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A Curbed tipster checked out several apartments for lease in the new 40-story waterfront tower at 1 North 4th Place in Williamsburg and said they were “really bad…tiny apartments, tiny windows with bad views and tiny bedrooms.” Apparently only the lower floors are being rented right now, and rents increase by about $50 per floor, according to the tipster.

This is the building that was going to be the third Northside Piers, but Toll Brothers bowed out during the downturn and the building became rentals instead of condos. MNS began leasing the 510-unit development last month, as we reported, with renderings (not photos). The floor plans don’t have measurements, so it’s hard to gauge size.

The FXFOWLE-designed highrise has eight listings on its website so far, ranging from a $2,450 studio to a $7,000 three-bedroom.

Check out a few more photos after the jump.

First Look Inside Williamsburg’s New View-Touting Rentals [Curbed]
1 North 4th Place Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos via Curbed

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Developer Jacob Toll gave us a tour of the nearly complete rentals at the Lewis Steel Building, which stretches a full block on North 4th Street between Wythe and Berry in Williamsburg. Construction at the former steel mill at 76 North 4th Street is 95 percent done, he said, and he expects the 83 luxury rentals, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, to hit the market in May. Asking rents for the Hustvedt Cutler-designed apartments will start around $3,000 for one-bedrooms, $3,500 for studios and $4,500 for two-bedrooms, according to Toll.

You can glimpse the building’s industrial past in the lobby and amenity areas, which still sport original brick, and the parking garage, which was one of the factory’s loading bays. Wood joists salvaged from the floor line the hallway ceilings every few feet, and several apartments feature original brick. The elevator shafts were converted to three one-bedrooms, and the elevator doors and brick were preserved in those units. Many apartments also have private terraces or roof access, and some of the ones on the top two floors have gas fireplaces. The largest (and priciest) unit is a 1,300-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath duplex with a gas fireplace and roof access.

There will also be some nice retail: Blue Bottle Coffee, Steven Alan Home and bookseller McNally Jackson have all signed leases for ground floor retail in the building, as we reported earlier this month.

Click through to see the apartments!

Lewis Steel Building [MNS]
Lewis Steel Coverage [Brownstoner]
Steelworks Loft Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Developer Synapse Group has chosen HWKN to be the architect of the 14-story Yotel planned for 280 Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, and the design is a major departure for the area. HWKN sent us renderings and new details about the out-of-the-ordinary building, which will be topped by condos next to the BQE.

“The sculptural qualities of the building [connect] with Williamsburg’s artistic bent,” said HWKN principal Matthias Hollwich, and the design “will position the new Yotel as one of the most iconic buildings in New York,” according to the firm’s press release.

The level of the base is designed to “negotiate” between the BQE and the rest of the neighborhood. The stories rising above feature a “cascading, shingle effect façade that gradates in tone and finish.” Then that facade gives way to the shiny, glassy condos at the top, wrapping and revealing them.

We read it as a visual metaphor for the history of neighborhood, whose many wood frame and shingle buildings have ceded to shiny glass towers in recent years.

The 110-unit hotel will have a total of 100,000 square feet, which will include 20,000 square feet of retail, a rooftop garden at the level of the BQE, a separate parking deck and six to eight condos on the top floors. The trapezoidal site is located between Withers and Lorimer streets.

CetraRuddy was also in the running, and we published their concept drawings last month. The Wall Street Journal was the first to publish the winning design but did not name the architect. The Real Deal wrote more about the design yesterday.

Click through for another rendering that shows the colorful facade and stores at street level. We think this is one of the most interesting building designs we’ve seen in years. In fact, we think it’s brilliant. What’s your opinion? – By Rebecca Baird-Remba and Cate Corcoran

This Unusual Design Will Not Be Williamsburg’s Future Yotel Hotel [Brownstoner] GMAP
Renderings by HWKN
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The Meshberg Group-designed brick apartment building rising on a prominent corner in Williamsburg is looking close to done, on the exterior at least. The design of 291 Metropolitan Avenue, reminiscent of 19th century warehouses and Soho cast iron buildings, stands out among the glassy boxes of Williamsburg. Nonetheless, the design caught some flak for its balconies and brick veneer from Curbed commenters when the site published renderings of it in February.

Now those elements and others are in place, including arched windows, french doors and balconies. The back is completely bricked up and has windows on the top three floors. The first floor is still under construction.

Ultimately, the five-story development will have 27 apartments and a tiny 95-square-foot retail space on the ground floor. There will also be 15 parking spots, bike storage and a roof deck. Since the lot is L-shaped, the building fronts Metropolitan, Roebling and North 4th Streets, giving it an alternate address of 206 North 4th Street. It also curves around a three-story apartment building on the corner, whose owner evidently didn’t want to sell.

Meshberg has posted an interior rendering on its website. The developer is All Year Management, who snagged the prime property in 2012 for $4,000,000.

Click through to see more exterior shots and the interior rendering. What do you think of how it is turning out so far?

291 Metropolitan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Here’s a first look at the rendering for a six-story rental building planned for 120 Union Avenue in Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle. Aufgang Architects is designing the project, which will have 96 apartments spread across nearly 70,000 square feet, according to new building applications filed in September. Apartments will range from studios to four-bedrooms, and there will be 1,750 square feet of retail and 65 parking spots.

The exterior will be clad in “clay-coat architectural brick in a stacked bond pattern, detailed in break metal,” and the ground floor will feature “cast channel glass cladding and architectural grills, to allow natural ventilation in the first-floor garage and varying views to the interior.” Construction on the $18,500,000 development is expected to finish in January 2016, according to Aufgang.

