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Williamsburg and Greenpoint are getting 53 new Citi Bike stations! Wow. Brooklyn Paper reported that the bike sharing program will install the blue bikes later this year as part of its $30,000,000 expansion.

Stations will be scattered every few blocks in an area from Flushing and Marcy at the southern end of Williamsburg to Franklin Avenue and Dupont Street in Greenpoint, including in transit-starved spots but also along major transit corridors. Highlights include a station for the India Street Pier and ones at either end of McGolrick Park.

What do you think of the plan?

New Citi Bike Locations in Williamsburg, Greenpoint Revealed [BK Paper]
Map via Brooklyn Paper

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YIMBY has posted renderings for three new Brooklyn projects yesterday, including another row of modern-style townhouses in Boerum Hill, pictured above. Ben Hansen Architect will design the five single-family homes at 73-79 Bond Street, each of which will be four stories and 5,600 square feet. It looks like the exteriors will feature light-colored brick, metal siding and large undivided windows — all elements of the architect’s own modern home nearby on State Street.

Next up are two modern apartment buildings in Williamsburg. The first is a jutting, angular structure planned for 308 North 7th Street, wrapping around Meeker Avenue to North 6th Street next to the BQE. Adam America is developing the six-story building, which will house 38 apartments. Designed by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects, the facade appears to be wrapped in a rust-colored material — YIMBY suggests Corten steel — and features triangular balconies. Looks a little post-apocalyptic to us.

And last but not least, there’s an updated rendering for the futuristic 13-story tower in the works at 190 South 1st Street. The ODA-designed project will house 32 apartments and a daycare center among its 39,000 square feet. We like all the balconies and the roof terrace on the second floor, above the day care.

What do you think of the designs?

Revealed: 390 State Street/73-79 Bond Street Townhouses, Boerum Hill [NYY]
First Look: 308 North 7th Street, Williamsburg [NYY]
New Look: 190 South 1st Street, 13-Story Williamsburg Project by ODA [NYY]

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Exposed brick, big windows and lots of open space — this loft in a converted warehouse next to the Williamsburg Bridge seems pretty authentic. The kitchen and bathroom could be improved, and there’s only one small closet, but it’s a lot more space than you’d typically find in a new-construction rental in Williamsburg. The listing claims the studio is 1,100 square feet!

But we can think of one caveat: it’s right across the street from the Domino Sugar site, where Two Trees will be building for the foreseeable future. Construction is also happening next door at 331 Kent. What are your thoughts on it for $3,500 a month?

337 Kent Avenue, #5 [Ideal Properties] GMAP

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$1,149,000 for an 879-square-foot one-bedroom in South Williamsburg sounds like a tall order but this condo in the Smith Gray building has very high ceilings and lots of original lofty details that put it in a different class than your average cookie-cutter condo. Plus, for as long as the J-51 tax abatement is in effect, the monthly expenses are just $525. Still, $1,300-plus a square foot on Broadway? Time will tell.

138 Broadway, #2D [] GMAP


When the Williamsburg waterfront was rezoned over a decade ago, the city promised a 28-acre park that would include what is now the burnt-out remains of the CitiStorage warehouse at North 11th and Kent Avenue. But so far, the city has not delivered, and Bushwick Inlet Park today is but a fraction of what was promised. As numerous media outlets have detailed in recent days following the fire, local residents and community activists now fear the CitiStorage owner will sell to a private developer to put up condos.

The Open Space Alliance is hosting a meeting tonight for anyone who would like to organize in support of the park. It’ll take place at 7 pm at El Puente at 211 South 4th Street.

Buswhick Inlet Park Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo via Gothamist

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This simple brick Italianate building at 271 Berry Street in Williamsburg looks worth restoring to us, although it will take a bit of work. It has retained more of its historic features than most we see in the area, and appears to be in move-in condition. Notably, it also has a separate garage.

There are old-style entry doors, including an interior set with etched glass, original crown moldings in the entry and front parlor, the original staircase with turned newel post and coffin niche, later 19th century and Edwardian plaster moldings and paneling in other rooms, and built-ins in the garden-floor kitchen. The exterior looks to be in good shape, and there is a separate garage.

There is linoleum throughout and dropped ceilings on the top floor; we’re guessing the plumbing and electrical could use an upgrade, although the boiler is new. The missing mantels and long parlor windows would also benefit from restoration.

It’s set up as a rental over a duplex. If a buyer wanted to flip that configuration, a parlor level kitchen could fit where the “office” is now.

We think the location between the L and J lines is convenient, especially considering the garage, although some might disagree.

What do you think of it and the price tag of $2,200,000?

271 Berry Street [Citi Habitats] GMAP

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Curbed noticed a rendering and teaser site for the condo conversion at 338 Berry Street in Williamsburg, which will be called “Williamsberry” (yes, really). Other plans for the former noodle factory at the corner of South 5th Street have changed slightly: It will get an eighth story and 54 units, according to alteration permits first filed in 2013.

Paris Forino will design the interiors, and apartments will range from studios to four-bedrooms, as well as penthouse and “Skyhouse offerings,” per the teaser site. Elliman broker and “Million Dollar Listing” star Fredrik Eklund revealed that pricing will range from $575,000 to $3,500,000 and up for the three penthouses.

New Condos Sound Like a Williamsburg-Flavored Fruit Spread [Curbed]
Williamsberry [Official]
338 Berry Street Coverage [Brownstoner]

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The apartments at the Mason-Fisk building at 72 Berry Street in Williamsburg are hard to resist, with their big wood beams, original brick and quite tasteful modern kitchens. This particular one-bedroom on the third floor just came on the market asking $1,125,000. It’s got common charges of just $525 a month and comes with use of the common roof deck. Like it?

72 Berry Street, #3E [Real Direct] GMAP

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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