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251 Front Street, rendering by Think Architecture and Design

Revealed: Nine-Story Residential Building Seeking Rezoning at 251 Front Street, Vinegar Hill

New development rarely happens in Vinegar Hill, a tightly zoned, tiny neighborhood wedged between Dumbo, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the East River waterfront. But the owner of a parking lot 251 Front Street hopes to get an upzoning to construct a nine-story apartment building there, according to documents filed with the Department of City Planning.

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38-42 11th Street

Reveal for 10-Story, 133-Key Extended-Stay Hotel Planned at 38-42 11th Street, Long Island City

In September of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 10-story, 133-key hotel planned at 38-42 11th Street, in the Ravenswood section of Long Island City, located four blocks from the 21st Street-Queensbridge stop on the F train. Now, a rendering of the project has been revealed in a report by The Real Deal. The latest building permits indicate the hotel, which will be an extended-stay one by Marriott’s TownePlace Suites, will encompass 69,045 square feet. If the project’s 50,457 square feet of commercial space is exclusively representative of the hotel units, individual rooms should average a relatively spacious 379 square feet apiece. Guest amenities include a fitness center, laundry facilities, a lounge and breakfast area, a garden area behind the building, a bar, a rooftop terrace, a 21-car garage on the ground floor, and storage for five bikes. Midtown Properties is the developer and Think! Architecture and Design is behind the architecture. Foundation work is reportedly underway at the site, and completion is scheduled before 2017.


Courtyard at Oosten. All photos by Tectonic, exclusive to YIMBY

Touring Oosten, Dutch Residences Under Construction at 429 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg

One of the most interesting condominium developments in Brooklyn draws inspiration from a distant land. It’s called Oosten, and it’s the product of Chinese developer XIN Development, Dutch designer Piet Boon, and Brooklyn-based think! architecture and design pllc. You’ll find it under construction at 429 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg and our friend Tectonic sent YIMBY exclusive photos of an inside tour.

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