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Steps leading to the rooftop amenity space

We recently took a hard hat tour of the under-construction William Vale hotel, rising in the heart of hipster Brooklyn and its nightlife district at 55 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg.

With the success of the Wythe Hotel, located a block south, and the increasing cultural cachet of Brooklyn, developers are eyeing the borough as a destination for tourists and a home for businesses seeking to tap into the hipster credentials of its neighborhoods.

Riverside Developers is betting on this location, a 10-minute walk from the nearest subway or ferry stop, as a destination in its own right. The plan is to offer a full-service resort-level experience to guests willing to venture out from the typical Manhattan hotel locales.

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After fewer than four months in business, retail mogul Andy Spade’s home goods store Boerum House and Home at 312 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has shut its doors. Meanwhile, nearby at 265 State Street, a combo hotel-condo, known as The Boerum, is getting ready to launch sales in mid-November, a spokesperson for the development told us. The space that housed Boerum House and Home will become the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group sales gallery for the condos.

Boerum House and Home was founded by Partners & Spade, a partnership of Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti, in partnership with architecture and development firm Flank, which designed the store. The store debuted in late June or early July, as we reported at the time. In an email to us, a spokesman for The Boerum called it “the acclaimed housewares and furnishings store designed and curated by Flank and Partners & Spade” and noted that Partners & Spade is a creative agency whose clients include Warby Parker, Shinola and J.Crew. Flank is also the developer and the designer of The Boerum, its first and biggest project in Brooklyn.

The Boerum, which apparently will take up all of one side of Smith Street between State and Schermerhorn, has put up a teaser site. The site also goes by the addresses 71 Smith Street and 140 Schermerhorn, and The Carlyle Group is also involved, according to Crain’s. The hotel will occupy the first six stories, and floors seven through 19 will hold 128 one- to five-bedroom apartments, including four penthouses, with a focus on larger units catering to families, the PR rep said. The red brick and cast stone building will offer family-friendly amenities such as art classes for kids staffed by teachers from the Children’s Museum of the Arts in the Village, according to The Wall Street Journal. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Corcoran may not even have to change the sign at 312 Atlantic Avenue, which just says “Boerum.”

The Boerum [Official] GMAP
Andy Spade Debuts Home Store on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill This Month [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Flank

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A long-delayed hotel in Greenpoint is going to open soon. Signage has gone up and the hotel has been blanketing the neighborhood with notifications about its pending liquor license and a planned rooftop bar, reported FreeWilliamsburg and Curbed.

Plans for the Scarano designed conversion of a warehouse at 233 Norman Avenue have been in the works since 2006 but were shelved for years. Then on May 8, the DOB approved a plan exam for the project. Last fall, landlord Joe Torres started evicting tenants from the building, The Brooklyn Paper reported at the time.

The 38,000-square-foot warehouse will have 58 rooms. It will be called The Henry Norman — after its two cross streets. Torres also owns the Box House Hotel, located about a mile away from the Henry Norman near the Greenpoint waterfront.

Checking In: Greenpoint Is Getting a 58-Room Hotel Conversion By Scarano [Curbed]
Enormous Henry Norman Hotel coming to Greenpoint [FreeWilliamsburg]
Photo by Free Williamsburg

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A six-story hotel will rise at 833 39th Street in Sunset Park, according to a new building application filed last Friday. The 65-foot building between 8th and 9th avenues will have 88 units spread across 30,021 square feet. Four of the hotel rooms will be duplex suites. Flushing-based Michael Kang Architect will design the hotel. Amenities will include 20 parking spaces, an exercise room, laundry room, bicycle parking, a business center, restaurant and a “kitchen and accessory store,” according to the plan exam application.

The property had been a granite supply business with a storefront and large parking lot. Public records show it sold to an LLC for $3,700,000 in August. Another six-story hotel — with an unusual space-age look — is under construction down the street at 457 39th Street between 4th and 5th avenues. GMAP

Image via Google Maps

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A tipster sent us these photos and informed us that work had recently begun on a six-story hotel at 457 39th Street between 4th and 5th avenues in Sunset Park. The space-age-style building will have 70 units spread across 19,928 square feet of commercial space, an exercise room, breakfast area and eight outdoor parking spaces, according to new building permits issued earlier this month.

Michael Kang Architect is designing the building. An LLC bought the property for $565,000 last year and demolished a two-story brick house and a one-story garage.

We’ve included a photo of the building site after the jump. What do you think of the design of the hotel and the parking lot?

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Some additional details about Kaufman Astoria’s 36th Street plans

The NY Daily News reported on some of the plans Kaufman Astoria has for 36th Street, beyond gating it off to pedestrians and vehicular traffic (they will turn that into a back lot). One of their idesa is to build a luxury hotel with a restaurant on an empty parking lot on 36th Street. Condos or rental apartments might be built nearby, too. This could be good for local business but it also might complicate the parking situation. Lots going on in this part of Astoria!

The joys of Sunnyside, Queens

We’re fond of this video of Sunnyside, Queens – we hope you enjoy it, too!

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Woodside Cafe gets a visit from Serious Eats

We are always happy to see good reviews of the Woodside Cafe, which makes some of the tastiest Nepali food in Queens. The Serious Eats folks stopped by and enjoyed musta palu ($3.50), which are “salted, roasted soybeans tossed with mustard oil and chili powder, and served with large slivers of raw garlic and ginger”; anta ko roti tarkari ($6.95), which “matched spicy roasted potatoes with cold pickled radish”; and steamed vegetable momos ($5.95), which are extremely delicious. If you get the chance to go to Woodside Cafe, definitely take it!

Woodhaven was hit by a tornado in 1895

We came across this amazing set of images on Pinterest (follow QNYC here), depicting the aftermath of a tornado that came through Woodhaven in 1895. The captions read:

“1. View on Rockaway Avenue, showing Schaeffler’s house, near which Mrs. Petroquien was killed. 2. Soliciting contributions for the relief fund. 3. Panoramic view, showing wrecked schoolhouse. (From photographs by J.H. Hare, The Illustrated American Photographer.)” Written on border: “July 27, 1895.”

Click to enlarge.

Image source: NYPL Digital Gallery

Five27, a new luxury condo building, is coming to LIC

We learned about Five27, luxury condos coming to LIC. This is a low rise building – only four floors, with 27 units. Modern Space is the marketing and sales agent. The building will be located at 5-27 51st Avenue in Long Island City (GMAP), and there will be one-, and two-bedroom residences available, ranging from 490 to 1368 square feet with prices starting at $395,000. Some of the design elements include large windows, white-oak flooring with white-wash finish, stainless steel appliances, and there will also be a landscaped roof, fitness center, bike parking, and on-site parking. Sales will commence in April.