The building boom enveloping New York City’s waterfront neighborhoods extended into Coney Island last year, with several big projects entering the pipeline. Today, YIMBY has the first rendering for the largest one yet, slated to rise on Surf Avenue. The redevelopment will yield 1,000 apartments, 150,000 square feet of retail space, and 80,000 square feet of offices, indicating the neighborhood’s post-Sandy rebirth is continuing with vigor.
Shutdown plans for the George Motchan Detention Center on Rikers Island were announced yesterday, in what City officials are calling a major step forward in their effort to close the infamous prison complex. The detention center is one of nine on the 413-acre island, with a current capacity of 600 inmates. The stated reason for closing the complex is that the city wants to create a smaller, safer, and more ethical justice system. Rather than dedicating an island to the prison complex, officials hope to build smaller detention facilities around the Five Boroughs, which also opens up the possibility of eventually redeveloping Rikers Island.
While most of Williamsburg’s existing architecture is rather offensive, and some of its recent new developments are not much better, sprinklings of attractive design are gaining tenuous footholds across the neighborhood. One such outpost will be located at 658 Driggs Avenue, and today, YIMBY has a fresh rendering for the project, which is being designed by Morris Adjmi Architects.
Permits have been filed for a four-story mixed-use building with a penthouse at 671 Liberty Avenue, in East New York, Brooklyn. The development will rise three blocks away from the Cleveland Street Subway Station, serviced by the J trains. The Shepherd Avenue Subway Station is seven blocks further, serviced by the A and C trains. Right around the corner is the Sperandeo Brothers Public Playground.
Permits have been filed for nine three-story residential buildings on Purdy Place, in Prince’s Bay, Staten Island. 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 60, 64, 68, and 72 Purdy Place will all become detached units in the predominantly residential neighborhood. Last week, YIMBY reported on five identical permits by the same developer and architect. Combined, this makes for a total of 14 new homes coming to the street.