A humble, two-story wood frame house in the heart of Bushwick is going to be completely rebuilt and expanded. Thomas Barry’s Opera Studio Architecture designed an exciting new facade for the home, which will triple in size once work is done.
As the dust settles after a contentious rezoning in East New York, Brooklyn, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has set its sights on Brownsville, a neglected and similarly working class neighborhood next door. The housing agency announced the start of a new “neighborhood planning process,” which will collect feedback from residents, organizations, and business owners on how the city could improve the neighborhood.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revealed the design for New York City’s 1,025 newly crafted subway cars, in addition to unveiling plans to renovate and upgrade 31 subway stations throughout the city. The details were presented on New York State’s website. Of the 1,025 new subway cars, 750 of them will boast accordion-like connectors to increase capacity, a configuration known as open gangway. The doors will also open wider, increasing from 50 inches in width to 58 inches, enhancing the flow of passengers. Other changes to the exterior include a slightly redesigned front with larger windows, LED headlights, and blue coloring. Amenities in the interior include Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, new digital displays and advertising, and security cameras.
The Lower East Side is in the midst of a new era of transformation. The Streit’s Matzo Factory has moved, construction of Essex Crossing is humming along, a neighborhood-wide beautification project should reach its goal this summer, and the Lowline is moving forward. The Houston Street corner opposite an iconic deli is also getting a new neighbor, and now there’s a new look at that project.
Renderings have now surfaced of the 19-story, 130-unit mixed-use tower planned at 321 Wythe Avenue, located just three blocks in from the East River in Williamsburg, as per a tipster’s tweet on Friday. The renderings are credited to the project’s architect, Nataliya Donskoy’s Brooklyn-based ND Architecture & Design. The structure will encompass 134,995 square feet, according to the latest filings. The second floor will host 5,218 square feet of medical offices, followed by 130 residential units across the fourth through 19th floors. The units should average 759 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals, and amenities will include a 92-car parking garage on the ground floor, storage for 65 bikes, outdoor terraces on the second and third floors, and the rooftop. Watermark Capital Group is the developer and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church is the property owner. The church’s existing single-story facility must first be demolished.