Residential

A view of 481 Midland Avenue from the street, rendering by AB Architekten

Designing a Resilient Home in Staten Island After Hurricane Sandy

When a storm surge slammed into Aimann Youssef’s house on Midland Avenue in Staten Island during Hurricane Sandy, he was devastated. Nearly three years later, the 45-year-old Syrian immigrant is taking steps to rebuild his house at 481 Midland Avenue, even if he can barely afford it. Tribeca-based AB Architekten, headed by Alex Blakely, created a simple, modern design for the two-family home.

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690 Bushwick Avenue

Six-Story, 20-Unit Residential Building At 690 Bushwick Avenue Revealed, Bushwick

Over a year ago, Williamsburg-based Marc Realty Holding NY filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 690 Bushwick Avenue, in northern Bushwick. Since then, the project increased in scope, and now a six-story, 20-unit building is underway, per DNAinfo. The building will measure 14,274 square feet in total, and units will average nearly 715 square feet apiece. Reportedly, the building is under construction, featuring a façade made of wood and metal. BMG Design Build is the architect of record.


21-30 44th Drive

Eight-Story, 74-Unit Residential Building Filed At 21-30 44th Drive, Long Island City

Miguel Oks, of Greenpoint-based Planet Partners, has filed applications for an eight-story, 74-unit residential building at 21-30 44th Drive, in Long Island City, adjacent to subway stops for the E, M and 7 trains. Per The Court Square Blog, the building will measure 99,980 square feet in total, and units will average a condo-sized 1,350 square feet apiece. Aufgang Architects is designing. The former single-story warehouse building was demolished this past summer, although the three-story building at 21-42 44th Drive is also included in the assemblage.


50-25 Barnett Avenue

10-Story, 220-Unit Affordable Residential Building Proposed At 50-25 Barnett Avenue, Sunnyside

Non-profit affordable housing developer Phipps Houses is now proposing a 10-story, 220-unit all-affordable residential building at 50-25 Barnett Avenue, in northern Sunnyside, five blocks south of the Northern Boulevard stop on the M and R subways. According to DNAinfo, a pre-k center is also planned, and units would cater to low, middle and moderate income families. An environmental review is currently underway on the project, which would be built on a vacant plot, and city approval is required, as the land would be rezoned. ULURP is expected to begin later this year.


42 East 132nd Street

Revealed: 42 East 132nd Street, Harlem Mixed-Use Project

Harlem’s renaissance has accelerated in recent years, and large new developments are now seemingly rising all over the neighborhood, from the 125th Street corridor down to East River Plaza. But opportunities for small-scale infill remain in abundance, and YIMBY can now reveal one such project set to rise at 42 East 132nd Street, between Madison and Park, designed by Melamed Architect PC.

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