Strange real estate happenings in Williamsburg: A contractor has discovered the Department of Buildings has no plans on file for the luxury rental at 120 South 4th Street that experienced an emergency vacate order last month because of structural problems. Or, to be more precise, the DOB does have plans on file — but they are for another building.
As the latest residential boom in New York has progressed, the luxury developments have spread from the typical confines of Manhattan into more and more neighborhoods of the outer boroughs. One of the neighborhoods of the moment, Williamsburg, has seen a recent dramatic influx of new construction. Recently Field Condition for Brownstoner was given a tour of one of its largest new developments, the Oosten, at 429 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg.
Brooklyn not only feels like a movie set, it also hosts a whole spectrum of film festivals, including this year’s sixth annual Williamsburg Independent Film Festival.
Despite some of the most extensive rent regulation laws in the nation, a bureaucratic entanglement is leaving New York City tenants at the mercy of developers’ illegal and unpunished abuse of tax breaks, according to a report.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council are in agreement: more makers, fewer hotels.
The goal of Williamsburg’s new Museum of Food and Drink — the first of its kind in New York — is to exist at the “intersection of important and awesome,” Executive Director Peter Kim told the crowd at the museum’s official opening and ribbon-cutting on Wednesday morning.
A walk through the museum’s interactive first exhibition, Flavor: Making It and Faking It, quickly proved that it’s already succeeding.
NYC burger baron Shake Shack is eyeballing the former Puccio Marble warehouse at 661 Driggs Avenue as a potential Williamsburg outpost, The Real Deal reported. Brownstoner readers may remember the building — which sold in July for a whopping $1,049.32 per square foot.
It can be tricky to arrange everything one needs for life and work in a live/work space. But in this artist’s loft, designer Suchitra Van cleverly used the client’s own glass artworks as windows, dividers, and decoration.
One of Williamsburg’s actual former factories has launched leasing, with newly converted apartments kitted out in an industrial-rustic style fitting for the old building.
Construction has topped out at Zelig Weiss and Riverside Developers’ The William Vale, a 21-story, 250-foot tower at 55 Wythe Avenue, in the heart of Williamsburg. To mark the occasion, we were given an exclusive tour inside the project, a follow-up to our previous tour in June.