04/24/14 2:00pm

A San Francisco-based co-working space called Makeshift Society is opening a location in Williamsburg on the first two floors of a converted warehouse at 55 Hope Street. Makeshift’s Brooklyn spot occupies 4,000 square feet across both floors and offers 17-foot ceilings, open seating and dedicated studio desks. It will also have a creative tool lending library that allows members to borrow cameras, video gear, sewing machines and books.

And the “clubhouse” will feature conference rooms, lockers, pop-up retail (on the upper level), printers, projectors and a kitchen. The organization has five levels of membership, ranging from $50 to $500 a month, as well as $20 day passes. It opens next Thursday, May 1. GMAP

Photo via Makeshift Society

04/23/14 12:57pm

Here’s a nice “authentic” loft (as the listing puts it) in North Williamsburg. The 1,750-square-foot pad at 119 North 11th Street has two real (i.e. windowed) bedrooms and a third room that could also house a bed. The wood columns and beams are the signature design elements — and the slew of big windows is another point in the win column. Asking price is $2,000,000.

119 North 11th Street, #3B [Corcoran] GMAP

04/23/14 11:00am

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A mixed-use row house that looks like it will fit in well with the neighbors is going up at 202 Grand Street in Williamsburg, in what was previously an empty lot. We’re happy to see the heights of the stories are in keeping with the context. This has potential, depending on what finishes are chosen.

The new building permit calls for four stories with a restaurant on the ground floor and a one-family triplex above it. The architect is Jock Deboer.

Click through to the jump to see how the first three stories are looking. (more…)

04/17/14 9:30am

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J.Crew plans to open a store in a warehouse on Wythe Avenue and North 4th Street in Williamsburg, above, according to sources quoted in Crain’s. So Williamsburg may end up being the brand’s first Brooklyn store after all. Last year, it said it planned to open at 151 Court Street in Cobble Hill early this year, replacing neighborhood grocer Pacific Green, but that didn’t happen.

The space at 234-236 Wythe Avenue is a 6,000-square-foot red brick warehouse. It’s close to Gant Rugger, American Apparel, the new Urban Outfitters store, and on the way to the Brooklyn Flea. For years, J.Crew was rumored to be eyeing space on Bedford near where Whole Foods is supposedly opening. Apple is still supposedly looking in the neighborhood, most recently at 242 Bedford Avenue, according to the story.

J.Crew is also planning to open a store in Park Slope, according to Racked, which quoted a story in Women’s Wear Daily today. Both stores are supposed to be open by August, said Racked. Meanwhile, a Madewell store is also “in the works” for Williamsburg.

Massey Knakal is handling leasing for the Wythe Avenue warehouse, which is asking $50,000 per month, or $100 a square foot.

J.Crew Eyes Williamsburg Outpost, Apple May Follow [Crain's]
J. Crew and Madewell to Take Over Brooklyn [Racked]
Photo by Massey Knakal

04/16/14 11:30am

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We stopped by 88 Richardson Street the other day, and lo and behold, the building is almost up to its full seven stories. This is the Karl Fischer-designed building with 188 units that is rising on the site of the former Meeker Flea Market next to the BQE in Williamsburg.

The developer is Brooklyn-based Rabsky Development, which bought the lot for $18,000,000 in 2012. At the time, it seemed like an odd location for residential development. In hindsight, the acquisition of almost any site in Williamsburg seems prescient.

Click through to the jump for a photo of the rendering posted on the construction fence. We like the massing and the play of geometric patterns with the windows and various facade materials. What’s your opinion?

Fischer-Designed Apartments Rising at Ex-Meeker Flea Site [Brownstoner] (more…)

04/16/14 9:30am

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As luxury high rises sprout up on nearly every vacant lot in south Williamsburg, sale prices in the area are expected to match those of north Williamsburg in a few years, said a story in The New York Times. Right now they trade at about a 15 percent discount, or $1,000 per square foot, vs. the north side’s nearly $1,200.

However, there isn’t much to buy: There were only 16 listings for sale in July, including co-ops, condos and townhouses. The average price was $1,780,000, according to Streeteasy.

About 90 percent of the housing in south Williamsburg is rental, said the story. Rents in the new buildings “are on the high side,” starting at about $3,000 a month for a one-bedroom. Some of the new buildings include 424 Bedford Avenue and 15 Dunham Place. Thousands more apartments are planned for the area, including the huge Domino redevelopment and The Oosten, the Chinese-owned condos.

South Williamsburg: Catching up to the North Side [NY Times]

04/15/14 12:59pm

This new listing at 154 Broadway, a four-story loft building that was converted to residential back in 2007, has a ton of space (2,600 square feet) and other amenities you’d hope for in a loft (high ceilings, big windows). This place also has a lower level as well as a backyard and a deck. The only real negative is the fact that it’s on the ground floor with the front facing the street. Asking price is $2,500,000.

