By Allison Dikanovic, THE CITY. This article was originally published by THE CITY “Cancel Rent” poster inside the advertising frame of a phone booth in Two Bridges on Friday, May 29, 2020. | Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITYThis article is adapted from the Rent Update newsletter that focuses on the issues
Does landmarking make neighborhoods more affordable or more expensive? Some Park Slope council candidates can’t seem to decide. At a debate on Sunday, seven candidates seeking to replace term-limited Brad Lander in the Council District 39 seat were asked if they would support expanding the Park Slope Historic District,
The 80 Flatbush parcel from the corner of Flatbush Avenue and State Street, looking up Flatbush. A 44-story, 480-foot tower should launch within the next months. Photo by Norman Oder/BklynerThe 80 Flatbush project, in Downtown Brooklyn at the edge of Boerum Hill, is set to finally start construction on
Rendering of the approved development. (Image: Morris Adjmi Architects)The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved a hotly-contested proposal to build a residential development next to the Hebron Seventh Day Adventist School in Crown Heights on Tuesday,. The development, which the LPC approved unanimously at its Tuesday hearing, will
Kings Highway Plaza at 5200 Kings Highway. (Image: RIPCO Real Estate)A new Target has opened in East Flatbush, alongside outposts of Smashburger and the discount store Five Below. All three leases are within the Kings Highway Plaza development at 5200 Kings Highway, and were signed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Developer’s argument that corner site deserves more density.The developers of 840 Atlantic Avenue, a proposed 18-story residential tower at the southeast corner of Vanderbilt Avenue, have for months sought Community Board 8 (CB8)’s support for upzoning a site occupied mainly by a drive-through McDonald’s and limited
Wilensky Hardware at 2126 Mermaid Avenue, in Coney Island, prides itself on being the oldest family-owned business in the neighborhood, dating back to 1920. A hundred years later, both the building and possibly the business, are up for sale. Steve Feinstein, owner of Wilensky Hardware. Photo by Kouichi Shiranayagi/BklynerThe
A rendering of the proposed development at 1100 Myrtle Avenue. (Image: Hill West Architects)A grocery on the border of the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick neighborhoods will be closed for two years before reopening in the ground floor of a new, 11-story mixed-use building. The site will also be subject to
A pedestrian crosses the street near 420 Stockholm St. in Bushwick. | Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITYBy Gabriel Sandoval and Hiram Alejandro Durán, THE CITY. This article was originally published by THE CITY A Brooklyn nonprofit that entered a limited partnership agreement with an investor to renovate affordable housing in Bushwick
Auguring a striking remake of dowdy, underutilized Atlantic Avenue east of Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights, developers have proposed two 17-story residential towers, one nearly adjacent to the previously proposed 18-story tower planned for a site occupied mainly by a drive-through McDonald’s. A view of 870-888
Central Brooklyn. Liena Zagare/BklynerBy Michelle Neugebauer To create a fairer, more equitable New York, our next mayor needs to address Brooklyn’s affordable housing crisis. It is a dire situation: the median monthly asking monthly rent in the borough is $2,395, despite a pandemic-driven drop in median rent.
114 Kingsland Avenue (Image: Google Maps)IMAGE A proposal for a four-story apartment development in East Williamsburg is facing resistance from the local community board over larger concerns about a loss of manufacturing space in Brooklyn. Solomon Feder is looking to build eight rental units, all one-bedrooms or studios, on
State lawmakers are considering legislation to increase the city’s affordable housing stock, but groups who represent Brooklyn’s working waterfront say it could unintentionally cost the city industrial jobs. The bill, called the “Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act,” looks to allow the state to purchase and acquire distressed
Empire State Development handoutThe largest building so far in Pacific Park Brooklyn, slated to open later this year, is set to deliver 258 affordable units (30%) out of 860 total–but seemingly all for middle-income households, many earning six figures. A studio could rent for $2,155, a one-bedroom for
The proposed River Ring development in Williamsburg. (Image: Bjarke Ingels Group and James Corner Field Operations)A large-scale development proposal that would bring two massive mixed-use towers and a beach to the Williamsburg waterfront is back on the table after a coronavirus-induced pause. The project, known as River Ring, was
A rendering of the proposed Acme Smoked Fish development in Greenpoint. (Image: Gensler Architects)A rezoning proposal that would facilitate the creation of a nine-story office building along with a new processing facility for Acme Smoked Fish in Greenpoint took the next step toward approval, after Brooklyn Borough President Eric
After the storm on the waterfront in Red Hook. (Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)Right now, the communities of Sunset Park and Red Hook are being presented with two different, yet similar, proposals for new residential and mixed-use developments. These glass and steel projects are being sold to our
Rendering of the proposed development a 737 Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park—center of the image. (Image: DencityWorks Architecture)Council Member Carlos Menchaca announced his support Tuesday morning for a controversial spot-rezoning that would allow for the creation of a 14-story mixed-use building at 737 Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park.
Courtesy of Marvel Architects/SCAPE Landscape ArchitectsBy Michelle de la Uz A recent opinion piece by several Gowanus residents opposed to affordable housing development in their neighborhood, unfortunately, continued a pattern of dangerously misleading rhetoric about the Gowanus Green development. As a 43-year old nonprofit comprehensive community development corporation whose
Rendering of the post-rezoning Gowanus canal bridge crossing with waterfront development and pedestrian activity. (Image: Department of City Planning)Brooklyn Council Member Brad Lander has spent almost half a decade organizing community planning meetings to generate consensus around the rezoning of Gowanus, the southwest Brooklyn neighborhood known for its historic
The exterior of the new Center for Community Health in Park Slope. (Image: NewYork-Presbyterian)NewYork-Presbyterian Methodist Hospital will open a new, 400,000-square-foot outpatient facility in Park Slope on Monday, marking the end of years-long development process that at times provoked controversy and litigation from nearby residents. The six-story Center
840 Atlantic, rendering and massing plan via EAS.With the clock finally starting on the city’s land-use review process for 840 Atlantic Ave, Community Board 8 again reacted critically to a developer’s application to build an 18-story, 195-foot mostly residential building at the southeast corner of Vanderbilt and
Rendering via Department of Housing Preservation and DevelopmentBy Linda LaViolette, Miranda Sielaff and Nora Almeida, VOICE of GOWANUS Advocates of the proposed Gowanus Rezoning claim that a plan to privatize and develop affordable housing on Public Place (Gowanus Green), the site of a former manufactured gas plant, justifies a massive
The Associated Supermarket at 975 Nostrand Avenue (Image: Google Maps) The Associated Supermarket at 975 Nostrand Avenue has been given 30 days to vacate its space, after negotiations about the supermarket’s presence in a future development fell apart. The 30-day notice was delivered to Associated’s leadership yesterday. The
The Flatbush Savings Bank building on Monday, March 8th, 2020. (Image: Dann Lawrence) Demolition has started on the historic Flatbush Savings Bank building, despite some last-minute efforts by advocates to preserve it. A new, mixed-use building is expected to rise at the location, which is adjacent to the Kings Theatre.