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Construction has started at 1413 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, where a Blink Fitness will replace Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center and a pharmacy. The existing two-story building will get an additional story and have space for six stores as well as the gym, according to permits.

We found this rendering posted on the fence, and were able to see work had started on the building inside but not take a photo. Construction is supposed to wrap this year, according to the sign on the fence.

Don’t confuse this development with the similar one at 1245 Fulton, between Bedford and Nostrand, where a Planet Fitness in a new building is replacing a clothing store. Click through to see what the site looks like from the street.  GMAP (more…)

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The entire City Point mall at 1 Dekalb Avenue is shut for construction until 2016, a guard told us yesterday when we stopped by. Armani Exchange moved out two weeks ago, he said.

Armani Exchange was the first tenant in the building and opened in 2012. Century 21, CityTarget, and Alamo Drafthouse have also signed leases, but have not yet opened. A sign in front of the building lists Century 21, Alamo Drafthouse and A/X as tenants.

A taco stand outside in front, the only thing open when we stopped by, seemed busy.

We have reached out to City Point PR and will update if we hear anything more. Click through for more photos.

Update: We received this statement from Paul Travis, managing partner of Washington Square Partners and co-developer of City Point:
“Armani Exchange’s short-term lease expired and Century 21 Department Store is taking possession to begin construction of its multi-level, 145,000-square-foot space. We’d like to thank Armani Exchange for playing a significant role in promoting City Point and for its commitment to hiring local residents, which falls in line with our philosophy of ‘By Brooklyn, For Brooklyn.’ We’re looking forward to the possibility of them returning to City Point in the future.”

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Walking down Broadway in the snowstorm Saturday, we noticed a sleek new salon at 113 South 6th Street in Williamsburg. Opened in mid-December, according to its Facebook page, Whiteroom was started by two stylists from another Williamsburg salon, the now-closed Woodley and Bunny, according to Racked. The salon carries hard-to-find shampoos and related beauty products. Cuts start at $76 for men and $96 for women, and include a blow dry. GMAP

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Developer RedSky Capital plans to knock down the four buildings on Bedford for which it paid the record-breaking price of $40,000,000 and replace them with similarly sized buildings that will be retail-only. We suppose this marks the next evolutionary step in Bedford Avenue or Brooklyn real estate, since in most of the borough residential is the most profitable use for a site.

Renderings of the buildings planned to replace restaurant Tai Thai and clothing store PinkyOtto at 204-206 Bedford, above, and bar Spike Hill at 184-186 Bedford, next to Dunkin’ Donuts, after the jump, show identical facades with arch-topped windows in two bays, although a story in The Wall Street Journal said RedSky is entertaining several possible designs.

The developer plans to get anchor tenants on board before construction begins and is already talking to retailers. The site at 184-186 Bedford will be two stories with 9,600 square feet of store space “on three levels,” according to the Journal, so perhaps that includes the cellar. The site at 204-206 Bedford Avenue will also have three levels and 11,250 square feet of shops.

RedSky wants $400 a square foot for the street level spaces and $125 a square foot for the second floors. Further down Bedford at No. 247, where Apple has signed on as the anchor tenant, RedSky is also converting a mixed-use building to retail only.

Anyone want to bet on whether RedSky will scoop up the Salvation Army site across from Dunkin’ Donuts?

RedSky Investment Gives Retail a Lift [WSJ]
Developer Pays Three Times Record for Williamsburg Commercial Sites [Brownstoner]
Rendering above by Meshberg Group via Racked; rendering below via RedSky via Crain’s

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The new building planned for a vacant lot at 178 Court Street in Cobble Hill still hasn’t received Landmarks approval, because the commissioners sent the design back to the drawing board on Tuesday, YIMBY reported. PKSB Architects presented plans for a two-story red brick building with signboards, a painted steel cornice and a nine-foot bulkhead perched on top of the roof. It would house one or two retail tenants.

The LPC deemed it too plain and too tall, asked for “more inventive detailing,” a more established cornice and “broken down scale,” according to YIMBY. Meanwhile, the Historic Districts Council said in an email this week it supports the design but would like to see different signage:

HDC commends this design for its overall sensitivity of scale and materials. We do ask, though, that since the storefront will be considerably taller than those of its Court Street neighbors, the signage be incorporated into the glass transom, rather than on an additional sign band above.

The architects will work with the developer, Lonicera Partners, and return to the LPC next month with an updated design. What do you think of the look?

