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Construction Update, Murray Hill, New Developments, Rentals

Without a hitch, Fisher Brothers’ parking garage-crushing development at 225 East 39th Street has ascended to its full 395-foot structural height. More pause-worthy is that its reflective curtain wall has climbed high enough to show us how its reflective skin will accentuate its gracefully curving form. The 36-story high-rise is situated at the boundary of residential Murray Hill and the skyscraper canyons of Midtown East.

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Architecture, Greenpoint, New Developments

215 Freeman Street, 216 Freeman Street, StudiosC Architecture, Greenpoint development

Since the Pulaski Bridge’s two-way protected bikeway officially opened on Friday, real estate values in Greenpoint are likely to see an increase. And at the foot of the bridge’s Brooklyn side, a pair of well-positioned buildings are underway, ready to take advantage of the new and improved connection to Long Island City and its G-train free access to Manhattan. The duo uniquely spans three narrow lots along the western side of McGuinness Boulevard between Green and Eagle Streets, near where the bridge begins its rise above street level.

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affordable housing, Architecture, Bronx, New Developments

Here’s a first look at a new two-building development in the Bronx‘s East Tremont section designed by COOKFOX. Developed by nonprofit Breaking Ground, the project will include housing for low-income families and formerly homeless individuals, in addition to on-site social services and a community room. The structure will be encased in brick, which will have alternating rows protruding and receding by a half inch, giving it an appearance meant to reference “ocean sand or tree bark patterns.” It will also boast many eco-efficient features and will qualify for Zone Green benefits, allowing extra floor area for affordable homes, according to the architects.

More on the project

Architecture, Crown Heights, New Developments

1736 Pacific Street Exterior

Here’s our first look at a five-story, 55-foot-tall residential building under construction in Crown Heights. The approximately 10,400-square-foot site at 1740 Pacific Street was purchased for $1.3 million in May of 2015 by Pacific Project Realty LLC and is now giving way to a 24-unit, 6,088-square-foot building. It’s being designed by Input Creative Studio, and Diego Aguilera Architects P.C. is the architect of record. The exterior, clad in red-brick with metal balconies and railings, is organized into four parts, each of which will house six units.

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condos, Construction Update, Greenpoint, New Developments, Williamsburg

Gertler & Wente Architects, 247 Driggs Avenue, The Driggs Haus, Williamsburg development,

The Driggs Haus at 247 Driggs Avenue is a 23,500-square-foot condominium building developed by Greenpoint Luxury Development LLC (who purchased the three-story structure that previously stood on the site for $950,000 in 2013) with Gertler & Wente Architects handling the design. The project, situated at the corner of Graham and Driggs Avenues near McCarren Park, has been slow to wrap up construction, with its topped-off concrete frame shrouded in netting for some time now. Ultimately, there will be 19 homes spread throughout the project’s five floors, and a soon-to-be-launched website marketing the units brings us a handful of new images and details.

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Architecture, condos, New Developments, Williamsburg

Studio Esner, RTSPC Principal, KMP Design Engineering, 351 Grand Street

Construction is underway for a set of two-family townhouses at the northwest corner of Grand Street and Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg. The eyesore of a vacant lot at 50 Marcy Avenue and 349-353 Grand Street will give way to four identical rowhouses designed by KMP Design and Engineering with Patoma Partners as the developers. According to the building permits, each townhouse will have approximately 9,500 square feet of residential space and 5,500 square feet of commercial space. The ground floors will feature offices and retail and the collective eight apartments are planned to have four bedrooms each.

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