Fifteen years ago, the city emptied out the block-long Prospect Plaza housing project in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, promising to redevelop and move the 1,500 former residents back in. Last year, NYCHA finally demolished the four dilapidated apartment towers and began construction on 364 units of affordable housing. YIMBY recently stopped by the site on Park and Prospect Places between Saratoga and Howard Avenues. Phase 1 of the development has taken shape on the north side of Prospect Place, and windows are already going in on both buildings.
Development is slowly taking hold in the sleepy industrial area just south of Jamaica’s railyards. A new building application was filed Friday for a nine-story hotel at 145-07 95th Avenue, a block from the Jamaica LIRR and Air Train stations.
Full renderings have surfaced for Extell’s 22-story, 114-unit development currently under construction at 70 Charlton Street, in Hudson Square. The project includes two buildings conjoined at the base, with street frontage on Charlton and Vandam streets; together, they will have 92 condos and 22 affordable rental units, according to The New York Times.
Partial renderings have surfaced for a 21-story building at 147-155 East 86th Street, on the Upper East Side. The site is being developed by Ceruzzi Properties, Stillman Development and Kuafu Properties. According to Commercial Observer, the 230,000 square-foot building will include 30,000 square feet of retail on the first two floors, another 24,000 square feet on the third and fourth floors for a New York Sports Club, and 50 condominiums on top.
Over the past few years, the public outcry over the perceived loss of New York City’s small and funky retail establishments has reached a fever pitch. Pseudonymous blogger Jeremiah Moss has chronicled it in his ongoing jeremiad, and even conservative commentator Nicole Gelinas bemoans the perceived bankification of her neighborhood, Midtown West.