Forest City Ratner Companies and Greenland USA, a subsidiary of Shanghai-based Greenland Group, announced today that their new joint venture, Greenland Forest City Partners, has selected COOKFOX Architects to design two residential buildings at their Pacific Park Brooklyn project. They’ve also chosen Thomas Balsley Associates to design the site’s eight-acre public park, which will be called Pacific Park.
Formerly known as Atlantic Yards, Pacific Park Brooklyn will be a 22-acre site anchored by the Barclays Center and containing 8 million square feet of mixed-use development. The public park will be revealed in phases, with permanent and temporary installations. COOKFOX has begun the design for its two residential buildings– 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, set to feature 275 condominiums, and 535 Carlton Avenue, which will have approximately 300 affordable rentals. Construction is expected to begin on the latter this December, with 550 Vanderbilt not far behind. A third residential building will be designed by SHoP Architects, who were the minds behind the Barclays Center, at 30 Sixth Avenue with another 300 affordable rentals.
Much more on the project here
If you follow Williamsburg real estate news, you likely read about a lot of glassy waterfront towers and swanky hotels. It’s refreshing, therefore, to hear about the Printhouse Lofts, a new residential development housed in a 104-year-old manufacturing building that seamlessly blends historic character with modern design.
Located at 139 North 10th Street, the site originally housed a printmaking company and was later a toy factory. After failed conversion attempts by two different developers, Greystone bought the property last year for $15.8 million and undertook an adaptive reuse project that resulted in 36 fabulous apartments.
Take a tour through one of these stunners
L to R: Williamsburg Savings Bank (One Hanson), The Brooklyner, 388 Bridge Street, Avalon Willoughby West, The Hub
Construction filings from the Department of Buildings have revealed that Douglas Steiner’s mixed use tower at 333 Schermerhorn Street, dubbed the Hub, will soar 30 feet higher than previously reported; making it the top contender for Brooklyn’s tallest building at 607-feet.
For more than 80 years, the title of Brooklyn’s tallest belonged to the 512-foot Williamsburg Savings Bank tower at 1 Hanson Place. With its beloved 4-sided clock tower and its majestic banking hall, the tower has stood in relative isolation since its construction in 1929. Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards centerpiece building nicknamed “Miss Brooklyn,” was the first to challenge the tower’s dominance and was slated to soar more than 100-feet above the bank building’s dome. The proposal incited uproar from Brooklynites, leading to its eventual downsizing in 2006 to 511-feet, just one foot shorter than the neighboring bank building.
More about The Hub and Brooklyn’s tallest this way
If you’re looking for a Manhattan rental you may want to act quickly as rents are trending upwards in the recently sluggish rental market.
According to Douglas Elliman’s May 2014 Rental Report the median rent of an apartment in Manhattan will set you back $3,300, an increase of 3.1% over the same period last year – and the highest it’s been in 5 years. While record low interest rates spurred sales towards the end of last year and kept rental prices down, a tighter credit environment seems to have contributed to the recent uptick.
However, Brooklyn rents appear to have leveled off after a sharp gain over the last year. While median rents in the borough this past February saw rents creep ever so closely to their Manhattan counterparts, coming within $210, the gap has once again widened to about $500.
[via Crain’s New York]
Main photo courtesy of New York Habitat
When the going gets tough…put your massive Tribeca condo on the rental market for $45,000/month. Well, at least that’s what the owners of Apartment 1 at 16 Jay Street recently did after trying to sell the pad since April 2011. Available immediately, the space can come furnished or unfurnished.
Known in the design community for its sweeping cast-iron and mahogany staircase that was welded together inside the home in the shape of a double ellipsis, this floor-through apartment occupies the entire 4,200 square feet of 16 Jay Street’s first floor. It has 3BR/3BA and a 900-square-foot patio that contains a 25-foot-high sculpture and heated limestone flooring.
The interior excitement continues here
Patience is a virtue; one that billionaire tycoon and former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis clearly has in droves.
Cats demonstrated this when he had the foresight to purchase a block of land on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene, over 30 years ago, back when the street was appropriately nicknamed Murder Avenue. Not many people would have seen the value in property in an area where Cats jokes that he had to carry two guns “just in case one of the guns runs out of bullets”. However, Cats saw it as a worthy investment. And boy was he right. A few decades and a change of zoning laws have allowed Cats to turn this once terrifying spot into the building site of 4 residential skyscrapers with retail stores on the ground floor. Not a bad deal for a piece of property purchased for under a million dollars says the understatement of the century.
Learn more about Catsimatidis’ development project here
Downtown Brooklyn is booming across the board, and buyers are keen to get in on the changes afoot. Five months after hitting the market, Brooklyn’s tallest tower is filling out fast, with half of the units now leased. The SLCE Architects-designed residential skyscraper at 388 Bridge Street rises 590 feet, with 234 rentals and 144 are condominiums spread across 53 stories. The Stahl Organization, who developed the building, says that units are going at a rate of about one per day. 90 apartments remain, and prices range from $2,700 per month for a studio to $6,290 for a two-bedroom apartment.
[Via The Real Deal]
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