Permits Filed: 1918 Avenue N

1918 Avenue NCurrent view of 1918 Avenue N -- image via Google Maps

The first permits are up for a new residential building at 1918 Avenue N in Midwood, Brooklyn; the site’s developer is Yakov Azrad, and the architect of record is Bricolage Design.

While Bricolage’s website lacks any renderings, the firm’s general portfolio contains an attractive slate of developments; another recent project — at 304 Fifth Avenue — possibly involved Sung Ho Shin, which may serve as the company’s design architect. If there was a collaboration, it was hopefully a one-off, as the latter firm’s work is beyond dated.

1918 Avenue N is an infill development, and will likely benefit the neighborhood; in fact, projects like 1918 Avenue N are going to be crucial if New York’s housing shortage is to be addressed. The building will measure 11,999 square feet, with ten units spanning six stories.

1918 Avenue N

1918 Avenue N aerial — image via Google Maps

One and two-family homes have their place in the suburbs, but Brooklyn’s affordability crisis means that much of the borough’s relatively low-density legacy will have to make way for more urban forms of living; the transformation also makes sense given the transit accessibility of most Brooklyn neighborhoods. While building out New York’s infrastructure and re-zoning around new points of subway access will be beneficial — like what’s happening at The Hudson Yards — taking advantage of what currently exists is more important, and optimizes resources that have already been allocated.

No completion date for 1918 Avenue N has been announced, but demolition permits for the current structure are lacking, meaning construction is still in the planning phase.

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