04/23/14 12:57pm

Here’s a nice “authentic” loft (as the listing puts it) in North Williamsburg. The 1,750-square-foot pad at 119 North 11th Street has two real (i.e. windowed) bedrooms and a third room that could also house a bed. The wood columns and beams are the signature design elements — and the slew of big windows is another point in the win column. Asking price is $2,000,000.

119 North 11th Street, #3B [Corcoran] GMAP

04/15/14 12:59pm

This new listing at 154 Broadway, a four-story loft building that was converted to residential back in 2007, has a ton of space (2,600 square feet) and other amenities you’d hope for in a loft (high ceilings, big windows). This place also has a lower level as well as a backyard and a deck. The only real negative is the fact that it’s on the ground floor with the front facing the street. Asking price is $2,500,000.

154 Broadway, #1 [Halstead] GMAP

04/11/14 4:00pm

Council Member Stephen Levin has announced the five community improvement projects in District 33 that will receive $1,560,000 of city discretionary funds. Residents voted last week on how their tax dollars should be spent in the district through a process known as participatory budgeting. Here are the projects that received the most votes, in order:

  1. Repairs at four NYCHA playgrounds – Gowanus Houses, 572 Warren Street Houses, Wyckoff Gardens, and Jonathan Williams Plaza – will receive $400,000.
  2. The Gowanus Community Center, pictured, will get $325,000 for renovations.
  3. The McGolrick Park Playground will be completely reconstructed, to the tune of $450,000.
  4. BOOKlyn Shuttle: $198,000 will be set aside to buy and retrofit bus a bus designed by Pratt Institute to “inspire, stimulate and improve the literacy of North Brooklyn’s youth.”
  5. The bathrooms at P.S. 261 will be renovated and repaired with $175,000 in funds.

Image of Gowanus Community Center via Better Late Than Never


04/07/14 9:30am

We discovered this rendering on the fence at 377 Flushing Avenue between Kent and Franklin in south Williamsburg, where developer Rabsky Group is planning a seven-story mixed-use building. The ubiquitous Karl Fischer is the architect of record for the 99-unit development, which will also include ground-floor commercial space, according to new building permits issued last August.

We last reported that the building would be 177 units, but permits have been updated with the lower number of apartments and slightly less commercial space. And now there are fewer underground parking spaces — 50 instead of 106. The 159,092-square-foot building will also have 50 bike parking spaces, roof terraces and recreation spaces. When the City Council agreed to rezone the land, the developer promised to make the development affordable housing and build a five-story addition for the yeshiva school next door, as previously reported.

Behind the fence, excavation has just begun. Click through to see a photo of the construction. GMAP

Karl Fischer-Designed 177-Unit Building Going up in South Williamsburg [Brownstoner]

04/07/14 9:00am


The red racing stripe-detailed rental building at 281 Union Avenue in Williamsburg began leasing last week. The seven-story development is offering 33 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, BuzzBuzzHome reported. Six listings are up so far, with one-bedrooms from $2,300, two-bedrooms from $3,400 and a two-bedroom, two-bath for $4,500 a month.

The apartments, marketed by Bold New York, feature wide-plank oak floors, large double-glazed tilt and turn windows, central heating and cooling, Caesarstone countertops and video intercoms. Some of the apartments also have balconies and terraces.  The building features a gym, shared work space, onsite parking, bike parking and a landscaped roof deck.

Developed by Alex Brown Realty and Largo Investments, the building also has a 15-year 421a tax abatement. The MDIM-designed building is shaped like a cross, which might be a nod to the site’s former occupant — a Methodist Church — but also fits the wedge-shaped island plot.

Click through for interior photos, and check out the floor plans.

281 Union Avenue [Bold New York]
281 Union Avenue [StreetEasy]
Leasing Starts at 281 Union Avenue in Williamsburg [BBH]
Cross-Shaped Building at 281 Union Avenue in Williamsburg Finishing Up [Brownstoner]

04/02/14 12:57pm

This new listing at The Edge in Williamsburg is a nice one to be sure — river views, modern appliances and great common amenities — but it’s still a one-bedroom apartment that’s asking $995,000. That’s about $1,200 a foot for those keeping score at home. A lot of dough, to be sure, but that’s pretty much the going rate for this location. In fact, some larger units have gone for higher valuations than that recently.

22 North 6th Street, #4G [MNS] GMAP

03/26/14 12:58pm

Want to know how fast and far the Williamsburg condo market has moved in the past couple of years? Take a look at the price history on this top-floor unit at 55 Berry Street. After selling for $1,100,000 in 2012, the 1,245-square-foot pad was put on the market for $1,750,000 in May of 2013. After a couple months, the listing was pulled and just re-emerged again last week with a price tag of $1,695,000. It’s a nice place, to be sure, with high ceilings, modern kitchen and a private 1,000-square-foot roof deck. Can’t wait to see what it goes for.

