02/25/15 10:00am


The scaffolding has come down at 177 Harrison Avenue to reveal a nearly complete religious school in the Broadway Triangle area. The building, which will house Bais Ruchel High School for girls, is considerably more elaborate than the simple cement block apartment buildings common in the area, with big arched windows and bands of trim accenting red brick. It departs significantly from the rendering, however, which can be seen after the jump.

Congregation Y.G.S. at 174 Rodney Street is the owner. Mark Marisca is the architect, according to the new-building permit. The five-story building will have an auditorium on the top floor and a play area on the roof, according to the Schedule A.

What do you think of the look? GMAP


02/25/15 9:30am

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Alloy Development yesterday listed a penthouse at One John Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park for $8,800,000, or $2,406 a square foot, making it one of the priciest condo listings in the borough. The still-under-construction development is also 60 percent sold (in contract), PR reps told us, after launching sales in September.

New renderings of the apartment went up with the listing. The four-bedroom, 4.5-bath condo encompasses 3,657 square feet, plus a 693-square-foot private roof terrace. And there is a fireplace! (It’s gas, not wood burning. Perhaps even more remarkable, the unit has its own vented gas clothes dryer.) 

As pricey as this condo is, it’s nowhere near the $32,000,000 an 11,000-square-foot penthouse at 360 Furman Street in One Brooklyn Bridge Park, also in the park, was asking. That unit, repped by the same agents as this one, was taken off the market five days ago, according to StreetEasy.

The Real Deal was the first to write about the $8,800,000 listing. Alloy designed and developed the building, which is expected to wrap up construction in summer 2016. 

Check out more renderings after the jump. Worth it?

One John Street, PHE Listing [Sotheby's]
Alloy Asks $2,400 per Square Foot for One John St. Penthouse [TRD]
One John Street Coverage [Brownstoner]


02/25/15 9:00am

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A worker died yesterday unloading massive beams for the construction of the green roof at Barclays. Peter Zepf, 52, was transferring joists from a truck onto a hoist and four fell on him around 1 in the afternoon, crushing him to death almost instantly. Work at Barclays has stopped while investigators look into what happened. Two possibilities are that the truck driver could have released the beams at the wrong moment, or the worker accidentally pressed an emergency release button.

“My signal man was crushed,” a fellow worker told the New York Daily News. “The load was top heavy, the truck driver unhooked it without being told, (and) it toppled right on top of him. I checked his pulse: he was there for half a second, and then he was gone.”

NY1 said, “Investigators believe the victim may have accidentally hit the emergency release button, causing the load to come down on him.”

“We are all devastated by what happened,” said Greenland Forest City in a prepared statement. “All of us at Greenland Forest City Ratner Partners and Barclays Center extend our most heartfelt condolences to the worker’s family and friends.”

Iron Worker at Barclays Center Crushed to Death by Steel Beams: Police [NY Daily News]
Barclays Ironworker Crushed to Death by Beams [BK Paper]
Construction Worker Killed While Working on Barclays Center Green Roof [NY1]
Photo by Andrew Fine

02/25/15 8:30am


New York City Rents Rising Faster Than Inflation, Census Says [NY Times]
Restaurant Review: Semilla in Williamsburg [NY Times]
Real Estate Investors Continue to Bet on the Future of Gowanus [Eagle]
Insufferable Video Shows New City Point Views; Flatbush Demo [Curbed]
NYC’s Smallest Landmark Is An 1800s Home in Weeksville [Curbed]
One Year Later – Back to ULURP Committee [Q Parkside]
The Latest. Oy [Q Parkside]
Three of Six Wythe Lane Townhouses in Contract [TRD]
Forest City: Stalled B2 Modular Tower Represents $146 Million Write-Down [AYR]
Student Farmers Grow Fresh Vegetables Year-Round for Bed Stuy Community [DNA]
Clover Club Owners to Open Latin Restaurant on Smith Street [DNA]
Apartments Planned for Vacant Myrtle Avenue Lot [DNA]
Red Hook Cherry Factory Owner Kills Himself Amidst Drug Probe, Reports Say [DNA]

02/24/15 4:30pm

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Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis Move to Brooklyn [NY Post]
East River Ferry Service Suspended Due to Ice [DNA]
The NYC Porn Film Festival Is This Weekend in Bushwick [Brokelyn]
Cortelyou Market by Key Food Kicks off Grand Opening Festivities This Friday, February 27 [DPC]
Happy Endings Promised on Corner of 5th Avenue and 15th Street [South Slope News]
Hot Stuff From Greenpoint: Heatonist to Launch a Hot Sauce Tasting Room [Greenpointers]
How to Apply to Brooklyn’s Six New Middle School Programs [Sheepshead Bites]
Tonight: The Parkside Empire [Q Parkside]
First Anniversary: Gluten-Free EatUP! [All About Fifth]
Neighbors Warn: Credit Cards Double Charged at Church Avenue F/G Station [Kensington BK]
Brooklyn Maid Problem Solved by 1922 Floor Plan [Brownstone Detectives]
Secrets of a 27-Year-Old Condo Flipper in Dumbo and Bushwick [BU]

02/24/15 4:00pm

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The Barclays Center is finally getting its 130,000-square-foot green roof. Blogger and Halstead broker Andrew Fine snapped these photos of the roof’s steel frame being installed yesterday. The sedum-covered structure will reportedly help deaden sound from particularly loud concerts, which have led to complaints from neighbors in Prospect Heights. The pricey roof was part of the initial plan for the building, but was scrapped years ago to save money. Click through to see more of the roof and all the cranes surrounding the stadium.

