We were interested to see this renovation in progress at 66 South 3rd Street in Williamsburg when we passed by a few weeks ago. The Italianate row house has been peeled and stripped back to its elemental parts, revealing layers and the structure underneath.

There is brick (which looks like it might be missing some mortar), brownstone details around the windows, and a carved wood door surround. An addition with a setback is rising on the roof.

Most interesting of all, the back wall was completely gone when we stopped by. You could see straight through the house from the front windows to the yard behind. (more…)


After years of no work at all or minute changes to the existing steel frame at the site of Williamsburg’s future Whole Foods at 242 Bedford Avenue, suddenly there is real, visible progress. The glassy facade is up on the two-story structure on Bedford Avenue, pictured above, and along about three-quarters of the side at North 4th Street.

As the previously published rendering below shows, the glassy rectangle will be bookended by more traditional looking red brick sections on Bedford and Driggs Berry, somewhat like the industrial building that was on this site originally.

It looks like more of the building will be glass than is indicated on the previously published rendering below. (more…)

257 S 5th street

The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh has put its Williamsburg headquarters up for sale. The huge parcel of lots in South Williamsburg includes the historic 1908 Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh building and is being marketed as a development site by real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield. The parcel could, theoretically, be worth a rather mind boggling $55,000,000 or so.

The site is a roughly 50,000 square foot group of lots for sale includes 257 and 275 South 5th Street and 146 and 150 Marcy Avenue as well as 262 South 4th Street and 209 Havemeyer Street.

According to the broker the buyer could create a mixed-use development of about 230,500 square feet with 125,000 square feet of parking. Apparently the 1908 Dime Savings Bank building is not in danger of being torn down.

The firm is taking bids; no price has been set, although the bank has an undisclosed reserve price. The average price per buildable square foot for development sites in north Brooklyn was $241 in January, according to The Real Deal. If it sold at the average, that would work out to be $55,550,500. (more…)


Finally: Renderings for the retail development under construction at the former Salvation Army site at the corner of Bedford and North 7th Street has been posted on the fence. The high-profile retail development site, on what is arguably the most trafficked corner in red-hot Williamsburg, has been under construction for years. The store closed in 2012.

The design is traditional with patterned brick in pale colors and large multi-paned windows. The top of the building looks like it could have been built in the 1940s or so. It should fit in very well with the mix of old residential and industrial buildings in the area, we think. (more…)

161 North 4th Street1l

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo at 161 North 4th Street in Williamsburg gets lots of light through the nearly floor to ceiling bay windows in the living room. But, unfortunately. the living/dining space framed by those windows is not very large — only about 12 feet by 12 feet — and the shape is a bit unusual. Both bedrooms are reasonably large and there is a washer/dryer in the unit.

The location is excellent — a block away from the bustle of Bedford Avenue and a short walk from the Bedford L stop. The asking price is $1,375,000 with common charges of $638 a month and taxes of $72 a month. Worth it?

161 North 4th Street, #3G [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP
Photos by Brown Harris Stevens


We caught the foundation in progress at 51 South 4th Street in Williamsburg, better known as the Townhouses of Wythe Lane, when we passed by recently. One of six townhouses planned here went on the market in October, priced at $3,995,000. The townhouse, whose address is 4 Wythe Lane, is in contract.

They are situated at the corner of Wythe Avenue and South 4th Street, next to Domino Site E, Domino’s first building project, and the former site of the temporary Havemeyer Park. (more…)


A for-rent sign has gone up on the corner of the building under renovation at 247 Bedford Avenue, where Brooklyn’s first Apple store is supposed to be opening.

The sign went up yesterday, according to a tipster who passed by and saw it and sent us this photo.

There were no construction workers at the site and no work happening when he passed by at 8:45 am, he said.

“I wonder if this means that the Apple Store deal is dead?” he said. (more…)


We noticed additions, probably penthouses, being built on top of the old noodle factory that is being converted into condos at 338 Berry Street, the Williamsberry, in Williamsburg when we stopped by a couple weeks ago. Since sales of the building launched in March, two units have gone into contract. More units went on the market yesterday, as Curbed noted.

New windows have gone in on the side of the building visible from South 5th Street across from the BQE, although much of the building is still shrouded in scaffolding. Inside, the ground floor is totally raw and is being used as staging for the construction above, as is typically the case.

When complete the building will have 63 apartments ranging from a studio at $575,000 to a $4,000,000 penthouse. (more…)


Construction is moving along at the six-story building at 79 Grand Street at the corner of Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. The five-unit building has topped out, most of the windows are in and it is now clad in what appears to be foam board insulation.

Right now, the foam looks patchy and worn in places, but it is not the final layer and will not show when the building is complete. We’re not sure what the wood at the corners is for — possibly pockets for structural attachments for balconies.

It appears the building will have several terraces in places where there are currently large openings without windows and cantilevered slabs protruding from the facade. When complete, the building will have 7,996 square feet of residential space — one unit per floor, and a duplex on the top two floors. The permit also calls for 1,590 square feet of ground floor commercial space.


We found three previously unpublished renderings of the huge Chetrit hotel-apartment-retail complex going up at 500 Metropolitan. They reveal the complex has a name: The M500. Sounds like something out of a Bond film. Should go well with the smoldering interior renderings interior designers Raad Studio released earlier this year.

The new renderings are at least the fourth set from as many architects. Kutnicki Bernstein has stuck with the basic concept — a wedge-shaped complex — and given it more definition.  (more…)

The Oosten at 429 Kent Avenue

The Piet Boon-designed The Oosten in South Williamsburg has risen to about six and a half out of its total seven stories, we saw when we stopped by Sunday. Workers have also started covering parts of the structure in gypsum and fiberglass insulating panels.

The building has risen to its full height on at least one of its corners, but still has one more story coming elsewhere, as the photos and previously published rendering below show.



One of Brooklyn’s most unusual new buildings is up to the second story at 55 Wythe Avenue, and its distinctive Jetsons-like tower over a block of one-story shops can already be discerned, we saw when we stopped by over the weekend.

Formerly known as the Level Hotel, the William Vale Hotel will have 183 rooms “four star” rooms, according to its website. The developer is Riverside Developers and the archtiect is Albo Liberis, The Wall Street Journal reported last month. (more…)