154 Broadway, #1 [Halstead] GMAP

04/14/14 2:00pm

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Menswear maker and retailer By Robert James‘s Williamsburg store has moved around the corner, from 241 Bedford Avenue to 193 Grand Street. The new store, which opened in February and had its grand opening party last month, is between Bedford and Driggs, on the same block as Bird.

The locally made wares include corduroy paisley shirts, animal print jackets and skinny ties. The company is known for its friendly attitude and frequent parties. There is also a second Brooklyn store, at 416 Atlantic Avenue, and the original store on the Lower East Side. 

By Robert James Opens in Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP

04/14/14 9:30am

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New York Daily News has annointed Williamsburg’s Wythe Avenue the new Meatpacking District, which will probably sound like pretty old news to anyone who’s visited the area in the last few years. It’s only going to get more so, predicted the story, which ran down three of the hotel projects planned for the street, which The Real Deal also profiled last week.

The gravitational pull of Brooklyn’s new nightlife district is giving new meaning to the old term “bridge and tunnel,” according to the story.

“The whole bridge-and-tunnel terminology is becoming outdated,” said Brooklyn Bowl cofounder Charley Ryan. “There are people who live in Brooklyn and think of people in Manhattan as bridge and tunnel.” The Daily News also found a Brazilian tourist who said he spent 90 percent of his visit in Brooklyn. “Williamsburg has a better version of everything I come to New York for. Better people, better food, better clubs and better views of Manhattan,” he said.

Opening soon at the far end of Wythe is the club in Kinfolk Studios, to be called Kinfolk 94. “Made of exposed wood and shaped like a hippie eco-lodge in the Pacific Northwest, 94 is slated to become a rocking dance and performance club when it opens next month,” said the News. Its cedar geodesic dome was praised by the Times in February as an exception to the trend of monotonous architecture in Williamsburg.

“Every year this block gets more tourists,” said Kinfolk spokesman Felipe Delerme. “By 2020, it’s going to be Times Square,” he said, only partly joking.

Wythe Avenue Soars as Global Nightlife Mecca [NY Daily News]

04/08/14 2:00pm

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Williamsburg institution Dumont is being evicted by its landlord for nonpayment of rent, as Bowery + Bedford was the first to report. The restaurant at 432 Union Avenue has actually been closed since January, but said it planned to reopen. Owner Colin Devlin committed suicide last year. Dumont Burger, now under different ownership, remains open, according to Gothamist. Click through to see the termination notice, dated March 21. GMAP
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04/08/14 9:30am

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A story in The Real Deal reviewed recent and forthcoming developments on a 20-block stretch of Wythe Avenue, from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Greenpoint border, whose renaissance was kicked off by the debut of the Wythe Hotel in 2011. Above, pedestrians on Wythe Avenue outside Brooklyn Bowl and across the street from the Wythe Hotel. After the jump, a shot of the Wythe Hotel from the back. Here, we pick out the ones that haven’t opened yet:

*The SteelWorks Lofts at 76 North 4th Street will start leasing by June.

*The former carpet factory at 149 Kent Avenue will open in 2015. There will be 164 rentals, 20 percent of which will be affordable.

*The foundation is going in at 96 Wythe Avenue, on the corner of 10th Street, expected to be a hotel with about 160 rooms. Heritage Equity Partners and local landlord Yoel Goldman are reportedly the developers.

*A 100-room hotel is planned for 93 Wythe Avenue, a full block site between North 9th and North 10th streets, said sources. Ennismore Capital (developer of London’s Hoxton Hotel) is reportedly the owner, and former owner Sydell Group (Ace and NoMad hotels) will also be involved. (more…)

04/07/14 9:30am

We discovered this rendering on the fence at 377 Flushing Avenue between Kent and Franklin in south Williamsburg, where developer Rabsky Group is planning a seven-story mixed-use building. The ubiquitous Karl Fischer is the architect of record for the 99-unit development, which will also include ground-floor commercial space, according to new building permits issued last August.

We last reported that the building would be 177 units, but permits have been updated with the lower number of apartments and slightly less commercial space. And now there are fewer underground parking spaces — 50 instead of 106. The 159,092-square-foot building will also have 50 bike parking spaces, roof terraces and recreation spaces. When the City Council agreed to rezone the land, the developer promised to make the development affordable housing and build a five-story addition for the yeshiva school next door, as previously reported.

Behind the fence, excavation has just begun. Click through to see a photo of the construction. GMAP

Karl Fischer-Designed 177-Unit Building Going up in South Williamsburg [Brownstoner]
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