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Old February 17th, 2008, 04:45 AM   #1
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BROOKLYN | Projects & Construction

Brooklyn Projects and Construction

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Since Brooklyn is a gangster place that the hipsters can't have forever I think we should have a thread to this exploding borough. Add projects and development.

Downtown Brooklyn in 2015





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Willoughby Square Park


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Brooklyn Bridge Park



Brooklyn Bridge Park has reached major milestones with the Empire State Development Corporation's unanimous approval of the Park's General Project Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, and land title transfer of the piers from the Port Authority to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation. These moves pave the way for land park construction to begin in 2008.

The future 85-acre park will stretch 1.3 miles along the East River from north of the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue. The Park includes Piers 1 - 6, each approximately the size of Bryant Park, and their uplands. Brooklyn Bridge Park will transform this underused and inaccessible stretch into a magnificent public space filled with lawns, recreation, beaches, coves, restored habitats, playgrounds and beautifully landscaped areas. The Park will connect visitors to the waterfront and NY Harbor in extraordinary ways with floating pathways, fishing piers, canals, paddling waters and restored wetlands. This is the most significant park development in Brooklyn since Prospect Park was built 135 years ago.



The plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park includes an extraordinary range of public recreation opportunities, with over 40 acres of active recreation space including:
  • two multi-purpose playing fields for soccer, softball, lacrosse, cricket, rugby and other field sports on Pier 5 ( a total of 3.7 acres of open ball fields)
  • 6 basketball courts, 10 handball courts and 2 volleyball courts
  • 3 tennis courts
  • an in-line hockey rink
  • 3 playgrounds
  • a bike and in-line skating path the entire length of the park
  • a 12-acre safe paddling zone
  • a seasonal ice-skating rink
In total, Brooklyn Bridge Park will provide more than 77 acres for both active and more passive recreation.

Approximately 85% of the Park will be complete by 2010. The Park is expected to fully complete in 2012.

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Don Omar, you the man... About time someone opened up a Brooklyn specific thread... Great pics too!
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great pics but idk about the way flatbush looks if u add a couple more hundred cars with bright yellow licesnse plates maybe then it would be more real looking
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A blog known as Brownstoner is known for keeping tabs on Brooklyn projects.
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No Piano: Ratner Pulls Plug on Downtown Brooklyn Tower



Thursday, February 28, 2008, by Robert
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Remember the renderings of the 100-story or so tall Renzo Piano tower developed by Bruce Ratner that would have gone up in Downtown Brooklyn? The Forest City Ratner plan is dead, apparently a victim of rising costs and the credit crunch. There are reports this morning in both the Daily News and the Brooklyn Paper that the plan to build a new dorm and lab for City Tech in return for $300 million and land to build the big Piano at Tillary and Jay Streets is finito. A CUNY exec tells the Brooklyn Paper that "It was a mutual decision." A statement, meanwhile, said that "timing and complexities" of development didn't match with the school's "immediate need" for a facility. Meanwhile, local City Council Member David Yassky says he thinks the credit crunch led Ratner to pull the plug. "He may be overextended right now," Yassky says, adding that "a lot of developers are re-evaluting their numbers and feel that residential buildings don’t work right now." The new CUNY buildings at Tillary and Jay will probably be about ten-stories tall. With another development put on ice just a few blocks away, is it the beginning of the end of the Brookyln development boom, at least downtown?
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HISTORIC HOME IN PERIL

By RICH CALDER

February 29, 2008 -- A Brooklyn woman who persuaded the city not to take away her home for redevelopment by citing its link to the historic "Underground Railroad" may now lose the property to foreclosure, The Post has learned.

Joy Chatel owes more than $300,000 in mortgage payments to Bayview Loan Servicing for 227 Duffield St., which historians say was part of the system of tunnels and safehouses that led some slaves to freedom in the 1800s.

Chatel, whose family has lived there for more than 20 years, hopes to establish and operate an Underground Railroad museum on the site - and has the city's blessings - after winning a long battle to ward off eminent domain.

The first of several fund-raisers to help her keep the property is to start at 7 tonight at the Rush Corridor Gallery, at 334 Grand Ave. in Clinton Hill.

Bayview Loan Servicing could not be reached for comment.
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wow great post
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I think we all know our favorite development in Brooklyn.

