Build It Green NYC is hosting a holiday market featuring reused and upcycled crafts next weekend at their Gowanus location. Crafted at the Canal will kick off on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 9 pm with DJs spinning holiday tunes, complimentary beer from Coney Island Brewing Co. and local venders selling their crafts. And on Saturday December 7, the fair will continue from 10 am to 5 pm with free coffee from Stumptown. Expect crafts like recycled bicycle part jewelry, reusable holiday cards, New York sea glass jewelry, recycled art pieces and hand-crafted home decor and furniture. There will also be a vendor selling warm apple cider and fresh crepes. It’ll happen at Build It Green’s Gowanus Reuse Center, which is at 69 9th Street between Smith Street and 2nd Avenue.
Yesterday, Aptsandlofts said Bed Stuy is the new Williamsburg and today The New York Daily News says Gowanus is the new Dumbo. Two young developers who have purchased a pair of former factory buildings at the corner of 3rd and Hoyt in Gowanus say they plan to convert them to chic retail spaces and offices.
The Daily News reports that former Two Trees guys Aaron Lemma and Asher Abesera plan for 68 and 80 3rd Street to become LIVWRK, “a hub for creative professionals and artisanal shops.” They say they want the 80,000-square-foot properties, formerly the New York Vitrified Tile Co., to be a mix of local and national brands. They suggest bespoke tailors, bakeries, Restoration Hardware or even a J. Crew Liquor Store as tenants.
The complex would join the new Whole Foods, restaurants, planned boutique hotels, and lots of artisanal industrial businesses in the area. We have no idea how much the duo paid or plan to pay for the two buildings because the sale hasn’t hit public records yet. Based on the lack of ownership history and permits, it looks like the industrial buildings have been vacant for a long time.
Whole Foods is really moving fast now. The roof gardens are almost complete, there is signage at the entrance, and a covered parking lot is taking shape. Thanks to a reader for sending in this fantastic photo. There is a plaza overlooking the Gowanus that can be accessed without entering the parking lot, he said.
Sterling Equities filed plans earlier this week to build a four-story, 32-unit residential development on the site of the Regency Carts building in Gowanus. GLUCK+ architects will design the 53,475-square-foot development at 337 Carroll Street, according to the plan exam application filed October 22. BuzzBuzzHome spotted the plan application, which says the building will have 27 enclosed parking spaces, a common roof terrace and private exterior space. The developer also filed demolition permits for the two-story white building. Sterling bought the property in May for $12,500,000 and is in negotiations to buy the unfinished “Hell Building” next door at 333 Carroll, as we reported last month.
New businesses, particularly in small-scale manufacturing and craft goods, have shot up in Gowanus since 2000, according to a report cited in the New York Daily News. Wholesalers and crafts makers producing specialty items such as custom wedding dresses, coffee and vinyl furniture covers explain much of the neighborhood’s 44 percent increase in new business over the last 13 years. The report, conducted by the Bloomberg administration, also shows rapid gentrification of the area: Property values have soared 83 percent since 2004, as the median income has risen from $46,116 in 1999 to $99,543. What’s more, the population is up by 2,600 in the last three years, and 25 percent of residents are aged 25 to 34.
Andrew Paul Smith, a broker with Ideal Properties Group, told the Daily News, “I have a lot of clients in their late 20s who want to move here because places like Park Slope have more families and strollers around. Here they can continue to be cool.”
Last week we took a walk around two of the model units in Naftali Group’s new luxury rental development, the Landmark Park Slope, where over 50 percent of the units are already rented and tenants have begun moving in. The building has some nice condo-type amenities, and the finishes are above average for a rental building. We looked at a one-bedroom unit with a balcony, which would rent for about $3,300, and a two-bedroom that would go for $4,300. By our back-of-the-envelope calculations, that’s in the ballpark of about $6 or so per square foot for interior space per month, about average these days for new developments in prime areas. There is a gym and parking garage, and tenants in every apartment can rent an extra storage closet in the hall on their floor for an additional $75 a month. There’s also a rooftop terrace with a grill and an outdoor terrace on one of the middle floors (both of which have wi-fi). AptsandLofts.com is handling all of the development’s marketing and leasing. Click through to the jump to see interior shots. What do you think of it?
Surveyors have been spotted and the lot has been cleared of debris at 363-365 Bond Street, the site of Lightstone Group’s massive planned development right next to the Gowanus Canal, Gowanus Your Face Off reported. After seeing surveyors painting white excavation markers, GYFO thinks demolition “is nigh” for the property, where Lightstone plans to build a 700-unit rental building. And in fact, we noticed, DOB issued a demolition permit for 365 Bond the first week of September. Crews are clearing out grass and weeds, cutting down trees and clearing out the insides of 363 Bond for demolition. And flatbed trucks have been dropping off construction vehicles over the past two weeks, according to GWFO. A tipster sent us this photo of part of the site, the former Gowanus Grove party space, which had its last hurrah earlier this month.
Tonight, filmmaker Max Kutner is screening his documentary on the landmarked Coignet building in Gowanus, “At the Corner of Third and Third.” He examines the mysterious building’s 130-year-history and significance, as well as the Whole Foods being built next door, through “archival materials and interviews with historians, activists, artists, photographers, and local residents to show how a community looks to the future while fighting to preserve the past.” The 20-minute film shows at 6 pm at the NewFilmmakers New York series at the Courthouse Theater at 32 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.