55 Berry Street, #6G [Stribling] GMAP

03/26/14 10:00am

A seven-story mixed-use building is coming to the corner of Broadway and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. Jeffrey Kamen Architect filed a new building application last week to construct a seven-story, 17-unit development at 49 Broadway, a block and a half south of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Currently a vacant lot, the property will eventually house 5,293 square feet of commercial space, 352 square feet of community space and 11,560 square feet of residential. The project will also have underground parking for nine cars, a roof terrace, and balconies for some apartments. GMAP

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

03/19/14 10:00am

Three stories have gone up so far at 239 North 9th Street in Williamsburg, which will eventually be a six-story apartment building, according to recent building permits.

Karl Fischer was originally the applicant of record for the development, back when it was owned by murdered developer Menachem Stark. Fortis Group took over the loan in 2011 and purchased the property outright for $4,864,680 in 2012, public records show. A lis pendens was filed on the property in 2009, and PropertyShark records a lien for $87,081 from Karl Fischer Architecture at that time, among others, including bank liens.

We found the above rendering on Fortis’ website. Permits indicate there will be 78 apartments, but Fortis’ website says the plan is a 77,600-square-foot, 120-unit building. Construction began last April and is scheduled to wrap in June 2014, according to Fortis.

We’ve posted a construction photo after the jump. GMAP

Rendering via Fortis Property Group


03/18/14 9:00am

We spotted this rendering for a six-story building going up at 171 North 10th Street between Bedford and Driggs last week in Williamsburg. The site, which currently has two stop work orders, will eventually house 18 apartments, according to building permits. The current architect of record is Shawn Stiles of S&S Architecture and Design. Amenities will include parking for 11 cars, bike storage, recreation rooms and a roof terrace.

Construction is supposed to wrap this spring, according to signs posted at the site. Initial building permits for the project were filed way back in 2008, but construction stalled until the site changed hands and renewed its permits last year. The current owner, an LLC, paid $3,400,000 for the property in an all-cash, off-market deal in 2012, Crain’s reported at the time.

We’ve included a construction photo after the jump. GMAP


03/17/14 9:00am


Tenants at 53 Broadway in Williamsburg, a luxury rental finished last August, are complaining about exorbitant electric bills, parking lot problems and not having a promised 24-hour doorman. One resident told us, “My personal bill for my two-bedroom apartment was $700 last month, even though my roommate and I are at work all day and were on vacation for two weeks that month.” She thinks the electricity in some of the units may be wired incorrectly, because other tenants report Con Ed bills as high as $1,043 (for a three-bedroom).

Tenants in the 75-unit building also say that they were promised a functional parking lot with a lift system manned by a 24-hour attendant when they moved in during the fall. Instead, drivers can park in one of four long slots, causing cars to be blocked in if someone pulls in behind them. “We were asked to give the other tenants with parking spots our phone numbers and be on call 24 hours a day and would be responsible to return home to move our cars within a one hour window so if you were blocking someone they would be able to get their car out,” writes one driver.

Finally, residents say they were promised a 24-hour doorman, but their doorman was switched to part-time without anyone being notified. They’ve tried to contact the management company and the new owners, but the problems persist. Rents in the building start at $2,704 for a one-bedroom or at $4,216 for a two-bedroom.

A rep from Adam America, which developed the building with the Horizon Group, told us that the development changed hands a few months ago, selling to an owner called Broadway Brooklyn Acquisition LLC. We’ve tried to get in touch with the new owners, but we haven’t received any comment on these issues.

South Williamsburg’s 53 Broadway Over 65 Percent Leased in Three Weeks [Brownstoner]
Colorful Facade Appears on Condos at 53 Broadway [Brownstoner]
Scaffolding Coming Down at 53 Broadway [Brownstoner]

03/14/14 9:30am

A spokeswoman contacted us with new details about The Oosten, the Chinese developer-owned build at 429 Kent Avenue that will bring 201 condos and 15 townhomes to south Williamsburg. XIN Development Group plans 500,000 square feet of residential space on two acres on Kent between South 8th and South 9th streets, above. The condos and townhouses will range from one to six bedrooms, and the townhouses will have direct access to 15 private garages. There will also be four penthouses with elevator access to four private garages.

Dutch designer Piet Boon is designing all of the interiors, finishes and amenities, which will include jacuzzis in the townhomes and penthouses. The architect of record is WASA/Studio A. The developers will also set aside 10,000 square feet for a nonprofit art gallery. The Oosten’s amenities will include an indoor lap pool, fitness center, sauna and steam rooms, children’s play room, and a rooftop terrace with a reflection pool. Construction began recently and is expected to finish by the end of 2015. The site is currently being excavated, as our photo above shows.

Market Revealed for 421 Kent: Overseas Chinese Investors [Brownstoner]