New York

61 DeKalb Avenue, via Google Maps

Permits Filed for High-Rise at 61 DeKalb Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

A new high-rise could be coming right next to the future supertall at 9 DeKalb Avenue. Permits have been filed for a 34-story residential building and parking garage at 61 DeKalb Avenue, on Long Island University’s campus in Downtown Brooklyn. The site is just a handful of blocks away from the A, B, C, D, G, Q, R, 2 3, 4, and 5 train, giving it near-immediate access to the rest of the city. Also in the neighborhood is NYU’s growing Brooklyn campus. LIU will be responsible for development.

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1547 Leland Avenue, rendering by Badaly Architects

Renderings Revealed, Permits Filed for 1547 Leland Avenue, Park Versailles, the Bronx

Permits have been filed for a four-story residential building at 1547 Leland Avenue, in The Bronx’s Park Versailles. The site is nine blocks away from the Parkchester Subway Station, serviced by the 6 train, and eleven blocks from the East 180th Street Subway Station, serviced by the 2 and 5 trains. The lot was sold in July for over a quarter of a million dollars, and Alba Developers is listed as responsible for the project.

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Surf Avenue

Massive 1,000-Unit Mixed-Use Redevelopment Revealed at 1709 Surf Avenue, Coney Island

The building boom enveloping New York City’s waterfront neighborhoods extended into Coney Island last year, with several big projects entering the pipeline. Today, YIMBY has the first rendering for the largest one yet, slated to rise on Surf Avenue. The redevelopment will yield 1,000 apartments, 150,000 square feet of retail space, and 80,000 square feet of offices, indicating the neighborhood’s post-Sandy rebirth is continuing with vigor.

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Birdseye view of Rikers Island, via Google Maps

City Announces Progress Towards Shutting Down Rikers Island

Shutdown plans for the George Motchan Detention Center on Rikers Island were announced yesterday, in what City officials are calling a major step forward in their effort to close the infamous prison complex. The detention center is one of nine on the 413-acre island, with a current capacity of 600 inmates. The stated reason for closing the complex is that the city wants to create a smaller, safer, and more ethical justice system. Rather than dedicating an island to the prison complex, officials hope to build smaller detention facilities around the Five Boroughs, which also opens up the possibility of eventually redeveloping Rikers Island.

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671 Liberty Avenue, via Google Maps

Permits Filed for 671 Liberty Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn

Permits have been filed for a four-story mixed-use building with a penthouse at 671 Liberty Avenue, in East New York, Brooklyn. The development will rise three blocks away from the Cleveland Street Subway Station, serviced by the J trains. The Shepherd Avenue Subway Station is seven blocks further, serviced by the A and C trains. Right around the corner is the Sperandeo Brothers Public Playground.

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