2014 Brooklyn development to watch: 172 Montague St.

Workers are busy building Bonjour Capital's 19-story Brooklyn Heights apartment project at 172 Montague St. Brokerage CPEX Real Estate is busy marketing the retail space planned for its lower floors.

Things are going to get exponentially busier when the new owner of three little buildings with substantial air rights at 153, 155 and 157 Remsen St. unveils demolition and construction plans.


Atlantic Avenue sites to watch in the new year

The corner of Atlantic Avenue and Boerum Place is a pretty bleak place. Three projects could really spiff the place up.

* 66 Boerum Place: The foundation is being constructed at this development. Midtown Equities is in charge of the project, with Alex Adjmi as a partner.


2014 Brooklyn development to watch: Pierhouse

Toll Brothers and Starwood Capital are building a grand condo and hotel complex in Brooklyn Bridge Park – a project that's expected to generate $3.3 million in revenues for BBP's anticipated $16.1 million annual maintenance budget.  

Pile drivers are toiling diligently on the project's Pierhouse condos, despite winter weather. For a bird's-eye view of the site, whose address is 60 Furman St., button up your overcoat and take a stroll on Squibb Bridge, Brooklyn Heights' boardwalk in the sky, which hangs over it.


2014 Brooklyn development to watch: 100 Willoughby St.

AvalonBay's Downtown Brooklyn tower at 100 Willoughby St., designed by SLCE Architects, is going to be the borough's tallest building – usurping neighboring 388 Bridge St., which topped out in 2013.

Construction workers are very busy at 100 Willoughby St. these days, digging deep into the earth in the winter chill. A 57-story, 591-foot skyscraper with 826 rental apartments is planned. Imagine the views.


2014 Brooklyn development to watch: 240-242 Bedford Ave.

One is not enough. The steel skeleton of Brooklyn's second Whole Foods looms behind the construction fence at this prime Williamsburg site.

The Whole Foods project developer is the Cayre family's Midtown Equities; Meridian Capital Group provided financing.

Midtown Equities is the developer that plans to build a glass-faced addition on the roof of the historic Empire Stores warehouses in Brooklyn Bridge Park.


2014 Brooklyn development to watch: 19 Kent Ave.

Residential projects are percolating all over Williamsburg. But the development at 19 Kent Ave. promises to be something special – it's going to be Brooklyn's first new-from-the-ground-up speculative office building since World War II.

Toby Moskovits, the CEO of Heritage Equity Partners, said at a November real estate roundtable at the Brooklyn Historical Society her goal is to build a “Brooklyn-style technology office park” at this centrally-located site.


New Year brings new hope, joy to FORC - Friends of River Cafe

The devastation dealt by Hurricane Sandy created many thousands of recovery stories in the metropolitan area, some small and personal, others sweeping and corporate, like the rebuilt Fairway in Red Hook.

But throughout the 14 months since that “Perfect Storm” hit, perhaps no recovery has been as poignant, and well, precious, as that of Michael (Buzz) O'Keeffe and the iconic River Cafe.


Crowds on Fulton Street for latest Air Jordan sneakers

A peaceful crowd lined up outside a shoe store on Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn over this past weekend for the latest sneaker sensation, Air Jordan 11 “Gamma Blues.”

The $200 sneakers are so popular that fights broke out over them across the country before Christmas.


Gowanus a target of mini-land run

The opening of Whole Foods at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street on Dec. 17 has put Gowanus in the spotlight, but its arrival is only one important part of a larger transformation underway.

In recent years, Gowanus has been the target of a mini-land run and every day it seems additional projects and sales are being announced.


Brooklyn Public Library wants your feedback on controversial Brooklyn Heights proposals

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) says it is looking for feedback from the public on the seven proposals it has received for redeveloping the site of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library.

The proposals include a range of design features, including glass-covered facades, ground floor retail, rooftop gardens and affordable housing. All include towers that are, on average, roughly the same height as 1 Pierrepont Plaza next door, though at least one is taller (roughly 36 stories). While most of the proposals offer 20,000 square feet of library space, one offers 31,192 square feet.



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