Atlantic Yards designed by Frank Gehry, developer Forest City Ratner and and future home to the Brooklyn Nets





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thx for making that thread Don Omar, brooklyn will have an damn awesome skyline in the very near future
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Brooklyn College plans to open first dorm by next spring

BY JOTHAM SEDERSTROM
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, March 5th 2008, 4:00 AM


Brooklyn College's first dorm, slated for completion in 2009, would house 214 students and help attract out-of-towners to campus that's 99% New Yorkers.

Brooklyn College's school spirit is about to get even more homey.

Though attended primarily by students from the five boroughs, the college is set to open its first dormitory by spring 2009.

The eight-story Farragut Road building, which will house about 214 students in 115 units of rental housing, marks the beginning of a campaign that will target prospective college students from outside the New York City area.

"It can be very difficult to get to Brooklyn College if you live somewhere else - either in another borough or another state," said Brooklyn College spokesman Ernesto Mora.

"There's very few neighborhoods left where you can get something affordable in Brooklyn, but hopefully this will make it possible for students from throughout the country."

The 60,000-square-foot building, which was first announced last year, is being built by developer New Brooklyn Development, a group that has erected dormitories for New York University and Pratt University in Clinton Hill.

Prospective residents of the dorm would qualify for affordable rent in each of the single-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio apartments, said Mora, who said the project is being overseen by New Brooklyn Development, not the school.

New Brooklyn Development officials did not return calls.

A whopping 99% of the school's 15,268 undergraduate and graduate students hail from the five boroughs, with about 77% of its students coming from Brooklyn, according to internal data provided by Brooklyn College.

Residents in the dorm will have access to an Internet cafe, concierge services, a gymnasium, laundry facilities and plasma-screen televisions in each dorm, Mora said.

The Midwood campus has experienced major development in recent years, with a Target store slated to open this year on Flatbush Ave. and other retail establishments popping up nearby.

"We anticipate this development to be highly beneficial to the community in general, bringing new residents and revenue to the area, beautifying the area with greenscaping and plants and, most importantly, the vitality that responsible, hard-working students bring," said a statement issued yesterday by Brooklyn College.

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23-story luxury condo tower coming to Prospect-Lefferts Garden

By JOTHAM SEDERSTROM
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Friday, March 7th 2008, 4:00 AM


Architect's view of 23-story glass tower slated for Lincoln Road in Prospect-Lefferts Garden area.

The rush to develop in Brooklyn is moving south.

A glassy tower that in recent years would seem more likely in Williamsburg is coming to Prospect-Lefferts Garden, an area that has avoided the development bug.

Park Tower, a 23-story luxury condo tower that will overlook the eastern edge of Prospect Park when it's completed next year, will include ground-floor shopping, a rooftop terrace and views of the 526-acre park.

"It's always been a fantastic area and this part of the block is really at the center of the revitalization of the neighborhood," architect Tom Gilman said of the 88,000-square-foot glass tower slated for Lincoln Road and Ocean Ave.

Owned by Brooklyn developer Henry Herbst, the 80-unit tower isn't the first modern-looking condo project to find inspiration from Prospect Park's grassy views.

One Prospect Park, a condo building designed by architect Richard Meier and rumored to have drawn celebrity tenants, is being built at the northern tip of the park.
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From riffraff to respectable: Chains eye former hotel site

BY JOTHAM SEDERSTROM
daily news staff writer

Tuesday, March 11th 2008, 4:00 AM

A hot-sheet hotel in Sheepshead Bay could become two name-brand hotels - including a new Marriott - after community opposition convinced the developer to scrap plans to build luxury condos there.

The Golden Gate Motor Inn, which since the 1960s has drawn both lawful travelers and riffraff, could be turned into a Fairfield Inn or a Marriott, said developer Harshad Patel, who says both chains and others have expressed interest.

"As a developer, we would like to do residential, but we know people in the neighborhood don't want residential, so we are looking at middle and high-end hotels," Patel said.

Patel, who also owns a Comfort Inn on Emmons Ave., said Marriott and Fairfield Inn officials expressed interest in opening hotels at the Shore Parkway location, but requested design plans before they would make a formal decision.

A source familiar with the hotel negotiations said Marriott representatives were interested but hesitant about refurbishing the 40-year-old Golden Gate.

