After the long cold winter so recently ended, there’s been a number of things which I’ve been making it a point to check up on, one of these is the focus of today’s post – the Kosciuszko Bridge project. The Kosciuszko Bridge spans my beloved Newtown Creek, carrying the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

With its approach ramps, the 1939 era bridge is 2.1 miles long and considered one of the most dangerous structures in NYS. Governor Cuomo added the truss bridge to the “Fast Track” program and ordered the NYS DOT to replace it. Construction is well underway at this point, not that you’d really notice it from the roadway.

You need to visit DUKBO, Down Under the Kosciuszko Bridge Onramp, to see what’s going on.

More after the jump.


On the Gowanus industrial property where the Burns Brothers coal pockets used to be, the steel skeleton of a building has started to rise. We’re not entirely sure what’s going on, because the DOB hasn’t issued any recent permits for the site, which we believe is 141-173 6th Street. The structure faces the Gowanus Canal on 6th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues. If you’ve got any tips about this mysterious construction, let us know! More photos after the jump.

Update: A helpful commenter pointed out some alteration permits for 15 2nd Avenue, the lot to the west of where the coal silos used to be. Plans filed last August call for a two-story addition, 35 parking spaces on the first floor, and offices on all three floors. The DOB issued permits in March to construct the 61,307 square-foot commercial building.


The new townhouse that is being built to replace the one that collapsed in July 2012 at 241 Carroll Street will be made of brownstone. “The new building will have a brownstone facade, a full stoop, and will blend in with the rest of the block,” developer Gino Vitale told the Brooklyn Paper. Each floor will have a balcony in back, and the whole thing will be made of concrete and steel.

Owner Howard Schneider said he and his family are still shaken by the collapse and are not sure they want to live in the building. Luckily, he and his family were out of town when the side of the brownstone crumbled in the middle of the night, because the children’s bedrooms were located in the “kill zone,” the paper said. No one was hurt in the incident. Construction started a month ago and is scheduled to finish in six to eight months.

Owner of Collapsed Brownstone Says He’s Scared to Live in Its Replacement [BK Paper]
New Building Will Replace Collapsed Brownstone on Carroll Street [Brownstoner]
Collapsed Carroll Gardens Home Is Almost Gone [Brownstoner]
241 Carroll Street Partially Collapses, Demo to Come [Brownstoner]
Photo by Katia Kelly of Pardon Me for Asking