent-stabilized and this is a “lease assignment” that ends in January of 2016 with an option to renew before the end of the lease. The furniture is also for sale. What do you think of it for $2,049 a month?

15 Dunham Place [Brownstoner] GMAP

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A large development site at 100 Union Avenue, south of Broadway in Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle, sold last week for $6,000,000, a spokeswoman for brokerage firm TerraCRG told us. The 10,453 square-foot lot is currently occupied by Knight’s Towing and Collision. The buyers, Adam America, Slate Property Group and Naveh Schuster Limited, plan to build rental apartments with ground floor retail.

The same developers also bought neighboring 120 Union Avenue in September of 2014 for $15,000,000, where they plan to build a 100-unit rental building with about 2,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. Both lots were initially marketed together but the sellers decided to wait longer on the second lot so they could continue operating their towing business, according to TerraCRG.

If the developers choose to include affordable housing at one or both sites, they could build up to 130,000 square feet on the sites combined. TerraCRG represented the sellers.

Click through for an aerial view of the lot.

Rendering for Six-Story Apartment Building Coming to Broadway Towing [Brownstoner]
Photos via TerraCRG
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499 Bedford Ave. Cross Hs, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former Marvin Cross house, now apartments
Address: 499 Bedford Avenue
Cross Streets: Clymer and Taylor streets
Neighborhood: Williamsburg
Year Built: 1870s, most likely
Architectural Style: Second Empire
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: The stretch of Bedford Avenue between Division Street and Flushing Avenue was Williamsburg’s best residential street, beginning at the end of the 1870s. The blocks between Division and Keap Streets were especially fine and were the Gold Coast of the neighborhood. Mansions sprang up there until the end of the 19th century, built by the neighborhood’s merchant princes.

Towards the end of the century, when the fashionable areas of town moved elsewhere, some of these large houses became clubhouses for the wealthy and politically connected men of Williamsburg and the Eastern District. Today’s house mirrored that trend, but in reverse. (more…)

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A restaurant called Bill Baker’s is prepping to open soon at 364 Grand Street in Williamsburg, near the BQE. It will serve American food, and the bar will have lots of beers on tap, whiskies and bourbon.

The interior will channel a traditional circa-1900 establishment, with a big marble bar, bentwood chairs and exposed brick, according to some sketches and construction shots on the eatery’s Facebook page.  Click through to see a drawing of the interior.

Bill Baker’s is hiring now, according to its website. GMAP

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Two Trees has put up construction walls and started excavating Domino Sugar Site E, a former vacant lot the developer turned into a temporary community space, park and garden called Havermeyer Park. The inland site sits across the street from the main factory on Kent Avenue, between South 3rd and South 4th streets.

Two Trees broke ground there earlier this month, kicking off construction of the first building in its huge redevelopment of Domino. As reported, the building at 317 Kent Avenue will be a SHoP-designed, 16-story tower with 522 rentals, including 105 affordable units. Construction is expected to finish in 2017. The developer has also promised to rebuild the park next door to Domino and open it this summer. Yay!

Meanwhile, across the street, workers have finished carting away the remains of the demolished buildings on either side of the landmarked Domino factory. The abandoned cranes have also been pulled away from the water’s edge, and they’ll eventually be incorporated into a five-acre waterfront park with a High Line-style “artifact walk.” Click through to see what’s behind the fence at the main Domino site.

Domino Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Developer Rabsky’s push to rezone two blocks in the Broadway Triangle area could have some very interesting unintended consequences, according to an article in Crain’s yesterday. Development there has been all but frozen for years, thanks to clashes between various stakeholders, controversy and lawsuits. Rabsky’s request will reopen that debate and, although Rabsky is only asking for 12-story buildings, could pave the way for the entire area to be covered in massive low-income towers, according to Crain’s.

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