Interactive map shows how your neighborhood will be affected by ‘luxury condos’

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DNA has put together a very useful – albeit troubling – interactive map that helps New Yorkers visualize the construction that’s underway, or planned, in their neighborhoods. Looking at Greenpoint is especially frustrating given the amount of out-of-scale construction that’s happening along its waterfront. A tower called The Greenpoint, which is on the West Street between India and Huron, stretches an entire square block and will be 39 stories. (Thanks Stephen Levin.) And many more buildings are underway. Williamsburg is a tad less alarming since the waterfront has already been dramatically altered. At least Bushwick Inlet Park seems like a done deal at this point. Check out what’s happening in your neighborhood here.

Greenpoint Landing will steal your girlfriend

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Ok, so everyone’s favorite embodiment of doom in Greenpoint, the mega-project Greenpoint Landing is getting two more massive “high-rise” buildings for “luxury residential rentals.”

30 and 40 stories each, these towers are terrible, just the worst.

These towers will steal your girlfriend. They’ll do all your drugs and ask to borrow five bucks. They’ll throw you under the bus at work and pocket a bottle of booze from your house party.

Oh, just a couple of assholes isn’t the end of the world, you’re thinking? Oh, how many assholes could it even possibly be?

Well, I’ll tell you: it’s exactly 1,557 assholes. [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…]

Times says Bushwick Inlet Park could cost another half billion in “ransom” money

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Better late than never, the Times has finally tackled the Bushwick Inlet Park controversy. Adding up the numbers, they write that the city — which has already spent $225 million on the park — is a “textbook study in civic entropy and how public developments go awry.” And $225 million is just the beginning. The owner of the CitiStorage site (which lies at the center of the projected park and recently suffered a very suspicious fire) now wants a reported $500 million for his 11-acre lot. “The city will not, and should never, pay that kind of ransom,” says the Times:

Unsurprisingly, the first turn toward the absurd involved a lawsuit. Through eminent domain, the city offered $12 million for the rental truck lot. When the owner found a sympathetic judge, the price tag leapt into the stratosphere, to more than $90 million. The owner of CitiStorage, next door, Norman Brodsky, naturally assumed he had also hit the jackpot. Crain’s reported recently that he now wants $500 million for his 11-acre site. If the city won’t pony up, his site will cleave the prospective park in two…. [Read more…]

Health dept says air is safe, Stephen Levin sees CitiStorage fire as opportunity to get started on park

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The Health Department conceded last night that they could have responded more quickly to concerns about dangerous fumes from the CitiStorage fire. They reassured the community that, though the CitiStorage site could be toxic for weeks, the air quality in Williamsburg has not been compromised:

At a town hall meeting last night, the health department admitted it took too long to issue warnings in the wake of the massive Williamsburg warehouse fire; meanwhile, the fire department said it might take as long as a month to return the site to safety.

Daniel Kass, the health department’s Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Health, acknowledged that the agency could have warned neighbors about elevated levels of air pollution sooner than it did, late in the day of the early-morning fire. [Read more…]

It’s official, the Two Trees plan to turn Domino into Dubai/Disneyland has been approved

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Goodbye historic landmark, hello Lego set condos:

The latest Domino Sugar factory development plan passed the Council in a unanimous vote on Wednesday, opening the way for construction on the mega-development after years of heated debate over the project.

Developer Two Trees Management Company’s vision includes five towers that are supposed to hold thousands of residential units, office space, retail stores, and a school. The company put forward the plan despite the previous owner having obtained city approval for its proposal over activist opposition. Company officials said the unusual strategy it pursued after buying the stagnant site for $185 million a year and a half ago paid off.

“We took a big gamble, passing up an approved plan and going back through the political process because we wanted to build something innovative and worthy of the magnificent site and the dynamic neighborhood,” said Dave Lombino, Two Trees’ head of special projects. “Today’s approval is an endorsement of that vision and we can’t wait to break ground later this year. We hope Domino will become a model for thoughtful mixed-use development, with world-class design, affordable housing and new open space.” [Read more…]

Greenpoint is getting a huge convention center on Franklin Street

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In addition to Urban Outfitters and Stephen Levin Towers, here’s something else no one in the neighborhood wants. An expo center:

The Brooklyn EXPO is located in the thriving neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It is a new concept for a historical neighborhood that is now emerging as a frontier of culture in the Brooklyn scene. The Brooklyn EXPO is a unique physical structure with excellent access to New York City and multiple hubs of transportation. The property boasts a beautiful glass exterior and a large open floor plan that can be used in whole or can be divided to create multiple rooms or for smaller functions. This allows for unlimited flexibility; add in high ceilings, a loading dock, cafeteria space, office space, parking and on site storage for pre-event shipping, Brooklyn EXPO expects to cater to wide array of clients. The Brooklyn EXPO will be able to handle large scale productions of public events, private events, conferences, company meetings, conventions, product launches, receptions, multi media events and banquet seating for up to 2200 people. The specs below outline the space and location below will show you that we are offering something that cannot be found in Brooklyn at this time.

More information about Brooklyn EXPO (no idea why that’s in caps) here.

Unlike sell-out Stephen Levin, Antonio Reynoso vows to fight high rises in Bushwick

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Stephen Levin Towers – coming soon to North Brooklyn

We’re happy to report that Bushwick has a city councilman who’s willing to fight the endless construction of “luxury” high rises:

“I intend on implementing the rezoning as a means to preserve the character of the neighborhood,” said Reynoso.

Reynoso said he believes special, low-zoned areas could help keep the neighborhood from suffering from the same kind of dramatic gentrification that has gripped Williamsburg in recent years.

His district contains the sixth- and 25th-fastest gentrifying zip codes in the nation, according to census data (two others in the top 25 are in neighboring Bedford-Stuyvesant). The average Bushwick two-bedroom now rents for $2,161, up nearly $500 from last year, the highest increase of any Brooklyn neighborhood, according to real estate industry data.

Too bad he’s not Greenpoint/Williamsburg’s councilman. Instead, we’re stuck with Stephen Levin. Let Reynoso know you like the support!