In June, YIMBY reported that major changes are ahead for the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel. Thanks to a move on Tuesday, there are unlikely to be too many changes that mar its historic design. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to calendar portions of the Art Deco skyscraper’s interior.
A rendering has been revealed of two four-story, four-unit residential buildings planned at 220-222 Withers Street, in northern Williamsburg. The buildings will measure 6,471 square feet each, and across both, the residential units should average 1,263 square feet apeice. The apartments will be condominiums. Sheepshead Bay-based BK Developers is the developer and Igor Zaslavskiy’s Brooklyn-based Zproekt Architecture is behind the design. The 5,000-square-foot site was occupied by two single-family homes until those were demolished over the summer. A construction timeline has not been disclosed.
After a decade of new towers sprouting along the North Williamsburg waterfront, new residential construction in the area has begun to slow down over the past year, as the neighborhood just doesn’t have many development sites left. However, one builder managed to snag a lot at 106 North 3rd Street, between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street.
The first residential high-rises in Long Island City’s Court Square neighborhood rose along Purves Street about a decade ago. Today, the block-long street forms the borough’s densest high-rise canyon. The cul-de-sac is built out from end to end, except for the roughly-triangular plot at its southern terminus. A seven-story, 33-unit residential building was proposed for the lot early last year. Though the site was cleared for construction, 44-46 Purves Street has not seen any activity in a year, in contrast to bustling construction activity along the rest of the block. As we await news of further progress and building renderings, the site’s pivotal location as a neighborhood gateway gives the developer an opportunity to present an architecturally notable design.
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) has filed applications for two three-story, two-unit residential buildings at 856-858 Blake Avenue, in the heart of East New York. The buildings will measure 2,573 square feet each and, across both, the residential units should average a family-sized 1,184 square feet apiece. All of the units will be sold at below-market rates. Brooklyn-based DeLaCour, Ferrara & Church Architects is the architect of record. The 4,690-square-foot plot is vacant. The project is associated with the city’s New Infill Homeownership Opportunity Program. The Van Siclen Avenue stop on the 3 train is four blocks away.