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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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...]

More bad news… Brooklyn Night Bazaar is closing very soon

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Well this sucks. Pretty soon the only place to see live music in New York will be Terminal 5.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s landlord let them know that a new tenant is taking over their Brooklyn space and they need to be out by June 1st. The Greenpoint music venue, food and shopping space, where shows are usually free, still has a few shows coming up though.

A few more shows are slotted including Skaters this Thursday.

UPDATE: There’s a silver lining as the team from the Bazaar will be taking their talents to Rockaway Beach this summer. From Gothamist:

The team behind the Brooklyn Night Bazaar has signed a multi-year lease with the National Parks Service to “re-imagine the beach experience at Jacob Riis Park” with “abundant activities, entertainment, shopping, food, and drinks.” Starting Memorial Day weekend, the newly-coined Riis Park Beach Bazaar will present rock shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as offer beach chair rentals, games, food from vendors like The Brooklyn Star and Fletcher’s BBQ, and a variety of alcoholic beverages.

Check out more about the Beach Bazaar here.

UPDATE 2: BMW is the tenant taking over the Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s space. Gothamist spoke to the owner of the Bazaar:

“The building owner did offer us to match, but it was basically close to 8 to 10 times what we are currently paying, which is just a number not even remotely on our radar,” Klein wrote in an email.

“You do have to wonder how it’s even possible anymore to operate a venue that doesn’t have massive financial backing. Coming from a punk rock/DIY background personally, to see venue after venue basically fall victim to the same developer/price-you-out scenario is really depressing. And as a native New Yorker, it pisses me off even more to see how unrecognizable this city has, and continues to, become.”

Klein confirmed that BMW would be the new tenant, but couldn’t provide any specifics. A representative from BMW has not yet responded to our request for comment.