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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

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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…)

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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

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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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The Dutch-designed, Chinese-developed Oosten condos debuted at 429 Kent Avenue in south Williamsburg this week, with one-bedrooms starting at $710,000. Halstead has 26 listings live for the block-long complex at South 8th and Kent , including four that were listed earlier this month and have already entered contract.

One-bedrooms range in price from $710,000 to $1,050,000; two-bedroom, two-bath units start at $1,185,000; and two three-bedroom, 3.5-bath duplexes are asking $2,660,000 and $2,770,000. There are also two large floor-through lofts with three bedrooms and 3.5 baths each priced at $3,470,000 and $3,620,000, and three four-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouses priced from $3,375,000 to $3,635,000.

Designed by Piet Boon and WASA Studio, the development offers the full gamut of luxury amenities, including a children’s playroom, a rooftop reflecting pool and roof deck, swimming pool and parking. XIN Development Group, the American branch of Chinese developer Xinyuan Real Estate Company, is behind the 216-unit project.

These look miles better than the average Williamsburg development to us. What do you think of the design and pricing? More interior renderings after the jump!

The Oosten [Official] GMAP
Oosten/429 Kent Avenue Listings [Halstead]
Oosten Coverage [Brownstoner]

Images via Halstead

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If you’re set on living in Williamsburg but don’t have a million bucks lying around, you could do a lot worse than this tiny studio on the south side. The brick fireplace adds a little charm, and everything looks to be in good shape except for the kitchen floor, which clearly needs to be replaced.

If the floor plan is accurate, there’s roughly 213 square feet of living space. Maybe that explains the relatively low asking price of $175,000, or $822 per square foot. Maintenance is $600 a month.

It’s not often you find a co-op in Williamsburg. At one point, this was an HDFC income-restricted building, but if it still is, the listing makes no mention of it. Do you think it’s a good deal?

115 South 8th Street, #2 [Ideal Properties] GMAP

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Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview people involved in real estate, architecture, development and design. Introducing Christopher Allen, Founder and Artistic Director of UnionDocs, a documentary film collective based in Williamsburg. We talked with Allen about UnionDocs’ ongoing collaborative project Living Los Sures, which chronicles the culture, history and stories of Williamsburg’s Southside. You can check out a video installation with some of the project’s short films at the Ildiko Butler Gallery at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. They’ll also screen some of their short films on September 19 at 7 pm, during the Southside Connex street festival in Havermeyer Park.

Brownstoner: What neighborhood do you live in, and how did you end up there?

Christopher Allen: We live in Clinton Hill. We moved there last year after living in Williamsburg since 2002. We found a place that we liked, and rent was going up in our building and it didn’t feel like it was a good deal anymore.

BS: Can you talk about the beginnings of “Living Los Sures”?

CA: We’ve been involved in a restoration project with the New York Public Library to restore and rerelease a film from 1984 called Los Sures by Diego Echeverria. That film we’ve been working with for four years — it’s inspired about 30 documentary projects made by people in our studio. Over 50 people have been involved in creating short documentaries about the neighborhood today over the last four years. We’re also doing a participatory platform where we’ve split the film from 1984 into different shots and we’re splicing in longtime residents of the neighborhood talking about places in the film.

So the project is three parts: the participatory website, called Los Sures Shot by Shot. There are 30 short documentaries, produced by our collaborative fellows. One of the characters from the original documentary, we’re updating her story as she sells her apartment and leaves the neighborhood. It’s an interactive documentary called 89 steps. She’s considering leaving the city and moving out — and the film follows her as she goes through that process, and we learn a little bit of history about the building she’s lived in for 40 years.

That’ll be launched at the New York Film Festival September 27.

After the jump, Christopher talks about gentrification on the Southside, Sternberg Park and how rezoning has shaped the neighborhood.

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The shoreline area of East River State Park in Williamsburg reopened today. The deteriorating waterfront has been spruced up with more beach sand, a new kayak launch and a wall of reclaimed granite blocks around the edge of the lawn. The state spent $526,000 restoring the park, which was flooded during Hurricane Sandy and has lost several feet of beach to erosion in recent years.

The state also added new plantings, removed invasive plant species, installed dry wells to collect storm runoff, and created channels in the waterside rocks to prevent fish from getting trapped on the beach during low tide. Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Council Member Steve Levin joined State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey (pictured), Regional Director Leslie Wright and several other individuals who have played a critical role in the park’s creation and continued development to celebrate today’s reopening of the shoreline area of the park to the public. Check it out at Smorgasburg tomorrow!

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We are sad to report the amazing and unusual interiors planned for the Steelworks Loft conversion at 76 North 4th Street in Williamsburg will not be happening after all. Now that the building has changed owners and is a rental rather than condos, AvroKo is no longer designing the interiors, which originally had kitchen cabinetry resembling iceboxes, beams salvaged from the site, and other reminders of the building’s past as a steel factory in the 1930s.

new teaser page for the building shows a few tiny thumbnails with less expensive finishes that are more typical of rentals in the area, such as a kitchen with dark wood cabinetry and white subway tile.

Leasing starts this fall, according to developer Cayuga Capital — and fall is almost here. (more…)