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  • Chasing a Dream and an Unalloyed Ethos (NY Times)
  • Ridgewood, Queens, is emerging as a ‘next big thing’ for creatives types priced out of Brooklyn (NY Daily News)
  • Developer makes a killing in Bushwick (Crain’s)
  • Bushwick warehouse owner invites tenants to ‘join the gentrification’ (NY Daily News)
  • Bushwick Landlord Accused Of Trying To Force Rent-Stabilized Tenants Out Testifies For First Time (CBS New York)
  • Reynoso’s term begins (Times Ledger)
  • Ivan Martinez fatally shot at Maria Hernandez Park (News 12)
  • Ridgewood couple slain in apartment (Queens Chronicle)
  • My Bushwick Ride-Along Ended With a Shooting (Bedford+Bowery)
  • Reward Offered in Two Brooklyn Livery Cab Robberies (NY1)
  • Suspect in 8-year-old murder case of Brooklyn landlord taken into police custody (NY Daily News)
  • Church Pumps Up Congregation With Gym and Tanning Equipment (DNAinfo)
  • Bushwick’s Latest Pop-Up? An Oklahoma Megachurch With Live Rock Music (Bedford+Bowery)
  • Try the new “Bushwick” cocktail (if you’re ever in Tulsa)

Enlargement and residential conversion for 482 Seneca Avenue

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A rendering has been posted for the “conversion and enlargement” underway at 482-484 Seneca Avenue (near Harman).

The former factory was purchased in 2012 by a Williamsburg developer who paid $1,070,000.  The previous owner — a Long Island developer — had planned to construct a new four-story residential building on the site but canceled the project in 2006 and put the vacant building back on the market.

Under the new owner the earlier DOB applications were rescinded and a new application filed to enlarge the existing structure to create a 16-unit residential building.  Plans were approved in August 2013, though in January an amendment was filed to change the architect of record to Charles Mallea.

It’s unclear how accurate the rendering posted on site is intended to be — the approved plans are for a 50-foot, four-story building while the image appears to show a six story building; the massing is somewhat different than the approved zoning diagram; and the neighboring buildings — a funeral home and a laundromat — bear no resemblance to what is shown in the rendering.  One hopes the same for the finished building.

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May 2013

11 story building planned for Knickerbocker & Willoughby


Photo: cinematreasures.org

An alteration application has been filed with the Department of Buildings for 260 Knickerbocker Ave at Willoughby, across from Maria Hernandez Park. 

Originally the Willoughby Theater, later converted to a dance hall, and currently the Iglesia Bautista Central, the application proposes a 125 foot tall eleven story building with a house of worship on the lower levels and 53 apartments above.  Off-street parking would be provided for 37 vehicles and 60 bicycles.  The architect is Nataliya Donskoy.

AiB Panel Discussion this Sunday: Affordable Housing Today and Tomorrow

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Arts in Bushwick is proud to announce the first AiB Panel DiscussionAffordable Housing Today and Tomorrow, to take place at Radio Bushwick. Coordinated by Arts in Bushwick Lead Organizers Sessa Englund and Julia Sinelnikova, and moderated by local writer and community figure Robin Grearson, this panel discussion will focus on the issues surrounding the heated debate over the housing crisis in Bushwick, with an emphasis on art workers and the shifting landscape of New York’s creative sector.

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991 Willoughby crawls toward completion

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A reader writes:

The building at 991 Willoughby Street has been stalled since I moved to Bushwick in 2009. Work resumed six months ago and it keeps getting taller and taller. Do you know anything about who’s developing it and how high it will go?

In the seven years that 991 Willoughby has been under construction, four other residential buildings with 173 dwelling units have been completed on this Bushwick block bounded by Willoughby, Central, Troutman and Evergreen.

102 Mews LLC purchased three tax lots on the block in 2006 — parcels 59 and 60, which front on Willoughby, and 13 which faces Troutman — paying almost $1.5 million for the property.

Applications for a new building were filed with the DOB that August, and in 2007 permits were pulled and excavation began.  Work was halted four months later when the Department of Buildings issued a Stop Work Order after inspecting the site; construction was not allowed to resume until December of 2008.

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October 2008

Meanwhile, according to court records available online, banks financing the project became concerned about the competency of the general contractor and ordered 102 Mews to hire someone else to complete the project.  102 Mews complied but progress was short lived; the new contractor alleged they were not being paid and filed suit against banks and 102 Mews.  The lenders in turn argued that work was behind schedule and moved to foreclose on the property. 

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February 2013

It appears these issues have been resolved as construction is again underway.  According to DOB records the building will be ten stories, with an “ambulatory diagnostic or treatment health care facility” on the ground floor and 36 dwelling units above.  Off-street parking will be provided for 25 vehicles.  The architect, Nataliya Donskoy, is also working on the Ridgewood Theater conversion and the Bossert Mansion enlargement.

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Rendering from ND Architecture & Design


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