The vintage diner most fondly remembered as Relish soon to be demolished


Credit: Forgotten NY

The pummeling continues. According to Brownstoner, the lovely diner on Wythe Ave (currently home to La Esquina) is about to be demolished to make room for, you guessed it, CONDOS. Ugh. We’re lukewarm on La Esquina, but have fond memories of Relish, one of Williamsburg’s best restaurants in the late 90s.

New building applications were filed today for a six-story building with stores and 10 apartments at 225 Wythe Avenue, where a 1950s metal diner currently stands. It was home to the Wythe Diner from ’68 to ’88, Relish from ’97 to 2010, and currently houses Soho Mexican joint La Esquina.

Potentially, the apartments could be huge — about 1,238 square feet each — so we’re guessing this will be condos. All told, the building will have 16,736 square feet, including 4,351 square feet of commercial space.

Forgotten NY has the back-story on this soon-to-be-demolished landmark.

Dannenhoffer’s Opalescent building in Bushwick being turned into condos by “housing for hipsters” duo


Glass Factory

From Wyckoff Heights:

Developer ASH NYC is planning a 70,000 SF mixed-use development at 330 Himrod Street between Wyckoff and Irving Aves, with retail space and a rumored 80 apartments. Originally home to a glass factory and more recently occupied by a manufacturer of plastic bags, demolition applications have been filed for existing structures on the site, although it appears that the largest will be incorporated into the new building.

ASH NYC founders Ari Heckman and Jonathan Minkoff worked on “housing for hipsters” in Williamsburg and Bushwick for Cayuga Capital Management before starting their own firm in 2008.

Housing for hipsters? Ha. At least we can rest assured that development of this landmark site is in good hands. Not sure how we missed this 2009 Housing for Hipsters presentation: [Read more…]

Video: Shirtless bro harasses Williamsburg residents from luxury condo balcony

broSunday was a beautiful day to walk around Williamsburg except for that bro yelling at people from luxury building The Driggs on Driggs between North 9th and 10th. From [Read more…]

Only 19 of 1,345 Promised Affordable Housing Units Built Since 2005 In North Brooklyn

Coming Soon, Greenpoint Landing

Coming Soon, Greenpoint Landing

It’s bad enough that we have to put up with eyesores like The Edge and the impending Greenpoint Landing, but this is disgraceful:

Greenpointers: City lied about parks, ‘affordable housing’

The city has broken its promise to bring affordable housing to Greenpoint and Williamsburg and is letting developers run roughshod over the neighborhoods, pushing out the working class in the process, claimed more than 150 protesters rallying outside East River State Park Wednesday night.

The group, which gathered along now upscale Kent Avenue, said thousands of poorer residents have been priced out of the rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods during the past decade in the wake of a rezoning of the waterfront that allowed condominium towers to rise up, but also promised more parks and guaranteed so-called “affordable housing” — two things residents now say the city lied about.


Only 19 of the 1,345 “affordable” apartments the city promised in 2005 when it rezoned the North Brooklyn waterfront to residential from manufacturing have been built, according to Jan Petersen, a member of Community Board 1, and that has forced lower-income residents to move away.

“This community has lost 10,000 Latino residents in the past 10 years,” claimed Antonio Reynoso, who is running against Vito Lopez for the 34th district council seat. “That is unacceptable.”


Some Greenpoint residents have been roiling in recent weeks since two developers unveiled plans for more luxury condo towers on the north end of the waterfront.

The developer Park Tower Group wants to build “Greenpoint Landing,” a 10-tower development with up to 5,500 units on Newtown Creek. Meanwhile, the Chetrit Group is planning a 30-story tower at 77 Commercial St. between Manhattan and Franklin avenues, that would rise next to the site of a proposed city park that has been stalled for years, and some worry may never be built.


Residents see the explosive development along the Greenpoint waterfront — combined with Two Trees Management’s plan for 2,284 apartments proposed for and around the Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg as further proof that the city cares more about turning the neighborhoods into high-end urban wonderlands than taking care of the people who have lived there for years .

Some of those residents say that all the new development is forcing old-school landlords to reevaluate how much they can get for their old-school apartments.

“[My landlord] has tried for a long time to get me out,” said Maria Ramos, 71, who has lived in a rent-stabilized apartment on Green Street for 30 years. “She wants someone with more money.”

Goodbye ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Set, Hello Trashy, Miami-Style Condo Complex?

Via Greenpointers

A tipster sent along word that the Boardwalk Empire set at Franklin & Commercial Streets is currently being dismantled and that they will be out by the end of the month. The tipster also says Bay Crane is moving out of their large parcel at Eagle & West Streets. Both lots are held by Park Tower Group, a New York based developer, who has long held the development rights to this huge 22 acre swath of land at the tip of Greenpoint. Their proposed development, dubbed Greenpoint Landing, will ultimately result in 10 residential towers between 30 and 40 stories high totaling 4,000 units of housing – 20% of which will be affordable. Handel Architects designed the project and, according to their website, the development will feature a new marina, seasonal putting green, ice rink and even possibly a footbridge to Long Island City.

USPS Officially Declares Waterfront Less Cool

image c/o Gothamist

Sorry priced-out Manhattan folks at The Edge.  Gothamist reports receipt of the new Williamsburg zip code divide, and the luxury condos will be among those forced to adopt the new 11249.

The zipcode change spans Bedford Avenue to the waterfront.

The rest of us can still claim the uber-hip original gangsta 11211.  Represent, yo.

– J. Rachel Reyes

New Domino Moves Forward, City Planning Commision Votes 13-0

Plans to revamp the old Domino Sugar Factory into shiny condos got a big stamp of approval yesterday when the City Planning Commision voted 13-0 in the developers’ favor. Now, it’s on to the city council. Curbed notes our local city councilmember (Levin, I’m guessing) “is no big fan of Domino, and has urged the developers to cut back on the project’s density so as not to overwhelm the neighborhood.”