12/16/14 11:30am

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Listings went up last month for the 105 market-rate rentals in the big mixed-income development at 1133 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, and now we have interior photos of a few apartments. The finishes don’t look super high end, but we appreciate the spare, modern style, and the layouts look pretty spacious. Counters are quartz and there is a Bosch washer and dryer. The market rate rents are about what you would pay in Williamsburg.

Rents at Eleven33 range from 2,775 for a 636-square-foot one-bedroom to $5,700 for a 977-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath with a terrace, as already reported. The 210-unit development is 50 percent affordable, and the lottery for those apartments closed over the summer after 60,000 people applied. Domain Companies is the developer, and Perkins Eastman are the architects. The building features a lounge with an espresso bar, on-site parking, fitness center, full-time concierge, a roof deck and landscaped courtyard with an outdoor kitchen.

The development is close to the water and the Pulaski Bridge but a bit of a hike to the subway or the water ferry. Click through to see more images of the two-bedroom, two-bath and a floorplan. What do you think of the look, given the prices and location?

1133 Manhattan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
1133 Manahttan Avenue Listings [StreetEasy]
Eleven33 [Official]
Images by Eleven33 via StreetEasy


12/16/14 10:45am

Wash Hull, composite

This story is the stuff of novels and movies. A hometown boy, educated in Brooklyn schools, goes on to college and returns home, ready to perform Great Deeds in his chosen profession. He has some initial success working for the top company in his field, he gets married to a beautiful woman and has five lovely children, and he is recognized in his profession as a rising star. One day he is asked to join a competition. If he wins, he will achieve one of the greatest pinnacles of his profession’s success, and he will be a household name. Against all odds, and against incredible competition, he wins, and his name is plastered all over the papers. But before he can proceed with his project, he is shot down by political machinations, his name is stepped on, and his star falls rather rudely to earth. What happens next is both tragic and mysterious. That, in a nutshell, is the story of Brooklyn architect Washington Hull. (more…)

12/16/14 10:00am

105 south 5th street rendering

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

12/16/14 9:30am


The condo building at 50 Bridge Street, built in 1894 to house a soap manufacturing company, is wrapping up a $3,500,000, two-and-a-half-year exterior restoration project. The update to the 58-unit luxury building, which went condo in 2004, involved waterproofing and stripping paint off the original brick facade.

“We are thrilled by these significant renovations that have resulted in the restoration of much of our building’s original character,” said the condo’s board in a press release. “The building is a beautiful example of 19th century industrial architecture and we have worked closely with Landmarks throughout this project.” Cowley Engineering and Flag Waterproofing and Restoration did the work.

We presume this fixes all the construction problems that were the subject of a 2007 lawsuit against developer Joshua Guttman. The condo owners received an undisclosed settlement in 2012 from Guttman over construction defects such as a “defective roof and other waterproofing issues,” a press release noted at the time. Click through to see a photo of the building in 2012, before the restoration.

50 Bridge Street Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo above by 50 Bridge Street; photo below by Sunita Mungol for PropertyShark (more…)

12/16/14 9:00am


Work has started up again at the long-stalled site at 252 Atlantic Avenue, future home of the Atlantic Galleria, where Pier 1 Imports, Retro Fitness and others planned to set up shop. Crafts and framing shop Michael’s will replace Pier 1 as the anchor commercial tenant, according to new information on the sales site.

Other tenants will be TD Bank and Blink Fitness, according the site, leaving just one small spot of 663 square feet available.

We had noticed work had progressed on the foundation when we passed by a few weeks ago, although no workers were actually present at the time, on a weekday. Then a reader who lives nearby emailed us to say he noticed the site was buzzing with activity Friday.

The site has not been recently sold, according to public records, but the delay may have had something to do with financing. Last month, developer and owner Renaissance Realty Group took out a mortgage from Peoples United Bank for $15,100,000, according to public records.

Our tipster said he thought the foundation work was recent. “They are making a lot of progress quickly,” he said. He wasn’t as thrilled about the change of retailers, however. “Personally, I was more excited about Pier 1,” he told us.

Click through to see a shot from the street and the old rendering still posted on the construction fence.

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]


12/16/14 8:30am


Instead of Tenants, It’s Cats, Trash and Little Progress for Brooklyn Project [NY Times]
De Blasio Hails “Affordable Housing” Complex in Brooklyn With $3,500 Apartments [NY Daily News]
Second Apartment Tower Near Barclays Center Breaks Ground [WSJ]
Nurses at New York Methodist Hospital Rally for “Safe Staffing” [Eagle]
New Location Selected for Brooklyn Housing Court [Eagle]
Project Formerly Known as Atlantic Yards Restarts [Crain's]
Another Rendering for Futuristic Williamsburg Office Tower at 87 Wythe [NYY]
At Tower Groundbreaking, Officials Avoid Pesky Details About Cost [AYR]
TF Cornerstone Gets $250 Million Financing for DoBro Resi Development [TRD]
Bed Stuy’s Brooklyn Swirl Owners Publish Guide to Relationships [DNA]
Police Looking for Six Protesters in Brooklyn Bridge Assault on Officers [DNA]
State Politicians Plan to Use Eminent Domain to Save Community Center [DNA]

