263 bedford avenue williamsburg 102014

It’s been a year since we stopped by the building site next to the public swimming pool on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. In that time, the mixed-use, six-story project has progressed from a hole in the ground to topping out. When it’s finished, the 60-foot-tall building at 263 Bedford on the corner of North 1st Street will house 14 apartments and 3,510 square feet of commercial space.

There will also be underground parking for eight cars. The architect of record is Jung Wor Chin, and permits list the owner as John Hermanowski, who bought the site in 1986, according to public records. The rendering on the fence, first published by BuzzBuzzHome in May, shows a brick facade and glass balconies on several units. Click through the jump to see our photo of it.

Excavation Starts for Six-Story Building on Bedford in North Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP
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510 driggs avenue williamsburg rendering 102014

What do you think of this unusual design by ODA Architecture for a long-stalled apartment development at 510 Driggs Avenue near McCarren Park in Williamsburg? We’re not crazy about the look of the stacked and cantilevered cubes, but ODA’s functional explanation is intriguing.

Each of the 100 units in the five-story building will have a balcony or other outdoor space, and at least two exposures for good light and air, the firm told Arch Daily, which first published the rendering. Click through to the story to see a floor plan and other drawings that spell out the details.

“What if we could live in cities where everyone could enjoy similar qualities of a private house,” the firm told the paper. “We then challenged the zoning rules and regulations and the very common fundamentals and typologies of typical apartment buildings and came up with a scheme that satisfies all of the above. The complexity of the form serves a noble function while also becoming a beautiful piece of architecture.”

Commenters on the story lauded the design for innovation but questioned whether it can actually be built as shown in the rendering. We’d like to point out that large prewar apartment buildings in New York City typically had similar or even better exposures. Maybe we should revisit those floor plans. (more…)

citibike map

As real estate firm REQX Ventures and gym chain Equinox prepare to take over troubled Citi Bike, the bike share program has announced a big expansion into Brooklyn and Queens, adding 6,000 bikes and 375 stations by 2017. Next year, stations will come to Greenpoint, north and east Williamsburg and eastern Bed Stuy, according to this map released by Citi Bike earlier this afternoon. After that initial expansion, stations will be added in Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens.

Citi Bike also confirmed the price of a yearly membership will rise from $95 to $149, but hasn’t revealed when. Riders can still get a $95 membership for now.

Map via Citibike’s Tumblr

127-131 south first street williamsburg

One-time Robert Scarano protege Nataliya Donskoy has designed glassy apartment buildings all over Williamsburg, and now she’s going a more traditional route with the look for yet another set of Brooklyn townhouses. The four four-story brick homes at 127-131 South 1st Street between Bedford and Berry will be configured with a triplex over a garden apartment. (The first floor units will have some additional space in the cellar, according to the Schedule A.)

Each townhouse will weigh in at 4,000 square feet, and have a private roof deck on the fourth floor setback, according to NY YIMBY.  New building applications for the project were filed in June and disapproved earlier this month. The developer is Investmates Real Estate, which bought the 15,000-square-foot lot for $3,750,000 in April.

We think the design is beautiful and understated, not boring. What do you think of it?

Revealed: 127-131 South 1st Street, Williamsburg Townhouses [NY YIMBY] GMAP
Rendering by ND Architecture and Design via NY YIMBY

774 Grand St1

The old one-story Liberty Department Stores building that stood at 774-776 Grand Street for decades came down this summer, and construction has started on the foundation of what could be a game-changing building for this East Williamsburg corner.

The Meshberg Group-designed building will resemble a 19th century department store, with its tiers of large windows and arched openings at the top. But in fact the eight story building will offer a mix of retail and residential, with 64 apartments.

It is likely to be one of the taller buildings around in the mostly low-rise neighborhood, where three story row houses and four and five story apartment buildings give way to one and two story industrial buildings on the other side of Bushwick Avenue. With its large, factory-style windows and brick facade, the building looks like it will fit in well with the neighborhood’s existing buildings, unlike much of the rest of the new development Williamsburg.