Slate Property Group, Adam America and Naveh Shuster are the developers, and Meshberg Group will handle the interior design. In September, the three developers paid $15,500,000 for the property, which is home to a two-story car repair shop. They’re also going to build a six- or seven-story building a block away at 100 Union Avenue.

What do you think of the design?

Adam America Plans Six-Story Rental in the Broadway Triangle [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Aufgang Architects

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If you’re looking for an old-fashioned feel in prime Williamsburg, this two-bedroom garden duplex at Wythe and North 1st might fit the bill. The kitchen isn’t fancy, but it does have a vintage stove, tin ceilings and simple white tile floors. The master bedroom on the parlor floor is connected to another room that could be used as a living room, and renters could use a smaller room on the garden floor as a second bedroom, according to the broker. But the listing notes that the apartment “functions best as a huge one-bedroom with home office.” Do you think it’ll fly for $3,400 a month?

255 Wythe Avenue, #Garden [Corcoran] GMAP

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New building applications were filed today for a six-story building with stores and 10 apartments at 225 Wythe Avenue, where a 1950s metal diner currently stands. It was home to the Wythe Diner from ’68 to ’88, Relish from ’97 to 2010, and currently houses Soho Mexican joint La Esquina.

Potentially, the apartments could be huge — about 1,238 square feet each — so we’re guessing this will be condos. All told, the building will have 16,736 square feet, including 4,351 square feet of commercial space.

Tom Winter, whose offices are nearby in Greenpoint, is the architect of record. The owner listed on the permit application and recent financial documents is longtime owner Sandy Stillman, who first purchased the property in 1997 for an undisclosed amount. He ran Relish in the space for over a decade; read his goodbye note here.

Forgotten NY sheds some light on the history of the restaurant, which was constructed in 1952 by the Mountain View Diner Company. Click through to see the diner in 2006 when it was Relish. Perhaps La Esquina will simply pick up and move. No demolition permits have been filed, but we doubt they would be necessary. GMAP

Photo above by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark; photo below by Gregg Snodgrass for PropertyShark

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The winter edition of citywide music festival Make Music New York is bringing participatory performances to Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, Cadman Plaza, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and McCarren Park this Sunday. Appalachian fiddlers and dancers will lead a parade from Grand Army Plaza to the Shake Shack on Flatbush Avenue, and in Williamsburg, a parade of kalimba (thumb piano) players will wend its way from Cooper Park to McCarren Park.

And singers and instrumentalists of all levels can meet in Cadman Plaza to play in a “slow-motion” performance of the prelude to Bach’s G-Major Cello Suite No. 1. Down on Williamsburg’s Southside, community groups El Puente and Bombayo are hosting an Afro-Caribbean dance and performance experience at El Puente’s headquarters on South 4th Street. Check out the full schedule over at Make Music New York.

Image via Make Music New York

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Permits were filed yesterday for a long-planned affordable development at 105 South 5th Street in Williamsburg. New York YIMBY first spotted the new building application for the 11-story mixed-use building, which will rise on a vacant lot across from the Williamsburg Bridge, and have 56 units scattered across 45,000 square feet of residential space.

The ground floor will include 4,100 square feet of retail and an 1,100-square-foot medical office. Crain’s reported last year that the retail space will go to community groups and local businesses, such as The Garden, a family-owned organic grocery store in Greenpoint.

Not counting the super’s unit, the project’s 55 apartments will break down into 28 two-bedrooms, 19 one-bedrooms and eight studios, according to Crain’s. The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development owns the graffiti-filled lot. It used to be home to Landmarks’ architectural salvage warehouse, which was demolished three years ago. 

North Brooklyn Development Corp. and MDG Design and Construction are developing the 4,200-square-foot plot, and Dattner Architects is designing the building.

Permits Filed: 105 South 5th Street, Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP
Rendering by Dattner

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For an apartment that was carved out of a Civil War-era munitions factory, this two-bedroom condo at 130 Jackson Street in Williamsburg doesn’t have much in the way of old-school detail. It does have a good layout, big windows and a private balcony though. And the tax abatement is clearly still in effect, with common charges at just $558 a month. The apartment is east of the BQE but the price is north of $1,000 a foot ($1,067 to be exact). That’s $1,165,000 for 1,092 square feet of interior space — but don’t forget that balcony!

130 Jackson Street, #3C [Corcoran] GMAP

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YIMBY unearthed this unusual cantilevered rendering for the planned Yotel at 280 Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, but architects CetraRuddy told the blog that this design wasn’t chosen. Yotel announced developer Synapse Capital will build a 110-unit hotel with 100,000 square feet and stores in a press release last week.

Since the building will rise on a trapezoidal site next to the BQE, this look would certainly have been eye-catching from the highway. CetraRuddy said the design lent itself to creating amenity spaces for the condos and public areas for the hotel: “The project scope included developing several schemes to accommodate micro-unit layouts, designed to minimize private/room space while maximizing public/amenity space.”

The hotel may have “as many as eight condominiums on the top floor,” and construction will finish in 2016, according to a Bloomberg story that ran last week.

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Vision: Yotel Planned for Williamsburg at 646 Lorimer Street [NYY] GMAP
Renderings by CetraRuddy

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With the large majority of condos in Williamsburg now of the new construction variety, lofts that have retained their original detail have a special appeal. The Smith Gray building at 138 Broadway was one of the first (if not the first) condo conversion in the area when it hit the market in 2002. There’s now a great corner three-bedroom that’s just come on the market for $2,550,000. That’s probably about three times what it first went for but, oh, how times have changed in South Williamsburg. Strong points include original floors and columns as well as big windows with lotsa light.

138 Broadway, #5E [Corcoran] GMAP