12/15/14 4:30pm

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Previewing Crown Heights’ New Crop of (Partially Red) Condos [Curbed]
Brooklyn to Get First Spec Office Building in Decades [Crain's]
El Milagro to Open Pop-up, Then Permanent Store on Smith Street [PMFA]
L Train Delays, Uber Scarcity Make Monday Morning Complete [Gothamist]
Endless Options: First Bites at Bed Stuy’s Newest Sandwich Spot [BK Based]
Brooklyn Tree Lighting to Feature Moment of Silence for Eric Garner [McBrooklyn]
Bay Ridge Is the New South Slope [NY Mag]
Kwenci Jones’ Mural Project in PLG Is Fully Funded [Q Parkside]
Grande Monuments Closes in Williamsburg [Vanishing NY]

12/15/14 4:00pm


Construction officially kicked off at the second affordable Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park building at a groundbreaking ceremony this morning at 535 Carlton Avenue in Prospect Heights. Greenland Forest City Partners also launched a fancy new website for Pacific Park and published new renderings for 535 Carlton Avenue as well as a new rendering and more information about another forthcoming building, 30 6th Avenue, pictured above.

It will rise 23 stories and, as already reported, have 300 units, all of which will be affordable. It will, like the arena and the stalled B2 tower, be designed by SHoP Architects and house the development’s health care center and shops, plus underground parking, according to the website. It is scheduled to break ground in June.

Several local politicians attended the groundbreaking for 535 Carlton, including Mayor de Blasio, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and Borough President Eric Adams, according to a press release we received. As already reported, the 17-story 100 percent affordable rental building will have 298 units. Fifty percent of the building will rent to families making between 145 and 165 percent of the area median income, which ranges from $121,655 to $138,435 for a family of four, according to DNAinfo. The other half of the apartments will be set aside for middle- and low-income families who make 40 percent of the area median income, or as little as $33,560 for a family of four.

Click through to see a previously published rendering of 535 Carlton, some new exterior renderings, and a photo of the groundbreaking today.

Pacific Park [Official]
Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]
Rendering above by SHoP; renderings below by CookFox; photo via mayor’s office (more…)

12/15/14 3:00pm

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Brooklyn, one building at a time.

Name: Former City of New York Water Supply-Distribution, Gowanus Station
Address: 226 Nevins Street
Cross Streets: Corner of Butler Street
Neighborhood: Gowanus
Year Built: Around 1911 for Butler St. Nevins street building, after 1916.
Architectural Style: Late 19th-early 20th century brick factory style buildings
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: Everyone who loves all kinds of industrial architecture should wander around Gowanus. Perhaps you should do it sooner rather than later, if recent rumors of mass construction prove to be true, especially in the outer parts of the district, away from brownfields and the canal. In a car, Gowanus can be a maze of one-way streets and short streets with familiar names that are suddenly blocked off by other streets, the canal, or housing projects. But walking – that’s where you can really get a feel for the Gowanus that was, a hub of industry and manufacturing, with layers of history stacked on top of each other, with buildings that span the businesses that thrived from the last quarter of the 19th century, to the present day.

As times change, so too do the functions of these buildings. Some are easily converted into new kinds of businesses, while others don’t do so well. Some could be, and have been, converted into new housing, or event spaces, restaurants and galleries, while others can’t be imagined as anything but an empty lot upon which new buildings can be built. I always enjoy wandering around Gowanus, because I don’t know it well, and am always surprised when I run across a building that I’ve never seen before. Like this one, the former City of New York Water Supply, Distribution – Gowanus Station. (more…)

12/15/14 2:00pm


A long-shuttered storefront at 1381-1385 Bushwick Avenue is for rent. The space is about 2,000 square feet and asking rent is $28 a square foot, according to a listing from Core Realty.

The other storefronts have signs advertising various social services of the Bushwick Development Corp., but we can’t recall any of them ever being open in the six years we’ve lived in the area. The building was at one time owned by Bushwick Development Corp. but now belongs to an LLC.

The whole property is big enough for a full-service grocery store, but there are already plenty on Broadway, and much better foot traffic there. We think it would make an ideal location for a taller building with affordable housing.

What would you like to see in this space? GMAP

12/15/14 1:30pm

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This Romanesque Revival house at 268 Prospect Place was an Open House Pick last week, but too good to pass up. It has most of its original details and is just a very pretty house. In the same family for 44 years, it seems to be in very good shape although we expect the kitchens and baths could use refreshing or restoration.

The main rooms appear unaltered, including the dining room with wainscotting and big front bedroom. We like the mantels with their various colored tiles, the elaborate plaster details on the ceilings, the stained glass and the floors. There is also early electric lighting.

Designed by William L. Beers, the 1889 house is in the Prospect Heights Historic District. The ask is $2,499,000. Did anyone see it in person this weekend?

268 Prospect Place [Stribling] GMAP