The ideal situation, the source added, would be to have two competing hotels on the site. The Candlewood and Holiday Inn chains are also being considered.

The hotel idea comes months after Sheepshead Bay residents decried Patel's plan to build four seven-story towers with 350 units of luxury housing, a project they argued would draw too much traffic to already bustling Shore Parkway.

"If you ride down Emmons Ave. right now, the condos that are already constructed are empty," said Community Board 15 chairwoman Theresa Scavo, who also said traffic would be a nightmare. "None of them are selling. If you're seeing that you're not selling what's existing, why build more?"

"We're fully in favor of a new hotel," added Scavo. "Even if it's 200 rooms, those two hundred people are not coming all at the same time. Those two hundred rooms are not going to be occupied at all times of the day."

Inspired by the success of the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott on Adams St., nearly two dozen hotels are targeting the borough, including Fairfield Inn in downtown Brooklyn.

Chains like Sheraton and Hyatt, and boutiques like the Hotel Le Jolie in Williamsburg and the W Hotel offshoot Aloft in downtown Brooklyn, are expected to pump the number of hotel rooms in the borough from 1,200 to about 3,000 by 2010.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park needs bus & bike routes: study

by Jotham Sederstrom
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Wednesday, March 12th 2008, 4:00 AM

Shuttle buses, bicycle routes and extended city bus routes should be used to improve access to the proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park, a study recommends.

A transportation study spearheaded by the Downtown Brooklyn Waterfront Local Development Corp. more than a year ago has determined those were the least expensive options for the increasingly costly park project.

The B-63 bus route, which now ends at Atlantic Ave. and Furman St., could be extended several blocks farther to the yet-unbuilt park while bike routes leading to the east and south of the park also could be created to lessen traffic.

A private shuttle bus, meanwhile, could make stops at transit hubs throughout the city, Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp. President Regina Myer said Tuesday.

The cost of the ambitious project has reportedly doubled from its $150 million budget, in part because of rising construction costs and repeated delays.
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Super mart highlights Fort Greene condo plan

BY VERONIKA BELENKAYA
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, March 12th 2008, 4:00 AM

A much-needed supermarket and pharmacy may finally return to Fort Greene in about a year, developer John Catsimatidis said Tuesday.

The Associated supermarket on Myrtle Ave. and Prince St. was closed in 2006 and later demolished to make way for condo buildings, leaving local public housing residents without easy access to grocery shopping.

"If we start digging in about a month or two, [the supermarket and drugstore] should be done within a year if the world doesn't fall apart with the real estate market," said Catsimatidis, whose development project includes four buildings with luxury condos.

"In the first building, we're planning to have a Duane Reade [pharmacy] and a supermarket."

City Councilwoman Letitia James (WFP-Prospect Heights) was skeptical about Catsimatidis' plan.

"It's wonderful if that's the case, but I'll need to see it in writing," she said.

Many low-income residents living in the Walt Whitman, Ingersoll and Farragut Houses have been forced to take long bus rides and expensive cabs across the borough to find affordable, quality food.

About 50 residents will be offered a chance to take a free shuttle bus to the Atlantic Ave. train terminal today and Saturday in an effort organized by the Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

"I usually have to take two buses to get to Pathmark and back with a shopping cart," said Diane Smith, 57, who lives in Farragut Houses and plans to take advantage of the free shuttle today.

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the residents association also are planning a shuttle bus solution until the new supermarket opens.

There are some concerns about which supermarket will replace the Associated, said Ingersoll Tenants Association President Ed Brown.

"The residents in our neighborhood can't afford a Gristedes," he said.

The free shuttle bus to Pathmark will pick up passengers on a first-come, first-serve basis at 10 a.m. on the corner of Myrtle Ave. and St. Edward's St. today and Saturday.

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Brooklyn College plans to open first dorm by next spring

BY JOTHAM SEDERSTROM
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, March 5th 2008, 4:00 AM


Brooklyn College's first dorm, slated for completion in 2009, would house 214 students and help attract out-of-towners to campus that's 99% New Yorkers.

Brooklyn College's school spirit is about to get even more homey.

Though attended primarily by students from the five boroughs, the college is set to open its first dormitory by spring 2009.

The eight-story Farragut Road building, which will house about 214 students in 115 units of rental housing, marks the beginning of a campaign that will target prospective college students from outside the New York City area.

