285 kent avenue williamsburg

A story in Gawker today confirmed the exact addresses of three buildings Vice Media is taking over as it expands its multimedia empire in Williamsburg, and yes, as suspected, Glasslands (as well as Death by Audio and a handful of other businesses) is being displaced. Williamsburg institution Glasslands, a once hidden and illegal performance space that later went legit, announced yesterday its last show will be New Year’s Eve.

The addresses are 285-289 Kent Avenue, pictured above, and two buildings at 49 South 2nd Street. Gawker found mention of the deal and the exact addresses in an interview with the broker that ran in the Commercial Observer in September. When Vice’s expansion was first announced, the exact addresses of the buildings were not given, although we speculated that 285 Kent was one.

It’s nothing new for gentrifiers to displace gentrifiers, and Glasslands is one of a long list of quirky Williamsburg businesses to shut in recent months.

No One Wants to Say It, But Vice Is Displacing Brooklyn Institutions [Gawker]  GMAP

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The old one-story Liberty Department Stores building that stood at 774-776 Grand Street for decades came down this summer, and construction has started on the foundation of what could be a game-changing building for this East Williamsburg corner.

The Meshberg Group-designed building will resemble a 19th century department store, with its tiers of large windows and arched openings at the top. But in fact the eight story building will offer a mix of retail and residential, with 64 apartments.

It is likely to be one of the taller buildings around in the mostly low-rise neighborhood, where three story row houses and four and five story apartment buildings give way to one and two story industrial buildings on the other side of Bushwick Avenue. With its large, factory-style windows and brick facade, the building looks like it will fit in well with the neighborhood’s existing buildings, unlike much of the rest of the new development Williamsburg.

When completed, the 82,000 square foot building will have an 800-square-foot fitness room on the second floor and a 3,500-square-foot roof deck.

Liberty Department Stores and adjoining properties were purchased last year by Jeff Kurtz of Kamson Corp. and Dean Marchi of Grand Street Development for $14,200,000 according to the Wall Street Journal. Meshberg Group is designing the exterior and interior, although Gene Kaufman is the architect of record on building permits.

Construction will wrap in fall 2015, according to a sign at the construction site.

More photos and a rendering after the jump. What do you think of the design?

Let’s Look at the New Rendering for East Williamsburg’s 774 Grand Street [Buzz Buzz Home]
Mixed Use Development for East Williamsburg [WSJ]
Rendering by Gene Kaufman Architect GMAP

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60 Broadway Combo

This duplex at 60 Broadway (aka the Gretsch) is looking pretty good to us. The living area has 26-foot-high ceilings and the views, even from the fifth floor, are excellent. And you know what? $2,850,000 doesn’t actually sound like that much for a top-notch, 2,445-square-foot condo in Williamsburg these days. The maintenance is just $1,617, but that’ll increase in 2020 when the tax abatement runs out.

60 Broadway, #5AB [Corcoran] GMAP

56 N 9th street

Architect Gene Kaufman, who has become one of Brooklyn’s more prolific architects during the recent housing boom, has just released a rendering and more details about two of his building projects under way in Williamsburg.

Above is a rendering for 56 North 9th Street at Kent Avenue, which broke ground over the summer. It will be six stories tall with 58 apartments, as previously reported. The bottom two floors of the 108,000 square foot building will be devoted to retail and dining. The building will have a roof terrace and include parking.

Construction also started over the summer on another Kaufman building on the opposite side of the neighborhood, at 774-776 Grand Street at Humboldt. That one will be an eight-story, 64-unit apartment building with 82,000 square feet.

Kaufman adds these two projects to an already long list of Williamsburg buildings including The Decora, The Lucent, The Residences at The Williamsburg and Schaefer Landing.

What do you think of the look of 56 North 9th Street?

Another Gene Kaufman-Designed Building for the Williamsburg Waterfront [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Gene Kaufman

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When we stopped by the Whole Foods site at 242 Bedford Avenue (or 193 Berry Street) over the weekend, they appeared to be working on the foundation. Not much seems to have changed since we stopped by in August, although we didn’t write a story at the time. Work seems to be progressing slowly at the site, although it doesn’t appear to be stalled.

The building is owned by Midtown Equities, Alex Adjmi and Aurora Capital Associates.

395 Leonard exterior rendering

Leasing will begin next month at 395 Leonard Street in Williamsburg, the site of the former Meeker Flea alongside the BQE. The Karl Fischer-designed building will have studios starting at $2,600 a month, one bedrooms starting at $3,250 and two bedroom apartments starting at $4,335. A few penthouse units will be available for between $4,000 and $6,000 a month, leasing agent Fiddler Realty told us.

Amenities include a roof deck with fire pits, a screening room, fitness center, a children’s play room and bicycle storage. The building is seven stories tall and has 188 units.

