A small condo building at 150 Richardson Street in Williamsburg will launch sales next week, a spokesperson told us, and in the meantime real-estate firm The InHouse Group has released renderings and floor plans and put up a teaser site.

Designed by Christopher Papa Architects, the eight-unit development will include a studio loft with private patio, one-bedroom garden duplex, four one-bedrooms with private balconies or roof decks and two two-bedroom duplexes with terraces, according to a press release. Inspired by Williamsburg’s turn-of-the-century factories, the design has arched windows, exposed concrete columns, “exposed reclaimed brick from a carriage and buggy factory” and antique oak hardwood floors, per the teaser site.

The developer is Black Diamond Development, which constructed a condo building nearby at 174 Jackson Street that looks exactly the same and sold out four years ago. Willimasburg firm Withers & Grain is handling the interior design. The location is about half a block from the BQE. Click through for interior renderings and a few floor plans.

150 Richardson Street [Official] GMAP

Renderings by Jeronimo Lobo of Lobsa Group


A long-in-the-works affordable rental project in Williamsburg is finally moving forward with new building applications filed last week for an eight-story, 51-unit building at 695 Grand Street. Community Board 1 approved the development last summer, as we reported at the time.

The building will have a mix of studios through three-bedrooms, with 41 apartments set aside for low- to moderate-income families, as reported last year. Ten apartments will be permanently affordable, and eight will be subsidized by Section 8 and reserved for very low-income tenants. There will also be 10,000 square feet of commercial space. Magnusson Architecture and Planning is designing the building, which will incorporate green features like hydroponic PTACs a high-efficiency gas boiler, and St. Nick’s Alliance is the developer.

Demolition permits have not been filed for the two buildings on the large property, a Rainbow clothing store and a discount shop. Click through to see what they look like.

Community Board OKs Affordable Housing on Grand Street in East Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Magnusson Architecture and Planning


Developer Rabsky Group has gotten pretty far along on this six-story apartment building at 376-382 Wallabout Street in Williamsburg in the Broadway Triangle area, a few blocks from the Bed Stuy border. Workers have installed windows and bricked up the outside, although the balconies are not yet enclosed.

The complex will have a total of 24 large units, averaging 1,432 square feet each. The structure is technically four buildings, each of which has six units and about 8,595 square feet, according to the new-building permits. Panos Vikatos is the architect of record.

Rabsky is working on several other projects throughout Brooklyn, including a big seven-story building nearby at Flushing and Kent, an eight-story project in Crown Heights, and a five-story development that will replace Clinton Hill’s White Castle on Myrtle Avenue.

Rabsky Group Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


A seven-story, 64-unit building will replace a dilapidated one-story garage at 658 Broadway in east Williamsburg — part of the contested Broadway Triangle area. The Real Deal spotted new building applications for the 93,000-square-foot project, and said it’s one of the 10 largest projects in New York City filed in November.

The development will have 20,000 square feet of community space, including a medical office on the second floor, and 18,000 square feet of commercial space. There will also be a subterranean garage with 89 parking spots, according to Schedule A filings.

Charles Mallea is the architect of record, and the developer is Chaim Fuchs, said the Real Deal. An LLC paid $1,500,000 for the 6,200-square-foot lot in 2010, according to public records. The property takes up half the block and sits on the corner of Bartlett Street between Gerry and Bartlett. An alternate address for the lot is 89 Bartlett. Demolition permits haven’t been filed yet.

The Top 10 Real Estate Projects Coming to NYC [TRD] GMAP
Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark


No unlandmarked wood frame house in Brooklyn is safe! Demolition permits have been filed to take down this two-story wood frame at 32 Maspeth Avenue in East Williamsburg; the owner hopes to replace it with a six-story apartment building.

Whenever we see a wide frame house in this area, one of the original Dutch settlements of Brooklyn, we wonder about its age, although this one doesn’t look much older the 19th century, at least from the outside. The settlement was deeded in 1638 and named Boswijck in 1661.

The new building will have nine units spread across 6,200 square feet of space, along with a roof deck, according to a new building application that was disapproved in July. The architect of record is Wieslawa Jasiulewicz Majran, and permits list the owner as Andrzej Potrapeluk. The two-family house sold for $1,275,000 last October, after about two months on the market.  GMAP

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark


This listing at 130 Jackson Street is a good reminder they don’t make ’em like they used to. The Civil War-era foundry sports some of the most impressive wood columns and beams we’ve ever seen and the ceilings on the ground floor of this apartment are a generous 13 feet high. There’s technically only one bedroom but the lower level space, dubbed the “spa room” in the listing, is clearly usable as a sleeping chamber. Finishes look high-quality and modern. Asking price? $1,536,000. There happens to be an open house Tuesday from 5:45 to 7:15 pm.

130 Jackson Street, #1B [Corcoran] GMAP


Developers of big Gowanus project 470 4th Avenue, Adam America, Slate Property Group and Israeli-based Naveh Shuster Limited, are moving into south Williamsburg with plans for two plots. The three developers purchased 120 Union Avenue for $15,500,000 this week, and are set to close on a site across the street at 100 Union Avenue for $6,000,000 by the end of the year, The Real Deal reported.

The group plans to spend $65,000,000 to build a six-story rental development with ground floor retail at the first address. The 75,000-square-foot building will hold 100 rental units and 2,000 square feet of shops.


This affordable housing project might replace two stores at 695 Grand Street in east Williamsburg. Community Board 1 will host a public hearing next week to debate whether the city can build an eight-story, 51-unit building on the large property between Graham and Manhattan avenues.

The mixed-use development is spec’d for 41 units of affordable housing and ground-floor retail, with apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. The board will vote on whether the 14,000-square-foot lot will qualify for affordable housing incentives through the HPD’s Urban Development Action Area program. 

Editor’s note: An updated version of this post can be viewed here.

Brooklyn, one building at a time.
Name: Originally Williamsburg-Greenpoint Health Center, part of the New York City Board of Health, now Williamsburg Child Health Clinic, part of Woodhull Hospital
Address: 151-157 Maujer Street
Cross Streets: Manhattan and Graham avenues
Neighborhood: East Williamsburg
Year Built: 1936-37
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Architect: Unknown
Landmarked: No

The story: New York City’s first Board of Health was founded in 1793, in reaction to a yellow fever epidemic. The first Health Commissioner was John Pintard, who was appointed in 1804. Over the course of the next 70 years, the city only reacted to various epidemics, including yellow fever, cholera, smallpox, diphtheria and other infectious diseases. But as the century progressed, doctors and city officials realized that public health had to do more than just react, it had to be proactive in setting health standards and guidelines for the city.