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…)


This bright and airy one-bedroom — in the Jacksonia building at 139 Jackson Street in Williamsburg — doesn’t come cheap, but it’s got a lot of functional space in it, including a large mezzanine that could easily hold another bed or would make a great home-office space.

One obvious selling point here is the double-height ceiling in the living room, with windows from top to bottom. Less splashy, but handy, is an alcove between the kitchen and the bathroom that could be another spot for an office. The bedroom is decent sized and has a large window and a ton of closet space.

The mezzanine, up a flight of stairs from the living room, measures about 250 square feet, with a wall of built-in shelves. It leads out to a private terrace from which you can see the city skyline; the building also has a common roof deck. (more…)


Construction was poised to begin on a long-delayed and controversial building here at 444 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg one year ago, but a recent visit revealed the project is still stalled. The property is the former longtime home of Marino Marble & Tiles, a family business headed up by Domenico Marino.

Deciding to cash in on rising property values almost a decade ago, Marino moved the tile business to a more commercial area nearby and started working on plans to demo the existing two-story commercial building and put up a 14-story apartment building with popular local architect Philip Toscano, whose offices are just around the corner.

But neighbors opposed the idea of 14 stories in the mostly low-rise area, where most buildings are old wood frame row houses only two or three stories high. Then the plan was scuttled by a 2009 downzoning, as earlier stories in DNAinfo and Greenpoint Gazette detail. Marino changed architects and plans, demolished the old building on the site, and last July told DNAinfo all the permits were in place and work would start that month.

But that didn’t happen. (more…)


In one of the oldest parts of Brooklyn are the remnants of a now mostly forgotten colonnade row — not the famous one in Brooklyn Heights but another one in what is now Williamsburg.

In the 1830s, ’40s and ’50s, Greek Revival was the fashion, and all over the U.S. people were throwing up facsimiles of Greek temples, even if behind the impressive facades were perfectly ordinary, even humble rooms. An unknown builder here erected a row of houses on Humboldt Street — we can’t say exactly when or even how many — all with tall Doric columns running two stories, from rooftop to porch, over a low basement.

The houses were wood frame, covered in clapboard, and their large windows and doors were topped by impressive triangular neo-classical pediments. (more…)


After a winter of renovations, a long-neglected but potentially gracious building at 292 Bedford is showing signs of life.

Elaborate new windows and panelling have replaced graffitied plywood boards, and a couple of boutiques are already moving into the building’s secondary retail spaces.

Originally a bank, the long-shuttered corner space at the intersection of Bedford and Grand will soon open as Witlof, a Flemish brasserie operated by Ivan Kohut — owner of the hugely popular Radagast Hall just a few streets away. (more…)


After a few months of slow progress while the foundation was going in, the first floor is poured and the steel skeleton has reached its full height of two stories at 247 Bedford Avenue, the putative future site of Apple’s first Brooklyn store.

As readers will recall, Apple reportedly signed a long-term lease for a 20,000-square-foot store at the corner pictured above in December, according to the New York Post.

In May, a sign advertising retail space available in the building went up on the corner of the site, causing a Brownstoner reader to wonder if Apple’s plans had changed. We reached out to the brokers at Lee & Associates for comment but never heard back. (more…)


You might say this one offers some decent views. It’s a three-bedroom penthouse at the top of the luxury condo building The Edge on the Williamsburg waterfront, with a living-room wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

There’s also a large balcony, for another sweeping vista. And a private rooftop terrace. In total, 841 square feet of outdoor space, with sky in every direction.

Inside the nearly 1,600-square-foot apartment there are three large bedrooms, each with its own bathroom; a kitchen with quartz countertops and high-end appliances; a washer and dryer; and a gas-fueled slate fireplace in the living room. Does it need to be mentioned there’s a wine fridge? (more…)


An artist and a cookbook writer needed a place to live and work. Her sculpture is large-scale; his profession requires a kitchen that can occasionally double as a TV studio.

After years of moving from one rental to another, they found a 3,500-square-foot co-op on the ground floor of an old Williamsburg warehouse and called on Elizabeth Roberts of Gowanus-based Ensemble Architecture to pull the space together to suit their needs.

Roberts carefully considered how to maintain the integrity of the existing industrial space while creating a functional, inviting residence with a bit of polish. “It was an important decision to leave the ceiling and columns and structure as they were, and let them be real features,” Roberts said. (more…)


Williamsburg is buzzing with preparations for its 112th Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio Feast, a 12-day religious event that’s been taking over the streets of North Brooklyn since 1903.

In a neighborhood that would be unrecognizable to residents of years past, the festival is a welcome throwback to Brooklyn’s older Italian roots. The Giglio Feast is not only older than Little Italy’s San Gennaro Festival, it’s more authentic. (more…)


Malia Obama and Lena Dunham. Photos by The White House and Maryland Film Festival via Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, The New York Post’s Page Six published pictures of First Daughter Malia Obama hanging out on the set of HBO’s “Girls” at a Williamsburg restaurant. Though it appears that the First Daughter was doing nothing but sipping on some kind of blue drink, rumor has it she is an intern on the show. (more…)