Progress, Updated Rendering at Donskoy-Designed Apartments in South ‘Burg


    Workers are wrapping up the foundation at a small but attractive apartment building going up at 170 South 1st Street in south Williamsburg. We expect these will be condos and walls will be rising soon.

    Permits approved in July call for a five-story building with seven apartments over ground-floor stores. The architect is Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture & Design, a former Robert Scarano protege who is building a reputation for better-than-average design with an average budget.

    This particular building is a variation on a motif Donskoy has used elsewhere in Williamsburg: A building housed within a geometric frame.

    The rendering we found on the fence is new, although the design does not appear to have changed.


    Altogether there will be 16,183 square feet of space, including 4,130 square feet of retail space and a 435 square foot community space. That leaves 11,618 square feet for the apartments, which works out to an average of 1,659 square feet for each apartment.

    That’s generous by New York standards and could indicate condos are planned.

    Technically, the development is an alteration, not a new building. This lot was previously home to a one-story commercial building.

    Donskoy established the firm, whose offices are in Red Hook, in 2004. The firm focuses on small to medium size buildings and works frequently with Hasidic developers in the Williamsburg area.

    (As for Scarano, readers will recall, he was arguably the borough’s most prolific architect until a City investigation found a pattern of questionable data in his permit applications and barred him from filing with the building department.)

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    Above, a rendering previously published by New York YIMBY.


    Above, the site in 2012. Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark.

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