Surveying Bushwick Brooklyn and Ridgewood Queens (and beyond)

Real Estate Round-Up

19-23 Bleecker Street (May 2014)

New Buildings

  • A new 20-unit building at 19-23 Bleecker Street (above) is nearing completion.  The Karl Fisher building replaces an italianate wood frame house that was demolished in 2007.
  • A new four-story eight-unit building is planned for 20 Jefferson Street between Broadway and Bushwick Ave, replacing a burned-out drug den.
  • The owner of 579 Hart St (at Myrtle) has filed to construct a new two-family house.  The vacant lot was purchased in March for $310,000.
  • Applications have been filed with the Department of Buildings to demolish a two-family house at 181 Troutman Street (between Wilson & Central) and construct a new eight-unit residential building.  The property was purchased in May for $1,120,000.
  • Applications has been filed for 18-15 Linden Street (between Seneca and Onderdonk), to demolish a garage and construct a new five-story nine-unit building.  The property was purchased in July 2013 for $750,000.
  • The owner of a two-family house at 183 Covert Street (between Central and Wilson) has filed to construct a new four-story eight-unit building on the site.  The property sold in October of 2013 for $400,000, then again three weeks later for $820,000.
  • A new building application has been filed to construct a new four-story ten-unit building at 894 Bushwick Avenue (between Lafayette and Van Buren).  The property, currently occupied by a two-family house, was purchased in March for $792,100.

Alterations & Renovations

  • An application has been filed to enlarge a warehouse 594 Bushwick Avenue (between Melrose and Jefferson), adding three floors and converting to residential occupancy, with 66 dwelling units.  The building was until recently home to 594 Gallery.
  • Applications have been filed to enlarge an existing one-story warehouse at 1009 Willoughby Ave (between Evergreen and Central), adding three floors and creating 10 dwelling units.  The property was purchased in January for $835,000.
  • The owner of a three-story building at 337 Melrose Street (between Wilson & Knickerbocker) has filed to add an additional story and convert from three to eight dwelling units.  The property was purchased in April 2013 for $990,000.
  • The owner of a one-family house at 774 Bushwick Ave (between Dekalb and Dodworth) has filed to add two additional floors and convert to multifamily occupancy, with 14 dwelling units.  The applicant is Charles Mallea.  The property was purchased in February for $940,000.


  • A demolition application has been filed for 81 Stanhope Street (between Evergreen and Central).  The single-family house was purchased in June for $1,475,000.
  • The new owner of a two-family house at 76 Palmetto Street (between Bushwick & Evergreen) has filed to demolish the existing building.  The property was purchased in April for $220,000.

In the News

  • Bushwick Residents Invited to Sound Off on Rezoning (DNAinfo)
  • R’wood tenants group forms (Queens Chronicle)
  • Ridgewood Theater’s Residential Conversion Moves Forward (Curbed)
  • 28-Unit Rental Will Replace Factory On Wyckoff Avenue (Curbed)
  • Castle Braid Renters Size Up Bushwick’s Luxe Artist Collective (Brick Underground)
  • 8-Story Hotel Opening in Bushwick This Fall (DNAinfo)
  • New 42-unit project bound for 810 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick (BuzzBuzzHome)
  • Bushwick warehouse likely to fetch $34M (Crain’s)

Eating and Drinking


  • Influx of hipsters revives 90-year-old Ridgewood German bar (Queens Courier)
  • Wreck Room Is Closing After 9 Years (Bushwick Daily)
  • Kings County Bar Moves a Few Blocks (Brownstoner)
  • At Pasta Shop, You Can Eat Rigatoni Like It’s Ramen (Bedford+Bowery)
  • Bushwick’s Newest and Most Aptly Named Spot for a Cup O’ Joe (Bushwick Daily)
  • Campaign Aims to Halt Influx of Bushwick Bars (DNAinfo)
  • New Restaurant/Bar Will Open at Flushing & Forrest Triangle (Bushwick Daily)
  • The Buildout of East Williamsburg’s Newest Hybrid Venue Has Begun (Bedford+Bowery)
  • New Ridgewood restaurant criticized for ‘soft-core porn’ wall art (Queens Courier)
  • Bushwick “Block Party” to Promote Neighborhood as Cultural Center (DNAinfo)
  • Bushwick’s New Venue, Palisades: ‘It’s Everyone’s Scene’ (Bedford+Bowery)
  • Liquor license excuse sounds like a huge crock of crap (Queens Crap)

Citi bikes dumped in Ridgewood



Spotted on Himrod Street between Onderdonk and Woodward Aves.

(Related: Stolen Citi Bikes dumped in Brooklyn / NY Post)

PS 320 tops out


A flag flies from the future PS 320Q, signifying that the steel frame has topped out.  The new 444-seat school at 360 Seneca Ave (between Stockholm and Dekalb) is scheduled to open September 2015 serving pre-K through 5th grade; it replaces the former St. Aloysius Elementary School, which was closed by the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2009.


Demolition, new buildings planned for Harman & Seneca


Applications have been filed with the Department of Buildings to demolish a single-family house at 1738 Harman Street (at Seneca Ave) and construct two new 6,700 SF four-story apartment buildings, each with six dwelling units.

(Rendering: NJK Consulting)

(Source: itzelaalejandra)

Mixed-use development planned for Himrod Street

(Source: ASH NYC)

Developer ASH NYC is planning a 70,000 SF mixed-use development at 330 Himrod Street between Wyckoff and Irving Aves, with retail space and a rumored 80 apartments.  Originally home to a glass factory and more recently occupied by a manufacturer of plastic bags, demolition applications have been filed for existing structures on the site, although it appears that the largest will be incorporated into the new building. 

ASH NYC founders Ari Heckman and Jonathan Minkoff worked on “housing for hipsters" in Williamsburg and Bushwick for Cayuga Capital Management before starting their own firm in 2008; the company has completed several projects including revival of a stalled residential building in Greenpoint, and The Dean Hotel in Providence RI.

Other development is likely on the horizon for this stretch of Himrod Street — a 16,500 SF lot across the street is reportedly in contract.

(Source: Google)

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