Mayor de Blasio will propose building a new subway line running under Utica Avenue in a speech today about sustainability, according a report in Capital New York. The avenue, currently served by the B46 bus, is “one of the densest areas in the city not directly served by the subway,” said a draft of the speech quoted by Capital New York.

The B46 bus currently runs along Utica from Marine Park up through East Flatbush and then through east Bed Stuy on Malcolm X Boulevard to Williamsburg near Marcy Avenue and Broadway. A story in the Daily News said it’s all posturing and will never happen.


Mirrored cracks are a common theme in two buildings architect firm Charles Mallea is planning for Bed Stuy and Greenpoint. The same architect whose cracked and mirrored design for 410 Tompkins Avenue upset locals is planning a similar building at 555 Graham Avenue in Greenpoint, pictured above.

The Greenpoint building will not feature mirrored cracks all around but rather just one that appears to split the building in two. Because the mirrored section is less jagged than the ones on the Bed Stuy building, it looks more modern and less like lightning bolts. It provides a focal point for the facade and marks the building’s entrance.


Two stories of concrete-block wall have risen in places at a large apartment building going up at 168 Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy, we saw when we stopped by last week.

A rendering on the fence shows a relatively uniform five story concrete, brick and glass building. It’s going into a formerly vacant lot that spans 168 to 180 Franklin Avenue. The building will have 118 luxury rental units over 80,000 square feet, according to permits granted in March and the developer’s web site. There will also be a copy center and parking for 59 cars in the building. Completion is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.

Issac and Stern Architects is the architect of record. Developer Adam America bought the property for $8,496,882 in September of 2011.

Click through for more photos and an already-published rendering below. GMAP


We found a drawing on the fence showing the unusual-looking 48-unit condo building going in at 502 Waverly Avenue near Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. Workers were digging the foundation when we passed by.

A previously published rendering, below, shows a glassy facade with a Deco-style curved edge and a color-blocked gray and white facade consisting of narrow divisions between the large expanses of glass. It looks more like an office building than residential, to our way of thinking. In any case, we expect potential buyers will be happy to see more condos (as opposed to rentals) going up in the area. 


Another revamped retail space in a landmarked building in Stuy Heights is ready for a tenant. The second retail space at 616 Halsey Street, in the rear of the building at the corner of Malcolm X, had been closed up for decades.

Developer Weissman Equities opened it up again and renovated the interior and exterior, with Landmarks approval. The liquor store on the corner is staying, and the vintage-style exterior lights outside the apartment entrance are new.


A new-construction townhouse with a traditional brick row house exterior in Gowanus is now on the market and asking $4,250,000. A Google Maps photo of the building under construction at 442 Union Street shows a four-story building with a traditional black cornice, lintels, and extra-long windows on the parlor floor.

Inside the interiors are clean and modern. The 4,320-square-foot home features 10.5-foot ceilings and four-inch rift-sawn oak flooring on the parlor level. A private garden, roof terrace and — notably — an elevator are among its amenities.


The steel and concrete structure for one of Brooklyn’s most interesting new buildings has reached the top story. The Morris Adjmi-designed mixed-use building at 282 South 5th Street has been in the works since 2012.

The unusual design, visible from Broadway and the platform at the Marcy Avenue subway station, features an apartment tower inside a transparent gridded shell, with shops on the ground floor.