07/31/14 11:30am

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Construction fencing is up but work has not yet begun at 356 Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg, where we spotted this rendering for a five-story affordable building on the fence. The new building is the red brick one with the gray cornice and the stepped roofline; the one to the right next door with the black cornice and the two wood frame buildings to the left on the corner are already there.

The mixed-use development will house 19 units spread across 16,009 square feet of residential space, as well as 8,000 square feet of retail and 2,000 square feet for a medical clinic, according to new building permits issued last month. It will also have a laundry room, roof deck and bike storage. The architect of record is Bong Yu PC Engineers and Architects.  (more…)

07/28/14 9:30am


Developer Two Trees has filed building applications for the northernmost site in the Domino Sugar Factory development, 262 Kent Avenue, as New York YIMBY first reported. The 281,869-square-foot structure will rise on Site A, between South 1st and Grand streets. In the rendering, that’s the building on the far left. It will have 30 stories and 93 apartments, with nearly equal amounts of residential and commercial space. (more…)

07/24/14 11:30am

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The huge eight-building development rising at 431 Kent Avenue in Hasidic Williamsburg has gotten a red brick facade and windows. The complex will have 188 units, 227 underground parking spaces, 81 bike storage spaces, and 48 above ground parking spaces, as we reported in March.

Next door at 429 Kent, the Beijing-based XIN Development is installing the foundation and first floor of The Oosten, a pricey Dutch-designed condo project. In an interesting twist, XIN has agreed to alter certain features of the development out of respect for the Hasidim who will likely live in 431 Kent.  (more…)

07/22/14 4:00pm

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Williamsburg art collective El Puente Muralistas are exploring the neighborhood’s culture, religion and links to the Caribbean sugar trade in a new mural painted on the Domino Sugar Factory’s northern construction wall. Local residents, teens and elected officials joined the artists in starting the mural, “Past Present Prediction,” Friday afternoon. (more…)

07/15/14 9:30am

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We found this schematic on the fence at the corner of Leonard Street and Montrose Avenue in East Williamsburg, where a five-story building is rising. The apartment building at 73 Montrose will have 40 units spread across 29,731 square feet of residential space, in addition to 2,762 square feet of community space occupied by medical offices, according to new building permits(more…)

07/14/14 10:00am

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There seems to be an insatiable market for expensive rentals in Williamsburg, and the latest building to try and satisfy that demand is 171 North 10th Street, where rents range from $2,385 to $6,695. Aptsandlofts.com has six listings up for the seven-story, 20-unit building between Bedford and Driggs Avenues. Studios start at $2,385 a month, one-bedrooms at $3,300, two-bedroom, two-bath units at $4,265, and a three-bedroom at $6,691.


07/07/14 9:00am

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Last week, Two Trees filed a second round of building permits for its megadevelopment at the Domino Sugar Refinery. The building at 320 Kent Avenue will rise 36 stories and stand 401 feet tall — even larger than the first 35-story tower planned at 2 Grand Street.

The 470,106-square-foot complex will encompass 392 units split among 428,801 square feet. The first three floors will house 41,801 square feet of commercial space, which includes retail on the ground floor and office space on the second and third floors, according to Schedule A filings.

Ismael Levya is the architect of record, but SHoP Architects is designing the project. Although we’re not sure how many affordable apartments will be in this building, the city pushed Two Trees to build 700 affordable units out of 2,300 total planned for the development.

According to NY YIMBY, whose story we did not see until after this was written, 320 Kent Avenue is Building D. The above photo shows site C next to the landmarked refinery building and site E in front of it, now a temporary park. Click through to the jump to see a rendering of the building.

Update: A rep from Two Trees tells us that the permits don’t indicate the order of actual groundbreaking and construction, and are for infrastructure work like water, sewer, and utility connections on all the waterfront sites.


07/02/14 4:00pm

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Vice Media is moving out of its new offices on North 11th Street and spending $20,000,000 to renovate a 60,000-square-foot building on Kent Avenue and South 2nd Street, Crain’s and WSJ reported. Its space at 90 North 11th Street, previously occupied by vintage clothing store Beacon’s Closet, is part of a former bus depot that runs from North 10th to North 11th streets between Berry and Wythe, which is being razed  to make way for a 12-story, 100,000-square-foot retail and office building.

The developer, Cayuga Capital, is forcing Vice and Fast Ashley’s Studios out of the complex, as The Real Deal reported in April. The company has expanded twice since February, including taking over the Beacon’s Closet space in March.

Vice’s new South ‘Burg offices will feature production facilities and have full broadcast capabilities. “Brooklyn is our home and we’re already hard at work developing a freaky, space-age utopia that will give today’s creative visionaries a place to produce astonishing stories and leave their indelible thumbprint on the annals of history,” a spokesman told the Journal.

The state is also granting the company $6,500,000 in tax incentives if it adds 525 new employees to its current staff of 400. We’re guessing the new location is 285 Kent Avenue, a 45,000-square-foot warehouse on Kent between South 2nd and South 3rd Streets (pictured).

Vice Media Grows in Brooklyn [Crain's]
Vice Media Moving to New Williamsburg Headquarters [WSJ]
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

06/30/14 12:56pm

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This condo at the Bridgeview Towers in Williamsburg just hit the market with an asking price of $750,000. That puts the price for the 793-square-foot pad below the $1,000-a-foot threshold — but not by much. The finishes are exactly what you’d expect from an upper-end condo in Williamsburg.

We like the windows and light in the living room but could do with a slightly bigger bedroom. What do you think?

26 Broadway, #307 [Corcoran] GMAP

06/25/14 12:59pm

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This new listing at 70 Berry Street in Williamsburg is a large one-bedroom in a new(ish) modern building with modern finishes just a couple of blocks from McCarren Park and the Bedford L train. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room along with exposures on three side make for a very light and open feel.

The asking price for the 860-square-foot apartment is $995,000 and there’s another 11 years left on the building’s tax abatement.

70 Berry Street, #5G [Corcoran] GMAP

06/25/14 9:30am

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Multinational coffee giant Starbucks is opening its first Williamsburg location soon in the Karl Fischer-designed rental building at 405 Union Avenue. DNAinfo reported that the chain will open its doors in mid-summer.

This outpost will be the coffee franchise’s second north Brooklyn location, joining 910 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. We’ve known about this Starbucks since December, when Eater noticed job listings for this location on the Starbucks website. But if you want to rent an apartment in Starbucks’ building, it’ll cost you: two-bedroom, two-bath apartments there are asking $4,350 a month.

For years, Williamsburg residents said they feared the chain would open on Bedford Avenue, but Williamsburg remained notably Starbucks-free. But now that the neighborhood has a Dunkin’ Donuts on Bedford, American Apparel and an Urban Outfitters and is soon to get a J.Crew and Whole Foods, does it really matter any more?

First Williamsburg Starbucks Opening Mid-Summer [DNAinfo] GMAP
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark