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The winter edition of citywide music festival Make Music New York is bringing participatory performances to Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, Cadman Plaza, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and McCarren Park this Sunday. Appalachian fiddlers and dancers will lead a parade from Grand Army Plaza to the Shake Shack on Flatbush Avenue, and in Williamsburg, a parade of kalimba (thumb piano) players will wend its way from Cooper Park to McCarren Park.

And singers and instrumentalists of all levels can meet in Cadman Plaza to play in a “slow-motion” performance of the prelude to Bach’s G-Major Cello Suite No. 1. Down on Williamsburg’s Southside, community groups El Puente and Bombayo are hosting an Afro-Caribbean dance and performance experience at El Puente’s headquarters on South 4th Street. Check out the full schedule over at Make Music New York.

Image via Make Music New York

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Permits were filed yesterday for a long-planned affordable development at 105 South 5th Street in Williamsburg. New York YIMBY first spotted the new building application for the 11-story mixed-use building, which will rise on a vacant lot across from the Williamsburg Bridge, and have 56 units scattered across 45,000 square feet of residential space.

The ground floor will include 4,100 square feet of retail and an 1,100-square-foot medical office. Crain’s reported last year that the retail space will go to community groups and local businesses, such as The Garden, a family-owned organic grocery store in Greenpoint.

Not counting the super’s unit, the project’s 55 apartments will break down into 28 two-bedrooms, 19 one-bedrooms and eight studios, according to Crain’s. The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development owns the graffiti-filled lot. It used to be home to Landmarks’ architectural salvage warehouse, which was demolished three years ago. 

North Brooklyn Development Corp. and MDG Design and Construction are developing the 4,200-square-foot plot, and Dattner Architects is designing the building.

Permits Filed: 105 South 5th Street, Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP
Rendering by Dattner

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For an apartment that was carved out of a Civil War-era munitions factory, this two-bedroom condo at 130 Jackson Street in Williamsburg doesn’t have much in the way of old-school detail. It does have a good layout, big windows and a private balcony though. And the tax abatement is clearly still in effect, with common charges at just $558 a month. The apartment is east of the BQE but the price is north of $1,000 a foot ($1,067 to be exact). That’s $1,165,000 for 1,092 square feet of interior space — but don’t forget that balcony!

130 Jackson Street, #3C [Corcoran] GMAP

yotel 280 meeker avenue williamsburg cetra ruddy

YIMBY unearthed this unusual cantilevered rendering for the planned Yotel at 280 Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, but architects CetraRuddy told the blog that this design wasn’t chosen. Yotel announced developer Synapse Capital will build a 110-unit hotel with 100,000 square feet and stores in a press release last week.

Since the building will rise on a trapezoidal site next to the BQE, this look would certainly have been eye-catching from the highway. CetraRuddy said the design lent itself to creating amenity spaces for the condos and public areas for the hotel: “The project scope included developing several schemes to accommodate micro-unit layouts, designed to minimize private/room space while maximizing public/amenity space.”

The hotel may have “as many as eight condominiums on the top floor,” and construction will finish in 2016, according to a Bloomberg story that ran last week.

Click through for a few more renderings.

Vision: Yotel Planned for Williamsburg at 646 Lorimer Street [NYY] GMAP
Renderings by CetraRuddy


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With the large majority of condos in Williamsburg now of the new construction variety, lofts that have retained their original detail have a special appeal. The Smith Gray building at 138 Broadway was one of the first (if not the first) condo conversion in the area when it hit the market in 2002. There’s now a great corner three-bedroom that’s just come on the market for $2,550,000. That’s probably about three times what it first went for but, oh, how times have changed in South Williamsburg. Strong points include original floors and columns as well as big windows with lotsa light.

138 Broadway, #5E [Corcoran] GMAP

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This two-bedroom at The Edge in Williamsburg just hit the market asking $1,650,000, or $1,600 a foot. (It’s hard to believe that when Smorgasburg opened next door in 2011, these places were going for closer to $600 a foot!) This third-floor unit is well laid out, with a master suite, a decent-sized second bedroom and the living room on the corner. The floor-to-ceiling windows are a nice touch too. Common charges are $915 a month. There’s an open house on Sunday from 2:30 to 4 pm if this sparks your interest.

22 North 6th Street, #3I [Halstead] GMAP

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Reps for the Chinese-developed and Dutch-designed The Oosten in South Williamsburg tell us that 55 of the building’s 216 condos, or nearly 25 percent, are in contract. The luxury development at 429 Kent Avenue released its first 75 units for sale in September, with prices ranging from $710,000 for a one-bedroom to $3,635,000 for four-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouses.

The units in contract include a townhouse, but no penthouses because they haven’t been listed yet. When we checked in with the construction last month, the complex had risen to three stories. Piet Boon and WASA Studio designed the project, and Xin Development Group is the developer. 

Oosten Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering via Halstead

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Here’s a brand new townhouse in Williamsburg with decent looking interiors and energy efficient construction. It’s also relatively affordable — at least compared to other new construction townhouses in the area selling for more than twice the ask.

We’re not sure which “Passive House methods” of construction mentioned in the listing were used, but we don’t see a boiler on the floor plan. We like the metal and reclaimed wood stairs and the look of the kitchen, although the placement of the hood in front of the windows is awkward, and there’s not enough built-in storage space for dishes and food. The keyless front door, lights, music, window shades and other electronics can be controlled from built-in panels or a smart phone.

Unfortunately, we don’t know what the outside of the building looks like, since it’s not included in the listing (or anywhere else we could find).

The building is 1,732 square feet, and the architect is Gerald J. Caliendo, according to DOB filings.

What do you think of it and the ask of $2,000,000?

58 Powers Street [Corcoran] GMAP

781 metropolitan avenue williamsburg rendering

The White Castle in east Williamsburg closed in September, and now we have renderings of the eight-story rental building that will rise in its place at 781 Metropolitan Avenue. New York YIMBY first spotted renderings of the 81-unit development, 20 percent of which will be affordable housing. The building will have 10,000 square feet of retail, a gym, roof deck and bike storage.

Issac and Stern are designing, and Adam America is the developer. The developer paid $6,725,000 for the White Castle in May 2013, which apparently is still standing, abandoned and graffitied, on Metropolitan between Humboldt Street and Graham Avenue, if this Instagram photo from yesterday is any indication. No new building permits have been filed, but a demolition application was filed last month.

Revealed: 781 Metropolitan Avenue, 81 Units Coming to East Williamsburg [NYY] GMAP
White Castle in Williamsburg Has Closed [Brownstoner]

Renderings by Issac and Stern

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Three big developers have snapped up a crumbling Williamsburg factory for $18,300,000, Crain’s reported, paying a near-record price in hopes of building condos on the site. Adam America, Naveh Shuster and Slate Property Group recently bought the large, L-shaped property at 304 North 7th Street. It faces the BQE and has close to 200 feet of frontage on both Meeker Avenue and North 7th Street, for a total of 22,325 square feet.

The final sale price works out to $432 per buildable square foot, for a property that could accommodate up to seven stories and 60,278 square feet of development. The lot last changed hands for $9,450,000 two years ago, meaning that the previous owners flipped it for nearly twice what they paid.

The developers are confident about the condo market, an exec from Slate said. Condos in Williamsburg are relatively scarce, with 256 condos in development versus 3,725 rentals, according to TerraCRG data quoted in Crain’s. TerraCRG brokered the deal.

The development trio is also working on several other projects in Brooklyn, including large developments at 535 4th Avenue, 470 4th Avenue, and 275 4th Avenue, as well as a six-story rental in the Broadway Triangle. And just a block away, Adam America is  building two seven-story buildings housing 169 units at 247 North 7th Street

Williamsburg Warehouse Fetches Near-Record Sum [Crain's]
Adam America Coverage [Brownstoner]

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

763 carroll street park slopePark Slope
763 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $4,249,000
Sunday 2:30 – 4:00

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97 North 7th Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $3,250,000
Sunday 2:00 – 3:30

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445 Carroll Street
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,995,000
Sunday 1:00 – 2:30

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232 Greene Avenue
Broker: Corcoran
Price: $1,795,000
Sunday 1:30 – 2:30

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Hedge fund CEO Harsh Padia has snagged a big one-story factory at 67 Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg for $8,850,000, according to public records. The 50-by-140 foot lot could accommodate a residential building as large as six stories and 23,760 square feet under the current zoning, according to PropertyShark. Instead, Padia is planning a four-story, one-family house, according to new building applications filed earlier this month.

The DOB disapproved plans for the 2,600-square-foot house yesterday, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to knock down the existing building, which is home to a printing company. The site is L-shaped and sits at the corner of Havemeyer and North 6th, less than a block from the BQE.

Padia is the head of hedge fund HAP Capital, and his wife, Purvi Padia, is an interior designer. If the plans go through, we expect they will have some very nice outdoor space on this big lot. The applicant of record is Schneider Associates. This will be an interesting one to watch.

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark