Back in 2009, photographer Nathan Kensinger visited a neighborhood along the Brooklyn-Queens border that locals call “The Hole.” The small, neglected triangle between East New York, Howard Beach, and Lindenwood sits 30 feet below grade and only a few feet above the water table, and its abandoned development sites became reputed dumping grounds for Mafia hitmen. But new development is finally is finally coming to the area just south of The Hole. A new building application was filed to erect a four-story apartment building at 149-27 78th Street, on a large collection of vacant lots bordered by Loring Avenue, 78th (or Sapphire) Street, 79th Street and Stanley Avenue.
Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy is slowly being transformed by development, and the latest new building in the mix is planned for 1557 Fulton Street, between Throop Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard, right near the Kingston-Throop C train stop.
Back in June, YIMBY reported on the Lightstone Group’s acquisition of the six-story building at 40 East End Avenue, at East 81st Street in Yorkville. Permits were filed at the end of October with a support of excavation filing on Friday, and now new details can be reported. The plan is still demolition of the existing building in favor of an 18-story building, rising to 210 feet. The plan reported in June called for 30 condominium units, but the filing shows 29 units.
Last year, the de Blasio administration rolled out a program designed to encourage developers to build one- to four-family homes on small city-owned lots. Now the city has filed plans to develop townhouses on 16 vacant properties in East New York, Ocean Hill and Brownsville.
Wang Chun Hua, as Z & W of New York LLC, has filed permits for a new seven-story, 30-unit mixed-use building at 139-20 34th Avenue in Flushing. That’s between Leavitt Street and Union Street, about a 15-minute walk from the 7 train at Main St. The 69-foot-tall project would cover 27,611 square feet with residential square footage of 19,936. That means units averaging about 665 square feet. There would be five units each from the second to the seventh floor. The first floor would have 7,675 square feet of community facility space for a day care for ages two to six. There would also be parking for 20 cars and 15 bicycles. Cheng-Yang Lee is the applicant of record. Demolition permits were issued earlier this year for the two-story house occupying the site.