"It can be very difficult to get to Brooklyn College if you live somewhere else - either in another borough or another state," said Brooklyn College spokesman Ernesto Mora.

"There's very few neighborhoods left where you can get something affordable in Brooklyn, but hopefully this will make it possible for students from throughout the country."

The 60,000-square-foot building, which was first announced last year, is being built by developer New Brooklyn Development, a group that has erected dormitories for New York University and Pratt University in Clinton Hill.

Prospective residents of the dorm would qualify for affordable rent in each of the single-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio apartments, said Mora, who said the project is being overseen by New Brooklyn Development, not the school.

New Brooklyn Development officials did not return calls.

A whopping 99% of the school's 15,268 undergraduate and graduate students hail from the five boroughs, with about 77% of its students coming from Brooklyn, according to internal data provided by Brooklyn College.

Residents in the dorm will have access to an Internet cafe, concierge services, a gymnasium, laundry facilities and plasma-screen televisions in each dorm, Mora said.

The Midwood campus has experienced major development in recent years, with a Target store slated to open this year on Flatbush Ave. and other retail establishments popping up nearby.

"We anticipate this development to be highly beneficial to the community in general, bringing new residents and revenue to the area, beautifying the area with greenscaping and plants and, most importantly, the vitality that responsible, hard-working students bring," said a statement issued yesterday by Brooklyn College.

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Where on campus will they be making this?
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Construction worker crushed to death at Brooklyn job site

BY MATTHEW LYSIAK and TINA MOORE
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Thursday, March 13th 2008, 4:00 AM


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Firefighters dig where construction worker Louro Ortega was partially buried by collapsed wall in East New York, Brooklyn.


A construction worker was crushed to death Wednesday at a Brooklyn job site - leaving a building owner and an engineer facing a criminal investigation, officials said.

Department of Buildings officials said a foundation wall of a house at 795 Glenmore Ave. in East New York collapsed about 9:30 a.m. after it was undermined by excavation work for a new house at an adjacent lot.

Louro Ortega, 30, of Queens, who had been on the job just two days, was partially buried by rubble and died about an hour later at Brookdale University Hospital, police sources said.

William Lattarulo, 62, who owns both the house and the lot next-door, was cited for multiple code violations, officials said, including working with a building permit that had expired two days earlier.

"A terrible thing happened," Lattarulo said when reached by telephone at his home elsewhere in East New York. "I'm sorry it happened."

Lattarulo, who blamed recent rain for the collapse, told cops he tried to save Ortega.

"I saw the foundation cracking a little and I yelled to the guys, 'Get out! Get out!'" he told cops on the scene. "We began digging out the dirt from around his face and stuff."

Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster said her office was talking to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes about criminal charges for both Lattarulo and the project's engineer, Lewis Sanchez of Sanchez Associates PC.

A spokesman for Hynes said the two men could face a "wide range" of criminal charges, including reckless endangerment.

The six tenants of the damaged home were shaken by the incident.

"I heard the wall collapsing and ran downstairs to get my mother, but when we tried to get out of the house the front door wouldn't open," said Joan Fresse, 44. "It was terrifying."

Michael Delairo, a 36-year-old tenant, said he and other residents had complained to Lattarulo.

"There were two workers underneath the foundation of our home taking out little piles of dirt and reinforcing it with wood planks," he said. "We told the landlord that our house was unstable, and he didn't care."

The Daily News recently published a series of editorials about deadly construction sites and called on Mayor Bloomberg to make changes at the Buildings Department.

Sanchez had lost his privilege to perform engineering jobs in the city a week earlier because of "questionable practices," Lancaster said.

The department penalized him after a new special enforcement team found he was allowing his business partner to use Sanchez's professional stamp to submit applications. His partner surrendered his privileges in 2002.

"The excavation team is tracking excavation sites across the city and holding engineers and contractors to a higher standard than ever before," Lancaster said.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/re...ref=realestate
A Barometer in Williamsburg

By JOSH BARBANEL
Published: March 16, 2008


A rendering of the Edge in Williamsburg

WHAT housing turmoil? Despite a rising inventory of unsold condominiums in Brooklyn, one of the largest new condominium projects in recent memory is about to go on sale at the Edge, two glass and concrete towers along the Williamsburg waterfront, about a half mile north of the Williamsburg Bridge.

