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The SteelWorks Lofts building at 76 North 4th Street has finally shed the scaffolding that has covered it for years, as BuzzBuzzHome reported last week. The condo-turned-rental building has had a sign up proclaiming rentals available since November, but in fact they will launch in June, according to The Real Deal. The building is also leasing its ground-floor retail space, said TRD.

The interiors designed by AvroKO are some of the most original in Brooklyn, with beams salvaged from the building and kitchen cabinetry reminiscent of iceboxes. It will be interesting to see how they turn out — and the prices.

The building has also changed its name. It is now the Lebowski.

Click through to the jump to see more photos of the entire building, which extends the length of the block. We like the exterior and how they handled the addition. What do you think of it?

Now Leasing: SteelWorks Lofts [Brownstoner]


One of the most interesting new developments in Brooklyn is now leasing, according to a sign on the building. But there are no listings or teaser website out yet for 76 North 4th Street, aka the Steelworks Lofts. The condo-turned-rental building is now being developed by Jake Toll (son of the chairman of Toll Brothers chairman Robert Toll) and has some pretty amazing interiors by AvroKO, a firm known for its restaurant design (Public, Quality Meats).

Materials salvaged from the building, such as beams, are a design element in the apartments, and the kitchen cabinetry resembles an old icebox, as we’ve noted. Gene Kaufman Architects is contributing a glass and metal panel addition to the old brick facade. We have no idea what the 83 units are going to go for, but with fairly generic apartments starting at $2,900 a month for a studio these days, we’re almost afraid to find out. Thor High Street Advisors is handling the leasing, according to the sign.

No progress is visible on the exterior of the building, which has been shrouded in netting and scaffolding for over a year.

Steelworks Lofts Interior and Exterior Revealed [Brownstoner] GMAP


We found floor plans and renderings for both the interior and exterior of the gigantic conversion project at 76 N 4th Street in Williamsburg, aka the Steelworks Lofts. Over at the building site, things look pretty much as they have for the last year or so: Not much is visible because the building is shrouded in scaffolding. Previously intended as condos, the building ran into financial trouble and is now a rental. When complete, it will be four stories with 83 units and 130,000 square feet. The old brick facade is staying but getting a glass and metal panel addition. The developer is Jacob Toll, the architect is Gene Kaufman Architects, and the interiors are being designed by AvroKo. Kudos to AvroKo for the original interiors, which feature raw-looking beams and cabinetry that looks like an old icebox.


The building on North 4th Street between Berry and Wythe, which, in a boom now past, was going to be marketed as the Steelworks Lofts, is going to be gut renovated into a luxury, 83-unit rental, as we learned a couple of months ago. Turns out the developer, Bob Toll’s son, Jacob Toll, is wasting no time getting work started on the project. The renovation is supposed to result in “character” and “warmth”, and amenities will reportedly include rooftop gardens, a sunbathing patio, a barbecue pit and a bocce court.
Williamsburg Conversion Striving for ‘Character,’ ‘Warmth’ [Brownstoner] GMAP


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.


The Steelworks Loft, at 76 North 4th Street in Williamsburg, released five units for sale last week, ranging from a $575,000 studio to an $895,000 one-bedroom. It’s a 1930s industrial building (well, that much you know from the name), with 88 units. Big bonus seems to be the roof, where they’ve got an open fire pit and a movie screen. Rough time to be releasing units; how do you think they’ll do?
Steelwork Lofts Coming Down the Pipe [Brownstoner]


While a glance at the exterior of 76 North 4th Street in Williamsburg suggests the 88,000-square-foot building is a long way from being ready for prime time, two banners proclaiming the inevitable condo conversion appeared along Wythe Avenue towards the end of last week. Halstead’s got the listing for what will be known as the Steelworks Lofts. According to DOB filings, the building, which sold for $26,500,000 last June, will have a total of 96 units. The bare-bones web site for the development suggest a full range of unit types, from studios starting at $560,000 to well over $1 million for larger apartments. There’s no way to know what the finishes will be like but the raw space and size of the windows are good starting points.
The Steelworks Lofts [Homepage] GMAP P*Shark DOB


A story in The Real Deal reviewed recent and forthcoming developments on a 20-block stretch of Wythe Avenue, from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Greenpoint border, whose renaissance was kicked off by the debut of the Wythe Hotel in 2011. Above, pedestrians on Wythe Avenue outside Brooklyn Bowl and across the street from the Wythe Hotel. After the jump, a shot of the Wythe Hotel from the back. Here, we pick out the ones that haven’t opened yet:

*The SteelWorks Lofts at 76 North 4th Street will start leasing by June.

*The former carpet factory at 149 Kent Avenue will open in 2015. There will be 164 rentals, 20 percent of which will be affordable.

*The foundation is going in at 96 Wythe Avenue, on the corner of 10th Street, expected to be a hotel with about 160 rooms. Heritage Equity Partners and local landlord Yoel Goldman are reportedly the developers.

*A 100-room hotel is planned for 93 Wythe Avenue, a full block site between North 9th and North 10th streets, said sources. Ennismore Capital (developer of London’s Hoxton Hotel) is reportedly the owner, and former owner Sydell Group (Ace and NoMad hotels) will also be involved.