Williamsburg Apartment for Rent -- 250 Bedford Ave

Our rental of the day is a pricey one-bedroom within the Brooklyn Social, a new-ish rental building at 250 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. If it looks familiar perhaps you’ve seen it before, or maybe you’ve just seen one of the 900,000 so-called luxury apartments in similar buildings that have sprouted all over Williamsburg in recent years. (That’s an admittedly unscientific count.) (more…)

Williamsburg Bank Residential Conversion

The nearly 130-year-old former Lincoln Savings Bank in Williamsburg is getting a residential conversion. Permits have been filed by Blesso Properties to give the historic, but un-landmarked structure at 525-545 Broadway six new floors and 36 apartment units, reported The Real Deal.

Blesso bought the building in August from Broad and Boerum, LLC for $33,000,000.  In addition to the planned apartments, new bottom-floor retail and offices are in the works. A daycare center is slated to occupy the ground level. (more…)


The long-anticipated Flemish brasserie Witlof from Radegast Hall’s owners opened at 292 Bedford Avenue two weeks ago. When Brownstoner happened by Friday night, the restaurant was doing a brisk business, with patrons spilling out to tables on the sidewalk.

The restaurant’s polish and classic decor, with distressed iron decorative panels and Edwardian-style windows with gold lettering, is a big change for this corner. The venue’s prominent corner entrance is once again elegant, after decades of being boarded up and covered in graffiti. (more…)

Brooklyn Apple Store Facade, Windows Almost Done

The supposed site of Brooklyn’s first Apple store, under construction at 247 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, is starting to look like a finished building — on the outside, at least. After topping out in July, now the facade is up and the windows are going in.

It closely resembles the original building and a rendering published in 2013, except with better-realized details. The rendering and the original building both had big, square windows on the second floor, over big arched entrances. (more…)

Sukkot Brooklyn

The joyful Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot began Sunday evening, and Sukkot have been popping up around Brooklyn for a few weeks now.

The little outdoor huts are temporary dwellings observers often sleep and eat in during the weeklong holiday. They are meant to celebrate the fall harvest. The holiday also commemorates the 40 years Jews wandered in the desert after receiving the Torah.


Tenant Rights - NYC Building Listed as Vacant During Renovation

In a horrifying revelation in tenant rights (or lack thereof), the city has acknowledged it has no system in place to verify that under-construction buildings are unoccupied, and must trust landlords to correctly file paperwork regarding buildings’ occupancy status, according to the New York Times.

Residents of Williamsburg’s iconic, formerly blighted 292 Bedford Avenue have complained of ongoing renovation work compromising the health of tenants who, despite what the paperwork says, are very much still living in their apartments within the building. False documentation of occupied units means tenants cannot expect protection from health risks like excessive dust, concrete, blocked exits or even lead poisoning. (more…)

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Mast Brothers Chocolate Makers has done a minimalist overhaul of its Williamsburg store at 111 N. 3rd Street. The bean-to-bar chocolate company is based in Brooklyn but has products sold internationally.

Founded in 2007, Mast Brothers has occupied the 3,000-square-foot facility, formerly home to a spice company, since 2011. The new space was designed in house and features an extended retail area and simplified roasting section, as well as a new “chocolate laboratory,” according to Dezeen. (more…)

Broadway Triangle DevelopmentPhoto by Christopher Bride for Property Shark

Developers are acting fast in Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle, where permits were filed this week for the construction of a new, 34-unit building at 100 Union Avenue. The 60-foot-tall, 28,347-square-foot building will be designed by Aufgang Architects, and developed by trio Slate Property Group, Adam America, and Naveh Shuster Limited.

100 Union is the second lot on the street the three developers are building on, having filed permits for a 96-unit structure at 120 Union Avenue last year. Both buildings will be six-stories and residential, with a small amount of retail space. 100 Union will also have a 17 car garage, as required by zoning.



A toxic ghost from Brooklyn’s industrial past is being met not with an artisan makeover, but removal by National Grid. Cleanup of the empty lot at 50 Kent Avenue, which hosts Brooklyn Flea and various outdoor music shows, will start soon, according to a notice posted this month from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

In addition to various music and culture fests, the lot has also been hosting soil contaminated by coal-tar. A designated state Superfund site owned by the Parks Department, the waterfront venue may be considered a mainstay of North Brooklyn culture, but from 1850 to 1930 it was home to the Williamsburg Works Manufactured Gas Plant, according to DNAinfo.


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…)