The project’s success — or failure — in selling its 575 apartments in one 15-story and one 30-story tower of blue glass facing a new pier, a new park and the Manhattan skyline may be a good barometer of the state of the New York real estate market over the next year or more.

On the one hand, the developers say they have come up with the right mix of apartments (most with balconies or terraces), views and amenities (pool, spa, fitness center, lounges) to capture the imagination of younger buyers who are gravitating toward the industrial heart of Williamsburg.

On the other, the developers postponed the start of a sales campaign they had originally penciled in for last September after problems surfaced in the subprime mortgage market and buyers suddenly became afraid to make a commitment.

Sales at the Edge will begin in early April.

“Obviously, in general, the housing market has been under pressure,” said Jeffrey E. Levine, the principal of Douglaston Development, which is putting up the towers as part of a project that will eventually include 1,085 market-rate condominiums, 347 subsidized rental apartments, parking for 700 cars and a retail complex.

But Mr. Levine said the Williamsburg waterfront and Long Island City, Queens, have captured the imagination of “younger people — Generation X, echo boomers, the children of the baby boom.” Many are buying their first apartments and looking to parents to help with down payments, he said.

At the Edge, the developers have come up with a mix of prices, about $950 per square foot, that average nearly 20 percent below the average price per square foot in Manhattan (though above average prices in Harlem and Washington Heights).

Mr. Levine and the brokers marketing the building, the Developers Group of Brooklyn, have learned some lessons from the experiences of the other large waterfront development next door, the Toll Brothers’ Northside Piers.

Sales on that project began in early 2007, and 70 percent of the 180 apartments have been sold in its first 29-story glass tower, now under construction. But last year, Toll Brothers cut prices on some apartments with limited views and some larger, more expensive apartments.

“The Edge has obviously learned from our experiences there, and so have we,” said David Von Spreckelsen, a senior vice president who oversees the Toll Brothers’ New York office.

He said the second phase of Northside Piers would have more studios and one-bedrooms — so far the sweet spot in the Williamsburg market — and fewer two- and three-bedroom apartments. More apartments in the next phase will have river views, he said.

Brokers say the rising inventories in Brooklyn have caused some sales to slow and some projects to cut prices, but other projects have continued to sell well. They attribute much of the glut to listings by less experienced developers of small buildings without river views. Still, prices remain far higher than they were in Manhattan four or five years ago, and many buyers feel priced out.

At the Edge, apartments were designed in a wide range of sizes and prices. Studios are $420,000 to $630,000, and one-bedrooms $650,000 to $885,000. The prices for two-bedrooms range from $670,000, for a particularly small unit, to $2.29 million. The most expensive three-bedroom apartment is listed at $2.83 million.

But Mr. Von Spreckelsen said the competition at the Edge could actually help sales at Northside Piers, by creating a “critical mass” to convince buyers who wonder whether the new Williamsburg is there yet.

The first building at Northside Piers is due to open this spring, while the Edge is scheduled to open in mid-2009. “In this type of market, people who come into their sales office are not going to buy the first thing they see,” Mr. Von Spreckelsen said. “They will come and take a look at us, too.”
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Green light for park as plant plan dies

BY RACHEL MONAHAN
DAILY NEWS WRITER

Friday, March 21st 2008, 4:00 AM

A planned 28-acre park on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront will move forward now that the state has rejected a long-standing proposal for a power plant on the same site.

Though TransGas Energy Systems officials plan to review their legal options, community advocates and leaders cheered the plan's demise for making the creation of Bushwick Inlet Park possible.

"Finally, we can move on and [build] a world-class park," said Evan Thies of the community group Neighbors Allied for Good Growth. "The state listened to the community and rid us of this awful proposal once and for all."

TransGas had proposed a 1,100-megawatt power plant in 2002, revising that plan twice. The proposals were rejected by the state's Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, which determined the project was "not in the public interest."

"To build a power plant in an area that already has more than its fair share of pollution and industry and to do it in the place of open space would be a travesty and a betrayal," said Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-Greenpoint).

But TransGas' lawyer John Dax said officials were surprised by Thursday's actions.

"The state has set lofty goals for greenhouse gas reduction and has real concerns for [creating] power plants within the city," Dax said.

"It would seem to be incompatible with those goals to be denying a permit to a state-of-the-art clean power plant."
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