Rendering of 94 North 3rd Street courtesy of Hudson Companies Inc.
Applications are now being accepted for 15 newly constructed, affordable apartments in a mixed-use development in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. With 75 total units and more than 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, the building at 94 North 3rd Street sits just a few blocks from the waterfront and bustling Metropolitan Avenue. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 60 percent of the area median income can apply for studios for $867 per month, one-bedrooms for $931 per month and two-bedrooms listed for $1123 monthly.
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Rendering of the Bedford Courts development planned for the Bedford-Union Armory; image: BFC Partners/Bedford Courts
Amid growing opposition, the proposed Crown Heights Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment project began its evaluation by the City Council at a hearing Tuesday on land use applications filed by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), amNewYork reports. The massive armory, once housing for the National Guard, became city property in 2013. The EDC plans to sell the property to developer BFC Partners for the creation of 56 condos, of which 20 percent would be income restricted. The remaining market rate condos would help pay for the rest of the project, which would be leased by BFC Partners and would include 330 rentals (165 affordable), office space and a recreation center. Critics say the city is setting a dangerous precedent by leasing public land for private use, especially when market-rate condos are included. The de Blasio administration has championed the recreation center and housing, but the plan has has come under fire by neighborhood advocacy groups and has had an uphill battle in achieving the City Council approval it needs.
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Located on a gorgeous block steps from Fort Greene Park, this compact townhouse at 232 Carlton Avenue, asking $3 million, could use some updating. The listing says, “Bring your architect and/or designer,” but there’s a lot to love about this home even in its present imperfect state. Currently configured as a two-family dwelling with an owner’s triplex and a one-bedroom duplex rental, the layout may look a little complicated but there’s plenty of potential here, including a gracious deck and classic leafy Brooklyn backyard.
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In the heart of lovely, leafy north Park Slope, a block from Prospect Park and surrounded by some of Brooklyn’s priciest historic architecture, this 1,500-square-foot duplex condominium at 502 1st Street is available for rent, asking $4,800 a month. If you’re looking for a townhouse tryout–without all the stress that comes with purchasing an actual townhouse–the two-floor, three-bedroom space is big enough for the whole family. They’ll fit right in here–and two private outdoor spaces provide a closer-to-home alternative to the park.
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Every winter, New Yorkers mourn the outdoor space they can’t enjoy due to cold weather. This Greenpoint apartment has solved that problem, by installing a fire pit within a charming private patio. This jealousy-inducing outdoor space is tacked onto a two-bedroom duplex unit from 114 India Street, a condo built in 2008. It’s being offered as a short-term rental–completely furnished, with utilities and weekly housekeeping included–for $6,000 a month.
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On one of the prettiest blocks in the landmarked Stuyvesant Heights section of Bed-Stuy, this 3,240-square-foot 1890s brownstone is brimming with historic architectural details. Designed by prolific Brooklyn architect Amzi Hill, 740 Macon Street has been lovingly restored by the home’s longtime owners, one of whom happens to be a celebrated local artist whose sense of history and beauty is reflected at every turn. Highlights include arched windows, six tiled fireplaces, parquet floors, wooden shutters, pressed tin ceilings, pocket doors, a pier mirror, egg-and-dart molding and intricate fretwork, plus a landscaped garden and terrace. The two-family townhouse–there’s a one-bedroom garden unit for rental income–is asking $2.3 million.
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BFDO Architects is no stranger to the innovative Brooklyn townhouse renovation. The firm brought their magic to this landmarked Fort Greene brownstone, purchased by a Hong Kong-based businessman who wanted a home that he, his wife and three adult children could comfortably stay in during his extended visits. BFDO modernized the interior, added new staircases, and utilized every inch of the house to personalize it for each member of the family.
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There are many things to love about Brooklyn Heights, one of those being the neighborhood’s “fruit streets.” Pineapple, Cranberry and Orange streets are all known in the area not just for the whimsical names, but for their historic architecture and prime location near the waterfront promenade. The cooperative at 55 Pineapple Street, also known as the Hamilton House, is one of those stately historic buildings that make the fruit streets so unique. This studio, now on the market for $469,000, retains the building’s prewar charm while also boasting some upgrades to maximize the space.
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Photo of 535 Carlton Avenue, courtesy of Max Touhey for Greenland Forest City Partners
In July 2016, the lottery opened for 298 mixed-income rentals at 535 Carlton Avenue, part of the sprawling Pacific Park complex, in Brooklyn. But now, more than a year later, about 95 units remain vacant at the Prospect Heights site, as City Limits reported. Despite over 93,000 New Yorkers applying for the nearly 300 units within just eight weeks, the applicants were rejected because they did not make enough money to qualify for those specific units. The 95 vacancies, the most expensive apartments at Pacific Park, are reserved for households that earn between 135 and 165 percent of the area median income, which translates to $74,606 and $173,415 annually. Unable to secure tenants for this income bracket, developer Greenland Forest City Partners (GFCP) placed advertisements for the units on market-rate real estate websites.
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Images (L to R): HOUSE39, THE CRESCENDO, THE LANE and 180 WATER STREET
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