Fourth Avenue Developments: 'A Blight Upon the Neighborhood'

New apartment buildings on Fourth Avenue were nominated as Brooklyn's Ugliest. Here's one: the Novo Park Slope, across the avenue from Hotel Le Bleu. Photo by Rob Abruzzese

Eye On Real Estate

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Fugly, fugly Fourth Avenue.

Two readers called out nearly all the new apartment buildings on the section of the busy thoroughfare between Flatbush Avenue and the Prospect Expressway as the worst of the worst.

“Even uglier than those teardowns in Midwood, Mill Basin, Brighton Beach,” SkillSets wrote on of the pricey housing that has sprouted on the avenue that divides Park Slope and Gowanus.  

Another commenter, Zardaaaa, called the developments “a blight upon the neighborhood.”

Novo Park Slope is one much-scorned example of the buildings in the “canyon of mediocrity,” as Wall Street Journal writer Robbie Whelan branded Fourth Avenue in a June 2012 story. He also called it a “depressing wasteland of cheap materials and designs.”

The massive apartment house at 343 Fourth Ave., developed by Shaya Boymelgreen, is a “pallid, prison-like structure,” Whelan wrote. The architect was Henry Radusky of Bricolage Designs, who was responsible for numerous Fourth Avenue properties.

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March 19, 2014 - 11:30am



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