Forget about condos. Developers are banking on Bushwick as the next hotspot for offices.

Developers are swooping into the Bushwick loft district — which the city calls East Williamsburg, and residents sometimes call Morgantown — with plans for oodles of office, retail, and maker spaces.

At least 11 creative office developments are in the works for the area, making it a contender to become the borough’s next Tech Triangle or Dumbo.


Three Jehovah’s Witnesses properties on the market: 25-30 Columbia Heights, 85 Jay Street, and 124 Columbia Heights. Photos by Barbara Eldredge

When the Jehovah’s Witnesses put three of their prime Brooklyn properties on the market in December, we knew the opportunity would be a siren song for developers large and small. With bids due this week, new details have emerged about the possible uses of the sites, what they might fetch, and who is angling to acquire them.


Aerial view of 101 Varick Avenue. Photo via Pinnacle Realty

Williamsburg-based Rabsky Group will soon ink a deal to pay roughly $48,000,000 for a potential-laden warehouse in the Bushwick loft area. Can you guess what they have in store for the site? Not condos!

Rabsky is jumping on the creative-Bushwick bandwagon, joining developers like Bushwack Capital and All Year Management to build commercial space (offices with a dash of retail) in the formerly industrial ‘hood, reported The Real Deal.

Rendering via CPEX

Just what Brooklyn needs: Another T-Mobile.

An additional outpost of the cell phone and communications company has signed a lease at 93 Court Street — a once-glorious Tudor-style architecture office — for $200 a square foot, a CPEX spokesperson told Brownstoner, in what may well be a new high for the area’s retail rents.

Based on a rendering from CPEX, which brokered the deal, the facade of the building will be repaired for the better, but sadly not restored. Trust us, you want to see it in its original glory:

Clockwise from top left: The Vault CEO and co-founder Kevin Smith, The Vault’s future Crown Heights location in 1000 Dean, a view of The Vault’s current space in San Francisco, and The Vault COO and co-founder Sanjay Mody.

Crown Heights already has a co-living building. Now it’s getting some mega-sized coworking space.

The Vault — a tech-oriented coworking company based in San Francisco — just signed a lease for a new outpost in 1000 Dean, the neighborhood’s creative office hive established by Brownstoner founder Jonathan Butler.