on the waterfront
Long-simmering plans to put up two new high-rise towers along the Greenpoint waterfront should be put to a vote this week, and the project’s future mostly lies in the hands of City Council member Stephen Levin.
Mr. Levin, who represents the North Brooklyn neighborhood, must vote in favor of or against a 40-story and 30-story tower by the Council’s final meeting of the year on Thursday. The project’s developers Joseph Chetrit and David Bistricer hope to win approval for the towers that would soar past the area’s current 15-story zoning cap.
When Aaron Jungreis sought a buyer for the Bossert Hotel at 98 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights last year, a long list of obstacles stacked up.
The off-market deal meant potential buyers had limited access to the site. Complicated zoning meant the Board of Standards and Appeals would be thrown into the mix. And competition Read More
For the past few months, work has been progressing on the Hotel Bossert, once known as Brooklyn’s Waldorf-Astoria. It was where many Dodgers greats used to live, and they famously took the trolley from Brooklyn Heights to Ebbets Field, when that sort of thing was still possible.
For decades, the Bossert has served as a hostel for Jehovah’s Witnesses stopping off at the global headquarters here, but as they are moving upstate and getting rid of all their property, developer David Bistricer stepped forward in May to turn the Bossert back into a boutique that still bears the same name it has for nearly a century.
The mayor has discovered what we’ve known all along: There’s no stopping slumlords.
Michael Bloomberg doesn’t like paying millions of dollars in rent to landlords who have thousands of unaddressed housing violations. But he says the law makes him do it.
The Observer kvetched yesterday about David Bistricer, a Brooklyn landlord who’s trying to Read More
A note to slumlords: Don’t try to evict old people.
When the news broke recently that David Bistricer, a managing member of Berkshire Capital, was collecting millions in rent from the city — some of it because he owns none other than the Kings County Housing Court — it made barely a ripple. Read More
Friday morning’s New York Times seemed to suggest that David Bistricer’s (and Bruce Teitelbaum’s) second bid for Starrett City might have a chance. Indeed, it was all about how Mr. Bistricer was enlisting the help of ministers to take his case to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which holds Read More
New York Utopia: Less Traffic, a Park on Every Corner
City Hall reports that, so far, 45 percent of the responses to its online PlaNYC survey call for “reducing traffic congestion and ensuring that every New Yorker lives within 10 minutes of a park.” One person suggested an “invention to eliminate double-parked cars.”
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So, a big-deal news conference takes place involving the nation’s housing secretary, a U.S. senator, several state and local pols, and numerous housing activists regarding one of the hottest populist issues in the city. Just who is going to steal tomorrow’s headlines?
Andrew Cuomo is taking the early lead, according to Web sites and blogs, Read More
At 3 a.m. on Thursday, the Times reports, Sam Levinson and David Bistricer of Berkshire Equities agreed to buy Starrett City for $1.3 billion.
“A spokesman for Starrett City Associates said this morning that the sellers were just waiting for the cash deposit.”
Just how many brown paper bags was that?
This Read More