Barclays Center Green Roof Gets Framed, B2 Tower Still Largely Dormant [A Fine Blog]
Barclays Revives Green Roof Plan [Brownstoner]
Photos by Andrew Fine


02/24/15 3:00pm

347-359 Flushing Avenue, CB, PS

Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Industrial buildings and garages
Address: 347-359 Flushing Avenue
Cross Streets: Classon and Kent avenues
Neighborhood: East Williamsburg
Year Built: Teens for the handsome brick garage, undetermined for the rest
Architectural Style: Taxpayer
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Ok, there is nothing significant or outstanding about these buildings. In fact, with the exception of the larger garage, which has some style, these are basic taxpayers: utilitarian buildings built to house rather humble pursuits. But, I chose these for a reason, because there is still a story here. A number of stories, actually, both past and present.

Before the BQE, back in the 1800s, this part of town was pretty much residential. Small tenement buildings, many with storefronts on the ground floor lined this side of Flushing Avenue, as well as a couple of houses. The people who lived here worked in the nearby factories, and at the Navy Yard. The buildings that stood where this group stands now were numbered 347-359 Flushing, and there were at least seven buildings here at the turn of the century. (more…)

02/24/15 2:00pm


Walking down Broadway in the snowstorm Saturday, we noticed a sleek new salon at 113 South 6th Street in Williamsburg. Opened in mid-December, according to its Facebook page, Whiteroom was started by two stylists from another Williamsburg salon, the now-closed Woodley and Bunny, according to Racked. The salon carries hard-to-find shampoos and related beauty products. Cuts start at $76 for men and $96 for women, and include a blow dry. GMAP

02/24/15 1:30pm

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Robust, handsome and strapping are the words that come to mind to describe this 1870s Italianate with Neo-Grec details. The front door is memorable, and the proportions and details grand. There are 12-foot ceilings in the parlor and big-shouldered marble mantels. It’s 24 feet wide and 50 feet deep on a 125 foot lot.

Still, some potential buyers might not like the configuration of the owner’s triplex — sandwiched between top-floor and garden-floor rentals — or the side galley kitchen.

What do you think of it and the ask of $7,900,000?

34 Grace Court [Brown Harris Stevens] GMAP

02/24/15 1:00pm


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These days, Atlantic Avenue is chock-a-block with high-end boutiques, cute restaurants, and enough antique stores to furnish Versailles. This newly renovated Boerum Hill studio apartment is right where the action is, blocks away from the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Barclays Center, and easy walking distance from the restaurants, bars, and shopping of Cobble Hill, Park Slope, and Fort Greene. It’s a great location for commuters, too — two blocks away from the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station, a hub for 2, 3, 4, 5, N, R, B, D, and Q subways as well as the LIRR.

Front-facing windows fill the apartment with light. Features include a newly renovated kitchen with quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and a dishwasher; a brand-new washer/dryer; a sleeping area with a walk-in closet; hardwood floors and bike storage. The asking price is $559,000.

503 Atlantic Avenue, #3F [Brooklyn Bridge Realty] GMAP

02/24/15 12:15pm

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Here’s a loft-y looking two-bedroom in the Skytrack condos (a converted warehouse) in Boerum Hill. The first-floor pad has an enclosed terrace, a new bathroom, a washer/dryer and a combined living-dining-kitchen area that seems to go on and on.

The kitchen is not going to win any design awards, but there are plenty of cabinets and a dishwasher. One drawback is that the second bedroom looks small. There’s also an additional sleeping (or storage) loft. Do you think it’s worth $3,995 a month?

120 Boerum Place, #2M [Corcoran] GMAP

02/24/15 11:30am

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After years of delay, a long-planned three-story commercial building is pretty far along at the corner of 4th Avenue and 3rd Street in Gowanus. The building at 340 4th Avenue will include 7,945 square feet of commercial space and 3,485 square feet for a community facility, according to permits first filed back in 2011.

Schedule A filings reveal that there will be retail on the first two floors and a school on the third floor, in addition to six parking spots.

Way back in 2008, there were rumors that Starbucks was considering a location on the empty lot, which sits in front of a Staples. The site is across the street from the park housing the Old Stone House in Park Slope — and now a block from Whole Foods.

Ultimately, developer Joseph Zafarani of BYP Capital LLC bought it for $3,250,000 in 2007, according to public records and a story in the Brooklyn Eagle at the time. It has been and out of lis pendens since then, and Zafarani seems to have bought it out of foreclosure at auction in 2012, according to public records, which may explain the construction delay. The architect is Douglas Pulaski of Bricolage Designs, according to the permits.

It’s not clear whether the building has topped out or will go higher, as per the rendering. Click through to see the rendering, which appears to be covered in Obama conspiracy theory graffiti.

Commercial Development Coming on 4th Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP