Flatbush is the new hotspot for development in Brooklyn, according to an interactive map put together by Prospect Lefferts resident Jacob Garchik. It catalogues an astonishing 50 new-building projects happening southeast of Prospect Park.

Most of the mapped developments are in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, although they fall into other areas of Flatbush as well. The sites cluster most densely around Clarkson and Church avenues, the heart of historic Flatbush. Dotted with standalone, turn-of-the-20th-century wood frame Victorian and Edwardian houses, the area is also home to many apartment buildings already.


Williamsburg favorite Karl Fischer is designing a five-story condo building planned for 1060 Bedford Avenue at the corner of Clifton Place in Bed Stuy. The rendering, first published by New York Yimby, reveals a boxy building in three shades of gray.

It’s not the most exciting design we’ve seen but it does have some good points: The expanses of glass and the overall size are broken up by mullions and different colored blocks of materials, so the building relates to nearby brownstones, although of course it is much taller. The stores at street level also make it friendly to peds and the streetscape.


The laundromat at Atlantic Avenue and Nevins in Boerum Hill has been reduced to rubble, although its parking lot has not yet been touched. As readers may recall, noted Brooklyn architect Morris Adjmi is designing a mixed-use building here at 472 Atlantic Avenue.

We think it will be a big improvement for this suburban strip mall-style corner, as we’ve said before. Click through to see more photos of the corner.

472 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photos by Steve Sherman

Adam America is the new developer of the 21-story tower planned for an empty lot at 319 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The developer bought the development site from SC Nevins for an undisclosed price, reported Crain’s.

The brick building will be condos, Crain’s revealed. Construction has not yet started but could kick off any day because the permits and plans are already approved.

Plans call for 61 units — with one, two or three bedrooms — ranging from 650 square feet to 1,195 square feet, as we’ve reported before. Incorporated is the architect.

The development joins a few others in the vicinity offering condos, such as 388 Bridge Street, The Boerum at 265 State Street and on 4th Avenue, although rentals are much more typical in the borough. Click through for lots more renderings, including interiors.

Adam America Plans 21-Story Condo in Downtown Brooklyn [Crain’s]
319 Schermerhorn Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings by Incorporated


Home prices in north and northwest Brooklyn continue to rise at a rapid pace, according to a report Ideal Properties released Wednesday. Closed sales were up 21.6 percent in the first quarter over the same period last year.

They were even up 7.1 percent from the previous quarter even though the winter tends to be a slow month for home sales. And the time from listing to closing grew shorter decreasing by 10.5 percent from the same time last year.


Another apartment building is going up near Saratoga Park in the eastern part of Bed Stuy. This one, at 92 Howard Avenue, is not actually facing the park but is about halfway down the next block. It will have five units, according to the new-building permit, and a modern look with balconies.

The rendering shows a mix of red and gray brick, the latter on what is presumably the rear elevation. Other materials are unspecified but might be metal and gray stucco.

A look through the construction fence revealed side walls and one floor have gone up so far. The lot is 25 feet wide and 100 feet deep. It last changed hands in 2014 for $455,000. 

A cute but altered brick building that was probably originally a stable was recently demolished here. Click through for more photos. GMAP


This new townhouse development in South Slope has put its first three units on the market — all two bedroom apartments. The most expensive unit in the building at 289 13th Street is a duplex consisting of the garden level and finished cellar with a back yard for $1,599,000.

The parlor floor unit, which has a rear balcony and access to its own roof deck, is asking $999,000. The top floor apartment, which also has a rear balcony and a roof deck, is asking $1,029,000.

While the building is a story taller than those of the adjacent houses, the architect, Ben Ellis of Ellis + Donnelly  Studio managed to create a design that, for the most part, fits in well with its neighbors by incorporating  red brick, stone lintels and a cornice. The interiors, however, are modern.

Curbed, which first reported on the development, took issue with the kitchens — which are a far cry from the typical subway tile and slab of marble — calling them “some of the ugliest kitchens in the world.”

What do you think about them, and the rest of the project? Click through for images of the kitchens and more.

New Park Slope Condos Masquerade as an Old Townhouse [Curbed]
289 13th Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP


The long-empty and boarded-up apartment house at 889 Bushwick Avenue — it was built in 1919 and for years has sported a spray-painted “roof off” warning to city workers — is being repaired. When we stopped by Saturday, it looked from the sidewalk as though the interior had been completely gutted.

A permit says the scope of work is “removal and replacement of damaged floor joists, roof joists, and structural stabilization.” It had 24 apartments in the past, and will have 24 apartments again when the work is done.

The owner is David Cohen of Bushwick Realty Holding, which purchased the building and its neighbor at 871 Bushwick Avenue, in April 2014 for $15,000,000. That building, formerly the Menorah Home for Aged and Infirm, is being converted to a “nonprofit/philanthropic” with “sleeping accommodations” for 113 people, according to the alteration permit.

In fact, as far as we can tell, Bushwick Realty Holding purchased the entire block. So more development could be in store for parts of it now used as parking.

The red and white brick building, vaguely neo-Classical, at 889 Bushwick Avenue was designed by architect Louis Berger & Co., according to the Bushwick Wiki. It is part of the proposed Bushwick Avenue Historic District. Click through for more photos.


Developer Hudson Companies is on a tear through East Flatbush, buying up more property on a block where it’s already planning an eight-story, 170-unit apartment building. The developer, which of course is behind the 23-story tower on Flatbush Avenue a few blocks from here in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, recently picked up 318, 324, 326 and 350 Clarkson Avenue for $13,119,997, according to public records.

The new parcel is contiguous with its previous acquisition, so potentially Hudson could be planning a huge development here.


The distinctive curved facade on the polluted Harte & Company factory in Greenpoint could survive, an owner’s rep told the Brooklyn Eagle. But the 1930s Arte Moderne factory at 280 Franklin Street is still going to become apartments, likely a multi-building complex.

Yi Han of Experta Group said she’s working with the architects to save some piece of the unique corner, because “very few places in New York have that. It’s like a witness to the transformation of the neighborhood.”