With White Castle Gone, More Development Likely

BOROUGH PARK – Another White Castle bites the dust. Just last year we were lamenting the decline in the number of White Castle spots in the borough, a popular spot for Valentine Day celebrations,  and yesterday the location at Fort Hamilton & 42nd Street called it a night.

This morning, workers were seen taking apart the interior, stripping menus off of menus. There are now only 4 White Castles left in Brooklyn, plus the outpost on the Boardwalk in Coney Island. Our readers Erik Feuer and his friend Glenn sent in a sad video – you may feel similar if this was your spot to hang out – the location opened sometime in 1973 or maybe 1974, according to property records.

The property changed hands on December 18, 2017, when Maltz Family Limited Partnership sold it to 4202 Partners LLC for $5,337,500. The Real Deal reported that according to individuals familiar with the project, the “building will span approximately 120,000 square feet, which should be split between roughly 50,000 square feet of commercial space and 70,000 square feet of community space. Rents will go for about $70 per square foot on the first floor and about $50 per square foot on the upper floors.”

There have been no applications filed with the Department of Buildings as of today, but the location is zoned R6 with C2-3 overlay, allowing for 34,000 square feet of residential development, so it may be more likely to have a large residential facility like the Msgr. John P. O’Brien Senior Housing that looms behind it, with some commercial ground use, which would allow for 4.8 FAR and 67,968 square feet, still about 50% short in square footage from what the Real Deal reports.

531 Myrtle Avenue that used to be home to another White Castle, these days looks like this:

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Liena Zagare

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  1. White Castle – closed.
    Unique Thrift Shop on Fulton Street – closed.
    These are surely signs of the “end times.”

  2. This is an assault by white castle on its lifelong loyal customers. The only ones left are the nasty shitty smelly ones where the workers have really bad attitude and refuse to give you the amount of condiments that you asked for when the amount totals 2 ketchups per double white castles, tables are filthy, floor is filthy, bathroom is dirty – and if you cant open the door the first time they press the buzzer they make you wait 10 more minutes before they “Have time” to press the button again. I’m talking about Myrtle Ave/Gates ave. Pennsylvania ave is the pitts too. And both of these are so far and inconvenient to get to from the rest of Brooklyn that I refuse. I hate you White castle for what you’ve done. You sold us the fuck out. The words White Castle will always make me feel disgusted from here on out.

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