Surveying Bushwick Brooklyn and Ridgewood Queens (and beyond)

Introducing the NRD Map


Are you interested in learning more about ongoing development in Bushwick and Ridgewood?  Check out the Wyckoff Heights Neighborhood Research / Development Map.

Developed in late 2012 as an internal research tool for WyckoffHeights.org, the NRD Map aggregates property data from multiple agencies.  Search applications for new buildings and renovations, see the locations of recent liquor license applications, view complaints for illegal construction or unlawful occupancy, and more.

If you notice something newsworthy or find any bugs (and there are a few), please let me know.




(Source: mightytanaka)

Developers consider options for future “Morgantown Center”


In the year and a half since a proposed mall at Morgan and Bogart was announced, five alteration applications have been filed with the DOB for architectural and engineering work for the project.  To date none have been approved.

When news of the proposed development broke in late 2012 broker Massey Knakal told reporters that the owners were planning to turn the former factory building into a “grittier Chelsea Market”, with possible retail, entertainment, restaurant and nightlife tenants.  A hotel or hostel addition was also reportedly under consideration for the complex, which was to open in spring or summer of 2014.

DOB applications to date have only proposed subdividing the existing building, but renderings published on the architect’s website under the name Morgantown Center suggest that the developers are still reviewing options for a vertical enlargement.

Images for two schemes are shown, one with a seven-story tower addition, the other a two-story donut set on pilotis atop a hollowed-out base.  The intended occupancy is unclear - a hotel would be as-of-right while apartments or condos would require rezoning.  Though with the new administration floating “workforce housing in industrial areas”, a rezoning could be in the cards.





Renderings: Syndicate

What is this I don’t even

According to real estate experts, overflowing with over-educated and underpaid young “pioneers,” rapidly growing Bushwick is right behind Williamsburg in line to be the next hot neighborhood.

Intrepid house-hunters and entrepreneurs are following the immigrants and artists who first laid claim to the neighborhood in the early 2000s. More young professionals are moving into the neighborhood because of its close distance to the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, and Shuttle trains; new restaurants and shops; and major cultural institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden and, as a result, incomes and rents are rising.

(Source: Real Estate Weekly: Bushwick art scene beats a little bit faster)

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)

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