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533 Myrtle Avenue

Five-Story, 27-Unit Mixed-Use Project Gets Glassy at 533 Myrtle Avenue, Clinton Hill

Back in December of 2014, Brownstoner revealed renderings of the planned five-story, 27-unit mixed-use building at 533 Myrtle Avenue (a.k.a. 531 Myrtle Avenue), in Clinton Hill. Now, the project has topped out and curtain wall installation is underway, according to the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. There will be 5,868 square feet of commercial-retail space on the ground and cellar levels. The residential units will begin on the second floor and should average 684 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities include bike storage space, a fitness center, a refuse room, and a 982 square-foot rooftop terrace. Greystone Property Development is the developer and AB Architekten is behind the design. Completion can probably be expected later this year.


32 New York Avenue, image via Google Maps32 New York Avenue, image via Google Maps

Permits Filed: 32 New York Avenue, Bed-Stuy

The two short blocks between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant were once considered undesirable for residential development, because they’re sandwiched between two bustling commercial thoroughfares and two noisy train lines—the elevated Long Island Railroad along Atlantic and the A and C subways rumbling just below Fulton Street. They were transitional, slightly industrial, and the victims of urban renewal schemes. But now developers priced out of the more desirable parts of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights are looking here, and noticing the benefits of brownstone blocks so close to the train. One such builder filed plans for a five-story residential project at 32 New York Avenue, between Herkimer Street and Atlantic Avenue.

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A view of 481 Midland Avenue from the street, rendering by AB Architekten

Designing a Resilient Home in Staten Island After Hurricane Sandy

When a storm surge slammed into Aimann Youssef’s house on Midland Avenue in Staten Island during Hurricane Sandy, he was devastated. Nearly three years later, the 45-year-old Syrian immigrant is taking steps to rebuild his house at 481 Midland Avenue, even if he can barely afford it. Tribeca-based AB Architekten, headed by Alex Blakely, created a simple, modern design for the two-family home.

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