Wraparound Building With Blank Walls Tops Out on Broadway in Bushwick


Along a busy street under the elevated train tracks in Bushwick that’s teeming with new development, one building, in particular, stands out for the bizarre way it dominates the corner.

Located at 1595 Broadway, a seven-story mixed-use building with 32 apartments is rising up around three sides of a former Crown Fried Chicken on the corner of Halsey Street in Bushwick. During a recent visit, workers were on site and the building appeared to be topped out.

Facade work has yet to begin. The building towers over the immediate surrounding area which, aside from the elevated train tracks, is dominated mostly by one, two and three-story buildings.

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It’s being developed by Bawbeh United of Williamsburg and designed by Diego B Aguilera Architects of Rego Park, Queens. It replaces a long-crumbling brick townhouse at 980 Halsey Street and a storefront church at 1595 Broadway, both demolished within the last year.

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Renderings that were posted earlier this year stuck out because of the two towering blank walls in the wedge of the building, looking like they’re about the swallow the tiny fast-food joint below.

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The site of the Crown Fried Chicken, at 1591 Broadway, may see its own building in the future. A previous permit for a four-story, eight-unit building designed by Beam Architects was disapproved, but according to a New York Yimby story in October, Bawbeh United is now the developer of this lot as well.

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Rendering by Diego B Aguilera Architects

[Photos by Craig Hubert]

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