Property owner Joseph Zelik has filed applications for a three-story, 17,882-square-foot office building at 178 Flatbush Avenue, in northern Park Slope, located two blocks from the Atlantic Av-Barclays Center stop on the 2/3/4/5/B/D/N/Q/R trains and Atlantic Terminal. According to the Schedule A, the entire building will host office space and, unfortunately, won’t contain ground-floor retail, though that could always change. Joseph Spector’s Financial District-based Dome Architecture, Design, and Engineering Group is the architect of record. The lot, at the corners of Fifth Avenue and Dean Street, is currently occupied by a single-story commercial building with multiple tenants. Demolition permits were filed in April to remove the building.
A significant chunk of new public park space on the southern end of Governors Island is expected to open on July 18, a few months after the island officially opens for the summer season, Curbed NY reports. The latest park addition is called The Hills, and features the 25-foot-tall Grassy Hill, the 40-foot-tall Slide Hill, the 40-foot-tall Discovery Hill, and the 70-foot-tall Outlook Hill. Work is quickly wrapping up on The Hills, as seen in photos in a Curbed NY article. Once opened, it will join the recently constructed Liggett Terrace, the Play Lawn, and Hammock Grove, which will put the amount of parkland on Governors Island to around 150 acres. West 8 designed the 30-acre park, and the Trust for Governors Island its development.
The wave of development that’s transformed western Crown Heights is moving east toward Utica Avenue. Today, we have a look at a small project under construction at 1119 St. Marks Avenue, between Schenectady and Utica avenues.
The Furman Center’s newest State of the City report declared that Fordham and University Heights, in the northwestern Bronx, are “non-gentrifying.” Both neighborhoods are working class and largely Latino and black. While rents have risen there over the last decade, the cost of living hasn’t increased quite as dramatically as it has in “gentrifying” South Bronx neighborhoods, like Mott Haven and Port Morris.
Back in November of 2015, renderings were revealed of the renovations that are planned to go into repositioning the Brooklyn War Memorial and Cadman Park Plaza. The upgrades are associated with a large-scale revitalization of Downtown Brooklyn’s parks and public spaces, dubbed Brooklyn Strand. New details and renderings of the entire 50-acre project can be revealed now that the two-year-long community input process has completed. The Community Vision Plan will now go through the city’s review process.