Graffiti wars in Bushwick as artist murals are replaced by corporate ads

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credit Bushwick Daily

Sadly, this is a fitting metaphor for what’s happening throughout Brooklyn.

On 247 Starr St., near the Jefferson L train stop, a billboard plastered with AT&T ads covers a mural where the “Bushwick Collective” signature can still be spotted in the corner.

Movie posters and more AT&T ads were recently put on the side of 427 Troutman St., covering the only work that a group of Russian artists did outside of their home country. [Read more...]

Forget poor doors, Greenpoint developers building segregated poor buildings

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Stephen Levin — who voted to sell Greenpoint’s air rights — and a crew of other dipshits breaking ground; credit Gothamist

The last time we checked in with the progress of the 10-tower Greenpoint Landing waterfront development — aka Stephen Levin Towers – we were hearing concerns from the community about the decision to dig in a polluted Superfund site. Now, that they’ve officially broken ground — don’t breathe until they’re done — they’ve released more details about the project.

The developer behind the massive 10-tower waterfront Greenpoint Landing project on Friday broke ground on construction of the first three buildings in the complex, which will contain entirely below-market-rate units. [Read more...]

JMZ rents by stop

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As a follow-up to their report on rent prices along the L line, Brick Underground has a handy guide to rent prices along the JMZ. Not surprisingly, rents closer to Manhattan are overall more pricey. Also, rents have risen a staggering 43.9 percent at the increasingly trendy Myrtly-Wyckoff stop:

As with the L train data, we asked Streeteasy to crunch the numbers, pulling the median rental price within a five-block radius of each stop based on active listings for May 2015. “Some of the highest rents along the JMZ lines are exactly where you would expect them to be: the westernmost points near Williamsburg,” Streeteasy data scientist Alan Lightfeldt tells us. “The Lorimer Street, Hewes Street, and Marcy Avenue stops have the most expensive rentals on the whole. However, rents in areas to the east are growing fast.” … [Read more...]

Eight new hotels coming to Miami Williamsburg, Brooklyn, plus more in Greenpoint and Bushwick

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55 Wythe Ave – holy shit is this thing HUGE

We’ve been covering North Brooklyn’s insane  hotel boom, but Brownstoner has a handy recap of all the construction in Williamsburg. In addition to existing hotels like The Wythe and McCarren Park Hotel, these seven are in the works: The Williamsburg Hotel at 96 Wythe Avenue, The Hoxton at 97 Wythe, The William Vale at 55 Wythe Avenue between North 12th and North 13th, Yotel at 280 Meeker Avenue, The Pod Hotel on 626 Driggs Avenue at North 4th Street,  The M500 just off the Lorimer stop at 500 Metroplitan Avenue, and The Williamsburghotel at 159 Broadway. [Read more...]

Hooker aficionado, Eliot Spitzer, plans to screw South Williamsburg with three enormous high rises

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Future plans for 420-430 Kent Avenue

That’s right, Client 9 is building these three enormous towers, described as “molded iceberg, sculpted to create the maximum number of views,” just blocks from the HUGE Domino Sugar complex in South Williamsburg. What’s more, he’s doing it quickly to dodge laws that would force him to provide more affordable housing:

In customary fashion, Mr. Spitzer — who once, as governor, famously threatened to roll over a state lawmaker — has tackled his new career much like a steamroller, in overdrive. He signed a contract to buy nearly three acres on the Brooklyn waterfront last August, closed on the deal in February and got his building permits on June 8. [Read more...]

L Train rents by stop

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No surprise here, but it’s a lot more expensive to rent an apartment on the Bedford L train stop than it is at Broadway Junction. That said, the difference is pretty striking. Brick Underground mapped out an overview of median rent prices along this still-rapidly gentrifying subway line: [Read more...]

Two new hotels planned for Bushwick

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71 White Street

Two separate developers filed permits this week for large scale hotels in Bushwick, one at 27 Stewart Avenue and another at 71 White Street. The Real Deal has more:

For the second day in a row, a developer filed a permit application to build a hotel in the neighborhood long known for hipsters and warehouses. [Read more...]

Bushwick/Ridgewood getting its very own Starbucks

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Williamsburg has two already so welcome to the team.

Bushwick is getting its own Starbucks — or at least one just on the other side of the neighborhood’s border in Ridgewood. [Read more...]