The building’s developer is Rabsky Group, a Brooklyn-based company that has made a splash with several big projects over the last year and a half. According to The Real Deal, the company, which is run by Simon Dushinsky, is the city’s seventh largest developer (in terms of active sites) with just over 1 million square feet under development. Nearly all of that was begun over the last few years. It is a partner in the massive Rheingold project in Bushwick and recently bought a large development site down the block for $53 million.

Tons more renderings after the jump. What do you think of the design, location and prices?

Fischer Designed Apartments Rising at Ex-Meeker Flea Site [Brownstoner]
NYC’s Most Active Developers [The Real Deal]
Rabsky’s Simon Dushinsky Taps into Rheingold Brewery Project [The Real Deal]
Renderings Via Fiddler Realty
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The views from this new listing on the 18th floor at 1 Northside Piers in Williamsburg are pretty darn impressive. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad also sports a private balcony in addition to all the “luxury” finishes you’d expect. The price of $1,495,000 actually seems perfectly reasonable for a 1,064-square-foot apartment in this location with this view (and by reasonable we mean relative to the current market).

1 Northside Piers, #18J [Corcoran] GMAP

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A meeting Monday about how to apply for affordable housing at the forthcoming Domino development in Williamsburg attracted hundreds of people. Construction is slated to start this year on the first building in the complex, on Site E on Kent Avenue between South 3rd and 4th streets, DNAinfo reported. (The building is the smaller building in the rear, pictured above, where a temporary park is now located.) The 500-unit building will offer 105 affordable units. The lottery process will start in late 2016, and move-ins will start in spring 2017.

Rents will start at $533 to $703 a month for a studio, depending on income, said Two Trees at the briefing. The units will have the same finishes as the market-rate apartments in the luxury complex, said Two Trees. One-bedrooms will range in rent between $595 and $765 a month, and two-bedrooms will lease for $723 to $916 a month.

People who already live in Community Board 1 will have priority. Individuals making 40 percent to 50 percent of the area median income — or $20,100 to $30,100 — qualify for a studio. Altogether the entire Domino development will offer 700 affordable units.

First Affordable Apartments at Domino Site to Rent for $553 Per Month [DNA]
Rendering by SHoP Architects

99 south 5th street rendering

The latest new construction project in booming South Williamsburg is 95 South 5th Street, a new six-story building which will rise on top of a red, turn-of-the-century warehouse. New York YIMBY spotted the rendering of the 23-unit building planned for the corner of South 5th and Berry Street. When it’s finished, the 18,000-square-foot development will fill the vacant lot next door to the three-story warehouse.

It will also have a 675-square-foot eating and drinking establishment on the ground floor and nine parking spots, according to alteration permits issued in August. Standard Architects is designing the project, which was filed with the DOB as a conversion and enlargement of the existing building, not a new one. The developer is Horrigan Development.

They’ll need some good soundproofing because the development sits right across from the elevated tracks and the approach to the Williamsburg Bridge. The building design is better than some of the other old-new combinations we have seen recently. What do you think?

Revealed: 95 South 5th Street, Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP

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We knew this was in the works, but it still comes as kind of a shock: The White Castle in Williamsburg has closed, Gothamist reported. This is the one fairly far out near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Metropolitan, where a tiny park and a plaque marks where Bushwick was founded in 1661.

“The location opened in 1992, back when Williamsburg was a gritty, yet nurturing melting pot for working class Brooklynites and Pavement fans alike, a place infinitely, ineluctably better than the place that exists today,” said Gothamist.

Developer 781 Metro Investors bought the property at 781 Metropolitan Avenue last year for $6,720,000. No demo or building permits have been filed, but a mixed-use building here would make sense. The current building is only taking up a tiny part of the lot, which has a FAR of 4 and 45,788 buildable square feet. It’s zoned R6B.

White Castle has promised to open another location in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg’s White Castle Closed While You Slept [Gothamist]
Land Sold out From Under Burg’s White Castle [Brownstoner]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

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The mural covered construction fence has come down and workers were busy painting “J.Crew” on the side of the building at 234 Wythe Avenue when we stopped by yesterday afternoon. The store will open tomorrow at 11 am, according to an update on J.Crew’s Facebook page. They’ve dramatically altered the look of the building — for the better, we think — with new windows and a door, although we wish they’d left the old red brick unpainted. GMAP

87 wythe avenue rendering

North Williamsburg is getting yet another bizarre, futuristic development, and this time it’s a mixed-use office and retail tower planned for 87 Wythe Avenue. New York YIMBY spotted the rendering, which resembles a glassy Jenga tower, and makes the hotel on stilts in development two blocks away on Wythe appear relatively sedate in comparison. (more…)