Leaving his political career in the past, former New York governor Eliot Spitzer is taking on the development world. After his father’s death in November, the controversial politician took over the family’s real estate business, Spitzer Enterprises. And he’s now revealed the first rendering for his Williamsburg mega-development in the New York Times (not Twitter), showcasing a trio of 24-story rental towers designed by ODA Architects. Located at 420-430 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg, the project is in keeping with ODA’s signature boxy, glassy aesthetic. It will cost $700 million, have 856 units, and boast two rooftop pools and a park with an esplanade.
Coming straight from Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood that’s perhaps best known for its stock of loft apartments, is the ultimate loft at 330 Wythe Avenue. This is at the Esquire loft building, a pre-war building that now has its own dog washing station, common terrace, and compost center. While the building’s gone condo, this apartment is up for rent asking $7,500 a month. It’s been billed “the coolest loft apartment in Williamsburg,” according to the listing. Do you think it fits the bill?
This 2,000-square-foot three-bedroom Williamsburg duplex is a lot of things: It’s cool, kooky, rustic and a little beachy, too. Some nice interior details have been paired with a fun, smart design. The listing calls this a “city meets country oasis,” and with all the exposed wood, we’d have to agree. It all makes for a special pad with a killer outdoor patio and garden. If you fall in love with it, it’s now on the market for $7,995 a month.
Two apartments, units 408 and 309, are now available at the Mill Building, 85 North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, with the potential to create a massive loft apartment. When we first saw this listing, only one unit was up for grabs, but now a buyer will have two floors and 3,600 square feet to work with, as well as the potential to build out as many as five bedrooms alongside a media room and library. How much for the opportunity to create this mega loft? The asking price is $4.775 million.
A townhouse on the market is pretty rare in Williamsburg—this is the neighborhood better known for loft apartments and waterfront condos. But this single-family townhouse at 296 Manhattan Avenue is now on the rental market for $13,995 a month. It has been designed with the hipster in mind, with plenty of exposed brick, wooden ceiling beams, and even “locally sourced” hardwood floors.
Just four blocks from the Lorimer Street station on the L train, a new condo project is rising at 629 Grand Street. The property is a conversion of an existing mixed-use building, having been extended both horizontally and vertically. It will feature seven units–one two-bedroom/two-bath residence and six one-bedroom/one-bath homes. There’s also a ground-floor commercial unit that will house a vintage clothing store (how very Williamsburg).
Long before VICE became a media giant gobbling up much of Williamsburg‘s north side real estate and displacing some of the neighborhood’s beloved institutions, it was just a regular ol’ start-up company consisting of three guys putting out an indie mag from a small office in Montreal.
A recently uncovered video made for a ’90s reality TV show transports us to that far more innocent time, introducing us to the founding fathers of the magazine, Suroosh Alvi, Shane Smith, and Gavin McInnes, and documenting their days as the get ready for a move to New York City with hopes of taking their publication to the next level. Although the then-best buds have long left the realm in which we normal folks dwell, the concerns they expressed in the video back then—”I’m scared of being poor there,” McInnes says at one point—bring them back down to earth with us regular folks just trying to make it in the city.
Jump ahead for an intimate look at the trio 15 years ago, chatting about the roots of the magazine and the saucy side of Canada—and watch as they stress out over searching for NYC apartments.
This Williamsburg loft at 337 Kent Avenue is what Brooklyn living is all about: spacious, filled with character, and begging for interesting use of wall space like creating artwork out of hanging clothing or accessories. This is what real New York looks like—and you just have to shell out $3,500 a month to experience it.
BergDesign Architecture Transforms a Williamsburg Mechanics Garage into a Multi-Use Space with a Hidden Bar, Wed, January 28, 2015
A multi-disciplinary event/performance space, retail store, and hidden bar all in one–we must be in Williamsburg.
Located at 94 Wythe Avenue, in a slower-to-gentrify, industrial section of the neighborhood, this outpost of Kinfolk Studios was transformed by BergDesign Architecture from a mechanics garage into a space that feels like “it was designed for an off-the-grid Pacific Northwest hippy mathematician” by adding wood-clad geodesic dome shell structures to divide the space into separate functions.
New Residential Building in East Williamsburg by James Cleary Architecture Will Have a Double-Height Solar Shade, Mon, January 26, 2015
A new residential building is going up on an East Williamsburg street that’s already an eclectic mix of modern buildings, single-family homes with vinyl siding, and classic tenement apartment buildings. Designed by James Cleary Architecture, 237 Devoe Street will add some creative environmental design to the mix, thanks to its signature element–a double-height solar shade, clad with reclaimed barn wood, that opens onto the street.