As far as skyline watchers like ourselves are concerned, we live in a glorious time. But with our gaze normally aimed upon the ever-rising skyscraper pinnacles, we sometimes forget that we live in the greatest bridge-building era in more than half a century. At least three major bridges in New York City and its vicinity are being replaced with new spans, with major reconstruction underway on several more. Of these, one of the easiest projects to miss might be the twin replacement spans of the Goethals Bridge, which will connect Staten Island’s Howland Hook and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Upon their 2018 completion, the cable-stayed spans will stretch across the Arthur Kill, replacing the cantilever span that has served the borough since 1928.
The blocks around the elevated J and M trains in Bushwick are flush with new development, and today we have a construction update on a project that will soon be open to tenants at 1301 Greene Avenue, between Myrtle and Wilson avenues.
Property owner Anthony Namdar, doing business as TNE Buildings, has filed applications for four two-story, two-family houses at 161-16 – 161-20 Baisley Boulevard and 161-26 – 161-30 Baisley Boulevard, in Rochdale. That’s in southeastern Queens, near JFK International Airport. Two of the new buildings will each measure 3,397 square feet and the other two will each measure 3,990 square feet. Across all four, the full-floor residential units should average 1,231 square feet, indicative of family-sized configurations. Each house will come with two off-street parking spaces, one of which will be houses in a 300-square-foot garage. Pirooz Soltanizadeh’s Jamaica-based Royal Engineering is the applicant of record. The development sites — separated by a two-story mixed-use building — are currently vacant.
Flushing-based property owner David Cohen has filed applications for a four-story, multi-unit residential building at 145 Conselyea Street, in northern Williamsburg. It will measure 6,981 square feet and its residential units should average between 623 square feet and 712 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. The range is due to contradictory filings, where one lists eight units and the other lists seven. Gerald J. Caliendo’s Briarwood-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The Graham Avenue stop on the L train is located two blocks away.
Brooklyn-based Champion Homes Development Corp. has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 710 Hart Street, in western Bushwick. The project will measure 7,570 square feet and its residential units should average 684 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Each floor will host two apartments. Gerald J. Caliendo’s Briarwood-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,496-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The Central Avenue stop on the M train is located a block away.