When completed, the 82,000 square foot building will have an 800-square-foot fitness room on the second floor and a 3,500-square-foot roof deck.

Liberty Department Stores and adjoining properties were purchased last year by Jeff Kurtz of Kamson Corp. and Dean Marchi of Grand Street Development for $14,200,000 according to the Wall Street Journal. Meshberg Group is designing the exterior and interior, although Gene Kaufman is the architect of record on building permits.

Construction will wrap in fall 2015, according to a sign at the construction site.

More photos and a rendering after the jump. What do you think of the design?

Let’s Look at the New Rendering for East Williamsburg’s 774 Grand Street [Buzz Buzz Home]
Mixed Use Development for East Williamsburg [WSJ]
Rendering by Gene Kaufman Architect GMAP

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60 Broadway Combo

This duplex at 60 Broadway (aka the Gretsch) is looking pretty good to us. The living area has 26-foot-high ceilings and the views, even from the fifth floor, are excellent. And you know what? $2,850,000 doesn’t actually sound like that much for a top-notch, 2,445-square-foot condo in Williamsburg these days. The maintenance is just $1,617, but that’ll increase in 2020 when the tax abatement runs out.

60 Broadway, #5AB [Corcoran] GMAP

1 northside piers williamsburg 102014

The views from this new listing on the 18th floor at 1 Northside Piers in Williamsburg are pretty darn impressive. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad also sports a private balcony in addition to all the “luxury” finishes you’d expect. The price of $1,495,000 actually seems perfectly reasonable for a 1,064-square-foot apartment in this location with this view (and by reasonable we mean relative to the current market).

1 Northside Piers, #18J [Corcoran] GMAP

99 south 5th street rendering

The latest new construction project in booming South Williamsburg is 95 South 5th Street, a new six-story building which will rise on top of a red, turn-of-the-century warehouse. New York YIMBY spotted the rendering of the 23-unit building planned for the corner of South 5th and Berry Street. When it’s finished, the 18,000-square-foot development will fill the vacant lot next door to the three-story warehouse.

It will also have a 675-square-foot eating and drinking establishment on the ground floor and nine parking spots, according to alteration permits issued in August. Standard Architects is designing the project, which was filed with the DOB as a conversion and enlargement of the existing building, not a new one. The developer is Horrigan Development.

They’ll need some good soundproofing because the development sits right across from the elevated tracks and the approach to the Williamsburg Bridge. The building design is better than some of the other old-new combinations we have seen recently. What do you think?

Revealed: 95 South 5th Street, Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP

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87 wythe avenue rendering

North Williamsburg is getting yet another bizarre, futuristic development, and this time it’s a mixed-use office and retail tower planned for 87 Wythe Avenue. New York YIMBY spotted the rendering, which resembles a glassy Jenga tower, and makes the hotel on stilts in development two blocks away on Wythe appear relatively sedate in comparison. (more…)

165 north 10th street williamsburg 92014

This new listing at 165 North 10th Street is pretty sweet as far as new condos go, with a wall of windows, large living area, and floating staircase. But it does have only one bedroom, which makes the asking price of $1,249,000 a bitter pill to swallow. But that’s what buying in this hot market is all about, right? Not many spoonfuls of sugar to be found.

165 North 10th Street, #4R [AptsandLofts.com] GMAP

201 north 11th street williamsburg 92014

The scaffolding has come down from the boutique condo development at 201 North 11th Street near McCarren Park in Williamsburg we’ve been following. And it looks like the side wall is not rusted steel, as commenters had speculated, but rust-colored brick or tile. And the front facade does look like it is wrapped in wood.

The six-story, four-unit development has three duplexes and a penthouse, as well as a small garage for one or two cars on the ground floor, as previously reported. Atelier New York Architecture designed the building. Build 360 is developing the project, and Corcoran will market the condos once construction finishes.

Check out a few more shots and a closeup of the exterior finishes after the jump. What do you think of the look so far?

Rendering out for Condos Rising Near McCarren Park in Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP

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