The East Williamsburg-Bushwick industrial zone is slowly transitioning from a no man’s land around the heavily polluted Newtown Creek to a mixed-use neighborhood complete with hotels, nightclubs and retail. Near the Jefferson Street L stop, the Bushwick Collective mural project has hastened gentrification by beautifying several barren blocks with the work of dozens of street artists. So it’s no surprise that a hulking six-story factory nearby at 455 Jefferson Street may become offices and retail.
Sunset Park was the heart of New York City’s industrial waterfront until the end of World War II, when building weapons, handling cargo and deploying troops had Bush Terminal and the Brooklyn Army Terminal employing tens of thousands of workers. But even as factories and wholesalers have left the south Brooklyn neighborhood, the manufacturing zoning created to protect them has remained. And there, at the southern edge of Sunset Park’s M-1 zone, one developer is planning a six-story building with a combination of commercial and community uses 731 61st Street.
Nearly a year ago, YIMBY reported on applications for a 12-story, 109-unit mixed-use building at 15 Lafayette Avenue, in Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn, and now a ground-breaking ceremony has been held to kick off construction at the site. According to Brownstoner, 40% of the apartments will be let at below-market rates, and 21,400 square feet of cultural community space will be located in the base, with The Center for Fiction and Mark Morris Dance Group both taking space.
Last week, YIMBY reported on the topping-out of the 69-story, 763-unit mixed-use tower under construction at 200 Greene Street, in Jersey City’s waterfront district, and now we can share photos of the view from the top of the 713-foot-tall tower. Dubbed URL Harborside, two more towers are planned, which will bring the site’s total number of apartments to 2,358. The first building will open for leasing at the end of 2016, according to developers Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and Ironstate Development Company.
Last year, Brownstoner spotted a space-age construction rendering for a six-story residential building at 785 Dekalb Avenue between Tompkins and Throop Avenues in Bed-Stuy. While that design—which featured a slanted porthole—didn’t make the cut, construction is finally nearing the finish line.