Landmarks Wants Tweaks to Proposal for New Building at 178 Court Street in Cobble Hill [NYY]
Modern Storefronts Planned for Empty Corner Lot on Court Street in Cobble Hill [Brownstoner]
Rendering by PSKB Architects via Cobble Hill Blog

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The Pratt Station post office reopened today in its new location at 609 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, on the ground floor of a five-story condo building. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership‘s blog was the first to write about today’s opening.

As you may recall, the postal service closed its old location at 504 Myrtle Avenue (five blocks away) last October, to make way for a planned six-story apartment building on the site. The post office serves the 11205 zip code.

Pratt Station Post Office Reopening Today [Myrtle Avenue]
Pratt Post Office Coverage [Brownstoner]
609 Myrtle Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo by Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

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Two longtime musicians Saturday opened a recording studio and music education space at 435 9th Street, on the corner of 7th Avenue in Park Slope, next to Brooklyn Industries. Acme Hall offers lessons in drums, bass, guitar, voice, ukulele and piano, and specialized group workshops with five people or less.

There’s also a fully outfitted recording studio available for bookings. The name was inspired by the building, which was called Acme Hall when it opened as a social club in 1890, according to music studio co-owner Rebecca Pronsky. GMAP

Photo by Acme Hall

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Construction is well under way and walls are rising on a second building atop Eddie Hibbert’s salvage shop at 222 Greene Avenue. Meanwhile, the first building, No. 224, is still available although the listing has come down, Eddie told us. (The price had decreased to $3,100,000 from $3,500,000, also.)

Plans filed with the building department for 222 Greene Avenue show a similar but shorter structure: Two floors with two units will rise over the existing garage and the whole thing will be 31 feet high. No. 224 next door is 40 feet high, according to permits.

The salvage shop is still operating in its same location. It is open Tuesday through Saturday. Click through for a few more photos.

Eddie Hibbert Coverage [Brownstoner]

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The retail space in the old North Side Savings Bank — designed by architect Theobald Engelhardt in 1889 — at 33-35 Grand Street is empty no more. Rudy’s Barbershop opened December 11, a spokeswoman let us know. Before that, the Seattle-based firm had a popup shop there from November of 2013 to July 2014. That closed and Rudy’s renovated.

The new space has 10 chairs, a wall mural by Brooklyn artist Romon Yang and, at the moment, a popup shop from leather goods maker Tanner Goods. The espresso bar is no more.

Haircuts for men, women and children range from $17 to $60. The A.P.C. outlet occupied the space from 2008 until 2011. Click through to see the interior.

Building of the Day [Brownstoner] GMAP
Streetlevel: A.P.C. Expanding to Billyburg [Brownstoner]
Photos by Rudy’s Barbershop

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New York YIMBY found two so-far-unpublished renderings for 247 Bedford, perhaps best known as the future home of Apple’s first Brooklyn store. The renderings shows an additional story at the north end and, notably, big square windows. The building previously had distinctive arched windows. These also appear in a previously published rendering.

It’s not clear which of the designs will actually be built — or if both sets of renderings are obsolete. BTW, Apple will occupy the southern corner of the building, closest to Metropolitan Avenue, at one time home to a bagel store. The late, lamented mom and pop shop Kings Pharmacy until recently occupied a large space on the northern end of the building.

Marin Architects is the designer. The firm has designed Duane Reade pharmacies and a Muji store, among other retail projects.

When we stopped by the construction site in late December, the unoccupied southern part of the building had been completely demolished. The part of the building that houses a Corcoran real estate office and former apartments above was still standing. A green construction fence and scaffolding covered the building.

Click through to see more renderings as well as a photo of the property we took in December.

First Look: Williamsurg Apple Store, 247 Bedford Avenue [NYY]
241 Bedford Coverage [Brownstoner]
First two renderings by Marin Architects via NYY; third rendering via The Real Deal

Update: We’re thinking the two new renderings may actually show the North 4th Street side of the building. That would explain why the smokestack is missing.

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French eyeglasses maker Anne & Valentin opened last week at 200 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, a spokesperson let us know. Its frames, which come in unusual shapes and colors, such as pink metal and two-tone acetate, are made in France.

Smith Street is becoming quite the district for high-end opticians. The store joins a growing number in the area, including James Leonard at 309 Smith Street and Moscot at 159 Court Street. Pardon Me For Asking was the first to write about the new store. GMAP

Photo by Anne & Valentin