condos, New Developments, Williamsburg

629 Grand Street, Williamsburg

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).

More info here

History, Video, Williamsburg

Shane Smith VICE 1999

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.

Watch the video here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

337 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg studio loft, close to water

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.

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Architecture, Design, Williamsburg

Kinfolk Studios, BergDesign Architecture, 94 Wythe Avenue

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.

Find out more about this impressive design

Architecture, condos, Green Design, New Developments, Williamsburg

237 Devoe Street, James Cleary Architecture

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.

More details on the project

Architecture, Hotels, Williamsburg

280 MEEKER YOTEL Williamsburg

One of our favorite New York architects will soon be making their mark in Williamsburg. HWKN has just revealed new renderings for a brand new 14-story YOTEL coming to Brooklyn at 646 Lorimer Street. The images, which give us a taste of the exterior, are right on the mark with the YOTEL style and the rapidly changing neighborhood—and the design is what exactly you’d expect from HWKN: an eye-catching form with lots of greenspace.

Find out more here

Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

457 Grand Street Williamsburg

The exterior of this 1000-square-foot loft located at 457 Grand Street in Williamsburg isn’t particularly awe-inspiring. A typical turn-of-the-century red masonry building with charming window details, it’s pleasant to look at but doesn’t quite take your breath away. The same cannot be said for the gorgeously renovated and exceptionally bright loft hiding within.

The space beautifully takes advantage of the building’s original features like hardwood floors, brick walls, and exposed ceiling beams, then ups the ante with a host of modern touches including multiple skylights, tons of custom built-ins, and a stunning, larger-than-life glass wall/door separating the bedroom from the living area.

See why this book is even better than its cover

Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

85-103 N 3rd St #408

There’s an exquisite loft in Williamsburg’s historic Mill Building available for $2.65 million. The one-bedroom stunner stands out from the rest with sumptuous upgrades contrasted with original detail like restored wide-plank floors and prewar beams. True, some of the fun, quirky elements—like the Warhol-esque paintings on the red wall and the trendy furniture—don’t come with the condo, but it’s still the perfect blend of character and luxury.

Take a look inside here

Architecture, New Developments, Rentals, Williamsburg

East Williamsburg, Slate Property, Ainslie Street, Industrial loft,Factory Lofts, Brooklyn construction, Brooklyn development, brooklyn rentals, williamsburg rentals

Rendering of 66 Ainslie Street via Slate Property Group

Here’s the first look at 66 Ainslie Street, a seven-story, 50-unit rental building set to rise from the East Williamsburg corner of Ainslie and Keap Streets. According to The Real Deal, the project is being developed by Slate Property Group, led by Martin Nussbaum and David Schwartz, and the site’s previous sole owners, Tavolario and Meszaros Realty Corporation. Slate purchased the site for $15 million in an off-market deal in September.

Construction permits filed this past November by Aufgang Architects indicate that the building will contain 42,500 square feet of residential and retail space, 23 parking spaces in an underground garage, and a roof deck and fitness center. The site is also around the corner from the Metropolitan-Lorimer G and L train stop. The filing of a “major alteration” application indicates that at least some part of the existing one-story factory building will remain.

More details ahead

Architecture, Restaurants, Williamsburg

relish diner williamsburg ny

Image by Avagara via Panoramio

Amongst Williamsburg‘s ever-growing, rapidly-rising new developments remains a neighborhood icon that has managed to stick around in the face of change. However, it looks like time has finally caught up to this tiny 1950s treasure, as Brownstoner reports that permits were filed today to replace the classic metal structure with a six-story, 10-unit apartment building. The replacement may not surprise too many given the transformation of the area, as well as the restaurants taking up space—from a diner in ’52 to a beloved burger joint from ’97 to 2010 to today providing a somewhat less fitting location for upscale La Esquina’s satellite Mexican restaurant/cafe—but without a doubt it’s still one that we’re sad to see happen.

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